Poll: Clinton, Trump virtually tied in Maine’s 2nd District

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
The latest poll of Maine’s presidential election preferences found Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in a dead heat in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, a battleground that’s gotten much more attention than usual this cycle.
Attendees stand during the National Anthem at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Cross Insurance Center on Oct. 15, 2016, in Bangor, Maine.

Tiny Maine is getting outsize attention from Clinton, Trump

By Katie Zezima, Washington Post on Oct. 21, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.
The line that divides Maine’s two congressional districts is emblematic of the divides that have emerged this election cycle: urban vs. rural, college educated vs. not, well-off vs. working class, and Clinton vs. Trump.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 20, 2016.

Trump says he will accept the election result — if he wins

By Patricia Zengerle, Emily Stephenson and Jill Serjeant, Reuters on Oct. 21, 2016, at 7:12 a.m.
Donald Trump said on Thursday he would accept the result of the Nov. 8 election — “if I win” — fueling Republican concerns his stance would make it harder for his party to maintain control of Congress.
Irene MacDougall (left) hands a ballot to a voter as Laurie Gifford sits next to her on Thursday at Lewiston City Hall. MacDougall said accusations that the election is rigged are "ridiculous."

Maine ballot keepers: Election not rigged

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
All ballots will be counted, accurately and properly, election worker Irene MacDougall said.
If Question 1 passes, attorney Stephen Langsdorf said it would be reasonable for most employees to treat marijuana use as they do alcohol consumption -- that they shouldn't use or be under its influence at work.

Legal pot would be like alcohol at work, but there’s no good test for it

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
If Maine legalizes marijuana, it doesn’t mean employees could light up during smoke breaks. But there will be more incentive for state officials to come up with a workable definition of what it means to be “under the influence.”
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell speaks at forum sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches about civil discourse in politics on Thursday in Waterville. More than 100 clergy members from around the state attended.

George Mitchell calls on clergy to model civil discourse in divisive election season

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
Former Sen. George Mitchell on Thursday reminded about 100 people at a session on civil discourse that “politics has always been rough and tumble in our country.”
Matt Lauzon

House District 12 candidate’s eligibility questioned

By Alan Bennett, Journal Tribune on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during their third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 19, 2016.

A promising start, then more of same

By Dan Balz, Washington Post on Oct. 20, 2016, at 6:56 a.m.
By the end, it was the story of Trump in Campaign 2016 in microcosm, a series of angry exchanges, interruptions, insults that served to undercut the good he might have accomplished earlier.
Matthew Silva (center) and Josh Silva (right) watch the last presidential debate at Kosta's Restaurant & Bar in Brewer on Wednesday.

With final presidential debate over, Mainers still not happy about their options

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 19, 2016, at 11:17 p.m.
“We’re a great country. We have great people who could run,” Ken Capron of Portland said. “Where are they?”
Incumbent Bruce Poliquin makes a point while answering a question from a local resident in the 2016 Congressional debate between himself and Challenger Emily Cain held at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle.

In second debate, Poliquin-Cain turn critical in The County

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:43 p.m.
Concerns about a stagnant job market and rising taxes in Aroostook County took center stage in the second debate between incumbent 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and challenger Emily Cain.
Donald Trump speaks as Hillary Clinton listens during their third and final presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, Wednesday.

Clinton and Trump open debate with sharp exchange on abortion

By Steve Holland and Amanda Becker, Reuters on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:42 p.m.
In contrast to the fiery personal attacks of the first two debates, Clinton and Trump had a sharp but issues-based exchange.
Protesters hold signs to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus in the wake of the national attention brought by the Stanford rape case at the Stanford University commencement ceremony in Palo Alto, California, U.S. June 12, 2016.

The topic of sexual assault is now at center stage in the 2016 campaign

By Katie Zezima, Washington Post on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:28 a.m.
Less than three weeks before Election Day, the 2016 campaign is suddenly focused on an unusual, emotional and highly politicized topic for a presidential race: sexual assault.

Democrats off to fast start with absentee voting

By Mal Leary on Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:56 p.m.
Requests for absentee ballots are on pace to top the number in the presidential contest of four years ago and according to reports, more Democrats are requesting them than Republicans.
Jeff Walls of Stockton Springs and Tammy Harrison of Hudson hold up signs urging Maine voters to vote no of Question 1 on the Nov. 8 election ballot. While not opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, they said that the proposed legislation would lead to onerous compliance requirements that could force small farmers out of business and adversely affect access to medicine for medical marijuana patients.

Grassroots group raising questions about recreational marijuana ballot question

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:01 p.m.
“This particular bill that was written specifically for some investors to get government contracts.”
Maine Rep. Emily Cain (D-Orono) introduces her "new best friend" Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at her "Solutions for America" town hall meeting at the University of Maine in Orono, Feb. 9, 2008.

Clinton to boost Emily Cain’s congressional race

By Steve Collins, The Sun Journal on Oct. 17, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton plans to offer nearly $250,000 to boost turnout in two hotly contested congressional races.
A billboard about 10 miles south of the U.S. border advertises the Trump Ocean Resort Baja. A developer of the Tijuana, Mexico, resort agreed to pay $7.25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 190 buyers who lost $22 million in deposits after the project failed in 2008.

Maine natives in California claim money lost on Trump-branded condos

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 17, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
Linda and Stephen Drake, originally from Allagash and Caribou, are among the people around the country who say they lost money to a business connected with the Republican presidential nominee.

How Cain and Poliquin are fueling their higher-priced rematch

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 17, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
It’s the same fight but with more ammunition.

GOP headquarters in NC town firebombed

By Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer on Oct. 17, 2016, at 6:33 a.m.
A county Republican headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina, was firebombed overnight Saturday, an attack that a party official called “political terrorism.”
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence looks at the crowd during a campaign event at the Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Iowa, Oct. 11, 2016.

As Trump talks of ‘rigged’ election, his VP nominee Pence vows to respect outcome

By Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Oct. 16, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Pence said that “there’s more and more evidence that implicates Russia.”
Dennis Marble, former director of the Bangor Homeless Shelter.

No candidate has all the answers. But I will work to make Maine better.

By Dennis Marble on Oct. 16, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
I’m not running because I have all the answers, but because I love my community and am prepared to earnestly help government do better.