U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee addresses supporters as he formallly launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas May 5, 2015.

Republican Mike Huckabee launches 2016 presidential bid with fiery speech

By Steve Barnes, Reuters on May 05, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
HOPE, Arkansas — Republican Mike Huckabee announced a run for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination Tuesday with a fiery, populist speech aimed at energizing support from the Christian right and blue-collar Americans struggling to make ends meet. The 59-year-old former Arkansas governor and former host of a popular Fox News …

Bill Clinton defends charity, says won’t give up paid speeches

By Steve Holland and Susan Heavey, Reuters on May 05, 2015, at 10:28 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton said Monday he will continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government. He also said he may consider stepping down or …
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially launches his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Detroit, Michigan May 4, 2015.

Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, outsider Republicans, enter presidential race

By Ben Terris, Jenna Johnson and David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post on May 05, 2015, at 10:26 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former tech executive Carly Fiorina — two novice politicians whose attacks on Democrats have made them conservative stars — both declared Monday that they are running for president as Republicans. Carson, 63, held a highly stage-managed event in his hometown of Detroit: The …
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, said Saturday he would register as a Democrat to get his name on primary ballots across the country. Sanders announced Thursday his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders says he will register as a Democrat if needed for primary fight

By Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post on May 02, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Bernie Sanders, Congress’ longest-serving independent and a self-described socialist, backtracked just two days into his presidential campaign on Saturday, saying he would register as a Democrat if needed to compete in the party’s primary in all 50 states. Announcing his candidacy Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol, …

Five seek two Camden select board seats

By Stephen Betts on April 28, 2015, at 12:59 p.m.
Town residents will have five candidates to choose from for two available seats on the select board when they go to the polls in June. Incumbents John French and Leonard Lookner will be challenged by former board member Anita Brosius-Scott and by Marc Ratner and Sally Russillo. …

Rockport ballot set for June election

By Stephen Betts on April 28, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
Three candidates have made the ballot for two seats on the town’s select board. Incumbent Kenneth McKinley and challengers Owen Casas and John Viehman have made the June 9 ballot after turning in their nomination papers. The two available seats are for three-year terms. The other incumbent, …

Republican hopefuls target middle-class insecurity as economy improves

By James Oliphant and Andy Sullivan, Reuters on April 19, 2015, at 9:55 a.m.
NASHUA, New Hampshire — Facing a recovering economy and a tumbling jobless rate, Republican presidential candidates honing their economic message are trying tap into a lingering sense of insecurity among Americans seven years after the global financial crisis. And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a …
Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough.

New Maine state senator pushes for longer Maine Senate terms

By Scott Thistle on April 14, 2015, at 10:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, wants to ask voters if Maine should increase the length of a state Senate term from two years to four. Volk told members of the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee earlier this month that two-year terms for state senators are too short …
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announces his bid for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech in Miami, Florida April 13, 2015.

Republican Rubio calls White House race a ‘generational choice’

By Steve Holland, Reuters on April 14, 2015, at 6:50 a.m.
MIAMI — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida urged voters Monday to make a “generational choice” for new leadership that is not mired in the policies of the past, as the Republican announced he will enter the 2016 race for the White House. Rubio, 43, presented himself as a fresh …
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New York in this 2015 file photo. Clinton is expected to announce her bid for president Sunday afternoon.

Clinton officially launches 2016 presidential campaign

By Jonathan Allen and John Whitesides, Reuters on April 12, 2015, at 2 p.m.
NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times. Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as …
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New York in this March 10, 2015 file photo.

Hillary Clinton to announce presidential bid on Sunday

By Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg on April 10, 2015, at 11:07 a.m.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton officially plans to launch her bid to become the nation’s first female president on Sunday. Two people familiar with the Clinton team’s plans confirmed to Bloomberg that she will make the initial announcement in a video on Sunday. Clinton will then head to …
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) formally announces his candidacy for president during an event in Louisville, Kentucky, April 7, 2015.

Rand Paul criticizes fellow Republicans as he launches White House bid

By Andy Sullivan, Reuters on April 07, 2015, at 1:53 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul accused his fellow Republicans on Tuesday of contributing to Washington’s dysfunction, launching a 2016 White House bid with a vow to shatter the status quo and defend individual freedoms. The first-term senator from Kentucky, a libertarian with a reputation for challenging party orthodoxy, …
Democratic candidate Anne Beebe-Center of Rockland.

Spending nears $50,000 for special election to fill Rockland House seat

By Stephen Betts on March 09, 2015, at 2:18 p.m.
Campaign spending on behalf of the two major political candidates for a Rockland-area House seat has neared $50,000. Voters in House District 93 — which serves residents of Rockland and Owls Head — will go to the polls Tuesday for a special election to fill the seat …
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Maryland on Friday. Paul won the CPAC straw poll on Saturday.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Feb. 28, 2015, at 7:23 p.m.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Sen. Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength. Whether the victory for Paul will have …
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Bear hunting bans may be back on Maine’s 2016 ballot

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 25, 2015, at 7:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Humane Society of the United States is considering an initiative to ban bear hounding and trapping practices in Maine through a 2016 ballot referendum, according Wayne Pacelle, president of the group. “We are taking a very serious look on a measure on trapping and hounding,” said …
Anne Beebe-Center

Voters have clear choices in special election for Rockland-area House seat

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 23, 2015, at 11:34 a.m.
The four candidates for a House seat representing Rockland and Owls Head have different opinions on Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed state budget. A special election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, to fill the vacancy created when Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson of Rockland resigned last month, one …

Orono council and school board candidates night Feb. 23

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 17, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Orono Town Council Chambers, 59 Main St., Orono, Maine For more information: 207-889-6905 ORONO, Maine — Orono Town Council and School Board Candidates Night will be held 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the Town Council Chambers, 59 Main St. Residents are encouraged …
Ron Huber

Green Party picks candidate for Rockland-area House race

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 09, 2015, at 12:10 p.m.
An environmental activist has been nominated by the Green Independent Party to be its nominee for the vacant Rockland-area House seat. Ron Huber of Rockland was picked by the Greens at a caucus Saturday in Rockland. Huber is executive director of Friends of Penobscot Bay. He has …

Republican caucus to pick Rockland-area House nominee postponed

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 02, 2015, at 7 p.m.
The Republican caucus to select a nominee for a vacant House seat has been postponed to Tuesday evening because of Monday’s storm. The caucus is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Trade Winds Motor Inn. Republican James Kalloch announced he intends to seek the nomination. Kalloch was …
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California on Jan. 16, 2015.

Romney opts against 2016 run for president

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:02 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 presidential race Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House. Romney’s decision helps clarify an emerging Republican field split between potential establishment candidates such as …
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