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 …

Warren selectman accused of punching public works supervisor has yet to take out re-election papers as deadline nears

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 29, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
The chairman of the Board of Selectmen who is under investigation following an alleged physical altercation with the public works supervisor has not taken out papers for re-election. Michael York said Thursday he had no comment on whether he would seek a second three-year term on the …

Dems set caucus to pick nominee for Rockland area House seat

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 27, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
The Democrats have scheduled a caucus to nominate a candidate for the Maine House District 93 seat vacated by former Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson of Rockland. The Democrats will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Rockland City Hall. Registered Democrats from Rockland and Owls Head can …

2016 Democratic National Convention set for week of July 25, host city yet to be named

By Reuters on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party will meet the week of July 25 next year to nominate its 2016 presidential contender, gathering one week after Republicans convene to pick their White House candidate. Democratic Party officials said on Friday they were still in final negotiations with three cities — New York, …

Four candidates from Rockland announce plans to seek Maine House seat

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 14, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
Four candidates — a Republican and three Democrats from Rockland — have announced plans to run for the Maine House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson. The Maine Green Independent Party also has indicated it expects to field a candidate. Regional School Unit 13 Board Chairman …

2014: Maine’s top stories of the year

on Dec. 29, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.
The top stories of 2014 have two dominant themes: the accomplishments of individuals and turmoil in our institutions. The year was memorable for the people who shaped it: Kaci Hickox, Nicole Maines, Paul LePage and, yes, the Duck of Justice. But the steady decline of Maine’s paper industry should give pause, as should the difficulties within the University of Maine system, where tensions are high among students, faculty and administration. What’s known is that these storylines will continue into 2015; what’s unknown, and exciting, is who will emerge as Maine’s newsmakers along the way.
Gov. Paul LePage celebrates at the Franco Center in Lewiston early Nov. 5.

What did we learn about Maine politics in 2014?

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 23, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Politically speaking, 2014 in Maine started as if it would be the year when everything would go the Democrats’ way. But then, it didn’t. Despite expectations that Republicans would gain nationally during off-year elections because of dissatisfaction with Democratic President Barack Obama and vulnerable Democrats in Congress …
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Maine wildlife agency spent $31,000 to defeat bear hunting referendum

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spent at least $31,000 on campaign materials, television ads, debate coaching and staff time to fight Question 1, the citizen initiative to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine. The spending was detailed in internal agency documents and invoices released to …

Maine ranked choice voting proponents within 15,000 signatures of forcing statewide referendum

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The organizers of an effort to bring ranked choice voting to Maine say they have pulled within striking distance of their goal to force a statewide referendum on the issue with only a month left until the deadline to put the question on the 2015 ballot. Former …
The State House in Augusta stands lighted against the night sky.

Election workers, recount volunteers and state police officers headed to Augusta for recount investigation

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 08, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
More than 30 witnesses will travel to the State House on Tuesday to testify in a special Senate committee’s investigation into the disputed Falmouth-area state Senate election that Democrats argue is still undecided. By day’s end Tuesday, the committee intends to rely on that testimony to compile …
Freshman members of the incoming 114th Congress pose for a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Nov. 18, 2014.  While the freshman lawmakers set up in their new digs, outgoing members of Congress find themselves down on the cube farm.

For outgoing Congress members, the end of the line is down on the ‘cube farm’

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Dec. 05, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Retiring Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, isn’t out of office yet, but he’s already out of his office. Like other members of the House of Representatives who either lost their election bids or decided to call it quits, Moran has already had to vacate his spacious digs in the …
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