Rep. Terry K. Morrison, D-South Portland, on the house floor on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at the Statehouse in Augusta.

GOP candidates in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth House districts withdraw

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on Sept. 04, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Republican candidates in state House District 31 and District 32 have withdrawn, leaving the districts’ incumbent Democratic representatives unopposed in the Nov. 4 election. Stephen Popp on Wednesday said he has withdrawn his candidacy in District 31. State election officials in Augusta said they received his …

Vice President Joe Biden calls for growing the middle class in Kittery

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 03, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
Vice President Joe Biden called for growing the middle class while speaking at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Wednesday.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Wednesday.

Biden talks about growing the middle class, joins Michaud, Pingree in Kittery

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 03, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
KITTERY, Maine — Vice President Joe Biden addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Wednesday morning, throwing political star power behind a slate of Democratic candidates in both Maine and New Hampshire. Biden was accompanied on the stage by Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike …

Bill Clinton stumps for Mike Michaud in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:40 p.m.
Former President Bill Clinton and Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud hit the stage at the Portland Expo on Tuesday night in Portland.
Former President Bill Clinton (left) and Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud hit the stage at the Portland Expo on Tuesday night in Portland.

Bill Clinton stumps for Mike Michaud in Portland

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 02, 2014, at 9:05 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Former President Bill Clinton, known for his engaging and energizing off-the-cuff speeches, lived up to expectations Tuesday at a rally in favor of Democratic nominee for Maine governor Mike Michaud. Clinton, one of the most popular presidents in recent history, was quick to reference his previous visits …
From the community

County candidate forum on public education

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 01, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Caribou High School Performing Arts Center, 308 Sweden St., Caribou CARIBOU, Maine — A legislative candidates’ forum focused on K-12 education will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at Caribou High School Performing Arts Center, bringing together those running for the Maine …
A sign in Arrowsic  urges voters to exercise their right to vote in special Maine Senate District 19 election in August 2013.

What you need to know about Maine’s upcoming elections

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 31, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — On Nov. 4, Maine will elect a governor and three of its four members of Congress. The state’s voters also will again decide whether to ban bear baiting and settle six bond questions. Here are status reports on those key elections as the Pine Tree State’s political …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler fields questions from reporters during a news conference Thursday morning at his Portland campaign office.

Cutler calls for ranked choice voting, open primaries in gubernatorial elections

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Thursday reiterated calls for new voting systems in Maine, which he said would help place all candidates — regardless of their political party — on equal footing. In a news conference at his Portland campaign office, Cutler called for Maine to …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage reacts as Maine GOP Party Chairman Rick Bennett introduces him during a celebration of the party's new headquarters in Androscoggin County on Wednesday.

LePage slams newspapers, revs up GOP faithful during Auburn rally

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 27, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — During a visit to celebrate the Maine Republican Party’s new headquarters in Androscoggin County on Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage delivered a 30-minute pep talk to party faithful. Cheering him on were about 100 people and Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett, who called LePage “the best CEO this …
Walter McKee

Maine Ethics Commission changes donor limit rule in governor’s race

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 27, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday not to enforce certain campaign contribution limits in the governor’s race between now and the general election on Nov. 4. The commission’s vote came after a decision last week by U.S. District Court Judge Brock Hornby in response to …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler

Cutler unveils welfare reform proposal that would give cash incentives for education, good parenting

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 27, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler joined the campaign debate on welfare reform Wednesday with a plan that calls for public assistance recipients to repay some of the benefits they receive and for the state to provide cash incentives for recipients who complete their high school education …
Gov. Paul LePage

Candidates for governor share ideas for Maine agricultural rebirth

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 26, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The three major candidates for governor spent Tuesday with members of Maine’s agricultural community, discussing their visions for farming and how it could be part of the answer to future economic prosperity. It’s well-known that Maine’s agricultural past dwarfs the agricultural present. There is far less farmland …
Senator Susan Collins waves to supporters as she leaves her campaign headquarters in Bangor to embark on her cross-state bus tour Tuesday.

Collins’ ‘traditional’ statewide bus tour launches in Bangor to sounds of brass quartet

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 26, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — How do you liven up a political campaign launch when you’ve done it four times in the past? Bring in a brass quartet to jazz up the proceedings. Republican Sen. Susan Collins ramped up her re-election campaign with a statewide bus tour that left Bangor on Tuesday …
Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage get a tour of  the Shepherd's Godparent Home in Bangor on Monday afternoon.  Director Barbara Ford toured the couple through the no-cost residential maternity home for women in crisis ages 13-28.

LePage visits Bangor shelter that helps young, at-risk mothers find independence from welfare

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 25, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — There’s no shame in asking for help, but don’t make it a lifestyle. That’s the message Barbara Ford spreads at her Bangor shelter for young and expectant mothers who need a hand. Gov. Paul LePage on Monday toured Shepherd’s Godparent Home alongside First Lady Ann LePage. Ford …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins’ re-election campaign kicks off with 3-day bus tour of Maine

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins hits the road this week on a three-day bus tour of the state as part of her re-election campaign. Collins, a Republican, is running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows, the former executive director of the …

Can Angus King be Eliot Cutler’s Oprah? Or, do endorsements matter?

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
Independent Eliot Cutler this week tried to translate an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Angus King into momentum for his third-place campaign for governor, timing the endorsement announcement just before a statewide TV advertising push. King, an independent and former two-term governor, is a popular politician among Maine voters. But can …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins wins another labor union endorsement

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The re-election campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was touting another union endorsement Wednesday. According to a campaign release, the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, AFL-CIO has endorsed Collins. The union represents about 25,000 general …
Eliot Cutler (right), an independent running for governor, listens to Sen. Angus King endorse him at a press conference on Monday in Bangor.

King endorses fellow independent Cutler for Maine governor

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed fellow independent Eliot Cutler in this year’s gubernatorial race Monday morning at a news conference in Portland. The two independents emphasized Cutler’s business pedigree, and the advantages they said an independent can have as the top elected official in the state, such …
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Leader of national Planned Parenthood PAC to campaign for Mike Michaud in Portland

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 11, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood’s national political action committee, is set to headline a rally for Maine 2nd District U.S. Representative Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor later this month. The “Women for Mike” rally is set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 on the steps of …
Shenna Bellows

All 2nd Congressional District, Senate candidates but Bellows support balanced budget amendment

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Maine Republicans, Democrats and independents running for seats in Congress on Thursday seemed to be mostly in agreement on at least one thing. The federal government should have to balance its budget, the same way many states do. Of the three candidates running for the U.S. House …
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