Rushlau wins seventh term as midcoast district attorney

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 06, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
DRESDEN | District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Thursday he’s accustomed to close races. Rushlau, a Republican, had another one this year, as he won by an 812-vote margin out of nearly 68,000 votes that were cast. The Democratic candidate — David Sinclair of Bath — conceded defeat on Thursday. …
Town officials count ballots Wednesday afternoon in the Waldo town office, which had been without heat and lights since the Sunday snowstorm swept through the midcoast. Voters on Election Day had cast ballots with the help of flashlights and lanterns, but officials decided they needed to wait until daylight to count them.

Democrat Jonathan Fulford to ask for recount in close Waldo County Senate race

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
BELFAST | With fewer than 100 votes separating incumbent Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, from political newcomer Jonathan Fulford, D-Monroe, Fulford’s team announced Thursday they will ask for a recount of the ballots cast for the Waldo County state Senate seat. “In light of the severe weather and power outages …

GOP asks for recounts in two Maine Senate contests

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
LEWISTON | State election officials confirmed Wednesday that a request has been made to recount ballots in the Senate District 21 race between Democrat Nate Libby and Republican Patti Gagne. According to unofficial results from the Lewiston city clerk’s office, Libby, a state representative and city councilor, won the …

Rushlau close to re-election victory in midcoast district attorney race

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 05, 2014, at 8:16 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Veteran District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau appears headed for a seventh-straight term. With 74 of the 77 towns in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties reporting, Republican Rushlau had 33,352 votes, while Democrat David Sinclair had 32,773 votes. The three towns that the BDN did not have official …
Gov. Paul LePage leaves the House of Representatives chamber after delivering his 2014 State of the State address on Feb. 4, 2014.

GOP takeover of Senate, closer gap in House change more than the numbers

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With the re-election of Gov. Paul LePage and Republicans overtaking the Senate with what looks to be a 20-15 majority, the next two years will see significant pressure on Democrats in the House of Representatives. Will they simply play defense against an emboldened LePage and Republican lawmakers …

Republican edges Democrat for South Portland House seat

By Staff, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
In unofficial results, Republican candidate Kevin Battle has won a tightly contested three-way race for the open District 33 seat in the Maine House of Representatives. Battle outpolled Democrat Rosemarie De Angelis by 2 percent of those casting ballots, 1,470 to 1,405, with Green Independent candidate …
Rich DeGrandpre

Longtime Freeport councilor ‘puzzled’ after losing re-election by six votes

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
Longtime Town Councilor Rich DeGrandpre lost his re-election bid Tuesday to challenger Bill Rixon by six votes. Rixon took the at-large seat by a vote of 2,076 to 2,070. District councilors Sarah Tracy and Kristina Egan, who were running unopposed, were both re-elected, but incumbent sewer district …
Gov. Paul LePage

Shock upset or inevitable victory? How LePage won a second term as governor

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA | News on Wednesday that Republican Gov. Paul LePage had won another four years undoubtedly was a surprise to some. Given the governor’s below-water approval ratings and tendency for controversial statements that have made him the subject of punch lines and opinion columns nationwide, some corners of Maine’s …
Aside from this logo on the side of Grass Roots Catering, visible signs of the town's vast support of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in his unsuccessful bid for governor were hard to find on Wednesday in East Millinocket.

LePage victory saddens but doesn’t surprise residents of Michaud’s hometown

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Rick’s Market co-owner Steve Waceken said he was sad that Mike Michaud suffered his first campaign loss. But he wasn’t terribly surprised. “You feel bad for the guy,” the 46-year-old Waceken said Wednesday. “If you’re Mike, now what do you do? Do you go back to …
U.S. Rep.-elect Bruce Poliquin greets supporters prior to holding a press conference at Oakland House of Pizza on Wednesday. Poliquin won a race over Emily Cain to represent Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

No spoilers: Poliquin cruises to congressional victory over Cain, Richardson

By Nell Gluckman on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
BANGOR | Even as a few precincts were still reporting on Wednesday, Republican Bruce Poliquin began looking ahead after handily winning the race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat over Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain and independent Blaine Richardson. Poliquin said he plans to do everything he can to …
Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King announces on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at his home in Brunswick, that he'll continue to caucus with Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

King announces he’ll stick with Democratic caucus despite Republican takeover of Senate majority

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday that he will continue to caucus with Democrats in order to ensure that Maine continues to have a senator with pull on both sides of the aisle in Washington. King has been caucusing with majority Democrats since 2012 and as …
Maine State House

Democrats reaped little return for heavy attack ad spending in Maine Senate races

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
BANGOR | Outside groups working to elect Democrats to the Maine Senate spent more on negative advertising than their opponents in almost every case but received very little return on that hefty investment. Other than in Bangor-area Senate District 9, where outside groups working to re-elect incumbent Democratic Sen. …
Kristin Fox and her 1-year-old son, Connor, pose for a photo on Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club polling station in South Portland.

South Portland voters approve sewer system bond, reject charter changes

By Lily O'Gara, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly approved borrowing for city sewer and storm drain improvements but rejected two amendments to the city charter. A $3.5 million water and sewer bond, which will cover the remaining costs of the $12 million, four-phase plan to modernize the city’s sewer and …

Longtime town clerk unseats long-serving chairman in Topsham selectmen race

By Alex Lear on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
Board of Selectmen candidate Ruth Lyons, who retired earlier this year as longtime town clerk, received 3,281 votes Tuesday to unseat incumbent Selectman Ronald Riendeau. Incumbent Selectman David Douglass was re-elected with 1,916 votes, and Riendeau had 1,766 in the three-way race. Lyons said on Wednesday that …

Bath voters elect two former city councilors

By Alex Lear on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
James Omo and Kyle Rogers were unseated from City Council in recent elections but secured enough votes Tuesday to return. Meanwhile, voters approved four of six proposed amendments to the city charter. They defeated amendments that would have allowed the city manager to live outside Bath and …
 Justin Costa, candidate for Portland City Council, on election night in Portland.

School Board member elected to replace longtime Portland city councilor

By David Harry on Nov. 05, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
School Board member Justin Costa will shift to the City Council after winning election easily Tuesday in council District 4. Costa will replace Councilor Cheryl Leeman, who is retiring after 30 years. He received 2,859 votes in defeating political newcomers Ray Ruby, with 1,544, and Rosemary Mahoney, …
Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, speaks in Augusta in this July 2013 file photo.

Democrats sweep House elections in Brunswick, Harpswell

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
Democratic candidates swept state House seats in Brunswick, Harpswell and West Bath in Tuesday’s election, maintaining party control in an area regarded as a Democratic base. In Brunswick, incumbent Rep. Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry and candidate Ralph Tucker won landslide victories over their Republican opponents in Districts 49 …
David Trahan (left), executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and Michelle MacLean (right), consultant of the Save Maine's Bearhunt campaign, watch returns on Tuesday in the Vote No on 1 campaign headquarters in Orono.

Voters reject Question 1, but Maine’s bear fight continues

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 05, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
Although voters rejected the proposed ban on bear baiting, hounding and trapping, the supporters of the proposal say that they’re not giving up. They still aim to change the way bear hunting is done in Maine. On Tuesday, Maine voters rejected the referendum with 54 percent of voters opposing the …
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses supporters while accompanied by his wife, former United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, at his midterm election night rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 4, 2014.

Rocky road for Obama with Republicans in charge of Congress

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 05, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his powerful U.S. Senate adversary struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday, but Obama’s plans to proceed with new immigration rules foreshadowed a bumpy start to his relationship with a Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Mitch McConnell, who will become majority leader when Republicans take charge …
Gary Brown

Former Brunswick town manager, dismissed in February, hired in North Carolina

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Brunswick’s former town manager, Gary Brown, who in February was dismissed by the Brunswick Town Council, has been hired as administrator for the town of St. James, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The St. James Town Council unanimously appointed Brown to the position Tuesday, the State Port …
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