Orono resident Jeff Sanders went to the town office for early absentee voting on Wednesday in Orono.

Maine city, town clerks say early voter turnout strong this year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 02, 2016, at 7 p.m.
“We haven’t see this many absentees since 2008,” the Bangor city clerk said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump throws an autographed hat back into the crowd at a campaign rally in Cadillac, Michigan, March 4, 2016.

The KKK’s official newspaper has endorsed Trump for president

By Peter Holley, Washington Post on Nov. 02, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Under the banner “Make America Great Again,” the paper’s current issue devoted its entire front page to a lengthy defense of Trump’s message — an embrace some have labeled a de facto endorsement.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders urges a crowd at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to vote for Hillary Clinton for president, Oct. 7, 2016. Sanders returned to Maine to campaign for Clinton on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Sanders in Maine: After he loses, Trump will pay ‘fair share’ of taxes’

By CBS 13 on Nov. 02, 2016, at 8:19 a.m.
Campaigning on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke for more than an hour to a crowd of more than 1,000 at Deering High School, encouraging all of them to go out and vote.

Clinton condemns Trump’s treatment of women; Trump attacks Obamacare

By Jenna Johnson, John Wagner and Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post on Nov. 02, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.

Maine’s top earners are facing a tax hike. Here’s where they live.

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 01, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
Much of the debate over Question 2 on the November ballot centers on who, exactly, would get hit with a higher tax rate to boost funding for public schools.

Clinton works to shift conversation back to Trump’s fitness to serve

By John Wagner, Jenna Johnson and Anne Gearan, The Washington Post on Oct. 31, 2016, at 8:27 p.m.
Hillary Clinton sought Monday to redirect the focus of the presidential race to national security and Donald Trump’s fitness for office after days of damaging uncertainty over a renewed investigation into her email use when she was secretary of state.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and challenger Emily Cain pose for a picture before the 2016 congressional debate held at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle on Oct. 19.

Poliquin-Cain rematch shatters spending record, averages 333 TV ads per day

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Oct. 31, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
The 2nd District showdown between U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a first-term Republican, and Democratic challenger Emily Cain is one of the most expensive in the nation and is filling the airwaves with more advertising than any other congressional race in the land ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Medicinal marijuana buds are shown in jars at the Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California, recently.

Election Day could create flood of marijuana cash with no place to go

By Lisa Lambert, Reuters on Oct. 31, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
Marijuana merchants say there are not nearly enough banks willing to take their cash
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks before receiving the Tipperary International Peace Award in Tipperary, Ireland, Oct. 30, 2016.

Kerry has not been contacted by FBI over new Clinton email review

By Lesley Wroughton, Reuters on Oct. 30, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
The FBI on Friday said it was investigating more emails in what the Democratic presidential candidate described as “deeply troubling” behavior 10 days before the election
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders urges a crowd at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

Bernie Sanders returning to Maine to stump for Clinton

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 30, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
Sanders has worked to thwart Republican efforts to lure anti-establishment Democrats who backed him during the party’s nominating process.
The Maine House of Representatives on the last day of the 127th Legislature at the State House, April 29, 2016

Cash and the path to Maine legislative control flow through these districts

By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 30, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Democrats are still favored over Republicans to win the Maine Legislature, but Republicans have a path to keeping the crucial Senate majority chambers, according to a Bangor Daily News analysis handicapping all 186 legislative races.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Friday in Lisbon.

At Maine school, Trump compares Clinton email probe to Watergate

By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 28, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
“I have great respect for the FBI for righting this wrong,” Donald Trump said. “This is the biggest political scandal since Watergate.”
U.S. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (left) campaigns for U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin on Friday at Quoddy Inc. in Lewiston.

High-ranking House GOP leader stumps for Bruce Poliquin in Maine

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Oct. 28, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
U.S. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers campaigned Friday at the Quoddy Inc. shoe factory.
Bangor High School students check in to vote during classes on Tuesday in a statewide mock election.

In ‘tense election,’ Maine teachers challenged to keep classrooms civil

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 28, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
For teachers, the task of showing children how to interpret the hyperbole and communicate their political beliefs in a civil, productive way has been an enormous challenge during what many believe is the most divisive and unpredictable presidential race in modern U.S. history.

These Maine workers would benefit most from a higher minimum wage

By Christopher Burns on Oct. 28, 2016, at 6:32 a.m.
When Maine voters decide whether to raise the minimum wage, people behind store counters, waiting tables and helping educate our children will feel the results.
When Justin Chenette checked his mail Wednesday morning, he said he found his own political ad mailed back to him. On the flyer, a note read, “We do not support sodomites.”

Maine legislator says he received homophobic message in mail

By CBS 13 on Oct. 27, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
Justin Chenette is running for Senate District 31 in Saco.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event on Wednesday on the tarmac of the airport in Kinston, North Carolina.

Maine students elect Trump, favor gun background checks in mock election

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 26, 2016, at 8:33 p.m.
Students voted in favor of all the referendum questions and the bond question, with the exception of Question 1, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Voters in Orono will head to the polls at the University of Maine field house on Nov. 8. Town officials say they made the move to accommodate larger-than-expected crowds.

Orono voting moved to UMaine field house

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 26, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
With a higher-than-average turnout expected during the coming presidential and state elections, town leaders voted in July to move voting booths to the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to a crowd on Oct. 15 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Planned Lisbon appearance would be Trump’s fifth visit to Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 26, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has announced that he will visit Lisbon, marking his fifth trip to Maine in hopes of securing one of the state’s electoral votes.
Candidates for governor independent Eliot Cutler (left), Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (center) and incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage greet each other on stage before a televised debate in Augusta in this October 2014 file photo.

Simulation: Ranked-choice system leaves room for strategic voting

By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 26, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
Ranked-choice voting might have kept Gov. Paul LePage out of office, but a BDN simulation cast some doubt on the impact of the “spoiler” phenomenon.