Elections

 
Boothbay Harbor Democratic Committee Chairman Brian Papineau gives a thumbs-up during protests of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia the last week of July.

Lincoln County, state Democratic leaders protest, participate at national convention

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on Aug. 10, 2016, at 7:51 p.m.
The battle in the primary between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton came to an end in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28. Members of the Lincoln County Democratic Committee and the Maine Democratic Party experienced the Clinton nomination from opposing sides of the fence.

Emails by Clinton aides show State-foundation links

By Ben Brody, Bloomberg on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5:47 p.m.
Newly released emails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton show evidence of contacts between Clinton’s State Department and donors to her family foundation and political campaigns.
Sen. Susan Collins (right) and Gov. Paul LePage

Collins’ rebuke of Trump matters more nationally than in Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 09, 2016, at 7:09 p.m.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins made national headlines Monday when she declared Donald Trump, her party’s candidate, unfit for the presidency.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin speak to members of the media in Caribou in this May 2016 file photo.

How long can Bruce Poliquin avoid the Trump question?

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 09, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
Just like that, there was one big-name Maine Republican holding out on endorsing presidential nominee Donald Trump: Rep. Bruce Poliquin.
Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Collins says she will not vote for Donald Trump

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:29 p.m.
“Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country,” she said.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Aug. 4, 2016.

Philippine lawmaker seeks to ban Donald Trump from country

By Reuters on Aug. 08, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
A Philippine lawmaker is seeking to permanently ban U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from visiting the Southeast Asian nation after the billionaire called it one of the “terrorist nations.”
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My daughter was killed by gun violence. Maine can do more, keep guns from dangerous people.

By Wayne Richardson on Aug. 08, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
OpEd: No law can prevent all crimes, but requiring a background check for all gun sales can help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, including felons, domestic abusers and the severely mentally ill.
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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event on Saturday at Windham High School in Windham, New Hampshire.

After week of spats, Trump to focus on Clinton, economy

By Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Aug. 07, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday found Clinton leading among registered voters with 50 percent of support in the week after the Democratic Party convention compared with 42 percent for Trump.
Cherrie MacInnes’' third-grade class at Brewer Community School learns that it won a national writing contest for their children's book, "“Classroom Pets," Jan. 15, 2016.

Why a Maine school funding guru opposes referendum to hike spending

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 07, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
A November ballot question to raise taxes on high-income Mainers to increase public school funding has encountered deepening opposition in recent days, including the formation of a political action committee to work against it.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends campaign event at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aug. 5, 2016.

Trump endorses House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain

By Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post on Aug. 06, 2016, at 12:56 p.m.
“We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory — and very importantly, toward real change,” Donald Trump said.
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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a joint gathering of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Friday in Washington.

Hillary Clinton addresses email scandal in first news conference in months

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Aug. 05, 2016, at 7:18 p.m.
Clinton apologized anew for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state but she stood by her position that she’d never transmitted information marked classified.
Former Sen. Bill Cohen attends at Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast in Portland in this January 2014 file photo.

Former Maine senator says he’s ‘appalled’ by Trump’s remarks

By Susan Sharon, MPBN on Aug. 05, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Former Maine Sen. Bill Cohen has joined a growing list of Republicans criticizing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent performance.
Kwan Malwal speaks to reporters in Portland’'s Monument Square last month during a rally calling for peace in South Sudan. Malwal fled his home, escaping civil war, famine and genocide in 2002.

Why a refugee and Army veteran in Maine says he’s supporting Trump

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 05, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
A refugee living in southern Maine, who came to the United States after fleeing famine, civil war and genocide in Sudan and went on to serve his adopted home as a soldier deployed to Iraq, says he will be voting for Donald Trump.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage during his campaign rally on Thursday in Portland.

Outsider or dictator in waiting? Trump’s tone divides Mainers

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 04, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
Several Trump supporters said the unconventional candidate needs to tone down his rhetoric if he is to win the presidency in November.
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Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, speaks during a campaign rally on Thursday in Portland.

In Maine, Trump shares his view of US threatened by Somalis, other immigrants

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 04, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
Donald Trump painted a frightening image of Maine’s Somali refugees in a dark speech here Thursday, saying the U.S. is admitting people from “among the most dangerous places in the world” and that “has to stop.”
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event on Wednesday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Amid campaign turmoil, Trump allies urge him to get back on message

By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu, Reuters on Aug. 04, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Supporters of Republican Donald Trump urged him to get back on message on Thursday after a week of dropping opinion poll numbers and a war of words with ranking Republicans over his U.S. presidential campaign. Trump pledged to focus more on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who emerged from …
Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Report: Poliquin often was late paying property taxes

By Steve Mistler, MPBN on Aug. 04, 2016, at 2:19 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District is under fire following a report that shows he’s been late paying his property taxes 31 times during the past decade.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on Aug. 3.

Trump’s act is wearing thin

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Aug. 04, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
Maybe this is how it ends for Donald Trump: not with a bang but with a child’s whimper.
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As a veteran, I’m confident Clinton understands sacrifice. I have no such confidence in Trump

By Jared Golden on Aug. 04, 2016, at 10:41 a.m.
Most Americans don’t understand what service members experience at war for this country. They don’t understand because less than one percent of them volunteer to fight in them.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event on Tuesday at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia.

Trump’s Maine push has a lot to do with how old, white the state is

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Trump is giving Maine — normally on the presidential back burner — outsized attention in 2016, and he will be at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium at 3 p.m. Thursday.