Elections

 
The Pride of Madawaska Marching Band visited the offices of U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King during a trip this week to Washington, D.C., where they were among only 12 marching bands chosen to perform as part of the celebration leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

This Maine marching band helped kick off Trump inaugural events

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 19, 2017, at 7:55 p.m.
A marching band from a small Maine town received some time in the national spotlight Thursday afternoon when it performed as part of the celebration leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.

Executive actions ready to go as Trump prepares to take office

By Ayesha Rascoe and Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters on Jan. 19, 2017, at 6:42 p.m.
Donald Trump is preparing to sign executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to take the opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama’s policies.

Trump wins Electoral College vote; some electors break ranks

By Eric M. Johnson and Jon Herskovitz, Reuters on Dec. 19, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
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Maine electors of the Electoral College are sworn in before voting for president and vice president of the United States at the State House in Augusta Monday afternoon. The four electors cast three ballots for Hilary Clinton and one for Donald Trump. Pictured from left are Betty Johnson, Diane Denk, David Bright and Richard Bennett.

Sanders vote thwarted, but Maine still makes history with Electoral College vote

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 19, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
During Maine’s Electoral College voting Monday afternoon at the State House, Bright cast a secret-ballot vote for Sanders but was ruled out of order by Maine Electoral College President Betty Johnson.

Electoral College members vote in Maine

By Gabor Degre on Dec. 19, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a "Thank You USA" tour rally on Dec. 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bill would require presidential candidates to release tax returns in Maine

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Dec. 15, 2016, at 7:41 p.m.
Maine lawmakers could soon join an effort to force presidential candidates to release their tax returns.
Reflecting a national trend, more Mainers who voted on Nov. 8 left the presidential ballot box blank or voted for a third-party candidate than in past presidential elections. In at least one precinct, not one voter cast a ballot for either Republican President-elect Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Shooting blanks: Where Maine voters were most likely to reject Trump, Clinton

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 14, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
About 23,940 ballots came in blank, according to official results published by the Maine secretary of state’s office.
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Marianne Fricke (right) covers her face after Donald Trump won another state while watching election results at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Nov. 8.

Trump, Clinton or nobody? An awful lot of Maine voters left ballots blank

By Philip Bump, Washington Post on Dec. 14, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
It is clear that people deciding on one candidate or another instead of skipping the presidential race could have made the difference in the election.

Republican wins US Senate runoff in Louisiana, giving party 52 seats

By Bryn Stole, Reuters on Dec. 12, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Republican John Neely Kennedy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, won a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday against Democrat Foster Campbell in a race that gives the Republicans a 52-seat majority in the chamber.
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Trump’s victory a sign of the dawning ‘Age of Resentment’

By Richard Ogle on Dec. 05, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
Alone among all the candidates, Trump grasped the bitter resentment that political privileging of minorities would produce.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein speaks to students at the University of Maine in Orono during a campaign stop. Stein vowed on Saturday to bring her fight for a recount in Pennsylvania into federal court after a state judge ordered her campaign to post a $1 million bond.

Jill Stein vows to take Pennsylvania recount fight into federal court

By David DeKok, Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
Stein said she planned to announce “the next step” in the recount effort Monday at a previously scheduled news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.
Gov. Paul LePage

Without evidence, LePage tells lawmakers he can’t attest to election tallies

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 2:11 p.m.
“I think the integrity of the election is absolutely not in question,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said. “I’ve asserted that a hundred times, and I’ll assert it another hundred times.”
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport recently.

Angus King, other senators ask Obama to declassify information on Russia and the election

By Craig Timberg, The Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
Congressional negotiators approved an initiative to track and combat foreign propaganda amid growing concerns that Russian efforts to spread “fake news” threaten U.S. national security.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Milwaukee on March 28, 2016.

Clinton team to take part in Wisconsin vote recount

By Ian Simpson and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 27, 2016, at 9:05 a.m.
The voting margins make it highly unlikely any recounts would end up giving Clinton a win in all three states, which would be needed for the overall election result to change.
Connor Mullen, 17, cheers as election results roll in on a TV screen at a Republican rally in Portland on Nov. 8.

Republicans have made big gains in rural Maine. Can they hold them?

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The Republican insurgency into rural Maine during the era of Gov. Paul LePage may not wane when he leaves office in 2018.

North Carolina governor requests vote recount in tight race

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on Nov. 23, 2016, at 6:35 a.m.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Tuesday he has officially requested a recount of votes from the Nov. 8 election with official results showing him trailing his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, by one-tenth of a point.

Trump softens position on climate change, Clinton investigation

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 22, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday he was keeping an open mind on whether to pull out of a landmark international accord to fight climate change, in a softening of his stance toward global warming.

Cabinet hopefuls continue trek to Trump Tower

By Melissa Fares and Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Nov. 21, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump met with a stream of Cabinet hopefuls at his Manhattan office tower on Monday, but made no further announcements, keeping candidates and the public guessing about the shape of the administration that will take over on Jan. 20.
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Republican Bruce Poliquin (right) and Democrat Emily Cain can be seen during opening statements in their 2016 congressional debate held Oct. 19 at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle.

Report: Maine’s 2nd District was No. 1 in negative advertising

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Nov. 21, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who won a second term with 55 percent of the vote, ran fewer ads overall than his Democratic challenger, Emily Cain.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference to announce that she will run again for the chancellorship in the general election next year.

Merkel says she will seek 4th term as German chancellor

By Andreas Rinke and Madeline Chambers, Reuters on Nov. 20, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Despite a voter backlash over her open-door migrant policy, the 62-year-old conservative said she would stand again in the September election, ending months of speculation over her decision.