Obama nominates career diplomat as US ambassador to Cuba

By Matt Spetalnick, Reuters on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than five decades, setting up a fierce confirmation battle with Republicans in Congress opposed to Obama’s opening with the communist-ruled island. The appointment of DeLaurentis, who has been …
Jon Monroe, elections management analyst for the secretary of state’s office, demonstrates how to use the ExpressVote machine, which is designed to make voting more accessible to people with disabilities, during an event on Tuesday at the Bangor Public Library.

New accessible voting machines available at all Maine voting sites

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
“It allows people to vote independently and privately,” Jon Monroe, elections management analyst for the secretary of state’s office, said.

Obama power plant rules face key court test

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
The centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change strategy faced a key test on Tuesday as conservative appeals court judges questioned whether his administration overstepped its legal authority under an air pollution law to make sweeping changes to the U.S. electric sector.

National Republican group commits $600K for late attack ads in Maine’s 2nd District

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
The Congressional Leadership Fund announced Tuesday that it will spend $600,000 between now and Election Day in a bid to foil Democrat Emily Cain’s bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District. The fund, which is a super-PAC backed by House Republican leadership, said the money …
Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain (left) listens as Republican former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin makes a comment about her during the 2nd Congressional District debate at the CBS 13 television studios in Portland in this October 2014 file photo.

Cain hits Poliquin for declining debates in 2nd District race

By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:14 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s campaign said Tuesday that the Republican from Maine’s 2nd District will debate just twice on TV ahead of a November rematch with Democrat Emily Cain.
Civic leaders from Augusta, Bangor, Brewer and Holden held a press conference Monday, expressing their support for ranked-choice voting in Maine. The event was held at the Bangor Public Library.

Backers of ranked-choice voting say it would add civility to campaigns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We used to be a country where we talked about ideas. Now we’re more concerned in what not to do or who is going to get credit for something,” said Augusta Mayor David Rollins.

Ranked choice voting

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Civic leaders express support for ranked choice voting in Maine.

‘Dark money’ from California backs Maine Democrat challenging Senate president

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
A California-based political organization has pledged $50,000 to the Democrat in one of Maine’s most-watched Senate contests, again highlighting that money from out-of-state is pouring into legislative races. The $50,000 pledge, which was revealed in registration paperwork filed last month for a political action committee called Progressive Maine, is intended …

See where Maine donors gave the most to Trump, Clinton

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 11 a.m.
With only six weeks left before voters hit the polls and pick the next president, patterns in campaign donations are making clearer the landscape of big support on each side of the aisle from Maine donors. What’s clear from overall donations is that most itemized donations to the presidential race went to Democrats. (Campaigns are required to …

It looks like Clinton won the debate. Will she gain an edge?

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where I’m recovering from a late night watching last night’s historic presidential debate at the Bangor Daily News’ watch party in Portland. Nobody in that liberal bastion seemed to think Republican Donald Trump bested Democrat Hillary Clinton. Our crews fanned out across the state captured more diverse …
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 26, 2016.

Attacks fly in first presidential debate as Clinton’s jabs put Trump on defensive

By Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan, Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:40 a.m.
After circling each other for months, Clinton and Trump finally took the stage together for the first time, and each tried in a series of combative, acrimonious exchanges to discredit the other.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump spar in first presidential debate

By David A. Fahrenthold, Jose A. DelReal and Abby Phillip, Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:57 p.m.
The first presidential debate of the general election campaign turned unusually contentious in its first half-hour, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton telling Trump, “Donald, I know you live in your own reality.”

Why are presidential debates moderated by journalists?

By Callum Borchers, The Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:40 p.m.
A couple weeks ago, Donald Trump wondered why presidential debates include moderators. “I think we should have a debate with no moderators – just Hillary and I sitting there, talking,” he said on CNBC.

Debates to help half of voters decide between Clinton, Trump, poll finds

By Ginger Gibson, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Half of America’s likely voters will rely on the presidential debates to help them make their choice between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday. The results show the stakes for the White House rivals as …

Pipeline fight hangs over White House tribal summit

By Valerie Volcovici and Julia Harte, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
The Obama administration will soon ask federal agencies to require that Native American treaty rights be considered in decision-making on natural resource projects, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on Monday, hoping to avoid future conflicts with tribes such as the current Dakota Access pipeline dispute.

LePage’s drug arrest photo binder undermines 90% black, Hispanic claim

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
More than half of the photographs filling a binder that Gov. Paul LePage cited as supporting a claim that upward of 90 percent of suspects arrested in Maine on opiate-trafficking charges are out-of-state “black and Hispanic people” are instead of white drug defendants. The Republican governor’s office released the 148-page file on Monday after public access requests …

New poll shows solid leads for Poliquin, Trump in Maine’s 2nd District

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:31 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where there are new Maine-centric poll numbers to peruse thanks to the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. In the presidential race, which is on everyone’s mind today with the first 90-minute debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump …
Caleb Kleppner of election consultant TrueBallot Inc. uses an overhead projector to illustrate how Portland residents would vote at the polls for mayor in 2011.

In tight elections decided by ranked-choice voting, winners might not be known for weeks

By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Question 5 on Maine’s November ballot won’t change the way the state votes in most elections, but in a close race with more than two candidates, it could take weeks to find out who won.

Trump, Netanyahu discuss border fence, status of Jerusalem

By Ben Brody, Bloomberg News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
Donald Trump “discussed at length Israel’s successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders” during a meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump’s campaign said.