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Poliquin Sues In Federal Court To Halt Ranked-Choice Vote Tally

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has filed a lawsuit in federal court that seeks to block Maine election officials from conducting the nation’s first-ever ranked-choice voting tabulation in a federal race.

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The holiday dinner conversations are going to be intense in several high-profile Democratic households in the coming weeks, as potential candidates near final decisions on whether to run for president in 2020.

Even as their staffs and political advisers have already begun scouting out office space, interviewing potential aides, and plotting out strategy for the 2020 presidential election, most haven't completely made up their minds on entering what's expected to be one of the most crowded primary contests in history.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public/file

Student test scores in Maine slipped in the 2017-2018 school year. "We did see a slight decline across the board in student test results," says Rachel Paling, communication director for the Maine Department of Education.

House Republicans are electing a new set of leaders Wednesday to oversee their transformation from an ideologically diverse majority power to an increasingly conservative minority in the next session of Congress.

Much of the tension in the fight over who will replace retiring House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., deflated after Republicans lost more than 30 seats in the midterm election last week, flipping control to the Democrats in January. Only two of the current GOP leaders are running for top slots in the minority next year and only one of those jobs is contested.

LEWISTON, Maine - Maine's first universally accessible public playground is getting its ribbon cutting. The Sun Journal reports the ceremony will take place Wednesday to celebrate the construction of Jude's Place playground at Marcotte Park.

YORK, Maine - A southern Maine organization will receive more than $1.3 million from the federal government to beef up its support for low-income families.

WATERVILLE, Maine - A Maine city will move ahead in a recount of ballots cast in a referendum to ban plastic shopping bags.

President Trump on Tuesday announced the nomination of retired Army Gen. John Abizaid as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia — a move that would fill a vacancy that's been open since the administration's first days.

Abizaid, known for serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command and overseeing the war in Iraq, is currently the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and works as a private consultant.

Updated at 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday

CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after the White House suspended CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials.

With the next legislative session just around the corner, an advocacy group for Americans over 50 is calling on lawmakers to enact policies to support family caregivers.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

WATERVILLE, Maine - Maine's two biggest mountains are opening for the ski season.
The Morning Sentinel reports Sunday River in Newry opened last Friday on a daily basis, and Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley is planning to open daily this Friday.
Both mountains were helped by a dumping of 10 inches of natural snow over the weekend.
It is unclear if Saddleback ski resort will open for the season. Its owners announced plans to sell the ski area to the Majella Group last year, but the CEO of the company was charged with fraud in June.



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