Politics

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Two national companies with natural gas plants in Maine will dump nearly $6 million on television ads aimed at shoring up opposition to a high-profile transmission project benefitting Central Maine Power and Hydro-Quebec.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine voters are poised to become the first group of voters in U.S. history to be able to use a ranked style of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Update July 15, 2020: State elections officials have confirmed that the winner of Maine's 2nd District Republican congressional race will be determined by ranked choice voting. 

 

The Republican primary to determine who will face Democratic U.S. Congressman Jared Golden in November could be heading for a ranked-choice voting run-off, despite concessions from the two candidates who trailed in the three-way contest.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Portland voters have shown support for creating a charter commission that could have significant effects on local government in Maine's largest city.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's secretary of state has scheduled a hearing about a challenge of the petitions filed by an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Well, the "pandemic primary" is over, and the stage set for this fall's election in Maine. Joining Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz to run through the results is Maine Public's State House Bureau Chief and Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler.

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Mainers have approved a pair of bond proposals for transportation projects and to boost high-speed internet.

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Aided by backing from national Democrats and aligned interest groups, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon won Tuesday’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary over state house lobbyist Betsy Sweet and Saco attorney Bre Kidman.

Maine's first election in the pandemic era went pretty smoothly, thanks in large part to voters' willingness to vote by mail or absentee.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

As he does every election, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has spent the day visiting polling places and answering questions from voters. Maine Public's Senior Political Correspondent Mal Leary caught up with Dunlap at the Augusta Civic Center to ask him about election safety and voter turnout during the pandemic.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Portland voters say they feel safe casting their primary ballots in person, thanks to precautions the city has taken.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Mainers head to the polls Tuesday, July 14, to vote in the state’s primary elections – that is, unless they have already voted. In this primary election, voters will choose candidates from their respective parties to vie for seats in the general election Nov. 3. Voters of all party affiliations will also weigh in on two bond issues.

Maine election officials are hopeful that a surge in absentee voting requests won't delay results of Tuesday's primary election.

PORTLAND, Maine - America's bus services are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Maine's Republican senator believes they need a bailout.

The House Appropriations Committee has been approving sections of its proposed federal budget, and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, says several provisions adopted so far are important for the state.

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