Politics

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she will vote against Trump legal staffer Steven Menashi for an appointment to the Second Circuit Appeals Court.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Tuesday, Maine voters went to the polls. There were no statewide races to decide, but local elections in Portland, Lewiston and elsewhere offered some noteworthy results.

On this week's edition of Maine's Political Pulse, Keith Shortall spoke with Maine Public's Mal Leary and Steve Mistler about what those results mean and about the most recent entry into the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Ross LaJeunesse.

Courtesty LaJeunesse campaign

A former Google executive and senior adviser to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced his bid to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Tom Porter / Maine Public

The Libertarian Party is suing the state of Maine in federal court over its benchmarks for qualifying political parties in state elections.

Andree Kehn / AP

Tuesday's elections were relatively low-key, in an off-year with only a few ballot questions and no statewide candidates. But some local elections proved to be historic, as several immigrants were voted into office.

Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Updated: November 7, 2019 12:57 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Libertarian Party of Maine is suing Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in federal court over political party enrollment thresholds it says are impossible for new parties to maintain.

NEW YORK - A New York judge ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he misused his charitable foundation to further his political and business interests.

4 Maine Towns Pass Recreational Marijuana Rules, But Others Are Still Wary

Nov 7, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

At least four municipalities passed marijuana-related questions across Maine on Tuesday and three others were rejected, proving that municipalities are still wary of weighing in on the issue before the state opens a new recreational market next year.

Courtesy Maine Maritime Academy/YouTube / via Bangor Daily News

A former Google executive and aide to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who grew up in Arundel filed on Wednesday for the Democratic primary in 2020 for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Maine voters overwhelmingly approved a $105 million transportation bond proposal Tuesday.

The state Energy Storage Benefits Commission is looking at ways Maine might turn to large batteries to supply electricity during times of peak demand.

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen says Sen. Susan Collins' reelection chances will not be affected by her position on impeaching the president, as long as she explains her decision to voters.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Former Secretary of State John Kerry encouraged Maine voters to make climate change a priority issue in the 2020 election and he cited President Trump's efforts to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord as a motivator.

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Former Portland school board member Kate Snyder will be the city's next mayor.

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Mainers have approved a $105 million transportation bond proposal and a constitutional amendment that aims to ensure residents who are unable to sign their names can support citizens' initiatives and people's veto petitions.

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