Your Vote 2020


Representatives from small business, professional theater and the hospitality industry held a press conference this morning in Portland to voice opposition to referendum Question A on the municipal ballot that would hike the city minimum wage to $15 an hour over 3 years.

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Short-term rental operators in Portland are voicing opposition to a ballot question that will appear before voters in the city on Nov. 3.

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Over the course of nearly three decades, Republican Sen. Susan Collins has crafted a centrist brand that once made her one of the most popular politicians in the country.

Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives who lives in Freeport and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, joins us for a Your Vote 2020 interview.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider the appeal by the Maine Republican Party to stop the state from using ranked-choice voting in this year’s presidential elections.

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A former Florida businessman and who ran for governor there is now making a play for one of Maine’s U.S. Senate seats. Although observers of the closely watched race say independent Max Linn can’t beat incumbent Republican Susan Collins or Democrat Sara Gideon, he could influence which one of them does get the win.

Max Linn, a financial planner who lives in Bar Harbor and independent candidate for U.S. Senate, joins us for a Your Vote 2020 interview.

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In their first televised debate, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District and Republican challenger Jay Allen disagreed on almost every issue.

Mainers are taking of advantage of in-person absentee voting, a day after several municipalities began allowing it.

You might not know it from the barrage of political advertisements on TV, but there are actually four candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Maine, not two. Independent Lisa Savage, overshadowed by Susan Collins and Sara Gideon, is an activist-turned-politician who’s banking on a progressive agenda and ranked-choice voting to elevate her chances as an independent Green.

Lisa Savage, public school teacher, organizer from Solon and independent candidate for U.S. Senate, joins us for a Your Vote 2020 interview.

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Two years ago, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden narrowly won his 2nd District seat on the second round of ranked-choice voting in a four-way contest. This year, he faces just one opponent — Republican Dale Crafts — and according to a recent poll is leading him by 22 points. But Golden says he’s taking nothing for granted.

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Three ballot referendum questions in Portland intended to increase affordable housing in the city are drawing criticism from a group opposing the proposed rent control measures.

An interim agreement reached in a pending lawsuit filed on behalf of four blind or visually impaired Mainers means that Maine voters with certain disabilities will be able to cast absentee ballots from home for the general election in November.

Superior Court Justice William Stokes has denied a group’s request to order changes in Maine’s election law that would make it easier to vote during the pandemic. But the Alliance for Retired Americans is appealing two parts of the decision to the State Supreme Judicial Court.