Cain, Baldacci both take aim at Rep. Poliquin

Emily Cain and Joe Baldacci, the two Democratic congressional candidates in Maine’s Second District, seem to be squarely focused on Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin, whom they hope to face next November, with less attention or criticism spared for each other. “We’ve got to get rid of Bruce Poliquin. He’s bad for Maine people, he’s bad for […]

Lewiston Mayor: shame welfare recipients to keep out special needs kids

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald finally explained who exactly he was targeting with his plan to publish the names and addresses of Mainers who receive public assistance. When Fox and Friends host Tucker Carlson mentioned Somali immigrants, Macdonald denied that they were his focus and instead claimed that […]

Rep. Poliquin flips on Planned Parenthood, votes against women’s health

BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

I was surprised and pleased to hear Second-District Representative Bruce Poliquin’s statement to Maine Public Radio last week on Planned Parenthood. Sure, he used the opportunity to repeat some of the worst lies about the organization promoted by anti-abortion rights activists, but at least he said he would vote against the attempt to strip away […]

David vs. Goliath battle shaping up on Portland minimum wage referendum


The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce plans to spend at least six figures in an attempt to defeat a local initiative to increase the minimum wage put forward by the Portland Green Independent Committee, according to Chamber CEO Chris Hall. “A successful [campaign] will have to have six digits at the very least,” said Hall. […]

Mainer to serve as Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire primary director

Maheu at a Sanders rally in portland | photo by Jeff Kirlin/Thing of the Moment, courtesy of the campaign

Brandon Maheu, a longtime political operative living in Belfast, Maine, announced on social media this morning that he will soon be working as New Hampshire Primary Director for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. “Joining Sen. Sanders’ campaign in New Hampshire in this capacity is a remarkable opportunity,” said Maheu […]