Category Archives: State Politics

Third-party presidential candidates poised to do well in Maine

Patrick T. Fallon | Reuters

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s visit to Maine this Friday isn’t surprising, given the state’s history and the current political moment. Third-party and independent candidates up and down the ballot have often received significant support in Maine, and the particular dynamics of the 2016 race may lead to an electoral boost for third-party presidential […]

Rep. Russell celebrates superdelegate win, preaches unity in DNC address

Speaking to the delegates of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia yesterday, Maine State Representative Diane Russell celebrated the success of her resolution to bind superdelegates to state votes in future elections. “We are united, and fixing the super-delegate system is the path to making sure our party is the strongest party, not just this […]

Rep. Poliquin’s two-faced approach to Trump

Rep. Bruce Poliquin - BDN|John Clarke Russ

“I don’t get involved in the presidential election,” Maine Second-District Representative Bruce Poliquin told reporters yesterday, again refusing to answer questions from the media about his support for his party’s nominee for President, or even mention Trump’s name in public. But that statement isn’t quite accurate. Poliquin is willing to speak about the presidential election […]

How should the media deal with Maine’s liar-in-chief?

LePage testifies before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to review draft legislation on hydropower, on Capitol Hill in Washington

This week, the Bangor Daily News took a transcript of one of Gov. Paul LePage’s weekly town halls, analyzed it and annotated it, finding “scores of mistruths and misunderstandings of basic government functions.” A similar pattern of repeated, blatant lying has been abundantly clear every time the media has conducted similar fact-checking of his public […]

Clean Elections was a big winner in Maine’s primaries

Rep. Ben Chipman is all smiles Tuesday night in Portland as his supporters clap in honor of his victory in the Senate District 27 Democratic primary over Rep. Diane Russell and Dr. Charles Radis. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Maine’s newly-revamped system of public campaign financing was successful in a wide range of contests across the state on Tuesday, with a majority of Clean Elections candidates winning in primary races where they were matched against privately-financed opponents. Clean Elections candidates won eight of thirteen such match-ups for the State Senate and four of seven […]