Tag: Maine

Maine Seeking to Implement Ranked-Choice Voting in Presidential Elections

Maine lawmakers are considering legislation that would expand their current ranked-choice voting system to presidential elections. The bill, which is currently being debated in the state house and had its first public hearing on Wednesday, would allow voters to cast a ballot for a preferred candidate and rank the additional candidates on the ballot in order […]

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Maine House Advances Bill to Rename Columbus Day ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

The Maine state House on Tuesday passed a resolution to change Columbus Day, a holiday celebrated annually in October, to Indigenous People’s Day. The legislation passed the state chamber by a vote of 88-51, reports Maine Public. Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, has been celebrated by some U.S. cities […]

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Lawmaker Calls for Ban on Partisan Ideology in Classrooms

A Maine Republican sponsored legislation that would forbid teachers from endorsing political candidates and from using their classrooms as bully pulpits for ideological advocacy. State Rep. Lawrence Lockman, co-founder and president of the conservative Maine First Project, introduced a bill that directed the state board of education to draft a Code of Ethics for K-12 […]

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Racist Maine Mayor Steps Down After Calling Old Black People ‘Antique Farm Equipment’ in Texts to Former Lover

Photo: iStock Lewiston Republican Mayor Shane Bouchard stepped down from his position as head of Maine’s second-largest city. Text messages between Bouchard and Heather Berube (née Everly), a woman who claims she had an affair with him during his mayoral campaign revealed a racist remark he sent her while they […]

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The ‘D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty’ Former Gov. of Maine Thanks the Electoral College for Keeping White People in Power

Paul LePage listens to U.S. President Donald Trump during meeting with state and local officials to unveil the Trump administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan in the State Dining Room at the White House February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Remember Paul LePage? Don’t worry, the only people […]

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Democrat-Led States to Sue Trump over Blocking Funds to Planned Parenthood

Democrat-led states allied with Planned Parenthood are challenging the Trump administration’s new rule that would block about $60 million in family planning funding to the organization because it provides and refers for abortions. Officials from Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, New York, and California say they will sue the Trump administration over the new rule that marks a […]

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Artist Spotlight: Jenny McGee Dougherty

A selection of work by Massachusetts-born, Maine-based artist Jenny McGee Dougherty. Drawn to ideas of human interaction and our environments (both natural and built), McGee Dougherty attends to the construction of and markings within public space as well as the collective uses and movements of the individuals who inhabit them: “Within our understanding of the […]

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After Stephen King Tweeted at a Maine Paper for Cutting Book Reviews, It Gave Readers a ‘Scary Good’ Offer

When the largest daily newspaper in Maine decided it was going to stop publishing regional book reviews, it caused an uproar among local writers — one local writer in particular. Stephen King, the best-selling author from Bangor, Me., complained on Twitter that the newspaper was taking away the publicity that […]

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Maine Governor Writes ‘Stolen Election’ on Note Certifying Democrat’s Election Win

Outgoing Maine Gov. Paul LePage decided to troll a Democratic candidate who won a House race on Friday by writing the words “stolen election” on an election certificate certifying the win. LePage, in one of his final acts as Maine’s governor before his term ends, confirmed Democrat Rep.-elect Jared Golden’s election win on Friday, but not […]

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Maine Republican Drops Challenge to State’s New Vote System, Conceding House Race

Representative Bruce Poliquin of Maine, the only Republican House member from New England, said Monday that he was dropping his challenge to the state’s ranked-choice voting law, conceding that he lost his seat to his Democratic opponent, Jared Golden. His decision means that Mr. Poliquin, a two-term incumbent, was the […]

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GOP Winner in Maine-02 Now Declared Loser Due to ‘Rank Voting’

On Monday, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced that a recount of the November 6 election in Maine’s Second Congressional District will begin on Thursday and will continue for an estimated four weeks. The CD2 recount will begin this Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. and is expected to take about 4 weeks. We […]

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Up Against Big Oil

The victories in the midterm elections were real and sweet for environmentalists and progressives: There will be at least 119 women in Congress, and for the first time their ranks will include a Muslim (two, actually) and a Native American (actually, three). Some of those candidates were talking about a […]

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LePage refusing to implement voter-passed Medicaid expansion because he’s a bitter spiteful crank

Diagnosed with terminal asshattery. Do we even have laws anymore? It hardly matters what voters vote for if Republican politicians are simply going to ignore the laws they pass out of spite. The LePage administration is rejecting applications for Medicaid from people who became newly eligible for the program under an expansion approved by voters […]

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One-In-100 Million ‘Cotton Candy’ Lobster Found At Maine Restaurant

PORTLAND, Maine (CBS Local) – A seafood restaurant in Maine had a very special guest swimming in its fish tank over the weekend that was simply too rare to put on the menu. Scales Restaurant in Portland posted images of a cotton candy-colored lobster that had been brought to the eatery with their lobster supply. The […]

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Susan Collins refuses to do her constitutional ‘advise and consent’ duty on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee

Talk, talk, talk, Collins. Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are unanimous in demanding all of the records from Brett Kavanaugh’s service in the George W. Bush administration. The Trump nominee to the Supreme Court worked both as a legal adviser to Bush and as his staff secretary, and was present in the administration during the […]

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NY Times: ‘Nearly All White’ States Pose ‘an Array of Problems’ for Immigrants

A New York Times report seemingly blasts the state of New Hampshire, as well as Vermont and Maine, for being “nearly all white.” In a piece titled “New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?” the New York Times chronicles the supposed hardships of immigrants who allegedly do not have the […]

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Susan Collins: Senate anachronism, Trump stooge

Susan Collins. All talk. Campaign Action Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins gets a long and glowing bio treatment out of the Christian Science Monitor. She comes out of it an anachronism, with the piece an elegy for a kind of politics that never really was. Which is kind of obvious, from the intro the Monitor gives the story. […]

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A Vote Expanded Medicaid in Maine. The Governor Is Ignoring It.

PORTLAND, Me. — Brandy Staples, a 39-year-old breast cancer survivor, had expected to become eligible for Medicaid coverage this month after Maine voters approved an expansion of the program last fall. Instead, she found herself in a courtroom here on Wednesday, watching the latest chapter unfold in a rancorous, drawn-out battle over whether she and […]

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The last time Susan Collins was this useless on a Supreme Court nomination was . . . Merrick Garland

Fat lot of good Collins did for Merrick Garland.   Campaign Action Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is very concerned about that whole summit thing that happened this week. She has very sincere hopes that Donald Trump not be Donald Trump anymore. “I believe that he needs to send a very clear message to the Russians […]

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Susan Collins and Donald Trump are telling the same lies about abortion and his SCOTUS nominee

Susan Collins, Trump’s new right-hand helper. Campaign Action Popular vote loser Donald Trump is very bad at not letting all the cats out of the bag. Take his bizarre and generally useless interview with Piers Morgan this weekend. In this midst of his reflections on the FANTASTIC Queen Elizabeth and discovery that “United Kingdom,” “Great […]

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