Politics

  • Monroe Democrat is candidate for U.S. House District 2

    Monroe Democrat is candidate for U.S. House District 2

    ELLSWORTH — Jonathan Fulford, a carpenter/builder whose first love is farming, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 seat now held by Republican Bruce Poliquin. Fulford, 56, has never held public office. He ran unsuccessfully twice, in 2014 and 2016, against Republican Michael Thibodeau for the Maine State Senate District

  • Hancock County Dems meeting July 20

    ELLSWORTH — The July meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee will feature Harvard professor Theda Skocpol speaking on the topic of “Explaining GOP Extremism.” Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. She also is the director of the Scholars Strategy Network (www.scholars.org), a national association of university

  • Attorney General Janet Mills to run for governor, joining former DHHS commissioner Mary Mayhew

    Attorney General Janet Mills to run for governor, joining former DHHS commissioner Mary Mayhew

    ELLSWORTH — Attorney General Janet Mills joined a growing field of gubernatorial candidates Monday when she announced her plan to run for the state’s highest office next year. Mills, a Democrat, joins two other women with cabinet-level experience in Maine state government: former Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew, who is

  • Discussion for area Democrats scheduled

    ORLAND — All are welcome to join local and state Democratic leaders, movers and shakers for an evening of panel and audience discussion about being a Democrat in Maine District 2. The program, titled “New Life for the Democratic Party,” is scheduled for Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Craig Brook National Fish

  • Shutdown ends; Maine back in business

    ELLSWORTH — Robert Alley had a long day Tuesday. The Maine state representative from Beals Island stayed up into the wee hours Tuesday morning at the State House in Augusta where, according to Alley, he was the sole Democratic legislator to witness Governor Paul LePage sign the state’s $7 billion budget. The signing ended a

  • Sen. Mitchell to speak July 10

    BROOKSVILLE — Sen. George Mitchell will speak at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 10, at David’s Folly Farm in Brooksville. Mitchell will discuss his new book, “The Negotiator,” and his lifelong career in politics and peacemaking. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Blue Hill Books. This event is free and open to the

  • Statewide referendum results announced, certified

    AUGUSTA — The official tabulation of votes from the June 13 special referendum election shows that the bond issue on the ballot was approved by Maine voters, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Wednesday. The Elections Division has certified the results and Governor Paul LePage signed the official vote proclamation Wednesday morning. The certified election

  • 911 outsourcing proposal takes a beating at hearing

    911 outsourcing proposal takes a beating at hearing

    ELLSWORTH — Police chiefs, fire chiefs and dispatchers unveiled a host of potential issues and concerns about Hancock County possibly outsourcing the answering of its 911 calls to Penobscot County during a public hearing Tuesday. The Hancock County Commissioners listened to nearly 90 minutes of testimony from more than 24 public safety officials and selectmen

  • Bucksport native Richard Rosen resigns as Maine’s finance chief

    Bucksport native Richard Rosen resigns as Maine’s finance chief

    ELLSWORTH — The office of Governor Paul LePage released a terse statement on Tuesday afternoon saying the Governor had accepted the resignation of Richard Rosen as commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). The resignation comes at an exceptionally busy time for the Maine Legislature, which is hurrying to complete a two-year