Politics

  • Collins will not run for governor, will remain in Senate

    Collins will not run for governor, will remain in Senate

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has announced she will not be joining the 2018 gubernatorial race, stating that she is best able to serve Maine’s people in Congress. Collins made the announcement Friday morning while speaking at a Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Rockport. During her remarks, Collins discussed the

  • Surry discusses marijuana ordinance proposals

    SURRY — Cannabis: will Surry residents be able to commercially grow it, test it, sell it or manufacture it into baked goods? Those questions will be answered during Surry’s referendum on retail marijuana Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town office. Meanwhile, 16 residents and the

  • Bump stocks are in demand; dealers say ban wouldn’t hurt

    Bump stocks are in demand; dealers say ban wouldn’t hurt

    ELLSWORTH — Eight gun shops pepper eastern Maine roads on an 85-mile stretch between Holden and East Machias. Of those, nearly all said they had not recently sold a device that facilitates automatic fire on semi-automatic weapons, called a bump stock. But multiple shops said they’d been fielding requests for them after members of Congress

  • Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

    Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

    ELLSWORTH — Is ranked-choice voting the best way for Mainers to choose their elected representatives or a recipe for electoral chaos? It depends who you ask. Supporters say it will ensure that winning candidates are supported by a majority rather than just a plurality of voters. Others, meanwhile, say it could throw elections into disarray.

  • Lucas St. Clair is candidate for Maine’s 2nd District

    ELLSWORTH — Lucas St. Clair, who led the effort to create a new national monument in Maine, announced Monday that he is running for Congress to represent Maine’s Second Congressional District. St. Clair, 39, the son of Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, kicked off the campaign at a breakfast with about 40 supporters at the

  • Mayhew to attend local GOP meeting

    ELLSWORTH — The October meeting of the Hancock County Republicans will be on Friday, Oct. 13, at China Hill restaurant. Social time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The cost is $18 and an RSVP is requested by Oct. 6. Mary Mayhew, a candidate for governor, will be the special guest

  • Congressional candidate Fulford to speak in Blue Hill Oct. 4

    BLUE HILL — Jonathan Fulford, who is running to replace Bruce Poliquin as U.S. congressman for Maine’s Second Congressional District, will speak at the Blue Hill Wine Shop in Blue Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. The talk is the first in a series of town hall-style meetings sponsored by Indivisible Peninsula, a

  • Six Ellsworth government seats draw little interest

    Six Ellsworth government seats draw little interest

    ELLSWORTH — The differences between serving as governor of Maine and a city councilor, school board member or library trustee in Ellsworth are numerous, with schedule, stature and salary among them. Another difference is that a lot more people want to be Maine’s next governor than want to serve in those municipal offices. The opportunity

  • House speaker to address local Dems

    ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Sara Gideon (D-Freeport), speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, will be featured at the September meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the theatre room at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. Gideon is in her third term