Politics

  • Maine Libertarians lose party status

    Maine Libertarians lose party status

    ELLSWORTH — The state’s Libertarian Party has lost its party status, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday. The Libertarian Party did not meet the enrollment threshold outlined in the party status requirements of Maine law. To retain party status, qualified political parties must have at least 10,000 registered voters who are enrolled in

  • Poliquin ends recount

    Poliquin ends recount

    ELLSWORTH — Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced on Friday that he is ending the recount of ballots in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. In an announcement posted to Poliquin’s personal Twitter account, he continued to reiterate that he received more votes than Democratic challenger Jared Golden on Election Day, and indicated that his decision was motivated

  • Judge denies Poliquin lawsuit

    Judge denies Poliquin lawsuit

    ELLSWORTH — A federal judge Thursday morning rejected the claim made by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin that ranked choice voting was unconstitutional, as well as the Republican congressman’s request to conduct a new election. U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker ruled against the argument put forth by Poliquin’s legal team that congressional elections should be

  • Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    ELLSWORTH — Who says miracles don’t happen? In what must be a first in modern history, virtually every commercial fishing organization in Maine joined together to urge Governor-elect Janet Mills to keep Patrick Keliher on the job as commissioner of Marine Resources after she takes office in January. First reported in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s

  • County treasurer, commissioners negotiate pay package of $34,723

    County treasurer, commissioners negotiate pay package of $34,723

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County treasurer-elect negotiated a total compensation package of $34,723 with the Hancock County Commissioners at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Michael Boucher of Sorrento will replace Treasurer Janice Eldridge of Ellsworth, who chose not to see re-election. Boucher, a write-in candidate for the office, starts work Jan. 1. Both the

  • Hancock County GOP Christmas party set

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Republicans are having a Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6-9 p.m. at China Hill restaurant. This party is open to anyone. This is a fundraiser and all are invited to bring a wrapped gift for the auctioneer to sell off. For more information, contact Sandi Blanchette at [email protected]

  • Oral arguments begin in Poliquin RCV suit

    Oral arguments begin in Poliquin RCV suit

    ELLSWORTH — Oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) challenging the results of the November election and the constitutionality of the ranked choice voting process began Wednesday morning at U.S. District Court in Bangor. Poliquin, who led Democratic challenger Jared Golden on election night by roughly 2,000 votes but without

  • Recount affirms Blaisdell’s victory in probate judge race

    Recount affirms Blaisdell’s victory in probate judge race

    ELLSWORTH — Incumbent Republican candidate William B. Blaisdell IV has been confirmed as the winner of the Hancock County judge of probate race, based on the results of a ballot recount completed Thursday, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. Unofficial preliminary results following the election showed Blaisdell, of Ellsworth, with 13,943 votes and Democratic