• Legislators address the mess in Augusta

    Legislators address the mess in Augusta

    ELLSWORTH — The 128th Maine State Legislature, unable to overcome partisan bickering, adjourned last week leaving a raft of unfinished business behind in Augusta. The votes to adjourn came late on Wednesday after efforts in the House of Representatives to extend the session by five days, then three days and, finally, one single day, all

  • Pair of candidate forums scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Democratic Committee is presenting two upcoming candidate forums. On Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m., the Democratic candidates for Maine’s Second Congressional District will get together at a forum in the Theater Room of the Moore Community Center on State Street in Ellsworth. Craig Olson, Jared Golden and Lucas St.

  • RCV programs set at area libraries

    GOULDSBORO — Three upcoming area programs will try to help residents better understand ranked choice voting. Christopher Cayer, field director of the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, will discuss the subject in a talk at the Dorcas Library in Prospect Harbor on Saturday, May 5, from 12:30-2 p.m. For more information, call the library at

  • Commissioners discuss proposed victims’ rights amendment

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Commissioners on Tuesday debated a proposed amendment to Maine’s Constitution to increase victims’ rights. The board received a letter from First Lady Ann LePage asking for the board’s endorsement of the proposed amendment, Marsy’s Law. The amendment is named for philanthropist Henry Nicholas’s sister, Marsalee Nicholas, a college student who

  • Voter engagement program scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — The Alliance for Maine Women is hosting an interactive and family-friendly voter engagement event that addresses what is at stake for Maine women in the 2018 elections. The program, titled “What’s At Stake?: Maine Women and the 2018 Elections,” is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the Moore Community Center

  • Candidate meetings scheduled in Orland

    ORLAND — A town hall meeting with Jared Golden is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery. Golden, a Democratic congressional candidate for Maine’s Second District, will speak with voters and answer questions at this event. Golden is currently assistant majority leader in Maine’s House of Representatives, representing

  • Maine House GOP candidates line up

    Maine House GOP candidates line up

    Part 2 of 2: The Republicans ELLSWORTH — Crocuses and songbirds aren’t the only ones poking their heads out with the warmer weather. Candidates are also up and singing — for votes. Come November, eight Democrats and eight Republicans will vie for 16 district seats in Hancock County. The June 12 primaries will largely be

  • Maine Supreme Court affirms ranked choice for June primaries

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that ranked choice voting (RCV) should be used in the June 12 primaries, issuing a key decision in a series of challenges to the new voting rules. At issue in the case was whether Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has the statutory ability to implement RCV according

  • Hancock County Dems meeting April 19

    ELLSWORTH — The Democratic leader in the Maine Senate, Troy Jackson, will be the featured guest at the April 19 monthly meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the theater room of the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. Sen. Jackson will lead a discussion about how a