Politics

  • Hancock County, statewide voters favor Medicaid expansion

    Hancock County, statewide voters favor Medicaid expansion

    ELLSWORTH — Great Pond was a town divided on the issue of Medicaid expansion. Voters there split 11-11 on Question 2 at the polls Tuesday. Countywide, 62 percent of voters favored expansion and 38 percent were opposed. This mirrored the statewide results. Fifty-nine percent of Maine voters were in favor and 41 percent opposed with

  • York County casino question receives state, countywide “no”

    York County casino question receives state, countywide “no”

    ELLSWORTH — A York County casino developer touted his project as a job-creator and money-maker, but Mainers weren’t betting on it. Ninety percent of Hancock County voters were opposed to Question 1 on Tuesday’s ballot. Not a single municipality in Hancock County voted in favor of the referendum. The question was rejected statewide, according to

  • Bar Harbor is first county town with referendum results

    Bar Harbor is first county town with referendum results

    BAR HARBOR — Only 10 minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m., Bar Harbor was the first town in Hancock County with its results reported. On Question 1, for a casino in York County, Bar Harbor residents were strongly opposed: 158 said yes, while 1,424 said no. On Question 2, whether to expand Medicaid, the

  • Maine Ethics Committee fines casino campaign $500,000

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Ethics Committee on Friday fined the York casino campaign — Question 1 on Tuesday’s election ballot — $500,000 for failing to disclose the true sources of millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Ethics Committee investigators issued a series of findings and concluding by advising the committee: “Your penalty decision in this

  • Senate candidate to speak in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Republicans invite anyone interested to a dinner with a speaker on Friday, Nov. 10, at China Hill Restaurant in Ellsworth. State Sen. Eric Brakey, the only Republican challenger to Sen. Angus King, will be the guest speaker. There will be a social hour at at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner

  • Luchini: Casino funding questions “really troubling”

    Luchini: Casino funding questions “really troubling”

    AUGUSTA — State election ethics officials met Tuesday in a marathon session focused on where millions of dollars backing a ballot initiative for a new casino in southern Maine came from and how it was reported. State Rep. Louie Luchini (D-Ellsworth) who, along with another legislator, initially requested the ethics inquiry and who attended Tuesday’s

  • Political forum at COA Nov. 7

    BAR HARBOR — The benefits of greater cooperation among lawmakers from different parties will be discussed by State Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County) and State Rep. Brian Hubbell (D-Bar Harbor) in an open conversation at College of the Atlantic on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Thomas

  • Lawmakers delay ranked choice voting until after 2021

    Lawmakers delay ranked choice voting until after 2021

    ELLSWORTH — The state Legislature passed a bill Monday that would delay Ranked-choice Voting (RCV) until after the 2021 elections. The bill stipulates that RCV would be repealed if a constitutional amendment isn’t enacted before that time to address lawmakers’ legal concerns. Legislators note that, according to Maine’s Constitution, the winner of an election is

  • Believers, doubters square off on ranked-choice

    Believers, doubters square off on ranked-choice

    AUGUSTA — Supporters of ranked-choice voting (RCV) filled a State House hearing Monday to deliver a loud, clear message to legislators: We voted for this, we want to use it starting next year and we don’t want you to tinker with it. “It would, I believe, be an assault on democracy itself if this Legislature

  • With Collins officially out, gubernatorial field growing

    With Collins officially out, gubernatorial field growing

    ELLSWORTH — The field of candidates looking to become Maine’s next governor is growing now that one of the bigger questions in Maine political circles has been answered. Ending months of speculation, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Friday at a Chamber of Commerce event in Rockport that she will stay in the U.S. Senate