Politics

  • Question 5: Medical Marijuana

    This proposed legislation, which would extend the allowable uses for medical marijuana, has been overshadowed by other questions on the ballot.   If approved by voters, Maine’s existing statutes regarding the medical use of marijuana would be repealed and replaced with a new law titled the Maine Marijuana Act. The new law would expand the

  • Question 4: TABOR II

    Brought by a citizen initiative, this proposed legislation, known as TABOR II, would set new limits on government spending and require majority approval by referendum at state, county or local levels to exceed those limits. It also requires statewide voter approval for any state tax increase.   The proposed measure has been hotly contested, with

  • Question 3: School Consolidation

    Many residents and school officials in western Hancock County have been pointing to Question 3 since Maine’s school consolidation law was enacted.   Question 3 asks voters whether they want to repeal the law related to the consolidation of school administrative units that was established in 2007. The petition to place the citizen initiative on

  • Question 2: Excise Tax

    This question asks whether voters want to reduce the rate of excise tax on motor vehicles less than six years old.   The extent of the rate cut depends on the age of the vehicle. The proposed legislation would reduce the excise tax rate for one- and two-year-old vehicles by about 50 percent, 70 percent

  • Question 1: Same-sex Marriage

    This question, brought as a people’s veto, asks voters whether they want to reject Maine’s new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.   The question, which will shape the institution of marriage in Maine, has emerged as the most controversial and polarizing issue

  • Impact of Consolidation Law Varies Among School Districts

    AUGUSTA — Question 3 on the statewide referendum Nov. 3 asks voters to repeal a mandatory school consolidation law passed in 2007.   The law aims to reorganize several school units into larger regional units and to otherwise reduce administrative and business costs in districts where consolidation was unfeasible. The law also aims to shed

  • State to Investigate Gay Marriage Law Opponents

    AUGUSTA — The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices Oct. 1 ordered an investigation of Stand For Marriage Maine Political Action Committee and its primary funder, the National Organization For Marriage (NOM). Both are opposed to Maine’s same-sex marriage law that was passed in 2009 and are seeking its repeal in November.   Maine

  • Commission Upholds Conservative Group’s Stance

    AUGUSTA — The conservative nonprofit Maine Leads did not act as a political action committee (PAC) in raising funds supporting two citizen initiatives facing Maine voters Nov. 3.   The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices voted Oct. 1 that Maine Leads did, however, act as a ballot question committee and failed to file

  • Acadia Budget Continued

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — As of press time on Sept.30, both the federal House and the Senate had passed a continuing resolution to fund federal government agencies through the month of October. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the resolution, said deputy superintendent Len Bobinchock.   A continuing resolution, which allows federal agencies to

  • City Council Votes to Oppose Excise Tax Initiative

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council Sept. 14 voted to oppose a motor vehicle excise tax initiative, stating that the measure only helps owners of expensive hybrid vehicles. The question, an initiative of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, will be on ballots statewide Nov. 3. Ballot Question: “Do you want to cut the rate of the