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On November 4, 2015, voters in Maine approved a ballot initiative expanding the state’s public campaign financing system.  The initiative increases both election transparency and the total pool of money available to qualifying candidates. Organizations behind political advertisements must now disclose […]

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A special election has been scheduled for November 3, 2015, to fill the vacant House District 23 seat. Candidates had until September 14 to file to be on the ballot. Write-in candidates must file their declarations by September 25. State […]

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A special election has been scheduled for November 3, 2015, for the House District 19 seat. The seat was left vacant when state Rep. William Noon passed away from cancer. His widow, Jean Noon, an organic sheep farmer, was chosen […]

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On August 6, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued an opinion finding 65 bills from the 2015 legislative session were vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage too late to prevent the legislation from taking effect. Last month, the governor had returned […]

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Mainers for Accountable Elections, an activist group advocating for stricter campaign finance law, has developed a ballot measure to be considered by voters in the November 2015 election. The measure proposes to establish gubernatorial transition committees to help finance a […]

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The Maine Legislature adjourned the first session of the 127th Legislature sine dine Thursday, July 16, 2015. The session was marked by controversy, including an historic number of vetoes issued by Gov. Paul LePage. The governor acknowledged many of the […]

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Several Maine lawmakers are considering launching an investigation for impeachment hearings of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. LePage allegedly attempted to wield his influence to push Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves out of a new job at a charter school. The […]

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The contribution limit for Maine gubernatorial candidates has been increased by $75, from $1,500 to $1,575 per election. The contribution limit for county and municipal offices has been increased by $25, from $750 to $775 per election. The contribution limit […]

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State Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson of House District 93 resigned from the Maine House of Representatives, saying she has decided to move to another state. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap set a special election to fill Dickerson’s seat for March 10, […]

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The first regular session of the 127th Maine Legislature convened on December 3, 2014. Legislators were sworn in by Gov. Paul LePage, including Republican Cathy Manchester. Manchester was given a provisional seat in the Senate pending the resolution of the […]

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The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on August 27, 2014, to no longer enforce certain provisions of Maine’s campaign finance law. This vote is a result of a federal court ruling enjoining the per-election contribution limit as applied to independent […]

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U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby ruled in favor of four supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler who sued the state of Maine, alleging minor parties are at a disadvantage under sections 1015(1) and 1015(2) of Chapter 21-A […]

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A ruling is expected in the coming days in a federal lawsuit challenging certain provisions of Maine’s campaign finance law. Four supporters of gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler sued the state of Maine, alleging minor parties, including independent candidates, are at […]

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A federal lawsuit was filed July 7, 2014, challenging certain provisions of Maine’s campaign finance law. Sections 1015(1) and 1015(2) of Chapter 21-A of the Maine Revised Statutes limit political contributions to a gubernatorial candidate from an individual, political committee, […]

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