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Tea Party candidate defeats House Majority Leader Cantor in Virginia primary

RICHMOND, Va.  — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia's Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party. Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some ... 1

More than 5,000 applicants waiting for MaineCare acceptance

AUGUSTA — Thousands of Mainers are waiting to find out if they’re eligible for Medicaid coverage, potentially putting off needed medical care while state and federal officials sort out the bureaucratic backlog. Nationally, more than 6 million low-income Americans have gained Me... 4

Auburn voters pass school budget

Kelly Winn votes at Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn on Tuesday. On the ballot was a proposed $38.2 million school budget.

U.S. House unanimously approves bill that gives vets more medical options

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., right, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, confers with Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, the ranking member, left, as the panel holds a hearing to examine why thousands of military veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments, o...

Cutler calls for voting reform on Maine primary day

LEWISTON — Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate for governor in Maine, was taking the opportunity Tuesday to call attention to state election laws he said were unfair and did not reflect a true democracy. "We have let money and special interests corrupt our politics and steal our d...

Maine 2nd District hopefuls make final campaign appeals

AUGUSTA (AP) — The four candidates hoping to fill Maine's open congressional seat were making their final appeals to voters Tuesday as the clock wound down on primary races that have pitted political firebrands against candidates calling themselves consensus-builders. Liberal dealmak...

Ethics commission fines LePage for missing campaign finance deadlines

AUGUSTA — The Maine Ethics Commission has levied fines against Gov. Paul LePage for missing two campaign finance deadlines in the past week. The penalties, totaling $210, are preliminary, and LePage has the opportunity to request a waiver. Between May 28 and June 9, Maine law ...

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Democratic leaders resist LePage's call for a special legislative session

AUGUSTA — Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday used a letter to legislative leaders to renew his call for a special session of the Legislature to deal with loose ends he said Democrats left hanging when they adjourned in May. But Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, says majo... 2

Advocates announce petition drive for legal pot in Lewiston

LEWISTON — Advocates hoping to make it legal to possess of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use have launched an effort to collect enough voter signatures to put the issue on a citywide ballot in November. "The petition process will spark a public dialogue about marijuana ... 3