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    January 11, 2019

    Republicans may seek to overturn ranked-choice voting

    AUGUSTA — After ranked-choice voting helped Democrats defeat two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November, it’s perhaps no surprise that GOP leaders are eyeing the possibility of wiping away the new voting method. “We must go after this bad precedent,” former Gov. Paul LePage wrote recently to members of the Republican state committee. The […]

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    January 10, 2019

    Eric Brakey launches Free Maine Campaign to fight 'nanny state'

    AUBURN — After his unsuccessful bid last year to unseat U.S. Sen. Angus King, former state Sen. Eric Brakey is launching what he calls the Free Maine Campaign to defend the liberty of Mainers. Brakey, 30, said the new organization aims “to protect the freedoms and paychecks of Maine people” with a grass-roots effort to […]

  • Published
    January 9, 2019

    Criminal charges lodged against Rumford hotelier James Adinolfi

    RUMFORD — Police have charged a Connecticut native who has been renting rooms at the Hotel Harris with three counts of theft by deception and three counts of deceptive business practices. Acting Police Chief Daniel Garbarini said in a news statement that James F. Adinolfi, 29, of Rumford was charged Monday. The misdemeanor criminal counts […]

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    January 8, 2019

    After November's shellacking, state GOP eyes possible leadership change

    AUGUSTA — Despite suffering a crushing defeat in November, the Maine Republican Party’s leadership team is seeking to remain in place for another two years. But at least two GOP lawmakers, former Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason of Lisbon Falls and former state Rep. Heather Sirocki of Scarborough, are eyeing the possibility of taking […]

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    January 6, 2019

    Maine's congressional delegation hopes for better in Washington

    WASHINGTON — For congressional newcomer Jared Golden, having the House controlled by Democrats, the Senate by Republicans and a mercurial executive doesn’t strike him as a problem. It is, after all, what he’s dealt with for the past four years as a state representative from Lewiston. Now, though, the 2nd Congressional District’s freshman lawmaker is […]

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    January 5, 2019

    Jim Adinolfi’s Hotel Harris in Rumford: ‘top-notch’ or ‘scam’?

    RUMFORD — With its fluted limestone columns, soaring lobby and a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hotel Harris appears to be a steal with prices as low as $49 a night. For some, it has offered an interesting experience of staying in a classic hotel that long ago fell on hard […]

  • Published
    January 3, 2019

    Jared Golden takes his seat in U.S. House of Representatives

    WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than a half-century, a Lewiston resident took the congressional oath of office Thursday to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. As he stood in the chamber to become a member of the 116th Congress, Democrat Jared Golden, a 36-year-old U.S. Marine Corps […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2018

    UMaine turning water into wine?

    Imagine a New Year’s Eve of drinking with no calories or hangover. Imagine eating broccoli and tasting chicken wings. Orono Assistant Professor Nimesha Ranasinghe can imagine that and virtually so much more.

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    December 28, 2018

    Jared Golden getting ready to take office next week in Washington

    They won’t give Maine’s next congressman the keys to his office until Wednesday, but his new digs in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill are ready. They’re a little sparse, though. Pictures of the still-vacant office taken this week show empty shelves, gleaming desktops and computers showing only screen savers. One stands out […]

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    December 25, 2018

    Glass Christmas ornaments made in Lewiston now sought-after

    LEWISTON — For more than a decade starting in 1959, a Lewiston factory looked something like a Christmas workshop as it churned out millions of brightly colored ornaments. Paragon Glass Works, one of the first companies to move into the city’s industrial park, produced an astonishing array of glass balls. Many of them were pretty […]

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