Latest Maine state government News

Maine Democrats nominate 1st Black woman as House speaker

Nov. 17, 2022 18:50 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives nominated the state's first African American to serve as speaker, selecting a Portland lawmaker whose father was the first Black member of the Maine Legislature. Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross was nominated Thursday...

Maine backtracks on guidance for medical marijuana sales

Nov. 17, 2022 14:14 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is backing down from some of its guidance for the medical marijuana industry by allowing the sale of pre-rolled products to resume. The Maine Office of Cannabis Policy last month banned medical marijuana caregivers without a storefront from providing...

Democrats hold on to US House seat in Maine via ranked vote

Nov. 16, 2022 18:46 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrats held on to a swing district in Maine, as two-term U.S. Rep. Jared Golden beat back a challenge from a former congressman via ranked choice voting for the second time in four years. Golden won reelection via the ranked round, Maine’s secretary of...

Democrat Jared Golden wins reelection to U.S. House in Maine's 2nd Congressional District

Nov. 16, 2022 18:15 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Jared Golden wins reelection to U.S. House in Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

Maine AG confident in conviction despite new DNA evidence

Nov. 14, 2022 13:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said Monday that new DNA testing hasn't shaken his confidence in a man's conviction for the killing of a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. Dennis Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the murder and sexual...

DA recuses himself from former candidate's child porn case

Nov. 11, 2022 08:18 AM EST

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A district attorney is recusing himself from the prosecution of a former candidate for governor who's charged with possessing child pornography. Matthew Foster, the district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties, was previously represented by the same...

Official: US House race in Maine heading to ranked runoff

Nov. 09, 2022 17:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jared Golden will need to survive a ranked choice runoff to hold onto his seat, Maine’s secretary of state said Wednesday, setting up a replay of the 2018 race in which the moderate Democrat upset Republican Bruce Poliquin in a region with many conservative...

Somali Americans making history in Maine Legislature

Nov. 09, 2022 15:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Voters gave Democrats control of both chambers of the Maine Legislature for another two years — and made history by electing two Somali Americans to the House and the first Black woman to the Senate. The reelection of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills marked a...

Golden, Poliquin battle it out for swing House seat in Maine

Nov. 09, 2022 01:16 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Two-term incumbent Rep. Jared Golden sought to beat back a challenge in Maine from a former congressman in one of the most closely watched U.S. House races. Golden, a moderate Democrat who touts guns rights and protection of rural jobs, hoped...

Mills defeats LePage to win second term as Maine governor

Nov. 09, 2022 01:08 AM EST

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has turned back a challenge by Paul LePage, the bombastic former two-term Republican governor, to win a second term in Maine. The first woman to serve as governor of the state, Mills had touted pragmatic leadership during the pandemic, including executive...