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For the first time, the Penobscot Nation has hosted a political forum featuring candidates for governor. About 150 people from the Penobscot Nation, as well as members of the surrounding communities came to Wednesday night's forum on Indian Island.

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Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn of Bar Harbor should not qualify for the June primary ballot.

A judge has ordered Maine's secretary of state to reopen a probe into Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn's petition to be on the ballot.

The judge told Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Friday to accept new evidence from the campaign of Eric Brakey of Auburn, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate.

Both candidates are seeking to challenge incumbent independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. Democrat Zak Ringelstein has also entered the race.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine reports more than $2.2 million in his campaign war chest as Democratic opponents make their case to donors ahead of the June 12 primary.
 
Democrats, including Assistant Maine House Leader Jared Golden; conservationist Lucas St. Clair; farmer and carpenter Jonathan Fulford; and bookseller Craig Olson recently filed campaign finance reports as they compete to face the congressman in November.
 

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Marty Grohman, an independent state representative from Biddeford, announced Tuesday that he's running for the 1st Congressional District seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Grohman, a businessman and second-term legislator in the House, unenrolled from the Democratic party last year.

Grohman said he's running to become a voice of reason in a Congress paralyzed by partisan gridlock.

Max Linn campaign

The Secretary of State says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, even though more than 200 of them were ruled invalid, including several of people who are dead. 

The findings followed a challenge filed by the campaign of state Sen Eric Brakey, a Republican hoping to unseat independent U.S. Sen Angus King in the fall.

A Superior Court judge has ruled that state election officials should continue implementing Maine's landmark ranked-choice voting law for the June primary elections. The ruling, by Kennebec Superior Court Judge Michaela Murphy, is a victory for supporters of the voting system, who have been battling with lawmakers in the courts and in the Legislature ever since voters approved ranked-choice nearly two years ago. But the legal battle is far from over.

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Another turn in the ongoing legal and political fight over ranked-choice voting Maine — Republicans in the Maine Senate on Monday passed a measure to block implementation of the system, which could be in place for the June primaries.

Toby Talbot / Associated Press

It’s still unclear whether Maine voters will use a landmark ranked choice voting system in June that will purportedly make elections less acrimonious and less partisan. But the fate of the voting system could largely be determined by voters who identify as partisans, and less so by the state’s biggest voting bloc: independents.

Darron Cummings / Associated Press/file

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap told legislative leaders Thursday that a provision in election laws that the people's veto petition blocked means ranked-choice voting cannot be used in the June primaries.

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Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills are at it again.

The two political rivals are at odds over LePage’s effort to restore eight attorney positions within the Department of Health and Human services. Mills, however, says her office should be involved.

The Department wants to restore funding for eight positions that would otherwise be eliminated July 1. Those staffers would be attorneys who do contract reviews and provide internal legal advice.

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Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau is ending his bid for governor. Thibodeau announced that he's dropping out of the governor's race in a Facebook post published Monday.

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Republican Maine State House candidate Leslie Gibson has announced that he is dropping out of the race for the Maine House District 57 seat, representing Greene and Sabattus.

Gibson came under fire for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. He wrote that one of the Parkland survivors was a "skinhead lesbian," and the other a "bald-faced liar." Gibson later apologized to one of the students.

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The field of gubernatorial candidates affiliated with Maine’s two largest political parties has shrunk from 24 to 12.

Maine Democratic Party

Maine Democrats have announced that a party member from Greene will run against a Republican Maine State House candidate from Sabattus, Leslie Gibson, who has been criticized for calling one Florida school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and another "a bald faced liar."

Democrat Eryn Gilchrist is a political newcomer who works for a medical device company in Bowdoin.

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