Politics

  • Legislature approves $76 million budget package geared toward pandemic

    Legislature approves $76 million budget package geared toward pandemic

    In rapid sequence, Legislature approves $76 million budget package geared toward pandemic  The measure includes $38 million more for Maine’s public schools, funding for coronavirus response and dozens of other new initiatives.    By Scott Thistle  Portland Press Herald    AUGUSTA — The Legislature approved a supplemental budget package worth about $76 million Tuesday, with funding

  • Grohoski Announces Candidacy for Re-election

    Grohoski Announces Candidacy for Re-election

    ELLSWORTH — Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) has announced that she is running for re-election to continue as Representative for House District 132 serving Ellsworth and Trenton. “I have been working hard in Augusta on behalf of our community, as I promised you I would in 2018. It is truly an honor to represent my hometown of

  • Islands’ budget is nearly flat Town Meeting March 14

    Islands’ budget is nearly flat Town Meeting March 14

    CRANBERRY ISLES — It’s not often that voters are asked to approve a school budget that is smaller than the budget for the previous year and a municipal budget that represents an increase of less than 1 percent. But that will be the case at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 14. The meeting

  • The optometrist who  wouldn’t run for President

    The optometrist who wouldn’t run for President

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — This primary season, here’s a story of a campaign that never happened. When local optometrist Carleton C. Kelley announced his retirement on March 21, 1968, he did so in a two-column ad in the Bar Harbor Times. “I cannot see any more patients because of physical disability,” he wrote, suggesting his patients

  • Biden leads Democratic primary in Maine

    Biden leads Democratic primary in Maine

    ELLSWORTH — With the majority of precincts reporting, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden was the frontrunner in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Maine. Locally, Bernie Sanders was the victor. As of mid-morning Wednesday, Sanders had received 63,221 votes (33 percent) statewide and 3,262 votes in Hancock County. Meanwhile, former vice president Biden received 65,481 votes

  • Vaccination law upheld at the polls: Bar Harbor voters say “No” 3 to 1

    Vaccination law upheld at the polls: Bar Harbor voters say “No” 3 to 1

    ELLSWORTH — On Tuesday, voters in Hancock County and statewide decided to keep a law that eliminates non-medical opt-outs for childhood vaccinations, joining California, Mississippi, West Virginia and New York, all of which have passed similar legislation. Roughly 67 percent of the 16,995 voters who cast ballots in Hancock County (with all but Gouldsboro reporting)