Politics

  • Hancock County Republicans meet 

    Hancock County Republicans meet 

    ELLSWORTH —The Hancock County Republican Committee will hold a greeting and gathering on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall.   “This will be the last HCRC gathering to meet the candidates running for the July 14 primary,” said Chairman Sandi Blanchette. “Everyone is welcome to attend.”    For information, email [email protected]  

  • Contested primary in Senate 7

    Contested primary in Senate 7

    ELLSWORTH — Two Republican businessmen and incumbent Democrat Louie Luchini are running for the state Senate seat representing District 7.  Brian Langley, owner of the Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth and a former educator and legislator, will face John Linnehan, who is president of Linnehan Homes and for years led local Christian ministries, in the Republican primary July 14.  The candidates fall on different ends of party ideology.

  • Meet the candidates running for Selectman

    Meet the candidates running for Selectman

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR–This year’s annual town meeting in Southwest Harbor, will take place on two different dates and all by secret ballot. On July 14, along with voting for the state primary, residents are also voting to elect two new members to the select board and whether to re-elect the two incumbents of the school committee

  • 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)