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  1. election reform
    Alaska Voters Approve Two Major Election ReformsBallot Measure 2 gives Alaska a top-four nonpartisan primary system and (like Maine) ranked-choice voting. It could be good news for Lisa Murkowski.
  2. poll position
    New, Highly Credible Polls Offer Bad News For TrumpTrump is not doing well in states he really needs to win (like Arizona), and his troubles are dragging down Republican Senate candidates.
  3. 2020 elections
    Ranked-Choice Voting Would Prevent Minor-Party SpoilersSusan Collins might not like Maine’s new system come November, but it helps protect the freedom to choose minor parties and avoids the “spoiled” vote.
  4. vision 2020
    Mail Ballot Requests Are Sky High, and They’re Largely From DemocratsExpectations that mail ballot requests will spike are being fulfilled, along with a partisan tilt in voting methods and a maybe a contested election.
  5. 2020 elections
    Another Deep-Red State Votes to Expand MedicaidIn a fairly close vote, Missouri became the 38th state to sign on, even as Republicans try to cripple the Affordable Care Act.
  6. 2020 elections
    Susan Collins Wants to Debate Her Opponent 16 TimesIn one of the closest and most important Senate races, the Republican incumbent appears to be running scared.
  7. election reform
    Sometimes Slow Election Results Are Good for DemocracyWe have no birthright to instant election results, particularly when a slow count reflects greater access to the ballot.
  8. impeachment
    No Senator Is Less Popular in Their Own State Than Susan CollinsCollins has been losing ground with voters on both the left and right. Impeachment is going to make things worse.
  9. vision 2020
    The States Trump Might Plausibly Aim to Flip in 2020There are no states that look like ripe fruit for Trump, though Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, Nevada, and maybe Virginia are possibilities.
  10. politics
    Former Maine Governor Defends Electoral College, Saying It Protects White PeopleIt’s widely understood that Republicans rely on the Electoral College to thwart democracy. But it’s unusual for one of them to admit a racial motive.
  11. the kavanaugh hearings
    Collins and Murkowski Face Political Repercussions at Home for Kavanaugh VotesCollins has guaranteed herself a tough reelection race in 2020, and Murkowski is already getting an intraparty threat from Sarah Palin.
  12. health care
    Top Maine Court Orders GOP Governor to Stop Ignoring Voters and Expand MedicaidMaine’s fiery right-wing governor has vowed to go to jail before allowing a Medicaid expansion. He may get his wish.
  13. Last Resort: How Maine Democrats Can Save Roe v. WadeBeating on Senate Democrats to oppose Brett Kavanaugh would be divisive and wouldn’t matter anyway. Giving Susan Collins a free ride in 2020 would.
  14. Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Confirmation Is in the GOP’s HandsThere are three Republican senators to watch. If they stay in line, nothing else matters.
  15. 8 Days After Primary, Maine Democrats Get Their Top NomineesFirst-place finishers in the Democratic primaries for governor and Congress won after “ranked-choice voting” implemented, but it took a while.
  16. Primaries Set Up Big General-Election BattlesFrom a wave of Democratic woman in Virginia to a shot at a GOP Senate seat in Nevada, the June 12 primaries set tables for a November banquet.
  17. GOP Could Get Even Trumpier in June 12 PrimariesThe primaries range from big gubernatorial fights in South Carolina and Nevada to open House races in Virginia to ranked-choice voting in Maine.
  18. Virginia Is Giving Obamacare a Huge — If Belated — WinDemocrats were able to wrangle a few GOP votes to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of needy Virginians.
  19. Trump Ends Obama’s Ban on Bear Baiting, Other Cruel Hunting Techniques in AlaskaDisputes between animal-rights supporters and trophy hunters are a reliable culture-war issue that Team Trump is happy to exploit.
  20. Maine’s Governor Defies the Law and Voters on Medicaid ExpansionRepublican Paul LePage plans to block a voter-sanctioned measure via stubborn defiance of the law.
  21. Lamb Win Could Point to Democratic Resurgence in Lily-white DistrictsUnder the right circumstances, it looks like Democrats can again win in places where they don’t have their customary minority base.
  22. Maine Governor Plans to Block Medicaid Expansion Despite Statewide VoteMainers voted to expand Medicaid, but Governor Paul LePage says he won’t do it unless his conditions are met.
  23. Senator Susan Collins Won’t Run for Governor of MaineThe four-term senator will remain in Washington, where she believes she can do the most good.
  24. LePage Insists Medicaid Is ‘Welfare’With Maine voters having a chance to expand Medicaid over Paul LePage’s objections, he wants the ballot to call the venerable program “welfare.”
  25. Paul LePage Threatens to Run for SenateThe fiery Maine governor admits he might not be an effective senator, but is considering a run anyway, and might even appoint himself to a seat.
  26. Susan Collins Says She May Run for Governor of Maine in 2018If she does, New England’s most racist governor will get to appoint Maine’s next senator.
  27. Maine Governor Paul LePage’s Binder Full of Drug Dealers Exposes His Racist LieHe said 90 percent of Maine’s drug arrests were people of color. He was lying.
  28. racism
    Maine Governor Suggests People of Color and Hispanics Are the ‘Enemy’Governor LePage had challenged a state lawmaker to “prove that I’m a racist” just a day earlier.
  29. Bernie Sanders Wins Maine CaucusesSanders won by a wide margin. 
  30. early and awful
    Paul LePage Claims Racist Remarks Were Part of a Clever StrategyShocker: He was talking about black drug dealers the whole time!
  31. oh state politics!
    Paul LePage Floats Idea of Publicly Beheading Drug Dealers With GuillotineThe Maine governor says it was just a joke.
  32. early and awful
    LePage Blames Maine’s Heroin Woes on ‘D-Money’“I was going impromptu and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth.”
  33. ebola panic
    Rebellious, Ebola-Free Nurse Is Getting Out of Maine Just don’t go to Jersey, Kaci Hickox.
  34. snowstorms
    Snowstorm Cancels Democracy in MaineAnd 80,000 are without power.
  35. ebola panic
    Kaci Hickox Cannot Be Quarantined in MaineA judge rejected the state’s request to keep her inside and away from everyone.
  36. ebola panic
    Tough Quarantine Nurse Now Fighting With MaineShe won’t agree to stay inside through the 21-day incubation period.
  37. misleading headlines
    Maine Woman Beats Husband …… at democracy!
  38. coming out
    Maine Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Michaud Announces He’s Gay“But why should it matter?”
  39. the post-racial world
    Racist Maine Official Insists He Would Have Called Mitt Romney the N-Word TooToday in weak excuses by scumbag racists. 
  40. news of the weird
    How Many Burglaries Can a Hermit Pull Off in Over 27 Years in the Maine Woods?Lots.
  41. the post-racial world
    Maine’s Charlie Webster Dropping InvestigationThe backpedaling is complete.
  42. the post-racial world
    Maine GOP Chairman Defends HimselfCharlie Webster is not doing himself any favors.
  43. early and awful
    Dozens of Mysteriously Nonwhite People Voted in Maine Last WeekThe outgoing GOP chairman will investigate where these so-called “black people” came from.
  44. politics
    Former Maine Governor Angus King to Run for Snowe’s Senate SeatKing served two terms from 1995 to 2003.
  45. comings and goings
    Olympia Snowe Storming Out of SenateSnow puns! Seriously though, this is big news.
  46. early and awkward
    The Maine Republican Party Lost Some Caucus Results in Its Spam FolderWow.
  47. equal rites
    Maine Will Likely Put Gay Marriage on the Ballot (Again)Gay marriage is on the move!
  48. white families with money
    The Times Explains Why Taking Private Jets to Summer Camp Makes Sense“Sense.”
  49. other states’ embarrassments
    Removing Labor Mural Could Cost MaineThe federal government paid for the mural, it turns out.
  50. early and often
    Will Olympia Snowe Pull a Charlie Crist (But Way More Successfully)?She might need to leave the GOP to remain a senator.
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