AP-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME
AP-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME
Jun. 12, 2018
Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Maine. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 207-772-4157.
A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.
MAINE PRIMARY-RANKED CHOICE VOTING
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine residents are using ranked-choice voting for the first time on Tuesday and deciding whether to keep the voting system in place for the November general election. The system, which lets voters rank candidates from first to last, is facing its biggest test yet in a statewide primary election. It is used in 11 local jurisdictions across the country. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 305 words.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters have plenty of choices Tuesday to replace firebrand Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has served the maximum two terms allowed. A field of 11 Democrats and Republicans are seeking party nominations for the opportunity to succeed LePage, who streamlined government, lowered taxes and trimmed welfare but also angered some with his harsh tone and policy decisions. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 370 words.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Three Democrats are vying in Maine on Tuesday for a shot at two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's seat. The candidates are Lucas St. Clair, a leader in the successful effort to create a national monument in northern Maine, state Rep. Jared Golden, who's also a Marine Corps veteran and rare book dealer Craig Olson, of Isleboro. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 230 words.
BANGOR, Maine — Most of the focus in Maine's primaries is on the gubernatorial race. But three Democrats are vying in the 2nd Congressional District for a shot at unseating two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin. Lucas St. Clair, leader in the successful effort to create a national monument in northern Maine, is facing off against state lawmaker and Marine Corps veteran Jared Golden of Lewiston. Also in the race is rare book dealer Craig Olson of Islesboro. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
PRIMARY RDP-THINGS TO KNOW
Though on the other side of the globe, President Donald Trump figures to be a factor in Republican elections in South Carolina, one of five states holding primaries. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, an early Trump supporter in 2016 when he was lieutenant governor, has the president's backing but faces challenges from four other candidates. McMaster endorsed the New York businessman in the state's early presidential primary, which gave Trump a much-needed victory in the race for the nomination. By Thomas Beaumont and Bill Barrow. SENT: 920 words, photos.
GEORGE HW BUSH-BIRTHDAY
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — George H.W. Bush enjoyed a relaxing birthday on Tuesday as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94. The nation's 41st president was receiving calls and taking it easy at his seaside home eight days after being released from a hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure, said Chief of Staff Jean Becker. SENT: 280 words.
SUMMER CRASHES: A spate of deadly crashes, including one that killed four people, has marked the start of the busiest and most dangerous time of the year on Maine's roadways.
LEAD ABATEMENT PROGRAM: Maine legislators have agreed to a spending deal that includes a $4 million lead abatement program.
INMATE DIES: Prison officials say an inmate at the Maine State Prison has died.
OFFICER ARREST: The Portland Police Department's first Somali police officer has resigned before the department could complete an investigation prompted by her arrest at a Massachusetts night club early this year.
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