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By Alex Acquisto, BDN Employees •
December 11, 2018 eight:57 am
Good morning from Augusta, the place 16 individuals are getting into their fourth day of hand-counting ballots for the 2nd Congressional District race recount. And thus far, the method is progressing faster than anticipated with no notable outcome variations, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap stated Monday.
An consequence could come earlier than the end of the yr, eliminating questions over who ought to be sworn in on Jan. three. The counters, composed of eight individuals appointed by Democratic winner Jared Golden’s marketing campaign and eight from Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, are sustaining a tempo of about 25,000 ballots a day. At that fee, finishing the tally of roughly 296,000 ballots could conclude inside two weeks, and never into the New Yr, as Dunlap beforehand thought.
By day’s end Monday, roughly 80,000 ballots had been counted.
“I’m not saying we’ll be done next week, but if we keep moving at the pace we’re moving, we’ll be done much sooner than we predicted,” Dunlap stated. Counters are more likely to sluggish barely as soon as they transfer into counting outcomes from cities that used machines to course of ballots, as a result of they haven’t but been sorted.
Although outcomes of the recount are usually not made public till the rely is last. However all the things seems to be on monitor for an end result very near the one Dunlap’s employees introduced Nov. 15, he stated, which gave Golden the win over Poliquin by about three,500 votes after the second spherical of ranked-choice tallying. Poliquin referred to as for a recount in late November, as his lawsuit difficult the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting had already begun working its approach via the authorized system. A decide’s ruling on that lawsuit is predicted this week.
Late final week, the Maine Republican Get together got here ahead with 17 signed affidavits from 1st Congressional District residents who claimed they voted, or have been almost constructive they voted, for 2nd District candidates on Election Day at their polling locations — a phenomenon that Dunlap and his deputy secretary of state, Julie Flynn, have stated is almost unattainable.
Nonetheless, many who signed affidavits and Jason Savage, the chief director of the Maine Republican Celebration, need the state of affairs checked out. On Monday, Dunlap stated his employees has no plans to try this and referred to as the get together’s try and fire up worry amongst voters, “classic gaslighting.”
Savage didn’t reply Monday to a request for remark.
There have been minor fluctuations in recount outcomes to date, which Dunlap stated possible would occur in any recount. They end result from poll discrepancies — if somebody has marked on a poll incorrectly, for instance — which the tabulating machines don’t all the time catch. These modifications, nevertheless, are nearly negligible. If the race doesn’t swing in Poliquin’s favor — which nonetheless seems unlikely — he’ll need to pay for the complete value of the recount, until he stops the method earlier than it’s full, at which level he would pay for the rely as much as that time.
Poliquin’s spokesman, Brendan Conley, didn’t reply to requests for remark Monday.
“Every day that goes by it becomes clearer and clearer that there’s going to be no change,” Golden’s marketing campaign supervisor Jon Breed stated late Monday afternoon. “It would be beneficial to the people of Maine if Rep. Poliquin began assisting in the transition of his office to Jared’s office,” he stated.
There he goes once more
As is his wont, Maine’s departing governor once more floated the prospect that he’s not achieved operating for elective workplace in Maine. In a radio interview this morning on WVOM, Republican Gov. Paul LePage stated that he would run towards Gov.-elect Janet Mills if her administration strays from the fiscal self-discipline he believes he utilized to state authorities throughout his time in workplace.
“If she does what I think she’s going to do, I will run again in 2022 to challenge her,” the Republican governor advised Ric Tyler and George Hale throughout his Tuesday morning call-in chat.
That echoed what he advised Tyler and Hale the week after Mills gained the election to succeed him.
LePage has made a behavior of teasing Maine’s political universe with hints that he would launch new campaigns. He steered on at the least three separate events that he would problem U.S. Sen. Angus King earlier than ruling it out final yr. When requested on the time if he would run for workplace once more, the 70-year-old governor stated “politics is out of my life.”
Throughout Tuesday’s radio look, the governor additionally jabbed at Republicans who led the earlier Legislature, poking them for supposedly getting into a state of political torpor after their efforts to win the GOP nomination to succeed him failed.
“When they lost in the primaries … they all went home. Shame on them,” he stated.
A priest who has turn out to be a key determine within the lead-up to a Bangor space homicide trial has taken a depart of absence. The Rev. Anthony Cipolle of Bangor suggested Renee Henneberry Clark to maintain a religious journal that got here into the priest’s possession after she died, allegedly by the hands of her brother-in-law, Hampden resident Philip Clark, who was charged with intentional or figuring out homicide within the July capturing demise of Henneberry Clark on the Hampden condo she shared together with her estranged husband, Frank Clark, who’s Philip Clark’s brother. . Superior Courtroom Justice William Anderson dominated final week that he would assessment the diary to find out which parts of its contents could be admitted as proof and which could not. The diocese assertion saying Cipoile’s depart stated it was for “personal reasons.”
Electrical energy costs for many Mainers will improve subsequent yr. The Maine Public Utilities Fee voted Monday to boost the usual supply for supply of electrical energy to Central Maine Energy clients. Coupled with an earlier determination to hike the usual supply for Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro service space, it means most Maine residential and small enterprise clients can anticipate to pay extra for electrical energy subsequent yr.
The most recent member of the Supreme Courtroom sided with the bulk towards listening to a case aimed toward defunding Deliberate Parenthood. The Los Angeles Occasions studies that, after weeks of debate behind closed doorways, Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined 5 of his colleagues to reject appeals backed by 13 conservative states that sought to defund Deliberate Parenthood. The courtroom’s motion leaves in place federal courtroom rulings in a lot of the nation that forestall states from denying Medicaid funds to ladies who go to a Deliberate Parenthood clinic for well being care, together with medical screenings or contraception. It’s already unlawful to make use of federal cash like Medicaid to pay for abortions, however some states needed to go additional, slicing off all Medicaid funding to Deliberate Parenthood as a result of the group provides the process utilizing various income sources.
Hail to a Telstar
This weekend, I discovered of the dying of Terry McCarthy of Lewiston. I knew Terry as a sort and beneficiant co-worker for the just about 10 years I labored at The Occasions Report in Brunswick. He drove the corporate’s field truck, delivering newspapers, contracted print jobs and different gadgets via the worst climate and driving circumstances that Maine could muster.
His fast smile and willingness to assist others — even when it inconvenienced him — made Terry a beloved colleague.
However Terry was far more than a reliable driver and valued worker. He was a Telstar.
Again within the early 1960s, when the British Invasion washed throughout the Atlantic and up the Androscoggin River so far as Lewiston, teenagers with devices have been impressed make it huge. Terry received behind a guitar earlier than he acquired behind the wheel of a truck, taking the lead for Terry and the Telstars, They have been so younger, they wanted the drummer’s father to function chaperone, however not too younger to acknowledge that that they had caught the tail of a cultural comet.
“There were over 40 rock bands in Lewiston at the time,” McCarthy advised The Occasions Document in 2013. “I grew up in an apartment where there were musicians all around. They were all playing Ventures music and surfer music. Then the Beatles came, and we had a new direction to go in.”
Whereas that “new direction” for many of Lewiston’s rock bands within the mid-1960s took members to jobs in shoe or textile mills, it rocketed Terry and the Telstars to relative fame on the New England music scene.
“We traveled all over New England,” McCarthy stated in that 2013 interview. “[Drummer Danny Caron’s] father bought a van and a trailer. The Royal Knights leader booked us all over New England and Canada. On the weekends, we were traveling. We were high school kids during the week; our weekends were all traveling.”
The top — apogee? — of their rise in all probability got here on March 16, 1968, once they joined The Hanseatic League and Smooth Machine to open for Jimi Hendrix on the Armory in Lewiston.
Terry and the Telstars by no means expanded their orbit a lot past the New England rock scene. However they stored in contact and their Pal Hop Days exhibits and different reunion live shows turned venues for shared love and respect among the many band’s devoted followers.
Terry was a humble man who a lot most popular sharing his appreciation for different musicians than speaking about himself. However whenever you could coax him into reminiscing about life as a teen Telstar, his smile would flash reflexively and the twinkle in his eye shone shiny.
Might common harmonies bless you forevermore, Terry. Right here is your soundtrack. — Robert Lengthy
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