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  1. CONCORD — Lawmakers will try something new Friday, holding a teleconference Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee meeting, including a discussion of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.The State House complex, including the Legislative Office Building where the fiscal committee meets, is closed to lawmakers and the public, but budget writers still need to approve money transfers within departments and to accept federal money to help with the infectious [...]
  2. CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Bill O'Brien has dropped out of the U.S. Senate race to unseat Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, saying his campaign doesn't have enough financial resources, and has endorsed fellow Republican Bryant "Corky" Messner,O'Brien, a businessman and former speaker of the New Hampshire House, was one of several Republicans seeking their party's nomination for the seat Shaheen has held for two terms. Retired Brig. General Don Bolduc also is running. [...]
  3. YORK, Maine – There’s a contested state legislative race heating up in House District 4, which includes York.Incumbent State Rep. Patty Hymanson, of York, and challenger Mark Despres, of Sanford, are competing for the Democratic nomination ahead of the primary scheduled for June 9.Meanwhile, Republican Peter Tranchemontagne, of Sanford, is uncontested in his bid to secure the GOP nomination in the HD4 race.Those who win each party’s primary [...]
  4. YORK, Maine — Two candidates are vying for a single seat on the York School Committee this year, in the only contested race heading into the town’s May 16 election.David Herbein, the incumbent, is finishing up his first term on the committee. He’s being challenged by Joseph Amend.Herbein, a retired naval engineer whose five children graduated from the York school system beginning in 1992, said he is seeking reelection to provide continuity to the [...]
  5. PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Republican Party will move ahead with a petition drive to try to block a ranked form of voting as much of the state shuts down due to coronavirus.Mainers are scheduled to use ranked choice voting in a presidential election for the first time in November. The voting system allows people to choose second choice candidates, and redistributes votes in a run-off style ranked round.Republican opponents of the voting method have been gathering [...]