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By Michael Shepherd, BDN Employees •
December 6, 2018 9:00 am
Up to date: December 6, 2018 9:08 am
Good morning from Augusta. The recount requested by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District will start at present with a court decision monitoring for subsequent week in the outgoing incumbent’s two-pronged battle towards ranked-choice voting.
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s workplace will begin the recount between Poliquin, a Republican, and Rep.-elect Jared Golden, a Democrat, at 9 a.m. on Thursday. It’s anticipated to run by way of the brand new yr, although Poliquin can name it off at any time by conceding to Golden.
It’s all extremely unlikely to vary the result of the election, since Golden beat Poliquin by greater than 1 proportion level in a ranked-choice rely. For Poliquin to prevail in the recount, there must be deep flaws with the unique rely that haven’t been evidenced up to now.
The recount will accomplished by hand and that might be an arduous course of due to ranked-choice voting. The recount, which is predicted to final 4 weeks, is ruled by guidelines from Dunlap’s workplace. Whereas the unique ranked-choice rely was accomplished with tabulators and software program that applies ranked-choice guidelines to these tallies, the recount can be executed by hand.
Ballots will probably be sorted by metropolis, city and precincts. Then, these can be sorted by first-choice votes and the tallies can be counted and recorded. After that, ballots on which Poliquin or Golden weren’t the primary selection can be sorted relying upon which candidate is most popular — if any.
That may present the ultimate tally. Poliquin, who should pay for the recount if it doesn’t change the result, can name it off at any time by conceding to Golden. However he hasn’t proven any give up towards lengthy odds in the method to date, in order that’s wanting unlikely in the mean time.
A federal decide hopes to situation his decision on ranked-choice voting by subsequent week. Legal professionals for Poliquin, Golden, the state and different events have been in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to carry arguments in the incumbent’s case towards ranked-choice voting, which he argues is unconstitutional. Poliquin has requested Decide Lance Walker to order a brand new election if he isn’t declared the winner based mostly on his first-round plurality in the November election.
On Wednesday, Poliquin’s staff had College of Maryland professor James Gimpel testify that ranked-choice voting is complicated, however he acknowledged that he didn’t ask any Maine voters if that was the case for them in November.
Walker plans to rule on the problem subsequent week, although he has already dominated that Poliquin is unlikely to show that ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional and took a dim view of the incumbent’s proposed cures. His bid for a revote has virtually no historic precedent.
Money retains rolling in to state coffers. Maine’s tax income is projected to develop throughout Gov.-elect Janet Mills’ first two years in workplace by three.52 %, as much as $263.2 million, strong charges that outgoing Gov. Paul LePage factors to as proof his “pro-growth” insurance policies have benefited Maine.
“Reducing the tax burden on Maine families has proved to be an excellent policy decision,” LePage stated Tuesday in a press release. “We have cut taxes for more than half a million Mainers, and the state is seeing record tax revenues — the largest predicted increase since 1990,” he stated. That’s why he’s recommending Mills borrow a web page from his finances playbook by returning surplus tax dollars to Mainers by means of new marginal revenue tax price reductions.
Different financial analysts differ with LePage, suggesting that the robust income stream derives extra from sustained nationwide financial good well being and that the added state income must be used to pay for packages — together with Medicaid enlargement — that might assist Mainers who are usually not prosperous.
New projections from the Maine Income Forecasting Committee in its Basic Fund income forecast present income will increase of three.25 % to $362.four million by way of 2021 from state gross sales tax, particular person revenue tax and company revenue tax.
There are political undertones. This report undoubtedly will lend credence to the proposed finances LePage promised in October to go away for his successor earlier than he exits the Blaine Home later this month. It’s uncommon for a departing governor to draft a finances on the best way out the door, however LePage continues to tout his financial successes, which he reiterated Tuesday.
“The incoming administration is poised to assume a state government that is vastly improved — both structurally and financially — from the one I inherited,” he stated. “During my time as governor, our administration has brought stability to state finances and implemented pro-business, pro-growth policies across state government.”
Earlier than she was elected, Mills was circumspect when requested whether or not she would work any of LePage’s price range options into her first two-year spending plan, which is due in early January, simply days after she takes workplace.
Click on right here if you wish to dig into the finances plan LePage put forth for the present biennium. It offers you a way of the duty that awaits Mills and her finance staff.
— Democrats ran the desk in constitutional workplace elections and put in the Home speaker and Senate president on Wednesday. Legislative Democrats used their giant majorities in each chambers on the swearing-in day of the 2019 session to formally set up Lawyer Common-elect Aaron Frey because the alternative for Mills and State Treasurer-elect Henry Beck whereas re-electing Dunlap to his fourth consecutive time period and seventh general. Beck will take over for unbiased Terry Hayes after beating her on Wednesday and he stated the 2 are already engaged on a transition plan. Home Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, was elected to her second time period main the decrease chamber with Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, elected for his first time period in cost.
— Maine’s outgoing governor will possible be the main target of a subpoena issued as a part of an investigation of the president’s enterprise empire. The Related Press studies that a Maine will doubtless be considered one of dozens of entities to be subpoenaed as a part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting illegally from the presidency. Maine can also be anticipated to obtain a subpoena as a result of LePage, stayed at Trump’s D.C. lodge when he had official enterprise to conduct, together with discussions with the president. LePage’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.
— America formally stated farewell to its 41st president. On Wednesday, Trump and the 4 dwelling former presidents attended the Washington, D.C., funeral for George H.W. Bush. His son, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, and others gave eulogies.Bush was remembered as “America’s last great soldier-statesman” by biographer Jon Meacham, certainly one of 4 individuals delivering eulogies. “An imperfect man, he left us a more perfect union,” Meacham stated of the 41st president.
You knew all of it alongside
On Wednesday, we requested eight questions on State Home lore, trivia and historical past. As promised, listed here are the solutions:
Q. Who was the primary lady elected to the Maine Legislature?
A. Dora Pinkham, a Republican from New Limerick, was the primary lady elected to the Legislature. She ousted an incumbent to win a Home seat in 1922 and took workplace on Jan. three, 1923. She misplaced her re-election bid two years later, however gained a Senate seat in 1926. She and Katherine Allen of Hampden turned the primary ladies to serve in that chamber once they have been sworn in.
Q. Who was the primary lady elected to function speaker of the Maine Home of Representatives?
A. Libby Mitchell of Vassalboro turned the primary lady elected to function speaker of the Home. She led that chamber in 1997 and 1998, then served as Senate president from 2008 till 2010. She was the primary lady in the U.S. historical past to steer each chambers of the Legislature.
Q. Who was the final individual from Aroostook County to function Maine Senate president?
A. John Reed of Fort Fairfield, who served as Senate president in 1959, was the final Aroostook County resident to fill that position. On the finish of 1959, he turned governor.
Q. Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, has the longest cumulative service in this Legislature. When was he first elected?
A. Martin first gained election to the Home of Representatives in 1964. His first Home tenure stretched from then till 1994. He served as speaker for roughly 20 years, till that reign ended amid a ballot-tampering controversy involving certainly one of his aides. After a break in legislative service, he gained election to 4 phrases in the Senate, starting 1998. When he was termed out of that chamber, he returned in 2008 to the Home. His service in the decrease was damaged in 2012 when he surprisingly misplaced his seat in a yr when Democrats seized management of each chambers. He gained the seat again in 2014 and is getting into his third time period since then.
Q. What merchandise does the senator from Franklin County ship to ceremonially mark the opening of the legislative session?
A. A log
Q. How a lot did the state pay for the land chosen as the location for the State Home and Capitol Complicated?
Q. In what yr did the Legislature first convene on the State Home in Augusta?
Q. What does the “Lady of Wisdom” statue atop the State Home dome maintain in her left hand?
A. A pinecone, in fact. In case you answered “fingers,” we’ll grudgingly offer you credit score.
Be happy to e mail us to brag about how nicely you probably did or complain about how badly the questions have been worded. Right here’s your soundtrack. — Robert Lengthy
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