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Maine Republican booted off the midterm ballot for faking signatures on his candidate filing petition

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Maine’s superior court recommended this week that GOP Senate candidate Max Linn be removed from the November ballot because there was “undisputed” fraud in his candidate filing petition.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Superior Court Justice William R. Stokes upheld the recommendation from Matt Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state, after he ruled that more than 250 signatures on Linn’s petition were invalid. The report noted that in some instances, the candidate included signatures for “several” dead people and others who said they didn’t sign the petition.

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The ruling comes after more than a month of back-and-forth court filings that began when Linn’s GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Eric Brakey, accused him of using fraudulent signatures on his petition. Following Brakey’s accusation, a Linn supporter counter-claimed that the state senator’s notary on some of his signatures was a felon — a charge the secretary of state dropped.

With the superior court’s ruling, Linn is now disqualified from the state’s Republican primary although his name will still appear on the ballot during the state’s June primary. It leaves Brakey to be the assumed GOP nominee in a race that includes incumbent Sen. Angus King (I) and Democrat Zak Ringelstein.


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Trump busted for acting like the Saudi’s ‘press secretary’ after Florida naval yard shooting

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In his column Sunday, Boot noted that the typical mass shooting sentiments like "thoughts and prayers" were absent Friday when Trump discovered that the shooting was done by a Muslim.

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As the Times notes, "While Democrats who control the House are focused on a swift impeachment vote by year’s end, the White House is almost entirely consumed by the trial that would follow in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Mr. Trump’s team believes he would have the chance to defend himself and where Democrats would almost certainly fall short of the two-thirds vote they would need to remove him from office."

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Ted Cruz hammered as ‘Putin’s stooge’ after humiliating himself on NBC to push Kremlin propaganda

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Speaking with NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday, Cruz attempted to push what has been described as Kremlin propaganda, asserting that "there is evidence of Ukraine interference in our election because an op-ed was written criticizing Trump’s campaign rhetoric about Ukraine." 

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