A sled dog inspects the photographer's camera on Dec. 20, 2017, at its home at Lone Wolf Kennel in Shirley. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 20s throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Expect to hear a lot about the 2nd District’s ‘faux majority’ in ranked-choice voting legal arguments today

–Lawyers for U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three other Maine Republicans will spend today in a Bangor courtroom, trying to convince U.S. District Judge Lance Walker that ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional. Poliquin lost his 2nd Congressional District seat to Democrat Jared Golden in the first use of ranked-choice voting to determine the outcome of a congressional election. In its latest brief, his legal team argues that because exhausted ballots for two independent candidates were not counted in the second ranked tally, Golden did not achieve a true majority, which is supposed to be a benchmark of ranked-choice voting.

A Bangor state representative is on track to become Maine’s next attorney general

–Democrats nominated Rep. Aaron Frey, 39, of Bangor to become succeed Gov.-elect Janet Mills as attorney general. Because Democrats control the Legislature, the nomination effectively seals the job for Frey, a defense attorney who has served three terms in the House of Representatives. Frey beat four other challengers, besting Tim Shannon of Falmouth on the fourth ballot to secure the nomination.

In its fourth year, the Millinocket Marathon has grown to 2,600 runners

Credit: Ashley L. Conti

–A race meant to breathe some life into Maine’s economically depressed Katahdin region has grown from 50 runners in 2015 to the 2,600 runners expected to turn out for the sometimes frigid race on Saturday. If all 2,600 show up on race day, it will represent more than a doubling in size from last year.

Andrea Balcer will spend 40 years in prison for murdering her two parents and the family dog

–She murdered her parents two years ago on Halloween when she was 17. A judge sentenced her to 40 years in prison on Tuesday during a three-and-a-half-hour hearing during which Balcer asked for forgiveness from her family, but requested no leniency. “Though no one may believe me, I am truly sorry for what I have done,” she said in court. “I killed my parents.”

Voters in Orono might have to decide whether to borrow money to fix up their schools

Credit: Gabor Degre

–But the borrowing package might also pay for a new performing arts center and upgraded athletic fields. The Orono school board is working to decide how much money to borrow and what school building upgrades the borrowing would pay for. They’re working from a report from an architectural firm that suggested $28 million in potential repairs, additions and upgrades.

Two years ago she broke her hip. This week she qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials

–Despite the prognosis, Sarah Mulcahy has recovered fully from a fractured hip. The mother of two young children qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials with her performance at the California International Marathon in California on Sunday.

In other news…


The roadwork that snarled downtown Bangor in 2018 will continue in the spring

Electricity prices to jump for Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro customers

Winterport man sentenced to 3 ½ years for role in crash that killed two


CMP may ask regulators to make customers pick up tab for underbillings

Alliance Press to merge with MaineToday Media, shutter Brunswick print shop

Fleet of 5 Maine fishing trawlers sold to New York-based equity firm


Poliquin’s legal team takes a new jab at ranked-choice voting

Belfast quit the Maine Mayors’ Coalition. Here’s what the group does.

Biden says he’s ‘the most qualified person in the country’ to be president


Don’t let politics dissuade you, it’s time to sign up for health insurance

Indian mascots do not honor us

No president is perfect on foreign policy, but George H.W. Bush earned high marks


Former UMaine football players cheer ‘brilliant’ FCS playoff win

Michaud, Kelly, Kassie Krul named Maine’s girls soccer All-Americans

Red Sox accept invitation to White House

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...