- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine Democrats are honoring two Maine icons at their annual fundraising dinner.

It’s the second year that Democrats will use the dinner to honor the legacies of peace negotiator and former Sen. George Mitchell and the late U.S. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.

Maine’s Democratic Party used to associate the annual dinner with presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. But Maine Democrats, like other Democratic state parties nationwide, has stopped the practice because of Jefferson’s ties to slavery and Jackson’s policy toward Native Americans.

Democratic attendees at this Saturday’s event in Scarborough include Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes, Rep. Chellie Pingree, Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett and Emily Cain, who is running in Maine’s 2nd congressional district.

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