PORTLAND, Maine — A storm that left more than half of Maine residents in the dark and raised questions about the state’s readiness for natural disasters is the top story of 2017 in Maine.

The selection was made by The Associated Press and its member news organizations in Maine.

The No. 2 story was the successful referendum to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, over the objections of Gov. Paul LePage. Another referendum figured into the No. 3 story. Recreational marijuana became legal in 2017 thanks to a statewide vote but LePage’s veto means there’s no way to legally buy it.

The No. 4 story was Sen. Susan Collins’ decision to stay in the U.S. Senate, where served as a swing vote on a GOP tax overhaul and attempt to repeal “Obamacare.”

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