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5:52 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Shenna Bellows Strolls Through Bangor on Campaign Walk

Shenna Bellows in June
Mal Leary MPBN

BANGOR, Maine — Shenna Bellows, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, completed the first leg of her 350 mile walk across Maine this morning. Bellows is hoping her Walk With Maine for Jobs and the Economy will lead to a long-shot win in November — just as this grassroots approach did for the first Maine politician to use it in a high-profile race.

In 1972, Republican William Cohen walked 600 miles across the 2nd Congressional District on his way to an upset over a heavily favored opponent. But Bellows faces a much tougher task than Cohen did 42 years ago.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Maine GOP Confident in House Races Despite Incumbent Dropouts

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette tells reporters outside the State House that he is optimistic over his party's prospects for regaining control of the Legislature.
A.J. Higgins MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican leaders in Augusta say they're confident that this is the year the GOP will regain control of the Maine House of Representatives. They cite the fact that the party will field candidates in all but one of the House districts, and have more House candidates than the Democrats. But the House GOP caucus actually was dealt with something of a setback this year, as nearly 40 percent of incumbents eligible to seek re-election decided to bow out.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Democrats, Republicans Tout Legislative Candidates

AUGUSTA, Maine — The races for the Maine House and Senate are finalized and both parties say they are poised to win this November.

Monday was the deadline for parties to submit replacements for candidates that had dropped out since the June 10 primary.

Republicans, who want to retake both chambers, are fielding candidates in all but one of the 151 races for the House of Representatives. House Republican Leader Ken Fredette says that shows the momentum is in their favor.

Politics
12:34 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

King Says Climate Change has Budget Implications

A panel of experts told senators Tuesday that climate change will have real budget implications for governments and individuals if carbon emissions are allowed to continue to grow. U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine agreed, but said the problem must be addressed globally.

"The big question here is, what is the rest of the world going to do?" King said. "I have a hard time telling people in Maine they are going to pay $6 for a gallon for gas if China and India do nothing."

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Politics
7:02 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Property Tax Break on Way for Maine Seniors

AUGUSTA, Maine — Property tax relief is on the way for some Maine residents.

The Portland Press-Herald reports that the Property Tax Fairness Credit designed to help seniors and lower-income families takes effect on Friday.

The new law signed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage boosts the credit from $400 to $900 for taxpayers who are 65 and older. The credit will jump from $300 to $600 for younger, low-income residents.

Tax filers can apply for the credit on their 2014 property taxes when they file their state income taxes next year.

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Politics
6:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Democratic Lawmaker from York Dies Unexpectedly

YORK, Maine — A Democrat who represented parts of southern Maine in the Legislature has died.

Democratic legislative leaders say Rep. Paul McGowan of York died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. He was 67.

McGowan served in the House of Representatives since 2012 and represented Ogunquit as well as parts of Kittery, Wells and York. He founded the Leadership and Learning Center, a leadership development group for people in education, non-profits and other businesses.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LePage Pitches 'Welfare to Work' at Lewiston Homeless Shelter

LEWISTON, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage visited a homeless shelter in here Monday to make the case for his food stamp reform initiative that he's calling "Welfare to Work." The governor views the effort as a way to help people, not hurt them.

The governor says the initiative won't affect people with disabilities, single parents, or those with several children. But it will require able-bodied people between the ages of 19 and 49 to work or volunteer 20 hours a week.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

DNC Chair Says Maine Races a Bellwether for Dems

PORTLAND, Maine — The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee says defeating Maine's sitting governor is critical to the party's efforts to raise minimum wage and expand residents' access to health care.

The event with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida took place at Portland Public Library on Monday. Wasserman Schultz said Maine's congressional and gubernatorial races will be "one of the bellwethers" of the Democrats' success in November's elections.

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Fixing the VA
5:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Reforming the VA: Maine Delegation Wants Agreement on Fix Before Recess

Congressional negotiations on a bill to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and address the myriad of problems in the agency, are at an impasse with the co-chairs of the conference committee blaming each other for delays.  Meanwhile, Maine’s delegation is saying Congress should stay at work until the bill is passed.

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Your Vote 2014
2:49 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Immigration Stirs Debate in Maine Governor's Race

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The debate over immigration is raging in the three-person race for governor in Maine, far from where an influx of central American youth is crossing the nation's southern border.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage sharply criticized the federal government for placing eight immigrant children in Maine without his advising him. Meanwhile, his campaign has sought to elevate the debate in the race by consistently questioning his Democratic opponent's position on the issue.

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