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AUGUSTA, Maine - Republicans on the Legislative Council blocked consideration of a bill aimed at overturning a controversial Maine Public Utilities Commission decision that would slash funding for energy efficiency programs.

It's Thursday - that means it's time again for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine politics. Our analysts this week include Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic state senator, Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican state legislator, and Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent legislator. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee is considering a bill to increase women's access to reproductive health care.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The road toward a federal balanced budget amendment passed through Maine today when one of its chief proponents appealed to state lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment for that purpose.

PORTLAND, Maine - The fired head of the Maine National Guard says he never misled the public and was candid with Gov. Paul LePage about his support for the idea of swapping an engineering unit for an infantry unit.

LePage fired Brig. Gen. James Campbell on Tuesday after an internal review that focused on whether Campbell had been truthful about the possibility of the swap. Campbell says Thursday that he and the governor spoke "uncounted times over the last two years'' about the idea.