Politics

Unemployment
5:52 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Extending Unemployment Benefits: Maine Delegation on Board

Even though Maine’s official unemployment rate is the lowest since the recession, there are still thousands of Mainers who are out of work. Many are so-called "discouraged" workers who are not reflected in the 5.5 percent unemployment rate. In fact, the rate would jump to 6.6 percent if they were factored in.

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Your Vote 2014
3:47 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Michaud Gets a Boost From 2 New England Governors

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin say Mainers should elect someone who's willing to work with other New England governors on regional issues.
 
    Appearing alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, they took Republican Gov. Paul LePage to task Monday for missing last week's meeting of New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers and for missing a regional summit on opiate addiction last month. Shumlin said Mainers need to elect a governor who can ``get along.''
 

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Politics
5:48 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Massachusetts Governor to Stump for Michaud

SACO, Maine — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is heading to Maine to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud.

Patrick will be in Saco on Monday afternoon for an event with the Democrat challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Before that, Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who heads the Democratic Governors Association, are hosting a lunch fundraiser for Michaud at Portland's Cumberland Club.

Nursing home funds
5:37 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

LePage Taps State and Federal Funds to Shore up Maine Nursing Homes

Gov. Paul LePage explains his nursing home funding fix as Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew looks on.
Credit A.J. Higgins

The LePage administration says it has found nearly $5 million to help Maine's 106 nursing homes meet rising operating costs. Together with federal matching funds and a legislative initiative approved earlier this year, the state's nursing homes will receive a $25 million boost over the next year. 

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Across the Aisle
4:28 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Across the Aisle: Special Session on Maine Nursing Homes?

It's Thursday and time once again for "Across the Aisle," our weekly foray into Maine Politics, with analysts Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state legislator; Dick Woodbury, an economist and tax policy consultant to the campaign of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, who is CEO of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Mal Leary.

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Nursing home funds
2:37 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Maine Nursing Homes to Get an Additional $13.1M

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's roughly 100 nursing homes will get an additional $13.1 million in funding this year.
 
    Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Thursday that his administration is moving forward with a plan that doesn't require the Legislature's approval after weeks of wrangling with Democrats over funding for the facilities.
 

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Your Vote 2014
5:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Money Race in Maine's 2nd District Reveals Key Differences

Democratic 2nd District candidate Emily Cain.
Credit File photo

Maine 2nd Congressional District candidates Emily Cain and Bruce Poliquin are locked in a tight money race, with just over six weeks until Labor day and the kickoff of the fall campaign.

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Nursing home funds
5:17 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Partisan Sparks Fly in Wake of Pittsfield Nursing Home Closure

The recent announcement that a Pittsfield nursing home will have to close because of low MaineCare reimbursement rates is re-igniting a political fight at the State House.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Parties Make Final Push for Legislative Candidates

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Democrats and Republicans are making a last-minute drive to find candidates willing to run this November for the state House and Senate.

Monday was the last day that candidates could withdraw and still be replaced on the ballot. Overall, 50 House and Senate candidates withdrew from their races after the June 10 primary.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Not Much For "Kremlin Watchers" At Meeting Between N.E. Governors And Canadian Premiers

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 6:34 am

The Governors of New England and the premiers of the Eastern Canadian Provinces have just wrapped up a meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The conference was focused on the issues of energy and trade, though dueling protests outside the conference meant energy stole the spotlight for much of the event.

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