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11:03 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Angus King Urges Caution with ISIS

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent that serves on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, says President Barack Obama is right to be cautious in policies aimed at containing ISIS, the radical group that calls itself The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

"These guys are really dangerous," he said in an interview with MPBN News. "No. 1, they are smart and very well led, No. 2, they are absolutely dedicated and passionate, and No. 3, apparently they have no scruples, totally brutal."

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8:30 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Your Vote: The Debate over Debates in the Maine Governor's Race

Labor Day - and the political high season - are upon us. As fall nears, we're intensifying our coverage of the campaigns, and we begin with Professor Amy Fried of the University of Maine. Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with Fried about how the political dynamics are playing out as Election Day draws closer.

 

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Politics
4:27 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Poliquin Asks Richardson to Drop Out of Race

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Bruce Poliquin wants independent candidate Blaine Richardson to get out of the race for Maine's 2nd Congressional District seat.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Poliquin called Richardson on Thursday night, asking him to drop out of the race.

Richardson says that Poliquin believes that the independent will be to blame if Democrat Emily Cain wins in a close race.

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4:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

6 New England Governors Urge Painkiller Reversal

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The six New England governors are urging the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to reverse the Food and Drug Administration's approval of a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro.

In a letter dated Thursday, the governors of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island tell Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the region is in the midst of an addiction crisis.

The drug Zohydro is an extended-release capsule that contains up to five times the amount of narcotic hydrocodone previously available in pills.

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12:17 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Maine Town, Resident Clash Over Critical Signs

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — A Maine town and long-time local government critic are clashing over whether the town can use a zoning ordinance to force the man to remove political signs from his front lawn.

The Sun Journal reports Frank Staton Jr. is involved in an effort to recall New Gloucester selectmen Steven Libby and Linda Chase. Months ago he put signs on his lawn calling for the pair to be booted from office. Code enforcement is ordering him to remove the signs by Sept. 6 because multiple signs violate a local zoning rule.

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11:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Michaud Rally With Clinton Moved to Bigger Venue

PORTLAND, Maine — A rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud that's being headlined by former President Bill Clinton is being moved to a bigger venue.

The event scheduled for Tuesday night will now take place at the Portland Exposition Building. It was supposed to be at the Ocean Gateway, but Michaud's campaign said high demand prompted them to move it to a larger location.

More than 1,500 are expected to attend the rally, which starts at 8:00 p.m.

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1:24 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Cutler Proposes Election Reforms for Maine

Eliot Cutler unveils his electoral reform plans at a Portland news conference.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is proposing major changes to Maine's electoral laws.

At a press conference at his Portland headquarters today, Cutler said when he's governor, he'll ask the Legislature to change the law so independents don't have to collect twice as many signatures as party candidates.

He said he'd also propose changing the voting process to either a ranked choice or single open primary followed by a runoff. And he said he'd work to clean up contributions.

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5:54 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Cutler Unveils Welfare Reform Plan

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler today unveiled a welfare reform plan that would require some former recipients with jobs to pay back part of their income.  Cutler's plan also creates a tiered system so that benefits are reduced over time after someone finds a job, instead of being immediately cut off. The plan is already drawing fire from his opponents.

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1:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Independent Cutler Outlines Welfare Overhaul Ideas

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Independent candidate Eliot Cutler's multi-part plan for overhauling Maine's welfare system includes requiring some former recipients with jobs to pay back a part of their income to support early childhood care.

Cutler said that people who received benefits for more than 18 months and make at least three times the poverty level would for a few years have to pay a percentage of their taxable income back to the state.

Among other ideas is creating a tiered system so benefits are lowered over time when someone gets a job, instead of immediately cut off.

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11:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Maine Grappling with Campaign Finance Limits

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine officials are bracing for what could be a flood of new money rushing into the governor's race.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices is meeting Wednesday to discuss Friday's ruling, which said that Eliot Cutler supporters can double their contributions to the independent gubernatorial candidate.

Executive Director Jonathan Wayne told reporters that the ruling may mean that all candidates will now be able to raise $3,000 from new donors.

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