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Your Vote 2014
5:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
Credit Emily Corwin / New Hampshire Public Radio

KITTERY, Maine - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is a major economic engine on both sides of the Piscataqua, so it gets a lot of attention from politicians. But while the unions on the shipyard endorse Democrats almost exclusively, individuals on base are no monolith. New Hampshire Public Radio's Emily Corwin takes us inside the shipyard vote.

 

There's a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed. But just a few inches this side of it - politics are in motion.

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Your Vote 2014
5:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Pot Citations in Portland Up Since Legalization Approved

PORTLAND, Maine - Next month, residents in Lewiston and South Portland will vote on local ordinances that would legalize possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana. Last November, Portland residents overwhelmingly approved a similar measure. But new data show that, despite that vote, police have issued more marijuana citations than before marijuana was legalized. And supporters of the ballot effort say it's a sign that local authorities are ignoring the will of the people.

 

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Business and Economy
4:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

State Revenues Up Slightly, Income Tax Falters

AUGUSTA, Maine — State revenues were above budget in September, and after the first three months of the budget year, they are overall nearly $10 million above projections. Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen said he is pleased to be ahead of projections but cautions some sources of revenues are doing better than others.

“Within that there are certainly elements that we have to continue to look at with some care," he said in an interview with MPBN News. “One is the withholding number in the individual income tax.”

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Ebola readiness
3:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Maine Nurses Union: Nationwide Ebola Treatment Standards Needed

Maine nurses want President Obama and the U.S. Congress to force hospitals and health care employers to implement uniform safety standards for treating Ebola patients. Last night, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued its own updated rules to protect health care workers from contracting the virus.

 

The new guidelines encourage those treating Ebola patients to wear two pairs of protective gloves, fluid-resistant gowns, pants and shoe coverings, a waterproof apron and a disposable, full face shield.

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Your Vote 2014
5:29 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Maine Election Twist: GOP Funds Mailer Touting Independent Cutler

Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - With a little more than two weeks until Election Day, another twist in the battle for the Blaine House: Maine Republicans are now paying to distribute mailers favorable to both Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler. The mailers cast doubts on Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud's positions on several issues, and portray Cutler's positions on those same issues in a favorable light. One election watcher says the strategy could not only help Michaud - it could also hurt Cutler.

 

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