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Your Vote 2014
6:17 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

River of Cash Flowing Into Maine's 2nd District Congressional Race

Spending in the race for Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District seat, where Democrat Emily Cain is battling it out with Republican Bruce Poliquin and independent Richard Murphy, is setting new records. Mal Leary has been following the flow of cash, and he talks with MPBN's Nora Flaherty from Augusta studios.

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Across the Aisle
5:44 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Across the Aisle: Assessing the Cutler Factor in the Maine Governor's Race

And now to our weekly review of Maine politics, "Across the Aisle," with our analysts this week: Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, Dick Woodbury, an economist, former independent legislator, and tax policy consultant to independent gubenatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, and Meredith Strang Burgess, a former state legislator and CEO of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Keith Shortall.

 

Across the Aisle is a regular feature on Thursdays.
 

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Ebola vigilance
5:38 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

LePage Administration's Ebola Protocols Meet Opposition from Medical Groups

State and national medical organizations have joined civil rights groups and others in opposing the LePage administration's protocols for health workers returning from West Africa, such as Kaci Hickox. Today the American Nurses Association and the Maine Medical Association criticized the state's requested 21-day quarantine for Hickox as unnecessary, unscientifically based and apt to create a climate of more fear. The ACLU of Maine is also prepared to defend Hickox's civil rights.

 

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Energy East Pipeline
4:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Plan to Pipe Tar Sands Oil Near Maine Border Sparks Environmental Concerns

TORONTO - Environmental groups in Maine are speaking out against Canadian energy giant TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada today submitted formal applications to build the largest, most expensive pipeline in North America. Although it would not cross into U.S. territory, some in Maine say the Energy East Pipeline would come close enough to our borders to pose a potential threat to the environment.

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Cutler Campaign Faces Collapse as Supporters Retreat

Eliot Cutler tells supporters a Portland news conference Wednesday that they should vote for someone else if they think he can't win.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

With six days remaining before Election Day, independent candidate Eliot Cutler said today that the odds are against him in his bid to become Maine's next governor. Reiterating a statement he made about the three-way race earlier this year, Cutler says Mainers must vote their conscience, and if they're concerned that a vote for him will wind up electing another candidate, they're free to make a different choice. And late today, his most prominent backer did just that.

 

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