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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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Maine
5:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Maine Native Targets Russian Human Rights Violators

Kyle Parker talks with students at the University of Southern Maine.
Credit Tom Porter / M

A U.S. foreign policy advisor - and one of the people credited with writing legislation to deal with mounting tensions with Russia - was in Portland today to share his latest insights. Kyle Parker is a native of Old Town, Maine, and a 1999 graduate of the University of Maine. He's also a a leading advocate on human rights. Parker spoke to students at the University of Southern Maine about his work, and the man who inspired him.

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Your Vote 2014
3:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Bar Harbor Voters to Decide Whether to Lift 80-Year-Old Deer Hunting Ban

A white-tailed doe.
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BAR HARBOR, Maine - On Nov. 4, residents of Bar Harbor will go to the polls to decide whether to overturn an 80-year-old ban on deer hunting. A task force put together to address a recent rise in complaints over nuisance deer is recommending a pair of firearms seasons, followed by a regular bow hunting season.  But the issue is proving to be a controversial one.  And in this community known for its well-heeled folks "from away," people on both sides of the issue say a persistent rural-urban divide may be adding a layer of complexity.  

 

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Ebola readiness
5:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

State Nurses Union: Maine Not Prepared to Deal with Ebola

AUGUSTA, Maine - The president of the Maine State Nurses Association is challenging statements made by the LePage administration concerning the state's ability to confront Ebola cases in Maine. The Nurses Association says the state is not ready, a claim that was first advanced this week by one of Maine's gubernatorial candidates.

 

As president of the Maine State Nurses Association, Cokie Giles could scarcely believe her ears when she heard that Gov. Paul LePage had issued a statement declaring that the state is prepared to protect Mainers from Ebola.

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Your Vote 2014
5:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments in Maine Bear Hunting Referendum Battle

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge is expected to rule early next week on a motion for an injunction brought by the group Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. At issue is the department's role in the campaign against the bear hunting referendum on the November ballot. Attorneys for both supporters and opponents of Question 1 staked out their arguments at a court hearing Friday morning.

 

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