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Your Vote 2014
5:44 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Maine Candidates for Governor Battle it Out Over the Airwaves

The three major candidates for governor have new television ads on the air with messages as diverse as the candidates themselves. Democratic nominee Mike Michaud is pitching his personal background, while an ad for Republican Gov. Paul LePage emphasizes that his actions are more important than his words. Meanwhile, independent Eliot Cutler released two ads this week, one on job creation and another that called out his opponents for limiting the number of statewide debates.

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:35 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Judge Sides with Cutler Campaign in Financing Dispute

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler talks about tax policy at a news conference in April
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

A federal judge has sided with four contributors to independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler's campaign. The four filed suit over a state law that limits the amount of money they can each spend on independent candidates to $1,500 dollars. The judge found that, in this particular election, the four have shown a strong likelihood that they have suffered "unconstitutional discrimination" compared to contributors to major party candidates.

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Dockside Veterinary - Video
5:15 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

For Maine's Island-Dwelling Pets, a Floating Vet Clinic

Dr. Margaret Shively treats a cat on board her floating veterinary clinic, the F/V Seakeeper.
Credit Nick Woodward / MPBN

For most people, a trip to the vet is as simple as snapping on a leash or popping a cat into a crate, and driving to the clinic. But if you live on an island? Things aren't quite that simple. A basic exam can eat up a whole day - or more - depending on the ferry schedule and the weather. But one vet is trying to ease that burden by taking to the seas with her floating clinic.

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Net neutrality
5:06 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Maine Congressional Delegates Wary of FCC Internet Proposal

A proposal before the Federal Communications Commission that would allow Internet providers to set different prices for access has members of Maine's congressional delegation concerned. But that concern may not translate into support for legislation to override a decision by the FCC.

 

So many Americans are concerned about possible changes to the Internet that more than a million comments have been filed with the FCC, crashing the agency’s Web site in July, and leading to a deadline extension now set for Sept. 15.

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The Telling Room
4:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Telling Room: 'One Man's Fear'

We continue our summer series featuring the work of young writers, in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week we showcase the work of Nicholas Giroux, a student at Scarborough Middle School. Giroux's piece was inspired by a project the Telling Room did with all of the middle schoolers there on "wild Maine weather."  

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Side Trips
6:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Side Trips: Fort Fairfield Block House Preserves Era of Conflict in Northern Maine

The Fort Fairfield Block House.
Credit Nick Woodward / MPBN

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine - There are lots of reasons to take a trip to Aroostook County: pretty scenery, poutine - and a side trip to Canada is just minutes away. But for some history buffs, the town of Fort Fairfield is an essential stop for its role in an old border dispute that flared up in the late 1830's. At the center of that conflict stood the town's block house fort. While the original structure was mostly dismantled, the old fort was rebuilt and restored to its original appearance about 40 years ago. It now serves as a museum, detailing two centuries of life along the border.  

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Airbnb
5:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Maine Hotels Facing Stiff Competition from Online Private Vacation Rentals

A view of the apartment Stephanie Dunn and Mark Smith rent out using Airbnb and VRBO.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Hoteliers, innkeepers and municipal officials in Maine and across the country are facing serious competition from a recent explosion in private, short-term, online vacation rentals. The main player is the Web site Airbnb, based in Portland, Oregon, which helps homeowners market their property - mostly for short-term vacations.

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Your Vote 2014
5:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GOP Attacks Michaud Over 12-Year-Old Vote for Unanimously-Passed Measure

Democratic candidate Mike Michaud with supporters in Millinocket in 2012.
Credit Nick Woodward / MPBN

Maine Democrats are asking the Republican Party to retract campaign mailers that they say falsely accuse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud of sponsoring a bill 12 years ago that laid the groundwork for the loss of jobs at Great Northern Paper. The GOP's position is complicated by the fact that the party's current chairman, Rick Bennett, was the president of the Senate when the unanimous vote was taken.

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Food stamp changes
5:41 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Plan to Restrict SNAP Benefits in Maine Meets Strong Opposition

AUGUSTA, Maine - Advocates for the low-income, veterans and the homeless turned out in Augusta to express their strong opposition to a proposal from the Department of Health and Human Services to cut off food stamps or SNAP benefits to able-bodied, childless adults after three months unless they work 20 hours a week, volunteer or undergo job training. Advocates say the proposal establishes an "unrealistic and unachievable" expectation that will overwhelm food pantries and soup kitchens and create hardships for people, especially young veterans.

 

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Aging at home
5:39 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Maine House Speaker Unveils Plan for Helping Seniors Age at Home

Maine House Speaker Mark Eves unveils his "KeepMe Home" plan.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - House Speaker Mark Eves says the state must do more to ensure that senior citizens can remain in their homes as they age. To that end, he rolled out his so-called "KeepMe Home" initiative today, which would send a $65 million bond package to the voters for the construction of new housing units, among other things.

Every day, about 50 Mainers turn 65. And Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves says their living options for the distant future are, at best, uncertain. But what many of them really want, Eves says, is what is own 91-year-old father wants.

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