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It's Thursday, and that means it's time once again for Across the Aisle, our weekly look at Maine politics. Our panel of analysts includes Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and a former Democratic state senator, and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing. They spoke with Mal Leary.

Across the Aisle airs most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Time is running out for a former Republican lawmaker from Lewiston to undertake his announced "people's veto" of a law that provides welfare benefits to asylum seekers.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says Stavros Mendros has yet to pick up the petitions that must be returned to the state before Oct. 14 with 61,000 signatures in order to suspend the implementation of the law.

Meanwhile, the Maine Republican Party is working on a ballot question to address several issues, including welfare.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - A 90-year-old, twin-masted schooner sailed into Portland harbor Thursday morning. The "Adventure," as she's called, arrived to pick up three tons of Maine-grown farm produce. She'll then depart for Boston at first light on Friday.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - The Maine Attorney General's office has decided not to file criminal charges against a former Biddeford police officer accused of sexually abusing former city resident Matt Lauzon when Lauzon was a teenager.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Up until now, the Maine Green Independent Party has followed the practice of the state's two major parties by allowing only enrolled members to vote in their primaries. But at its state convention last weekend, the Greens decided to welcome all unenrolled Maine voters to help decide nominees in gubernatorial and legislative contests.