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Across the Aisle
8:59 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Across the Aisle: A Challenge in the Maine Governor's Race

And now to our weekly review of Maine politics, "Across the Aisle." It's usually a Thursday feature, but has been moved to Friday this week to allow for some reflection on all of the week's political happenings. The panel includes Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, Dick Woodbury, an economist, former independent legislator and tax policy consultant to independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, and Meredith Strang Burgess, a former legislator, and CEO of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

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Your Vote 2014
5:42 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Minor or Major? The Subtle Influence of Music in Maine's Political Campaigns

PORTLAND, Maine - You've probably noticed there's an election fast approaching. We've seen debates, speeches, rallies, and fundraisers - and, of course, a plethora of political advertisements on TV. But have you noticed the music behind it all? From fiery convention speeches to the latest attack ad, a good piece of music helps to sell the message.  

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USM program cuts
5:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

UMaine System Board Poised to Vote on Eliminating Two USM Programs

USM second-year French major Daniel Bahun protests the proposed elimination of the program.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

EDITOR'S NOTE: Moments after this story aired, the University of Maine System board of trustees voted to eliminate the University of Southern Maine's bachelor of arts program in French and its master's program in Applied Medical Sciences.

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Your Vote 2014
5:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Latest Poll: Maine Governor's Race Too Close to Call

A new poll out from Public Policy Polling continues to show Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud locked in a statistical tie for the governorship, with independent Eliot Cutler lagging behind. The pollster's survey has been dismissed by the Maine Republican Party as biased toward Democrats, but with only 12 days to go before the election, it remains consistent with others that suggest the outcome is just too close to call.

 

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Your Vote 2014
4:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Election Day Ahead, but Many Mainers Have Already Cast Ballots

AUGUSTA, Maine - Election Day is still a week and a half away, but many Mainers have already cast their votes. Absentee balloting has been open since Oct. 5 - earlier for voters living overseas.

Maine's "no excuse" absentee balloting has been in place since 1999. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says the state's voting policies have a very positive impact on turnout.

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