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Pingree backs bill meant to counter Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision

AUGUSTA — Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree announced Wednesday that she is backing a bill in Congress that would reverse last month’s Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and bar employers from denying female employees reproductive health coverage. Isaac Misiuk, P...

Maine DIF&W says bear baiting, trapping necessary to control population

With the referendum to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding planned for the Nov. 4 ballot, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is trying to educate the public about the state’s current bear management program and bear hunting practices. In a press release on Wednesday, ...

Analysis: One candidate's unfair campaign finance law is another's protection

AUGUSTA — Supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Monday, alleging that Maine’s current election laws unfairly prevent them from giving as much money to Cutler as backers of party candidates can donate to their preferred no... 1

Collins outpaces Bellows in campaign cash for Q2 in Maine's U.S. Senate race

AUGUSTA — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is outpacing her Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows by a nearly 2-1 ratio in raising campaign cash. Figures released by both campaigns Wednesday showed Collins had raised just over $900,000 in the second quarter of 2014, while Bellows' ca...

LePage clarifies position on Social Security and Medicare

AUGUSTA — In a new campaign video, Republican Gov. Paul LePage attacks his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, while clarifying and defending his position on Social Security and Medicare. Democrats recently challenged LePage for lumping the federal programs, that largely serve ... 9

King calls cybersecurity legislation U.S. counterpunch to online crooks

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said a bill passed by the Select Committee on Intelligence would be the nation's "counterpunch" against cybercriminals who steal intellectual property online. “For years, the United States has been taking punches from cybercriminals across the globe int...

PAC plans $2 million TV campaign for Michaud

AUGUSTA — A new political action committee that is supporting Democrat Mike Michaud in Maine’s hotly contested governor’s race said Monday that it will launch a television advertising campaign worth at least $2 million in the run-up to the November election. Consultants w...

Cutler supporters’ lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Maine donation limits

AUGUSTA — Four supporters of independent Eliot Cutler’s bid for governor filed a suit Monday in U.S. District Court over what they argue are inequities in Maine campaign finance laws. The injunction asks that individual contribution limits for donatio...

LePage says trip to China 'productive' but no deal announced yet

AUGUSTA — Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage said a recent trip to China to court a manufacturer of rail cars to the Loring Commerce Centre would lead to continued negotiations, but he did not announce any pending developments. LePage is hopeful that Norinco, a giant Chinese company... 9

Cutler hits the road to pitch property tax plan

BRIDGTON — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler started a statewide tour on Monday highlighting his proposal to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Cutler — who's challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage, along with Democrat Mike Michaud — wants to lower prope... 1