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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - Two members of Maine's congressional delegation are concerned about the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions less than 24 hours after the midterm elections.

In this edition of our monthly political roundtable "Across the Aisle" Keith Shortall talks with former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, economist Dick Woodbury, who served in Augusta as an independent, and Cynthia Dill, an attorney who served in the Legislature as a Democrat.

 

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The Maine Attorney General's office Wednesday argued in support of a lawsuit that seeks to force the LePage administration to implement Medicaid expansion.  Though Attorney General Janet Mills has recused herself from the case, the governor-elect was in Cumberland County Superior Court to hear arguments. Mills promised on the campaign trail to implement the voter-approved law if elected. But the group behind the lawsuit says it's still important to proceed with the case.

Voters in Belfast on Tuesday turned away three city council hopefuls who all opposed a proposed high-tech onshore salmon farm on the city's shores - instead choosing three who favored the project.

Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's not surprised that Democrats took control of the U.S. House, while Republicans added to their majority in the Senate.

Fishing regulators are collecting the final comments from the public before deciding whether New England's shrimp fishery should remain closed for another year.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Maine Public’s senior political correspondent Mal Leary joined Irwin Grazt on Morning Edition. He was up late following everything from the Governor’s race to local legislative contests, and they took stock of the election results so far.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

  Updated 8:33 a.m. Nov. 7, 2018

U.S. Senator Angus King is on track to represent Maine in Washington for a second term, according to the latest results from yesterday's election. With 69 percent of the vote tallied, King, an independent, holds a lead of 54 percent to Republican challenger Eric Brakey's 36 percent, followed by Democrat Zak Ringelstein, with 10 percent.

Salmon Farm Foes All Lose Council Races In Belfast

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Nick McCrea / BDN

Farmed salmon was not on the ballot, but nevertheless seemed to win big in Belfast on Tuesday, after the three city council candidates who fought the proposed fish farm each lost bids for municipal office.

Democrat Chellie Pingree has declared victory in Maine's First District congressional race. Pingree fended off challengers from both the political right and center to earn a sixth term in what has become a strong Democratic district.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Maine voters have rejected a proposal to create a universal home care program, 63 percent to 37 percent. The proposal would have provided free, in-home care to seniors over age 65 and people with disabilities by charging a tax on higher earning households. Opponents argued that the proposal and its funding mechanism were flawed, but supporters vow to continue the battle to bring universal home care to Maine. 

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Maine's Secretary of State says he's hearing reports of strong and steady turnout this Election Day even as rain threatens to dampen voters' enthusiasm at the polls.  Mainers were already on track to break records for absentee voting in a gubernatorial election year with more than 140,000 voters returning their absentee ballots before last Thursday's deadline to request them. And it's not just the hotly-contested governor's race that's bringing them out.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The official end of the Holocaust was May, 1945. In the 73 years since, many of the survivors of the genocide have passed away, but some are still here and telling their stories, including some survivors in Maine, who are seeking a younger audience to keep theses stories from being forgotten.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Updated 9:53 a.m. Nov. 7, 2018

Democrat Janet Mills will become the first woman elected governor of Maine, according to preliminary results.

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