Maine's Political Pulse

A new series of talks on Morning Edition, Maine's Political Pulse taps into the expertise of our top political reporters, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.

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Late this week, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin dropped his request for a recount in the 2nd District race he lost to Democrat Jared Golden.

It's Friday and time once again for Maine's Political Pulse, with Maine Public's political team, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  This week, Gov. Paul LePage picks an unusual time to schedule surgery, Maine's new Senate President revises the chamber's seating chart, and the most experienced candidates for attorney general are rejected behind closed doors. Filling in for host Irwin Gratz is Maine Public's deputy news director, Susan Sharon.

It's Friday, and that means it's time for another edition of Maine's Political Pulse, with Maine Public's politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  This week, Irwin Gratz and the team look at 2nd District race loser Bruce Poliquin's chances of succeeding in his request for a recount, and with his court challenge of ranked-choice voting.


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It is time for this week’s edition of Maine’s Political Pulse, where we look at what drives Maine politics.

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It's time once again for Maine’s Political Pulse.  Every Friday Morning, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary join Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz to share their insights on the people and events driving politics.  Driving politics this week:  the voters.  They chose Maine's first woman district attorney and first woman attorney general, Janet Mills, to become the state's first woman governor.  And, as Steve Mistler noted, she won convincingly.


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It's Friday, and that means it's time for another edition of Maine's Political Pulse, with Maine Public's politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  Irwin Gratz and the team look at how the races in Maine are playing out as the candidates scramble to win votes in the last few days of their campaigns.


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It’s time once again to take Maine’s political pulse. Maine Public political experts Steve Mistler and Mal Leary return again this week to share their observations of how Maine's top races are shaping up.  They talk with with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.


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And now another edition of Maine's Political Pulse with our politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  In this episode, Irwin Gratz and the team look at recent debates between Maine's candidates for governor, and the polite tone the candidates in the race have struck.


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And now another edition of Maine's Political Pulse with our politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  In this episode, Susan Sharon sat down with the team to look at this week's heated debates between the candidates for Maine's 2nd District Congressional seat. 

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In addition to the fight over the Supreme Court, there are other big issues at stake for the Republicans, Democrats and independents in this year's midterm elections.


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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District, has held her seat and defended it convincingly for a decade.


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It’s geographically vast and rural.  It was held by Democrats for nearly 20 years and most recently by a Republican. But now, it’s been identified as a seat that’s up for grabs. This week on Maine’s Political Pulse, we’re talking about Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Sharing their insights on that four-way race are Maine Public political reporters Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  They spoke with Maine Public’s Deputy News Director Susan Sharon.

Today we begin a new series of talks here on Morning Edition, tapping into the expertise of our top political reporters, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary. With them, we’ll be taking Maine's political pulse.


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