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The Maine GOP convention was held in Bangor over the weekend where party leaders gathered in a show of unity ahead of the November elections. The theme of the convention was "United for Jobs, United for Freedom, United for Maine." Democratic and independent candidates responded to some of the attacks aimed at them over the weekend.

Governor LePage (R) said he's expecting a contentious campaign year.

"This will be probably the nastiest campaign you've ever seen in the state of Maine," LePage told the assembled crowd on Saturday.

Charles Fourcloud, the former finance director of the Passamaquoddy tribe's Pleasant Point Reservation.
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PLEASANT POINT, Maine (AP) _ The former finance director of tribal reservation in Maine has been arrested on charges of stealing more than $20,000 from the Passamaquoddy tribe.

 

Charles Fourcloud was arrested Friday in northern California.

A crowd gathered at the christening of the new US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt at the BIW shipyard in Bath on April 12, 2014. (File)
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Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said Bath Iron Works has won two Navy contracts totaling more than $57 million for fleet maintenance and engineering projects.

Pingree said this week that half the money is for design and engineering work on the Littoral Combat Ship. The ship is designed for coastal operations such as transporting equipment onshore for amphibious missions and mine-sweeping.

The other half of the money is going to fleet maintenance.

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As incumbent Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud departs his 2nd District seat to run for governor, he's opened the door for a host of candidates from both parties who are hoping to be sent to Washington. One of them is former state Senate President Kevin Raye, who is making his third bid for Congress. 

Dan Demeritt and Cynthia Dill in the MPBN studios in Portland.
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The union endorsement of Sen. Susan Collins is the subject of this week's Across the Aisle, with Dan Demeritt, political consultant and former communications director for Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate.

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Susan Sharon

Residents of a Richmond trailer park were ordered to vacate their homes by 5:00 P.M. today because of a sewage overflow problem that required water to be shut off.  But most of the residents are low income and on disability or public assistance.  Some say they will be forced to sleep in their vehicles.  Others don't know where they'll go.  And as Susan Sharon reports, they blame the park's owner, who says he's been duped by the man he hired to fix the mess.

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The Raye for Congress campaign is demanding that 2nd District congressional primary rival Bruce Poliquin apologize for encouraging Republicans to vote Sen. Susan Collins out of office. Kevin Raye said Poliquin should be standing up for Collins instead of trying to elect her Democratic opponent, Shenna Bellows.

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has selected new brokers to run the state's MaineCare ride program starting July 1.  The program was riddled with problems last year under the Connecticut-based broker Coordinated Transportation Solutions.  That company lost its bid for the next contract year, but another out-of-state broker, LogistiCare, won the majority of the new contracts.  As Patty Wight reports, some advocacy groups are concerned problems will continue under LogistiCare.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Maine Republicans have adopted a new platform that touts the state's accomplishments under Gov. Paul LePage and highlights the party's stance on issues ranging from education to firearms.

The platform was adopted Friday as the GOP convention kicked off in Bangor.

It opposes new taxes, defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and defends the individual's right to bear arms. It also urges the repeal of the Common Core Standards, uniform educational benchmarks.

Maine GOP Convention Opens on Theme of Unity

Apr 25, 2014

Rebounding from a divisive state convention two years ago, Republicans say there's a new spirit of unity in the air for this year's event, which opened today in Bangor. In this off-year election, Republicans are pinning their hopes on returning GOP majorities to the Maine House and Senate, sending Republicans to Washington from the state's two congressional districts and reelecting Gov. Paul LePage. LePage figures prominently in the platform passed by delegates who strongly support the governor's positions on welfare reform and lower taxes.

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