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The news of President George H.W. Bush’s death broke on the first weekend of Kennebunkport’s “Prelude,” an annual preholiday tradition in the town. In Dock Square, a Christmas tree decorated for the season stood next to a flag at half-staff that hung limply from its pole.

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.

About 3,400 new customers of Maine's largest electric utility are being charged only for a fraction of what they used, and existing customers could end up picking up the tab.

An organization that serves the LGBT community in Maine is launching an online resource guide early next year.

In an effort to alleviate some of the back ups that occur on a very busy stretch of I-295, the Maine Department of Transportation is providing Service Patrols from Exit 22 in Freeport to Exit 1 in Scarborough.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's commission examining concerns posed by the governor about wind energy is set to meet.

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There's been a steady drumbeat of dire news about climate change this fall. The latest is a comprehensive government report that foretells devastating consequences for this nation's ecosystems and economy, as well as citizens' health unless significant action is taken right away.

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In the wake of his loss to Democrat Jared Golden earlier this month, 2nd District Republican Congressperson Bruce Poliquin is challenging the legality of Maine's ranked-choice voting law and the runoff process itself.

The E.Coli Scare May Have Actually Helped Some Maine Farmers

Dec 2, 2018
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A nationwide outbreak of the E.Coli virus linked to romaine lettuce coming out of California has created an increased demand for locally grown greens in Maine.

Mainers are struggling to pay off their student loans, with their debt impacting everything from car purchases to health care.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were more than political supporters, they were friends.

The city of Portland has decided to pass on a federal Justice Department grant that provides nearly $70,000 in police funding.

Office of Rep. Ro Khanna

Maine 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined a group of incoming House Democrats, along with environmental activists and current members, outside the U.S. Capitol Friday morning to push for transformational action on climate change, something she says the Trump administration and a GOP-backed House have resisted.

Student loan debt is leaving borrowers in Maine in financial distress, with many putting off basic needs due to student loan payments. That's according to the results of a new poll from the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

Trump Administration Approves Seismic Surveys For Atlantic Drilling

Nov 30, 2018

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, prompting outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life.