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It’s Friday, and time again for Maine’s Political Pulse.

This was a quieter week, politically...as long as you kept the television off, since it remains saturated with political advertising. Steve Mistler spoke with Irwin Gratz and Mal Leary about some of that advertising, which turned nasty pretty quick.

Then the team took a look at how the next coronavirus aid bill developed by Republicans could affect politics in Maine and the latest challenge to Ranked-Choice Voting.

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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins are calling on the federal government to provide disaster assistance to the state's herring industry in the wake of what they call the fishery's failure.

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As talks in Congress continue toward another round of pandemic relief, U.S. independent Sen. Angus King of Maine is pushing for help targeted at seasonal businesses.

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U.S. Sen. Angus King wants Congress to provide additional funds to states for the fall elections in order to make sure Americans can vote as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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The legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee is recommending the creation of a new office in the Bureau of Veterans Services to handle requests by LGBTQ veterans who believe they were discharged from the service solely because of their sexual preference.

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Former state Rep. Dale Crafts has officially captured the Republican nomination in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District following Tuesday's ranked-choice runoff.

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The Maine secretary of state’s office expects to finish up the ranked-choice voting tally Tuesday in the Republican 2nd District Congressional primary.

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Many provisions of the federal CARES Act end this month — including expanded unemployment benefits and the Paycheck Protection Act — and Maine’s two U.S. Senators are calling for more federal assistance.

A challenge of an independent candidate for U.S. Senate has been withdrawn, clearing the way for Max Linn to appear on the November ballot.

Linn, a Bar Harbor businessman, is running for Senate in a race where the high-profile candidates are Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House.

Former state Sen. Mary Small of Bath, a Republican, challenged the validity of Linn's nominating petitions. Her attorney notified the secretary of state on Friday that she was withdrawing the challenge

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U.S. Sen. Angus King has joined with 45 other Senate colleagues in objecting to a Trump Administration policy change on how local hospitals report data on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This year's back to school preparations will be like no other year.

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Morning Edition Host Irwin Gratz, Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler and Senior Political Correspondent Mal Leary are back again this week with Maine's Political Pulse.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine plans to maintain travel restrictions on residents of Massachusetts and Rhode Island despite impatience from some hotel operators in the state.

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Several blind and visually impaired voters have filed a federal lawsuit over their inability to independently mark paper absentee ballots in Maine.

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Leaders of both parties in the Maine Legislature are at odds over calling themselves into a special session next month to deal with hundreds of bills left on the table when they adjourned in March due to the spread of COVID-19. Republicans say they want the session to focus only on issues related to the pandemic.