Politics

Tailinh Agoyo

For the first time in Maine, an openly transgender person has been elected to public office. Geo Neptune was elected to the school board in Indian Township.

The governors of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are calling on President Donald Trump to reverse a 10% tariff on imports of aluminum from Canada, citing a negative impact on manufacturers and businesses in northern New England.

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Republicans fell far short of the sixty votes needed to put their $630 billion stimulus package before the Senate for consideration, and Maine’s two senators split on the issue.

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With state revenues projected to be $528 million less than when the current budget was adopted, Finance Commissioner Kirsten Figueroa is proposing a series of steps to close that budget gap, without layoffs or cuts to school funding.

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The federal government plans to purchase and distribute hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine. But it faces challenges in storing doses.  Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, raised the issue at a hearing of the Senate Health Committee.

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The Maine Supreme Court Tuesday issued a ruling in a case that could determine whether voters will use ranked-choice voting in the November presidential election. The case involves a citizen initiative that supporters are trying to get onto the fall ballot, but Tuesday’s opinion does not determine the fate of the ballot question itself.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's marijuana enthusiasts expect to soon find out where they can finally legally buy the products they want.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says the U.S. must respond to reports indicating that China is building up its military capabilities and now has more ships, planes and troops than the United States.

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On this week's edition of Maine's Political Pulse:

With 60 days remaining until the election, this week’s Pulse begins with an important public service announcement.

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An Aroostook County man has filed a complaint against assistant Maine House Minority Leader Trey Stewart of Presque Isle, alleging that the Republican legislator violated campaign finance law by using a political action committee to reimburse himself for clothes and new tires.

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Maine's Secretary of State is appealing a Superior Court ruling decision that could decide whether voters will use ranked-choice voting in this fall's presidential election.

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The Maine Supreme Judicial Court hears oral arguments Thursday in a case involving a Republican-led people's veto effort. The GOP wants Maine voters to vote on whether to repeal legislation allowing ranked-choice voting in presidential elections.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has extended a state of emergency for a sixth time during the pandemic.

In a statement, Mills urged Mainers not to let "pandemic fatigue" allow them to become complacent, especially as students are returning to schools and universities across the state.

She gave a nod to outbreaks stemming from a wedding in the Katahdin region in saying "one little match can spark a fire that may be very difficult to put out." The emergency orders are issued in 30-day increments.

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U.S. independent Sen. Angus King says the Department of Homeland Security is failing to publicly report all credible information about attempts by foreign powers to influence American elections.

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