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

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was among ten Republican Senators who voted to terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration on the U.S.- Mexico border, a move aimed at stopping his shifting of money to build a wall.

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More than 40 residents of Aroostook County turned out for a legislative forum Tuesday night in Fort Kent to weigh in on the use of aerial herbicides by the forest products industry.


A retired Air Force general from Oxford has kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign. Democrat Jon Treacy will seek his party's nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins next year.

Treacy says he has the experience and the vision to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. "We have such serious challenges in front of us. For instance, climate change, our issues with health care, certainly gun violence, women’s rights and those issues that need to be tackled now."

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Maine's congressional delegation is split on the decision by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to  launch a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - A U.S. Senate committee has signed off on a funding bill that would provide help to Maine's potato industry as well as other rural enterprises.

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Maine’s secretary of state's office says it's fielding some complaints from people who felt they were lied to so they would sign a petition in support of a people’s veto to strike down Maine’s vaccination requirements.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Lobbyists ranging from the cable industry to major electric utilities have reported spending a combined $4.2 million in the newly Democratic Legislature's busy legislative session.

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2nd District Congressman Jared Golden held a roundtable discussion at Community Concepts in Lewiston, with a focus on addressing the what he calls the "lead crisis in Maine." 

Lobbyists ranging from the cable industry to major electric utilities have reported spending a combined $4.2 million in the newly Democratic Legislature's busy legislative session.

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The Trump Administration has been active with efforts to roll back some parts of federal clean air laws, which govern everything from coal-fired electric plants to motor vehicle emissions. In many cases, the efforts have been made through rule making. Some state attorneys general, including Maine’s, have joined together in trying to block those changes.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Maine's Political Pulse is back.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined this week by Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler and Statehouse reporter Mal Leary.

They're ready to catch you up on what's been happening this summer, but first they’re going to jump ahead to 2020 and discuss one of the marquis races on Maine's ballot — the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Susan Collins.

Get Caught Up:

Trump Nominates Poliquin To Chair A Federal Investment Protection Organization

Sep 20, 2019
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Former U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced Friday he has been nominated by President Donald Trump to chair the board of the federal organization charged with returning assets to customers when investments are stolen or brokerage firms go under.

Maine's Tougher New Distracted Driving Ban In Effect

Sep 19, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - A new Maine law that prohibits the use of hand-held phones and other devices while driving is now in effect.

A number of People's Veto efforts did not meet Wednesday's deadline to submit signatures to state elections officials.