Politics

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Fifty years ago on Tuesday, the landmark Clean Air Act of 1970 was passed by Congress. Spearheading the measure was Democratic U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, sometimes called the father of the modern environmental movement. Under Muskie’s guidance the Senate vote was unanimous.

Portland city councilors voted Monday night to cut more than 60 city positions in its budget, as part of an effort to address a steep drop-off in revenue because of the pandemic.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she is preparing another letter to Congress urging more help for state and local governments as the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Maine and most other states. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine plans to make about $95 million in coronavirus pandemic recovery grants available to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the state.

As Congress struggles with another pandemic economic stimulus package, Maine union leaders, along with state and local government officials, are urging that relief be included for cities and towns.

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Arguments are being heard today in a lawsuit challenging parts of Maine’s election system.

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

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Flags are flying at half-staff in Maine and around the country to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening at age 87 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

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Friday's passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an icon for gender equality supporters, is quickly rippling through a hotly contested Maine U.S. Senate race already shaped by judicial appointments.

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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, is well known in Maine's 1st Congressional District where she was first elected in 2008. Since then she has been re-elected by significant margins.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is calling the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "one of the most prominent legal luminaries of our time." But she isn't addressing whether the nomination for her successor should happen now, or after the election.

State revenues were $35 million above projections in August, fueled by higher-than-expected personal income tax withholdings. But state officials are worried the good news may be fleeting.

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

With so much attention on the presidential race and the battle for Congress it’s easy to forget that control of the Maine Legislature is also at stake in November.

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While almost all of the attention of this campaign season has been focused on Maine’s U.S. Senate race, there are two other races underway for two Congressional seats.

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