WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democratic Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is joining a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court that's sponsored by groups that support access to birth control.

The Supreme Court is hearing two cases dealing with access to birth control. Two companies want the right to decline to pay for birth control under their personal health insurance plans.

Bellows, who's challenging Republican Sen. Susan Collins, said birth control decisions should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor, ``not the government and certainly not her boss.''

  A celebration of what would have been Edmund Muskie's 100th Birthday with a discussion of the Maine politician's career and legacy. From a modest childhood to state and national politics as Governor, US Senator and Presidential candidate.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Pat Webber, Director, Muskie Archives & Special Collections Library, Bates College

Jim Witherell, Author: Ed Muskie: Made in Maine

  Lawrence Lessig is the author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It and the founder of Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to changing the influence of money in elections. He serves as the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He was recently listed by Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute as one of the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and is a regularly featured TED Talk presenter.


  Congresswoman Pingree discusses the latest news and public policy issues in Washington and Maine.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Chellie Pingree was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1955, the youngest of four children. Chellie moved to Maine as a teenager, attended the University of Southern Maine, and graduated from the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor. After college, she moved to North Haven island.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says supporters of a referendum to prohibit the use of dogs, bait or traps to hunt bear have submitted enough valid signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Dunlap says supporters turned in 63,626 valid signatures, 6,349 more than required.

The signature petitions were submitted by the group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, which is seeking to end the practice of using bait, traps and dogs to hunt bear.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Democrat Mike Michaud is set to make his first major policy address since announcing his campaign for Maine governor.

Michaud plans to announce an economic platform Wednesday in Portland. Afterward he will hold a series of events through the end of the week with business leaders and community leaders across the state.

Spokeswoman Lizzy Reinholt says the economic plan was borne out of conversations with business leaders and experts.

She said it's ''long on ideas and short on rhetoric.''

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Blaine Richardson says he will run as an independent in Maine's 2nd Congressional District race.

The Belfast conservative is expected to announce Monday on Bangor radio station WVOM that he's leaving the Republican Party.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Richardson received more than a third of the votes in the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2012, losing to former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Campaign finance reports show Democratic challenger Mike Michaud outpacing the other two candidates in fundraising so far in the race for Maine governor.

According to reports filed Wednesday, Michaud raised nearly $700,000 in the latest reporting period that ended Dec. 31, and has now raised more than $1 million overall.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage has raised almost $719,000 overall, including more than $373,000 in the past six months.

  One of the most polarizing issues before the legislature this session is Medicaid expansion. Should Maine enroll an additional 70-thousand people in Medicaid? A controversial new report from the Alexander group argues against it. But many health care advocates take issue with its rationale.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Joel Allenbaugh, Maine Heritage Center 

Rep. Deb Sanderson ranking Republican on the HHS Committee 

The Year Ahead in Maine Politics Edit | Remove

  AJay Higgins and Steve Mistler will discuss what promises to be a fascinating year in Maine politics.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

AJay Higgins,MPBN State House Bureau Chief 

Steve Mistler, Portland Press Herald

Equality Maine Endorses Michaud for Governor

Jan 2, 2014

A political endorsement in the Maine Governor's race has sparked a war of words between campaign staffs of two gubernatorial hopefuls. The announcement came Thursday morning at the downtown Portland headquarter's of the state's largest gay rights advocacy group.

"On behalf of our 70,000 members in Maine, Equality Maine is very proud to announce our endorsement of Mike Michaud to be Maine's next governor," said Equality Maine's political director Ali Vander Zanden at a press conference in Portland.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Crystal Canney, a spokeswoman for Eliot Cutler's campaign, said people in Maine will benefit because Cutler won't be bought by or beholden to special interest groups. Canney said PAC money drives the agenda in campaigns and that Maine people deserve better.

The year-end fundraising filing deadline for the governor's race is midnight Tuesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A report released Monday said money from outside groups seeking to influence Maine legislative races grew by more than 500 percent from 2008 to 2012.

The report said some nonprofits were able to shield corporate or individual donors behind those expenditures, transferring money multiple times before a donation is made.

The explosion of outside money in state elections shows no signs of abating, according to a campaign spending watchdog group that claims it is also becoming harder to tell where the money is coming from. In its 11th Money and Politics Project report, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections says rather than hearing from the candidates themselves, voters now are more likely to hear about a candidate from third parties with an interest in the outcome of the race.

  What's next for the movement to legalize marijuana in Maine? Last month, Portland became the first city on the East coast to vote to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot... but the state legislature did not follow suit.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by:

Rep. Diane Russell, (D-Portland)

Rep. Deb Sanderson,(R- Chelsea)

Scott Gagnon with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

and David Boyer, Maine Political Director for the Washington, DC based – Marijuana Policy Project