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It's been a turbulent year of protests and outrage over persistent issues surrounding racism. The city of South Portland this week took an uncommon step and voted to create a municipal Human Rights Commission that is thought to be the first in the state. Margaret Brownlee is diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Maine College of Art who helped shape the commission in South Portland. Brownlee talked about the initiative with Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell.

Maine’s two U.S. Senators say the $1.5 trillion aid package proposed by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers known as the "Problem Solvers" caucus should restart stalled negotiations.

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With less than two months left before Election Day, the U.S. Senate race in Maine is already the most expensive in state history. And that’s prompted the four candidates to decry the influence of money in politics while also blaming one another for its impact on one of the most closely watched contests in the country.

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The state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations is urging the passage of 26 bills as a way to ease racial disparities in the state.

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Attorneys representing Secretary of State Matt Dunlap and supporters and opponents of ranked-choice voting were grilled by Maine Supreme Court justices Tuesday in a case that could decide whether ranked-choice voting applies to the presidential election in Maine this fall.

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Maine U.S. House Rep. Jared Golden says Congress should have passed legislation aimed at curbing foreign influence in U.S. elections months ago, but probably won't take action on the issue this year.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon exchanged barbs Friday over health care, judicial appointments and President Donald Trump in the first debate of a race that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate next year.

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Both of Maine’s Senators are critical of President Trump’s public messaging around the COVID- 19 pandemic, in the wake of newly-released taped interviews in which Trump acknowledges he intentionally downplayed the seriousness of the novel coronavirus.

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On this special Saturday edition of the Pulse, Maine Public's Irwin Gratz spoke with political reporters Steve Mistler and Mal Leary to unpack moments from the first debate of the high stakes Maine U.S. Senate race. 

At Friday's debate, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon exchanged barbs  over health care, judicial appointments and President Donald Trump. 

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The first debate of the Maine U.S. Senate race is over. And somehow a race that kicked off more than a year ago has finally just begun.

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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.