Former President George W. Bush Backs Collins For Senate

Aug 23, 2020
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Former President George W. Bush on Friday backed Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in his first public endorsement of the 2020 election cycle.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is meeting this weekend to act on a $25 billion measure that backers say is designed to assure the U.S. Postal Service can function at current levels.

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

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On Tuesday night, Maine state Rep. Craig Hickman cast Maine's delegate votes during the roll call at the Democratic National Convention. Rep. Hickman is African American, and - as he alluded to in his remarks - gay. And he's a small businessman, something he chose to highlight in his remarks. Rep. Hickman spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's picked for vice president, is an alum of Howard University, a school that turns out to have a tie to Maine. Here to tell us about it is Gordon Weil, a former state official and the author of "The Good Man: The Civil War's 'Christian General' and His Fight for Racial Equality." Weil spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Two of 10 mail-sorting machines have been removed over the past two months from the U.S. Postal Service Southern Maine Processing and Distribution Center, in Scarborough.

Electronic technician Tim Doughty told WMTW-TV that he helped to dismantle one of the machines and put it into storage. The other was scrapped altogether.

Mail volume has been down during the pandemic, but Doughty said the dismantling of machines that can sort 36,000 letters an hour is shortsighted. He said volume will grow as the economy improves.

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Maine delegates at the Democratic National Convention last night cast their ballots for the party's presidential nominee, and, as expected, most - but not all - of them were for Joe Biden. "Maine casts nine votes for Bernie Sanders and 22 votes for our next president, Joe Biden," announced Democratic state Rep. Craig Hickman.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the fifth and final part of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Maine’s two U.S. senators both serve on the committee and agree that legislation must be passed to address the issue.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon on Tuesday joined in the growing criticism of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for implementing changes blamed for widespread delays in mail delivery.

Maine opened its online absentee ballot request form Monday morning, and the secretary of state’s office says thousands have already filled it out.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine congressman is working across the aisle with a Republican from Indiana on a proposal that would create mental health telemedicine services for veterans in rural parts of the country.

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Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has joined with some other Republicans who are critical of changes the Trump administration has made to the mission and management of the Department of Homeland Security.

House Democrats Summon Postal Leaders To Hearing On Mail Delays

Aug 16, 2020
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The Democratic-run House on Sunday demanded that leaders of the U.S. Postal Service testify at an emergency oversight hearing Aug. 24 on mail delays as concerns grow that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency during the coronavirus pandemic while states expand mail-in voting options for the November presidential election.

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Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has reaffirmed his decision that opponents of ranked-choice voting failed to submit enough valid signatures for another referendum.