This week on Maine’s Political Pulse podcast:

— An ugly presidential debate to match an ugly era in American politics.

— How President Donald Trump’s positive test for the coronavirus could affect his bid to win Maine 2nd Congressional District.

— And we’ll also check in on the white-hot U.S. Senate race.

Possibly the worst presidential debate in American history is mercifully over. Yet its ugliness remains.

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Maine’s two U.S. senators say President Donald Trump should release his tax returns in the wake of a New York Times report that he only paid $750 in federal income taxes in each of the last two years.

An interim agreement reached in a pending lawsuit filed on behalf of four blind or visually impaired Mainers means that Maine voters with certain disabilities will be able to cast absentee ballots from home for the general election in November.

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The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has rejected a request to suspend its earlier decision allowing ranked-choice voting to be used in the state’s fall presidential election.

Superior Court Justice William Stokes has denied a group’s request to order changes in Maine’s election law that would make it easier to vote during the pandemic. But the Alliance for Retired Americans is appealing two parts of the decision to the State Supreme Judicial Court.

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The Maine Ethics Commission Wednesday dismissed a complaint against Republican state Senate candidate Trey Stewart for using a political action committee to reimburse himself for clothes and tires. 

Stewart had been accused by a Aroostook County man of breaking Maine campaign finance laws designed to prevent legislators from using private donations to political action committees to enrich themselves.

The allegations centered on four expenditures in 2018 and 2019 by Stewart's Star City PAC, twice for new tires and twice for clothes.

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Republican Dale Crafts handily won the 2nd District congressional primary in July, defeating two better-known opponents.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is allowing voters to track their absentee ballots online.

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A group of southern Maine lawyers, business people and environmental advocates, including former lawmakers John Brautigam and Dick Woodbury, submitted a request for a Citizen's Petition with the secretary of state earlier this month aimed at creating a consumer-owned utility.

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The coronavirus pandemic featured prominently in last night's Maine U.S. Senate debate, as Democratic candidate Sara Gideon and Republican Sen. Susan Collins sparred over state and federal relief efforts.

Maine’s 2nd Congressional District received a lot of national attention four years ago. It’s about to get some more.

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

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Colby College is out with its latest poll on how Mainers plan to vote in the 2020 elections. The survey asked 847 likely voters about several issues, as well as candidate contests. including the presidential race and the battle for Maine's U.S. Senate seat.

The Trump administration's announcement this week that it will allow states to import drugs from Canada is getting a tepid reception in Maine from Senate President Troy Jackson.