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PORTLAND, Maine - The deadline is drawing near to request absentee ballots ahead of the Maine election.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's attorney general is joining with dozens of colleagues to call for websites to crack down on illegal sales of alcohol over the internet.

The U.S Senate is taking up budget bills this week that include funding for marine resources programs at the University of Maine.

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It's Friday and time again for Maine's Political Pulse.

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The state Marijuana Advisory Commission was told Thursday that by the end of this year, the state will start accepting online applications for retail licenses for sellers of marijuana intended for adult recreational use.

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Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage Wednesday used his first major public appearance since leaving office to try to reframe his eight controversial years in office — and to continue teasing a possible run in 2022. LePage's engagement with student protesters at Colby College shows how the conservative firebrand is shifting responsibility for his record of divisive comments to his favorite foil.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island's treasurer has announced a new regional partnership dedicated to increasing gender, racial and ethnic diversity on corporate boards in the Northeast.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed an executive order to create an organized effort aimed at fighting elder abuse.

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Retired Air Force Gen. Jon Treacy from Oxford has withdrawn from the race to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ Senate seat.

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The Mills administration is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work swiftly and finalize federal rules guiding states on how they should implement industrial hemp plans.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine is urging national energy efficiency experts to focus more attention on the issue of consumer financing for home heating improvements.

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A longtime community organizer and school teacher from Solon is vying to become the Green Independent Party nominee in next year’s U.S. Senate race.

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It’s Friday and time again for Maine's Political Pulse.

This week host Keith Shorthall is sitting in for Irwin Gratz, and he’s speaking with Statehouse Bureau Chief Steve Mistler and Chief Political Correspondent Mal Leary. They’ll take a look at campaign spending and how various polls might provide perspective on how Maine politicians are doing in the ramp up to the 2020 election.

Three years ago, candidate Donald Trump rose to the Presidency with the help of Evangelical Christians. But why did they support his cause, and will they support him again in 2020? These are questions that NPR’s Tom Gjelten has been exploring in his reporting over the past few years. As he told Maine Calling’s Jennifer Rooks, while Trump won the backing of more than 80 percent of white evangelicals in 2016, there are growing points of conflict, including the president’s recent decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

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Maine’s two Senators say there is overwhelming support in the Senate for a resolution disapproving of President Trump’s sudden decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria.

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