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DHHS Ride Share Probed By Legislature

May 19, 2014

Later this summer, the state will terminate its contract with an embattled Connecticut-based transportation vendor that frequently failed to get MaineCare clients to their medical appointments. But this week lawmakers learned that despite the company's poor performance, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has paid millions more for service. Now the Legislature's Appropriations Committee has scheduled a meeting next month to probe the issue with the LePage administration.

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  Troy Jackson is a Democratic candidate running in Maine's second congressional district. He discusses why he's running, which issues he believes are most important to Mainers and what his priorities will be if elected. When Congressman Mike Michaud announced his candidacy for governor, the race for Maine's second district congressional seat became wide open. At first, there was a lot of speculation about who might run. But in the end, two democrats and two republicans threw their hats into the ring and face primary elections on June 10.

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Kevin Raye is a Republican candidate running in Maine's second congressional district. He discusses why he's running, which issues he believes are most important to Mainers and what his priorities will be if elected. When Congressman Mike Michaud announced his candidacy for governor, the race for Maine's second district congressional seat became wide open. At first, there was a lot of speculation about who might run. But in the end, two democrats and two republicans threw their hats into the ring and face primary elections on June 10.

First, Gov. Paul LePage threatened to bring the Maine Legislature back into an emergency session. Now minority Republicans are urging Democrats to reconvene over nursing homes. Specifically, Republicans want to reconsider an 11th-hour bill from the governor that would provide $5 million to nursing homes from a tobacco settlement fund.

Dan Demeritt and Cynthia Dill in the MPBN studios in Portland.
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The union endorsement of Sen. Susan Collins is the subject of this week's Across the Aisle, with Dan Demeritt, political consultant and former communications director for Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate.

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The Maine State House in Augusta, Maine
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The state's failure to require welfare recipients to meet work participation standards has triggered a $7 million fine from the federal Office of Family Assistance. Gov. Paul LePage and Republican leaders blame Democrats, saying that if GOP-backed welfare reform bills had passed, the state would not be in such a predicament. But Democrats say the penalty will be waived by the feds and that LePage's blustering is a campaign ploy.

Dan Demeritt and Cynthia Dill (r.) Democratic pundit at the MPBN studios in Portland.
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Another Thursday is upon us, and thus, another installment of "Across the Aisle," our weekly look at Maine politics with Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, and Dan Demeritt, a political consultant and former communications director for Gov. Paul LePage.

Cynthia Dill is a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, and Dan Demeritt is a political consultant and former communications director for Gov. Paul LePage.

Maine's junior U.S. Senator discusses the situation in Ukraine, his reaction to the President's plan to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data, his recent trip to the Arctic and more.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Maine's junior U.S Senator Angus King

  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.

Debating Raising the Minimum Wage Edit | Remove

  What the arguments both for and against raising the minimum wage in Maine and nationally?

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Steve Robinson from the Maine Heritage Policy Center

Garrett Martin from the MECEP

Mike Brennan, Mayor of Portland

  Former Secretary of Defense, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator, William S. Cohen, was the keynote speaker at the NAACP's 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast in Portland.

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

Senator King

Nov 25, 2013

  Senator Angus King will answer questions about how budget negotiations are proceeding, his efforts to bridge the partisan divide, and other issues in the news.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Senator Angus King

  USM's Muskie School and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosted a fall lecture series entitled: Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation. The series ended with a panel discussion featuring Cynthia Dill, Ken Fredette, and Amy Fried.

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