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Critics Say Susan Collins’ Bill To Stabilize Insurance Market Would Restrict Abortion Coverage

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has joined with Republican colleagues to introduce a bill that they say aims to stabilize health insurance premiums in the individual market.

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Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are proposing federal aid to the states to better secure elections systems and to improve communication between federal and state authorities.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the legislation comes as a response to concerns about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

“We are already in an election year. The need to act now is urgent,” she says.

President Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday for winning re-election, in a contest marred by ballot-box stuffing and forced voting. Trump's words drew an immediate rebuke from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Armed Services Committee and a longtime Putin critic.

The congratulatory phone call came a day after the White House said no such message was anticipated. Officials noted on Monday that Putin's election to a fourth six-year term as president was not a surprise.

In a personal appearance before a legislative committee Tuesday, Gov. Paul LePage took offense at a request for information about sales of wood harvested from public lands.

He characterized the inquiry as just the latest effort to undermine his authority as the chief executive of the state.

The Maine Department of Transportation has announced that’s it’s delaying implementation of a new rate structure for the Maine State Ferry Service until later this spring.

DOT officials say a new resident-nonresident rate structure was supposed to go into effect at the end of March. However, due to input received during public hearings on islands served by the ferry service and in writing, Commissioner David Bernhardt says he’s going to take more time before he makes a final decision.

The Russian Embassy in London drew an uncommon scene Tuesday, gathering crowds of people, vans and diplomatic cars at its gate even as the building saw the departure of a number of far more familiar faces: the 23 Russian diplomats expelled by the British government. Russia's state-run news agency, TASS, reports that the diplomats and their families departed the compound to the strains of a Russian patriotic march.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Maine Legislature is sustaining a veto of a bill to create a port authority in a popular coastal tourism community.

Opponents of the bill, which would’ve created the authority in Bar Harbor, feared the possibility of large cruise ship pier coming to the area. Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the bill earlier this month, and lawmakers sustained that veto on Tuesday.

LePage has called the proposal a needless creation of bureaucracy. Officials with Bar Harbor have argued that creating a port authority could help prevent congestion and debt.

OAKLAND, Maine — Maine’s Republican congressman has sold his house in the district, but is continuing to live on the property through a rental agreement.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin moved into the home before running for his first term in the U.S. House in 2014. The town assessor says his Oakland home sold for $450,000 on Jan. 3 to Gary and Elizabeth Ouellette of Winslow.

An adviser says Poliquin’s leasing back an apartment on the property. He brokered that deal during the sale of the home.

Usually the image of a pub is one of welcome, a cozy place where neighbors gather to share friendship and a pint or two. But Dan Margulis, an advertising professional with a personal interest in immigration issues, decided to use the concept for a kind of social experiment along Detroit's St. Patrick's Day Parade route — and there was no friendly welcome involved.

The Maine House has rejected two proposals that would call for a constitutional convention to propose changes to the U.S. constitution.

Rep. Danny Martin, a Democrat from Sinclair, argued against a constitutional convention for any purpose.

“Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger said, and I quote, ‘There is no way to effectively limit or muzzle action of a constitutional convention,’” he said.

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An all-electric bus drove around downtown Portland at lunchtime Tuesday.  The Greater Portland Metro Bus system and the Shuttlebus-Zoom bus system serving Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach are considering ordering a few with funding from a federal grant.

At a press event in Portland, Al Schultz, general manager of the Shuttlebus-Zoom service, said the time for electric buses has come.



Police Shortage

Wednesday—Police forces in Maine and nationwide have been facing a shortage of qualified officers. How is this affecting communities across the state?

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