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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said Thursday that he will vote against President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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At noon today, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A high school band from rural Maine set to help kick off Republican President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural festivities is at the center of a clash between leaders of the state's Green Independent Party.
 
Two leading Green Independent Party members are vowing to defect to the Socialist Party USA in part because the secretary of the Maine Green Independent Party member also directs Madawaska's middle school and high school marching band.
 

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration is proposing A $7 million bailout of the Maine Military Authority. The proposal would help the authority satisfy the terms of a $19 million contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to refurbish nearly two dozen commuter buses.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he won’t be supporting Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, but he will support President-elect Donald Trump’s three national security-related nominations.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics.

This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic lawmaker; Dick Woodbury, and economist who served in the Legislature as an independent; and former Republican state lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

A moratorium on the retail sale of marijuana approved by voters is one step closer to approval by the Legislature.

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted unanimously to push back the date on which Mainers could buy or sell marijuana until February of next year. The proposal also fixes a drafting error in the citizen-initiated law to ensure that minors cannot possess marijuana.

LEWISTON, Maine - Sometime today, President-elect Donald Trump can expect to receive an open letter from more than 700 U.S. physics and astronomy faculty about the need for science to inform national policy such as climate change and nuclear proliferation. 

BANGOR, Maine - An inmate in Maine has filed a lawsuit saying officials denied him the right to vote in the 2016 presidential election.
 
The Kennebec Journal reports that 35-year-old Raishawn Key, who is originally from New York, sought an injunction and filed a suit against the city of Augusta in federal court in Bangor on Jan. 5. Key, who is at the Maine State Prison, says his absentee ballot request was denied. He is seeking $100,000.
 

Gov. Paul LePage is scheduled to present his State of the State address to the Legislature on Feb. 7. The governor’s address is an annual presentation to a joint convention of the Legislature, although last year LePage broke with tradition by sending a letter instead.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers continue to review a bill that would delay the retail sale of recreational marijuana while ensuring that minors cannot possess it.

Maine voters approved the citizen initiative in November, but some lawmakers want to delay several aspects of legal marijuana to give the state more time to develop the regulatory framework to oversee the licensing and sale.

WATERVILLE, Maine - The City Council in a Maine city passed over the governor's daughter in favor of a Colby College professor to fill a vacant seat.
 
The Waterville City Council elected Associate Professor Winifred Tate by a count of 4-2 on Tuesday night. The council chose Tate over Lauren LePage and George Weber. Todd Martin also submitted a letter of interest in the seat but withdrew.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Lawmakers have begun review of a bill that would delay the retail purchase and sale of recreational marijuana that voters approved during a referendum last year.

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee is holding a public hearing on the proposal today.

Supporters of the bill included several lawmakers, among thyem Republican Rep. William Tuell of East Machias. Tuell said the moratorium would ensure that the state has the time to develop the regulatory framework for legal marijuana.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage has delivered a blistering rebuke to lawmakers and says a request for proposals will soon unveil new details about his administration's plans to build a new, privately run state psychiatric facility in Bangor.

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