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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Crystal Canney, a spokeswoman for Eliot Cutler's campaign, said people in Maine will benefit because Cutler won't be bought by or beholden to special interest groups. Canney said PAC money drives the agenda in campaigns and that Maine people deserve better.

The year-end fundraising filing deadline for the governor's race is midnight Tuesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A report released Monday said money from outside groups seeking to influence Maine legislative races grew by more than 500 percent from 2008 to 2012.

The report said some nonprofits were able to shield corporate or individual donors behind those expenditures, transferring money multiple times before a donation is made.

The explosion of outside money in state elections shows no signs of abating, according to a campaign spending watchdog group that claims it is also becoming harder to tell where the money is coming from. In its 11th Money and Politics Project report, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections says rather than hearing from the candidates themselves, voters now are more likely to hear about a candidate from third parties with an interest in the outcome of the race.

  What's next for the movement to legalize marijuana in Maine? Last month, Portland became the first city on the East coast to vote to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot... but the state legislature did not follow suit.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by:

Rep. Diane Russell, (D-Portland)

Rep. Deb Sanderson,(R- Chelsea)

Scott Gagnon with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

and David Boyer, Maine Political Director for the Washington, DC based – Marijuana Policy Project 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Republican Sen. Susan Collins won't be unopposed on the primary ballot.

The head of a group that opposed same-sex marriage in Maine says he will offer a conservative voice in the GOP primary. Erick Bennett, director of the Maine Equal Rights Center, said he was filing his paperwork Monday.

Bennett accused Collins of supporting legislation that undercut the Second Amendment and criticized her for supporting Common Core Standards, which his group says erodes local control of curriculum.

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

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A leading environmental group is endorsing Democratic U.S. Rep. Michaud in what seems to already be a three-person governor's race in Maine.

The Sierra Club announced their support for Michaud at a news conference Monday.

The group had already said there's one candidate who's been stricken from their list: Gov. Paul LePage. That left either Michaud or independent candidate Eliot Cutler.

Spokesman Glen Brand says the environmental group is devoting all of its resources to replacing LePage with ``a pro-environment governor.''

  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.

  USM's Muskie School and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a fall lecture series entitled: Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation. The speaker is former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, Barney Frank.

Maine Governor's Race Edit | Remove

  Congressman - and gubernatorial candidate - Mike Michaud announced he is gay in editorials in the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and to the Associated Press today. Does this affect the governor's race? And if so, how?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by

Cynthia Dill, Practicing Attorney, former State Senator, and one-time candidate for U.S. Senate

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Democratic challenger to Maine Gov. Paul LePage has announced that he's gay, saying he needed to address his sexuality to counter ``whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls'' that raised questions about his personal life.

Six-term Congressman Mike Michaud writes in an op-ed provided to The Associated Press and two Maine newspapers that he wanted his political foes to know that, in his words, ``I am not ashamed of who I am.'' Michaud didn't identify who he thinks was behind the whisper campaign.

Political analysts from across the state say that while Mike Michaud's sexual orientation may have triggered headlines and talk programs, the six-term Democratic 2nd District congressman is unlikely to lose votes from his bid to become the country's first openly-gay governor. In fact, some election watchers say Michaud's announcement could actually attract more support from Maine's more progressive 1st Congressional District.

It's been one of the best kept open secrets in Maine politics for more than 20 years, and now Democratic Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has confirmed it: "Yes, I am gay but - you know, so what? I am who I am." Michaud says coming out was a personal decision. He thought a lot about it. But he wanted to get it off the table amid what he calls "the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push polls" those opposed to his candidacy have raised in the high-stakes race for governor.

  USM's Muskie School and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a fall lecture series entitled: Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation. The speaker is Former Maine Representative Peter Mills.

Election Preview/State of Maine Politics Edit | Remove

  Mainers go to the polls next Tuesday. We'll look at the issues and the state of politics in our state.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

A Jay Higgins, MPBN State House Bureau Chief 

Cynthia Dill, practicing attorney, former state senator, and one-time candidate for U.S. Senate