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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature's Appropriations Committee is meeting to see if Democrats and Republicans are any closer to a compromise on a supplemental budget.
Committee members on Wednesday will consider unfunded bills, bond proposals and other measures left on the table when lawmakers adjourned last month with unfinished business. Some of the matters must be dealt with before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
One of the biggest sticking points is funding to get the ball rolling to expand Medicaid.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine man who was disqualified from the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate is still posting signs across the state declaring he is "Trump strong.''
Bar Harbor financial planner Max Linn was disqualified from the Republican primary after Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap determined his nomination petition contained fraudulent signatures. The Portland Press Herald reports Linn's campaign confirmed Tuesday that it has been posting signs for the candidate, even though votes for Linn on June 12 will not be counted.

A federal judge has denied a request by the Maine Republican Party to block the use of ranked-choice voting in its June 12 primary election.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy means that all voters registered with one of the state-recognized political parties will use the new ranked-choice system in June.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says election officials are not shocked by Levy’s decision.

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The attorney behind a political action committee backing President Donald Trump is accusing the Maine Democratic Party and its counterparts in 32 other states of engaging in an elaborate money laundering scheme to benefit Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

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The central goal of any political campaign is to identify voters that are likely to support you, and motivate them. While campaign expenditures are still mostly dedicated toward broadcast media, print ads and mailings, the use of social media to target voters is starting to catch on in state campaigns.

Say you’re surfing the internet and land on a post about the race for governor — you read a few lines, then move on to funny cat videos. But then you notice the ad feed on your browser features a candidate for governor. Welcome to the world of data mining for campaigns.

Craig Olson is one of three Democrats vying to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Olson runs an Islesboro bookstore and manages the Islesboro Transfer Station. He served for three years on the town Board of Selectmen, chairing the panel for a year. Prior to that he was the CEO of Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation in Lincolnville, a working farm and educational center.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Russell, a former Portland legislator, is one of seven Democrats hoping to secure her party’s nomination.

Russell served the maximum allowed four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, from 2008 to 2016. She then ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Maine Senate.

Russell works as a public relations consultant. She earned a bachelor’s at the University of Southern Maine.

Russell told Maine Public’s Patty Wight what sets her apart from the other candidates.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a 2019 Defense bill that includes several provisions that benefit Maine defense industries.

The legislation authorizes more than $5 billion in funding for three new destroyers that will be built at Bath Iron Works (BIW), and it authorizes money to complete the third Zumwalt destroyer, which is currently under construction.

Senator Angus King, who serves on the committee, says the measure also authorizes a new class of frigates that could be built at BIW and keep the work force stable.

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Campaign ads are finally filling the airwaves, especially in the top-of-the-ticket primaries for governor, Congress and Maine's 2nd District.  Brenda Garrand and Sam Surprise are back to comment on what they see and hear.  Garrand is the owner of Garrand Mohlenkamp, Surprise runs Surprise Advertising. Garrand is also on Maine Public's board of trustees.  They gathered in our Portland studios with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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The legislature’s watchdog agency is recommending that lawmakers do a comprehensive review of the state’s bottle deposit law, passed first by voters at referendum in 1976.

The office of Program Evaluation And Government Accountability reviewed the history and operations of the bottle deposit law, and it concluded that lawmakers need to consider several changes to make the law work more efficiently. The report suggests several improvements in data collection and recommends changing language in the current law that it found to be confusing.

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A superior court judge could soon determine whether the LePage administration can continue delaying implementation of a law designed to provide health coverage for roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers.

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility'' in a recent statement from North Korea.
Trump says in a letter to Kim released Thursday by the White House that based on the statement, he felt it was "inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.''
The president says the North Koreans talk about their nuclear capabilities, "but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.''