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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows (left) and incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins consider questions posed to them during a debate on Monday in Presque Isle.

Collins, Bellows disagree over minimum wage, health care in first debate

By Paula Brewer, Special to the BDN on Oct. 21, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Though they found some common ground on veterans’ benefits and public education, U.S. Senate candidates Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, and incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins remained divided on raising the minimum wage and providing universal health care during Monday night’s debate in Presque Isle. The locally …
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Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a Youth for LePage Coalition event at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday afternoon.

Progressive Super PAC debuts with $106K to oppose LePage over weekend

on Oct. 21, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
A national Super PAC registered in Maine earlier this month has made its first expenditure, putting $106,000 of another PAC’s money into an online ad opposing Gov. Paul LePage. The group Progressive Kick IE Maine had the second-highest amount of independent expenditures in the gubernatorial race over the weekend, after …
Maine gubernatorial candidates (from left) Democrat Mike Michaud, Republican Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler face each other in a televised debate on Monday night in Portland.

Candidates in Maine governor’s race meet for last televised debate

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 21, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After more than a year of build-up and some controversy about whether they’d happen at all, the five gubernatorial debates in this year’s campaign are about to slide into history. Election Day, Nov. 4, is two weeks away, so Tuesday evening’s televised debate is likely the last …
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Ebola anxiety can’t be cured by cutting government

on Oct. 21, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
Ebola is a horrific disease that’s become a target of overreaction by frightened people who, like most, do a poor job in judging what’s a real risk. But it’s also an example of how inadequate health programs are dangerous. Even before Ebola came to our shores, government mattered. The lack …
Orono Town Manager Sophie Wilson.

Property owners dispute need for Orono student housing moratorium

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 20, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
Some residents expressed a need for a moratorium to bar the conversion of single-family homes into student housing while new rules are established, but others, including property owners and managers, expressed concerns the town was overstepping its bounds. “I’m blown out of the water,” said Joanne MacKinnon, …
Carol Duprey

No-confidence vote on Hampden mayor passes 6-1

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 20, 2014, at 9:48 p.m.
Despite a ruling on Monday night that Mayor Carol Duprey did not violate the town’s code of ethics when she made negative campaign robocalls targeting two fellow councilors who are seeking re-election on Nov. 4, Hampden town councilors issued a vote of no confidence in her performance …
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Maine gubernatorial candidates (from left) Democrat Mike Michaud, Republican Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler face each other in a televised debate on Monday night in Portland.

Candidates for governor exchange quips, policy in televised debate Monday night

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 20, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
PORTLAND | In a freewheeling and heated hourlong debate co-sponsored by CBS 13 and the BDN, Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates on Monday night all found openings between their respective scripts to fight a war of quips, aiming for laughs and applause from a live audience stacked with a mix …

BDN and CBS 13 gubernatorial debate: Part 5

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:58 p.m.

BDN and CBS 13 gubernatorial debate: Part 4

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:56 p.m.

BDN and CBS 13 gubernatorial debate: Part 3

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:56 p.m.

BDN and CBS 13 gubernatorial debate: Part 2

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:54 p.m.

BDN and CBS 13 gubernatorial debate: Part 1

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:53 p.m.
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Candidates for governor (from left) independent Eliot Cutler, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage greet each other on stage before a televised debate in Augusta on Wednesday night.

Round 3: Michaud, Cutler, LePage take stage for debate sponsored by BDN-CBS13

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
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Candidates for governor (from left) independent Eliot Cutler, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage greet each other on stage before a televised debate in Augusta on Wednesday night, Oct. 15.

Maine gubernatorial candidates tout support from across party lines, major party players

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | The fight for cross-party support in Maine’s governor’s race is heating up with all three candidates in the race trotting out supporters willing to break the party ranks. Mark McKinnon, a Republican consultant, who once worked for former President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. John McCain, …
Waterville police Officer Kris McKenna is running for sheriff of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.

Somerset County sheriff’s race pits deputy chief against Waterville police officer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | The race to become the next sheriff in Somerset County pits a chief deputy at the sheriff’s office with 40 years of experience against a Waterville police officer who has spent 15 years working in law enforcement. Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, 58, of Cornville, has been in …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

Why bringing the president, first lady or a congressman to Maine matters, plus 7 stories you need to read

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
Part of the calculus for many voters trying to figure out who to support has to do with trying to imagine the candidate in the position he or she is running for. That’s why some campaigns go to such lengths to bring in big names and make sure the media has …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

Cain’s campaign releases internal poll results after NRCC pulls back on TV ad buy

on Oct. 20, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
Internal polling data released by Emily Cain’s campaign puts Cain ahead of Bruce Poliquin. But when campaigns release this kind of data, it should be taken with a fairly large grain of salt.
CONTRIBUTORS
A person stands in a voting booth at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Don’t overlook Maine’s most active voters: seniors

By Lori Parham on Oct. 20, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
This summer, AARP Maine announced the results of its “ 2014 Survey of Maine Registered Voters Age 50 and Older.” Maine’s most active voting demographic weighed in on issues important to them, which include financial security, consumer protections, age-friendly communities and long-term care. Survey respondents clearly indicated that candidates must …
CONTRIBUTORS
Governor Paul LePage announced $11.3 million in grant money to support at-risk students in Maine at the Reiche Community School in Portland in June 2014.

LePage has undermined environmental protection, thwarted economic opportunity

By Roger Berle on Oct. 20, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
From his first month in office, Gov. Paul LePage has broken a long and important tradition of bipartisan collaboration that has protected Maine’s natural resources and the health of Maine families. Instead of advancing policies that would protect Maine’s clean air and water — or even maintaining those policies already …
President Barack Obama waves as he arrives for a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (right) at a High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Oct. 19,  2014.

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

By Jeff Mason, Reuters on Oct. 20, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of …
 
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