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The Noyes Street fire verdict will be announced tomorrow

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:57:28 GMT

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. The Noyes Street fire trial verdict is expected tomorrow; we have a kitten/pizza hangover; and a long-dead Portland newsman was really devoted to his job.

Fall Open House: Eastern Maine Community College

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:36:40 GMT

Eastern Maine Community College will be holding our Fall Open House on Friday, November 4th from 9AM-3PM. This event will showcase our programs and technologies along with our campus and student clubs and organizations.

Pingree deserves to return to D.C., put her influence to good use for Maine

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:18:42 GMT

The choice before voters in Maine's 1st Congressional District is familiar: Vote to re-elect Democrat Chellie Pingree or cast a ballot for a little-known Republican challenger with little backing from his party. The Maine Republican Party has failed moderate voters in southern Maine for years by not building up a cadre of qualified, reasonable candidates who would be able to win a primary and seriously challenge Pingree.

Chapman, Colwell seek contested District 133 seat

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:18:41 GMT

Blue Hill Peninsula-Voters in Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick and Surry will select either Democratic incumbent Ralph Chapman of Brooksville or first-time candidate Republican Nancy Colwell of Surry to fill the District 133 seat in the Maine House of Representatives on Election Day, November 8. Penobscot Bay Press asked both candidates why they the seek office; the biggest challenges facing the legislature; what legislation they will actively support; the most important issue for voters; and their position on the six referendum questions, the first five of which are citizen initiated. The two candidates will speak at a public question-and-answer forum on October 25, 7 p.m., at the Blue Hill Public Library.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016: Cain for Congress, Trump's bad temperament, Miramant for Maine Senate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:56:37 GMT

The recent Maine Public debate between Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Emily Cain was very revealing. Poliquin spent much of the hour giving evasive, well-rehearsed stock answers to questions posed by Jennifer Rooks.

Maine Democrats apologize for doctored photo of Air Force veteran in attack mailer

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:50:03 GMT

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Democratic Party is apologizing to a Republican House candidate for a mailer in which "U.S. Air Force Veteran" was removed from the candidate's hat with photo editing tools. First-term Republican Rep. Brian Hobart of Bowdoinham is running for re-election against Democrat Seth Berry of Bowdoinham, who formerly held the seat before being term-limited out of office in 2014.

'Make America Laugh Again' presidential comedy roast in Brickell

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:22:57 GMT

Comic Cure's "Make America Laugh Again" hosted a roast of the presidential candidates at the Flamingo Theater Bar in the Four Ambassadors Hotel in Brickell on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The Orange County Republican Party headquarters was firebombed overnight Saturday and graffiti was spray-painted nearby in an attack that the GOP called "political terrorism."

Please don't just phone it in

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:22:09 GMT

All rocks are not the same. The same brushstrokes that suggest the sandstone and shale ledges of Kaaterskill Falls in New York are inappropriate for the Maine Coast.

Trump's Family Keeps Low Profile in Home Stretch of Campaign

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:23:30 GMT

After a starring role at this summer's Republican National Convention, the Trump family has stuck mostly to small events out of the national media spotlight. Donald Trump's family is farther from the national spotlight than usual as the Republican presidential nominee gets closer and closer to the biggest test of his life: Election Day.

Former Wall Street analyst renovating Maine building that housed meth lab

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:10:01 GMT

An informal sketch submitted by Harbor Line Capital LLC shows redevelopment plans for a Bath home that previously housed a methamphetamine lab. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team, Bath police and fire departments, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection investigate a suspected methamphetamine lab at 50 Elm St. in Bath in this October 2014 file photo.

Loring president optimistic about Maine Military Authority contract

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:00:51 GMT

Maine Military Authority employees may be able to continue their transit bus repair work with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, according to Loring Development Authority President Carl Flora. Flora said in a Wednesday morning board meeting that recent discussions between Gov. Paul LePage's delegation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority had a positive outcome.

The reasons for Maine to adopt ranked-choice voting are unconvincing

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:47:18 GMT

Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the state level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority? Poll after poll has found that Americans are fed up with Congress and think that partisanship has worsened in recent years. Ranked-choice voting, Question 5 on the November ballot, is presented as an easy way to solve these problems.

Where the Maine race stands ahead of Trump and Clinton's last debate

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:47:17 GMT

Good morning from Augusta, where we're preparing for the third and final presidential debate tonight between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. What's remarkable about this is that it's far from an ideal time for Clinton, who is dealing with WikiLeaks' disclosures of purportedly hacked emails detailing Wall Street speeches and internal anxiety about her campaign , a sore subject for a candidate for whom secrecy has long been a major problem.

Maine can't afford to lose more manufacturing. Congress should reject TPP.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:33:36 GMT

Poor trade deals are hurting Maine's economy and costing us jobs. This must stop.

Thousands of old Maine images will soon be available online for the first time

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:33:35 GMT

Soon, history buffs won't have to peel themselves off their couches or find scarce parking in downtown Portland to see the Maine Historical Society's treasure trove of old photographs. They'll instead be able to browse the collection from the comfort of their favorite internet device.

Background checks work, but dangerous people still can get guns in Maine

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:33:34 GMT

Federal law prohibits felons, domestic abusers and the profoundly mentally ill from purchasing guns from licensed dealers. But right now anyone in Maine who fails a background check at a gun store can simply walk out and purchase a gun in Maine's private gun market instead - with no background check, no questions asked.

The Human iPod' at Unity College

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:07:14 GMT

Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present John Rush, "The Human iPod," Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open 7:15 p.m. for this college-circuit favorite. Rush is a one-man show like no other.