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Friday, October 10, 2008

Maine News for Friday, October 10, 2008

Real Clear Politics
RCP Average 10/01 - 10/09 -- Obama 49.1 to McCain 43.4

Portland Press Herald
A year after peak, Dow sinks to 8,579
A runaway sell-off turns the anniversary of reaching 14,164 points into one of Wall Street's worst days.

Income limits for heating aid rise
More in Maine will qualify for fuel assistance, but the average benefit will drop with the rise in applicants.

Alaska's 'First Dude' Palin to visit Maine this weekend
ELECTION 2008: The McCain-Palin campaign sees potential for winning the state's more rural 2nd District.

McCain: Obama tie to ex-radical is honesty issue
The Republican's criticism is an effort to distract voters from the economy, an Obama aide counters.

Casino would be built in town of Oxford
But several properties on Route 26 are still under consideration, backers say.

Biddeford airport's future up in the air
Election 2008: Voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether to close the airport at a cost of about $3 million.

House District 109: Three-term incumbent, challenger face rematch
Susan Austin stresses her record of fiscal restraint; Anne Graham calls for more action on issues.

House District 111: Candidates chart priorities, offer different budget fixes
Incumbent Gary Plummer opposes the beverage tax. Rival Michael Shaughnessy targets Windham's sprawl.

House District 135: Retired clerk challenges incumbent
Clairma Matherne seeks to unseat incumbent state Rep. Paulette Beaudoin.

Agency to sell bonds to Mainers
MaineHousing says it had delayed today's sale for several weeks in the hope of a market recovery.

Wright Express, feeling downturn, trims 22 jobs

Marine terminal should be run by the state
A port facility that would boost Maine's economy should not be a local responsibility.

Detailed information on state spending now available online
The Maine Heritage Policy Center has a Web site up and running with payrolls and much, much more.

ANOTHER VIEW: Poland Spring one of Maine's most responsible firms
Those who worry it is wasting water resources should see how little it actually uses.

Bangor Daily News
BANGOR, Maine — Todd Palin, husband of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, will spend the weekend in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

OXFORD, Maine — Supporters of a proposal to bring a casino to western Maine say the casino and resort would be located in Oxford if voters allow it to move forward on Election Day.

The University of Maine in Orono will hold a two-day conference later this month, bringing together local and international experts to discuss the implications of global warming on Maine.

BANGOR, Maine — The Republican National Committee was host to a three-stop “Not Ready to Lead” tour through Maine on Thursday, attempting to shift the conversation in the presidential race from the economy to a portrayal of Sen. Barack Obama as inexperienced on national security.

PORTLAND, Maine — Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Tom Allen agree that the $700 billion economic rescue package passed by Congress last week was necessary, but they disagreed Thursday on the primary causes for the meltdown on Wall Street.

As long as voter fraud is held at bay, easing the voting process can only mean a better democracy.

Kennebec Journal

NEW YORK -- A runaway train of a sell-off turned the anniversary of the U.S. stock market peak into one of the darkest days in Wall Street history Thursday, driving the Dow Jones industrials down a breathtaking 679 points and deepening a financial crisis that has defied all efforts to stop it.

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT AUGUSTA Many welcome talk about campus housing
AUGUSTA -- Campus housing for University of Maine at Augusta students could lead to a livelier campus community while helping a substantial portion of the student body cut commuting costs, UMA students said this week.

Citing imploding economy, Mitchell endorses Obama
WATERVILLE -- Waterville native and former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell on Thursday said he believes Sen. Barack Obama will promote economic growth and educational opportunities, end the war in Iraq and restore the country's standing in the world.

Town forms co-op for fuel
JEFFERSON -- Sheridan Bond always prepaid his heating oil bill to get a discount.

Thomas speaker urges change in business climate
WATERVILLE -- Some say Maine's economy is resting on thin ice. Tony Payne offers a more alarming image.


Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham is finishing the second year of his first term, in the Maine House, representing District 67. He is running for re-election. Incorrect information appeared in Wednesday's newspaper.

Fossel conveys clear goals for Legislature
Republican Les Fossel and Democrat Tim Nason are remarkably similar in biographical terms.

L. SANDY MAISEL : New president likely will work with Congress led by Democrats
The nation's eyes are focused on the spreading economic crisis. Political analysts prognosticate about its impact on the presidential campaign.

Sun Journal
Food stamps renamed
AUGUSTA (AP) - The program long known as food stamps has new names.

Nader opens Maine office
PORTLAND (AP) - Ralph Nader has opened a campaign office in Maine.

Todd Palin to campaign in Maine
PORTLAND (AP) - Todd Palin, husband of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is coming to Maine to campaign for John McCain.

WIC numbers at all-time high
AUBURN - Blame it on higher prices for milk, eggs and cheese.

McCain backers visit Lewiston
LEWISTON - One served in Vietnam and shared a room in Hanoi with Sen. John McCain. One led the CIA team in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and one served in Iraq during one of the bloodiest periods of the war.

Oxford in line for casino
OXFORD - A Las-Vegas based group announced Thursday that it plans to build a resort casino in Oxford if the project is approved by Maine voters in November.

Trashing the public's business
Last Friday, the Norway-Paris Solid Waste Committee voted 7-1 to release a letter from a local businessman. The vote was held by telephone.

Paulson's choices will determine bailout success
Is Henry Paulson a crony communist or a businessman? The answer could be the difference between economic disaster and recovery.

Casino Supporters Confirm Site In Oxford
Backers of a proposed casino resort in western Maine have chosen the town of Oxford as the project's location. They say they're looking at three different 40-acre sites along the Route 26 corridor. Tom Porter has more.

State To Offer Bonds To Support Low-Income Housing
Want to invest in housing? Not in real estate, but in housing bonds? Beginning this week, Maine investors are being offered the chance to purchase tax-exempt revenue bonds being offered by the Maine State Housing Authority. As Susan Sharon reports, the bonds are being touted as a way to make a secure investment and help fund low-income housing at the same time.

Childcare Providers Face Tough Decisions As food and fuel costs rise, childcare providers around the state are making the difficult decision of whether to raise their rates, even though they say they know many families cannot afford to pay more. A recent report by the National Women's Law Center and The Maine Children's Alliance shows that fewer Maine families are eligible for child care subsidies because of tighter limits on family income and decreased federal and state funding.

Conference Speaker Touts "High Road" To Economic Development
What if we could cut our dependence on foreign oil, cut greenhouse gas emissions and create well paying "green collar" jobs, all at the same time? We can, says Joel Rogers, one of the keynote speakers at tomorrow's Growsmart Maine 2008 Summit in Augusta. Rogers spoke earlier with MPBN's Keith Shortall about what he calls "the high road" to economic development in states like Maine.