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Friday, October 3, 2008

Maine News for Friday, October 3, 2008

Real Clear Politics
Average of Daily Presidential Tracking Polls
RCP Average 09/26 - 10/02 Obama 49.1 - McCain 43.5

Portland Press Herald

Pressure builds, but bailout fate still unclear
Several House 'no' votes appear to have changed, but conservative Democrats are still grumbling.

Palin, Biden duel on Iraq, energy
Her folksy message contrasts with her rival's policy strengths

Palin big draw for local voters in both parties

Council hopefuls spar over article, campaign promos
Ed Suslovic criticizes Dory Waxman for not disclosing her Ocean Properties ties; she says he's misled voters.

Survey raises wood-heating concerns
This winter, many Mainers will use outdated stoves or heat underinsulated buildings, a study reports.

AD WATCH: Sen. Collins portrayed as bipartisan problem-fixer

1st District candidates oppose current bailout proposal
U.S. House candidates Pingree and Summers say the plan lacks sufficient protection for taxpayers.

Markets, Iraq dominate Senate debate economy
Election 2008: U.S. Rep. Tom Allen and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins spar before a large crowd in Portland.

McCain's campaign writes off battleground state Michigan
The McCain camp says it will open a new front in Maine, which can split its four electoral votes.

Financial crisis real, and must be addressed
How we got to the brink of economic collapse matters, but halting the slide is the priority.

Bangor Daily News
BANGOR, Maine— Whether it was takeout Chinese food, Buffalo-style chicken wings or pork loin they were eating, one thing was clear Thursday evening. No matter what the food, local Democrats and Republicans took time while they munched to feast on the only debate be-tween the two vice presidential nominees in the 2008 election.
BANGOR, Maine — The state has approved Eastern Maine Medical Center’s application to spend $250 million on a major expansion of its inpatient care facility, hospital officials announced Thursday.

AUGUSTA, Maine — No state agency is exempt from Gov. John Baldacci’s order to find budget cuts totaling 10 percent of current spending levels.
A group of Fort Kent residents is proposing a moratorium on industrial wind turbines within town limits until local officials can develop ordinances governing the enormous structures.

WASHINGTON – With the House likely to vote today on the financial rescue plan, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud, who voted against the plan Monday, said Thursday he was undecided about how to vote on the Senate-approved version.

TRENTON, Maine — Hinckley Yachts is laying off 49 people at the company’s luxury picnic jet boat production facility on Route 3, a company official said

LINCOLN, Maine — As First Wind of Massachusetts finishes building a wind farm on Stetson Mountain and prepares applications for another on Rollins Mountain, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo continues probing allegations that the company dealt improperly with public officials in upstate New York.

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate John McCain conceded battleground Michigan to Democrat Barack Obama on Thursday, a major retreat as he struggles to regain his footing in a campaign increasingly dominated by economic issues.

ST. LOUIS — Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of voting against funding for U.S. troops in combat Thursday night in their much-anticipated campaign debate and chastised his Democratic running mate, Joe Biden, for defending the move, “especially with your son in the National Guard” and headed for Iraq.

Maine’s lobstermen, the key players in a $250 million-a-year industry, are in sorry shape. With herring bait selling at $35 a bushel — when they can get it — and diesel fuel at $4 a gallon, and lobster’s “boat price” down to $3 a pound, they often can’t afford to go out.

When he won re-election in 2004, President Bush asserted that he had won a mandate from the voters and earned political capital. A short time later, Mr. Bush spent that capital on a proposal to

Kennebec Journal
AUGUSTA Criticism greets possible new role for Planning Board
AUGUSTA -- Residents, business owners and city officials said a proposal requiring even the smallest new commercial development and multifamily dwelling projects on city "gateway" roads to be reviewed by Planning Board goes too far and would affect too many property owners.

Automated phone scams targeting central Maine
Central Maine residents are the targets this week of an uptick in automated phone scams.

SENATE 21 Local race could tip Senate rolls
AUGUSTA -- The race for Senate District 21 features an incumbent Republican with six years of legislative experience versus a Democrat with eight years of prior legislative service.

FARMINGDALE Town to send bills after setting tax rate
FARMINGDALE -- Residents could see a "minimal increase" or even a drop in their property taxes this year, Board of Selectmen Chairman Rickey McKenna said Thursday.

Foliage peaking north and west
AUGUSTA -- There's lots of peak color on the Maine Department of Conservation's fourth fall foliage report of the season.


LURC decision on Plum Creek strikes balance
Mainers are prone to holy wars, especially when it comes to their natural resources. We've fought battles about the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, about forest practices, about dams and wetlands and how to kill bears.

JOSEPH R. REISERT : It's the small things that make foreign visitors feel welcome
We're now in Germany, the fourth country of our European tour, and though I've seen a lot about "die Finanzkrise" in the local headlines, my German isn't good enough to make sense of the details.

Sun Journal
State OKs $250M EMMC expansion
BANGOR (AP) - The state has given the green light for a $250 million expansion of inpatient care facilities at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Portland tightens ban on smoking
PORTLAND (AP) - A new law taking effect Friday in Maine's largest city will prohibit smoking within the outdoor areas of restaurants and bars where beverage or dining service is available, but smokers will be allowed to light up after 10 p.m.

Moosehead project arrives at key stage
BANGOR (AP) - Maine state regulators have formally presented proposed changes and now Plum Creek has until Oct. 14 to tell the Land Use Regulation Commission whether the proposed revisions are acceptable.

Baseball playoffs top VP debate for local viewers
LEWISTON - At Dudley's Lounge at the Ramada Inn, one television over the bar was showing "The Family Guy" while the other was tuned to the vice presidential debate.

Allen backs bailout bill, but Michaud undecided
After finding overwhelming support in the U.S. Senate, legislation aimed at rescuing the nation's economy heads to the House, which is likely to vote on the bill Friday.

Allen, Collins make pitches to voters
The candidates in Maine's U.S. Senate race sparred Thursday over universal health care, financial regulation, an Iraq withdrawal timetable and other issues in their second debate of the campaign season.

Senate's lesson in leadership
In ancient Rome, the Senate was comprised of esteemed, respected leaders, who by virtue of birth, training and experience were expected to act in the best interest of the Republic.

Wall Street Woes Not Regarded as "Make or Break" Issue for Maine Banks
Bankers in Maine will, like many of us, be keenly watching the progress of the latest financial bailout package which the House is expected to vote on tomorrow. And while there is anxiety and concern over the current financial situation, this is not regarded as a 'make or break' measure by Maine's banking community. Tom Porter has more.

Jackson Lab Calls EPA Allegations A Surprise
The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor faces a possible fine of more than $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations. The EPA made the announcement two years after it inspected the lab, and found improperly stored chemicals and waste and inadequately trained employees. As Anne Ravana reports, Jackson Lab management says the fine comes as a total surprise.