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Monday, October 20, 2008

Maine News for Monday, October 20, 2008

Real Clear Politics
RCP Average 10/13 - 10/19 -- Obama 49.0 McCain 43.8

Portland Press Herald

Riding the oil roller coaster
The drop in heating oil prices produces a mix of regret and satisfaction among customers who signed early contracts.

Maine investors flock to bonds for state, local projects
Buyers are capitalizing on high interest rates while also helping the state raise money in tight times.

Retailers rationing as supply of wood pellets dries up
Demand is very high right now, but there will be enough pellets to last the winter, a state official says.

Question 1: Both sides make a case in beverage tax debate
A supporter of repeal calls it 'a massive tax,' while an opponent says it promotes health.

House District 117: Haskell a sure winner, but question is, which one?
Incumbent Anne Haskell and challenger Philip Haskell put a premium on tax relief for Mainers.

House District 118: Housing, health, energy concern candidate
Maine could benefit economically by creating more renewable energy sources, Jon Hinck says.

House District 119: Candidates differ on beverage tax, agree on exemption review
Universal health coverage is Daniel Jenkins' priority. Herb Adams backs funds for preserving public land.


Span to be site of national homeland security testing
Officials plan to see how vibrations affect bridges, which, they say, are key to the nation's infrastructure.

Bush economic adviser: Parts of country already in recession; bailout will take time

Social Security ripe for a sensible fix
The politics of the issue are hard, but the numbers argue for a straightfoward solution.

Old nickname should be off the table in Scarborough vote
'Red Storm' may not be an inspired choice, but getting rid of an offensive name was.

LEIGH DONALDSONLack of voting rights for poor women remains an American problem
Official policies and laws enable easier voting, but many remain absent from voting booths.

Bangor Daily News
Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and her Democratic challenger, 1st District Rep. Tom Allen, prepared in different ways over the weekend for their debate tonight in Presque Isle.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s congressional delegation says the economy needs a further stimulus, and supports the move to reconvene in November to consider several proposals to accomplish that

BANGOR, Maine — Two Maine newspapers — the Bangor Daily News and The Times Record of Brunswick — have given their editorial endorsements to Barack Obama.

PROSPECT, Maine — The aging Waldo-Hancock Bridge may have a role to play in homeland security before and after it is torn down. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working

At a Senate subcommittee field hearing in Portland Tuesday, a federal fisheries regulator said the current rules have “not entirely achieved the desired results.” That was a big … more
Senators and representatives to Congress earn about $170,000 annually, enjoy generous health care benefits and, if they stay in office long enough, receive a generous federal pension.

Kennebec Journal
University forging ahead with plans for fundraising
AUGUSTA -- As colleges across the United States brace for a drop in donations and scale back ambitions accordingly, the University of Maine at Augusta will press on with plans to develop a fundraising operation from the ground up.

Handley installed; climate-change researcher speaks
AUGUSTA -- Representatives from the University of Maine at Augusta, the city of Augusta and Maine state government heaped praise on Allyson Hughes Handley on Sunday afternoon as the state's university system formally installed her as UMA's president at the institution's annual convocation.

Retailers, manufacturers try to keep up with demand for wood pellets
Twenty-four tons of wood pellets roll into Rocky's Stove Shoppe in Augusta every week, but owner Rocky Gaslin still cannot keep up with demand.

KENNEBEC COMMUTER: Check your car for the winter
We almost hate to talk about it, but you all knew it was coming: It's time yet again to winterize your vehicle for another Maine winter.

SAD 47 to close early Election Day to let voting to flow well
OAKLAND -- School Administrative District 47 will close its schools at noon on Election Day to make it easier for Oakland voters to get to the polling station, which is at Williams Elementary School.


Drinking, waste water pipes need repairs

Sun Journal
Pingree, Summers vie for seat in 1st District
PORTLAND (AP) - The Maine stereotype holds that the people who populate the southern 1st Congressional District are a bunch of liberals who like taxes and gay rights and dislike hunting. They've elected Democrats in 11 of the past 12 elections.

New Hampshire arrives in port for commissioning
KITTERY (AP) - Escorted by a fireboat that sprayed plumes of water, the Navy's newest submarine has arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in preparation for this week's commissioning.

Powell backs Obama
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Democrat Barack Obama saw his campaign bolstered on two fronts Sunday - a key endorsement from a nationally known Republican and the announcement of a record month for fundraising - as forces seemed to be aligning in his favor for the final two weeks of the presidential campaign.

Locked-in prices a cause for pause
Crude oil prices that have been sliced in half since hitting a record high in July are leaving consumers almost as woozy as the sharp climb that took place this spring.

Allen: I represent change
Tom Allen is not a new face in Maine politics, but he's billed his campaign for U.S. Senate as one of change.

Quick bites
McCain: Supported campaign finance reform and authored legislation (McCain-Feingold) to restrict soft money. Is running his presidential campaign with public money and is abiding by spending limits.

Toll plan must look at I-295
Any plan to raise tolls along the Maine Turnpike should also include proposals to increase revenue from traffic on I-295 from Portland to Gardiner.

States Charges Nursing Homes With Mismanagement
The state has taken over seven private nursing and assisted living homes in Maine, citing corporate financial mismanagement. The state Department of Health and Human Services first received complaints of residents losing weight at Penobscot Nursing Home in Penobscot, but as that problem was resolved, inspectors became concerned about financial and accounting practices. As Anne Ravana reports, the Connecticut-based company that owns the facilities vows to fight the state's allegations in court.

LNG Plans Delayed
Quoddy Bay LNG, which is seeking to build an LNG terminal in Maine has been dealt what would normally be a blow by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Oklahoma-based company has been notified by FERC that it's being dismissed from the federal review process. But as Keith McKeen reports, the company's president says he welcomes the federal agency's decision.

Republican Collins Denounces Her Party's Phone Tactics
Maine Republican senator Susan Collins has denounced her own party's use this week of automated phone calls, or 'robocalls' linking Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama with 60s radical Bill Ayers. Tom Porter has the story.

City Council Squabble Becomes Civil Liberties Issue
When does a compliment rise to the level of a political endorsement? That's the question that Portland City Council candidate Dory Waxman wanted the state ethics commission to determine today in an ongoing dispute with her opponent, Portland Mayor Edward Suslovic. Suslovic was accused of "exaggerating" flattering comments made by well-known local politicians on his campaign literature. But as A.J. Higgins reports, his opponent's complaint was ultimately dismissed.