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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Maine News for Thursday, October 16, 2008

Real Clear Politics
RCP Average 10/08 - 10/15 -- Obama 49.6 to McCain 42.4 Obama +7.2

Portland Press Herald
McCain goes on attack, Obama fires right back
Candidates draw distinctions in a candid confrontation that marks the beginning of the sprint to Election Day.

For many voters, the debate was passé
Thousands of absentee ballots were cast before the candidates squared off.

Analysis: McCain missed opportunities in final debate
He took the right approach, but failed to take advantage of potentially key issues for undecided voters.

Mainers cautious as gas, oil prices fall
With costs still relatively high, consumers aren't likely to abandon their thrifty habits, experts say.

Turnpike may raise tolls a year early
The Authority blames high maintenance costs, lower traffic volume for a revenue decline this year.

Black voters 'sense that it's time'
Barack Obama's bid for the presidency inspires many to register to vote for the very first time.

BILL NEMITZA 'refreshing,' 'gun-totin' look at what makes Palin fans tick

AG hopefuls cite experience, negotiation skills
Three Democratic state lawmakers are competing to succeed Steven Rowe.

House District 116: Confrontation colors campaign
Incumbent finds himself under attack from rival, who says he's frustrated with fraud in government.

House District 115: Race for Cummings' seat offers three clear choices
Job creation, tax reform and reducing state spending dominate the District 115 debate.

House District 110: Three vie for chance to represent Windham
Incumbent Mark Bryant faces challenge from two: a Green Independent and a Republican.

Group endorses Collins for votes on conservation
Election 2008: The League of Conservation Voters cites the Maine senator's bipartisanship.

Panel to hear complaint over campaign flier

Election 2008: A Portland City Council candidate says the mayor’s materials give voters a false impression.

Fisheries hearing points to the need for change
It's unlikely the current regulatory scheme will save both the fishermen and the fish.

Teri McRae should get second term in probate post
She's shown a commitment to accuracy and access that is worth keeping in place.

SEN. SUSAN COLLINSInvestment rules should be reformed to make ordinary stockholders safer
Encouraging Wall Street to buy securities with huge loans magnified the risk to Main Street.

Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Schools may have to get by with the current level of $986 million in state subsidies for the next budget year, Education Commissioner Susan Gendron warned school officials this week. She also said she cannot rule out a cut in this year’s aid.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative panel has taken a dim view of a compromise proposal designed to split Sears Island into separate conservation and port-development zones.

ORONO, Maine — Muscle met machine at the University of Maine on Wednesday morning when the UM department of computer science unveiled its new ecofriendly supercomputer,

With Election Day less than three weeks away, the two major party candidates in Maine’s U.S. Senate race have been competing for specific endorsements as they try to win the support of voters.

Airport expansion delayed in Portland
PORTLAND, Maine — Uncertainty in the bond markets is delaying a passenger terminal expansion for Maine’s busiest airport.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Faced with rising costs and shrinking revenues, the Maine Turnpike Authority has decided to push back a widening plan for the Portland area and move up by a year a planned toll

OLD TOWN, Maine — The handful of union men and women waved their blue “Obama” signs Wednesday afternoon in the shadow of the former Georgia-Pacific paper mill.

When Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin visits Bangor today, she’ll be campaigning a scant 50 miles from where her maternal ancestors lived for more than four decades in the 19th century.

Health insurance premiums in Maine rose more than five times faster than median income in the state between 2000 and 2007, according to a new report from the national health care advocacy

BANGOR, Maine — On the eve of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s scheduled visit to Bangor, the Republican National Committee announced it was pulling presidential ads from both

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — John McCain told Barack Obama to his face Wednesday night, “You didn’t tell the American people the truth” about a key campaign pledge as the two presidential rivals slung accusations at close quarters in the final debate of their campaign for the White House.
DEER ISLE, Maine — Deer Isle lobsterman LeRoy Bridges lost two traps recently. When he figured out how much it would cost to replace them, he realized how bad the state’s lobster price crisis

DEER ISLE, Maine — In an effort to generate a market for Maine lobster, the Maine Lobster Promotion Council has developed a radio campaign in Maine that will run public service announcements on 25 radio stations around the state.

Kennebec Journal

Housing bond sale successful for Maine
AUGUSTA -- After a week of selling bonds exclusively to individual Maine investors, MaineHousing has surpassed its goal of earning $23 million to finance its homebuyer program.

Key vote on credit union, bank merger pushed back
AUGUSTA -- KV Federal Credit Union's board of directors has voted to advance the credit union's proposal to merge with Kennebec Savings Bank, while delaying a key part of the merger process by approximately three months.

JEFFERSON Guilty of tax evasion, woman faces up to 8 years, $500,000 fine
PORTLAND -- A Jefferson woman accused of failing to pay nearly $200,000 in federal income taxes has been found guilty of tax evasion and impeding the investigation.

RICHMOND Residents asked to OK high school work
RICHMOND -- Voters at a special town meeting Monday will be asked for permission to borrow nearly $700,000 for a new air exchanger system for Richmond High School, although officials said they may not actually need that permission.

Signs of life for delayed transportation bond sale
AUGUSTA -- The head of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank said Wednesday he will again try to sell a $50 million transportation bond next week, now that the markets have settled down.

3 want to be AG
Three Democratic state lawmakers hoping to be Maine's next attorney general spoke to a group of lawyers Wednesday at a forum held by Portland law firm Pierce Atwood.


Treat grasps complexities of Maine economy
West Gardiner, Farmingdale and Hallowell voters have a clear choice between candidates for the state House of Representatives.

Browne's got a common-sense attitude
William Browne, 66, is running for his fourth term in the House, representing District 58.

LIZ SOARES : Origin doesn't matter in president, but a spark of intelligence does
This isn't a column bemoaning vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's displays of ignorance. They have, quite frankly, left me speechless.

Curtis strong on infrastructure
Voters in House District 86 face a choice between the incumbent, Philip A. Curtis, a solid Republican lawmaker, and Kathleen V. "Katie" Ouilette, a feisty Republican-turned-Democrat.

Sun Journal
Turnpike Authority to increase tolls in '09
AUGUSTA - Maine Turnpike users can expect to see toll increases averaging 23 percent in February, a year sooner than expected, turnpike Executive Director Paul Violette told a legislative committee Wednesday.

Drugs fueling increase in crime in Maine
PORTLAND (AP) - The top cop in Maine's largest city says drugs are fueling an increase in crime.

Maine airport expansion is delayed
PORTLAND (AP) - Uncertainty in the bond markets is delaying a passenger terminal expansion for Maine's busiest airport.

State pulls fired druggist's license
AUGUSTA - The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday revoked the license of fired Bethel Rite Aid pharmacist John Bartash Jr. of Rumford, who was accused of stealing drugs from the pharmacy in August.

GOP pulls Maine ads
BANGOR - On the eve of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's scheduled visit to Bangor, the Republican National Committee announced it was pulling presidential ads from both Wisconsin and Maine.

On final time, it's personal
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - John McCain assailed Barack Obama's character and campaign positions on taxes, abortion and more Wednesday night, hoping to transform their final presidential debate into a launching pad for a political comeback. "You didn't tell the American people the truth," he charged.

With Palin, the crowd is now in focus
Sometime today, after the hangar doors at Bangor International Airport open at 8 a.m., a jet will descend into Maine's 2nd District to deliver the most controversial figure of this presidential campaign: Gov. Sarah Palin.

Connecticut court rules against societal norms
Anyone desiring a preview of what the federal judiciary would look like under a Barack Obama administration need look no further than a narrow ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court allowing same-sex "marriage."

Laid-off Millworkers Denounce Republican Policies
A group of laid-off mill workers and delivery drivers gathered in Old Town this afternoon to protest Bush and McCain's economic policies in advance of Thursday's expected visit from vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The workers say they blame the Republican leaders for the closure of the Georgia Pacific, now Red Shield, mill in Old Town and the DHL delivery station in Brewer. As Anne Ravana reports, the group says Barack Obama's economic plan could restore what they call a disappearing middle class.

Senator Collins Endorsed by Conservation Group
It's a coup of sorts, considering that the DC-based environmental group says it is not endorsing Republicans in any other U.S. Senate races this election cycle. Tony Macero, of the League of Conservation Voters says Collins has been an important ally on global warming, the issue that the group deems most important. Josie Huang reports.

Jetport Expansion Delayed
Among the many Maine victims of the nation's financial crisis is the Portland International Jetport. Maine's largest airport is delaying plans to market bonds for a 60 million dollar expansion project that would include a four story addition to the airport's terminal. As Keith McKeen reports, work on the facility, set to begin next spring, has been put on hold until the spring of 2010.

Casino Opponents Challenge the Gambling Proposal
A group of Oxford County residents held a meeting this afternoon to express their opposition to a proposed casino resort in the area. Tom Porter has this report.

Sears Island's Future May Finally Be Decided
A truce may be at hand in the 30-year debate over the future of Sears Island, an uninhabited 940-acre parcel in Penobscot Bay. Conservationists have fought to preserve the state-owned island against those who would like to see it developed as a cargo port. On Wednesday, a legislative committee met to review the latest plan, but as A.J. Higgins reports, some lawmakers question whether the agreement will actually end the controversy.