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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Real Clear Politics
General Election: McCain vs. Obama

A break down and average of the top presidential polls
RCP Average09/21 - 09/30--48.844.0Obama +4.8

RealClearPolitics Electoral Count

Portland Press Herald
Piece added to puzzle
The Senate inserts a tax-cut plan into the rescue proposal as a sweetener for House Republicans, and will vote today.

Democrats Michaud, Allen agree taxpayer protections are crucial
Though both say a bailout is vital, they won't support plans they see as flawed.

As need grows, Maine groups helping with personal finances
Shaken by the credit crisis, people look for guidance on managing their money.

For some investors, patience is hard advice to follow
But even retirees and others with pressing needs should try to avoid selling stocks now, experts say.

Allen ad aims to link Collins to crisis
The GOP senator's camp counters that the ad is misleading and a personal attack.

Maine official: Heating needs will be met
Energy chief John Kerry says aid programs should ensure residents can get fuel this winter.

Casino's look puts premium on charm
Regional architecture influences the design for a resort that needs voters' approval.

State officials talk with foes of Plum Creek plan
Environmentalists voice their concerns in a cordial meeting that followed protests the day before.

As a tax and regulation plan, RGGI works
If polluters are going to be forced to cut emissions, this approach makes sense.

Bangor Daily News
Wood pellet manufacturers and suppliers in Maine are urging consumers to be patient and let supply catch up to demand as the winter heating season approaches.

State officials met Tuesday with members of the group that helped stage a small but vocal protest against the Land Use Regulation Commission’s tentative endorsement of Plum Creek’s Moosehead Lake development plan.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The chief architect of a proposed resort casino in western Maine’s Oxford County outlined design plans Tuesday, and the company said it hoped to announce a specific location for the $150 million project before the end of next week.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of the Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee say they will push for a law in January requiring legislative approval before state law enforcement agencies can spend money forfeited by drug dealers, a move triggered by Maine State Police recently purchasing a new airplane at a cost of $345,000.

BANGOR, Maine — People around retirement age are watching from the sidelines as their retirement investments ride the Wall Street roller coaster — and some of them are getting motion sickness.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Last-minute negotiations on Monday have resulted in an agreement between Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital that will keep the hospital in Anthem’s network of health care providers through the end of 2009.

ORONO, Maine — Citing concerns over student access to health care as well as

Here’s some perspective on Congress’s failure to pass a financial rescue plan: As soon as the House vote was announced Monday, the stock market plummeted, falling nearly 800 points and wiping out more than $1 trillion in assets.

Kennebec Journal

Plum Creek opponents meet with state regulators
AUGUSTA -- Opponents of Plum Creek's extensive development plans for the Moosehead Lake area got their audience with state officials Tuesday, one day after four Earth First! protesters locked themselves together and were arrested at Land Use Regulation Commission's headquarters.

SENATE 19 Self-made candidates vie for seat
The race for state Senate District 19 pits incumbent Sen. Paula Benoit, of Phippsburg, against challenger Seth Goodall, chairman of the Richmond Board of Selectmen.

GARDINER Bad economy colors crowded field for City Council
GARDINER -- Five candidates, including an incumbent, are vying for three at-large seats on the City Council.

Allen, Michaud elaborate on differing bailout-plan votes
A day after dividing their votes on a failed proposal for a $700 billion Wall Street bailout, Maine's two U.S. Congressmen agreed Tuesday that it's vital for lawmakers to pass a relief bill for credit markets.

State to award iPod for kids' energy-saving ideas
AUGUSTA -- The Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security and the Maine Public Utilities Commission's Efficiency Maine program are sponsoring the sixth annual Energy Saving Tips Contest for students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

AUGUSTA -- The City Council and Planning Board meet Thursday to discuss a plan to require even the smallest of commercial development projects to go to Planning Board review if the projects would be on a city "gateway" road.


Michaud bailed on rescue bill, cast easy vote
Maine's two congressmen, Democrats Tom Allen and Mike Michaud, cast opposing votes Monday on crucial financial rescue legislation.

Educare challenge grant good for area, state
We all want the best for our children. And the opportunity to give young children the best kind of education just landed in Waterville.


GEORGE SMITH : It's past time for candidates to lead, give us honest answers
Wedged between a disappointing presidential debate and a widely anticipated vice presidential debate, these few days offer an occasion for reflection, if not hope.

Sun Journal
Maine's minimum wage rises today
AUGUSTA (AP) - Maine's minimum wage earners are getting a raise. Starting Wednesday, the state's minimum wage will be $7.25 an hour - a quarter more than the current rate.

A 'charming' casino
PORTLAND - The Las Vegas company seeking to build a casino resort in Oxford County unveiled artist renderings of the project Tuesday, explaining their design was aimed at blending in to the New England architecture landscape.

License plate to fund research
AUGUSTA (AP) - Mainers will soon have a new specialty license plate they can put on their cars.

Maine courts boost interpreter services
PORTLAND (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice and Maine's courts signed an agreement Tuesday that ensures timely access to interpreters for people with limited English.

Maine expects to weather energy crunch
AUGUSTA (AP) - Private donations along with additional federal dollars and expanded conservation efforts are part of a multifaceted effort that should ensure no one goes without heat this winter despite soaring energy costs, the state's top energy official said.

Maine landfill producing power
HAMPDEN (AP) - Gov. John Baldacci says the Pine Tree Landfill, Maine's first gas-to-energy facility, probably won't be the last project of its kind in Maine.

Campaigns trade barbs as Senate race heats up
U.S. Rep. Tom Allen is running a new television commercial that blames the current economic crisis on policies supported by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Partners in casino should become known
Olympia Gaming, the Las Vegas-based company seeking a casino in Oxford County, owns the majority of the outfit that got this referenda campaign rolling: Evergreen Mountain Enterprises.

Trash-To-Gas Plant Opens In Hampden
It's the first Maine landfill turning trash into gas, and today it opened up to the public for the first time since it began producing power six months ago. Located in Hampden, Pine Tree Landfill continuously generates three megawatts of electricity from methane gas generated by the decomposing trash. A slight odor sill lingers but the mayor of Hampden says the new use has caused many local residents to view the landfill as something more than a gigantic mountain of waste in their backyards.

Oxford County Casino Plan Unveiled
It's just a few weeks before Maine voters will decide whether to allow a casino to open "somewhere" in Oxford County. The operative word is somewhere. The Las Vegas company behind the $150 million proposal has yet to settle on a piece of property, though principals say they are looking at several sites and hope to announce a pick by the end of next week. But at a press conference in Portland, leaders from the Olympia Group unveiled their idea of what the casino would look like. Josie Huang reports.

Candidate Profile: Professor John Frary
Partly by design and partly by default, John Frary has emerged as the Republican Party's best hope of defeating incumbant Democrat Mike Michaud in the race for Maine's second congressional district. The retired assistant professor and Farmington native seems to enjoy the political spotlight and has crafted a campaign that blends curmudgeon politics with a touch of 1920s vaudeville. A.J. Higgins has this profile in the second of a series as part of MPBN's "Your Vote 2008" coverage.