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Bill would help military spouses save for retirement

Jul. 12, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire have introduced a bill that would help spouses of active-duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Collins, a Republican, and Hassan, a Democrat, said the economic and health effects of...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, conducts business in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine speaker drowns out rivals in bid take to on Collins

Jul. 12, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's great to be identified early as the establishment-backed candidate and to benefit from millions of dollars in donations. It's not so great for the opponents. Activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman have watched money pour into front-runner Sara Gideon's campaign for U.S....

Senators want to make adaptive vehicles affordable for vets

Jul. 11, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

SHIRLEY, Maine (AP) — A pair of U.S. senators from Maine and West Virginia has introduced a proposal to reduce the cost of special adaptive vehicle equipment for severely disabled veterans. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said their proposal would...

Small Maine airports get help to make improvements

Jul. 11, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

EASTPORT, Maine (AP) — Two small airports in Maine are getting a boost from the federal government to make improvements. Eastport Municipal Airport and Wiscasset Municipal Airport are set to receive a total of $545,000 through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program. The larger...

Maine steps up mask rules, extends state of emergency

Jul. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor announced Wednesday the state is requiring many businesses to enforce mask rules, and extending its state of civil emergency order until at least August. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order requiring large retail stores, restaurants, lodging...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington. Trump began June with his Bible-clutching photo op outside the church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators, and the month never got less jarring or divisive. Now, some Republicans are expressing concern about the month's impact on their party's ability to hold the Senate. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

GOP worries Trump's divisive June imperils Senate control

Jul. 7, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive. By month's end, he was downplaying a coronavirus pandemic upsurge that was forcing...

Some legislative leaders benefited from pandemic loans

Jul. 6, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal program criticized by Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon for helping special interests provided a forgivable loan of between $1 million and $2 million to the law firm where her husband works, according to data released by the Small Business Administration on Monday. Other...

3 Democrats appear together for last time before primary

Jul. 6, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of three Democratic candidates vying to try to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins sought to use the front-runner's prolific fundraising against her during their final gathering on Monday ahead of next week's primary. Attorney Bre Kidman of Saco asked House Speaker Sara Gideon...

Democratic Senate challenger Gideon outraises Collins again

Jul. 3, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon raised more money between April and June 24 than the incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins for the second quarter in a row. Gideon, who is speaker of the House in Maine, brought in $8 million, while Collins' re-election campaign...

Mainers shatter record for absentee ballots in a primary

Jul. 3, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters are taking advantage of absentee ballots at an unprecedented rate in advance of the July 14 primary. The Bangor Daily News reported Friday that 163,000 Mainers have requested the ballots. Voting on the day of the primary is likely to be complicated by the coronavirus...