Biologists discuss increasing bear populations at northeast conference

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The growing black bear population in the northeast was a main topic of discussion at the Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee meeting on Aug. 27 and 28 in Front Royal, Virginia, according to a press release recently issued by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. For this annual two-day conference, Maine state bear biologists […]

Famous talk show host Bill Maher endorses referendum to ban bear baiting

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While visiting Portland to perform his stand-up act at Merrill Auditorium this weekend, famous comedian and television host Bill Maher issued a statement in support of the referendum to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps to hunt black bear in Maine, according to a press release issued today by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the […]

Fighting words: the most common terms used in ads for Maine’s governor’s race

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What do “welfare,” “work,” and “ideas” have in common? They’re all words Maine’s gubernatorial candidates are using — frequently — in television ads trying to win your vote. As the barrage of TV ads from Maine’s gubernatorial campaigns ramped up in September, I took a closer look at the words used in those 30-second television spots produced by each campaign, not including spending […]

In TV debut, Cain goes positive

In her first TV ad, state Sen. Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate for Maine’s congressional district, emphasized her willingness to work across the aisle saying she’ll “work with anyone and everyone to get things done.” The 30-second ad, which was released Wednesday, is mainly positive. Against a backdrop of soft music and shots of Cain smiling with […]

Poliquin gains ‘young guns’ status from NRCC

GOP 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin has made it to “young guns” status in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s recruitment program. He was one of nine Republican candidates from across the country that the committee announced on Monday had been added to the list. The program selects GOP hopefuls to support and mentor who they feel […]

Outside groups pump about $2.2 million into Maine governor’s race

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The race for the Blaine House has already attracted about $2.2 million in spending by groups not specifically connected with a campaign, primarily for television ads. The total is ahead of the five-person contest in 2010, when outside groups had spent about $1.6 million by early September in independent expenditures. We’ve gathered the latest reports into three views below that […]

Eight GOP, two Democratic candidates drop out of State House races; 7 stories you need to read

Eight Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives have dropped out of their respective races, eating into the GOP’s efforts to portray its slate of candidates as strong heading into the November election. Most of the GOP drop-outs were in urban districts where historically, Republicans have had little or no chance […]