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By Michael Shepherd, BDN Employees •
October 29, 2018 eight:59 am
Up to date: October 29, 2018 11:31 am
Good morning from Augusta. Maine’s gubernatorial candidates met in their second-to-last debate on Sunday and the squabbling was once more minimal because the hopefuls seemed to make their closing statements in a race to be determined in eight days.
Apart from one chippy trade, the front-runners — Lawyer Common Janet Mills, a Democrat, and Republican businessman Shawn Moody — stayed their programs and highlighted their respective backgrounds in and out of politics. Mills out-raised him by quite a bit in the course of the previous month or in order properly, elevating her fundraising edge to $2.eight million general to his $1.eight million.
On the debate, State Treasurer Terry Hayes, an unbiased weathering criticism for being a possible “spoiler” in the race, made a play for liberal voters over ranked-choice voting. The other unbiased, Alan Caron, might depart the race this morning.
Moody took on Mills over her report on taxes and stated he’s dedicated to funding Medicaid enlargement. The testiest change between Moody and Mills got here when the Republican requested the Democrat a query about her report on taxes through the Sunday debate in Bangor hosted by Maine Public.
The Maine Republican Social gathering has highlighted video of Mills saying that Maine might “roll back” tax breaks enacted by Gov. Paul LePage or contemplate a seasonal gross sales tax. Mills has responded in her personal advert, saying she would “never raise taxes on the middle class.”
On the debate, Moody requested why individuals would “trust” Mills on taxes. She retorted that she was “not in favor of tax increases” both on “the middle class” or on “any citizens of Maine” and that she negotiated state budgets on the Legislature’s Appropriations that have been greater than budgets he labored on on the college and group school methods.
Moody was pressed later by moderator and Maine Public reporter Steve Mistler on his stance round Medicaid enlargement. Through the Republican main, he stated he would work to repeal the voter-approved regulation.
However he has modified tune through the common election, saying he needs to seek out sustainable funding for the regulation languishing in courtroom in a funding battle. He dedicated to doing that on Sunday. He didn’t say how, however he vowed to deliver constituent teams collectively to seek out an agreeable answer.
Hayes hit Mills over early authorized opinions over ranked-choice voting as she seems to realize floor on her left. Ranked-choice voting was enshrined by Maine voters in 2016, although it gained’t be used in the gubernatorial or legislative common elections due to a constitutional challenge that was flagged early in the preliminary marketing campaign by Mills’ workplace.
The shortage of ranked-choice voting is probably going hampering the bids of Hayes and Caron. Mills requested Hayes at Sunday’s debate who she would vote for if ranked-choice voting was an choice and the unbiased refused to reply the query and stated Mills “tried to stop it from being implemented in the first place.”
Mills responded by saying that the issue with the regulation can’t be overcome and not using a constitutional modification. She stated she would draft one constitutional modification to permit the tactic’s use in gubernatorial elections if she is elected governor.
Caron might depart the race this morning. The general public coverage advisor from Freeport stated final week that he would make an announcement inside days on whether or not or not he would go away the race earlier than Election Day — one thing he has referred to as on any candidate to do if they will’t win.
He scheduled an announcement for at present at 10:30 a.m. in Portland after the newest public ballot in the race confirmed him at slightly below three %. We’ll deliver you protection later.
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— Federal environmental regulators need to rewrite requirements for tribal waters in Maine. Environmental Safety Company officers appointed by President Donald Trump need to revisit the stricter requirements promulgated by Obama-era officers for the rivers that circulate by means of or round tribal lands in Penobscot and Aroostook counties, in accordance with paperwork filed in federal courtroom in Maine. U.S. District Decide Jon Levy will maintain a listening to at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Portland on the EPA’s movement to remain a pending lawsuit over the requirements so Trump appointees can, tribal members worry, rewrite them. Maine sued the EPA in 2014 over what have been then proposed requirements alleging that when enacted, the principles would create a double commonplace for water high quality in Maine — one for tribal waters and another for the remainder of the state.
— Extra Maine nursing college students are graduating, however the state nonetheless has a scarcity. The state recorded 801 nursing graduates from its private and non-private nursing packages in 2017, up from 659 in 2015, 701 in 2013 and 563 in 2011. A 2017 evaluation of Maine’s nursing employment state of affairs by the Middle for Well being Affairs projected that the state can be brief three,200 nurses in 2025, based mostly on 2015 employment numbers. Based mostly on the 2017 enrollment numbers, projected vacancies at the moment are right down to 2,700, in response to the Ohio-based consulting group. There have been 1,459 registered nurse vacancies in the state in 2016, in line with a Maine Division of Labor survey.
— A Maine Senate candidate’s statements about habit remedy stirred controversy. Maine Public reported that Matthew Stone, a Republican difficult first-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Shenna Bellows in District 14, which includes cities and cities round Augusta, instructed the idea of particular detention amenities as a attainable answer to the opioid disaster throughout a wide-ranging interview with a web-based host from the New Proper Community, a gaggle that payments itself as unabashedly pro-Trump and a counter to the left. Stone, who declined an interview with Maine Public, used a Fb publish to stroll again his “rehab boot camp” concept after he was criticized for it by way of social media. Bellows referred to as the thought “absurd.”
— A Maine newspaper gained a courtroom victory over the lawyer basic’s workplace. Superior Courtroom Justice Daniel Billings tossed out an try by the lawyer basic’s workplace to subpoena the Kennebec Journal’s video interview with a 19-year-old who pleaded responsible to murdering her mother and father. Billings just lately dominated that the lawyer basic’s workplace failed to hunt courtroom approval earlier than serving the subpoena on the newspaper.
Wins and losses
The Pink Sox gained the World Collection final night time, their fourth in 15 years. It’s onerous to fathom.
I’m a type of old-school Purple Sox followers who watched victories dangle away from Jim Lonborg’s exhausted proper arm, roll by way of Invoice Buckner’s legs, slip over the Inexperienced Monster off Bucky Dent’s bat, drop simply out of Fred Lynn’s attain or fly into the Bronx night time courtesy of Aaron Boone. Second baseman Ian Kinsler’s error on what might have been a game-winning play Friday night time rubbed the scab off that defining future of despair. I figured it was the omen to point out that this season was about to crumble like so many previous ones had.
However this yr’s group overcame that adversity. That used to solely occur in the video games performed inside my head. In actual life, we slumped our shoulders, pulled our caps down over our eyes and mumbled, “Wait ‘til next year.” We weren’t Pink Sox Nation, which nonetheless smacks of company advertising. We have been simply jilted-but-still-loyal lovers of the Unhappy Sack Sox.
I’m nonetheless not used to profitable. Heartache outlined my baseball fandom for nearly half a century. It’s one thing I inherited from kin — some linked by genes and others just by shared expertise of that particular sense of diamond doom that so typically broke the hearts of long-suffering Purple Sox followers between 1918 and 2003 — and it’s onerous to elucidate to youthful followers who’ve seen the workforce win 4 championships since 2004.
It’s why occasions like this create some perilous emotional logrolling for me. On one hand, profitable is nice, particularly when the staff is as numerous and likable because the 2018 Pink Sox. I spent a while Sunday night time chatting with somebody who’s simply discovering the thrill of baseball. Sharing the second when he exclaimed, “I love this game” was fantastic. The grace, suspense and liberating sensation of enjoying with no recreation clock assist make baseball probably the most poetic sport, offering alternatives for particular person heroism and redemption that other extra team-oriented sports activities lack.
However maybe due to my “expect the worst” Pink Sox upbringing, Sunday’s win unusually triggered a way of loss. It made me unhappy for all of the individuals — together with my mom and three of 4 grandparents — who lived whole lives with out seeing their beloved Bosox win all of it. There are many individuals I needed to hug final night time who weren’t there. I’d say this one is for them, however they might not know the way to deal with it. Right here is their soundtrack. — Robert Lengthy
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