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By Michael Shepherd, BDN Employees •
October 10, 2018 eight:59 am
Up to date: October 10, 2018 11:05 am
Good morning from Augusta. We’re now simply lower than 4 weeks from Election Day with cash flowing into Maine’s two largest races in 2018 for the nationally focused 2nd Congressional District and an open governor’s seat.
The race between U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, and Assistant Maine Home Majority Chief Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, is among the handful of races that would decide partisan management of the Home and it might be the highest-stakes Maine race this yr.
As of Monday, TV ad spending in the 2nd District reached $14.eight million, in response to Kantar Media knowledge cited by CNN. That makes it the fifth costliest Home race. The governor’s race has seen $four.7 million in outdoors spending to date with hundreds of thousands extra possible on the best way.
Golden is choosing a battle on the airwaves with Poliquin over well being care protections for individuals with pre-existing circumstances, whereas each candidates are additionally making an attempt to burnish their reputations with veterans. One liberal outdoors group can also be operating a so-called fact-checking web site.
Golden and Poliquin are accusing one another of mendacity about their stances on pre-existing circumstances. It’s extra difficult than that. That concern was additionally one of many important sticking factors in the candidates’ first debate alongside the race’s two independents on Monday.
Golden launched a brand new ad this week saying “Mainers just can’t afford Bruce Poliquin,” citing his 2017 vote for Home Republicans’ plan to repeal the federal Reasonably priced Care Act, saying it will permits insurers to “deny health coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.”
Poliquin has dismissed claims like this as lies, nevertheless it wants some unpacking. Protections for individuals with pre-existing circumstances are one of the crucial common items of the well being care regulation. Two Republican makes an attempt to repeal the well being care failed, so these outcomes have been by no means examined.
The repeal invoice that Poliquin voted for was written in a means that appeared to guard individuals with pre-existing circumstances. However the difficulty — from well being coverage specialists’ perspective — was that it might have allowed insurers to boost charges in different methods to make protection unaffordable for these individuals.
Maine’s two Home incumbents are up with advertisements touting their work on veterans’ points. Poliquin and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District, launched comparable advertisements this week on veterans points. Poliquin is on the committee overseeing the U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs, whereas Golden is a Marine veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The advertisements from Poliquin and Pingree function veterans chatting with their report. Pingree’s unbiased opponent in the first District, state Rep. Marty Grohman, has an analogous video that he lately made a small Fb push to advertise. Maine had the fourth-highest share of veterans out of all states, based on the Nationwide Convention of State Legislatures.
A liberal group is “fact-checking” claims made by their allies in the governor’s race. Rebuild Maine, a gaggle backed by labor unions that has spent greater than $500,000 in state races this yr, is pushing individuals via Fb to a website referred to as “Claim Check.” It seems to be to be a information website apart from the disclosure from Rebuild Maine.
Considered one of their checks handles whether or not or not Republican gubernatorial nominee Shawn Moody stated Maine faculties have been “overfunded” — a comment that has already been highlighted in an ad from a gaggle linked to the Democratic Governors Affiliation. They fee it true, in fact.
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— The ad campaign in the governor’s race took a twist on Tuesday. The Maine Republican Social gathering directed about $50,000 for its first assault ad towards unenrolled gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes, an unbiased, calling her a liberal who helps “far left environmental policies.” The ad, which aired this week, additionally derides Democratic candidate Janet Mills Hayes as a “career politician,” whereas praising Republican Shawn Moody as a small businessman. Hayes persistently trails behind Mills and Moody in the polls, however Wednesday’s spending might signify Republicans’ hope that help for Hayes may minimize into Mills’ base. Hayes on Tuesday criticized the partisan rancor, and stated she has “never participated a negative ad and I never will.”
— The governor’s power watchdogs are nonetheless assessing potential fallout from a refinery explosion in New Brunswick. Monday’s explosion at an Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, holds the potential to disrupt gasoline and heating gasoline shipments to Maine, because the state depends closely on Canadian suppliers. Whether or not and the way the explosion will have an effect on heating and gasoline costs in New England can be decided by the incident’s location in the refinery and its restore, info that must be launched in the subsequent day or so, based on Mason Hamilton, a U.S. Power Info Administration analyst. “If Irving is affected for a long time, the market will adjust. New England will not run out of fuel, but will bring supplies from Europe, and that can impact prices,” he stated.
— One other senior member of the president’s administration is leaving. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley introduced Tuesday she can be stepping down from her diplomatic submit later this yr. Haley made the announcement in the Oval Workplace sitting subsequent to President Donald Trump, who referred to her as “very special to me,” and “somebody that gets it.” Haley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, provided no definitive cause for her departure, aside from a want to take a break from the place. Quelling suspicion about her subsequent political transfer, Haley stated she wouldn’t be looking for elected workplace in 2020, however can be campaigning for Trump’s re-election. Trump has not stated who will exchange Haley, however he plans to announce his decide inside a number of weeks.
— Maine mother and father whose son died 25 years in the past in the present day when an overtired trucker slammed into the automotive he was in proceed their work to make highways safer. Lower than a yr after the crash that killed 17-year-old Jeff Izer and three different teenagers, Daphne and Steve Izer of Lisbon discovered the driving force wouldn’t be charged with a criminal offense for the demise of their son — not even a visitors ticket. They based Mother and father Towards Drained Truckers at their eating room desk. Since then, they’ve funneled their grief and rage into PATT, lobbying each the state and federal authorities for modifications in trucking regulation, to make the nation’s roads safer. Eight years after its founding, PATT went nationwide underneath the Truck Security Coalition. It now has a full-time employees and is predicated in Arlington, Virginia.
Hunter-gatherer excessive delicacies
A brand new tackle a very previous eating expertise is coming to the Massive Apple — residence of no groups nonetheless lively in the Main League Baseball playoffs — subsequent week. Bloomberg studies that, starting Monday, diners at a brand new Chelsea restaurant referred to as Zaou will be capable of “dip a line into a giant tank full of frisky striped bass — plus salmon, fluke, trout, and other fish” to hook their meals.
This newest tackle the fresh-to-table development raises questions. Do you need to tip the one that holds your fishing pole in addition to your server? Are you able to select between a pole and a harpoon to “order” your meal? In case you are extra lonely than hungry, are you able to deliver the fish house as a pet?
I additionally marvel how we might up our fresh-to-table recreation in Maine, the place the “pick your meal” lobster tank has been a staple for many years. Right here, we are likely to dig for our meals. Might some enterprising Maine restaurateur open a “dig your own potatoes” poutine cabin? How a few “dig your own” clam shack alongside Route 1 — though that low-tide mudflat odor may inhibit appetites?
I purchase virtually all of my meat at a farm butchery in Topsham. On multiple event, I’ve pulled into the parking zone, seemed throughout the road on the pasture filled with cows and thought, “If you only knew.” I’ve been tempted to level out the window at an unsuspecting steak-in-waiting and inform the great individuals on the butcher store, “I’ll take that one.”
I’m wondering if Till We Meat Once more has ever been used as a restaurant identify in Maine. Right here is your soundtrack. — Robert Lengthy
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