Can Maine GOP keep special election winning streak alive?

March 29th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

Good morning from Augusta. The Legislature has plenty to do here, with 280 bills left to act on and just three weeks left in the scheduled session.

But on Tuesday, many will have their attention on York County, where a special election will decide who will be the 35th member of the Maine Senate representing Biddeford, Kennebunkport, Alfred, Arundel, Lyman and Dayton, after Democrat David Dutremble resigned in January to battle alcohol abuse.

The race is between Democrat Susan Deschambault, a retired social worker from Biddeford, and Republican Steve Martin, a retired Biddeford police officer.

The district has 4,000 more Democrats than Republicans, dominated by Biddeford, a Democratic stronghold. But some of the outlying towns lean Republican. That party won two southern Maine special elections for the Maine House of Representatives in November. — Michael Shepherd

Maine delegation asks Obama administration to fight Sweden’s proposed lobster ban

Maine’s congressional delegation sent a letter to top Obama administration officials on Monday asking them to fight Sweden’s efforts to ban Maine lobster imports from the European Union.

Swedish officials say they’ve found 30 American lobsters with rubber bands in their water over the past few years, fearing diseases and interbreeding that Swedes say could harm smaller, European lobsters.

The European Union will take up the request next month, according to The Guardian. Many of those lobsters have had rubber bands on their claws, leading Swedish officials to think they were released “perhaps for later consumption.”

But the Maine delegation said in a letter to Secretary of

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