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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - ME: Civic Engagement

If confirmed, New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland would be the first-ever Native American cabinet secretary. (Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Conservationists in Maine say Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., will work to restore public lands and natural resources as Secretary of the Interior, if she's confirmed by the Senate. She would also be the nation's first-ever Native American Cabinet secretary, as an enrolled member of the

According to CNN exit polls from the 2020 primaries, 70% of Mainers say they support a government-run health-insurance option that covers everyone over private insurance plans. (Annap/Adobe Stock)

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The group Maine Healthcare Action is launching a campaign to get universal health care on the state ballot in 2022. Instead of proposing a specific bill, the initiative would direct the Maine Legislature to draft and enact a universal health-care plan by 2024. Research indicates mo

The Legislature in January will begin considering proposals to improve the state's health-care system. (Formulanone/Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- A new survey shows in the wake of the pandemic, a majority of people in Maine want the state government to protect essential services from cuts without raising property taxes. Evan LeBrun, executive director of Mainers for Working Families, which sponsored the poll, said large maj

On Oct. 28, Colby College's last poll before the Maine Senate election, Democratic nominee Sara Gideon received 46.6% of the vote, with GOP Sen. Susan Collins netting 43.4%. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

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WATERVILLE, Maine -- How did polling organizations get the margins so wrong, again? And in Maine, how did they miss Republican Sen. Susan Collins' relative landslide? Dan Shea, pollster and chair of the Government Department at Colby College, projected the Senate contest to be a close race, with De

According to the polling site FiveThirtyEight, Democratic nominee Sara Gideon is barely beating Republican Sen. Susan Collins, with Collins gaining support in the last few weeks. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine will be the first state to use ranked-choice voting in November, and it could decide the Senate election. As every Mainer is aware, Republican Sen. Susan Collins is in a tight race against Democrat Sara Gideon. But two independent candidates might peel off several percentage

In polls for the Maine Senate race just before Justice Ginsburg's passing, incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins was losing to Democratic nominee Sara Gideon by 5-10%. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Susan Collins of Maine is the first Republican senator to oppose holding a vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after the November 3 election. But the Supreme Court has been a major issue in Collins' close race against Democrat Sara Gideon for awhile. A Quinnipiac University Pol

Maine is the first state to allow ranked-choice voting in presidential elections. It has been used in municipal elections for several years. (Gutzemberg/iStockphotos)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Ballots with ranked-choice voting are being printed up in Maine for use on November 3, and that could have an outsize impact on who becomes president. On Tuesday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court put on hold the GOP backed "people's veto" of a law that allows ranked-choice voting

Ranked-choice voting helps avoid runoff elections and ensures that the eventual winner has majority support. (Tom Ruen/Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Ranked-choice voting probably is not an option for the presidential election because a judge just approved a GOP-led repeal for the ballot. That puts the issue on ice until after the vote. Anna Kellar, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens fo

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