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Maine 1st Congressional District Debate On-Demand

Recorded Thursday, October 30

Chellie Pingree (D) and Charlie Summers (R) debated live from Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College.

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U.S. Senate Debate On-Demand

Recorded Live Thursday, October 23

Incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R) debated challenger Rep. Tom Allen (D) live from Hannaford Hall on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.

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Maine 2nd District Debate - Recorded Oct. 16

Incumbent Rep. Mike Michaud (D) and challenger John Frary (R) debated at Page Commons on the campus of Colby College.

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Radio Call-In: Ballot Initiative #2 - Oct. 14

Supporters of Question #2 claim that a $100 million casino and four-season resort in Oxford County will create 800 good-paying jobs. Opponents argue that a casino is not consistent with the traditional Maine brand. MPBN's A.J. Higgins hosted Dennis Bailey, of CasinosNo! and Pat LaMarche, spokeswoman for the developers proposing the casino for a spirited debate.

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Lawmakers Say 'Casinos No!'
Reported By: Josie Huang   Date Aired: 10/23/2008
There are just two weeks to go before voters statewide will look at Question 2 on the ballot and decide whether to approve a casino in Oxford County. As Josie Huang reports, a group of state lawmakers gathered in Portland's Monument Square today to urge voters to say no to the referendum.

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Voters Aren't Warming To Either Beverage Tax Or Casino
Reported By: Josie Huang   Date Aired: 10/22/2008
On November 4, voters statewide will face two referendum questions. Question 1 asks voters to overturn a tax on beverages intended to fund the state's Dirigo Health program. Question 2 asks voters to approve a casino in Oxford County. Two very different issues, and if a new survey of public opinion is any indication, one is headed for defeat, while the other is going to win.

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Candidate Call-In Programs on MPBN Radio

Thursday, Oct. 9 - Charlie Summers (R) - U.S. House 1st Dist. Candidate
This call-in radio program hosted by MPBN's Susan Sharon features Charlie Summers (R) of Scarborough. He's the Republican candidate for Maine's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House. He is facing Chellie Pingree (D) of North Haven for the office currently held by Tom Allen who is leaving to run for the U.S. Senate.
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Candidate Call-In Program Schedule on MPBN Radio

MPBN is trying to schedule U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Congressman Mike Michaud.

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McCain Supporters Accused of Smearing Tactics
Reported By: Josie Huang   Date Aired: 10/16/2008
As Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin touted the virtues of her running mate John McCain to supporters in Bangor this morning, their campaign was making another appeal via the phone.

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Allen Defends Voting Record
Reported By: Susan Sharon   Date Aired: 10/28/2008
Under attack by his opponent for his attendance record in Congress, Democratic Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Tom Allen held an unusual news conference at his home with his ailing wife and his daughter today. Although Allen attempted to point out that he has taken thousands of votes in Congress and only missed several dozen during his career, there were also more questions raised about his missed votes by the Collins campaign.

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Congressman Michaud Sketches Economic Development Needs
Reported By: Anne Ravana   Date Aired: 10/29/2008
As one of the few, if not the only, card-carrying union members in U.S. Congress, incumbent Democrat Mike Michaud believes he knows the economic development needs of Maine's second congressional district better than his Republican opponent. The Medway native says he wants to continue his work in Washington on the Northern Border Regional Commission and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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Hear and Compare the Candidates' Positions on Health Care

Voters have identified health care as a leading domestic issue for the government to address and for the presidential candidates to discuss in the 2008 campaign. In particular, voters would like to hear the candidates' positions on reducing the cost of health care and health insurance and expanding coverage to the 47 million uninsured Americans.

In late 2007, the Kaiser Family Foundation created a helpful web site ( for voters who want to know the candidates' respective positions on health care.  With archived video and podcasts of the candidates discussing their positions, customizable side-by-side comparisons of the candidates, and an ongoing tracking poll.


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