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Thursday, April 2, 201504/02/2015

4/2/15 Capital Insights with John Baldacci

Every other Thursday John Baldacci joins Ken and MIke with our bi-weekly segment, Capital Insights. Today’s topics include the primary elections, party lines and how primaries are funded and Indiana/Arkansas religious freedom bill.

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Thursday, April 2, 201504/02/2015

4/2/15 Aaron Katersky

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors on the donor’s behalf. A federal grand jury indictment accuses the New Jersey Democrat of using the power of his Senate seat to benefit Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor who prosecutors say provided the senator with luxury vacations, airline travel, golf trips and tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to a legal defense fund. Menendez announced he will step down from his leadership post with the powerful Armed Services Committee.

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Thursday, April 2, 201504/02/2015

4/2/15 Podcast Scott Goldberg

Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson says he won’t sign his state’s Religious Freedom Law until there are changes to the bills language. The governor was originally expected to sign the law as is, but after backlash from businesses and gay rights groups he wants legislatures to either recall the proposal or include measures making it more similar to the federal religious freedom law signed in 1993. Earlier this week, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana made a similar statement after critics said his bill would openly sanction discrimination for gays and lesbians, and his legislature is still trying to figure things out.

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Thursday, April 2, 201504/02/2015

4/2/15 Podcast Howie Carr

Howie Carrjoins Ken and Mike today to talk about his upcoming “Night of Crime” dinner show at the Italian Heritage Center on April 12.

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Thursday, April 2, 201504/02/2015

4/2/15 Podcast State Rep. Drew Gattine

State Rep. Drew Gattine joins Ken and Mike to discuss the DHHS budget.

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Wednesday, April 1, 201504/01/2015

4/1/15 Podcast Aaron Katersky

The defense in the Boston Bombings case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came to a speedy conclusion Tuesday. They only used four witnesses, only six hours of testimony. When compared to the prosecution: 92 witnesses, three weeks of testimony. The defense’s only point, that his older brother Tamerlan was calling the shots. If that argument makes any impression with the jury, the defense hopes it will save their clients life. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday.

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Wednesday, April 1, 201504/01/2015

4/1/15 Eye on Politics

It’s Wednesday and that means its Eye on Politics. In for Matt Gagnon – Philip E. Harriman and Jeremy Fisher join Ken and Mike to discuss the Governer and his budget, DHHS spending and Maine’s drug problem and how it impacts the economy.

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Wednesday, April 1, 201504/01/2015

4/1/15 Mary Mayhew

DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew joins Ken and Mike today to answer questions about tax reform, welfare and economic outlooks.

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Wednesday, April 1, 201504/01/2015

4/1/15 Podcast Mary Bruce

Well, a lot has happened since the last ABC News-Washington Post Poll on the approval ratings of the president and Congress. 2015 started. The Patriots won the Super Bowl. “Birdman” won the Oscar for Best Picture. So we’ll see what effect if any this or anything else has had on the latest approval ratings for President Obama and the Congress, which releases at 7am ET on Wednesday. And regarding those Iran nuke talks, some mad scrambling to keep a deal in play. Where it stands by morning is anyone’s guess.

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Wednesday, April 1, 201504/01/2015

4/1/15 Podcast Scott Goldberg

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence aggressively defended Indiana’s religious freedom law Tuesday but said he wants a bill on his desk by week’s end “making it clear the law does not allow businesses the right to deny services to anyone.” Whether he effectively quelled the swirl of criticism remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the state of Arkansas marked the occasion by passing their own “religious freedom” law, despite similar types of warnings and protestations from civil and business communities.

Local Headlines

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Maine Democrats to Change Name of Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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Maine's Democratic Party is seeking suggestions for a new name for its annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

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Maine Ends Fiscal Year with Nearly $60 Million Surplus

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Maine officials say the state ended the fiscal year on June 30 with a surplus of nearly $60 million.

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Maine Court: Anti-Gay Marriage Group Must Disclose Donors

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Maine's highest court has rejected a national anti-gay marriage group's latest effort to shield the donors who backed its effort to repeal Maine's gay marriage law.

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Climate plan shows U.S. ‘can change the world’

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The plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy from coal-fired electricity, is meant to put the U.S. in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming.

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More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote

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Now that the Senate has derailed Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.

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Illegal immigration a dominant theme at Republican forum even without Trump

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There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail.

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Major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Cecil outcry

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Three U.S. airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion.