July 16th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
4 years ago

First family off to Maine for the weekend

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 President Obama and the first family left the White house Friday morning for a weekend vacation in Maine. (PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Schultze/CNN)



Filed under: Maine • President Obama
April 1st, 2010
04:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama reaches out to small business on health care

'It's only been a week,' since the health care bill was signed into law, President Obama said at an event Thursday in Maine.
'It's only been a week,' since the health care bill was signed into law, President Obama said at an event Thursday in Maine.

Portland, Maine (CNN) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure jittery small-business owners Thursday that they stand to benefit from the recently enacted health care law - an assertion not universally shared by a traditionally Republican-leaning constituency.

The president took his pro-reform message to Maine, a politically friendly state he carried by nearly 20 points in the 2008 general election. While in New England, he also planned to make a quick stop in Massachusetts for a couple of Democratic National Committee fundraisers.

Democrats are celebrating the enactment of the landmark $940 billion measure, but the country as a whole remains sharply divided over its merits. Conservatives insist it will do little to slow spiraling costs and say
businesses will be burdened by a slew of new regulations and taxes.

The president sought to rebut that argument Thursday, in part by highlighting a tax credit designed to help small businesses provide coverage for their employees.
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Filed under: Health care • Maine • President Obama
April 1st, 2010
09:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to tout Health Care in Maine

President Obama makes his first trip to Maine in over two years Thursday, to tout the insurance reforms in the new health care law.
President Obama makes his first trip to Maine in over two years Thursday, to tout the insurance reforms in the new health care law.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama makes his first trip to Maine in over two years Thursday, to tout the insurance reforms in the new health care law.

The president is expected to speak at the Portland Expo Center Thursday afternoon.

"The president will be in Maine where he'll be talking about some of the benefits that small businesses will get in the short term and the long term as it relates to health care," White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said Wednesday.

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Filed under: Health care • Maine • President Obama
November 4th, 2009
02:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Maine repeals same-sex marriage law

(CNN) - Supporters of Maine's same-sex marriage law, which voters narrowly repealed, gathered Wednesday to concede the vote but not the issue.

"It seems in the end that Mainers are not ready to treat these families fairly," Betsy Smith told a crowd of No on 1/Protect Maine Equality supporters in Portland, Maine. Two women amid the crowd clutched each other as one cried.

"Having the protection of the law, as well as the respect and dignity that comes only with marriage, is a journey on which we will continue," Smith said.

With 87 percent of the vote counted early Wednesday, the same-sex marriage law was rejected 53 percent to 47 percent, according to the Bangor Daily News Web site.

On Tuesday night, the campaign manager of Stand for Marriage Maine, Frank Schubert, announced that the referendum to repeal the law had passed.

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Filed under: Maine • Same-sex marriage
October 25th, 2009
11:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Same-sex marriage battle moves to Maine

(CNN) – Voters in Maine will decide next week whether to overturn the legislation signed by Gov. John Baldacci nearly six months ago that allows same-sex couples to wed.

Baldacci, who originally opposed the legislation, said upholding the bill comes down to a fundamental understanding of equal protection and constitutional responsibility.

"Initially, I had the opinion for several years that civil unions were the limitations of what I was willing to support," Baldacci said. "But, the research that I did uncovered that a civil union didn't equal a civil marriage."

Full story: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/10/25/maine.same.sex/index.html


Filed under: Maine • Same-sex marriage
September 13th, 2009
12:59 PM ET
September 13th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
May 6th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Maine governor signs same sex marriage bill

(CNN) - Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed a bill Wednesday making same sex marriage legal in the state, his office announced.

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Filed under: Maine • Same-sex marriage
May 6th, 2009
11:48 AM ET
5 years ago

Same-sex marriage bill passes in Maine

Maine lawmakers Wednesday voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the state.
Maine lawmakers Wednesday voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the state.

(CNN) – Maine lawmakers Wednesday voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the state, the state Office of Legislative Information said. The bill now goes to Gov. John Baldacci for his signature or veto.

Baldacci, a Democrat, has not said whether he will sign it.

"He's going to make a decision when it hits his desk," spokesman Dan Cashman told CNN immediately after the vote. He said the governor is likely to make a statement later in the day.

Three states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa - currently allow same-sex marriages. Vermont has passed a law making gay and lesbian marriages legal. That bill takes effect in September. New Hampshire lawmakers are close to passing a similar bill.

A slim majority of Americans are against legal recognition for same-sexmarriage, CNN polling found last month. Fifty-four percent of adults questioned in an April 23-26 nationwide CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll said that marriages between gay or lesbian couples should not be recognized as valid, while 44 percent said they should be considered legal.

The survey's sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: Maine • Same-sex marriage
February 10th, 2008
07:02 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN projects Obama wins Maine Democratic caucuses

Track the Maine Democratic caucuses results county-by-county by clicking here: Maine.


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