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Clinton Gets Machinists Union Endorsement

Friday afternoon news dump:

Hillary Clinton on Friday won the endorsement of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, making it the second national union to give the Democratic front-runner the stamp of approval.

The endorsement could give Clinton a significant boost as she seeks to woo labor, even as her main Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has eroded her edge in opinion polls and has himself landed the endorsement of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses.

The union, based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members, according to its website.

Clinton is trying to win over labor - often a key source of volunteers and funds for Democrats - as part of an effort to build a broad coalition within her party and avoid a potentially damaging, drawn-out primary fight. The winner of the primary contest will face the Republican nominee in the November 2016 election.

Incumbent State Senator John Tuttle Declared Winner of Senate District 33 (York Co) Democratic Primary in Recount, 843-822

Incumbent Senator John Tuttle Declared Winner of SD 33 (York Co) Democratic Primary in Recount, 843-822 #mepolitics

In the second of two election recounts requested post- June 10th primary (Ralph Tucker was announced as the winner of House District 50 yesterday), incumbent State Senator John L. Tuttle led challenger Representative Andrea M. Boland by a margin of 841 votes to 821 votesin the Senate District 33 Democratic primary. SD 33 formerly SD 3, was redistricted and now contains the towns of Cornish,…

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Maine's Republican Legislature Divided on LD 1066, Medicaid Expansion bill

Maine’s Republican Legislature Divided on LD 1066, Medicaid Expansion bill #mepolitics

Last week saw a clear division among the 126th Legislature’s GOP caucus regarding whether or not to pass LD 1066, “An Act To Increase Access to Health Coverage and Qualify Maine for Federal Funding”, as Assistant Minority Leader Sen. Roger Katz…

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Maine Senate Passes Initial Medicaid Expansion Bill LD 1066, 23-12

Maine Senate Passes Initial Medicaid Expansion Bill LD 1066, 23-12 #mepolitics #meleg

Last week, the Maine Senate voted 23-12 on LD 1066 “An Act To Increase Access to Health Coverage and Qualify Maine for Federal Funding” which would expand healthcare coverage to nearly 70,000 low-income and working Mainers. Assistant Minority Leader Roger…

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