April 18, 2014
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It's the "You got your EBT fraud in my voter fraud!" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
Don takes issue with a BDN blogger who thinks the progressive conspiracy has its' fingers EVERYWHERE, and a flurry of activity at the State House jams his inbox.
The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race happens tomorrow, and for the first time in a while, there's plenty of water to make some fast race times a definite possibility.
The spectre of anti-Semitisim is being raised by someone in relation to the unstable situation in the Ukraine. Is it a reality, or just a psyop? Don speaks with Jim Settele of the UMaine School of Policy and International Affairs.
Time to talk BEER! Andrew Graghan stops by with Win Mitchell from Boothbay Craft Brewery in Boothbay Harbor.
Brad LaBree from Penobscot Theatre Company visits the studio to share the details of PTC's upcoming version of "Our Town".
April 17, 2014
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It's the "vetoes, weed, baseball and record stores" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
Governor LePage vetoed a bill to advance solar energy in Maine, and the legislature failed to override his veto. Vaughan Woodruff of Insource Renewables of Pittsfield speaks with Don about what the veto means for solar power businesses like his.
The organization Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine is holding their third annual trade show in Bangor this weekend. What are the problems facing Maine's medical marijuana caregivers in 2014 and beyond, and tells everyone what they can expect to find at this Saturday's event.
Shirley, Maine-based Dove Tail Bats is landing their quality product in the hands of more and more major leaguers, and their bats are showing up in leagues around the world. Former Boston Red Sox All Star Shea Hillenbrand joins Dove Tail Bats owner Paul Lancisi to host "The Business of Baseball" today at the Cross Insurance Center, and he stops by the studio to share some stories with Don and Toby.
It started in Maine, and now it happens around the world, and music lovers wait all year for it-- Record Store Day! Freeman Saunders from Bull Moose Music stops by with some samples of special Record Store Day-only products and a very special guest at one Bull Moose location.
April 16, 2014
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It's the "Honestly, just roll over and go back
to sleep. Seriously. It's just snow and freezing rain and Gubernatorial
veto threats out here anyway." edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
The bizarre weather continues, and the threat of serious flooding looms across the state. The Maine Emergency Management Agency is monitoring rivers and streams across the state, and Lynette Miller from MEMA checks in with Don first thing this morning to share the latest warnings.
Wednesday means Mark Kelley of New England School of Communications at Husson University checks in. Are online news aggregators actually beginning to show some concern about the truth? Buzzfeed is hiring copy editors and says yes, they want to make sure the stories they post and link to are accurate. So how will they pull that off?
The Cross Insurance Center will be buzzing with activity this Saturday night as the Central Maine Roller Derby takes over the arena in a match against the Western Mass Furies...but before then, they take over the WZON studios and bring Don up to speed on everything that's going on at this weekend's match.
April 15, 2014
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It's your "LePage was against it then he was
for it, and now he's against it again, so I totally get why you might be
confused" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
It's tax day! Ever wonder why YOU pay more taxes than General Electric Corporation? The Maine People's Alliance (MPA) is wondering why corporations can't be called upon to pay their fair share. MPA political engagement director Ben Chin talks with Don about the unbalanced nature of tax collections in Maine and a bill aimed at offshore tax havens.
Rep. Sara Gideon wants to expand access to a lifesaving drug that stops opiate overdoses. Maine lawmakers want to expand access. Governor LePage didn't want to, and then he did, and now he doesn't again. So what happened to change his mind and then change it back again? Representative Gideon calls Don this morning to bring everyone up to speed on the latest flip flop of Maine's chief executive.
Democratic Senate Candidate Shenna Bellows wants mega-corporations to pony up taxes on billions in profits instead of GETTING REFUNDS TO THE TUNE OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Shenna speaks with Don on Tax day to let everyone know just how out of whack the current system is.
It's an all out invasion, and it's going to blast Maine industries unless there's a way to stop it. The green crabs aren't just coming...they're here. Don hears from Abby Barrows from the Marine Environmental Research Institute about the severity of the problem, and what can be done to stop it.
April 14, 2014
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Here comes your "Are Republicans really spinning their opposition to the expansion of MaineCare already? They could have saved themselves a lot of aggravation and voted to OVERRIDE THE VETO!" edition of The Pulse Morning Show.
State Representative Aaron Frey visits Don in the studio to talk about Friday's Medicaid expansion- related veto effort coming up short and his work on the Appropriations Committee to craft a supplemental budget.
Independent Representative Joe Brooks from Winterport visits the studio and shares his thoughts on Governor LePage asking the Federal Government for money to fund a cold case investigations squad and the fate of thee Governor's so-called welfare reform bills.
A new burger being served at the Cross Insurance Center is STILL looking for a name. Don and the Pulse crew get a mouthful of burgers and share the details of the contest to find a name and what YOU can win for supplying a moniker.
April 9, 2014
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It's the "Did you see MARS this morning?" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
Democrats in the House say fraud in programs administered by DHHS will now be addressed....by DHHS! State Representative Drew Gattine sponsored a bill passed last night and he explains how it works and saves Mainers money when he talks with Don this morning.
Journalism instructor Mark Kelley visits the studio and shares an update on the Hampden Town Council situation, and takes a closer look at media coverage of efforts to overturn the state's contract with the Alexander Group.
UMaine played host to The Big Gig last night! Don gets a visit from Jese Moriarty who shares news from last night's event, as well as bringing another Maine entrepreneur who has an idea that will change the face of hockey, and it's getting attention from potential investors around the world.
Lunafest returns! Don speaks with Abbie Strout of the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center about this event coming to Bucksport's Alamo Theater.
April 8, 2014
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It's the "Wow Senator King. How do you REALLY
feel about former Vice President Dick Cheney?" edition of "The Pulse
Morning Show"! And yes, that's sarcasm. Unfiltered. But if you wake up
to the AM, you already knew that, didn't you?
Don talks with Senator Tom Saviello, who was one of two Republicans who crafted a so-called "compromise" bill aimed at Medicaid expansion. Was the fate of this bill doomed from the start because of intense opposition from the executive branch?
The Governor unveiled a quartet of what he called "welfare reform" bills, and those bills will get consideration in the Senate soon. Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson shares his thoughts on the Governor's purely political late session bills.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to declassify an investigative report investigating what US officials call "enhanced interrogation". The rest of the world knows this practice as torture. Don talks with Major General Donald Edwards about the use of such a practice, why declassifying the report is the right thing to do, and comments from Senator Angus King about former Vice President Dick Cheney.
April 4, 2014
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Here comes your "Fenway Home Opener" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
The Maine Legislature was busy yesterday, working on Governor LePage's so-called "welfare reform" bills. When they got done with them in the House, they were either changed dramatically or completely rejected. State Representative Aaron Frey joins Don to explain what happened...and why.
Comedian Paul Reiser is coming to Bangor...and he talks with Don about his upcoming visit today on The Pulse Morning Show!
The second fatal shooting at Fort Hood has led Americans to take a hard look at some very dark issues: the astronomically high suicide rate among service men and women, and the dismal record of the armed services and the Veteran's Administration to address mental health. Director Jim Settele from the UMaine School of Policy and international Affairs joins Don to have a discussion of the shooting and what the takeaways from this horrific event need to be.
Friday means BEER and BLARNEY! Andrew Geaghan of Geaghan Brothers Brewing and Geaghan's Pub visits the studios to talk summer in Maine, and Kerrie Tripp from the Greater Bangor Visitor's and Convention Bureau stops by with some BIG announcements!
It's the home opener at Fenway today...and Don and Toby talk with Red Sox Senior Vice President Dr. Charles Steinberg about the festivities!
April 3, 2014
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Here comes your "COME ON DOWN AND JOIN THE VETO PARTY!!!" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
(Photo credit to Dirigo Blue)
It's official! Governor LePage is now the "veto king" in the history of the state of Maine. There were vetoes aplenty at the State House, and then as the Legislature overturned a couple of them...the Gov issued more! Tell Don what you're thinking about it at 942-6200.
Political analyst Ethan Strimling checks in with Don an a number of topics, including the Governor and his vetoes, $13.9 million in EBT fraud--real problem or manufactured campaign distraction? And why a State Lawmaker is so concerned about getting the last word on the possibility of a new national park in Maine.
The Supreme Court once again changed the political landscape in the US with a decision on campaign contributions. BJ McCollister of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections speaks with Don about exactly what this means for this year's campaigns.
April 2, 2014
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Here comes your "Why is it that when two town
councilors from a small Maine town don't participate in the Pledge of
Allegiance it makes national news, but when a former President says he's
fearful the US Government is spying on him no one reports it?" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
The Maine Center For Economic Policy (MECEP) has taken a close look at the employment situation here in Maine...and it ain't good. MECEP executive director Garrrett Martin joins Don to share key details of their report "Maine's Labor Market Recovery: Far from Complete".
A pair of town councilors chose not to take part in the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of a recent council meeting, and the story blasted across national media in no time. Journalism instructor Mark Kelley of the New England School of Communications visits Don in the studio totalk about the media coverage of this event. What do you think? Call 942-6200 and share your opinions with Don and Mark.
The Big Gig is coming! The Big Gig is coming! Three Maine businesses are going to be facing off in a competition for a $1,000.00 prize, and the married couple behind Thick and Thin Designs join UMaine's Jesse Moriarty as they visit the studio to share their story.
A great basketball exhibition is coming to MDI, as the Harlem Ambassadors come to town to take on a group of locals with proceeds to benefit the Harbor House Community Center.
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