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(NEWS CENTER) --There is a battle shaping up at the State House over whether Maine will issue any capital improvement bonds this year. Gov. Paul LePage wants lawmakers to tackle the Medicaid budget first, leading some to accuse the governor of holding the bond package hostage. NEWS CENTER political analysts Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman go In The Arena with Pat Callaghan.

They also look at who is up and down in the Democratic and Republican races for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe, and what Sen. Snowe is likely to do with the multi-million dollar campaign war chest she no longer needs. Harriman and Strimling also talk about GOP candidate Bruce Poliquin and whether he made an error by not filing a campaign spending report.