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(NEWS CENTER) -- A lot can happen in a year, especially when it comes to politics. And Maine is no exception.

From battles between the Governor and the Legislature over taxing and spending to a surprise announcement from a well known politician, there were some big stories coming out of Augusta and Washington in 2013.

We ask NEWS CENTER political analysts Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling what they think were the issues and stories that defined this past year.