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Lobbyists Dan Morin (left), who represents  MaineHealth, and Ann Mitchell, who represents Waste Management Inc., the Maine Dental Association and Eli Lilly & Co., speak in the hallway before the legislature convenes on Feb. 2 at the State House in Augusta. Maine is poised to take a step forward for transparency in Augusta by updating the website where the public can access campaign finance and monthly lobbying disclosures.
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Here’s who’s influencing Maine lawmakers

“You want to know what each client is spending, who they’re paying and what they’re lobbying on,” Peter Quist said.
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‘The new normal’: Displaced millworkers commuting, renting to remain in struggling industry

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Since he began working industrial jobs after his high school graduation in 1980, Tom Picard has been laid off at least 10 times. For the past two years, he has commuted between Millinocket and Waterville, where he works at the Huhtamaki mill.
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Tuesday was the first time in 43 years I feared for my safety because of my race

Having a black person in your family, as LePage does, does not buy you a cloak of invincibility when it comes to the issue of race.

Director resigns as police investigate Houlton animal shelter

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Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna said his department has received and is investigating multiple complaints from the public about the shelter.
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Eves’ attorney: LePage lawsuit immunity claims ‘astonishingly broad’

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Daily Brief: Good morning from Augusta, where there’s new fallout from House Speaker Mark Eves’ lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary election night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Feb. 9, 2016.

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Tom Picard (left) laughs with his wife, Tammy Shorey Picard, during dinner late Sunday evening at their home in Millinocket before Tom makes the trip to his apartment in Winslow to work in the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville for the week. He says he lives "the new normal." As a millworker, Tom has been laid off 10 times since 1980. Now, with home prices in the dumpster in his hometown of Millinocket, he can't sell his nearly paid off home for fair value, so he commutes to his new job 130 miles away, at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville.
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‘The new normal’: Displaced millworkers commuting, renting to remain in struggling industry

Since he began working industrial jobs after his high school graduation in 1980, Tom Picard has been laid off at least 10 times. For the past two years, he has commuted between Millinocket and Waterville, where he works at the Huhtamaki mill.

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Chocolatier Kim Dagher: ‘One of the funnest jobs in the world’

Made in Maine: The smell of chocolate hits me as I walk in the door. It is immediate, blanketing. Delicious, wonderful chocolate. This is the best idea I’ve had in ages.

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