Incumbents unseated in Warren Board of Selectmen vote

By Stephen Betts on March 26, 2012, at 11:03 p.m.
Voters elected two challengers Monday over a pair of incumbents to the Board of Selectmen. Ed LaFlamme defeated incumbent Christine Wakely 181-169 and Michael York defeated incumbent Wayne Luce 177-173. LaFlamme said he was running to have the town operate more in the open rather than in …

Legislative panel solidifies language on mining bill, public comment sought Friday

By Jen Lynds on March 26, 2012, at 8:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With language in a proposed bill to change the state’s mining laws solidified, legislators have scheduled a public comment session Friday to allow people to ask questions and suggest possible revisions. Members of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee spent most of last week and two …
The Dolby landfill is seen along the banks of Dolby Pond in East Millinocket in May 2003.

Potential Dolby landfill owners, operators to meet Wednesday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 26, 2012, at 8:48 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Businesses interested in exploring whether they can profit from a landfill at the center of a debate between Gov. Paul LePage and Millinocket leaders will tour the 3,300-acre facility on Wednesday, officials said Monday. More than a dozen firms have expressed interest in possibly owning or …
Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers

Secretary of State proposes stricter changes to teen driving laws

By Eric Russell on March 26, 2012, at 6:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s secretary of state has recommended doubling the number of supervised hours a driver with a permit must log before obtaining a driver’s license, and more than tripling the minimum fine for texting while driving. In a report to the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, Secretary of State Charlie …
Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry

Presidential primary bill postponed this session

By Eric Russell on March 26, 2012, at 6:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill that would allow Mainers to select their presidential candidates through a primary system instead of a caucus likely will be postponed until the next Legislature. The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted 12-1 on Monday to replace the bill with a resolve that directs the …
Angus King

Angus King appoints political and field, policy directors for campaign

The Associated Press on March 26, 2012, at 11:18 a.m.
BRUNSWICK | Independent Senate candidate Angus King has named a Democrat and a Republican to key positions on his campaign. King announced Monday that former Democratic state lawmaker Marge Kilkelly will serve as policy director and Republican strategist Edie Smith will serve as political and field director. King has …
Chris Hall, Portland Regional Chamber

Education bills a highlight in Augusta this year

By Chris Hall, Portland Regional Chamber on March 26, 2012, at 9:08 a.m.
Editor’s note: This report is compiled weekly for members of the Portland Regional Chamber. It provides a breakdown of recent news around state policy, as well as a heads-up on coming events. The Bangor Daily News is publishing this report in cooperation with the PRC. PRC speaks out: So far …