Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Federal judge denies DHHS appeal on 50 percent funding cut at Riverview hospital

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 07, 2014, at 9:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A state appeal of a federal government decision to cut about $20 million in funding from the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center has been denied by a federal judge. That means state lawmakers will now have to wrestle with filling the gap as they head into the second …
 Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith seeking re-election

By Tim Cox on Jan. 07, 2014, at 8:08 p.m.
MACHIAS | Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith is seeking re-election to a third term, he announced Tuesday night. Smith, who has been sheriff since 2007 and has 22 years of law enforcement experience, is known for being outspoken at times — even toward other law enforcement agencies. He touted …

No health insurance is as deadly as smoking. Denying Medicaid matters.

on Jan. 07, 2014, at 7:18 p.m.
We’ve known for decades that smoking is a huge health risk. It causes cancer of various sorts and is associated with higher rates of heart disease, strokes and emphysema. But when you compare the health consequences of not having health insurance, it’s right up there with smoking. According to a …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks with reporters from his office in the State House on Thursday, Dec. 19. LePage's administration has continued to bar public access to a report on Maine's welfare system, saying officials still need time to "finalize" the report so they are able to answer any questions the press might have.

Release of welfare report denied by LePage administration

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 07, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State officials are continuing to deny access to a publicly funded study examining Maine’s welfare system and the possible impacts of a Medicaid expansion here. The study, commissioned on a no-bid contract for $925,200 by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, is being completed by …
John Piotti, president and CEO of the Maine Farmland Trust, discusses the organization's progress on raising $50 million by the end of 2015 to protect farmland in Maine and provide technical assistance to farmers. Piotti announced phase two of the project during an agricultural trade show on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, in Augusta.

Maine Farmland Trust aims to raise $50 million to help state become New England’s ‘food basket’

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 07, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Farmland Trust announced Tuesday that despite tough economic times, it has raised $18 million since 2009 for farmland protection and farmer support programs in Maine on the premise that bolstering the state’s agricultural sector is a proven and effective economic development strategy. The trust embarked …
Paul LePage

LePage releases EBT data showing transactions at strip clubs, bars, smoke shops

By Mario Moretto on Jan. 07, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage released information on Tuesday that he says demonstrates that welfare benefits in Maine are being abused. But the data LePage cited to make his case for abuse represent a tiny fraction of all transactions involving electronic benefits cards issued to the state’s welfare recipients. …

Michael Thibodeau abandons bid for 2nd Congressional District seat

on Jan. 07, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
Maine Senate Minority Leader Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said Tuesday that he is no longer considering a bid to fill Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Thibodeau announced in early December that he was considering a run for the seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, who is running for …
Bangor resident and community college ethics professor Mike Turcotte announced plans to form an exploratory committee to determine whether he will run for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' seat in 2014. He made his statement at Bangor Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

Bangor educator exploring entry into race for U.S. Senate seat held by Collins

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 07, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
Update: Mike Turcotte announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, that he will not be running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Susan Collins. He said a website and survey he created to weigh interest in a potential campaign didn’t bring a high enough level of interest over two weeks to justify …
Maine State House, May 8, 2013.

State lawmakers to address rides program, revenue sharing in upcoming session

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 07, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine —Bills addressing issues ranging from slot machines to renewable energy to revamping a state-sponsored health care rides program await lawmakers Wednesday at the State House. The first week of the “short session,” which is set to end in April, starts this week. But topping the list is what …
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