Articles by John Christie

 

State-installed energy systems fail to pay way

By John Christie Senior Reporter The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting © on Dec. 21, 2010, at 10:03 p.m.
Solar panels were installed behind trees, covered with snow, shaded by a barn or not tilted toward the sun.
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Following Nutting’s own formula, pharmacy still overcharged for Medicaid supplies

By John Christie on Nov. 22, 2010, at 2:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In 2001, True’s Pharmacy in Oakland, owned by presumptive Speaker of the House Robert Nutting, bought medical gloves for $4.39 per package. By the time True’s sold them to a Medicaid provider, the price had gone up to $11.11. That markup — 153 percent — was much …

Candidates skirt pension ‘time bomb’

By John Christie on Oct. 20, 2010, at 8:45 p.m.
A widely respected think tank calls the $4.2 billion that taxpayers owe to Maine’s retirement system a “ticking time bomb” that should dominate any discussion of the state’s finances. The …

Legislators’ bills would increase petition regulation

By John Christie on Feb. 03, 2010, at 9:31 p.m.
Two Democratic state legislators want to place stricter rules on the gathering of signatures on petitions that send ballot questions to voters.
Paul MacDonald (center) of Carmel discusses the petition that would repeal Maine's law protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination and reaffirm the law prohibiting same-sex marriage with Phyllis Lamstein (right) of Dismont, who was collecting petition signatures for Equality Maine, which supports equal rights regardless of sexual orientation. MacDonald said he is "strongly committeed to the teachings of the Bible" and wants to "protect these things."  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KATE COLLINS)

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Phyllis Johnston, left, of Carmel, and Paul MacDonald, also of Carmel, discuss the petition Johnston was collecting signatures for on Maine's primary elections day (Tuesday, June 10, 2008) at the Carmel Grange.   The petition supports legislation which would repeal Maine's law protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination and reaffirm the law prohibiting same-sex marriage.  At right is Lynne Lamstein of Dixmont, who was collecting signatures for Equality Maine, which supports equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation.  After signing the preserve marriage petition, MacDonald said that he is "strongly committed to the teachings of the Bible" including "sexual practices" and wants to "protect these things".  (Bangor Daily News/Kate Collins)

Forgeries raise questions about role money plays in petition process

By John Christie on Feb. 03, 2010, at 8:44 p.m.
Dead men don’t vote. And they can’t sign their names to voter petitions, either. But one did in the town of Greene last year.
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Pursuing political favors

By John Christie on Jan. 06, 2010, at 9:35 p.m.
Did lobbying, personal ties to governor lead to legislative gains for ski, real estate industries?
 
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