Articles by Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

 

Energy group funded via state agency hired mostly Dem lawmakers, activists

By Naomi Schalit, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Feb. 07, 2011, at 12:01 a.m.
The Maine Green Energy Alliance, which last week announced it was returning the balance of its $1.1 million government funding to promote home retrofits after it had fallen well behind its goals, says it is a nonpartisan organization. But an examination of the Hallowell-based group by the Maine Center for …

Nutting pharmacy building sale didn’t profit state

By Naomi Schalit, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Dec. 06, 2010, at 8:28 p.m.
The brick building on Main Street in Oakland that housed True’s Pharmacy was purchased by Robert and Wendy Nutting in 1997 for $174,000. Eight years later, it was sold for $260,000 — an $86,000 increase. The pharmacy, owned by Robert Nutting, Maine’s new Speaker of the House, went through bankruptcy …

Misfilled prescription earned Nutting penalty

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Nov. 17, 2010, at 11:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA — Just a month before Republicans nominated pharmacist and state Rep. Robert Nutting, R-Oakland, to be the next speaker of the House, a state agency disciplined him for giving a customer the wrong medication. On Oct. 1, the state Department of Professional and Financial Regulation sent Nutting a letter …

GOP lawmakers still back Nutting as speaker

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Nov. 17, 2010, at 11:58 p.m.
His fellow Republicans backed him when he was in trouble in 2003 — and they still back him now. When Rep. Robert Nutting was battling Maine regulators in 2003 over a payment plan for the $1 million-plus his pharmacy owed the state in Medicaid overbilling, his fellow Kennebec County Republican …

PUC: Sorry for that $36,000 e-mail charge

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Sept. 11, 2010, at 10:43 a.m.
The current chairman of the commission said the actual cost of retrieving the e-mails was $160 — 16 hours work at $10 an hour.

Past costs haunt Maine pension fund

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Sept. 09, 2010, at 12:50 p.m.
In 1995, fed up with the state’s failure to adequately fund its pension system, critics came up with the ultimate solution.

‘Someone else’s problem’ a factor in pension debt

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Sept. 01, 2010, at 8:18 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a multipart series to be published between now and November about the state’s debt to teachers and state employees for their pensions and retiree health …
In this Sunday, July 19, 2009 photo, the blades of windmill blur as they catch the wind on Stetson Mountain in Range 8, Township 3, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Wind power law hasn’t prevented development conflicts

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Aug. 11, 2010, at 4:04 p.m.
After proposing major changes to state law that would speed up the review of wind power projects, Gov. John Baldacci’s wind power task force members went one step further: They made a map.
The three wind turbines of Fox Islands Wind on Vinalhaven are seen in an aerial photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, the same day a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community luncheon were held. The trio of turbines are expected to generate enough electricity to power both Vinalhaven and North Haven islands with an excess power being sold back to the regional grid. The venture is the largest community-owned wind project on the East Coast. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)

Task force had mandate to promote wind power, not study it

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Aug. 10, 2010, at 3:21 p.m.
Gov. John Baldacci established the Governor’s Task Force on Wind Power Development by executive order on May 8, 2007 with the expectation it would make Maine a leader in the wind …

State pension costs growing, threatening other services

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on July 27, 2010, at 10:50 p.m.
Within a few years, the state’s ability pay for its daily operations and invest in its future will be threatened by an obscure budget item that doesn’t pave a road, aid the needy, imprison a criminal or help a Maine kid pay for college.

Democratic Blaine House hopefuls' resumes examined

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on May 12, 2010, at 8:18 p.m.
One takes credit for leading the fight to save the Maine forests. One takes credit for lowering Mainers’ taxes. One takes credit for cleaning up a Maine river. One takes credit for housing the old and the poor all across Maine.

GOP candidates’ resumes prove mostly accurate

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on May 11, 2010, at 10:06 p.m.
The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has checked documents, scoured the Internet and conducted interviews …

Group asks AG to probe official of First Wind

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on May 06, 2010, at 11:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A citizens’ group has asked Maine’s Attorney General to investigate former Public Utilities Commission Chairman Kurt Adams after revelations that he accepted a grant of “equity units” in a wind power company while still on the state’s payroll.
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Left to right: Public Utilities Commissioners Vendean Vafiades, Kurt Adams and Sharon Reishus listen to opponents and supporters of the Verizon-Fairpoint telecommunications merger during the PUC's public hearing on the matter at Bangor High School Thursday evening.   BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS   (WEB EDITION PHOTO)

Ex-PUC head enriched by utility company

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on April 21, 2010, at 8:20 p.m.
While he was Maine’s chief utilities regulator, Kurt Adams accepted an ownership interest in a leading wind energy company.
 
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