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Susan Corbett

This Washington County business shows just what access to capital can do

By Susan Corbett and Harold Clossey on April 11, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
The Maine Legislature is considering a bipartisan bond proposal that could jump-start innovative small businesses and make us more competitive with the rest of the country. LD 1827, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Small Business and Job Creation, was created by the Maine …
ARGUABLY (blog)

This Maine company is growing, and fast. But where will it find workers?

on April 11, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
Fluid Imaging Technologies in Scarborough has been hiring -- a lot. How does it attract employees, and what can the state learn from it?
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Jackie Barden listens to her husband Mark speak at Portland City Hall on July 6, 2013 as he called for expanded background checks for prospective gun buyers. The Barden's son, Daniel, was one of 20 first-graders murdered  at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Maine should hold statewide vote on universal background checks for gun sales

By Mary Anne Royal on April 11, 2014, at 8:37 a.m.
Six votes. Six. That is what it took to defeat the most reasonable national approach to reducing gun violence in America: a simple measure that would make it more difficult to get a gun if you should not be sold one. But today, anyone that should not have a gun …
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Lisa Morris, assistant professor at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine

I almost lost my USM teaching job, but I think the budget reductions offer an opportunity

By Lisa A. Morris on April 11, 2014, at 7:30 a.m.
I was almost one of the University of Southern Maine faculty members laid off last month as part of the university’s response to a $14 million budget shortfall. Instead, I’m being reassigned, saved ultimately by the retirement of another faculty member in another department. While my job at USM has …
FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)

USM and UMS student groups rally in downtown Portland

on April 11, 2014, at 12:07 a.m.
Around noon on Thursday, roughly two hundred supporters for #USMFuture and #UMaineFuture rallied in downtown Portland to spread awareness and advocacy for their cause.               As I meandered through the crowd taking pictures I was handed a flier which explained who the two groups are and …
FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)

USM and UMS student groups rally in downtown Portland

on April 11, 2014, at 12:07 a.m.
Around noon on Thursday, roughly two hundred supporters for #USMFuture and #UMaineFuture rallied in downtown Portland to spread awareness and advocacy for their cause.               As I meandered through the crowd taking pictures I was handed a flier which explained who the two groups are and …
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Assistant House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe

Want to support 1,800 jobs? Pass this water infrastructure bond

By Jeff McCabe and Kenneth Fredette on April 10, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.
Here’s a proposal with something for just about everyone. It’s about clean water, natural resources, public safety and jobs, among other things we can get behind. LD 1455 is a $50 million bond proposal that would provide much-needed investment in Maine’s clean water infrastructure. It’s a measure that would have …
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In this January 2014 file photo, Sgt. Robert Elliot tries to organize hundreds of people headed through security screening at the State House in Augusta before a Maine People's Alliance rally urging legislators to make accepting federal Medicaid funds and expanding health care a top priority.

Remove one big barrier to reaching the American dream. Expand Medicaid

By Diane Scalia on April 10, 2014, at 5:59 p.m.
Historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase “American dream” in 1931. He wrote that what attracted immigrants to America was the “dream of being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social …
EDITORIALS
The waterfront in Eastport in late March.

How politicians can help keep Maine’s waterfronts working

on April 10, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
In May 2012, Gov. Paul LePage squandered a chance to show Maine is committed to investments in research and development that offer researchers and entrepreneurs the tools needed to hone ideas and develop them into marketable products. That’s when he vetoed a bond that would have provided $20 million to …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (blog)

EBT photo ID

on April 10, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
Welfare fraud becomes the LePage campaign’s signature issue.
CHRIS BUSBY (blog)

How to put up a sign in Portland. Wait. What were the rules again?

on April 10, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
Is the city of Portland’s Inspections Division biased against gay business owners, or is it just another maddeningly dysfunctional bureaucracy? That’s the question raised by an incident this past winter involving a sidewalk sign advertising an antique shop downtown. After researching this matter for several days, I believe I have …
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It’s intellectually dishonest to say Medicaid, or any one program, will bankrupt the state

By Matt Dunlap on April 10, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
It had been one of those typically long days in Augusta, a day that had run long into the evening. Patiently, I waited my turn before the Appropriations Committee. At the time, I was the House chair of the fish and wildlife committee and was carrying forward my committee’s unanimous …
RED207 (blog)

Beware the perils of fake bipartisanship

on April 10, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
Not all bipartisanship is created equal: There’s real bipartisanship and fake bipartisanship. There was plenty of both on full display in the Legislature this week. In real bipartisanship, both sides actually come together to solve a problem. They negotiate to find a solution that both of them can support. They …
LETTERS

Friday, April 11, 2014: McCutcheon, heart disease, funding for HIV and AIDS prevention

on April 10, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
Free speech The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling is an abomination not merely because it allows the rich to have disproportionate influence on the political process of our country. No, the decision is simply an assault on the very founding principles of the Constitution — something those 12 sages are supposed …
DANA MILBANK
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks with Major Garrett on "Face the Nation" in Washington, in this undated handout photo courtesy of CBS News received on February 2, 2014.

Republicans kiss votes from women goodbye

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on April 10, 2014, at 7:05 a.m.
This was not the way Republican leaders had planned to observe Equal Pay Day. On the eve of Tuesday’s commemoration — the day symbolizing how far into 2014 women must work to catch up to the wages men earned in 2013 — a small newspaper in Louisiana, The Ouachita Citizen …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (blog)

The sky’s the limit

on April 09, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court last Wednesday struck down a key pillar of federal campaign finance law by allowing donors to give money to as many political candidates, parties and committees as they wish. Should make for an interesting campaign season.
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PreK is a smart, imperative investment in Maine’s economic future

By Dana Connors and Steve Rich on April 09, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
All Maine parents want bright futures for their children. All Maine employers want prosperous futures for their businesses and employees. These employers know that to accomplish this they need to find and retain bright, hardworking, conscientious, qualified employees. The Maine State Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that education is the …
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In this March 2014 file photo, Instructor Peta Howlett practices her moves during an International Women's Day event at a women's-only pole dancing fitness studio called Studio Exclusive.

Maine should strengthen reproductive health, fund bill to expand access to care

By Michelle Shore on April 09, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Recently the Maine Legislature passed LD 1247, an act to expand access to MaineCare-funded family planning services to childless adults with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. It awaits funding. Maine policy allows women to access publicly funded health care to cover the medical costs associated …
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Rep. Stanley Short, D-Pittsfield

The personal, universal reasons behind an effort to cover bone marrow testing in Maine

By Stanley Short Jr. on April 09, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
Sometimes just a simple test can save a person’s life. In 1987, Eric Hapworth, a young man, husband and father, went through a physical that was necessary so that he could work at Maine Yankee during a shutdown. He did not pass the physical and after a few tests he …
EDITORIAL
L.L. Bean's Bangor call center, where employees receive orders from across the globe, seen in a February 2012 photo.

LePage should veto Troy Jackson’s protectionist call center bill

on April 09, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
What if one particular industry that performed a specific type of service were subject to state requirements and potential fines that applied to no other industry when it came to notifying the state of plans to relocate operations offshore? What if businesses in that one particular industry — and no …
 
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