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MIKE TIPPING (blog)

LePage spokesperson filibusters on Sovereign Citizen meetings on 207

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 10:08 a.m.
Governor Paul LePage’s campaign strategist and spokesperson, Brent Littlefield, appeared on the TV show 207 last night to respond to my book, As Maine Went, which I discussed on the program a few weeks ago. It was a strange spectacle. During the seven-minute segment, Littlefield failed to refute a single fact …
Texas Governor Rick Perry leaves the booking area at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.

Indicted Texas Gov. Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

By Jon Herskovitz, Reuters on Aug. 20, 2014, at 7:51 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. “The actions that I took were lawful. They were legal …
Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers shows a cannabis plant at the Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show, a conference designed to teach individuals how to grow medical marijuana Saturday in Bangor.

Maine medical marijuana advocate objects to recreational legalization, calls plan ‘corporate give-away’

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Advocates for Maine’s medical marijuana caregiver industry said Tuesday they oppose a trio of ballot questions going before voters this fall in Lewiston, South Portland and York, seeking to make recreational marijuana use legal for adults under city ordinance. On Tuesday, Paul McCarrier, the legislative liaison for …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage gives raises to executive staff, withholds raises for 100 state attorneys

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 19, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Roughly 100 attorneys working for the state have been waiting nearly two months to receive substantial raises approved by the Legislature but held up by Gov. Paul LePage. The Legislature approved 4 percent raises for every district attorney, assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in the …
Lucas St. Clair pitches his proposal for a 150,000-acre national park and recreation area at a Penobscot County commissioners meeting in Bangor on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Penobscot County commissioners divided on whether national park would help faltering Katahdin region

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot County’s commissioners are divided on a proposal to establish a 150,000-acre national park and recreation area in the Katahdin region. Commissioner Peter Baldacci is vehemently supportive, arguing the park would boost the economy in a region where the historically dominant paper industry appears to be in …
Christy Daggett is a policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

Maine props up ‘two Americas’ with no Medicaid expansion

By Christy Daggett on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
The Affordable Care Act, as originally passed, holds tremendous promise to decrease health care costs and increase insurance coverage rates across rural states like Maine. But federal court opinions and repeated vetoes of Medicaid expansion are putting all that into jeopardy. Already, data is pointing to widening disparities between the …
EDITORIALS
Eliot Cutler (right), an independent running for governor, stands by as Sen. Angus King endorses him at a press conference on Monday in Bangor.

For meaningful Cutler endorsement, King needed to say why Michaud is undeserving

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
Did U.S. Sen. Angus King give fellow independent Eliot Cutler needed momentum with his endorsement as Maine’s 2014 campaign for governor enters its home stretch and Cutler fights his way out of third place? That’s the hope for Cutler and his campaign. King is among Maine’s most popular politicians, and …
Marijuana Policy Project holds a press conference before advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland on last month. The referendum will go to South Portland voters in November.

South Portland voters to decide fate of marijuana legalization ordinance

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Voters in South Portland will get to decide the fate of a marijuana legalization ordinance there this November, supporters of the measure announced Monday night. The Marijuana Policy Project and its backers are hoping to get similar legalization questions on the ballots in York and Lewiston, …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

Cutler launches first television ad campaign

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
One day after receiving the endorsement of fellow independent and U.S. Sen. Angus King, Eliot Cutler has gone live with his first TV advertisement. The ad, titled “Jobs & the Economy,” focuses on Cutler’s business pedigree by highlighting Maine Seafood Ventures, a Portland-based company Cutler and four partners founded after the 2010 …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

Bruce Poliquin’s Tea Party conundrum, plus 7 stories you need to read

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 8:42 a.m.
The latest salvo by Democrats against the Republican candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, Bruce Poliquin, came in an email yesterday, when Democratic Party officials again linked Poliquin to the Tea Party movement. The “is he or isn’t he?” question about Poliquin’s relationship with the Tea Party has simmered since …
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (from left), Maine Indian Education Superintendent Ron Jenkins, principal Mike Chadwick and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speak with reporters after a tour of Beatrice Rafferty School at Pleasant Point on Monday.

Obama sends 2 Cabinet secretaries to tour Passamaquoddy school

By Tim Cox on Aug. 18, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
PLEASANT POINT, Maine — President Barack Obama’s administration dispatched a pair of Cabinet secretaries to the easternmost region of the U.S. on Monday to get a firsthand look at a Passamaquoddy Tribe school that has been targeted for replacement. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan …
CAMPAIGN 2014 & VIDEO
Eliot Cutler (right), an independent running for governor, listens to Sen. Angus King endorse him at a press conference on Monday in Bangor.

King endorses fellow independent Cutler for Maine governor

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed fellow independent Eliot Cutler in this year’s gubernatorial race Monday morning at a news conference in Portland. The two independents emphasized Cutler’s business pedigree, and the advantages they said an independent can have as the top elected official in the state, such …
Eliot Cutler

Rumors swirl of Angus King endorsement for Eliot Cutler at Monday event

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 17, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
The events are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Portland and 2:30 p.m. in Bangor, with the venues yet to be determined, according to the campaign.
DOWNEAST TO DC (blog)

King’s endorsement can make difference for Cutler

on Aug. 17, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
Days before Election Day four years ago, Maine’s popular former governor and now U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, endorsed fellow independent Eliot Cutler in his bid for governor. Cutler came up just short when the votes were tallied, amassing 36.7 percent support to Republican Paul LePage’s 38.1 percent, and …
From the community
Author and historian Lynn H. Nicholas will speak about the Nazi plunder of vast collections of works of art during World War II on Monday, Aug. 18 at the Thomas Gates Community Center on the College of the Atlantic campus. The talk begins at 5 pm and is free and open to the public.

Nazi art plunder topic of COA event

By CollegeoftheAtlantic on Aug. 17, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-801-5623; news.coa.edu/2014/08/07/rape-of-europa-author-historian-to-speak-of-nazi-art-plunder-at-coa/ Author/historian Lynn Nicholas to detail how Nazi looting still looms over art world BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Author and …
A selection of tweets and Facebook posts shared by Maine political party and campaign operatives.

Social messaging in Maine’s political campaigns has become downright anti-social

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 17, 2014, at 7 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — In the battle to message voters, political campaigns and their supporters in Maine are increasingly turning to social media — including Twitter and Facebook — to promote candidates and causes. But, the ever-evolving and instant medium also presents pitfalls and problems that may cause more trouble than …
From the community

Waldo County Democrats hosting Meet the Candidates Pig Roast and Fundraiser.

By saboperez on Aug. 16, 2014, at 9:54 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Waldo County Democrats hosting Meet the Candidates Pig Roast and Fundraiser., 7 Sunken Bridge Road, Winterport, Maine For more information: Gary Ennis 852-5865; facebook.com/groups/254211059143/ Mike Michaud, Shenna Bellows and Emily Cain are scheduled to join Waldo County Democrats for a …
CAMPAIGN 2014 & ANALYSIS
Employees at Old Town Fuel and Fiber learned Wednesday night they would be indefinitely furloughed because of foreign trade and high fuel costs.

Gubernatorial candidates react to Old Town mill closure, show split on energy, jobs policies

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Everyone, from Republican Gov. Paul LePage to the employees of Old Town Fuel & Fiber, expressed shock at Thursday’s announcement that the mill has indefinitely ceased operations. Now, in the midst of a heated campaign year, the focus has shifted to what caused the closure and to …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage to Mass governor: Blocking regional natural gas expansion is ‘colossal mistake’

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is pressuring Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to show greater support for the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in New England, a project which all the other New England governors have supported. Late last year, the six New England governors agreed to jointly ask ISO-New …
POLLWAYS (blog)

Fewer Mainers were born in Maine. What does that mean politically?

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Maine is changing, with a population that has an increasing portion of people in the state who moved to Maine. A fabulous set of interactive graphics from the New York Times shows changes in the backgrounds of each states’ residents. Maine’s graph shows that, while native Mainers were a stable and …
 
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