Gov. Paul LePage

Parity or parachute? Political appointees, LePage staff earned extra vacation time under new state policy

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 17, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A new policy instituted by Gov. Paul LePage in February substantially increased paid vacation time for 54 political appointees and governor’s office staff, by crediting prior, relevant work experience into how their time is accrued. For example, a political appointee employed by the state government for three …
From the community
Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor

Rep. Goode honored by Maine Primary Care Association

By Dan Ankeles on Sept. 17, 2014, at 8:09 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Rep. Adam Goode’s work on behalf of community health centers was honored Tuesday by the Maine Primary Care Association. “Community health centers play a vital role in making sure all Mainers have access to health care,” said Goode, D-Bangor. “Supporting their mission is important to me and …
Rep. Brian L. Jones, D-Freedom

Waldo County lawmaker charged with indecent conduct

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
FREEDOM, Maine — A Democratic lawmaker from Waldo County was arrested Monday night after a Maine state trooper allegedly caught him engaged in a sexual act in a van at the West Gardiner Park & Ride. Brian Jones, 56, of Freedom was charged with indecent conduct and failure to give …
Jim Rier

Maine panel begins assessment of controversial Common Core education standards

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A discussion about whether Maine will become the latest state to dump national Common Core public school standards began in earnest Tuesday at the hands of a fast-tracked new panel whose recommendations will go to the Legislature next year. Education Commissioner Jim Rier told the group Tuesday …
From the community

Sen. King office announces outreach hours

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced the constituent outreach hours for the end of September. Constituent outreach hours are part of Senator King’s “Your Government, Your Neighborhood” initiative and offer an opportunity for area residents to meet directly with a staff representative to discuss specific …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this Oct. 2, 2013 photo illustration.

Census: More Maine residents without health insurance

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
The share of Mainers without health insurance rose from 2012 to 2013, making the state one of just two nationally to record an increase, according to new U.S. Census data. The data was included in one of three health insurance surveys the federal government released Tuesday. Maine’s uninsured population rose …

Biologists discuss increasing bear populations at northeast conference

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
The growing black bear population in the northeast was a main topic of discussion at the Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee meeting on Aug. 27 and 28 in Front Royal, Virginia, according to a press release recently issued by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. For this annual two-day …
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveiled a 10-point healthcare plan in Portland on Monday which includes lowering costs by expanding Medicaid.

Building a healthy Maine: Michaud plan calls for comprehensive approach

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
A 10-point health care plan unveiled this week by Rep. Mike Michaud sets the right priorities by taking a holistic view of health and medical care. It aims to integrate health and wellness with education, workforce development, law enforcement and other areas of government. On a more tangible level, it …

Lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions

By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives will begin debating legislation Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria’s government. Republican lawmakers unveiled a measure, written with input from the White House, that would quickly provide the authority — …

Prominent Washington lobbyist Thomas Boggs Jr. dies at 73

By Casey Sullivan, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., who was a pioneer in melding the practice of law and lobbying and led the prominent Washington lobbying shop Patton Boggs for many years, died on Monday at age 73, his family said. Boggs, an influential figure in the U.S. capital for decades, died of an …

What the latest gubernatorial poll means for LePage, Cutler, Michaud

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
With Labor Day behind us and campaigning now in full swing, a new poll in Maine’s gubernatorial race paints the picture many pundits have predicted: Independent Eliot Cutler’s support continues to lag, but could still be enough to keep Republican Gov. Paul LePage in office thanks to the three-way race …

Talk show host Bill Maher endorses referendum to ban bear baiting in Maine

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
While visiting Portland to perform his stand-up act at Merrill Auditorium this weekend, famous comedian and television host Bill Maher issued a statement in support of the referendum to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps to hunt black bear in Maine, according to a press release issued today by Mainers …

Michaud unveils 10-point healthcare plan in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveiled a 10-point healthcare plan in Portland on Monday which includes lowering costs by expanding Medicaid.
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveiled a 10-point healthcare plan in Portland on Monday which includes lowering costs by expanding Medicaid.

‘We need to think about people not as a collection of ailments’: Michaud unveils his health care plan

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — As part of a wide-ranging 10-point health care plan he unveiled Monday, Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud reiterated his support for expanding Medicaid to 70,000 uninsured Mainers and making investments in preventative health care programs. The plan earned positive responses from health care advocates, though they …
York town officials and 16 White Birch Lane abutters take a site walk of the property to discuss the use of the proposed building.

Neighbors worry proposed York building will be expansion of controversial pot growing operation

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The York Planning Board on Friday morning took a site walk of 16 White Birch Lane, property located next door to a medical marijuana facility. Two neighbors also joined the walk to see where property owner Josh Stauble is seeking to build a 7,500-square-foot metal building next …
Nick Murray, a volunteer with the Marijuana Policy Project, waits outside of the York polls at York High School in hopes of collecting signatures from voters on June 10.

Dispute over town petitioning rules places pot legalization effort in jeopardy in York

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
YORK, Maine — A week after their petition was rejected by selectmen, marijuana supporters have yet to take their expected next step and submit a notarized version of the signatures to the town clerk’s office. The group is reviewing its legal options, said David Boyer, Maine director of the Marijuana …

Third candidate emerges in Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A third candidate has taken out papers in the race for two open city council seats. Theodore Berry of Crescent Street took out nomination papers Friday. He joins former Mayor William Clayton and Comprehensive Planning Committee Chair Valli Geiger, who also have taken out papers. The two …

Fighting words: the most common terms used in ads for Maine’s governor’s race

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
What do “welfare,” “work,” and “ideas” have in common? They’re all words Maine’s gubernatorial candidates are using — frequently — in television ads trying to win your vote. As the barrage of TV ads from Maine’s gubernatorial campaigns ramped up in September, I took a closer look at the words used in those 30-second television spots …

Dench unfazed by concern over UMaine trustees nod, plus 7 stories you need to read

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
A conservative activist and author tapped by Gov. LePage for appointment to the University of Maine System board of trustees, seemed unfazed by concerns that her views may be too extreme.

Why is Cutler so far back in the polls?

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.
As Mike Tipping writes today, the polls in the Maine governor’s race continue to show Cutler far back. How far back? The last three polls have Cutler at 11% (Public Policy Polling), 15% (Rasmussen) and 10% (YouGov). These polls, when such data are provided, show that Michaud would win against …
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