Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler talks with businesspeople at a Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce meeting in Millinocket on Thursday.

Cutler tells Katahdin-region business group not to rule out a national park, criticizes Cate Street

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 24, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler promised Thursday to personally lead an effort to revitalize the northern Maine economy as governor that could include a Katahdin-region national park. He also expressed doubts about the New Hampshire backer of a plan to build a specialized pellet mill in town. …
From the community

Mercy Hospital’s Sarah Vasil honored for work in sexual assault

Bangor Daily News on April 24, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Mercy Health System of Maine is pleased to announce that Sarah Vasil, RN, a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) in the Emergency Department, was presented with this year’s SAFE Award on April 1, at the annual Blaine House Tea on April 1. Her exceptional dedication and care for …
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Report: Roughly half of murders in Maine involve domestic violence, continuing years-old trend

By Mario Moretto on April 24, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Last year, about half of Maine’s 25 homicide cases involved domestic violence. The victims were intimately familiar with their attackers: They were spouses or siblings, parents or even children. In 2012, the figures were roughly the same, with about 44 percent of homicides in Maine involving family …
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Thursday thanked members of the four unions at Bath Iron Works for their endorsement of her 2014 senate campaign.

Four Bath Iron Works unions endorse Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ re-election bid

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday received the endorsements of all four unions at Bath Iron Works in her bid for a fourth term representing Maine in the U.S. Senate. According to Collins’ staff, this is the first time all four unions have made a joint campaign …
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine awards new contracts to 3 Medicaid rides brokers; firm at center of controversy loses out

By Scott Thistle on April 24, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — One of the companies at the center of a problematic transition for the state’s nonemergency Medicaid ride program will not have its contract renewed, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Coordinated Transportation Solutions, an Ansonia, Conn.-based company that also employs about 45 call …

Seventeen months after Mainers said yes, Maine GOP still says no to marriage equality

on April 24, 2014, at 7:44 a.m.
Maine people voted for marriage equality over seventeen months ago and there’s no evidence that gay people getting married has caused any straight people’s marriages to fall apart. My own marriage hasn’t suffered from my rabbi and her long-time partner getting married and I bet the other 299 or so …

Mississippi sets 20-week limit on abortions

By Reuters on April 24, 2014, at 7:08 a.m.
Mississippi will ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy from July, joining other conservative U.S. states that have placed restrictions on the procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in 1973 but the practice still polarizes U.S. society. A handful of states have in recent years enacted …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes bill to give lawmakers more say on $67 million tax increase for FairPoint

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 8:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill framed by supporters as an effort to protect cable, cellphone and land-line ratepayers from a proposed $67 million fee hike was vetoed Wednesday by Gov. Paul LePage, who said the bill does nothing to address the underlying problem. FairPoint Communications has a pending case before …
Fred Moore III

Tribal official facing charges in NY vows to take elver debate beyond Maine

By Bill Trotter on April 23, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
For the past several years, there has been a simmering dispute — sometimes boiling — between Maine state officials and the Passamaquoddy Tribe over the elver fishery. The state, citing concerns about the number of American eels, has sought to limit the tribe’s ability to issue licenses to its members …
State GOP Chairman Rick Bennett rallies the troops last yearat the Buker Community Center in Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage announced his re-election campaign.

After tea party uprisings in 2010 and 2012, Maine Republicans expect unity at Bangor convention

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Top party officials are promising unity at the Maine Republican State Convention this Friday and Saturday in Bangor. If the predictions are right, the event will be a much smoother gathering than the two prior conventions, which saw factionalism split the party along ideological lines. The push …
Paul LePage

Activists decry LePage veto of bill that would have stripped ‘trade secrets’ protection from industrial waste control plans

By Scott Thistle on April 23, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would have opened records on industrial hazardous waste and mercury emission control plans was vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Earth Day. Under current law the plans are protected as “trade secrets.” The bill, LD 1821, also would have upheld the current requirement …
From the community
Rep. Larry Dunphy (R-Embden) in the House Chamber.

Rep. Dunphy’s Bill to Help Anson-Madison Water District to Become Law

By David Sorensen on April 23, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
New law will allow town councils to fill vacancies on water district board of trustees AUGUSTA – A bill introduced by Rep. Larry Dunphy (R-Embden) to aid the Anson and Madison Water District has been signed by Governor Paul LePage and is expected to become law on July 30, or …
Republicans in the Maine Legislature rally outside the State House on April 4 for a series of bills proposed by Gov. Paul LePage aimed at changing the state’s welfare system.

LePage’s fine-avoiding ‘reforms’ have little to do with getting more recipients to work

on April 23, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
Convenient timing last week allowed Gov. Paul LePage to continue his disingenuous “welfare reform” campaign and bash his Democratic opponents for a lenient state welfare system. It’s the latest stage in a campaign that has misrepresented reality and emphasized a path to welfare “reform” that has more to do with …

Taking on the (pink) elephant in the room

on April 23, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
Perhaps the president of Dartmouth College has finally said what many other university administrators are feeling. Philip Hanlon didn’t mince words when he spoke to a group of student leaders, faculty and alumni earlier this month. He offered a withering critique of his own school, saying that its future “is …
Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe’s PAC gives money to Collins and Raye, likely to donate to congressional candidates from outside Maine

By Scott Thistle on April 22, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — When she retired in 2012, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, rolled about $500,000 of her last campaign war chest into Olympia’s List, a multi-candidate political action committee that’s meant to help moderates and those who seek common ground in politics. But so far the PAC has …
Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook

LePage vetoes bills to report on welfare misuse probes and refine freedom-of-access law

By Christopher Cousins on April 22, 2014, at 7:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to produce annual reports of investigations involving the misuse of public benefits and blamed Democrats for failing to find funding for it. LD 1829 was among three bills vetoed …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at an Earth Day press conference on Yarmouth waterfront on Tuesday. He blasted Gov. LePage's stance on renewable energy.

On Earth Day, Michaud takes digs at LePage’s environmental, energy record

By Mario Moretto on April 22, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud on Tuesday took several shots at Republican Gov. Paul LePage regarding the incumbent’s record on energy and environmental issues. Speaking during an Earth Day event organized by the Sierra Club of Maine at the Yarmouth Town Landing, Michaud said LePage has stood …

Michaud blasts LePage for not supporting renewables

By Troy R. Bennett on April 22, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Michaud, who is running for governor, blasts Gov. LePage for not supporting renewable energy options like wind and solar.
Maine School of Science and Mathematics Executive Director Luke Shorty

National magazine: Maine’s high schools rank among best in the US

By Christopher Cousins on April 22, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s education system earned accolades Tuesday from a national publication that says the state has some of the best high schools in the country and that, overall, Maine ties California for high quality high schools. The Maine School of Science and Mathematics ranked best in the state …

Congress takes up food-labeling fight

By Jim Spencer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on April 22, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The federal government and a number of states are on a collision course over labels for genetically engineered food. A bill introduced in the U.S. House earlier this month would ban states from passing food labeling laws. One that the Vermont Senate passed last week would require labels …
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