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PUC staff says benefits of Maine investing in natural gas capacity unlikely to exceed costs

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 01, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | A report issued Wednesday directs state regulators to move forward with caution when considering whether Maine electricity customers should help to pay for increasing natural gas pipeline capacity to the Northeast. If the Maine Public Utilities Commission assessed a new fee on ratepayers to buy up to …
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LePage to receive endorsement from NRA, other guns-rights groups on Thursday

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage tomorrow will receive the endorsement of the NRA and several other guns-rights advocates under the umbrella of the “Sportsmen for LePage Coalition” at a news conference in Hermon. LePage will be joined by Coalition chairman Jeff Zimba, National Rifle Association’s Maine liaison John Hohenwarter, Todd Tolhurst from the nonprofit group …
Sen. Susan Collins talks to supporters before she embarked on her statewide bus tour in August.

Collins calls rival campaign’s claim on her equal pay stance ‘ludicrous’

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 01, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
BANGOR | Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins blasted the recent campaign tactics of her Democratic opponent, Shenna Bellows, calling her rival’s claims “ludicrous” during a luncheon stop in Bangor on Wednesday. “Modern campaign cycles tend to be ruled by the caustic Internet slogan of the day,” Collins said in …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Sen. Emily Cain (left) listens as U.S. Sen. Angus King endorses her during a Wednesday press conference on the front steps of Fogler Library at the University of Maine in Orono.

Angus King endorses Emily Cain, stresses bipartisanship

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 01, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
ORONO | At an event to announce his endorsement of state Sen. Emily Cain in her bid to win Maine’s 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King re-enforced the Democratic candidate’s message that she can work across the aisle to get things …
From the community

Public Debate at Beal College

By Tegan Mills on Oct. 01, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Beal College, 99 Farm Road, Bangor, Maine For more information: 2079470643; bealcollege.edu Beal College will be hosting a debate between State Senate incumbent Geoff Gratwick and Cary Weston. The public is invited to attend the debate at the Beal College …
CAMPAIGN 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic nominee for governor in the 2014 election, talks with Bath Iron Works union representative Kelly Ammons of Topsham during a visit to the shipyard on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

National union leader visits Maine to back Michaud, condemn LePage ‘right to work’ push

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 01, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
BATH | The president of the nation’s largest unionized labor organization came to Maine on Wednesday to boost Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor, calling the congressman “a friend of the working people, whether they’re union or not.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined Michaud in two locations, …
CAMPAIGN 2014 | POLL QUESTION
Maine State House

Barely half of Maine’s legislative candidates tap public campaign fund, a record low since Clean Election Act passed

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 01, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The steady, precipitous decline in participation in Maine’s publicly funded election program continues this year, with only about half of all legislative candidates opting to forgo private campaign contributions. After bipartisan participation that surpassed 75 percent during the 2000s, more Maine legislative candidates in 2014 are turning …
Topsham's removal of political signs in the public right of way sparked a free-speech debate Monday. The signs were taken to the Public Works garage, above, where they were sorted. Most had been picked up by campaign officials or residents by Wednesday morning.

ACLU of Maine blasts Topsham’s removal of political signs from lawns

By Alex Lear on Oct. 01, 2014, at 12:18 p.m.
A free-speech debate erupted Monday after Topsham officials removed political campaign signs they said were planted illegally on public property. State law allows political signs to be placed in a public right-of-way six weeks before an election. But Topsham’s local ordinance reduces the window to 30 days, …
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Mainers are missing a great debate

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 10:14 a.m.
Who said what about whom? What candidate is lying about the other candidate? What parties are nervous about which candidates? What debates will be attended by whom and why? Who is nice? Who is mean? Who is competent, and who is dumb? These are the questions those of us in …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland

Software developer, Green party activist challenge Senate president in Portland race

By David Harry on Oct. 01, 2014, at 8:05 a.m.
State Senate President Justin Alfond is opposed by a pair of familiar faces in his campaign for a fourth two-year term. The Senate District 27 Democrat is challenged by Republican Peter Doyle and Green Independent Asher Platts. Doyle ran unsuccessfully against Alfond in 2010; Alfond defeated Platts …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

U.S. Sen. Angus King reinforces Emily Cain’s bipartisanship message

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 7:17 a.m.
Independent Senator Angus King endorsed Democrat Emily Cain on Wednesday in her race to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. King reinforced Cain’s ability to work across the aisle — something she’s been pushing since at least the primary.

FCC considering petition to punish broadcasters for using ‘Redskins’ team name

By Alina Selyukh, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency’s chairman indicated on Tuesday. The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from …
Mary Mayhew

Maine lawmakers fault DHHS on answers to Riverview questions

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee reviewed Tuesday a list of written answers from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services regarding a host of issues at the state-owned Riverview Psychiatric Center. The 92-bed center treats and houses the state’s most violent mentally ill patients. …
Visitors tour the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor last year.

Official: Jackson Laboratory hopes to expand to China

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:25 p.m.
BANGOR | A top official for Jackson Laboratory was in Bangor on Tuesday to talk about the organization’s economic impact and some of its hopes for the future — including a possible expansion into China. As Charles Hewitt, the lab’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, sees it, …
Gov. Paul LePage, joined by his wife, Ann, discusses the need to combat domestic violence at a news conference Tuesday at the Blaine House in Augusta.

LePage praises donation to combat domestic violence, pushes mandatory minimum sentencing

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 30, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday praised a large donation to a leading anti-domestic violence group in Maine, and said the state must do more to eradicate abuse. LePage said that while there has been some movement to curb domestic violence, the state needs to do more. “We …
A black bear walks through brush in Hancock in this June 2014 file photo.

Bear referendum proponents sue Maine wildlife department for campaign activities

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 30, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
The group fighting to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife acted illegally in its campaign opposing the bear referendum. Question 1, the referendum to ban the use of bait, traps and dogs to hunt …
From the community

Senate Candidate Visits Local Seniors

By Charndra Michaud on Sept. 30, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
The Residence at Tall Pines is an Independent and Assisted Living community in Belfast for senior citizens. At The Residence, residents enjoy various activities, including something they call morning interlude. On Mondays and Fridays, residents get together over coffee and pastries to discuss various topics, including local and world news, …
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Susan Dench

Senate rejects LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to UMaine System board of trustees

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 30, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Senate Democrats on Tuesday rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees while unanimously supporting 50 other nominations to a range of boards and committees. LePage called the vote a display of “vitriolic partisanship” in a statement issued …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

Are the tides turning in Poliquin’s favor?

on Sept. 30, 2014, at 12 p.m.
A series of events this week and last appears to be putting Bruce Poliquin ahead of his opponent for the 2nd Congressional District seat, Emily Cain.
From the community

Question 1: A Panel Discussion on Bear Hunting

By Dup Crosson on Sept. 30, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Bath City Hall, 55 Front St, Bath, Maine For more information: 207-666-1118; fomb.org Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) as we begin our annual Speaker Series with Question 1: A Panel Discussion on Bear Hunting on Wednesday, October 8th at …
 
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