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Gov. Paul LePage

Politicians to converge on Katahdin region Wednesday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 31, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage will hold a town hall-style meeting about the direction of Maine’s economy right on the heels Wednesday of a congressional field hearing in neighboring East Millinocket dealing with a proposed national monument and a related forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.
POLLWAYS

These 3 choices will most shape the Clinton vs. Trump race

on May 31, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
Sanders must decide how he’ll end his campaign. The Sanders and Clinton camps need to make amends. And Trump needs to focus on how he’ll run his campaign.
STATE & CAPITOL

Independents crashing the (political) party in Maine legislative races

on May 31, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where it’s looking more and more like marijuana won’t be legalized in Maine without a fight against it. On a November ballot that’s packed with interesting initiatives, marijuana legalization is likely to garner a lot of attention. Proponents of legalization are well established and well funded …
POLLWAYS

These two videos show how Clinton will clinch the Democratic nomination on June 7

on May 30, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
Only a few contests remain in the Democratic nomination schedule. The Virgin Islands will vote on June 4, followed by Puerto Rico on June 5. The final primary is June 14 in Washington, D.C. Between those are the contests of June 7 in New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, …
A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively.

How the presidential candidates’ retirement programs stack up

By Moneytips.com on May 30, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Here are the stances of the three major candidates on retirement issues.
A "Senate Gallery Open" sign can be seen in Augusta in this June 2015 file photo.

The stakes are high in 10 Maine Senate primaries

By Michael Shepherd on May 30, 2016, at 9:13 a.m.
The 10 Maine Senate nominations to be decided on June 14 will either alter the campaign calculus for determining control of the next Senate or pick runaway general election favorites.
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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson gives acceptance speech during National Convention held at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida, May 29, 2016.

Gary Johnson cinches Libertarian Party presidential nomination

By David Weigel, Washington Post on May 29, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
The former New Mexico governor won the Libertarian Party’s nomination Sunday, fending off five rivals from different factions on two closely fought ballots and securing more than 55.8 percent of the vote.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a meeting with community leaders in Oakland, California, May 27, 2016.

Hillary Clinton just had the Worst Week in Washington

By Chris Cillizza, Washington Post on May 29, 2016, at 2:43 p.m.
Hillary Clinton initially sought to downplay the inspector general report as old news. But it was exactly what she didn’t need as she tries to close out Bernie Sanders.
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at a campaign rally in The Villages, Florida, March 13, 2016.

Marco Rubio warms to Donald Trump, but won’t be his vice president

By Patrick Rucker, Reuters on May 29, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
Rubio, who clashed bitterly with Trump in the brutal race for the Republican nomination, said his policy differences with the real estate mogul were too great for him to join the ticket.
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at  William S. Cohen School in Bangor on May 25, 2016.

LePage administration makes it easier for veterans to get work licenses

By Dawn Gagnon on May 29, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
Laws signed by the governor in 2012 and 2013 have made it quicker and easier for veterans with relevant military training and experience to obtain occupational licensing.
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Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the third graders at the Brewer Community School on April 2, 2016, following the signing of LD 1609. The bill made the American lobster the official crustacean of Maine.

Can Maine make schools better by raising income tax on high earners?

By Christopher Cousins on May 29, 2016, at 8 a.m.
Voters in November will be asked again whether they want state funding for education to reach 55 percent. This time the referendum identifies a funding source.
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah

A Q-and-A with the Utah congressman who will run the East Millinocket national monument hearing

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 27, 2016, at 5 p.m.
The 64-year-old got beyond sound bites in an interview to explain his philosophy pertaining to national monuments and parks.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on May 27, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage administration taps 2 bureaucrats to lead Maine CDC

on May 27, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has promoted two employees to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a memo to staff obtained by the Bangor Daily News. It said Sheryl Peavey is the CDC’s new chief operating officer in charge of “day-to-day operational decision-making” and Dr. Chris Pezzullo will “inform …

Judge reverses ruling on Libertarians’ bid to become Maine political party

By Christopher Cousins on May 27, 2016, at 12:56 p.m.
Libertarians in Maine scored a partial victory in federal court Friday and, as a result, have a second chance to complete an enrollment drive that was deemed insufficient last year by the Maine secretary of state’s office.
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Habib Dagher, director of University of Maine advanced structures and composites sector, speaks to the crowd during a trip to celebrate the first year of the University of Maine's floating wind turbine, VolturnUS, in Castine, Sept. 5, 2014.

UMaine offshore wind project in line for full federal funding

By Darren Fishell on May 27, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
The DOE announcement marks a vote of confidence in the concept of floating offshore wind turbines rather than other concepts, such as tethering or anchoring them to the ocean floor.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage plays politics with threat to bring Legislature back for special session

on May 27, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digging out from Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall meeting on Wednesday in Bangor. There, he admitted being wrong on his debunked story about a Portland high school student overdosing on heroin. But he also said he was considering calling the Legislature back into …

Why Democrats should keep Maine House in 2016

By Michael Shepherd on May 27, 2016, at 6:06 a.m.
While this could change, this is our best look at the current state of play.
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Memorial Day is the meager gift we offer back to those who gave it all

on May 27, 2016, at 5:55 a.m.
If Memorial Day is about cookouts and blowout sales, we’re missing something — something big.
The audience of the day's second public forum on a monument proposed by Roxanne Quimby's family for lands east of Baxter State Park listens on May 16 at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Only monument opponents to speak during committee hearing in East Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 26, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage will be the first witness at a field hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources in which only opponents of a proposed North Woods national monument are scheduled to speak.