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Former Rep. Kimberley Rosen launches campaign for Senate

Bangor Daily News on July 17, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Families in Senate District 8 will have the chance to return a proven leader to the Maine Legislature with former Representative Kimberley Rosen announcing her candidacy for State Senate. Kimberley Rosen will seek the Republican nomination at the July 20th caucus to replace incumbent Sen. Ed Youngblood who …
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Protestors hold up signs during a protest against the recent Supreme Court decision about birth control on Saturday outside the Bangor Hobby Lobby.

Why abortion could become a defining issue in Maine’s 2nd District race

By Nell Gluckman on July 17, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Social issues, in particular abortion, are poised to become part of the campaign narrative in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, with supporters of Sen. Emily Cain, the Democrat, and Republican Bruce Poliquin making plans to bring them to the fore. Voters in this congressional district, which includes Lewiston, …
Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Justin Alfond.

Top Democrats to LePage: Show us your plan to aid Maine nursing homes

By Mario Moretto on July 16, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The top two Democrats in the Legislature are calling Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s bluff on his repeated requests that lawmakers order a special session to provide more funds for Maine’s nursing homes. In a July 14 letter to Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, and House Speaker Mark …
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Bellows and Collins clash on vote to overturn Hobby Lobby ruling

on July 16, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
If you needed any evidence of how strange politics can turn during an election, look no further. Today, the U.S. Senate held a vote on a bill by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. The bill would have overturned the controversial Hobby Lobby decision, but it failed to gain the …
Richard Rosen

Study faults Maine for poor ‘rainy day’ planning, but lots of other states fare worse

By Christopher Cousins on July 16, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The balance in Maine’s rainy day fund has been the source of considerable State House drama in recent months, but a new study by a respected national group highlights that piling up cash reserves is not just political theater. The state’s rainy day fund is essentially state …
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Ted Nugent poses with a black bear he shot in Quebec in 2013.

Ted Nugent is the poster child for how not to fix Maine’s broken bear management

By Joel Gibbs on July 16, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
As a hunter in Maine for the past 40 years, I feel we have lost our way with game management. Over the years, I have watched as the management tactics and hunting laws have changed. In 2004, I watched a few too many well-meaning Mainers be badgered into believing bears …
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Police manual extremists asked LePage to change included reason for their arrests

on July 16, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
When they met with Gov. LePage, extremists asked him to change a manual on Sovereign Citizens used by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. As the Bangor Daily News and Mike Tipping reported, two individuals from that group were recently arrested. And, it turns out that a reason for their arrests …
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Two men who met regularly with Gov. LePage arrested for pursuing Sovereign Citizen beliefs

on July 16, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.
The Bangor Daily News today reports that Jack McCarthy, one of the members of the  Constitutional Coalition, a group of Sovereign Citizen conspiracy theorists who met with Governor Paul LePage at least eight times last year, was found guilty of two counts of operating a vehicle without a license in …
A map of the proposed town of Lyndon, which would secede from Caribou.

Group of rural taxpayers unveils plan to secede from Caribou

By Julia Bayly on July 16, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — If several fed-up Caribou taxpayers have their way, Aroostook County’s second-largest city would shrink in area by nearly 80 percent and lose a sizable chunk of its population. At Monday’s City Council meeting, the group unveiled its plan to secede from Caribou to form the new community …
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

Barney Frank in Brunswick: ‘The military is not a jobs program’

By John Swinconeck, The Times Record on July 15, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — In an area defined, in part, by shipbuilding and the 60-year legacy of a former air base, many would be cautious in broaching the subject of cutting military spending. Not so, for former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who called for decreased spending and investment elsewhere. …
Ann LePage, Maine's first lady, announced she will skydive Aug. 9 to raise money for the Northern Maine Veterans Museum & Community Center. She will jump alongside veteran Travis Mills, who will make his second jump since his 2012 injuries in Afghanistan that took both arms and both legs.

Maine’s first lady to skydive with disabled veteran

By Daniel Hartill on July 15, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Ann LePage, the wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, has plans to jump out of a plane next month for her favorite cause: veterans. She will be skydiving with members of an all-veteran parachute team, as well as with veteran Travis Mills, a quadruple amputee who will …
Steve Woods

Steve Woods’ decision to quit Yarmouth Town Council after June election upsets other members

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 15, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Town councilors said they were blindsided, but are coping with the resignation of former Chairman Steve Woods. Woods, who served as chairman for three years, ran unsuccessfully in the June 10 Democratic primary in state Senate District 25. He resigned from the council a day later. Woods’ …
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Phony facts, a fantasy Constitution and conspiracy mongering

on July 15, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
As the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan purportedly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.” Moynihan experienced people from across the political spectrum who made claims that had no basis in reality. In other words, they believed things that just aren’t so. How do …
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Emily Cain announces three-month fundraising total of $380,000 for congressional campaign

on July 15, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, who is running for the open 2nd Congressional District seat against Republican Bruce Poliquin of Oakland, announced Tuesday that she has raised nearly $380,000 in the second quarter of 2014, bringing her overall total for the 2014 election to more than $870,000. Cain’s second …

Oklahoma lawmaker wants quarantine of migrant children housed in state

By Heide Brandes, Reuters on July 15, 2014, at 5:34 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma state lawmaker called on Monday for the quarantine of unaccompanied immigrant children housed at an Oklahoma military base, but U.S. health officials said such a move was unnecessary. Republican State Rep. Mike Ritze sent letters to Gov. Mary Fallin and other officials asking them to …
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Sen. Edward Youngblood listens to Penobscot residents' concerns about a proposed state budget along with fellow state legislators during a town hall meeting at the Brewer auditorium in March 2013.

Sen. Ed Youngblood drops re-election bid, joining one-third of Maine legislators who will not return

By Mario Moretto on July 14, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — State Sen. Ed Youngblood announced Monday that he will not seek re-election this year. Youngblood, a Republican from Brewer, was elected most recently in 2012, but had served two previous terms in the Senate, from 2000 through 2004. He said Monday that his decision to leave results …
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud

Michaud fundraiser with Giffords spurs Maine GOP to question his commitment to gun rights

By Christopher Cousins on July 14, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s involvement in a fundraiser next month with a prominent national gun control advocate is triggering questions from Republicans about where the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who in the past has received support from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the National Rifle Association, stands …
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Assistant city clerks Alice Kelley (left) and Karen Morrill accept petitions as marijuana advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland on Monday.

Pot legalization advocates turn in petitions for referendum in South Portland

By Seth Koenig on July 14, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Marijuana advocates turned in 1,521 petition signatures seeking a legalization referendum in South Portland on Monday, marking a key milestone in what may be the Maine effort’s toughest battle yet. While the Marijuana Policy Project and its coalition of supporters faced little in the way of …
Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman

Heated contests likely in races to succeed Portland city councilors who aren’t seeking re-election

By David Harry on July 14, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Nomination papers are available for candidates to be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 city election. Early interest suggests two City Council races, in District 4 and District 5, will be lively. Councilors Cheryl Leeman, of District 4, and John Coyne, District 5, last month announced …
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Rep. Hubbell appointed chair of school funding commission

By Amy Sylvester on July 14, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA – Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, has been appointed House chair of a new commission to study Maine’s school funding formula. “The funding formula is a complex subject area that has a far-reaching, critical impact on our schools,” said Rep. Hubbell. “I am honored to serve on this important …
 
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