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STATE & CAPITOL

Longtime LePage antagonist asks feds to probe Maine warden service

on July 18, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where great music is cheap. With my car in the garage, I’m driving my sister’s for the day and I noticed that she has a (an?) “A Decade of Steely Dan” CD in her car with the price tag still on it: $2.97. That’s a lot of …
Speaker of the House Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, talks on the phone in the State House in Augusta, Jan. 14, 2016.

Why it looks like Maine’s lame-duck House speaker is campaigning

By Christopher Cousins on July 18, 2016, at 7:04 a.m.
House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, has less than six months left in office before being forced out by Maine’s term limits law, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him lately.
A trash truck driver prepares to dump his load of municipal solid waste at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington on Sept. 17, 2009.

The long history of lobbying behind Maine’s trash fight

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
In large part, these efforts centered on the same bills, setting restrictions on new landfill capacity, influencing the state’s waste management priorities and attempting to create new incentives for energy generated from trash.

Recent shootings heighten security concerns at Republican convention

By Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson, Reuters on July 17, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s police union called for the suspension of a state law allowing people to carry firearms during the Republican National Convention, but Ohio’s governor said he was powerless to act despite heightened security concerns with the killing Sunday of three police officers in Louisiana. Republican Donald Trump seized …
Barricades are seen outside the Quicken Loans Arena as setup continues in advance of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 16, 2016.

In jittery Cleveland, all smooth so far as GOP convenes and security tightens

By Joel Achenbach, Washington Post on July 17, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
Welcome to the nervously anticipated, potentially Trumpocalyptic Republican National Convention.
POLL QUESTION
A Ted Cruz supporter shows his support during Maine State GOP Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this April 2016 file photo.

Will Maine’s ‘Never Trump’ delegates make noise in Cleveland?

By Michael Shepherd on July 17, 2016, at 7:19 a.m.
Much has been made of the “Never Trump” movement, even though the New York City billionaire has already won more than enough delegates to get the nomination.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds after introducing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (left) as his vice presidential running mate as Trump's daughter Ivanka (right) looks on in New York City, July 16, 2016.

Trump rolls out Pence as running mate with pointed contrasts to Clinton

By Jennifer Jacobs and Michael C. Bender, Bloomberg on July 16, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
Donald Trump strolled onto the stage for his first joint appearance with his running mate — solo.

Trump officially announces Pence as running mate

By Reuters on July 16, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump officially names Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate, saying he is much different from “Crooked Hillary Clinton.”
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (right) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (left) wave to the crowd before addressing the crowd during a campaign stop at the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana, July 12, 2016.

Trump announces Pence as running mate

By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu, Reuters on July 16, 2016, at 8:12 a.m.
Republican Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Friday helped bolster support among some conservatives skeptical about his policies, a crucial step as he prepares to accept the party’s nomination next week.
Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin

Maine lawmakers split on bill to block funding of new monuments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 15, 2016, at 7:25 p.m.
The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that would block federal funding for new national monuments, including one in Maine.
A sample photo EBT card can be seen in Bangor in this April 2014 file photo.

Misprint on some Maine EBT cards lists phone sex line

By Kathryn Skelton on July 15, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
In a misprint on some cards, the number to report a lost or stolen card to DHHS is actually the number of a phone sex line.
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on July 15, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
A "finger" of heroin is carefully unwrapped from its paper backing at the state drug testing lab in Augusta on Aug. 12, 2015.

Maine county’s new approach to drug abuse goes beyond arrests

By Beth Brogan on July 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
In an effort to combat what Boothbay Harbor Police Chief Robert Hasch called “the problem of our time,” Lincoln County law enforcement and addiction treatment providers have undertaken a countywide collaboration designed to make drug treatment programs available locally to those suffering with addiction — particularly to heroin and other opiates.
STATE & CAPITOL

This former Maine congressman wants to do something nobody’s done in 136 years

on July 15, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
Without much fanfare, a former Maine congressman announced that he’s looking to re-enter the political arena this week. After another Republican dropped out, David Emery of Tenants Harbor, who represented Maine’s 1st District from 1975 to 1983, is the only person who has publicly expressed interest in the party’s nomination for a seat now …
STATE & CAPITOL

Doctors, police say LePage is wrong on opiate overdose antidote

on July 15, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where the news of Thursday was Gov. Paul LePage’s refusal to sign onto a compact from 46 governors about fighting opiate addiction. As you’d expect from something signed by almost all governors, the compact is non-controversial: It calls for reducing inappropriate opiate prescriptions, outreach efforts, reducing barriers to treatment and increasing access …
EDITORIALS

Maine has the money. It should send more of it to families on welfare

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 15, 2016, at 7:17 a.m.
The research is well accepted showing poverty has a negative effect on a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and long-term prospects.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

Dallas police chief has a challenge for protesters: ‘We’re hiring’

on July 15, 2016, at 5:54 a.m.
We need men and women to take personal responsibility for improving things in our towns, states, and nation. Want the job?
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg ‘regrets’ Trump criticisms

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on July 14, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them.”

New US bill to tax financial trading brings campaign issue to the fore

By Lisa Lambert, Reuters on July 14, 2016, at 5:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Wednesday unveiled legislation to tax financial trades that will likely wither in Congress but could stoke partisan fires in the presidential election. The Oregon Democrat’s bill would levy a 0.03 percent tax on most financial trades, and is intended to discourage “risky trading …

Obama to sign bill to battle heroin addiction

By Richard Cowan, Reuters on July 14, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will sign legislation passed by Congress aimed at combating a nationwide epidemic of heroin and other opioid addictions, the White House said Wednesday. After months of wrangling, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, 92-2, to pass the bill that has also been approved by the …