Renee Ordway

Maine voters should be smart enough to look beyond secret recordings

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
This week brings proof that even the smartest among us are not immune to a “gotcha” moment. And with recording devices at our fingertips, “gotcha” moments have become the shining stars of political campaigns. There is little doubt that state Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor is a smart guy. He’s …
Austin Theriault, NASCAR driver and Fort Kent native, will drive this car promoting the state of Maine and several of its private companies in a nationally televised race on Sept. 20.

LePage, Theriault unveil Maine-branded NASCAR ride

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Alongside logos for nationally known brands like Hertz Rent-a-Car and Toyota, emblems for the state of Maine and several of its local companies will be seen zipping around a Kentucky racetrack this month at 185 mph. NASCAR driver Austin Theriault on Friday morning unveiled a Maine-branded car …

LePage objects to format of Portland energy forum, drops out

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An energy forum billed as the first time Maine’s three candidates for governor would speak in the same place did not come off as planned. Republican Gov. Paul LePage abruptly declined to participate in Friday morning’s forum about policy on home heating, energy and the environment. His …

Live coverage: Michaud and Cutler share energy, environmental policies; LePage refuses to participate

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 12, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates were slated to share the same stage for the first time during a Portland forum Friday morning, presenting their policy platforms on energy, the environment and Maine’s heating policy and programs. The forum is not a debate, but will give each candidate 30 …

Will 3rd place in governor race end up patronage appointee or scapegoat like Mitchell?

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
Cynthia: Mike, how long before we blame climate change or the war in the Middle East on Libby Mitchell? Mike: I don’t think anyone blames Libby as an individual for much of anything. Actually, I don’t believe anyone thinks about Libby at all nowadays. But I suppose a similar question …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler speaks with the media after a campaign stop at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Cutler defends Gratwick over ‘brain guy’ gaffe, decries use of out-of-context statements in campaigns

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 11, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler said Thursday he “feels badly” for state Rep. Geoffrey Gratwick, D-Bangor, whose conversation with a constituent was secretly recorded and released by the Republican Party earlier this week. Saying Gratwick was “a good guy caught in a bad system,” Cutler said he …
From the community

National Voter Registration Day

By swhplibrary on Sept. 11, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-244-7065; swharbor.lib.me.us Please join the Southwest Harbor Public Library in a national effort to strengthen our community by registering hundreds of voters on September 23, 2014, also …
U.S. Senator Rand Paul stopped by McLauglins Seafood to get lobster in Bangor on the second day of the 2014 Maine Republican Convention in April.

Lawmakers embrace fight against Islamic State, some question Obama plan

By David Lawder and Patricia Zengerle, Reuters on Sept. 11, 2014, at 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers say they are on the verge of taking a “war vote” as they consider whether to back President Barack Obama’s campaign to destroy Islamic State, and despite broad support for action many fear being drawn into a quagmire. The White House wants Congress to approve $500 …

Collins, King react to Obama’s new military campaign in Syria, Iraq

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 10:28 p.m.
Updated at 6:27 a.m. 9/9/11: This post was updated to provide more context regarding the mission in Syria and to compare it to last year’s debate. Maine’s two senators, both of whom serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee, offered preliminary support of President Barack Obama’s newly announced plan to strike …
State Sen. Garrett Mason

Lawmakers applaud study that says Maine could add 2 casinos, increase state gaming revenues

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 10, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The fight over how many casinos can operate successfully in Maine could be entering its final round with the completion of a study that recommends where gaming facilities could survive in Maine and — more importantly for lawmakers — how the state can capitalize. The Legislature’s Veterans …
From the community

Candidate Eliot Cutler at Bangor Chamber breakfast

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 10, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Hear from Eliot Cutler, Independent candidate for governor of Maine during Bangor Region Chamber’s breakfast. Dialogue facilitator John Porter. Time for questions and answers. Doors open at 7 a.m.; breakfast at 7:30 a.m.; and program 8-9 a.m. $17 for Chamber members; $22 for nonmembers. Click here to RSVP on-line. If you …

In TV debut, Cain goes positive

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
In her first TV ad, state Sen. Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate for Maine’s congressional district, emphasized her willingness to work across the aisle saying she’ll “work with anyone and everyone to get things done.” The 30-second ad, which was released Wednesday, is mainly positive. Against a backdrop of soft music …
York selectman Ron Nowell discusses his support for placing a marijuana legalization measure on the town ballot during an August news conference while fellow supporter Victoria Simon looks on. Nowell was in the minority as the town's Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 against placing the ordinance on the ballot on Monday.

York selectmen vote against placing pot legalization on the ballot a second time

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Sept. 10, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
YORK, Maine — Despite petitioners gathering enough signatures to get the question on the ballot without Board of Selectmen approval, York selectmen on Monday voted 3-2 against placing an ordinance legalizing marijuana before voters in November. Chairwoman Mary Andrews said she expected the question to go to voters despite Monday’s …
A screenshot from the Republican Governors Association ad that members of several liberal advocacy groups were discussing on the call.

Liberal group presses investigation, firing of conservative think tank staffer for secretly recording strategy call

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 10, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A liberal advocacy group is pressing for an investigation by Maine’s attorney general into a conservative think tank which secretly recorded an invitation-only conference call held last week by several immigrants’ rights activists. Maine People’s Alliance, one of the groups that participated in the call, wants an …

Michaud’s brains, experience and ideas

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
Maine political media are a-flutter with the news of the tape of Sen. Gratwick telling a constituent that Mike Michaud is “good, he’s good, he’s strong, high average but not a brain guy.” (As the full quote shows, Gratwick certainly did not say Michaud is not smart. And that’s from a …
President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to discuss his plan to combat Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria September 9, 2014.

Ahead of speech, Obama briefs Congress on Islamic State strategy

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason, Reuters on Sept. 10, 2014, at 7:42 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told leaders of Congress on Tuesday that he did not need for them to authorize his strategy to fight Islamic State, ahead of a speech to Americans that may herald expanded operations against the group in Iraq and perhaps Syria. Obama’s White House speech at …
Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick, D-Bangor

Will person-to-person Maine politics be the next victim of secret smartphone recordings?

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 10, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — It was only a few years ago that if you wanted to record something, you needed a video camera or a tape recorder. Now that just about anyone with a cellphone has those capabilities, public figures ranging from police officers to politicians are learning that they have …
A sign outlining Planned Parenthood's buffer zone is shown in Portland in June.

Portland attorney suggests Planned Parenthood, not city, pursue buffer zone

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 09, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A City Council subcommittee delayed its decision on whether to seek alternatives to an abortion clinic buffer zone after attorneys advised that there’s little the city could do that would survive a legal challenge. But while the city’s hands may be tied from a legal perspective, city …
Kristen Miale (left) and Melissa Huston enjoy their school lunches at Bangor High School on Tuesday as part of a legislative task force presentation to end school hunger.

Bangor schools showcase academic success despite high poverty rate

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 09, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Children living in poverty often are hungry, which hurts their ability to do well in school. That does not seem to be happening in Bangor, where the academic success of local students despite a high poverty rate has drawn the attention of a legislative task force looking …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage, head of DHHS oppose do-not-resuscitate order in shaken baby case

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage and the head of the Department of Health and Human Services spoke out Tuesday against actions taken recently by DHHS to secure a do-not-resuscitate order for a brain damaged baby from a District Court judge over the objections of the child’s mother. An appeal …
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