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Susan Dench

Democrats reject LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench for UMaine board of trustees

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 26, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrats on the Legislature’s Education Committee voted unanimously to reject Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees after a contentious hearing on Friday. The 8-5 party-line vote goes to the full Senate on Tuesday. Dench, of Falmouth, is …

Maine regulators asked to decide whether to charge electricity ratepayers for natural gas expansion

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has asked Maine regulators to make up their minds by the end of November about charging electricity ratepayers a new fee to pay for new natural gas capacity. The company, owned by Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan, on Thursday submitted to the …
From the community

Maine Tourism wins 2 national awards for destination marketing

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Two 2014 Mercury awards were presented to the Maine Office of Tourism during the U.S. Travel Association’s annual ESTO conference in August. The National Council of State Tourism Directors recognized Maine for excellence and creative accomplishment in the Digital Campaign and Travel Website categories. A total of …
Rep. Brian L. Jones, D-Freedom

Waldo County lawmaker charged with indecent conduct

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
FREEDOM | A Democratic lawmaker from Waldo County was arrested Monday night after a Maine state trooper allegedly caught him engaged in a sexual act in a van at the West Gardiner Park & Ride. Brian Jones, 56, of Freedom was charged with indecent conduct and failure to give …
People play Texas Hold'em at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor last year.

Maine has room for one or two more casinos, study suggests

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 02, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A new study commissioned by the Legislature suggests the state could sustain another casino or two depending on the size and location. The study released Aug. 30 shows the state’s economy easily could handle one more casino as long as it is in southern Maine, which likely …
CAMPAIGN 2014
A sign in Arrowsic  urges voters to exercise their right to vote in special Maine Senate District 19 election in August 2013.

What you need to know about Maine’s upcoming elections

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 31, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA | On Nov. 4, Maine will elect a governor and three of its four members of Congress. The state’s voters also will again decide whether to ban bear baiting and settle six bond questions. Here are status reports on those key elections as the Pine Tree State’s political …
From the community

Maine Rep. Michael Devin named Henry Toll Fellow

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Rep. Michael G. “Mick” Devin is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments‘ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.  The Class of 2014 Toll Fellows represents 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage gives raises to executive staff, withholds raises for 100 state attorneys

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 19, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Roughly 100 attorneys working for the state have been waiting nearly two months to receive substantial raises approved by the Legislature but held up by Gov. Paul LePage. The Legislature approved 4 percent raises for every district attorney, assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in the …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Ben Grant (right), chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, speaks at the start of the 2014 Maine Democratic Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday, May 30.

Maine Democrats attack GOP for ‘desperate’ tactics used to recruit legislative candidates

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 14, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
LEWISTON | The Maine Democratic Party accused Maine Republicans on Wednesday of shady recruiting methods in the GOP’s quest to find candidates to challenge incumbent Democrats in the state Legislature, including one House District seat in Lewiston. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant pointed to three House District races, …
From the community

International Marine Terminal bids received

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 13, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Project bids were received this morning at MaineDOT headquarters in Augusta for the contract to expand the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street in Portland.The apparent low bidder is Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham, with a low bid of $8.6 million. This is approximately $900,000 or 9 percent less …
Ed Legg

Former state lawmaker Ed Legg, advocate for education and the environment, remembered as ‘a brilliant man’

By Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star on Aug. 12, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
KENNEBUNK | A family man. A brilliant man who understood politics and so much more. A Texan with a passion for Maine. Ed Legg was all those things, friends said Monday, and the state of Maine and the Kennebunk community are poorer for having lost him. Legg died suddenly …
From the community

Maine DOL launches post-college employment data dashboard

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 11, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information has developed a new data system that measures the employment outcomes of college graduates. The system, which took three years to develop, links the records of University of Maine System and Maine Community College System students …
From the community

Gov. LePage names Aug. 16 Maine Day

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has proclaimed the third Saturday of August as Maine Day. This year, August 16 will be a day to celebrate the State of Maine by encouraging people within and outside the State to try Maine-made food and beverage, and recognize the Pine Tree State as a great place …
POLL QUESTION
Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland.

Democrats: LePage won’t try to recoup more than $400,000 paid for plagiarized study

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A long-delayed meeting between Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday focused on the canceled Alexander Group contract and problems between the federal government and Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, two issues that have been simmering controversies for months. Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves …
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Maine Rep. Victoria Kornfield, D-Bangor

Changes to education law went into effect Aug. 1

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
By the Maine Legislature House Democratic Office AUGUSTA, Maine — This year’s legislative session yielded high results with initiatives to improve Maine education, from laws to feed hungry students and improve early education to extending financial aid for higher education. These laws went into effect Aug. 1. One law will help …
From the community
Rep. Aaron Frey, D-Bangor, is serving his first term in the Legislature and represents part of Bangor. He serves on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee.

New law to crack down on predatory lending to take effect Aug. 1

on July 31, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A measure to curb online predatory lending goes into effect Aug. 1. Under current law, unlicensed online lenders are able to freely access borrowers’ bank accounts through U.S.-based middlemen who process electronic money transfers. The new law makes it illegal to process those electronic transactions. “Predatory lending hurts …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Maine House minority leader Ken Fredette

Republicans field 150 candidates for 151 seats in Maine House, but Democrats say it won’t be enough

By Christopher Cousins on July 29, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With fewer than 100 days until Election Day, campaigns by legislative candidates are heating up and naturally, both Republicans and Democrats in Maine say the political winds will blow in their favor come Nov. 4. House Republican candidates gathered at the State House on Tuesday to highlight …
From the community

Law expanding access to pre-K in effect Aug. 1

Bangor Daily News on July 29, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A new law that expands access to pre-Kindergarten programs in Maine goes into effect on Friday, according to the Maine Senate Majority Office. “Early education is crucial for children both in school and in life, and we are stronger as a community and a state when every …
Rep. Paul McGowan, D-Cape Neddick

First-term Rep. Paul McGowan dies unexpectedly

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Paul McGowan, a state representative who saw his signature cancer study legislation passed into law last year, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. The 67-year-old Cape Neddick resident recently had announced that he would not be seeking re-election because of increasingly worrisome health trouble, the exact …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage administration wants adults without children to work to get food stamps

By Lindsay Tice on July 23, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After a five-year break, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans once again to require childless adults to work in order to receive help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The department announced Wednesday that it will require work, …
 
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