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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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Diane Jackson

Diane Jackson joins Maine DECD as business account executive

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul R. LePage on Wednesday welcomed Diane Jackson of Oxford to his team of business account executives within the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. “Diane is a terrific addition to our team,” said Gov. LePage, in a press release. “She has owned and operated a small …
Scaffolding around the State House Dome, seen here Tuesday, will be a regular sight through October, as contractors work to replace the more than 100-year-old weather-damaged and oxidized copper patina with a shiny new one.

Old copper from State House dome may be available for Maine artists

By Mario Moretto on July 22, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine artists may have a chance to get their hands on a bona fide piece of state history if a proposal pending before a legislative leadership panel wins approval Thursday. As work continues to replace 7,000 square feet of more than 100-year-old copper on the Maine State …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage to unveil plan to give more money to Maine’s nursing homes

By Mario Moretto on July 17, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage will announce a plan on Thursday afternoon to give additional state funding to Maine’s struggling nursing homes. It’s unclear exactly how much funding will be announced, or its source, but it appears that LePage and Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew may have …
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 | 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 …
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 | 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 …
CAMPAIGN 2014
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 | 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 …
From the community

State Education Board welcomes new leadership

on July 08, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine State Board of Education has new leadership, having elected Peter E. Geiger as chair and Martha J. Harris as vice-chair.   Geiger, of Lewiston, had previously served as vice-chair and replaces outgoing chair Nancy Perkins, who will remain on the board. He is the Executive Vice …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks during the 2014 Maine Republican Convention.

Group that met with LePage denies terrorist links

By Christopher Cousins on July 01, 2014, at 7:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The group with alleged ties to domestic terrorism that met eight times with Gov. Paul LePage in 2013 consists of four Maine men who believe their constitutional rights have been violated. The little-known Maine Constitution Coalition was thrust into the state and national spotlight Monday when Mike …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage denies he discussed ‘executing’ Maine Democratic leaders

Bangor Daily News on June 30, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
BANGOR | In two calls Monday evening to the Bangor Daily News, Gov. Paul LePage vehemently disputed assertions made by a liberal blogger in a forthcoming book that LePage made references in 2013 to executing Maine’s speaker of the House and Senate president. “I was never in the room …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler speaks at Gomez Park on the Bangor waterfront in May.

Cutler says he can pay for his education plan

By Scott Thistle on June 03, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
PORTLAND | Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler rolled out his education platform during stops in Bangor and Portland on Tuesday. Cutler, from Cape Elizabeth, is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Maine’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat from East Millinocket. Michaud is leaving …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage tells Democratic leaders to butt out of Alexander Group contract controversy

By Mario Moretto on June 02, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Marine — In a strident letter delivered Monday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage told Democratic legislative leaders not to “stick their noses” into executive branch business. The letter was a response to one sent to the governor last week by Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, and House Speaker Mark Eves, …
PINE TREECONOMICS (blog)

State Senator Andre Cushing overstates effectiveness of Right to Work and tax incentives

on May 30, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
IN an op-ed piece published today, Sen. Andre Cushing overstates the effectiveness of right to work legislation and tax incentives in generating economic growth and employment.  He writes: The bill’s goal: provide a number of proven incentives to entice large companies as other states have done. Among them: • Eligibility …
From the community

Award presentations highlight Deaf Culture Week in September

Bangor Daily News on May 29, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened seeks nominations for the annual awards presented during the state’s Deaf Culture Week celebration. The 2014 tea in celebration of Deaf Culture Week will take place 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the State House …
Rhode Island welfare consultant Gary Alexander presents his Medicaid expansion feasibility study to lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Committee, including (from left) Reps. Carol McElwee, R-Caribou, and Ann Dorney, D-Norridgewock, and Sens. James Hamper, R-Oxford, and Colleen Lachowicz, D-Waterville, in January.

Alexander Group revives plan to cap local assistance programs; towns wary of cost shift

By Christopher Cousins on May 17, 2014, at 7:19 a.m.
AUGUSTA | New recommendations floated Thursday by the Alexander Group for changes to Maine’s statewide General Assistance system are causing a sense of deja vu among municipal officials who say the ideas aren’t new and are geared toward the simple goal of ending the state’s financial support of the …
From the community

Maine Child Care Licensing adding 16 investigators

Bangor Daily News on May 14, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine –  The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has announced that its Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services has begun hiring additional investigators to ensure that licensed child care providers abide by state regulations and provide a safe environment for the children in their care.Kenneth Albert, director of …
From the community

Reps. Gideon and Dorney to receive Harm Reduction Hero awards

Bangor Daily News on May 12, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Representatives Sara Gideon and Ann Dorney will be presented Harm Reduction Hero awards at the second annual Maine Harm Reduction Conference. The Maine Harm Reduction Conference is an opportunity for medical, social service, and public health providers as well as advocates and community members to connect and learn about …
Governor Paul LePage

State blocking use of EBT cards at liquor store, casino and strip club ATMs under 2-year-old law

By Christopher Cousins on May 12, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Department of Health and Human Services has begun blocking the use of EBT cards at ATMs in or near certain establishments under the provisions of a two-year-old law that makes the transactions illegal. The LePage administration said Monday that DHHS has already blocked EBT card use …
Jim Rier is Maine's commissioner of education.

School report cards to be released starting May 13, will include data on school poverty levels

By Nell Gluckman on May 10, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s Department of Education will release controversial school report cards in the coming week, assigning a letter grade to each of Maine’s public schools and districts. The grades are based on how well students performed and improved on standardized tests. Schools will get their grade of A-F …
 
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