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Gov. Paul LePage

Lawmaker says LePage reaching out to job creators but not job seekers

By Eric Russell on Nov. 02, 2011, at 5:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State Rep. Andrew O’Brien sent a letter to Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday imploring him to meet job seekers in the wake of comments from the governor that some Mainers were staying on unemployment because the benefits are good. “He has implied that the unemployed are unemployed …
Kestrel Aircraft Co., whose planes can be seen in the foreground, has long been promoted as one of the centerpieces of the Brunswick Naval Air Station revitalization.

Officials explore tapping Saddleback program for Kestrel funding

By Beth Brogran, Times Record on Oct. 27, 2011, at 2:19 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Since Kestrel Aircraft Co. founder Alan Klapmeier told The Times Record last week that some of the 300 to 600 jobs he initially expected to create in Maine might instead be located elsewhere, Maine lawmakers and redevelopment officials have scrambled to address Klapmeier’s concerns. On Wednesday, Sen. …
Executive Protection Unit Detective Gerald Coleman and Gov. Paul LePage help unload food donated by Occupy Augusta, a political group that protests corporate greed and other issues.

Occupy Augusta members donate to LePage’s food drive

By Heather Steeves on Oct. 22, 2011, at 3:33 p.m.
People of different ages and political beliefs went to the Blaine House on Saturday afternoon to give to a common cause: Maine’s hungry. Even the political group Occupy Augusta, which has about 30 people camping a stone’s throw from the governor’s home, stopped by for Gov. Paul …
Gov. Paul LePage

Job training boards spend only 20% of funds on job training, LePage says

By Eric Russell on Oct. 07, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday called “almost criminal” the fact that last year only 20 percent of federal job training funds for Maine was spent on actual job training. On Friday, some of those who manage the funds countered that the governor made assumptions about their work …

As leftover bond proposals get another look, will the state consider more borrowing?

By Eric Russell on Sept. 26, 2011, at 8:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers heard testimony Monday on six bond proposals representing more than $200 million, but there was no consensus on whether those or any other borrowing scenarios would get support when the Legislature convenes in January. All six bills that were discussed Monday were carried over from the …
This shuttered paper mill in East Millinocket and the one in Millinocket were purchased by New Hampshire investor Cate Street Capital on Friday, Sept.16.

It’s official: NH investor buys 2 Katahdin region paper mills

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2011, at 9:38 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Two days of intensive work culminated late Friday with a New Hampshire investor’s purchase of two paper mills that will employ as many as 250 workers by mid-October and ignite a rebirth of a Katahdin region suffering a 21 percent unemployment rate. Gov. Paul LePage’s office …
This shuttered paper mill in East Millinocket and the one in Millinocket were due to be purchased by New Hampshire investor Cate Street Capital on Friday, Sept.16.

Final purchase details for Katahdin paper mills being set

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2011, at 11:44 a.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | State officials said they hoped that by late Friday a New Hampshire-based investor would buy two shuttered paper mills for an undisclosed price, re-employing several hundred millworkers. “They have the [final] paperwork in front of them right now,” Adrienne Bennett, spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage, said …
The East Milloinocket paper mill is seen at night in February.

LePage optimistic that Katahdin mills will restart

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 14, 2011, at 4:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is optimistic that a New Hampshire investor will close a deal to buy the two Katahdin region paper mills by midnight Thursday, putting several hundred people back to work, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. “We are getting very close to that deadline but we are …

14-year-old billiards champ beats LePage

The Associated Press on Aug. 19, 2011, at 12:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A young billiards champ who’ll be representing the U.S. at a world nine-ball championship in Poland has notched a victory against Maine’s governor. Fourteen-year-old Taylor Reynolds offered to set the table Friday when she met with Gov. Paul LePage at the Blaine House, which has a billiards …

LePage working with legislators on emergency bath salts bill

By Eric Russell on Aug. 18, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is working with legislators to craft emergency legislation for consideration next month that would further address the growing bath salts epidemic in Maine. Adrienne Bennett, the governor’s spokeswoman, could not provide details of the bill because it’s not complete, but she confirmed Thursday that …
Lawrence E. Dwight Jr.

Assault case against Maine political activist dismissed

By Staff, Sun Journal on Aug. 17, 2011, at 5:42 p.m.
FARMINGTON | The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office has dropped a domestic assault charge filed against Lawrence E. Dwight Jr. of Wilton. Franklin County Assistant District Attorney James Andrews said due to “insufficient evidence” there was no complaint filed against Dwight. Dwight, 53, who is known professionally as J …

LePage says political antics in Washington have cost Americans

By Eric Russell on Aug. 06, 2011, at 12:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Saturday criticized the recent passage of federal legislation that allows the U.S. to raise the debt ceiling while also requiring steep spending cuts. “It’s clear now, Congress and the White House antics over raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit has cost Americans,” …

LePage meets with Portland mayor, blasts press in wake of alleged comments

By Eric Russell on July 28, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage and the state’s acting marine resources commissioner met privately Thursday with the mayor of Portland to affirm the governor’s commitment to working with Maine’s largest community in light of harsh comments attributed to LePage last week. Both Portland Mayor Nick Mavodones and LePage spokeswoman …
The first three panels of artist Judy Taylor's labor mural that Gov. Paul LePage had removed from the Maine Department of Labor offices in Augusta.

Fight over labor mural removal by LePage not over yet

By Eric Russell on July 16, 2011, at 2:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The drawn-out battle over public access to a mural removed this spring from the Department of Labor at the request of Gov. Paul LePage — a decision that drew national attention — is entering a new chapter. Last month, Maine’s attorney general submitted a request for summary …

Environmental group accuses LePage of stalling BPA ban

By Meg Haskell on July 11, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
The state’s leading environmental health organization has charged the pro-business administration of Gov. Paul LePage with undermining key public health protections, including the pending ban against certain consumer products containing the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. In a letter hand-delivered on Monday to the office of Attorney General William Schneider, …

‘Bath salts’ ban takes effect; state’s top cop seeks to halt drug’s march into Maine

By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service on July 06, 2011, at 4:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage signed emergency legislation Wednesday banning a group of synthetic hallucinogens that have been marketed as “bath salts” but are among the most dangerous drugs that Maine Public Safety Commissioner John Morris says he has seen. “It is now contraband and law enforcement can seize …
Supporters of an effort to allow table games such as blackjack and poker at Bangor’s Hollywood Slots on Tuesday agreed to give voters in Penobscot County — not just the city of Bangor — the final word on the matter.

County, not just city, must approve table games at Hollywood Slots

By Eric Russell on June 28, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Aiming to avoid a veto from Gov. Paul LePage, supporters of an effort to allow table games such as blackjack and poker at Bangor’s Hollywood Slots on Tuesday agreed to give voters in Penobscot County — not just the city of Bangor — the final word on …

State lawmakers headed home but only for 12 days

By Kevin Miller on June 16, 2011, at 9:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers will have to return to the State House on June 28 to complete work on a number of unresolved issues and to deal with any vetoes handed down by Gov. Paul LePage. The 2011 session of the Legislature was supposed to have wrapped up on Wednesday. …

House sustains LePage’s 1st veto

The Associated Press on June 02, 2011, at 11:18 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine House has voted to let Gov. Paul LePage’s first veto stand. Representatives voted Thursday to sustain the governor’s veto of a bill that sought to require health insurance companies to match the lowest rates providers negotiate with any carrier. Doctors and physical therapists wanted the …
Ron Richardson of Sebec, an employee of the Sargent Corporation, uses a compactor to grade the outside of the soon-to-be-completed Advanced Nanocomposites in Renewable Energy Laboratory at the University of Maine in Orono on Friday, May 13, 2011. Once completed later this summer, the laboratory will boast the longest wind testing floor in the U.S. The large black panels on the south side of the building (seen in the background of the photo) are air solar collectors to help heat the interior of the building during the cold months.

LePage administration questions feasibility of offshore wind power

By Jamison Cocklin on May 31, 2011, at 9:36 p.m.
ORONO | A $20 billion offshore wind project proposed for the Gulf of Maine that was supported by former Gov. John Baldacci is being viewed with skepticism by the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structure and Wood Composites Center at the University of …