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Dan Demeritt

University system waived search process to hire former LePage spokesman for public affairs position

By Nell Gluckman on June 06, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — University of Maine faculty and alumni expressed concern over the process for hiring an executive director of public affairs for the University of Maine System, which was announced Wednesday. Dan Demeritt, a former director of communications for Gov. Paul LePage, was hired to fill the newly created …
Rep. Corey Wilson, R-Augusta

Handful of Republican lawmakers may hold key to expanding Medicaid in Maine

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 18, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A handful of Republican state lawmakers, if they haven’t already, are about to become the most popular — or depending on how you look at it —- among the most wanted people at the Legislature in the weeks ahead. “There is a fair amount of pressure coming …

LePage hires new communications director

By Eric Russell on July 14, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday filled the vacant post of director of communications by hiring former longtime Maine National Guard spokesman Peter Rogers to help craft and articulate the governor’s message. Rogers, currently deputy commissioner for the state Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, replaces Dan …
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Demeritt, citing unresolved business, resigns as LePage aide

By Kevin Miller on April 16, 2011, at 8:59 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Dan Demeritt, the director of communications for Gov. Paul LePage, resigned Saturday one day after it became public that he is facing foreclosure on five buildings. Demeritt, who has served as a spokesman for LePage since the Republican’s gubernatorial campaign, said in a statement released by the …

LePage aide Demeritt facing foreclosure on five buildings

The Associated Press on April 15, 2011, at 9:29 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s communications director is facing possible foreclosure on five buildings he owns including an apartment house destroyed by arson last week. The Kennebec Journal says Savings Bank of Maine wants a default judgment against Dan Demeritt. Demeritt says he’s working directly with the bank …
Carmel transportation department workers Bryan Hodgkins (from left), Willie Dunton and Thomas Benecke removed four signs that Carmel town manager Tom Richmond put up along Route 2 in Carmel to encourage residents to petition Gov. LePage and the DOT commissioner for road improvements there. On Wednesday, Gov. LePage will announce his road work priorities for the next biennium. Included on the list is Route 2 in Carmel. Photographed April 12, 2011 across from Ye Ole General Store in Carmel.

The signs worked: Carmel official ‘overjoyed’ with Route 2 road rehab plan

By Christopher Cousins on April 12, 2011, at 2:22 p.m.
CARMEL, Maine — A crumbling and cratered patch of U.S. Route 2 in the Carmel area has been identified by the LePage administration as a priority for rehabilitation, which is welcome news to town officials who erected signs in January calling on motorists to complain. LePage spokesman Dan Demeritt told …

Apartment building owned by LePage spokesman set on fire

The Associated Press on April 11, 2011, at 9:11 a.m.
RANDOLPH, Maine — A Maine man is facing domestic violence charges after an arson fire that damaged a Randolph apartment building. Three tenants had to flee the Saturday evening fire and a fourth man suffered minor injuries jumping from a second story. Police say the man who jumped, 33-year-old Andrew …

To borrow, or not to borrow? Bond plans face uncertain future in Maine

By Matt Wickenheiser on March 07, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has said he doesn’t support new bond packages at this time, but lawmakers from both parties have submitted about two dozen proposals for consideration by the Legislature. The proposals range from repairing rail lines to funding research and development, money for seafood marketing to …

GOP lawmaker introduces bill to ‘nullify’ federal laws

By Steve Mistler, Sun Journal on March 07, 2011, at 7:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A national movement designed to reassert states’ rights and void federal mandates not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution has made its way into the Maine Legislature. Rep. Richard Cebra, R-Naples, has submitted “nullification” legislation modeled after proposals recently adopted by five states and under consideration in at …

Katahdin region leaders to press LePage to help mills deal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 04, 2011, at 5:21 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage and leaders from East Millinocket and Millinocket will meet Tuesday in Augusta to see whether the state can help the towns grant a potential buyer of two Katahdin region paper mills $48 million in local property tax breaks over 10 years, officials said Friday. LePage spokesman Dan …

LePage ‘bureaucrats’ memo stirs up more controversy

By Kevin Miller on Jan. 28, 2011, at 2:24 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats are once again accusing Gov. Paul LePage of putting politics before people after the leak of an internal memo stating Maine’s new governor “will put 11,000 bureaucrats to work getting Republicans re-elected.” “That is the job of the Republican Party. That is what [GOP Chairman] Charlie …

NAACP, LePage interpreted prison visit that sparked comment differently

The Associated Press on Jan. 19, 2011, at 12:13 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The state director of the NAACP says Maine Gov. Paul LePage is misstating details about an invitation to a prisoners’ forum. LePage said he turned down the invitation to the Maine State Prison because the NAACP wanted him to meet with black inmates, not all prisoners. His …

LePage willing to meet with Maine NAACP

By Kevin Miller on Jan. 16, 2011, at 7:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The NAACP continued to criticize Maine Gov. Paul LePage over the weekend for last week’s flippant “kiss my butt” remark, although both sides indicated  a willingness to sit down and talk. On Saturday, local leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People accused LePage …
Gov . Paul LePage, background center, holds his first cabinet meeting with staff at the State House in Augusta, Maine on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

No women? Group calls for diversity in LePage cabinet

By Jeff Tuttle on Jan. 10, 2011, at 11:23 a.m.
A women's advocacy group is criticizing the new governor for, to date, failing to name any women to his cabinet.

LePage, Legislature look to businesses for economic solutions with ‘Red Tape Roundtables’

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 03, 2011, at 10 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Gov.-elect Paul LePage’s effort to engage Maine entrepreneurs in his attempt to improve the state’s business climate is well under way, though that same effort is still unfolding under the Capitol dome. With state government gearing up this week for LePage’s inauguration and the return of lawmakers …
Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage laughs during a news conference at the State House on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Augusta, Maine.

Beardsley, Millett nominated for Cabinet

The Associated Press on Dec. 16, 2010, at 3:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage announced Thursday he’s nominating a state government veteran and a former rival in the race for governor to head agencies that manage state finances and oversee Maine’s parks and public lands. He expressed confidence he’ll complete his Cabinet appointments by year’s end. LePage, …

LePage, Milo officials discuss private prison

By Diana Bowley on Dec. 08, 2010, at 9:20 p.m.
MILO, Maine — He hasn’t been sworn in to office yet, but Gov.-elect Paul LePage is already following up on his pledge to talk with Milo officials about their efforts to locate a private prison in the town. LePage was told during the campaign that without any help from the …

Republicans eager to start reeling in red tape

By Kevin Miller on Dec. 06, 2010, at 7:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Fresh from an election in which Maine’s business climate was a hot topic, both the Legislature’s Republican leadership and Gov.-elect Paul LePage are signaling that regulatory reform will be a top priority next year. The LePage administration has asked chambers of commerce and other organizations to hold …

LePage accepting job applications, will name more team members

The Associated Press on Nov. 22, 2010, at 6:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage plans to announce on Tuesday an expansion of his transition team as applications for jobs in his new administration pour in by the hundreds. LePage, who becomes Maine’s first Republican governor in 16 years when he’s sworn in in January, will announce that …
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