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Richard Rockefeller

Falmouth’s Richard Rockefeller dies in NY small plane crash

By Beth Brogan on June 13, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
Richard Rockefeller of Falmouth, son of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, died Friday morning when the small plane he was piloting crashed in Westchester County, New York. Rockefeller, an experienced pilot, flew to New York on Thursday to celebrate his father’s 99th birthday, family spokesman Fraser Seitel …
Maura McDonald, a nurse practitioner and South Portland resident, speaks on Thurs., June 6, 2013, at a rally organized by the Protect South Portland against the prospect of pumping oil sand crude, also known as tar sands, from Montreal to South Portland harbor. Protect South Portland launched a citizens initiative to block any attempt by Portland Pipe Line Corp. to pump tar sands to South Portland.

Fight over tar sands is financially one-sided, turns ‘nasty’

By Whit Richardson on Oct. 29, 2013, at 4:21 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | The groups battling over the Waterfront Protection Ordinance, which South Portland voters will face on Nov. 5, are racking up endorsements and filling their campaign chests. In the meantime, the issue has divided the community and turned “nasty,” according to one local business owner. On Tuesday, …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes another five bills

By Matthew Stone on June 14, 2013, at 6:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage handed down five vetoes Friday afternoon, rejecting three bills that would have required new executive branch working groups, a measure to prevent the state from contracting with foreign loggers and legislation to allow psychiatrists practicing in underserved areas to qualify for loan forgiveness. The …
Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston

Budget panel endorses another proposal to repay Maine’s debt to hospitals

By Scott Thistle on June 11, 2013, at 6:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill offered by Gov. Paul LePage that would use revenue bonds to pay off Maine’s $183.5 million debt to its hospitals. Paying the debt for services provided under the state’s Medicaid system, MaineCare, has been …
The State House in Augusta.

Bill to create Maine presidential primary, adopt ranked-choice voting comes with hefty price tag

By Christopher Cousins on May 06, 2013, at 2:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine would replace party caucuses with a nonpartisan presidential primary and elect its governor, legislators and federal officials with ranked-choice voting under a system proposed Monday in the Legislature. The multimillion-dollar cost of implementing the bill could prove to be its biggest challenge, given the state’s financial …
Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross

LePage calls jail summit as sheriffs warn of overcrowding, budget crisis

By Daniel Hartill on April 28, 2013, at 6:50 a.m.
LEWISTON | A budget crisis threatening to force the early release of convicted criminals, layoffs of jail guards and even the closure of some Maine jails is headed to the governor’s office. Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday he is planning a summit this week with all 16 of Maine’s …
Gov. Paul LePage addresses members of the media and the public at Roopers Beverage and Redemption on Main Street in Auburn recently about his plan to use the revenue from the state's liquor business to pay back $484 million the state owes to 39 Maine hospitals.

LePage vulnerable in 2014, says top political observer

BDN staff reports on April 08, 2013, at 5:01 p.m.
BANGOR | Gov. Paul LePage is among the most vulnerable governors who are up for re-election in 2014, according to a well-known New York Times political blog. Thirty-two governors are up for re-election in 2014. Of them, LePage ranks sixth for his net job disapproval rating — the difference …

LePage supporters’ hospital debt ad ignites political firestorm

By Robert Long on April 04, 2013, at 7:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A new television ad from Maine People Before Politics, a group that supports Republican Gov. Paul LePage, inflamed partisan hostilities in Augusta and across Maine’s political spectrum Thursday. The ad criticizes LePage’s predecessor, Democrat John Baldacci, for leaving behind a Medicaid “welfare” debt to the state’s 39 …

If LePage is ‘The Boss,’ who would Baldacci be in Red Sox-Yankees rivalry?

By Robert Long on March 31, 2013, at 9:57 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees open their 2013 seasons Monday with a game at Yankee Stadium. As Opening Day approaches, it’s hard not to view everything through the prism of the Bronx-Beantown baseball rivalry. Even politics. So let’s make up a new game based …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage delivers his State of the State address in in the house chambers in Augusta on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Baldacci increasingly LePage’s target, policy motivation

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 06, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA | John Baldacci has taken no official steps to launch another bid for the Blaine House. But the Democratic former governor has increasingly found himself the target of criticism from his Republican successor recently. And Gov. Paul LePage has cited his predecessor as the reason some of his …
Eliot Cutler

Eliot Cutler likes chances in 3-way race for governor

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 30, 2013, at 11:12 a.m.
Former independent candidate calls on Maine to plan for future of trade, tourism.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe speaks with reporters at the Capitol after she delivered her farewell address. At left is Christopher Averill, Snowe's communications director, and behind her to the right is Scott Ogden, her deputy press secretary.

Maine’s political surprises of 2012

By Robert Long on Dec. 21, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | ’Tis the season to consider surprises. So instead of focusing on who keeps delivering those odd Secret Santa gifts, let’s shift into reflection mode to consider the political surprises of 2012. The biggest surprise is no surprise. When U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced in late February …
John Baldacci

Former political rivals John Baldacci, Rick Bennett join debt-fighting campaign

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 25, 2012, at 3:54 p.m.
Maine is one of 10 states where the Campaign to Fix the Debt is launching state chapters.
Gov. John Baldacci (left) serves spaghetti at a fundraising event to benefit the Preble Street Resource Center, an agency that helps the homeless in Portland, in April 2010.

Baldacci to ladle up sauce again in support of same-sex marriage

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 08, 2012, at 7:15 p.m.
Former Gov. John Baldacci will be ladling out the sauce again next week in Bangor and Portland at events sponsored by Catholics for Marriage Equality and the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination. The money raised at the events will be donated to organizations that support the homeless in Bangor and Portland …
Gov. Paul LePage

Ex-Baldacci staff say LePage decision to quit governor’s association could isolate Maine

By Robert Long on Oct. 02, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to stop paying membership dues to the National Governors Association threatens to shut Maine out of national policy discussions and isolate the state from opportunities, according to two high-ranking members of former Gov. John Baldacci’s administration. In explaining his decision, LePage cited the …
Carroll Conley, executive director, and the Rev. Bob Emrich, chairman of board of directors of the Christian Civic League of Maine, are seen in January 2012.

Supporters of same-sex marriage outraise opponents 36-to-1

By Judy Harrison on June 01, 2012, at 10:38 p.m.
Mainers United for Marriage raised about $359,000 compared with the nearly $10,000 raised by Protect Marriage Maine,
Dick Ruhlin

Former Brewer mayor, legislator, outdoorsman Dick Ruhlin dies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 10, 2012, at 7:47 p.m.
Richard P. Ruhlin Sr. may have been born in Bangor and lived his life in Brewer but he was home when on the Penobscot River or another waterway with a fishing rod in his hands. Ruhlin — a respected public servant for Brewer and protector of the …
Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci

Old Town mill faces fine despite help from state, taxpayers

By Lance Tapley, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 11, 2012, at 12:10 a.m.
Maine has spent millions of dollars to prop up the Old Town pulp mill while steadily fining the mill’s owner for pollution. And now the biggest fine ever is imminent. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has reviewed a “proposed administrative consent agreement” from the state Department of Environmental …
Computers and other electronic devices are stacked to the ceiling in several evidence rooms at the Maine State Police's Computer Crimes Unit in Vassalboro recently. The unit — tasked with investigating child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking crimes as well as other computer-based offenses — have had to backlog some pending investigations because there are't enough forensic investigators.

Backlog at Maine Computer Crimes Unit keeps child pornographers on the streets

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 25, 2011, at 5:26 p.m.
VASSALBORO | The Maine State Police’s Computer Crimes Unit — tasked with investigating child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking crimes as well as other computer-based offenses — successfully closed four cases last week. The bad news is that eight new cases also arrived last week. And some of those …
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 …