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Voters stand behind familiar striped curtains at Portland's district 2-2 polling station at the Expo on Nov. 4, 2014.

House Democrats reject photo ID mandate for Maine voters

By Christopher Cousins on May 05, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The prospect of requiring voters in Maine to show photo identification before receiving a ballot suffered what could be a fatal blow Tuesday when Democrats in the House of Representatives voted against it. LD 197, which failed in a 82-66 vote Monday, is similar to several attempts …
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta

Maine lawmakers endorse new bid to prevent food stamp spending on junk food

By Christopher Cousins on May 04, 2015, at 3:37 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bid to prohibit the purchase of junk food with food stamps in Maine came out of a legislative committee Monday afternoon with a positive recommendation — twice. In an unusual series of events, Republican Sen. Roger Katz’s bill, LD 526, heads to the full Legislature after …
Rachel Katz of the Terranian Farm in Troy Maine sets out produce for the Orono Famers Market which meets on the side of the Stillwater River in Orono.

3 Maine farmers markets to visit this spring, summer

By Kathleen Pierce on May 03, 2015, at 6 a.m.
As the ground thaws and green shoots thrust through the earth, another rite of spring commences: farmers market season. In Maine, we are awash with a panoply of markets from which to shop for local foods, eat seasonal and support the myriad farmers in our midst. So grab your cash …
Dr. Karen Hover is one of the few doctors in the Bangor area who prescribes Suboxone at the Discovery House in Bangor.

‘A system that doesn’t exist’: Without methadone, patients rely on addiction treatment few Maine doctors prescribe

By Jackie Farwell on May 01, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
A Bangor recovery center contacted more than 100 doctors across the state with what sounds like a tempting offer. Desperate to help patients waiting months for one form of opioid addiction treatment, staff at the Discovery House promised each physician a bonus of $5,000. Contract with the center to prescribe …
A man fly fishes in Grand Lake Stream on April 20.

Maine lawmakers pass lakes protection bill similar to one LePage vetoed

By Christopher Cousins on April 30, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill designed to protect Maine lakes by banning the use of fertilizers containing phosphorus or nitrogen near shorelines is headed to Gov. Paul LePage after near-unanimous support in the House and Senate. LePage vetoed a bill with similar setbacks last year when it was sponsored by …
Assistant Professor Kenneth McCall prepares a measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination March 9 at the Portland Community Health Center.

Maine CDC: Infected student exposed Kittery shoppers to measles

By Jackie Farwell on April 29, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
A Massachusetts student exposed shoppers at the Kittery Outlet Malls to measles last week, prompting the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to urge unvaccinated residents to watch for symptoms of the highly contagious illness. The student, an unvaccinated individual originally from western Europe, visited the shops on April …
Hampden Academy's Jake Black (second from right) and Bangor's Andrew Hillier (right) battle for a rebound during their basketball game on Dec. 10, 2014 in Hampden. Bangor would play in Class AA and Hampden in Class A under the Maine Principals' Association's five-class proposal.

Close vote expected for Maine high school basketball five-class proposal

By Ernie Clark on April 28, 2015, at 2:34 p.m.
More than two years of surveys, feedback, contemplation and fine-tuning will come to a head Thursday morning, when the general membership of the Maine Principals’ Association votes whether to expand the state’s high school basketball ranks from four to five classes beginning next winter. The five-class proposal is one of …
Democrat John Martin of Eagle Lake speaks with Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, in the State House last year.

John Martin backs off bill to remove term limits

By Christopher Cousins on April 27, 2015, at 7:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The elimination of legislative term limits or extension of terms for lawmakers in Maine seem unlikely at best after committee votes Monday afternoon. Democratic Rep. John Martin of Eagle Lake, who was the poster child for the implementation of term limits in 1993, sponsored a bill, LD …
John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, sits at his desk in the State House. He was first elected to the Maine Legislature in 1964.

Term limits have changed Maine’s Legislature — for the worse

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 27, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
The fact that John Martin is still in the Legislature is proof that term limits don’t work. Martin, who has served in the Legislature for most of the last 50 years, is sponsoring legislation to do away with term limits. In part because of Martin’s involvement, and also because of …
Mary Bonauto has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation of Chicago's Fellowship for $625,000 in recognition of her civil rights work related to same-sex marriage and similar issues. Bonauto, who has fought for gay rights for years, will go before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that the court recognize same-sex couples' constitutional right to marry.

Maine lawyer to argue same-sex marriage case before Supreme Court Tuesday

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau on April 25, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Gregory Bourke met his husband-to-be at the University of Kentucky in 1982. Now, several social revolutions later, the 57-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, resident and father of two rides atop a cresting wave that’s reached the Supreme Court. Soon, justices will decide whether the Constitution compels Kentucky and other states …
Approximately $4,400 in cash that had gone missing over the winter was found by a Walmart employee on Thursday and returned to its owner.

Wal-Mart employee finds $4,400 in parking lot, helps return it to owner

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 24, 2015, at 8:46 a.m.
BANGOR | A man who lost approximately $4,400 in cash over the winter had his money returned to him on Thursday thanks to a Wal-Mart employee, according to Bangor police. According to a post on the department’s Facebook page written by Sgt. Tim Cotton, the man left work on …
Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport.

Maine Republican senators push for constitutional convention to balance US budget

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2015, at 1:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Senate began debate Thursday on an effort to join a national movement pushing for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A joint resolution presented by Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, would have Maine appeal to Congress for a Constitutional Convention, at which delegates …
Demonstrators met in Pickering Square on Wednesday morning to encourage bus ridership in the city of Bangor.

Rally encourages public to use Bangor-area bus service

BDN staff reports on April 22, 2015, at 1:46 p.m.
Riders and supporters of the city’s bus service gathered at the Pickering Square depot Wednesday to launch a new effort supporting public transportation in the region. Speakers at the 11:30 a.m. rally described the importance of the Community Connector to their lives and the region’s future, and …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon on March 4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

LePage files bill to eliminate income tax by 2020, gives lawmakers until 5 p.m. to join him

By Mario Moretto on April 21, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is drawing a line in the sand on killing Maine’s income tax. In a letter sent to legislative leaders from both parties on Monday, LePage revealed that he’s filed preliminary paperwork on a bill to eliminate the tax by 2020. He’s given leadership until …
David Boyer (left), head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and Scott Gagnon of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, faced off in a forum hosted by the Maine Law Federalist Society Monday in Portland.

Marijuana advocate, opponent square off in 4/20 debate

By Seth Koenig on April 20, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | Access to marijuana among children and the economic impact of the drug were among points of contention Monday as top advocates for and against pot legalization took part in a campaign-style debate in Portland. David Boyer, head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, squared off …
Supporters of raising the minimum wage attend a meeting hosted by Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci on April 9 in Bangor

LePage seeks to quash local efforts to raise minimum wage

By Mario Moretto on April 20, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is promoting a bill to thwart municipal officials in two of Maine’s largest communities from raising the minimum wage for employers within their city limits. LePage’s bill — LD 1361, An Act to Promote Minimum Wage Consistency — faces preliminary action Tuesday in the …

Bangor-area craft beer events to highlight Maine brews

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 19, 2015, at 1:43 p.m.
ORONO | Those who like consuming locally made craft beers or who want to learn more about brewing have four local events to look forward to in the coming weeks. First up is the Taste of Orono on April 25, then Big Brew Day 2015 on May 2 in …
Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci speaks in support of raising the city's minimum wage during a meeting Thursday night at Abraham Lincoln School in Bangor.

Baldacci: Portland minimum wage hike could pressure Bangor to follow

By Evan Belanger on April 17, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
If Portland increases its minimum wage and Bangor doesn’t follow suit, young workers could leave the state’s most youthful city in search of higher pay, Bangor city councilor Joe Baldacci said Friday. “If Portland passes whatever increase they pass, I do think that puts pressure on Bangor …
Ice jams up next to the bridge over the St. John River in Allagash Thursday morning.

Ice jams, possible rain raises flooding concerns for parts of Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
FORT KENT | State and local officials are keeping a close eye on a massive ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash that could affect towns downriver if it lets go over the next 24 hours. The St. John River rose about 15 feet in 90 minutes …
A massive ice jam along the St. John River in Allagash forced water up over the road for a time Thursday morning near the old Dickey Trading Post.

Massive ice jam in St. John River has Allagash residents on alert

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 10:13 a.m.
Residents in this tiny community 35 miles west of Fort Kent are reporting a 3- to 4-mile long ice jam on the St. John River stretching from the bridge up the head of the so-called “big rapids.” “The ice was jammed, and water from the [St. John …
 
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