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Cutler, LePage and Michaud face off for first debate in Portland

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 08, 2014, at 6:35 a.m.
The three major contenders for the Blaine House had their first debate Wednesday morning in an event hosted by the Portland Regional Chamber. Wednesday marks the first time the three candidates have appeared together and addressed each other in person during the campaign. The three are scheduled to …
GOP Consultant Steve Reiner is shown at the Republican field office in York County at Eliot Commons, Friday, Oct. 2.

‘It was threatening’: York library eyes policy changes after man brings gun to candidates forum

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Oct. 07, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
A man who attended last week’s candidates’ night forum carrying a holstered gun on his belt has caused the York Public Library to review its policy on carrying weapons into the building where the event was held. In addition, the incident has raised questions about what to …
Anne Jacobs is a naturopathic doctor located in Newcastle. The ACA requires insurance companies to cover naturopathic care for families and individuals.

Naturopathic doctors push to increase access to care

By Natalie Feulner on Oct. 06, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
When Bangor mother Marie Schramke and her husband were looking into primary care physicians for their 3-year-old son, they found themselves drawn to naturopathic doctors. Schramke had seen one while she was pregnant in 2011, and enjoyed the well-rounded, personal experience. She and her husband felt a naturopath’s approach to …
Chris Dispenzieri of Bangor and Greg Hudak of Brewer play the slot machines at the Oxford Casino in this file photo.

Idea of more Maine casinos has existing gambling hubs concerned about ‘cannibalization’

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 05, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
BANGOR | A recent report released by a gambling management and advisory firm about the potential for more Maine casinos has excited state legislators. But the state’s two existing casinos and local governments invested in their success or failure expect to push back, arguing further casino development could stifle …
The Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket.

Delaware bankruptcy judge grants motion to move GNP case to Maine

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 03, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge in Delaware on Friday granted a motion to move the pending bankruptcy of Great Northern Paper Co.’s East Millinocket operation to Maine. More than 20 creditors, including the towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket and the Maine attorney general, asked that the case be …
First lady Michelle Obama will appear in Orono Friday afternoon to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

LIVE: First lady, local politicians support Michaud in Orono on Friday

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 03, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
First lady Michelle Obama will be in Maine Friday afternoon to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. The event will be held at the University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts. Obama and Michaud will be joined by Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, …
The Verso Paper Co. mill in Bucksport Thursday morning.  The company announced Wednesday that the mill will shut down in December.

What’s behind the troubles facing Maine paper mills

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 02, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
One reason Maine pulp and paper mills are shuttering is at your fingertips: the smartphones, tablets and other devices displacing demand for the hard copy. There’s no one explanation for why three mills closed this year — East Millinocket, Old Town and Bucksport each supply, or supplied, different markets — …
The Verso Paper Co. mill in Bucksport Thursday morning.  The company announced Wednesday that the mill will shut down in December.

Mood somber as workers, area residents react to news of Bucksport mill closing

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 02, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
The workers shuffled across the road about 5 a.m. Thursday, lugging lunchboxes and hard hats for the start of another shift at the Verso Paper mill. It was the morning after the unwelcome announcement that the mill will close in December, and the men and women headed …
Workers leave the Verso Paper Co. mill in Bucksport on Thursday morning. The company announced Wednesday that the mill will shut down in December.

Verso mill in Bucksport to close by year’s end, 570 employees to lose jobs

By Bill Trotter and Darren Fishell on Oct. 01, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
In an announcement that caught many people off guard, Verso Paper officials indicated Wednesday afternoon the local mill will shut down by the end of this year, laying off about 570 employees. Verso president and CEO Dave Paterson said in a statement the Bucksport mill “has not …
Maine State House

Barely half of Maine’s legislative candidates tap public campaign fund, a record low since Clean Election Act passed

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 01, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The steady, precipitous decline in participation in Maine’s publicly funded election program continues this year, with only about half of all legislative candidates opting to forgo private campaign contributions. After bipartisan participation that surpassed 75 percent during the 2000s, more Maine legislative candidates in 2014 are turning …
Susan Dench

Senate rejects LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to UMaine System board of trustees

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 30, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Senate Democrats on Tuesday rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees while unanimously supporting 50 other nominations to a range of boards and committees. LePage called the vote a display of “vitriolic partisanship” in a statement issued …
The Katahdin Paper Co. mill in East Millinocket

GNP creditors petition to move bankruptcy case to Maine, but trustee objects

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 29, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | A group of Maine-based creditors has asked a Delaware court to move the bankruptcy case of Great Northern Paper Co. to Maine, where an attorney said 56 percent of the 1,159 creditors are located. But the Delaware trustee now handling the case plans to oppose that measure, …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters after his remarks at a campaign stop in Scarborough on Friday.

LePage reverses position, will participate in 5 debates

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 28, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – The re-election campaign for Gov. Paul LePage announced Sunday afternoon that LePage, a Republican, would participate in five scheduled debates. “This decision has come after much reflection over the past week on the value in debating Congressman Michael Michaud, who has continually been dishonest with the Maine people …
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the crowd at a chamber breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor Wednesday.

LePage among 10 governors facing tough fights to stay in office

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post on Sept. 28, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
The most embattled collection of politicians this fall are neither members of the Senate nor the House. That distinction falls upon the nation’s governors. Compared with elected officials in Washington, incumbent governors are struggling disproportionately. The Cook Political Report lists nine incumbent governors in tossup races and another as a …
Rebecca Wyke

University of Maine System office seeks more control over campus budgets

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 26, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR | The way budgets are created for the seven campuses in the University of Maine System may look very different next year. A plan that gives the University of Maine System office more power over the individual campus budgets will be voted on by the board of trustees …

Why is the University of Maine System in a state of financial crisis?

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 26, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
BANGOR | The University of Maine System is facing a $69 million budget shortfall by fiscal year 2019. Chancellor James Page has said the system will balance its budget during the next four years through cuts and by increasing enrollment. Despite assurances from at least four of the seven …
The W.T. Grant building (left) at the corner of Hammond and Central streets in Bangor. The University of Maine System has been using the top floors as office space since 2005.

University system needs to show central office closure is the bold action that’s needed

on Sept. 26, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
Existential crises are nothing new for the University of Maine System. In its 46-year history — and before — report after report has responded to the problems of flat or declining enrollment, skyrocketing tuition, floundering public confidence, questionable quality, tenuous budget outlooks and excessive administration. Each report has sought to …

Maine hasn’t remade its university system in 46 years: Will it now?

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 26, 2014, at 7:01 a.m.
In the beginning, it was a loose affiliation between the University of Maine and the state’s independently operated teachers’ colleges in Farmington, Fort Kent, Gorham, Machias and Presque Isle. It wasn’t the University of Maine System we know today — it was the Super-U. That was more than 45 years …
Democrats Ben Grant (left), Troy Jackson (center) and Richard Farnsworth criticize the LePage administration's handling of several key scandals in the Department of Health and Human Services at a press conference on Thursday in Augusta.

Democrats renew attack on LePage for problems at Maine psychiatric hospital

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 25, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrats intensified their efforts to make conditions at Maine’s state psychiatric hospital in Augusta — which have been the subject of legal and regulatory scrutiny for decades — a campaign issue with a news conference outside Gov. Paul LePage’s office Thursday. LePage ignored the event. Other Republicans …
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the crowd at a chamber breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor Wednesday.

LePage touts energy, education agenda at Bangor business forum

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 24, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday told the city’s business community that his top priorities in a second term as governor would be lowering energy costs and investing in STEM education. Both initiatives, LePage said, are crucial to making Maine a better place to do business. Lowering energy …
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