Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert, left, Stavros Mendros and Ron Chicoine talk to Question 3 supporters after the Lewiston casino failed at the polls in 2011.

Ethics Commission calls for $32,500 fine against Lewiston casino backers for not disclosing source of campaign contributions

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 07, 2013, at 9:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two Lewiston men who were behind an effort to open a casino in Lewiston in 2011 are facing allegations that they hid the source of substantial contributions to the campaign in order to mislead voters. The allegations, made by investigators for the state’s Commission on Governmental Ethics …

DHHS lays off 56 employees, closes disability benefits office because of federal government shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 07, 2013, at 7:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA | All employees at a disability services office in Winthrop and four more in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services were laid off Monday as a result of the federal government shutdown, Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday evening. The 52 employees at the DHHS Disability Determination …
Rep. Steve Stanley, D-Medway

Medway state representative proposes creating state’s first cold-case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 07, 2013, at 4:04 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Rep. Steve Stanley has submitted legislation creating the state’s first cold case investigative squad to solve a 33-year-old town homicide and as many as 120 other crimes, he said Monday. The bill’s language will be drafted for the state Legislative Council to review as emergency legislation …
Bite Into Maine, a food truck operating out of Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, produced this "picnic style" lobster roll as its entry in the prestigious Tasting Table Lobster Roll Rumble in New York City this year. Bite Into Maine owners Karl and Sarah Sutton say their operation is the smallest to ever compete in the annual challenge.

Naming a state sandwich and other ‘emergency’ bills proposed for Maine’s next legislative session

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 07, 2013, at 1:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers will have a heavy load of bills to consider when they return to Augusta in January, ranging from mundane adjustments to county commissions to a measure that would make lobster rolls the official state sandwich. The 401 new bill titles that have been proposed include an …
Maj. Michael Steinbuchel, Maine Army National Guard

Most Maine National Guard employees, Portsmouth shipyard workers back at work Monday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 07, 2013, at 12:48 p.m.
BANGOR | Most of the 406 Maine Army and Air National Guard employees and 1,500 workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery furloughed last Tuesday when the federal government shut down returned to work Monday, officials said. Maj. Michael Steinbuchel, public affairs officer for both branches of the …

In Race for Portland City Council, Lyons Picks Up Three Endorsements

By Wells Lyons on Oct. 07, 2013, at 12:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, ME – Wells Lyons has received the endorsements of three council members in his campaign for an At-Large seat on the council. Supporting Lyons are John Anton, David Marshall and Kevin Donoghue. John Anton, retiring Portland City Councilor At-Large, is supporting Lyons in the campaign. If elected, Lyons would …

Central Cumberland County poll: LePage winning, Plummer in trouble, Diamond strong

on Oct. 07, 2013, at 10:02 a.m.
I recently received some surprising polling results for Senate District 26, which includes a handful of communities in central Cumberland county. (The district is currently SD12 but, due to re-districting, it will become SD 26 in 2014 when Hollis is taken out and replaced with Baldwin.) In a district where …
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the government funding impasse at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, October 3, 2013. Obama canceled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei on Thursday, the White House said in a statement, bowing to the reality that a U.S. government shutdown impasse requires him to remain in Washington. The decision means Obama will no longer depart on Saturday for what had originally been a four-nation, week-long Asia trip. He had canceled visits to Malaysia and the Philippines earlier this week because of his budget struggle with Republicans in Congress.

Don’t look now, but Obama is getting it from left too

By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Oct. 07, 2013, at 7:55 a.m.
WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has seen a wide variety of his policy proposals — foreign and domestic — lambasted on television ads, mocked at rallies and challenged in petitions. None of that seems surprising until you know this: Each one of those campaigns was organized by …
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) speaks at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Chantilly, Virginia September 19, 2013.

Some tea party congressmen see political backlash at home

By Philip Rucker, Washington Post on Oct. 07, 2013, at 6:56 a.m.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nearly three years after a band of renegade congressmen brought the tea party insurgency to Washington, there are early rumblings of a political backlash in some of their districts. Here in the Dutch Reformed country of West Michigan, long a bastion of mainstream, mannerly conservatism, voters …
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks on the phone as she arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 5, 2013. Washington headed into the fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation's borrowing authority started heating up.

Congress enters crucial week in battles over budget, debt limit

By Richard Cowan, Reuters on Oct. 07, 2013, at 6:19 a.m.
WASHINGTON — As the U.S. government moved into the second week of a shutdown on Monday with no end in sight, a deadlocked U.S. Congress also confronted an Oct. 17 deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing power or risk default. Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner vowed not to …
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