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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage’s recent embarrassing tactics follows current election cycle pattern

By Steve Mistler, MPBN on Aug. 26, 2016, at 9:43 p.m.
“He was Trump before Trump,” Larry Sabato said.
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In this file image, Hillary Clinton speaks the crowd at West Philadelphia High School on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Pennsylvania.

Clinton attacks Trump’s outreach to black voters in new ad

By Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Aug. 26, 2016, at 8:19 p.m.
The ad shows video of Trump’s controversial pitch to black voters, in which the Republican candidate urges them to support him by asking, “What do you have to lose?”
Amy Brunning of Minnesota reads what Gov. Paul LePage recently said in a voicemail to Rep. Drew Gattine on Friday in Bangor.

People in Bangor react to LePage’s obscenity-laced tirade

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:23 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News played the audio of Gov. Paul LePage’s remarks for those interviewed or let them read a printed version.
Christina Marts, a National Park Service community planner, talks with Richard Schmidt III, chairman of the Patten Board of Selectmen, on Friday at the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum.

Donor threat might force park service to vacate Patten space

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:02 p.m.
The threat came two days after President Barack Obama signed an executive order accepting entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby’s 87,563-acre donation to the park service.

After obscene tirade, LePage challenges Democrat to a duel

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
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After obscene tirade, LePage challenges Democrat to a duel

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks in Orlando, Florida, May 29, 2016.

In Maine, Libertarians vow to be ‘terrific stewards,’ ‘gentlemen’

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 26, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
Kicking off a two-stop Maine visit on Friday, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson told a Portland crowd that his third-party administration would not “be afraid to take positions that haven’t been taken.”

Rockland council to mull manager search

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
The City Council is scheduled next month to discuss whether it should hire a new city manager before or after the November election.

Measuring the toll hybrid cars take on Maine roads

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage this week added Maine to a growing number of states that have passed or considered special fees on hybrid and electric vehicles. LePage and officials in other states raised concerns that high-efficiency or electric vehicles are not paying their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are funded largely through state and federal taxes on …
STATE & CAPITOL

After obscene tirade, LePage challenges Democrat to a duel

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 9:02 a.m.
Warning: The language in the recording may not be suitable for children or the workplace.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

Pardon my French on Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6 a.m.
C’est la vie. It is fait accompli. Seisin of thousands of acres of Maine has been signed over to the federal government. Maybe the Obama administration will rename Quimbyland something French. Or maybe not. Within hours of the deeds becoming public, the name and mailing address of the new “monument” were announced …
Hillary Clinton

Clinton, Trump clash over who is best for minorities

By Amanda Becker and Steve Holland, Reuters on Aug. 25, 2016, at 7:08 p.m.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump on Thursday of fueling America’s “radical fringe” with racist rhetoric.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

No Senate vote on Obama’s TPP deal this year, McConnell says

By David Lawder, Reuters on Aug. 25, 2016, at 7:01 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that the Senate will not vote on President Barack Obama’s signature Asian trade deal this year.
Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot's Day Rally smoke-in, which he organizes every year to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of marijuana.

Groups behind 3 of 5 Maine ballot questions face campaign finance fines

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 25, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
The leniency of the Maine Ethics Commission will be tested when it considers more than a dozen requests for mercy from candidates and political organizations who missed campaign finance filing deadlines.
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Tim Hudson speaks at 200 Penobscot Ave. during the opening of the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument National Park Service offices at noon Thursday.

North Woods monument leader wants ‘to hear what people have to say’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 25, 2016, at 2:16 p.m.
The man who will oversee the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument opened an office Thursday in the town that arguably has been most opposed to his efforts.
Rep. Jim Davitt, D-Hampden, is serving his first term in the Maine House.

Davitt earns perfect rating on conservation scorecard

By Amy Sylvester on Aug. 25, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA – Rep. Jim Davitt received a perfect rating in the 127th Legislature from Maine Conservation Voters. “Conservation is key to ensuring a promising future for our state,” said Davitt, D-Hampden. “That’s true across the state but especially in rural Maine. In so many ways, our state’s economy and quality …
STATE & CAPITOL

Controversy erupts over LePage comments about Muslims, blacks, Hispanics

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 9:08 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta. In two speaking appearances Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage put himself back in the center of two race-related controversies, one he started and one touched off by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump prompted a national outcry and widespread condemnation in July when he criticized Khizr Khan, who spoke …
MIKE TIPPING

Mark Holbrook: Just ‘hold your nose’ and vote for me and Trump

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 7:47 a.m.
It may not be the compelling campaign slogan in Maine political history, but you can’t fault First-District Republican congressional candidate Mark Holbrook for his directness. “If we want to make this country safe and great again and take the state of Maine forward, close your eyes, hold your nose, do …
LEFTBRAINRIGHTBRAIN

Stand up for students, yes or no?

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Steven Biel: It’s been 12 years since Maine voted to require the state to cover 55 percent of the cost of public education, and in all that time Augusta has never once hit the mark. So now voters are taking charge again with Question 2, the Stand Up for Students …
RETHINKING EDUCATION

How can we encourage teachers to stay in the profession?

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 12:20 a.m.
Teachers are by and large an intensely devoted group of professionals. When the calendar turns to August we start focusing on curriculum planning and on ideas for improving our practice in the coming year. We read, we connect with colleagues locally, and we use technology to brainstorm with teachers all …