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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Monday Apr 23, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Ask the governor a question this Thursday

    Gov. Paul LePage will host his next town hall meeting on Thursday at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, the 15th meeting with the public he’s held since becoming governor. These are fun events for journalists because the governor has no talking points and you never know what someone in the audience is going to ask. The 61 percenters always show up, usually protesting outside the venue before the event. […]

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  • Friday Apr 20, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Lawmakers face more than the budget

    When they return May 15, lawmakers will need to deal with 73 pending bills, quite a bit more work than a simple budget vote. In addition to the Department of Health and Human Services budget, there are 48 bills on the Appropriations Table. That means they’ve gotten almost all the way through the process, but they cost money, so they need an additional OK from the Appropriations Committee before they go […]

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  • Thursday Apr 19, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Senate releases veto vote tally

    Three GOP state Senators wanted to come back for a vote to consider an override of Gov. Paul LePage’s weekend vetoes. The rest voted no, except Sen. David Hastings, R-Fryeburg, who could not be reached, according to the tally released by the Senate GOP. Voting "yes" were Sen. Nichi Farnham of Bangor; Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta; and Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton. The Maine Democratic Party released the list this […]

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    Thursday Apr 19, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    Poliquin touts endorsements, says money will follow

    Maine State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin announced a new round of endorsements from state lawmakers today. They are: Rep. Mike McClennan, R-Raymond; Rep. Howard McFadden, R-Dennysville; Rep. Wes Richardson, R-Warren and  Sen.  Rod Whittemore, R-Somerset County. McClennan and Richardson are quoted in the announcement praising Poliquin as a hard-nosed fiscal conservative. "My campaign has gathered more endorsements from local and national leaders than any other Republican candidate,” Poliquin boasts in the […]

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  • Thursday Apr 19, 2012 | 9:52 am

    ‘The greatest state on Earth’

    One of the lesser-known bills signed into law recently is L.D. 323, an effort to aggressively market the Maine brand. Gov. Paul LePage made special mention of it Wednesday during a bill signing for workers’ compensation reforms and a couple other measures. The bill to promote tourism requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to work with the tourism industry and other state agencies to come up with better […]

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  • Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    Hinck wins … award for web ad

    A campaign web ad produced for Maine State Representative Jon Hinck’s Senate campaign, has earned a national award.     The American Association of Political Consultants awarded the Hinck-for-Senate video “Red, White and You” a second-place “Pollie” award for web animation and video for a Democratic candidate. Pollies are sought-after awards in the political advertising business and selected by consultants around the country.   The 55-second ad is animated with […]

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  • Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    LePage ends Michael Brennan’s vacation

    Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and his wife, Joan, escaped to Jacksonville, Fla. last Thursday for some rest and relaxation after the Maine Legislature restored most of the cuts that Gov. Paul LePage had proposed for the General Assistance program in the supplemental budget. Portland stood to lose more than $2 million under the proposed cuts, but the Legislature’s changes lessened that number to $300,000, which Brennan said the city could handle. […]

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  • Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Religious right wants to hear from Senate candidates

    Three pro-life groups are inviting Maine’s U.S. Senate candidates to a forum in Bangor on April 24. The Christian Civic League, Concerned Women for America and Maine Right to Life will host the event at 7 p.m. at the Bangor Baptist Church. So far, Bruce Poliquin, Debra Plowman, Charlie Summers and a Representative for Scott D’Amboise have confirmed they will attend. The Civic League is encouraging conservative Christians to spread […]

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    Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 | 11:32 am

    LePage: ‘Never say die’

    Gov. Paul LePage didn’t express confidence this morning when asked whether lawmakers would institute the kinds of  changes he’s seeking in General Assistance. "Never say die," he said, following a Blaine House bill signing. "But I don’t know how confident I am. I just know one thing. If they don’t it’s at the peril of the state of Maine. The state of Maine will suffer if they don’t make some structural […]

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