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3:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Cutler Attacks LePage Over GNP Deal

PORTLAND, Maine - Independent Eliot Cutler is continuing to attack Gov. Paul LePage over a deal that aimed to save Great Northern Paper, saying taxpayers are on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years.

Cutler has been blasting the governor over the handling of the case even before Great Northern filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. He says the governor negotiated a bad deal with Cate Street Capital, which managed the mills.

LePage did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Tuesday.

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2:59 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Supporters Urge Passage of Bond for Disease and Insect Lab

Veterinarian Bill Bryant lobbies for passage of Question 2 on the November ballot.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Representatives from the state's agriculture, dairy, and veterinarian industries are calling on Maine voters to support Question 2 on the November ballot. The bond would give $8 million to the Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory.

Executive Director John Rebar says, currently, the lab is spread across two locations that were built in the 1940s and 1970s.  

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2:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Maine GOP Chair Takes Issue with Michaud on Tax Cuts

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett is criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud over Michaud's attacks on tax cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage and adopted by the Legislature.

"It was a very sensible, fiscally responsible way to lower the tax burden on Maine citizens," Bennett says, "and Mike really should know better than to say what he said." Michaud made the comments Monday on MPBN's Maine Calling program.

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1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Group Sues over Maine Wildlife Department's Role in Bear Hunting Campaign

An image from an ad opposing ballot Question 1 that includes Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife personnel.

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7:26 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Maine Senate Returns to Consider LePage Nominees

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Democratic-led Maine Senate is coming back to Augusta to vote on more than 50 of Gov. Paul LePage's nominees.

Among them is Susan Dench, one of the Republican governor's nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted along party lines against her nomination last week after several professors raised concerns about views she's shared on her online blog.

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LePage nominations
4:50 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Group Fails to Derail LePage Nominee for Efficiency Maine Trust Board

Don Lewis, whose nomination to the Efficiency Maine Trust board was approved by a legislative panel.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

An eleventh-hour effort by an environmental group to derail the governor's nominee to the board of trustees for the Efficiency Maine Trust failed today, after members of a legislative panel concluded there was no reason to oppose the nomination. The Natural Resources Council of Maine claimed that Brewer engineer and businessman Don Lewis should not serve on the board because of a conflict of interest.

 

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6:15 am
Mon September 29, 2014

LePage Agrees to Participate in 5 Debates

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage now says he plans to participate in five debates.

The Republican said last week he did not want to be on the same stage as Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, unless Michaud denounced TV ads from an outside group that said LePage considered Social Security as a form of welfare.

LePage said in a statement Sunday he has decided to participate in the debates "after much reflection" and to make sure people "get the record straight prior to the election."

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LePage nominations
5:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Panel Rejects LePage's Controversial Nominee for UMS Board

Gov. Paul LePage's UMS board nominee Susan Dench.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

Gov. Paul LePage's nomination of conservative businesswoman Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees has been rejected by the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Comittee. The vote followed a contentious public hearing in Augusta. Dench - and the governor's office - say the vote was pre-ordained and politically motivated.

 

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5:16 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine GOP Seeks Apology for Mailer Attacking State Senate Candidate

Republican Sen. Brian Langely, of Ellsworth.
Credit Mal Leary / MPBN

Maine Senate Republican leaders are calling on the state Democratic party to apologize for a recent mailer against GOP Sen. Brian Langley, of Ellsworth. Langley is targeted for his vote to sustain the governor's veto of a bill that would have expanded the public's right to know regarding the number of products sold in Maine containing the potentially hazardous chemical BPA.  

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4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine Political Parties Battle for Women Voters

Gov Paul LePage hugs a supporter at an event in Scarborough Friday.
Credit Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

The race for the governor is increasingly focusing on the women's vote. Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood released an ad in support of Democrat Mike Michaud and criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. On Friday, Gov. LePage appeared with female supporters at an event in Scarborough, where he was asked about his record on women's issues. The governor himself could not recall a key vote on family planning.

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