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LePage Vacation Policy
4:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Rivals Blast LePage Decision to Grant More Vacation Time to Political Appointees

Gov. Paul LePage.
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AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is defending a little-known unilateral decision he made earlier this year to grant more paid vacation time to about 55 of his political appointees. The workers, hired by the executive branch, hold positions ranging from secretary to department commissioner. LePage says the policy is needed to retain good employees who take pay cuts to work in state government. But state workers and other critics say the governor's action smacks of elitism.  

 

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LePage Vacation Policy
2:39 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Political Foes Slam New LePage Vacation Policy

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage's political foes are criticizing a new policy that's giving more vacation time to political appointees and staff.

The policy change allows 54 officials to count years worked before their appointment when calculating vacation time. The change was first reported Wednesday by the Bangor Daily News.

LePage said in a statement that it allows his administration to better recruit and retain good employees from the private sector and brings appointees in line with pay and benefits for other state employees.

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2:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

House Speaker Boehner to Raise Money for Poliquin

PORTLAND, Maine - House Speaker John Boehner is visiting Maine next week to raise money for 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin.

Poliquin Finance Director Jessica Corbett said that Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, will host a closed-door fundraiser on Sept. 25. She declined to provide further details.

The former state treasurer and businessman is squaring off against Democratic state senator Emily Cain in November. Democrats have held the seat in the vast, rural northern Maine district for nearly two decades.

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7:30 am
Wed September 17, 2014

How are Maine Political Ads Working? Ad Execs Weigh In

Like the colors of early autumn foliage, broadcast political ads are appearing with increasing frequency. Advertising executive Sam Surprise has been watching, and says the crop of political ads so far is pretty typical for this point in a campaign. Surprise owns Surprise Advertising in Portland. He spoke with MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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7:29 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Conservation Group Targets LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine — A powerful national conservation group is setting its sights on defeating Gov. Paul LePage.

The League of Conservation Voters added the Republican governor to its "dirty dozen" list of candidates it is targeting this year. The group says LePage is the first incumbent governor to make the list, reflecting the "urgency to stop his extensive anti-environment agenda."

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10:53 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Maine PAC Mailers Attack LePage on Education

AUGUSTA, Maine  - A political action committee has begun a $70,000 campaign hitting Gov. Paul LePage for his education policies.

The PAC run by the Maine Education Association is sending out mailers attacking the Republican governor for proposing to eliminate Head Start funding and to cut $12.5 million from education, among other things.

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5:48 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Democrat Michaud Unveils 10-Point Health Care Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveils his health care plan at a Portland news conference.
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PORTLAND, Maine - Mike Michaud says Mainers must oppose Gov. Paul LePage's efforts to balance the state budget by siphoning off funding from a program that targets tobacco and other substance abuse. In discussing his 10-point "Plan for a Healthier Maine," the Democratic candidate said he would protect the Fund for a Healthy Maine, which pays for smoking cessation, prenatal home health visits and child care.

Michaud's opponents say LePage's priorities for the fund provide health solutions for the state's neediest residents.

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5:45 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

'Yes on 6' Supporters Urge Passage of Water Bond

Former state GOP lawmaker Stacey Fitts, representing the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, urges passage of Question 6 at a Falmouth news conference.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

FALMOUTH, Maine - A coalition of environmentalists, business and municipal leaders, and others, gathered at Maine Audubon's environmental center in Falmouth this morning to get behind a $10 million bond proposal to invest in Maine's water infrastructure.

"We are here today to officially kick off the 'Yes on 6' campaign for clean water and clean jobs in Maine. It's an exciting day," said Kate Dempsey, who is with the Nature Conservancy of Maine, one of more than 20 statewide organizations supporting the proposal.
 

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5:37 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

LePage Abruptly Backs Out of Energy Forum at Last Minute

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler (left, with back to camera) confers with energy conference officials after Gov. Paul LePage backs out of the forum.
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PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 300 industry representatives and interested voters gathered at the University of Southern Maine today for what was supposed to be a chance to compare the energy policies of all three gubernatorial candidates. But Republican Gov. Paul LePage backed out before the forum could even get underway. The governor objected to a format change in the program, leaving his two opponents to carry on without him.

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4:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Record Spending Forecast for Maine Races, as Ad Barrage Intensifies

Spending in the race for governor is already setting new records, and spending in other top-of-the-ticket races may also set new records. What impact will all that cash buying up all available television airtime have on other contests?  

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