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Sunday, January 22, 2017
  • Several companies competing for subsidies to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility have suffered a setback with the recent release of a new study concluding that none of the bids would be beneficial to electric and . . .
  • Committee Considers Extending Retail Pot Moratorium
    This week the Legislature’s Veterans & Legal Affairs Committee considered a measure to delay the implemention of a new citizen initiative to end the prohibition on the commercial cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale . . .
  • Last week, representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) once again refused to show up to answer questions from lawmakers about a vague plan to pay a private company to house people with . . .
  • The Biennial Budget Drops — Tax Cuts for the Rich, Plain Old Cuts for the Poor
    With little fanfare, Gov. Paul LePage dumped his final biennial budget on a state website at about 10:30 p.m. last Friday night. Predictably, the governor’s 2017-18 budget attempts to advance his vision of ultimately eliminating . . .
  • Local Activists Continue to Call on TD Bank to Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline
    Last week demonstrators gathered in front of TD?Bank branches as part of an ongoing effort to lobby the bank to divest from the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a 1,172-mile underground oil pipeline that aims to bring domestically produced sweet crude from North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois
  • Maine’s Labor Movement Is a Lesson for Progressives
    We’ve been here before. And the latest work by longtime Maine labor historian Charles Scontras, “Time-Line of Selected Highlights of Maine Labor History: 1636-2015,” serves as a timely reminder that nothing was ever given to the American worker
  • Hospitality House Offers Lifeline to Area Homeless
    Sabrina Turner didn’t have many options when she finally decided to take the kids and leave what she describes as an abusive relationship last February. The 26-year-old mother of two young children says she didn’t realize she had . . .
  • PUC Bails Out Biomass Plants
    Last week, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously to deliver a $13.4 million taxpayer-funded bailout to four struggling wood biomass electricity plants in Aroostook, Penobscot and Washington counties. . . .
  • Rockland City Council voted unanimously Monday to establish an eight-member ad hoc committee to begin the search for a new city manager. The new committee will be in charge of soliciting applications, reviewing resumes, interviewing . . .
  • Rockland Council Postpones Vote on Food Sovereignty Ordinance
    Rockland City Council voted Monday to postpone until January 9 a vote on a proposed ordinance to exempt face-to-face sales of locally produced food from state and federal food safety regulations. The “Local Food and . . ."
  • Chamber Hosts Forum on Role of Immigration in Addressing Maine’s Workforce Shortage
    It’s no secret that Maine is the oldest, whitest state in the country and that it needs to attract younger workers or else businesses will fail, tax revenues will decline, schools will close and the overall economy will suffer. The Maine Chamber . . .
  • Will Rockland Become the New San Francisco?
    An ambitious “infill” ordinance to allow more compact housing development in Rockland received a mixed response from members of the public at a city council meeting Monday night. The proposed zoning change, sponsored by Councilor . . .
  • US Department of Homeland Security is once again telling Maine it won’t accept the Maine driver’s license or ID card as a permissible form of identification to board a plane or enter a federal facility if it doesn’t change . . .
  • It’s been a month since Maine voters approved a referendum to legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older by over 4,000 votes. But it will be a long time before Mainers will be . . .
  • British right-wing nationalist leader Nigel Farage says he may relocate to the United States, possibly to Maine, according to the Times of London. Confidants told the Times last week that the 52-year-old former interim head . . .
  • In a 2-1 decision, a federal court has dismissed an appeal by House Speaker Mark Eves (D-North Berwick) against Gov. Paul LePage for threatening to withhold funding from Good Will-Hinckley in retribution for hiring the Democratic . . .
  • Rockland City Council will be debating how to regulate retail marijuana shops and bars at a meeting at City Hall on Monday, December 5, at 5:30 p.m. The debate comes in the wake of the passage of Question 1, which legalized the . . .
  • The Future of Healthcare Under Republican Rule — TrumpCare™ Is Coming
    On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare,” President-elect Donald Trump declares on his website. In the time since President Barack Obama signed his . . .
  • The five members of Rockland City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to elect Councilor Will Clayton to be the new mayor of Rockland. Newly elected Councilor Ed Glaser and Councilor Larry Pritchett were . . .
  • Camden Protest March —
    On Saturday, November 19, a couple hundred people marched through downtown Camden and rallied in Harbor Park to protest the election of Donald Trump.
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