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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Maine Public Utilities Commission has chosen Pennsylvania-based Liberty Consulting Group to examine the accuracy of Central Maine Power’s meters after hundreds of customers complained of inflated electric bills this past winter. . . .
  • Rockland has become the latest Maine municipality to pass a local food sovereignty ordinance, which will exempt direct-to-consumer sales of food, with the exception of meat and poultry, from state and federal food safety regulations. . . .
  • LePage Policy Advisor Quietly Resigned
    LePage cabinet member Jonathan LaBonte resigned from his position as the director of Policy and Management (OPM) last month without any announcement. In an email, the governor’s spokeswoman, Julie Rabinowitz . . .
  • Maine Supreme Court Affirms Decision to Boot Max Linn from the June Ballot
    Republi- can US Senate candidate Max Linn will appear on the June primary ballot, but votes for him will not be counted as the Maine Supreme Court officially disqualified him on Tuesday. The two-page Court decision, which backs . . .
  • ACLU Sues Federal Agencies Over Immigration Raids  on Buses
    The ACLU of Maine filed a lawsuit last week in US District Court against the federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over the agencies’ refusal to release public records . . .
  • The US Coast Guard has decided not to pursue a proposal to establish federal anchorage off Broad Cove in Owls Head to accommodate large cruise ships. In an email last week, Coast Guard Commander Andy Meyers notified . . .
  • When I was growing up, it was always thrilling to shake the hands of Maine’s distinguished politicians, including Senators George Mitchell and Bill Cohen, at our local parades. But unfortunately, local children will no longer . . .
  • Former Rockland City Manager James Chaousis has announced his run for the Falmouth Town Council. Chaousis, who now works at his wife’s family business W.D. Matthews Machinery Company in Auburn, wrote on his Facebook . . .
  • Job seekers will have an opportunity to connect with dozens of local employers at the second annual Rockland Regional Spring Hiring Fair on Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the South School, 30 Broadway in Rockland. . . .
  • Committee Hears Bill to Temporarily Confiscate Guns from “High Risk” People
    Gun control proponents faced off with gun rights advocates Tuesday over a bill that would create a process to temporarily confiscate guns from individuals believed to pose a threat to themselves or others. LD 1884, sponsored . . .
  • Another Republican Jumps Into Belfast Area House Race
    Republican Rita Horsey of Belfast has filed to run for House District 97, which includes the towns of Belfast, Northport and Waldo. She will face Republican Bevelyn Beatty of Belfast in a primary. Horsey declined to be interviewed . . .
  • Wiscasset Democrat Running for House District 87
    Democrat Jason Putnam of Wiscasset has filed to run against incumbent Rep. Jeff Hanley (R-Pittston) in House District 87, which comprises the towns of Alna, Pittston, Randolph and Wiscasset. A self-employed carpenter, Putnam . . .
  • Matlack Running For House District 92
    Democrat Ann Matlack of Spruce Head has filed to run for House District 92, which comprises the towns of Thomaston, South Thomaston, Cushing, St. George and Matinicus. Matlack has previously worked as the assistant to the . . .
  • Fisherman Running for House District 92
    Republican Justin Thompson of Port Clyde has filed to run for the Maine Legislature in House District 92, which includes the towns of Thomaston, Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George and Matinicus. A 1988 graduate of Georges . . .
  • Belmont Selectman to Challenge Zeigler for House District 96
    Republican Robert Currier has filed to run against Stanley Paige Zeigler for House District 96, which comprises the towns of Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont. Currier serves as the . . .
  • “Critter Catcher” Running for Rockland/Owls Head House Seat
    Republican Maynard Stanley, Jr. of Owls Head has filed to run against incumbent Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center (D-Rockland) in House District 93, which includes Owls Head and Rockland. A self-described born-again Christian and . . .
  • Kresge Running for Searsport/Winterport Area House Seat
    Republican Brian Kresge of Winterport will succeed Rep. James Gillway (R-Searsport) in a run for House District 98, which includes the towns of Searsport, Frankfort, Swanville and Winterport. Gillway is prohibited from running . . .
  • Rock City Coffee Officially Becomes a Worker Cooperative
    When Susanne Ward and her late partner Patrick Reilley moved to Rockland from California in 1991, they knew it wasn’t easy to make a living in midcoast Maine and they had to get creative. “Two of the things we really missed . . .
  • Lawmakers  Call for Investigations Into DHHS’s Handling of Child Abuse Reports
    Legislators are calling for investigations into the LePage administration’s handling of reports of child abuse following the murders of two local children in recent months
  • Democrats Sean Faircloth of Bangor and Jim Boyle of Gorham have decided to end their campaigns for governor. Democrat Tim Rich of Seal Harbor has dropped out of the Second District Congressional race. . . .
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