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    January 11, 2011

    Maine Farmland Trust: Critical time to preserve farmland

    Maine Farmland Trust on Jan. 11 announced its campaign to raise $50 million to permanently protect 100,000 acres of working Maine farmland by 2014. “Maine agriculture is very well positioned for the future, but only if we protect the land base,” said John Piotti of Unity, executive director of the trust. Seth Bradstreet, acting state agriculture commissioner, said, “Maine is poised for an agricultural …

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    January 7, 2011

    LePage nominates three more to Cabinet

    Sounding a strong “business-friendly” tone, Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage on Jan. 7 nominated three more members of his Cabinet. Darryl N. Brown, a former Republican legislator from Livermore Falls and, since 1972, the founder and president of Main-Land Development Consultants Inc., was selected as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. Norman Olsen, a former commercial fisherman, …

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    January 5, 2011

    LePage takes oath before boisterous crowd of 5,000

    With his wife, Ann, holding the Bible and his five children standing behind him, Paul Richard LePage was sworn into office Wednesday, Jan. 5, as the 70th person to serve as Maine governor. The first Republican governor of Maine in 16 years, LePage promised an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 5,000 in the Augusta Civic Center that he would trim the fat from state government and bring government back to the …

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    December 30, 2010

    Aide: LePage plans more interesting, less costly inauguration

    Brent Littlefield, Gov.-elect Paul LePage’s inauguration director and senior political adviser, told reporters Thursday that LePage is planning a shorter, cheaper inauguration that will be more interesting than past inaugurals. “We’re not going to have poems being read or choral singing,” said Littlefield. “We’ll try to make the ceremony a little more interesting. The governor-elect is a fun guy to hang out …

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    December 10, 2010

    Gingerbread, sugar plums, fairies adorn Blaine House

    About 25 members of the Kennebec Valley Garden Club spent a good portion of Tuesday, Nov. 30, decorating the Blaine House for Christmas. For more than 25 years, the garden club has been decorating the governor’s residence with natural decorations. This year’s theme is “Candyland, Gingerbread, Sugar Plums and Fairies.” In addition to decking the halls of the mansion for the last Christmas that Gov. John …

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    December 2, 2010

    Cape Air lands passenger service to Augusta

    A Cape Air Cessna 402 rolled to a stop outside the Augusta State Airport terminal and the first five Boston-to-Augusta Cape Air passengers stepped inside and were greeted with thunderous applause. Wednesday, Dec. 1, was the first day of service to Augusta for Cape Air, which now serves nine cities with nonstop service from Boston’s Logan International Airport. Rockland is Cape Air’s other Maine destination. Th…

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    November 18, 2010

    Advocates to seek federal probe into inmate’s death

    Members of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition announced Wednesday, Nov. 17, that they would seek a federal investigation into the death last year of state prison inmate Victor Valdez, a Dominican immigrant serving a four-year sentence for assault. The advocacy group held a rally at the Statehouse Hall of Flags in memory of Valdez and to announce plans to pursue a further investigation by the Office of Civil …

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    October 14, 2010

    LePage: State should pay $378 million it owes hospitals

    In rallies Thursday, Oct. 14, at five hospitals around Maine, supporters of Paul LePage, the Republican candidate for governor, urged the state to pay hospitals some $378 million it owes them in MaineCare reimbursements. LePage blamed the under-funding of hospitals on “the majority party in Augusta [Democrats],” and, by extension, his Democratic opponent for governor, Sen. Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell. At …

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    October 10, 2010

    Miller seeks bipartisan budget solutions

    Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Miller, D-Somerville, wants to be part of a bipartisan budget solution as she serves a fourth consecutive term in the Maine House and a second term as a member of the Appropriations Committee. “Serving on Appropriations is pretty much all-consuming.We’ll be trying to deal with between a $750 million and a $1 billion budget deficit. I want to be part of a bipartisan solution on that,” said …

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    October 3, 2010

    Sanderson would hold forums with constituents

    If elected to represent House District 52, Republican Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea wants to hold open forums with constituents to open up better communication with neighbors. “What I feel has been missing is actual representation of the people in our district,” said Sanderson, 47. “I’d like to establish an open forum between me and the people in my district so they will know what’s going on as well. And I can …

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