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    January 27, 2012

    ‘Don’t try to be tough guys’

    Patriot legend and Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett was on hand at the Statehouse Wednesday, Jan. 25, promoting legislation to better prevent head injuries in youth sports. “Don’t try to be tough guys,” said Tippett in a press conference, who said the days of players getting injured and trying to go out and play “are over.” “It is important to educate families, players and coaches. Everyone must be held …

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    December 14, 2011

    Mainers pack Hall of Flags in rally

    Hundreds of Mainers gathered on Wednesday morning to show their disdain for the budget proposal recently presented by Gov. Paul LePage. The Hall of Flags was packed as several different speakers took the podium, and dozens with signs stood behind them on the staircase. “Maine won’t allow people to end up on the streets by July 1,” said Betsy Sweet of Moose Ridge Associates. “There are thousands of people …

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    June 4, 2011

    Van Dusen a natural for children’s books

    “I used to do a lot of art for business magazines. I really like a more comic style, so appealing to children is a natural fit.” For Chris Van Dusen, an illustrator and author, it is a natural fit for not only himself, but his audience as well. Third- and fourth-graders marveled at the artist’s work at Lincoln School in Augusta on Friday. They clapped and gasped as Van Dusen read “Down to the Sea With Mr. …

  • Published
    March 11, 2010

    Baldacci proposes $79 million bond to put Mainers back to work

    At the Statehouse on March 10, Gov. John Baldacci released details of a $79 million investment package that he said would create 1,898 jobs and protect thousands more.”To climb out of this recession, job creation and protecting our economy must be the highest priority,” said Baldacci. “That’s why I have proposed to balance the state budget without a tax increase. It’s why I support cutting the top income tax rate …

  • Published
    March 3, 2010

    Mitchell, Pingree unveil jobs bond

    Legislative and business leaders stood tall behind Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell and Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree on March 2, when they unveiled the details of a jobs bond at the Statehouse.The intent of the bond is to put people to work this summer building and rebuilding the state’s infrastructure. Their goal is for the $99 million package to be voted on in June, in time for the construction …

  • Published
    February 9, 2010

    Damon, MCLU want to keep surveillance under wraps

    Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, made his case for LD 1561: An Act to Regulate the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras, at a Feb. 5 public hearing at the Statehouse. “My concern is for the protection of our freedom, and in this case our right to privacy,” said Damon, who wants to keep the Automatic License Plate Reader, referred to as ALPR, at bay. “Just because we can do something doesn’t always mean we …

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Natural Resources Council of Maine: Odd-ball weather is ‘wake-up call’

    The extremes in Maine weather in recent weeks are signs of climate change due to global warming, according to Lisa Pohlmann, deputy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Pohlmann was one of several people calling for action to thwart global warming during a news conference Jan. 28 at the State House. “This week we had 50-mile-an-hour winds, 50-degree temperatures, heavy rains and now ice jams on …

  • Published
    January 30, 2010

    Speakers: Maine should adopt new PACE

    While testifying Jan. 28 on behalf of  LD 1717 in the Hall of Flags at the State House, Senate President Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell referenced President Obama’s State of the Union speech the previous night.”The president said this country must lead the world in renewable energy,” said Mitchell. “Maine got that memo before last night.”A number of representatives and business owners joined Mitchell at the Hall of …

  • Published
    January 29, 2010

    Mills to separating couples: ‘Don’t go back alone’

    “There are a lot of very depressing statistics within,” said Maine Attorney General Janet Mills as she presented the 8th Report of the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel Jan. 28 at the Statehouse.In 2008, 31 homicides occurred in Maine, 20 (65 percent) of which involved domestic violence. Of the 25 homicides in 2009 in Maine, 10 (35 percent) were domestic-violence-related.Three red cutouts of human …

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    January 22, 2010

    Bowdoin professor: Solitary confinement reflects failure of prison

    The fear of those supporting LD 1611: “An Act to Ensure Humane Treatment of Special Management Unit Prisoners” is that inmates who have served their sentences are released back to the public more damaged than when they entered prison. At a Statehouse press conference Jan. 21, several speakers representing a coalition of 17 organizations dedicated to limiting solitary confinement in the Maine State Prison said …

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