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Six police departments recieve federal grant of $1.3 between them

October 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Capitol news, Civil Rights, Community Maine, Issue 31, Public Safety

Six police departments from Limestone to Scarborough are being distributed a combined $1.3 million in funding from the Department of Justice to hire, preserve or rehire law enforcement officers.

The funding was awarded through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Fiscal Year 2011 Hiring Program. The towns and the amounts they will receive are: Limestone, $181,380; Lincoln, $193,553; Greenville, $205,826; Dixfield, $189,617; Richmond, $165,22 and Scarborough, $410,932. Part of the funds will help the states outbreak of the addictive synthetic bath salts.

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LePage changes his story why he took down the DOL mural on national news

September 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Capitol news, Civil Rights, Community Maine, Creative Economy, Issue 31

We found the mural! Comic depiction of where the mural might be. LePage was a manager at Marden's

Governor LePage is in the news again about his latest comments concerning his actions which removed the labor mural from the Department of Labor in Augusta. LePage changed his story about why he had the mural taken down during an appearance on an NBC Education Summit.

This is yet another explanation in a long series where he attempts to excuse his actions. Initially he said that the mural was removed because of an “anonymous letter,” then it was too “one sided” apparently favoring labor at the expense of business interests. Now seven months later he insists it was because federal funding was used inappropriately.

The funding came from Reed Act funds which the state received during the time when the DOL consolidated and moved offices under one roof in 2008, under Governor John Baldacci. The DOL consolidation has saved the state of Maine revenues and improved services.

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Legislature passes bipartisan bill to stiffen Bath Salts penalties

September 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Issue 31, Public Safety

The Maine Legislature passed a bill to strengthen the penalties for users and dealers of the illegal synthetic drug bath salts.

“The bath salts epidemic this summer has prompted the legislature to take emergency action on this critical issue,” said Rep. Seth Berry who is a cosponsor of the new bipartisan bill and was the sponsor of the original bill that made the drug illegal earlier this year.

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DoD accelerates clean energy innovation to save lives and funds says PEW study

September 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Creative Economy, Energy Issues, Issue 31, Maine's green energy potential, News from Washington

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is accelerating clean energy innovations in an effort to reduce risks to America’s military, enhance energy security and save money, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. “From Barracks to the Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces” finds that DoD clean energy investments increased 300 percent between 2006 and 2009, from $400 million to $1.2 billion, and are projected to eclipse $10 billion annually by 2030.

“As one of the largest energy consumers in the world, the Department of Defense has the ability to help shape America’s energy future,” said Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program. “DoD’s efforts to harness clean energy will save lives, save money and enhance the nation’s energy and economic future. Their work is also helping to spur the growth of the clean energy economy.”

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to host webinar

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Capitol news, Community Maine, Economy, Energy Issues, Issue 31, Maine's green energy potential

On behalf of the RGGI participating states, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (RGGI, Inc.) will host a free, two-hour introductory webinar on the RGGI compliance process for CO2 budget sources. The webinar will provide an overview of the RGGI compliance process and an online Q&A session.

A regulated power plant (referred to as a “CO2 budget source”) must hold CO2 allowances equal to its emissions to demonstrate compliance at the end of each three-year control period. Under each state’s CO2 Budget Trading Program, the first control period for fossil fuel-fired electric generators took effect on January 1, 2009 and extends through December 31, 2011. The deadline for CO2 budget sources to provide CO2 allowances for compliance and to certify compliance for the first control period is 11:59 PM ET on March 1, 2012.

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Same-day registration protects integrity of voting

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Capitol news, Civil Rights, Community Maine, Issue 31

“Voting is a one of our most cherished constitutional rights, fundamental to our democracy,” said Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union. photo by Ramona du Houx

Same-day voter registration provides critical safeguards to assure the integrity of Maine’s elections and to protect the right of every eligible voter to cast his or her ballot.

In August, Maine’s Central Voter Registration database suffered a potential security breach as a result of malicious computer software that infected a town clerk’s office in Millinocket.

The breach put at risk the personal information of voters around Maine. But the risk extends beyond stolen information. A breach of the system could also have corrupted data in the system, inadvertently erasing the registration of Maine voters.

“Imagine showing up on Election Day thinking that you’re registered and all of your information has been erased by some unknown computer error – or worse yet some malicious act,” said Barbara McDade, the president of the League of Women Voters of Maine. “Same-day voter registration makes sure that eligible voters won’t have their vote denied by a mistake or the acts of a criminal.”

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Portland adopts ranked choice voting rules

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Community Maine, Issue 31

Last night, the City of Portland City Council accepted rules for the city’s Mayoral election, which will be determined by ranked choice voting (sample ballot attached). Ranked choice voting allows voters the opportunity to rank as many of the Mayoral candidates as they would like according to preference. Voters will rank candidates in order of 1st choice, 2nd choice and so on, until either the voter no longer has a preference or all candidates have been ranked.

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Cate Street Capital to begin Millinocket and East Millinocket mills restart preparations Monday

September 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Economy, Issue 31

The sale of the Katahdin region mill properties could put 200-250 people back to work by mid-October in the Millinocket area.

Officials from the State of Maine, Cate Street Capital and Brookfield Asset Management, the Toronto-based corporation that owns the two Katahdin region paper mills met in Portland Friday morning to finalize the sale which closed in escrow effectively turning over the Millinocket and East Millinocket mills immediately to Cate Street Capital.

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New partnership offers Madison residents savings on heating costs through 2013

September 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 31, Maine's green energy potential

Under a new model partnership, Madison Maine residents have the option of heating their homes and businesses at a price equivalent to approximately $2.20 per gallon of home heating oil – and locking in the savings through December 2013 using technology marketed by Saco-based Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, LLC (TESM).

Under the partnership, which is also being negotiated in other communities in Maine, Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, LLC is providing Steffes Corporation electric thermal storage (ETS) heating units; Madison Electric Works is offering a special, off-peak delivery rate for electricity delivered by NextEra Energy Resources Power Marketing, LLC; Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union is offering an Energy Improvement Loan applicable to ETS technology; and Campbell’s Building Supply will sell and arrange the installation of ETS units for residents and businesses.

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Innovating our System for Innovation

September 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Issue 31

Posted by Aneesh Chopra

The United States is engineered for innovation. Economic competition may be tougher than ever. But whether curing diseases, soaring into an age of flight, or navigating the digital age from the palms of our hands, it is American inventors who have led the world to historic discovery. And in the years to come, these inventors will continue to unleash tidal waves of new jobs in new industries.

In order to write the next chapters of growth and remain the world’s chief global competitor, we must embolden our role as the world’s inventive visionaries. We must smartly and immediately invest in the very infrastructure that fosters the American innovative potential.

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