Sen Angus King announces he is switching to support for Michaud for Governor

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Eliot Cutler “releasing” his supporters to vote their consciences.

“Eliot Cutler is a fine man who would make a good governor of our state. He is a friend who I believe would be a true consensus builder, ready to put solutions ahead of politics. My feelings about Eliot on these matters have not changed since I endorsed his candidacy four years ago and again this past August. But, like Eliot, I too am a realist. After many months considering the issues and getting to know the candidates, it is clear that the voters of Maine are not prepared to elect Eliot in 2014.

“The good news is that we still have a chance to elect a governor who will represent the majority of Maine people: my friend and colleague, Mike Michaud. And today, I’d like to offer him my support.

“I have worked with Mike Michaud for twenty years and know that he has what it takes to be Maine’s next Governor. He has lived the American dream — going from the mill floor in Millinocket to the halls of Congress — and he knows in his heart that everyone, willing to work for it, deserves a chance to get ahead. Mike believes in protecting our environment and finding new ways to grow Maine’s economy and, as I have seen first-hand, is absolutely tenacious in defending Maine’s interests.

“This was not an easy decision, but I think the circumstances require that those of us who have supported Eliot look realistically at the options before us at this critical moment in Maine history.

“In the end, I believe that what drives us to the polls should be hope – not fear; what calls us to participate in the political dialogue should be optimism – not cynicism; and what informs our decision to vote for the Governor of Maine should be the belief in a system of government where every vote counts.”

“I’m grateful and humbled by Sen. King’s endorsement and his support,” Michaud said. “Sen. King and I have worked together for many years, and we’ve always tried to put the best interests of our state first. With only six days left before Election Day, momentum is building and if we all stand together I believe that we can bring the change we need to Augusta. This is a close race, and we need every voter to show up on Tuesday.”

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The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artist Collective, puts out a “Call for Art”

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Arts & Entertainment

Summer Stroll, is an example of an 8x10 print for sale at the gallery

Summer Stroll, is an example of an 8×10 print for sale at the gallery

The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artist Collective (MAC), has put out a “Call for Art” throughout the great state of Maine for the upcoming Miniatures Show from November 21st to January 27th.

Artists will have the opportunity to show downtown Portland from November until January, during two art walks with receptions — one on December 5th and the other on January 2nd.

The “Miniatures Show” comes during the holiday season making affordable art the perfect gift to enhance any home.

“Mini art pieces make great gifts for the holidays and the Constellation Gallery will feature artist with works 11×14 or smaller,” said David Marshall, MAC’s President and Portland City Councilor. “We’re exciting about reviewing all they new artwork that will be submitted.”

Maine based artist can submit their creations, in any media, as long as the work measures 11 x 14 inches or smaller, including any frame used.

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High-profile Cutler supporters announce their shift to support Michaud

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Community Maine

 “I am pleased to be here with former Eliot Cutler supporters who, like me, think that he has many good ideas and know-how,” said Bobby Monks, a Cape Elizabeth businessman, in the photo.  “But Mike Michaud is strong on women’s rights, strong on the environment, and brings a creative vision for business and economic development for the state of Maine.  If we join together, we can defeat Paul LePage.”


“I am pleased to be here with former Eliot Cutler supporters who, like me, think that he has many good ideas and know-how,” said Bobby Monks, a Cape Elizabeth businessman, in the photo. “But Mike Michaud is strong on women’s rights, strong on the environment, and brings a creative vision for business and economic development for the state of Maine. If we join together, we can defeat Paul LePage.”

With one week remaining before Election Day and the polls showing Paul LePage and Mike Michaud neck-and-neck in the race to be Maine’s next governor, a half-dozen high-profile supporters of Eliot Cutler gathered at Ocean Gateway in Portland and announced their intention to unite behind Michaud in order to defeat LePage.

“Going back to 2010 I have been a fervent Cutler supporter,” said Jim Shaffer, a retired educator and former CEO of the Guy Gannet Company from Cape Elizabeth. “I certainly think he has the best ideas for moving the state forward and strong skills for executing those ideas. I know many of you share this view. But this week I’ve come to a sad conclusion that Eliot isn’t going to win, and if I vote for him, I might be doing damage because Maine can ill afford four more years of Paul LePage. I’m now sporting a Michaud sticker on my car. I’ll vote for him, and I hope you will join me.”

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On Maine’s ballot: $50 million in bonds for economic growth, and bear baiting citizen’s question

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news

Bonds will help create jobs. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Bonds will help create jobs. Photo by Ramona du Houx

The Legislature passed a $50 million bond plan last spring to boost job creation by small businesses and invest in key sectors of the state’s economy and clean water infrastructure. Some of the investments will help grow Maine’s stagnant economy as Governor LePage has held back bond investments.

The plan is made up of six separate measures. Each received two-thirds approval in both chambers of the Legislature, which made it impossible for LePage to veto the measure.

“Democrats and Republicans came together to make critical investments in our economy,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves. “This is a positive step towards boosting jobs by building on the best of Maine.”

The largest of the six proposals would invest $12 million to recapitalize the Regional Economic Development Loan Program and the Commercial Loan Insurance Programs — proven financing programs that help promising small business on the cusp of job creation access capital.

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Poll shows Michaud locked in dead heat with LePage for Maine’s governorship

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

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A new poll from Pan Atlantic SMS shows that U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Gov. Paul LePage are locked in a tight race to become Maine’s next governor. Third-place candidate Eliot Cutler remains far behind the frontrunners and appears to be losing support. The poll of 400 people, conducted Oct. 15-21, found Michaud and Gov. LePage tied at 40 percent of the vote and Cutler dropping to 13 percent.

“I voted for Nader- voting my conscience, and I voted for Cutler last time around. But LePage has been too damaging for Maine’s economy and reputation. People need healthcare and a minimum wage increase. Cutler said he’d wait for the federal government to raise the minimum wage. He’s not who I thought he is. I’m voting for Michaud. I’m not taking any chances,” said Terry Wright of Portland.

The last poll released by Pan Atlantic, which was taken in Sept. 23-29, showed 39 percent for Gov. LePage, 34 percent for Michaud and 20 percent for Cutler. The poll shows Michaud gaining momentum and support as Cutler’s support fades.
Comparing the two polls from the same pollster, Michaud is showing strong gains, while Cutler’s base is falling. Some people fear LePage might win because of Cutler, who is wieldy considered to be a spoiler in the race.

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Hillery Clinton energizes Michaud supporters and asks them to, “veto” LePage

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York,  in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

“It’s time to give your governor a veto,” said Clinton after highlighting the fact that Gov. LePage vetoed accepting federal healthcare coverage for Maine- not once- but five times.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, rallied roughly 1,400 people on behalf of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud at Scarborough High School on October 24, 2014.

“I wanted to come lend my support to his campaign because I believe he would be the kind of governor the people of Maine deserve,” said Clinton.

She talked about Michaud’s record of passionate persistent work on the behalf of the people of Maine. She reminded people that Michaud had the courage to run for office and pass laws in the Maine State House that stopped his employer, the Great Northern Mill, from dumping pollutants into his community’s river. Michaud got into politics because he was passionate about stopping the mill’s toxic practice. He continued to work for the mill while being a Representative in Augusta.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York,  in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

“It matters what have you already done,” said Clinton highlighting her work with Michaud on trade issues and how he played a key role in passing the recent VA reform bill. She also mentioned Mike’s work bringing needed funds to rural areas of the state with the Northern Boarder Commission for economic development he created in Congress.

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Out-of-State Tea Party donors give $50,000 to Cutler PAC in Maine

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

The Campaign for Maine, the political action committee supporting Eliot Cutler, received $50,000 in contributions from major, out-of-state Republican donors in its most recent campaign finance report. The donors, James and Marilyn Hebenstreit of Kansas, also contributed the maximum amount to Eliot Cutler’s campaign in September.

The report, filed on Oct. 23 and covering the period of Oct. 1-21, shows that nearly 60 percent of Cutler PAC’s new fundraising come from these two donors. The Hebenstreits are long-time donors to Tea Party Republicans across the country, contributing more than $536,000 to the GOP’s most conservative politicians and special interest groups. This includes $50,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) with their most recent donation of $25,000 in June, $96,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and $65,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

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$50,000 Grant for Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs for Portland, ME

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Community Maine

Portland City Hall, photo by Ramona du Hxou

Portland City Hall, photo by Ramona du Hxou

Portland, Maine recently received a $50,000 grant from The National League of Cities to create programs providing children with after school and summer meals.

The $50,000 grant will support ongoing efforts to expand summer meal programs across the City and to break new ground by establishing programs that provide nutritious meals for kids afterschool as well.

“With over 50 percent of our students eligible for free or reduced lunch, it’s clear we need to do whatever we can to ensure every kid has access to a nutritious meal even when they’re not in school. This funding will significantly expand the impact of what has already been a successful collaboration over the past few years among our deeply committed partners. We’re grateful that we’ve been selected,” said Mayor Michael Brennan.

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Sen. Collins calls her own position on minimum wage, “not a livable wage,” in MPBN debate

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Shenna Bellows clearly won tonight’s MPBN/Bangor Chamber of Commerce debate with clear, popular positions on a meaningful minimum wage increase, decreased Pentagon spending, less militarization of foreign policy, overdue campaign finance reform, and universal health care for every American. Susan Collins called her own preferred $9.00-per-hour minimum wage “not a living wage” and failed to explain how her cosponsorship of Ted Cruz’s “Obamacare Repeal Act” represented a serious attempt to reform the health care system.

Bellows laid out a clear vision of new job creation investments, an end to extremely expensive wars overseas, a higher minimum wage for working Americans, and increased Social Security benefits paid for by tax reforms that ensure millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. She offered confident answers throughout the evening and told Collins directly, “You cannot claim that this Congress and your leadership have been fiscally responsible.” Collins voted for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Educational forum on domestic violence in Bangor

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Public Safety

There will be an educational forum on domestic violence in Bangor for Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Stehle for Sheriff and partners, Spruce Run and the Innovative Business Network (IBN) will be presenting an educational forum on domestic violence at Beal College. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 28 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

There will be speakers from the Bangor Police Department, Spruce Run, Columbia Psychology Associates and Allen Stehle. After the speakers, there will be a question and answer period. If the discussion goes past 7:00 pm, feel free to stay longer as I will not leave any question unanswered.

Stehle will be on WVOM radio Monday morning at 8:00 am with Ric Tyler promoting the event.

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