Clinton energizes Michaud supports and tells 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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Speaker Eves held forum on aging proposals in Brewer, Maine

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

wMG_6873 Maine’s House Speaker Mark Eves.

A statewide plan to help older adults age in their homes and communities got strong backing from local area seniors and community leaders during a forum at Brewer Medical Center, this fall.

More than area fifty seniors, community leaders, and aging experts attended the forum with Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, who sought input on his package of bills to redirect state resources to help seniors live independently longer.

“Brewer and Bangor are on the leading edge of our state’s rapidly aging population,” said Eves of North Berwick. ‘We heard great feedback from local leaders and seniors about what’s working here. No matter where you go in the state, seniors are concerned about rising property taxes, access to affordable housing, high heating costs and direct care services. We know these challenges are real barriers for seniors who want to live independently in their communities where they raised a generation.”

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Maine’s recent school funding cuts among the worst nationwide

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Budgets, Education

Maine cuts to school funding since the start of the recession are among the highest in the nation, and the deepest in New England, according to a new study released today.

The report by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), Most States Still Funding Schools Less than before the Recession, found that Maine has cut investment in K-12 schools by 13.3 percent since 2008, a deeper cut than 38 other states. During the Recession Maine was forced to make the cuts but while other states have recovered and are back to funding education Maine continues to make cuts. Gov. LePage’s revenue sharing cuts to towns have made cities across the state slash education funding further.

“The school department budget has literally been frozen, after you factor inflation for the last 5 years. That is not sustainable if we are going to be able to continue to provide the almost 4,000 Bangor students with a high quality education to prepare them for the jobs and the technologies of the future,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci.

Among New England states, Maine has cut per capita student spending by $736 since 2008, while Vermont per student spending is $7 below pre-recession levels and the other four states have all increased spending.

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The New C&L Aerospace Paint Hangar opening in Bangor

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Business & Innovation

Congressman Michaud attended the opening of the new  C&L Aerospace hangar, which federal funding he secured helped make possible. courtesy photo

Congressman Michaud attended the opening of the new C&L Aerospace hangar, which federal funding he secured helped make possible. courtesy photo

A long-dissed, 17,000-square-foot former Dow Air Force Base hangar was renovated by C&L Aerospace to paint aircraft, and an opening celebration took place October 16th.

Chris Kilgour, CEO of C&L Aerospace, moved his company and family Brisbane, Australia, to Bangor three years ago having been received warmly by the people of Maine. The quality of life, location, and Pine Tree Zone tax incentives- started by the Baldacci administration- were incentive enough him to relocate. Add Bangor’s embrace and the deal was made. At the beginning C&L employed 20 workers. Now he employs about 130 people, and is looking for 20 more. Another expansion at Bangor International Airport is also part of his future plans.

“These successes are all the product of teamwork and cooperation. Every step of the way Bangor put out the welcome matt for C&L. The company’s expansion is a testament to the great work force of our city.” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci.

The new hangar received more than $575,000 in funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Congressman Mike Michaud wrote to the EDA in 2012 advocating for the investment, and last year hosted a visit from Matt Erskine, EDA’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Commerce for Economic Development. Erskine’s visit included a tour of C&L Aerospace.

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Largest solar complex in Brunswick, Maine, compleated

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Business & Innovation

Maine’s largest solar power complex has been completed and stands at the former Naval Air Station.

The system will produce 1.2 megawatts of power, or about 8 percent of the needs of Bowdoin College. The ground mounted system is comprised of more than 4,000 solar panels at four locations.Under a win-win arrangement, SolarCity financed and built the system and will own and maintain the solar installations, while Bowdoin will purchase all generated power.

The system “reduces Bowdoin’s dependence on fossil fuels and makes sense for the college economically,”said Bowdoin College President Barry Mills.

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FairPoint Workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont On Strike

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, nearly 2,000 employees of FairPoint Communications (FRP) in northern New England will go on strike. Early Friday morning they will establish picket lines at hundreds of work sites across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“The company’s actions have brought us to this place,” said Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2327 in Maine. “We did not want to take this step. Our members want to work; they want to take care of their customers. However, our bargaining team worked as hard as we could to reach a fair agreement that would preserve good jobs and help the company prosper. We’ve offered significant concessions to this company that would save them hundreds of millions of dollars. But they absolutely refuse to compromise on any significant issue.”

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