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Maine House tries to revive tribal gambling bills

AUGUSTA — The House of Representatives on Thursday attempted to revive Native American gaming bills that were soundly rejected Wednesday night in the Senate. In a series of votes Thursday morning, the House voted unanimously to “insist” on passage of two bills that would ... 2


LePage says solar energy is adding to Maine's electricity costs

HALLOWELL — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says environmental groups' push to pick energy "winners and losers" is getting in the way of the state's ability to lower electricity costs. The Republican governor's remarks came Thursday at the Energy and Technology Council of Maine's forum on reg... 2


LePage wants to get rid of term limits for legislators

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the state must take "term limits and throw them out of the window." LePage said Thursday that term limits means the Legislature is full of young people with "firm agendas" who pass bills that "are hurting us for the long haul." The Republi... 9


Tribal leaders lash out when Senate stops gambling bills

AUGUSTA — The Senate slammed the door on six bills Wednesday night that involved the expansion of casinos and gaming, including three that would have have allowed more gaming opportunities for Maine’s Native American tribes. The other rejected bills would have expanded the use ... 1


Legislature celebrates state's Franco-American heritage

AUGUSTA — The Maine Legislature on Wednesday celebrated the state's large population of Franco-Americans during a ceremony at the State House. The 13th annual event featured the induction of seven more Mainers into the state's Franco-American Hall of Fame. The inductees includ...


Democrats show little support for LePage's tax cut referendum

AUGUSTA — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to ask voters if they want to cut taxes and government spending got a cool response from Democrats on a legislative panel that began eyeing the bill Wednesday. LePage wants the state to hold a referendum in June asking voters if t... 4


Maine unveils 5-year plan to promote tourism

BANGOR — Maine tourism is growing, but that trend needs to continue and build momentum over the next five years to secure the state’s place in the world, officials said Wednesday. Part of that strategy involves leveraging the help of actor and Maine native Patrick Dempsey, also... 3


Budget panel reaches compromise on LePage’s rainy-day proposal

AUGUSTA — The Appropriations Committee has approved Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to replenish the state’s rainy-day fund to $60 million and has agreed unanimously to move forward the contents of a controversial $17 million amendment that was previously attached to the bill separately...


Report says Maine school spending increases while SAT scores decline

AUGUSTA — Despite a dramatic rise in per-pupil spending on education across the country, and in Maine, SAT scores have stayed stagnant, according to a report released Tuesday by the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. The report says that in Maine, ove...


Magazine names Sen. Susan Collins to its 10 most powerful women list

Elle Magazine editors announced Wednesday morning that Susan Collins, the Republican U.S. senator from Maine, has been named to its 2014 list of the “ 10 Most Pow...