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Deval Patrick And Maggie Hassan Sign Historic Non-Aggression Pact, Partition Demoulas Supermarkets; Invasion Of Hannaford And Shaw’s Feared Imminent

MolotovRibbentropThe end of the Market Basket crisis could be near as Arthur T. Demoulas and the governors of both New Hampshire and Massachusetts released statements Friday expressing optimism that a deal is close. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan say they expect Market Basket will restore Arthur T. Demoulas to “operating authority” on an interim basis, pending completion of a sale in which Arthur T. would gain control of the company. Arthur T. Demoulas, who has been embroiled for years in a power struggle with rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas’ side of the family, said Friday the final bid he submitted this week “can and should be finalized immediately.” The 71-store chain has lost tens of millions of dollars since warehouse workers walked off their jobs last month to protest the firing of Arthur T. The governors said “all parties report that they are optimistic that an agreement will be reached to sell the company to Arthur T. Demoulas and to restore him to operating authority on an interim basis until the sale closes. Subject to reducing their agreement in principle to writing by Sunday, the board will forestall taking adverse employment action against the employees who have abandoned their jobs. We are hopeful that employees will return to work, and the stores will reopen, early next week.” (read more at Seacoast Online)

Rick Perry Isn’t Fooling Anyone With Those Glasses

rick perry with glassesPORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there’s a next time around. Perry addressed a group of business leaders in New Hampshire Friday and told them he had not decided yet whether to run again in 2016. His 2012 campaign ended badly when he made several missteps, including a highly-publicized gaffe when he froze up during a televised debate. Perry admitted he underestimated the intensity of a presidential campaign.“Running for president of the United States, I don’t care how good you might think you might be,” he said. “Whether you’ve been elected governor of Texas three times and served for 12 years, it is not good enough from the standpoint of the preparation to run for the presidency of the United States.” If he runs, Perry said, voters can expect a different candidate. “I’ve spent a lot of time in preparation,” he said. “That’s not to say I’ve made a decision I’m going to run. I haven’t. But the reason I don’t choose to run will not be because I’m ill-prepared.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Scientists Warn That The Combined Gravitational Pull Of Governors LePage And Christie Could Affect GPS Devices

Governors Christie and LePageBANGOR, Maine — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie once again touched down in Maine on Tuesday to offer his support — and considerable fundraising prowess — to Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign. Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, was making his second stop in the Pine Tree State, after an appearance at Becky’s Diner in Portland and a LePage fundraiser in May. This time, he and LePage toured a recently expanded airplane maintenance and repair operation in Bangor, where Christie touted LePage’s efforts to make Maine more business-friendly, and pledged “millions of dollars” to see him returned to the Blaine House in 2014. LePage is in a tight race with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is also running, but lags in the polls. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

South Portland Votes To Ban Tar Sands Oil Unless It’s Distributed For Free In Clean Syringes

tar sands oil hippiesPORTLAND, Maine — More than a year of debate about the flow of heavy crude oil — commonly known as tar sands — through South Portland reaches its climax Monday night. The City Council is slated to take its final vote to enact an ordinance that would ban the bulk loading of crude oil — including the controversial, thicker bituminous oil — onto tanker vessels in the city’s port. During previous votes, the City Council and planning board supported the ban by 6-1 tallies. A previously proposed ordinance intended to block the bituminous oil — by restricting pier upgrades that would have been necessary to accommodate the thicker oil — lost in a close citywide vote last November. Since then, a city committee has drafted an alternative ordinance intended to essentially achieve the same goal, but by a different means. The debate has spilled far beyond the city limits, as supporters argue a ban is needed to protect Maine from what they believe are heightened environmental and safety risks associated with the bituminous oil, while opponents assert that it would place unreasonable limitations on waterfront businesses and worsen the region’s energy woes. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Mike Tipping Has Evidence Governor LePage Was Watching The History Channel When Hitler Came On And He Didn’t Change The Channel. Study It Out, People

Governor LePageAUGUSTA, Maine — An expert on anti-government extremists said the controversial group that met with Gov. Paul LePage eight times last year should not be considered terrorists, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worrisome. The Constitutional Coalition is a group of right-wing activists and conspiracy theorists that believes many of Maine’s laws are illegal, that several high-ranking political officials are guilty of treason, that lawyers are agents of foreign governments and that the Maine State Bar Association has infiltrated the government for its own sinister ends. Liberal activist and blogger Mike Tipping investigated the group for months as part of the research for a new book he’s written about LePage, and he revealed earlier this week that the group had met with the governor for more than a dozen hours over the course of several meetings last year. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Waldoboro Board Of Selectman Having Trouble Remembering If They’re Supposed To Persecute Or Fellate Businesses This Week

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorAfter issues were raised with a June 10 executive session and a subsequent vote to relax the town’s land use ordinance, the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen voted to rescind the action at their June 24 meeting. The June 10 vote was related to a perceived risk of losing a Family Dollar store planned for Route 1 to another town since the project’s proposed sign was more than twice the square-footage allowed in the town’s land use ordinance. A Family Dollar official has since said via email there was never a discussion to relocate the store. At the selectboard’s June 24 meeting, a former selectman and members of the Waldoboro Planning Board took issue with the selectmen’s decision to relax the sign requirements in the ordinance. “I think the action taken by the selectboard on June 10 regarding the Family Dollar store was a pretty big mistake and needs to be rectified,” said former selectman Steve Cartwright. Cartwright said he believes the intentions were good, but the rules need to be followed. (read more at the Lincoln County News)

Auditor Says Rumford Looks Good If You Don’t Look At It

Rumford Maine downtown rush hourRUMFORD — Selectmen learned Thursday night from town auditor Ron Smith that Rumford is doing well financially. Smith said Rumford uses about $1.2 million in tax revenue in the budget, but only needs about $150,000 of that. “So that’s the good news,” he said. Concerns in 2013-14, were a large property abatement, a tough winter, and a lot of road projects happening, Smith said. He said auditors use a benchmark of 30, 60 and 90 days that they like to see a town’s operating budget sit in reserve. Selectmen Chairman Greg Buccina asked him to explain. Smith said that means a town should have $1.5 million in reserve for 30 days, $3 million for 60 days and $4.5 million for 90 days. He said Rumford’s operating budget is at $3.6 million for the year ending June 30, 2013. “I’m not sure you’re going to be there come June 30, 2014,” due to a lot of fiscal challenges this year, he said. “Rumford’s a very busy town and this was a challenging year,” Smith said. He said Rumford has about $1.2 million in capital reserve funds and plenty of reserve funds it can access if needed. “This town is in good financial shape,” Smith said. “I think 2014 is going to be more of a trying year on your resources, for lack of a better word.” (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

Hoping To Add Some Zest To The Governor’s Race, Eliot Cutler Kidnaps Himself, Then Gives Himself $100,000 In Small, Unmarked Bills To Get Himself Back

Eliot CutlerIndependent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has long said that he expects to self-finance much of his bid for the Blaine House, as he did in 2010. He is, but at a faster rate and under challenging circumstances. On Tuesday, the attorney from Cape Elizabeth loaned his campaign another $100,000, according to a recent finance report, bringing his total cash contributions to $500,000. The loan put Cutler ahead of his self-financing pace in 2010, when he spent more than $1.6 million on a second-place finish to Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The latest loan, his fifth so far, raises questions about Cutler’s progress – and cash ceiling – in what is expected to be a costly and competitive race through Election Day. The finances of a gubernatorial race may seem esoteric to the general public, but fundraising and the ability to spend money are critical in a campaign. Money lets a candidate send messages, whether with television and radio ads or mailers, and pays for a staff to raise more money. (keep reading at The Morning Sentinel)

Rumford Voters Choose Two Selectmen To Use Their Time Machine To Go Back To 1960 And Fix Everything

Mainers looking Maine-y at the Rumford Meteor, Maine news from the seat of Oxford CountyRUMFORD —  Incumbent Selectman Jeff Sterling and former Selectman Mark Belanger got the nod from voters on Tuesday for three-year terms in a six-way race for two selectmen seats. Sterling received 571 votes and Belanger got 749 votes. Tallies for the other candidates were: Incumbent Jolene Lovejoy, 567 votes; and challengers James Windover, 550 votes; Patrick A. Ryan, 235 votes; and Candice Casey, 87 votes. In uncontested municipal races, Town Clerk and Treasurer Beth Bellegarde was reelected, as was Tax Collector and Constable Thomas B. Bourret; and for write-ins, Incumbent Craig Chamberlain won the assessor seat if he wants it, Bellegarde said, and Jennifer LeDuc won election to the RSU 10 School Board. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Cape Elizabeth Resident Wonders If You’ve Got Anything Else She Can Be Violently Opposed To. She’s Fresh Out

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorCAPE ELIZABETH — The Zoning Board of Appeals next week will decide whether to uphold a decision denying building permits for cellular phone service antennas and communications equipment on and around the Portland Water District’s decommissioned water tower on Avon Road. “They’re saying a federal law allows them to put up these antennas without regard for our zoning ordinance or a site plan review,” Code Enforcement Officer Ben McDougal said. “I determined that wasn’t the case.” Priscilla Armstrong, who can see the tower from her home, was one of several Avon Road residents to receive a letter from Verizon Wireless last September inviting her to a meeting at Town Hall. She was told Verizon had approached the Portland Water District about placing an antenna atop the 80-foot-tall, nearly 70-year-old tower, which has been dry since 2007, but still supports an antenna to monitor water pressure and sewer pumping stations. Residents were annoyed. In emails to the town in the following months, they cited aesthetic qualms, concerns over the noise of the equipment’s generators and HVAC systems, the unwelcome traffic of service vehicles on their dead-end street, and an overall negative impact on the neighborhood’s quality of life. (read more at The Forecaster)

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