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One Goes Round And Round While Getting Nowhere And Making An Incredible Amount Of Noise. The Other One Is A Race Car

governor lepage NASCARRepublican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday hailed a $50,000 public investment in a NASCAR race car as an effective way to brand Maine to a national audience – if only for one race. Democrats quickly blasted the move as a “monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.” The state of Maine is paying for the branding effort with $15,000 from LePage’s contingency account and $35,000 from the state tourism budget, according to Doug Ray, spokesman for the Department of Economic and Community Development. At a news conference in Portland, state officials and local businesses unveiled the Maine-branded race car, which will be driven by 20-year-old Fort Kent native Austin Theriault in a Sept. 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Kentucky. “Maine” is emblazoned beneath an image of mountainscape, trees and moose on the hood of the blue race car. The driver’s side features a lobster and a lighthouse, while the passenger side features a moose, trees, fall foliage and blueberries. On the rear bumper is an image of a red sign that says “Come in. We’re open.” Both sides feature the “Open for Business” slogan LePage placed on signs near the Maine-New Hampshire border. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

President Assures The Public That He’s Considering Thinking About Mulling Over The Possibility Of Having An Idea

presidentWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his plan to go on the offensive against Islamic State militants, who he said could eventually become a threat to the United States. Obama said he will make a speech on Wednesday to “describe what our game plan’s going to be,” and he will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group. The president, who campaigned for the White House in 2008 on getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, has struggled to articulate how he wants to address Islamic State, telling reporters last month that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to tackle the group. “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Obama said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday. The interview was conducted in Washington on Saturday. “The next phase is now to start going on some offense,” he said. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Town Planner Didn’t See Calls For His Resignation Coming, Which Explains A Lot

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorAbout a dozen residents called for the resignation of town planner Tad Redway at a forum held Aug. 25. Also during the meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to keep the mil rate the same for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at $14.50. In what became an informal, emotional expression of anger toward Redway for performing what the residents said was an unsatisfactory job, residents argued that Redway’s planning was getting in the way of commercial development due to proposed regulations that were too confining. Specifically, residents said they were frustrated about a particular aspect of the town’s comprehensive plan. Chairman Dan Dubois allowed the public comment portion of the forum to continue for more than an hour. Committees and administration in Arundel have been working for more than two years to adjust the town’s comprehensive plan. Town committees have been reconfiguring the comprehensive plan since The Chesapeake Group completed its market and branding study earlier this year. The study concluded the town should utilize its agrarian roots and image as a tool to attract businesses. (read more at The Kennebunk Post)

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)

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