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Marina Villeneuve

Reporter, government and politics

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I am currently covering New York state government and politics for The Associated Press. I've reported from three countries in English and Spanish for the world's leading news outlets. I use records requests, sourcing, data and narratives to break news and dive into policy issues impacting people's lives. Reach me at mvilleneuve(a)ap(dot)org

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AP NEWS
07/13/2021
New York takes conservative approach counting virus deaths | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The federal government's count of the COVID-19 death toll in New York has 11,000 more victims than the tally publicized by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which has stuck with a far more conservative approach to counting virus deaths.

AP NEWS
08/04/2021
Majority of NY Assembly would oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A majority of state Assembly members support beginning impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo if he doesn't resign over investigative findings that he sexually harassed at least 11 women, according to an Associated Press count Wednesday.

AP NEWS
08/27/2021
New urgency to fix New York's COVID-19 rent relief program | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday she was in talks to call a special session of the state legislature after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration's temporary federal ban on evictions, just days ahead of the expiration of the state's own ban Aug.

AP NEWS
07/22/2021
NY releases some rent aid, but lawmakers say it's too little | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has sent out just $117,000 in coronavirus pandemic rent relief money to help bail out struggling landlords and tenants as of Thursday, and lawmakers say that is far too little as the expiration of the state's eviction moratorium nears.

AP NEWS
07/13/2021
Lawmakers demand answers on New York rent relief rollout | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - It will be weeks before New York issues any payments from the state's $2.4 billion COVID-19 rent relief fund, state officials told The Associated Press Tuesday, adding to delays in a program that has been beset by technical glitches with its online application portal.

AP NEWS
06/29/2021
New NY rent fund sees website glitches, but tenants hopeful | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Tenants and their advocates hope New York's revamped rent relief program will finally help renters and landlords who have struggled to get assistance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Paperwork requirements made it tough for tenants and landlords to get relief funds in a previous round of pandemic assistance.

AP NEWS
09/23/2021
Advocates urge NY to boost $2B fund for undocumented workers | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York might be on track to exhaust its $2.1 billion pandemic relief fund for undocumented workers, just weeks after it began accepting applications. Advocacy groups for immigrant workers are calling on the state to add as much as $1.4 billion to the fund - the largest of its kind in the county - to meet unexpectedly strong demand.

AP NEWS
08/21/2021
Nursing homes struggle with staffing amid outbreaks | AP News

Associated Press (AP) - Nursing homes in parts of New York hit worst by this winter's COVID-19 surge say they're struggling to find enough staff as workers have gotten sick or needed to quarantine. About 80 nursing homes have reported nursing shortages as of early January, according to The Associated Press' analysis of the latest federal and state data.

AP NEWS
03/27/2021
Vaccines haven't cured loneliness in New York nursing homes | AP News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - Vaccines have begun saving lives in New York's nursing homes, but they haven't yet cured another crisis caused by the pandemic: loneliness. Persistently high rates of COVID-19 have left the majority of the state's nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them.

AP NEWS
05/11/2021
Infections persist as vaccinations lag at some nursing homes | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Despite a massive vaccination campaign, New York nursing homes are still reporting hundreds of infections a week as some residents and staff have skipped getting the shots. Nursing facilities in the state reported 782 infections among staff and residents in the 14 days ending April 25, the most in the nation...

AP NEWS
07/15/2021
Lawmakers urge NY to lift limits on nursing home visits | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo lift remaining restrictions for visits at nursing homes, according to a letter two dozen Democratic lawmakers sent to the governor this week. The coronavirus pandemic has had a heavy toll on nursing homes in New York, where state health officials have taken a cautious approach to visitations.

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
Bully, or just Queens tough? Criticism piles up for Cuomo | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Over his long career, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been known as a brutal, even vindictive political opponent, quick to retaliate against people who oppose his agenda or challenge him publicly. Tough tactics - even against fellow Democrats - brought him to the pinnacle of power in New York.

AP NEWS
08/31/2021
Cuomo legal woes continue, could cost public at least $9.5M | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Resigning from office probably didn't end former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legal problems, and no matter what happens next, taxpayers are likely to wind up with a hefty bill. The state has already agreed to pay up to $9.5 million to lawyers representing and investigating Cuomo and his administration over sexual harassment allegations and other matters, according to The Associated Press' review of available contracts.

AP NEWS
05/12/2021
Capitol Watch: Nurses, midwives look for clarity on abortion | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - There is still some some uncertainty about how nurse practitioners and midwives are affected by a law that was supposed to expand the number of New York health care providers who can perform abortions. In January, the state Legislature codified a "fundamental right" to have an abortion at a time when some states have restricted access.

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
'Please come help us': New York begs for medical workers | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's governor urgently appealed for medical volunteers Monday amid a "staggering" number of coronavirus deaths, as he and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding in New York City is just a preview of what other U...

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
New York's true nursing home death toll cloaked in secrecy | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) - Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx appears, on paper, to have escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with an official state count of just four deaths in its 146-bed facility. The truth, according to the home, is far worse: 21 dead, most transported to hospitals before they succumbed.

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
Blame game? Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home study | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was "not a significant factor" in some of the nation's deadliest nursing home outbreaks...

AP NEWS
04/29/2021
New York won't enforce New Jersey, Connecticut quarantines | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The rate of COVID-19 infections has risen enough in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to require those states' residents to quarantine if they travel to New York, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York won't enforce the rules against those residents.

AP NEWS
04/23/2021
Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans | AP News

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year even as one state, Michigan, moves ahead with its own restrictions and President Donald Trump promises federal ones...

AP NEWS
10/23/2020
Early voting makes presidential election debut in New York | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New Yorkers are getting to vote early for the first time in a general presidential election, an attractive option for anyone worried about socially distancing on Election Day or concerned about voting by mail. In-person voting starts Saturday at 280 voting locations statewide and will last through Nov.

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
Death toll soars after NYC counts 'probable' fatalities | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) - The official death toll from the coronavirus soared in New York City on Tuesday after health authorities began including people who probably had COVID-19, but died without ever being tested. Officials reported 3,778 "probable" deaths, where doctors were certain enough of the cause of death to list it on the death certificate, and 6,589 confirmed by a lab test.

AP NEWS
04/22/2021
Inspections found nursing home lapses as COVID-19 raged | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Health inspectors found safety shortcomings at 77 New York nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including basic infection-control violations like failing to have staff wear masks or wash their hands, according to records and state officials...

AP NEWS
10/13/2020
Cuomo book on NY pandemic outbreak short on state missteps | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo condemned the federal government's coronavirus response and lauded his own leadership efforts in a new book released Tuesday that offers a few new details - but not many - about New York's battle against the pandemic.

AP NEWS
09/10/2020
NY eases restrictions on visits at assisted living homes | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is now allowing visitors to see loved ones at assisted living homes that are COVID-free for 14 days, up from 28 days under previous guidance. Family members and friends of residents at the state's nursing homes and assisted living homes have been urging the state for months to ease its March 13 ban on most visits.

AP NEWS
10/05/2020
Cuomo defends not wearing a mask at indoor presser | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his decision not to wear a mask at an indoor press conference held Monday in New York City where he called for tougher enforcement of state rules requiring masks and social distancing.

AP NEWS
05/01/2021
New York bans gatherings, nonessential workers to stay home | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced sweeping orders Friday that will severely restrict gatherings of any size for the state's more than 19 million residents and will require workers in nonessential businesses to stay home. No more play dates. No more pickup basketball.

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
Cuomo official grilled on virus nursing home deaths, secrecy | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers grilled New York's top health official Monday about the steep, though ultimately unknown death toll at the state's nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the Democratic-led Legislature are holding hearings geared at understanding why and how the pandemic took root in New York nursing homes that house among the most residents nationwide: 101,000 residents as of March.

AP NEWS
04/28/2021
COVID-19 infections rise in New York with peak weeks away | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Hospitalizations from COVID-19 were rising faster than expected in New York as residents and leaders prepared for a peak in cases that is expected to still be weeks away. Temporary hospitals, and even a morgue in Manhattan, are being setup...

AP NEWS
05/08/2021
Cuomo vs. de Blasio: Even pandemic doesn't bridge their rift | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) - A dangerous virus has transformed New York as it has claimed the lives of 10,000 people, but one thing hasn't changed: the contentious relationship between the state's two most prominent politicians, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

AP NEWS
12/30/2020
NY suspends visitation at state prisons amid outbreaks | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York suspended visits to state prisons starting Wednesday because of a rise in coronavirus cases among inmates and staff and in surrounding communities. The state Department of Corrections, which first suspended most in-person visits in mid-March, reopened prisons to visitors in August.

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
In some parts of New York, vote count shrouded in secrecy | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Policies favoring secrecy over transparency have meant that New Yorkers will be among the last Americans to learn the final vote tallies in the 2020 election, with results in a few races still unknown one month after Election Day...

AP NEWS
08/01/2020
NY eyes pain for wealthy, working class to help right budget | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he opposes raising taxes on the wealthy to help the state weather the coronavirus economic crisis, but it is clear that federal aid alone won't solve the state's fiscal woes. COVID-19 shutdowns have decimated consumer spending and tourism in New York and observers warn of a slow recovery.

AP NEWS
05/01/2021
Nurses on NY's front lines call for minimum staffing ratios | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Nurses on the front lines of New York's COVID-19 pandemic are calling for the state to enact minimum staffing standards ahead of another wave of infections. Health care industry leaders, though, warn that passing such a law would saddle facilities with billions of dollars in extra costs they can't afford.

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
NY count: 6,300 virus patients were sent to nursing homes | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) - New York hospitals released more than 6,300 recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes during the height of the pandemic under a controversial, now-scrapped policy, state officials said Monday, but they argued it was not to blame for one of the nation's highest nursing home death tolls...

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
Another 1,700 virus deaths reported in NY nursing homes | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state reported more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities in a tally that included for the first time people believed to have been killed by the coronavirus before their diagnoses could be confirmed...

AP NEWS
04/20/2021
New York, New Jersey hide full details of virus spending | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York and New Jersey, early hot spots during the COVID-19 pandemic, have so far declined to release detailed breakdowns of their spending on personal protective gear and medical equipment during the first frenzied months of the virus outbreak...

AP NEWS
08/31/2021
Cuomo legal woes continue, could cost public at least $9.5M | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Resigning from office probably didn't end former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legal problems, and no matter what happens next, taxpayers are likely to wind up with a hefty bill. The state has already agreed to pay up to $9.5 million to lawyers representing and investigating Cuomo and his administration over sexual harassment allegations and other matters, according to The Associated Press' review of available contracts.

AP NEWS
08/10/2021
Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns over sexual harassment allegations | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during some of the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AP NEWS
07/22/2021
NY releases some rent aid, but lawmakers say it's too little | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has sent out just $117,000 in coronavirus pandemic rent relief money to help bail out struggling landlords and tenants as of Thursday, and lawmakers say that is far too little as the expiration of the state's eviction moratorium nears.

AP NEWS
09/01/2021
New York lawmakers vote to extend eviction moratorium | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Democratic-led Legislature voted Wednesday to extend an eviction and foreclosure moratorium for commercial and residential tenants who fell behind on their rent because of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, had called the Legislature to return for an "extraordinary session" to pass the legislation, which will put evictions on hold until Jan.

AP NEWS
08/08/2020
New York extends some relief for renters amid COVID-19 | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Evictions are still on hold in New York courts as housing advocates worry about the fate of an estimated 14,000 renters who faced eviction before the state's COVID-19 emergency. Courts spokeswoman Lucian Chalfen said Friday that the state's stay of evictions is still in effect through a March 16 order signed by the state's chief administrative judge.

AP NEWS
08/24/2021
Hochul vows swift action as she takes helm in New York | AP News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York on Tuesday and in her first hours on the job sought to bring a sense of urgency to tackling big problems that went unaddressed during Andrew Cuomo's distracted final months in office.

AP NEWS
06/06/2019
Maine moves to become third with plastic bag ban

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Senate has moved the state a step closer to a ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery check-out lines. With a 24-9 vote Thursday, the Senate sent the bill to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who hasn't indicated her personal stance, but the bill is backed by Maine's environmental agency.

Marshall News Messenger
06/21/2019
Governor to sign bill creating legal framework for pot sales

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's governor plans to sign a bill in coming days to set up a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Friday. The state's voters chose to legalize both the use and sale of recreational marijuana among adults in November 2016, but months of delays and political squabbles have slowed the implementation of a commercial industry.

AP NEWS
04/21/2019
APNewsBreak: Numbers of Maine lawmakers who went on to lobby

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - At least 14 Democrat and eight Republican lawmakers in Maine have gone on to register as paid lobbyists over the past three decades, a practice that is being targeted by a bill moving through the Legislature.

AP NEWS
03/27/2019
APNewsBreak: Ex-governor pardoned late mentor's grandson

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage pardoned his late mentor's grandson in the final days of his second four-year term, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that detail pardons for crimes including drug trafficking, tax evasion and embezzlement of public funds.

AP NEWS
12/29/2018
Maine's governor leaves behind spotty legacy on transparency

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage promised to fight for citizens' rights to access information from Maine's government and kicked things off with a vow that his transition would be "the most transparent" in history. As he prepares to leave office eight years later, he leaves behind a spotty legacy on transparency.

AP NEWS
12/23/2018
Maine governor's success sometimes overshadowed by mouth

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Vowing to work to the last minute, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is too busy to ponder his fulfilled campaign promises or his abrasive style: "Let history determine who I was," he told The Associated Press during a brief hallway exchange at the Statehouse.

US News & World Report
'Dark Money' Helps Fuel Litany of Campaign Ads in ... Maine?

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AP NEWS
09/07/2018
Governor says he'll keep blocking payments to AG office

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Friday he won't release $4.9 million that lawmakers budgeted for Democratic Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills' office until she provides him legal bills that are as detailed as those of private law firms. In an Aug.

AP NEWS
09/27/2018
APNewsBreak: Feds say no to LePage job-training penalties

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Federal officials told Gov. Paul LePage in June that he can't impose financial penalties on local groups that help job-seekers as part of his battle to cut bureaucracy out of job-training efforts, according to correspondence obtained this month by The Associated Press through a federal Freedom of Information Act request.

AP NEWS
09/26/2018
As federal Medicaid funding declines, states mull costs

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Republican governor has said federal regulators want to know how Maine would pay for Medicaid expansion. But it's unclear just how that issue will play out in Maine, the first state to pass Medicaid expansion under Republican President Trump's administration.

AP NEWS
09/12/2018
APNewsBreak: LifeFlight summoned during LePage health scare

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage's health scare last month alarmed doctors enough that they summoned a LifeFlight helicopter to take him to a Bangor hospital. LePage confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was transported via LifeFlight, calling it a "nice" ride.

AP NEWS
08/16/2018
Governor's legal costs to rise as Medicaid lawsuit continues

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine could pay up to $200,000 for a Boston-based lawyer to defend the LePage administration in a lawsuit over voter-approved Medicaid expansion. The Department of Health and Human Services in a state form dated Monday proposed increasing the cost of a no-bid contract with law firm Consovoy McCarthy Park from $100,000 to $200,000 through December.

Bangor Daily News
Company fights to keep details of Bangor psychiatric home a secret

The company wants to prevent the release of its list of current and closed lawsuits - and full disclosure of its staffing, cost and operations proposals - because it says they are trade secrets.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.

AP NEWS
08/10/2018
Independents uneasy about taking cash, even from indie group

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Hoping to capitalize on voter frustration over growing polarization in politics, a group fueled partly by what critics call "dark money" plans to spend $3 million this year to support and elect independents. But some free-spirited lawmakers are declining their help.

US News & World Report
Governor's Push Against Wind Permits Gets Day in Court

By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage's lawyers on Friday asked a judge to toss a lawsuit challenging the governor's executive order to halt wind turbine permits in western and coastal regions of rural Maine. Advocacy groups challenged the constitutionality of LePage's January order, claiming it's causing uncertainty in the wind industry.

AP NEWS
Governor floats hospital tax to pay for Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Some lawmakers said Monday that Maine's Republican governor has been floating a new tax on hospitals to pay for voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau said that Gov. Paul LePage's administration has sent word the governor is considering the idea.

AP NEWS
04/30/2018
NOT REAL NEWS: Maine legislators did not vote for mutilation

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers did not vote to allow female genital mutilation, despite reports circulating widely online. Several sites claimed Democrats in the Maine Legislature voted to allow the practice, which is common in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Female genital mutilation is already outlawed in the U.S.

AP NEWS
04/30/2018
NOT REAL NEWS: Maine legislators did not vote for mutilation

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers did not vote to allow female genital mutilation, despite reports circulating widely online. Several sites claimed Democrats in the Maine Legislature voted to allow the practice, which is common in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Female genital mutilation is already outlawed in the U.S.

Bangor Daily News
Maine lobbyist calls out sexual misconduct at State House

Some of the lobbyists who allege misconduct are set to testify Wednesday in support of a proposed law that would mandate stricter anti-harassment training and education for lawmakers and their staffs and, for the first time, require the same training for lobbyists.

AP NEWS
02/15/2018
Critics say Maine slow to expand opioid care for uninsured

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Five uninsured Mainers benefited last year from a multimillion-dollar plan that was supposed to help combat the opioid crisis by expanding treatment to as many as 400 individuals with or without insurance. The state Department of Health and Human Services in a Feb.

The Seattle Times
02/11/2018
Maine's lame duck governor to work until 'very last minute'

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's outspoken governor has kicked off his final year in office by keeping a low profile. There have been no personal jabs, no radio rants. Which Paul LePage will show up for his final State of...

Boston.com
11/12/2018
In Maine, a new way of voting is facing its biggest test yet

"This will either fuel the adoption of ranked-choice voting in other jurisdictions, or it will stop it in its tracks." PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The election drew to a close last week in most places but not in fishing villages, potato farms and vast tracts of wilderness that comprise Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

chicagotribune.com
09/26/2018
As federal Medicaid funding declines, states mull costs

Maine's Republican governor has said federal regulators want to know how Maine would pay for Medicaid expansion. But it's unclear just how that issue will play out in Maine, the first state to pass Medicaid expansion under Republican President Trump 's administration.

Bellefontaine Examiner
08/04/2018
Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration to investigate the 2016 presidential election uncovered no evidence to support the president's claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released.

Bangor Daily News
Company fights to keep details of Bangor psychiatric home a secret

The company wants to prevent the release of its list of current and closed lawsuits - and full disclosure of its staffing, cost and operations proposals - because it says they are trade secrets.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
10/04/2018
Maine candidates aim for civility after firebrand governor

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's outgoing firebrand Republican governor has railed against his perceived opponents with fury and gusto over an eight-year tenure marked by profanity-laced controversy and a failed impeachment attempt. The four candidates running to succeed the governor who calls himself "Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular" are promising a more collaborative approach.

AP NEWS
07/23/2018
Judge tosses challenge of order halting wind turbines

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A judge has tossed a legal challenge of Republican Gov. Paul LePage's executive order halting wind turbine permits in parts of Maine, while leaving the door open to revisit the topic. Superior Court Justice Andrew Horton said in his decision Friday that the governor has admitted that his own administration is not enforcing the executive order.

AP NEWS
09/27/2018
APNewsBreak: Feds say no to LePage job-training penalties

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Federal officials told Gov. Paul LePage in June that he can't impose financial penalties on local groups that help job-seekers as part of his battle to cut bureaucracy out of job-training efforts, according to correspondence obtained this month by The Associated Press through a federal Freedom of Information Act request.

The Seattle Times
12/26/2017
Maine House makes room for more independent lawmakers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A small but growing number of independent state lawmakers who have weakened Democrats' hold on the House hope to promote compromise as independents seek to gain ground nationally in 2018. The Maine House has its highest...

The Seattle Times
10/30/2017
Maine Medicaid expansion vote seen as 'Obamacare' referendum

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The roiling national debate over the government's proper role in health care is coming to a head in a state more commonly known for moose, lobster and L.L. Bean. On Nov. 7, voters in Maine will...

The Seattle Times
02/04/2018
Liberals seek universal home care for elderly, disabled

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Liberals backed by billionaire philanthropist George Soros have launched an effort for Maine to be the first state to ensure all elderly and disabled people have access to help with daily activities from bathing to medication...

The Seattle Times
12/21/2017
Legislature has 2 sexual misconduct complaints since 2008

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Over the last decade, the Maine Legislature has received two complaints of sexual misconduct or harassment against legislators, records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press through a public records request show. Both complaints were against House...

The Seattle Times
02/09/2018
Governor moves to empty prison as lawmakers mull its future

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage moved Friday to empty a minimum security prison as Maine lawmakers debated the future of the facility, which costs $5 million per year to run. Lawmakers fought LePage's moves last year to...

The Seattle Times
03/18/2018
Costs for lawsuits involving Maine governor exceed $100K

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Lawsuits in which Republican Gov. Paul LePage hired outside legal representation have cost the state at least $110,000 since last fall, raising the total expenditures to at least half a million dollars over the past four...

AP News
NOT REAL NEWS: Maine legislators did not vote for mutilation

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers did not vote to allow female genital mutilation, despite reports circulating widely online. Several sites claimed Democrats in the Maine Legislature voted to allow the practice, which is common in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Female genital mutilation is already outlawed in the U.S.

The Seattle Times
04/20/2018
Student from Zambia ruled eligible for US poetry contest

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A high school student in Maine who fled his native Zambia can compete in a U.S. government-funded poetry contest, a federal judge ruled Friday. The National Endowment for the Arts had blocked the 11th-grader's participation, saying...

The Seattle Times
04/17/2018
Maine's high court clears way for ranked-choice voting

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's highest court on Tuesday cleared the way for a system in which voters are allowed to rank their candidate choices during the June primaries. The Supreme Judicial Court declined to weigh into constitutional claims by...

miamiherald
Advocates to sue to force Maine to expand Medicaid

Advocates filed a lawsuit Monday to force Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration to roll out Medicaid expansion as voters demanded in November. A legal aid group, health organizations and individuals who could receive Medicaid coverage filed a suit in state court against Maine's Department of Health and Human Services and Ricker Hamilton, its commissioner.

Chicago Tribune
2/15/2018
Critics Say Maine Slow to Expand Opioid Care for Uninsured

Five uninsured Mainers benefited last year from a multimillion-dollar plan that was supposed to help combat the opioid crisis by expanding treatment to as many as 400 individuals with or without insurance.

Bangor Daily News
02/27/2018
Maine lobbyist calls out sexual misconduct at State House

Some of the lobbyists who allege misconduct are set to testify Wednesday in support of a proposed law that would mandate stricter anti-harassment training and education for lawmakers and their staffs and, for the first time, require the same training for lobbyists.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.

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