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ENG: Paul Richard LePage (born October 9, 1948) is an American businessman and politician who is serving as the 74th and current Governor of Maine. A Republican, he was previously mayor of Waterville from 2003 to 2011, and was a city councilor before that. He worked in the private sector as general manager of the 14-store discount chain, Marden's Surplus and Salvage, from 1996 to 2011. Early life Paul LePage is the eldest son of eighteen children. He grew up speaking French in an impoverished home with what he has described as an abusive father. At age eleven, he left home and lived on the streets of Lewiston, seeking shelter wherever he could find it, including in horse stables and at a "strip joint". After spending roughly two years homeless, he began to earn a living shining ...
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Lawmakers weigh in on LePage’s first 100 days

One hundred days into his term as Maine’s chief executive, Gov. Paul LePagehas generated plenty of headlines. But is Maine’s brash, tell-it-like-it-is governor living up to the campaign pledges that helped him lead a Republican sweep of state government? As is often the case in politics these days, that depends on whom you’re asking — or, more importantly, to which party that person belongs. To Maine Democratic leaders, the list of LePage’s foibles during his first 100 days is overshadowed only by what they say is a lack of progress on the key issue of the 2010 ...

LePage staff discussed altering law for Brown

While an official inquiry into the eligibility of Darryl Brown to lead the Maine Department of Environmental Protection under Maine statute wasn't done until recently, two senior LePage administration aides talked with legislative leaders in February about amending state law to ensure he could. In interviews last week, House Speaker Bob Nutting, R-Oakland, and Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry, said Dan Billings, the governor's legal counsel, and Kathleen Newman, deputy chief of staff, met with them in late February to inform them a Maine law might pose a problem for Brown and initiated a ...

LePage pushes gold star plates

Gov. Paul LePage is working with the Legislature to make Gold Star license plates available to family members of Mainers who have been killed in military operations. Rep. Brad Moulton, R-York, sponsored the governor's bill, L.D. 1529, to make the plates available. Although a similar bill failed in 2009, Moulton has worked with John Mixon of Ogunquit, a Vietnam veteran, to raise money from private sources to cover the cost of making the plates. Maine is one of only three states that do not offer Gold Star plates, according to the House Republican Office. The bill has been referred to the ...

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Governor Visits Baileyville Mill to Mark New Maine Investment and Jobs
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - On Tuesday, Governor Paul R. LePage met with officials from St. Croix Tissue, Inc. in Baileyville to help mark the completion of two new tissue machines and the start of its official operation this week. St. Croix Tissue, Inc., which has recently created 80 new jobs and currently employs 400 Mainers plans to hold a grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday. Governor LePage traveled to China twice to meet personally with the investors, which resulted in productive meetings. "IGIC, the company that invested heavily in Maine, as well as the workers, contractors and officials from our Administration who have been working to achieve this accomplishment should be proud of their hard work and the jobs they have brought to Washington County," said Governor LePage. However, the LePage Administration recognizes the challenges the company current
Governor LePage Apologizes to the People of Maine, Gattine Family
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage has announced he will take several actions in light of recent controversial comments from both himself and Representative Drew Gattine. "To the Maine people, I am asking for forgiveness. Comments I have expressed recently are unacceptable, and I apologize sincerely for using such disrespectful language as your Governor," said Governor LePage. "Also, I would like to express an apology to the Gattine family. I understand how hurtful statements affect a family and regret that my words have upset your lives. For this I am truly sorry." Tuesday morning on WVOM 101.3 & 101.9 The Voice of Maine, the Governor agreed his comments were inappropriate and repeatedly expressed remorse for them. In an effort to bring closure for all those involved, Governor LePage has invited Rep. Drew Gattine to meet privately today. Furthermore, the Governor has said
CANCELLED: Governor to Visit Westbrook for Next Town Hall
For Immediate Release: Monday, August 29, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 *PLEASE NOTE THE WESTBROOK TOWN HALL IS CANCELLED.AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage has announced he will hold his next town hall Wednesday, August 31, in Westbrook where he will deliver remarks about moving Maine forward and answer questions from residents. The My Place Teen Center, 755 Main St, Westbrook is the location for the town hall from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The town hall meeting will focus on the Governor's vision for Maine, including further reducing the income tax; reforming welfare by strengthening the State's safety net for the most vulnerable; cutting energy costs; and addressing Maine's high student debt burden. The Governor will also highlight five of the referendum questions featured on the November ballot.
Governor LePage Urges Congress to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Maine's Small Hydropower Facilities
For Immediate Release: Friday, September 02, 2016 Contact: Patrick Woodcock, Director, Governor's Energy Office, 207-624-7405 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage has called attention to the precarious future of many of the state's small hydropower resources due to expensive and burdensome federal regulatory relicensing requirements. The Governor recently wrote Maine's congressional delegation to notify them of the uncertain future of three small hydropower facilities in Kennebunk caused by a one-size-fits-all, expensive, lengthy federal regulatory process designed for facilities a thousand times larger. Governor LePage also asked the delegation to take action to modernize the permitting process, so these renewable generating assets can continue operating. "The Kesseln Dam, one of the three small hydropower dams owned by the Kennebunk Light and Power District, has been providing reliable, renewably generated electricity to the citizens of Kennebunk for well over a hundred years," sa

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