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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 LePage announces Maine's participation in FirstNet project
For Immediate Release: Friday, August 4, 2017 Contact: David W. Maxwell, FirstNetME, (207) 624-9793Governor Paul R. LePage signed a letter today indicating his decision to have Maine participate in the national FirstNet project. FirstNet is an independent authority within the Department of Commerce to develop, build and operate a nationwide, broadband network dedicated for use by emergency first responders throughout the United States and participating territories.The Maine Interoperable Communications Committee (MICC), an advisory panel made up of representatives from first responder agencies at the state, county and local levels, met with federal FirstNet representatives and its vendor, AT&T, on two occasions to review the draft FirstNet plan for Maine and to make suggestions for how the plan should be improved. The federal FirstNet team responded by significantly increasing proposed coverage in Maine."Maine is proud to take this important step for first responders in our state,"
Bracy and Ingram Promoted within Office of the Governor
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today promotions of two staff members within the Office of the Governor. Sean Ingram has been promoted to senior policy advisor from legislative policy coordinator, and Andrew Bracy will move from deputy director of boards and commissions to legislative policy coordinator. Sean Ingram will serve as Governor LePage's senior policy advisor on a wide range of issues, including regulations and legislation related to corrections, information technology, public safety, defense, veterans and emergency management. In 2014, Ingram joined the Office of the Governor as the deputy director of boards and commissions responsible for reviewing all gubernatorial appointees and the coordination of more than 200 personal and confirmable appointments. In January 2016, Ingram became legislative policy coordinator. Prior to joining the administration,
Governor LePage issues statement about former Senator Mitchell's support of Medicaid expansion
For Immediate Release: Friday, August 4, 2017 Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director, (207) 287-5086Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement today about former Senator George J. Mitchell's support of Medicaid expansion, which would be financially ruinous to the State of Maine."Senators Collins and King are simply proving my point that they are sadly out of touch with everyday Mainers who are suffering from high premiums, high deductibles and inadequate access to high-quality health care under ObamaCare," said Governor LePage. "Instead of focusing on the needs of hard-working Mainers, Senators Collins and King recruited another out-of-touch former Senator, who had no experience with the disastrous effects Medicaid expansion had on our state, to criticize me."I am the one who had to clean up the financial disaster Senator King left as governor, including his $1 billion structural gap and Medicaid expansion that resulted in a $750 million debt to Maine's community hosp
Governor LePage selects Alec Porteous as next Commissioner of DAFS
For Immediate Release: Friday, August 4, 2017 Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director, 207-287-5086AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the selection of Alec Porteous as the next Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). Porteous, who now serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, will transition to DAFS as Deputy Commissioner for Finance on August 14.He will serve as Acting Commissioner until a formal nomination is submitted to the legislature for consideration and confirmation later this year. David R. Lavway, who has served as Acting Commissioner since June 13, will continue at DAFS in his role as Deputy Commissioner for Operations."Alec has a diverse background in the private and government sectors and has been integral in guiding DHHS to stable financial footing and efficient operations. He will continue to be a strong, reform-minded leader with



 
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