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LePage Begins Assault on Environment

At Down East, I take a quick first look at the drastic changes to environmental protections proposed by governor LePage in his first list of recommendations to the Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform.

Basically, it's an unprecedented attack on virtually every aspect of Maine's system of environmental and consumer health protections.

The entire list is now available online thanks to the Kennebec Journal.

Down East: Suspended

In this week's Down East column, I reference McCain's "suspension" of his campaign as a reason to suspend the senate race series (thanks for the mention, PME) in order to focus on the economy.

But what did the campaign suspension actually mean in Maine? I called all three of McCain's Maine offices on Friday, at the height of the suspension, to find out.

In Portland things were going strong. "Absolutely we're open, there are a bunch of people around," said the man who answered the phone.

In Lewiston they were confused why I was even asking. "Nothing has changed for us" was the answer I got. They also informed me that they had run out of bumper stickers.

The Bangor office was either actually suspended or just too busy to answer the phone, it went straight to voicemail.

Also at Down East: Jeff Clark checks out Maine bank rankings and Al Diamon implies that the pseudonymous Wally Edge is an out-of-stater.

Also from Al Diamon: The Maine League of Conservation Voters is being nicer to Republicans this year.