The Coastal Packet

Tuesday, July 7

Portland city council approves minimum wage hike

The Portland City Council voted 6-3 to create a city minimum wage of $10.10 an hour on Jan. 1, increase it a year later, and tie future minimum wages to inflation.

Monday, July 6

Sanders pulls them in Portland

Press Herald - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont made his populist presidential pitch to an energized crowd of thousands in Portland on Monday night, pledging to fight for universal health care, free college tuition and a “living wage,” and against what he sees as the corruptive influence of big-money on American politics.

Although exact figures were not yet available, the staff at Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena estimated the crowd at 7,000 to 8,000 – or more – for an event originally planned as more of a town hall-style forum than a rally. Organizers delayed the start of the 7 p.m. event because so many people were still lined up down the block outside the arena.

(Later crowd estimate: 7500)

Word: LePage

Daily Beast

The sad story behind Burt's Bees

Daily Beast

Big crowd expected for Sanders in Portland

Press Herald - Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, is scheduled to arrive Monday in Portland, where supporters expect him to be greeted by an adoring crowd of thousands.

Sanders’ appearance in Portland was moved from Ocean Gateway to the Cross Insurance Arena, which holds up to 9,500, including floor seating, after more than 3,000 people RSVP’ed to attend. The town meeting-style event is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Friday, July 3

16th inning tie broken by Sea Dog relief pitcher's own run

Portland Press Herald - Outfielder Cole Sturgeon not only pitched three scoreless innings in relief, but scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 16th inning Thursday night in the Portland Sea Dogs’ 6-5 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats before 4,602 at Hadlock.

Sturgeon, who was also an outfielder/reliever at the University of Louisville, allowed one hit and one walk over three innings. He led off the 16th with a single and went to third on Marco Hernandez’s single. After a walk to load the bases, New Hampshire reliever Cory Burns threw a wild pitch...Sturgeon raced home to end it

PS: While minor league games have lasted as much as 33 innings, this was close to the major league record of 19 innings. 

Wednesday, July 1

The state of Maine farms

Speaking at a panel on women in agriculture recently, USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel offered these stats: 
  •  There are 8173 fams in Maine, up from 7196 in 2002. 
  • 29% of Maine farmers are women, up from 25% in 2007
  • 48% of Maine farms list farming as the primary occupation
  • 30% of Maine farmes are 55-64 years of age
  • The number of farmers less than 35 years old has grown by nearly 40% in the past five years.

LePage finds a presidential candidate as weird as he is

Washington Times - Maine’s Paul LePage became the first sitting governor to endorse a candidate in the 2016 GOP nomination race, throwing his support behind Christie Christie’s fledgling bid for president.

Mr. LePage said that the New Jersey governor has been an inspiration to him over his career and said Mr. Christie, as the head of the Republican Governors Association, played an instrumental role in helping him win re-election last year.

Tuesday, June 30

Legislature overrides LePage's budget veto

The Maine Senate voted 25 to 10 to override Gov. LePage’s veto of the state’s $6.7 billion bipartisan budget.The House overrode the veto earlier this morning with a vote of 109 to 37. The bipartisan budget was supported in the Senate with a vote of 34 to 1 and was passed in the House with a vote of 105 to 42.

Cartoonist fires back at LePage

by DANBY / Bangor Daily News (courtesy of the artist)