Senate Democrats Reject Highly Qualified Candidate for University of Maine Trustees Board
AUGUSTA - Along party lines, Democrats in the Maine Senate have rejected the nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine Board of Trustees. One of the stated reasons for opposing her nomination was the false claim that Dench has committed plagiarism in a column she wrote for the Bangor Daily News. An editor of that publication confirmed she had, indeed, not committed plagiarism. Partisan Democrats, who often extol the virtues of diversity, also said they could not support Dench due to her conservative political beliefs.
Below is a statement from Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau.
“Democrats talk a good game about diversity, but their actions say something else. Susan Dench’s nomination for the University of Maine Board of Trustees was rejected by Democrats for one simple reason: Susan’s political beliefs, in their minds, are not the correct ones. During Susan Dench’s hearing before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, her opponents claimed their biggest concern was Dench’s supposed plagiarism in a blog she wrote for the Bangor Daily News. After reviewing the article in question, a Bangor Daily News editor determined that Dench did not commit plagiarism.
“Susan Dench was an outstanding candidate whose professional experience made her uniquely qualified to serve on the UMaine Board of Trustees. There was no valid reason to reject her nomination, so partisans invented reasons. All Mainers should be disgusted with the treatment of this woman who simply wanted to serve the University of Maine and this state she loves so much.”
Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo)
Colorful Foliage Season Predicted
Maine is in for a “spectacular” foliage season, according to officials from Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. They say abundant rainfall and relatively cooler temperatures during the spring and summer months have combined to create optimal conditions for colorful leaves. The Maine Office of Tourism is now providing updates on gradual change in leaf color from north to south, culminating in peak conditions in late October. Maine’s official fall foliage website: mainefoliage.com has a new look, with additional links to scenic byways and to the Maine Office of Tourism. For more information, please click here. http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=627193&v=Article-2014
Enhanced Online Absentee Ballot Request Service Launched
Absentee Ballot Request Service enhanced to respond to State of Emergency
AUGUSTA - Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has announced the Online Absentee Ballot Request Service for the November 4th General and Referendum Election is now available.
The service has been enhanced to facilitate requests from emergency aid workers and displaced voters, should a State of Emergency occur that requires aid workers or voters to relocate. This option will be available only during a State of Emergency and offers functionality similar to requests from Maine residents who are stationed in the military or residing in another country.
The Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is available at: www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl
All Maine municipalities are required to accept electronic requests for absentee ballots. Municipal clerks will process the requests and mail out absentee ballots when they become available.
Unemployment Rate at 5.5% for July
Share of Mainers working still above national average
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement today about the 5.5% unemployment rate for July, which is down from 6.7% in July 2013 and is the lowest since August 2008.
Maine’s unemployment rate is far below the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. The employment-to-population ratio—the share of Maine’s population that is employed and a better indicator of economic recovery—is 61.4%. July was the 82nd consecutive month Maine’s employment-to-population ratio was above the national average.
"Since we took office, almost 22,000 private-sector jobs have been created in Maine," said Governor LePage. "There are still plenty of jobs available, including almost 7,400 posted on the Maine Job Bank. Combined with our efforts to move individuals from welfare to work, there are more opportunities than ever for Mainers to get good-paying jobs that will improve the quality of life for them and their families." The number of private-sector jobs is up 8,400 from a year ago in July 2013. The number of government jobs is down 1,300.