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Former state employees' union president calls out current president over liquor store sting operatio

Former state employees' union president calls out current president over liquor store sting operation


CONCORD — The former president of the state employees’ union is urging the SEA Board of Directors to take action against incumbent union president Richard Gulla for his role in a sting operation designed to bring attention to high-volume sales at state liquor stores.

Diana Lacey, now a union member who works for the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote in a lengthy email dated June 15 that Gulla, an NHLC employoee, should recuse himself from any NHLC matters due to a personal conflict of interest.

She states that the NHLC tried on two occasions to fire Gulla long before the current controversy arose, but reached agreements with the union in both cases.

“I don’t think any person on Earth could be impartial about an organization that tried twice to fire them, and I do not think President Gulla can be either,” she wrote in the email to Gulla and the union board the day after a June 14 meeting of the union council.

Read more: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20180620/NEWS0621/180629986

Ex-Nashua school board chief sues superintendent, city for $1.5m

Former Nashua Board of Education President George Farrington is suing Superintendent Jahmal Mosley’s office for $1.5 million for alleged civil rights violations, according to a suit he brought in U.S. District Court in Concord.

The lawsuit cites a confrontation that Farrington said he had with Mosley in March.

After that meeting, Mosley had Farrington legally prevented from entering the school district’s administrative offices, according to the suit filed Monday in federal court.

Farrington’s lawsuit maintains Mosley’s actions amounted to First Amendment retaliation and abuse of process while denying him due process.

Read more: http://www.unionleader.com/courts/ex-nashua-school-board-chief-sues-superintendent-city-for-15m--20180620

Ex-Bristol chief facing felonies for allegedly paying himself bogus OT with federal grants

BRISTOL — Michael Lewis, the town’s former police chief, has been indicted for theft, sexual assault and simple assault by a Grafton County grand jury.

Lewis, 38, resigned last October after having been placed on administrative leave. He’s now facing three felony counts of theft by deception as well as a misdemeanor for either sexual assault or simple assault.

The sexual assault charge alleges that on Aug. 31 2017, Chief Lewis came up behind a woman and placed his hands on her buttocks. The simple assault charge is an alternative interpretation of the same incident, instead characterizing it as unprivileged physical contact.

The June 15 indictments allege Lewis exercised unauthorized control over town funds by knowingly claiming he worked overtime details that he had not.

Read more: http://www.unionleader.com/crime/ex-bristol-chief-facing-felonies-for-allegedly-paying-himself-bogus-ot-with-federal-grants--20180619

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Palin's son moves to court program after assaulting father

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Track Palin was formally accepted into a diversion court program Tuesday after assaulting his father, the former first gentleman of the state of Alaska, so severely it left him bleeding from the head.

Palin, the son of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Todd Palin, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass after breaking into the family home north of Anchorage last December. The change of plea will allow him to take part in Alaska’s Veterans Court, a therapeutic diversion program intended to rehabilitate veterans.

If he completes the program, he will serve 10 days in jail. But under the plea agreement, if he doesn’t complete the Veterans Court program, he will serve a year in jail. Palin, a 29-year-old Army veteran who served one year in Iraq, was initially charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief.

Palin, who was dogged by television cameras at a Monday Veterans Court appearance, did not appear in the Anchorage courtroom for Tuesday’s change of plea hearing, and instead was allowed to call in from Wasilla.

Read more: https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/world-national/palins-son-moves-to-court-program-after-assaulting-father/

Panel urged to reconsider proposed development rules for Maine woods

Officials who oversee development in the state’s Unorganized Territory were urged Wednesday to not make rule changes that critics say could create sprawl in the Maine woods and undermine development in northern municipalities.

Approximately 100 people attended a public hearing held in Brewer Wednesday by the Land Use Planning Commission to solicit comment on a proposal that would change the commission’s development restrictions in the state’s Unorganized Territory, which comprises of more than 10 million acres of land — mostly woods — that lie outside the boundaries of Maine’s cities and towns.

Currently, the commission requires that all commercial and subdivision development be within 1 mile of a similar existing development. The proposed change would allow commercial development to occur up to 10 miles from the boundary of communities designated as “retail hubs” by the commission, as long as they also are within 2 miles of a public road.

The change would set a limit on how far away commercial or subdivision development can occur outside more than 40 municipalities and plantations identified by the commission as retail hubs. The current 1 mile rule, over time, theoretically can allow limitless development as projects spring up one after another, commission staff have said.

Read more: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/20/outdoors/panel-urged-to-reconsider-proposed-development-rules-for-maine-woods/

Golden confirmed as Democratic nominee in Maine's 2nd District

AUGUSTA, Maine — Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden will be Democrats’ nominee to run against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the 2nd Congressional District in November after the Maine secretary of state released unofficial ranked-choice voting tallies on Wednesday.

That result was no surprise, but the ranked-choice voting method that Maine voters endorsed in 2016 held up the two-term state representative’s victory for eight days after he fell just short of winning an outright majority in last week’s three-way primary in the district.

Golden, 36, of Lewiston dispatched conservationist Lucas St. Clair of Hampden after the first round of ranked-choice tallying, winning 54 percent of votes to St. Clair’s 46 percent. Islesboro bookseller Craig Olson was eliminated, having won 9 percent of first-round votes.

“I know we can fix our expensive healthcare system, take power back from the special interests, create middle-class jobs that pay respectable wages with real benefits, and build a better future for Maine,” Golden said in a statement.

Read more: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/20/politics/golden-confirmed-as-democratic-nominee-in-maines-2nd-district/

With 54%, Janet Mills wins Democratic nomination in race for Maine governor

AUGUSTA — Attorney General Janet Mills won the Democratic nomination for governor on Wednesday following the nation’s first use of ranked-choice voting to decide a statewide election.

After days of scanning, downloading and certifying ballots, the Secretary of State’s Office ran all of the results from the June 12 election through the ranked-choice voting tabulation software. The result: Mills won the seven-person primary with 54.1 percent of the vote, followed by veteran and attorney Adam Cote with 45.9 percent, in unofficial results. The margin between Mills and Cote – the Democratic front-runners following the balloting last week – was just under 9,500 votes once all of the ranked-choice votes had been reallocated.

A former legislator and district attorney from Farmington, Mills will face off against Republican Shawn Moody and two independents, Alan Caron and Terry Hayes, in November’s race for governor. Both Mills and Hayes, who currently serves as state treasurer, will be vying to become Maine’s first woman governor.

Mills, 70, said she will run a positive campaign “about moving the state forward and about bettering the prospects for the people of Maine,” while praising the contributions of her primary opponents.

Read more: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/20/ranked-choice-voting-tabulation-to-start-at-6-p-m/

Former Portland High School teacher leaves $1 million for scholarship

PORTLAND — Raymond Allen was born during the Great Depression and pinched pennies all his life.

He shopped at discount stores. If something was broken, he fixed it. If he needed something, he often built it himself. His clothes were clean, but worn. And he was a dedicated math teacher who thrived on adventure.

His dedication to saving is now paying off for a new generation of Portland High School students: Allen left more than $1 million to support a scholarship fund at the school where he taught for more than 20 years.

This week both the City Council and the School Board are scheduled to honor Allen for his generosity and devotion to past and future generations of local scholars.

Read more: http://www.sunjournal.com/former-portland-high-school-teacher-leaves-1-million-for-scholarship/

Maine lawmakers agree on a way to fund Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA – Both houses of the Maine Legislature have voted in favor of funding to extend Medicaid to an estimated 70,000 residents, potentially undercutting Gov. LePage’s argument against implementing the voter-approved expansion.

The Maine Senate and House agreed to a plan to pay for the state’s $60 million share of costs associated with the expansion of Medicaid in Maine, although more votes were needed before the bill gets sent to LePage’s desk.

Voters approved expanding the state’s Medicaid system in 2017 so those earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty guideline would become eligible for state and federally funded health care coverage. The change would expand the system to an estimated 70,000 Mainers, although critics of the expansion say it could increase the state’s Medicaid roles by as much as 80,000.

LePage has repeatedly blocked Medicaid expansion in Maine and has refused to implement the voter-approved expansion, arguing that the Legislature must first allocate funding.

Read more: http://www.sunjournal.com/maine-lawmakers-agree-on-a-way-to-fund-medicaid-expansion/
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