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Mar 20, 2012

Please don’t plant the daisies – or we’ll sue

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Growing even faster than the daisies and daffodils Kimberly Bois planted outside her condo unit in memory of her mother are the fines imposed by her condominium association, which is suing to force her to rip the flowers out.

The first day of spring on Tuesday was marked by another $50 daily fine imposed on Bois by the management at Atlantic Pointe condominiums in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for allegedly violating a policy aimed at maintaining the homes’ uniform look.

Mar 6, 2012

Former Maine governor seeks Snowe’s Senate seat as independent

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Former Maine Governor Angus King has announced he’ll run as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Olympia Snowe, complicating Senate Democrats’ efforts to defend their majority in November.

A poll released on Tuesday by the Democratic aligned Public Policy Polling showed King, who announced his bid late Monday, with a favorability rating of 62 percent, the highest of any of the potential candidates who have started gathering signatures to get on the ballot.

Mar 2, 2012

Senator Snowe’s retirement causes “chaos” in Maine

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision to not seek re-election in November has roiled politics in Maine with both of the state’s U.S. House members and at least two former governors considering runs for her seat.

Snowe, a popular pro-choice Republican in her 18th year in the Senate after 16 years in the House, was expected to easily win another term but stunned politicians and the public alike with a Tuesday announcement she would bow out, citing an “atmosphere of polarization” in Congress.

Mar 2, 2012

Snowe Retirement Causes “Chaos” in Maine Politics

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision against seeking re-election in November has roiled politics in Maine with both of the state’s U.S. House members and at least two former governors considering runs for her seat.

Snowe, a popular pro-choice Republican in her 18th year in the Senate after 16 years in the House, was expected to easily win another term but stunned politicians and the public alike with a Tuesday announcement she would bow out, citing an “atmosphere of polarization” in Congress.

Feb 24, 2012

Maine builds support for gay marriage referendum

Feb 24 (Reuters) – Proponents of same-sex marriage in
Maine have gathered more than enough signatures to ask voters in
a November referendum to approve gay marriages just three years
after they banned them.

As the tide of acceptance swells nationwide, gay marriage
advocates in Maine gathered more than 85,000 signatures, far
more than the requisite 57,277 signatures, Secretary of State
Charles Summers said on Thursday.

Feb 24, 2012

Maine gets enough support for gay marriage referendum

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Proponents of same-sex marriage in Maine have gathered more than enough signatures to ask voters in a November referendum to approve gay nuptials just three years after they banned them.

As the tide of acceptance swells nationwide, gay marriage advocates in gathered more than 85,000 signatures, far more than the requisite 57,277 signatures, Secretary of State Charles Summers said on Thursday.

Feb 23, 2012

Maine’s biggest lobster returned to Atlantic Ocean

Feb 23 (Reuters) – The biggest lobster ever caught in
Maine, a 27-pounder (12.25 kg) nicknamed “Rocky” with
claws tough enough to snap a man’s arm, was released back into
the ocean on Thursday after being trapped in a shrimp net last
week, marine officials said.

The 40-inch (one-meter) male crustacean, about
the size of a 3-year-old child, was freed in the waters of the
Atlantic Ocean, said Elaine Jones, education director for the
state’s Department of Marine Resources.

Feb 23, 2012

Maine’s biggest lobster to be returned to Atlantic

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – The biggest lobster ever caught in Maine, a 27-pounder nicknamed “Rocky” with claws tough enough to snap a man’s arm, will be released shortly after being trapped in a shrimp net last week, marine officials said on Thursday.

The 40-inch male crustacean, about the size of a 3-year-old human, will be freed in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, said Elaine Jones, education director for the state’s Department of Marine Resources.

Feb 17, 2012

Maine Republicans to recount votes that gave Romney a win

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Maine’s Republican Party will recount votes in the state’s Republican caucus following complaints that totals from some towns were not included in state results showing a 194-vote victory for Mitt Romney over Ron Paul.

In addition, Republicans in Maine’s sparsely populated Washington County will hold their caucus on Saturday after an earlier attempt was postponed by a snowstorm.

Feb 15, 2012

Nearly broke Providence seeks cash from Brown University

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – With the mayor of Rhode Island’s capital warning it may run out of cash by June, the city of Providence is looking to raise funds from one of its wealthiest landowners: Brown University.

As a non-profit institution, the Ivy League school is exempt from local taxes. Brown, the state’s sixth-largest employer, owns more than $1 billion of property in the city and has a $2.5 billion endowment yet makes a relatively modest “voluntary payment” to the city of $3.6 million per year.