Archives for Governor LePage

WERU News Report 4/5/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio contributed by Matt Murphy and Chris Stark
Yesterday, back to back rallies were held at the state house. We have some audio from each of them today on the WERU News Report. First, the “Bring Our War Dollars Home” rally, emcee’d by Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Following the “Bring Our War Dollars Home” rally, a group gathered to call for the return of the Labor Mural that Governor LePage had removed from the Department of Labor lobby. Artist and activist Robert Shetterly introduces Edgar Allen Beem.

RadioActive 2/17/11

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Topics: Today we follow up with members of the Joint Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform,as they contemplate what to include in LD 1, including the governor’s proposed environmental and health rollbacks. And we talk more about the drastic cuts Congress is poised to make to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funds -which community radio stations, like WERU, rely on.

WERU News Report 2/16/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributor: Meredith DeFrancesco

Segment 1:
Following up on yesterday’s news report on the public hearing for the governor’s phase one wishlist of environmental regulatory rollbacks, today we talk with award-winning journalist Colin Woodard. Woodard spoke with us a few weeks ago about his report called “LePage’s Secret Bankers”. Today he’s here to tell us about “LePage’s Secret Puppeteers”

Segment 2:
This week the Bangor-based group PICA (Power in Community Alliances) launched a “Dignity for All” Campaign, asking community members and elected officials to take a pledge in support of equal rights — in the workplace, the legal system, education, social services and health care, and for all to be treated with dignity. Speakers at the event pointed out that during tough economic times, the most vulnerable members of the community are often scapegoated.

WERU News Report 2/15/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

A public hearing on the concept plan for LD 1, Governor LePage’s phase 1 regulatory wishlist— officially titled an “Act To Ensure Regulatory Fairness and Reform”– drew a crowd to Augusta Monday, to testify before the Joint Standing Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform. As Mainers arrived in droves to offer their input, the Governor submitted an amended concept plan that no longer includes some of the sections pertaining to proposed rollbacks on regulations governing toxins in children’s products, air emissions, vernal pools and the Land Use Regulatory Commission. The hearing drew such a crowd that many people had to be turned away for lack of space, but others chose to stay and speak to the committee, and the hearing lasted for several hours. Here are some excerpts

RadioActive 2/3/11

Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

Segment 1:
We’ve been reporting in recent weeks, both here on RadioActive, as well as on Voices and on our new WERU News Report, about the outcry over Governor LePage’s wishlist of environmental and health legislation that he would like to rollback. While the names of those who helped him draft the wishlist are still not known, author and award-winning journalist Colin Woodard was been on the trail of Governor LePages “secret bankers”. Here is what he’s found. FMI: “LePage’s Secret Bankers”, January 19th edition of the Portland Phoenix:

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Regulatory Reform Meeting in Machiaa

Voices 1/11/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributors: Matt Murphy, Nicole Coppolla (Maine News Service)

Topics: Mainers Make Case Against Repealing Health Care Law this week in Augusta and the Maine League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) Responds to 2 of Governor LePage’s Nominations, and Area Youth bring “Poetry As Performance” to the Grand in Ellsworth.

Why are some Mainers opposing the repeal of the health care law? What is the MLCV’s position on LePage’s nominations for Commissioner for the Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation? How does the Governor’s office respond? How can local youth get involved with others interested in poetry?

Jasmine Ireland, Director of “Poetry As Performance” at the Grand Auditorium ( )
Maureen Drouin, Executive Director, Maine League of Conservation Voters ( )
Dan Demeritt, Spokesperson for Governor LePage