Former Ga. legislator challenges incumbent Breen in Senate District 25

By Colin Ellis on September 19, 2016

FALMOUTH — The election in Maine Senate District 25 will feature two candidates familiar with state government – although only one of them has experience in Maine.

Incumbent Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, is seeking a second term. Her challenger, Falmouth Republican Charles “Bart” Ladd, is a former Georgia state senator and representative.

Breen, 50, of Falmouth Ridges Drive, is a former town councilor and former middle school teacher.She was elected to the Senate in 2014 after several recounts and a decision by a special Senate committee.

Ladd, 59, of Foreside Road, an engineer by education, is a former U.S. Air Force combat pilot who was born in Boston; he is a now a pilot for Delta Airlines. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1991 to 1999, and then in the Georgia state Senate from 1999 to 2003, when he lost a primary re-election bid. He and his family moved to Maine in 2011.

Senate District 25 includes Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Yarmouth and part of Westbrook. Election Day is Nov. 8....

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Our View: To stop cycle of failure, help Maine’s youngest learners

A study of pre-K expulsions shows that preschools, care providers and families need support as they try to keep disruptions from escalating.

When the phrase “doesn’t play well with others” shows up on a T-shirt or a bumper sticker, it’s meant to be funny. But when preschool children are described that way, it’s a serious situation: These children can end up being kicked out of preschool and child care programs, losing out on services with proven links to later academic achievement.

The need for early intervention is made abundantly clear by the results of a surveyfrom the Maine Children’s Growth Council, commissioned by the Legislature and conducted earlier this year...

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Maine Officials Concerned About Preschool Expulsions

By ROBBIE FEINBERG  SEP 15, 2016

More than 10 percent of Maine’s teachers and childcare providers have expelled students as young as 3 from their programs due to challenging behaviors such as hitting, pushing and biting, according to a new survey from the Maine Children’s Growth Council.

Advocates for children in Maine are concerned about what the statistics mean for those kids and their families. 

State Sen. Cathy Breen asked for the survey, which was conducted by the National Center for Children in Poverty. Breen says she had heard a few stories before on expulsions of preschoolers and kindergarteners. But the study made her see just how widespread the problem is.

“That’s pretty stark information,” Breen says...

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Veto override clears way for more access to overdose antidote in Maine

BY Kevin Miller

April 29, Portland Press Herald

The Legislature overturns 20 vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage and upholds a dozen, including bills on solar energy policy and public campaign financing.

AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Friday to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto and allow pharmacists to dispense the drug overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription.

But bills to overhaul Maine’s solar energy policy, provide funding to the state’s campaign finance system and allow dental therapists to perform more procedures all failed to become law because of LePage vetoes.

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LePage vetoes bill aimed at increasing access to overdose antidote

By Kevin Miller

April 20, Portland Press Herald

‘Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,’ LePage writes in vetoing a bill to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription.

“With this insensitive statement, Gov. LePage is insinuating that Mainers suffering from addiction are beyond reach – that they cannot be saved,” Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, said in a statement. “I disagree. Narcan can be the difference between an early grave and an intervention that can put an addict on the path to recovery. We know that Narcan saves lives. It is incumbent on us to make sure it is readily available.”

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Under the iconic Hawkes Plaza TV repairman sign, a new eatery opens

By Ray Routhier

March 25, Portland Press Herald

Lenny’s in Westbrook is owned by Bill Umbel, who ran Empire Dine & Dance in Portland, and offers ‘upscale pub’ food.

After more than 50 years of watching over Route 302 in Westbrook, the 13-foot-tall TV repairman has traded in his toolbox for a lunchbox...

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Center for Deaf can now accept private donations

March 9, Falmouth Forecaster

A bill by state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, that supports the Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing became law last week without Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

The law now removes restrictions which prohibited the school from accepting private donations from alumni, foundations and others. Formerly known as the Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf, the school is located on Macworth Island. The MECDHH serves students from across the state.

Breen’s bill was enacted by the Senate on Feb. 18. LePage did not sign or veto the bill within a 10-day window, so it became law without his signature. 

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Our View: Life-saving Narcan should be in more Mainers’ hands

Cathy Breen is the lead Senate sponsor of this bill.

Allowing the overdose antidote to be sold over the counter will buy valuable time.

“...This bill is simple - it aims to save lives, so that our loved ones living with addiction can survive an overdose and make it into a recovery program. To me, having Narcan available to family and friends is like having an inhaler nearby for someone with asthma, or an AED device available for cardiac events in our community. And Maine pharmacies are good resources for the consumer training and education that this bill requires.”

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