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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

12/29/09

DOWN EAST NOTES

Maine housing sales in November were up almost 49 percent over the same month in 2008, slightly over the national rise of 42 percent. Median sales prices were down 5%.

Bangor Daily News- Backers of a proposal to build a resort casino in western Maine delivered more than 90,000 petition signatures to state officials on Tuesday in hopes of triggering the sixth statewide referendum on gambling since 2000. . . Peter Martin, spokesman for Black Bear Entertainment, said petition organizers removed most of the "flaws" that he believes helped doom the last proposal. Those flaws included lowering Maine's gambling age to 19, creating a 10-year moratorium on other gaming facilities in the state and giving the casino president a seat on influential state boards. Martin described the latest proposal as a privately funded stimulus package for Maine schools, with 70 percent, or about $32 million, of the annual tax revenues from the casino going to education statewide. The proposed four-season resort would create 800 to 1,000 jobs.

Portland Press Herald - For the first time in more than two centuries, more people live in New Hampshire than in Maine, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The last time the Granite State's population exceeded Maine's was 1800, when Maine was a district of Massachusetts and the White House was occupied by its first resident, President John Adams. Both states now have about 1.3 million residents. The data released Wednesday put New Hampshire ahead by 6,274 people. . .Kennebec Journal - The U.S. Census reports that only three states, Maine, Michigan and Rhode Island, lost population between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009. Michigan lost the greatest number: 32,750. Maine was second with a loss of 1,390.

Hardly supporting the efficacy of religion, the Pew people have found Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas the three most religious states. New England is the least religious part of the country led by New Hampshire and Vermont. Alaska is almost as non-religious followed by Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 82% of Mississippians say religion is very important in their lives but only 36% of those in Vermont and New Hampshire and 42% in Maine.

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