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Renee Nelson

I am the News Director for the Townsquare Media/Augusta-Waterville stations and also the host of our public affairs show, "Issues," Sunday mornings! Make sure you come say "Hi" to me at one of our many live local broadcasts.
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Olympian Julia Clukey: Athlete + All Round Nice Person [Audio]

Julia Clukey is an Augusta native and world class ‘luge-er’. Is that right word? A person who takes part in the sport of the luge. Luge is the sport where you are in a tiny little sled and you go down an iced course. It’s fast and thrilling. So how does a young woman from Augusta, Maine become a world class competitor at this level?

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Mark Wilson, Getty Images
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Proud of Some of What My Tax Dollars Fund: National Weather Service + Plowed Roads + Public Libraries

Just looking at my paycheck. Taxes! Yes,  it would be nice to have that money in my check to support my life. BUT, I think I must be the only person who thinks that being in a position where I do earn enough to pay taxes is not a bad thing. Taxes do some great things!

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Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Some States, Including Maine, Allow Private Lobbyists in State Pensions

It turns out that hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states, including Maine, have public pensions.  The reason for this is they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards. So somewhere along the line, lawmakers gave them access (decades ago) on the justification that they serve governments and the public. OH in in some cases it is not just the pensions, it is healthcare too!

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Category: Local News, News, Opinion

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