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Politics | State | Monday, July 12th, 2010, 12:14 pm

In The Know: LePage’s alcoholic dad, same-sex marriage and education reform

It’s been a crazy weekend here on the Midcoast, with the North Atlantic Blues Festival bringing tons of people into town and closing down Main Street, resulting in cars, trucks and vans parked in every miniscule open bit of pavement in town. With the weekend now over, it’s time to get back to what really matters.

This is the first installment of “In the Know,” a quick take of what the Maine Observer is reading to stay afloat in the deep waters that are Maine politics.

The Associated Press wrote a piece on Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, which details the abuse laid on the Waterville mayor by his alcoholic father. This is only the second piece we’ve seen that discusses LePage as more than just the tea party-driven, conservative candidate.  A New Yorker article that described LePage’s Marden’s franchise as “eBay 0.0″ was the first. Both are compelling reads that offer a fresh perspective on what made “Front Page LePage” who he is today.

The same-sex marriage debate rolls on in Augusta as the National Organization for Marriage and EqualityMaine, among others, plan competing events in the state’s capital on Wednesday. The pro-gay marriage folks will be inside the State House to hold a morning press conference, while the anti-gay marriage crowd will be rallying in Capitol Park at noon to kick-off a national tour to support traditional marriage.

The indispensable Derek Viger wrote a great overview last week of the way the education debate is shaping up in the race for the Blaine House, couched in the “gloves-off” battle in the op-ed pages of the Bangor Daily News, where Eliot Cutler and Libby Mitchell sparred over education reform and Mitchell’s endorsement from the MEA.

And just in case you’ve been living under a rock, President Barack Obama and his family will vacation on Mount Desert Island this weekend, as announced by Rep. Chellie Pingree, who seems to be the Democratic Party’s herald in the Pine Tree State.

Mario Carmine Moretto is editor of Politicator and a founding editor of the Observer.

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