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The Maine Attorney General's Office says the LePage administration is violating state law by refusing to release nearly $5 million the governor's office owes for legal expenses provided to nine state agencies.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills is threatening to sue Republican Gov. Paul LePage for refusing to sign routine financial orders that have held up nearly $5 million owed to her office.

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More than 500 lives have been saved over the past 2 years across Maine using the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

That’s according to the Maine Attorney General's Office, which has provided the drug to 84 agencies across the state over the past two years.

In a written release Maine Attorney General Mills says the statistic is "another grim milestone in our state's fight against opioids," and that more can and should be done to address Maine's opiate epidemic.

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Maine Democrats rallied at the State House Thursday to show support for their nominee for governor, Attorney General Janet Mills.

The event was held roughly 10 hours after Mills' victory in a seven-way primary was confirmed, after a runoff vote in the nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting primary.

Mills will now face Republican candidate Shawn Moody, the founder of a chain of auto body repair shops who is touting his business experience. Moody has vowed to continue LePage's policy agenda.

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Attorney General Janet Mills is the Democratic nominee for governor, according to official results from Maine’s first ranked-choice voting election announced by the Maine Secretary of State Wednesday.

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While Shawn Moody has been declared the winner in the Republican primary race for governor, Maine Democrats have not been able to call a winner of Tuesday’s primary. Attorney General Janet Mills is currently leading challenger Adam Cote and, says she's feeling optimistic about her race for the Blaine House.

The dance tunes that were playing in the background of Janet Mills Lewiston campaign headquarters could foreshadow a party in the coming days. Around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, Mills spoke to her supporters.

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Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is recusing herself from any pending legal actions involving Medicaid expansion, citing her candidacy for governor and stated support for Medicaid expansion

“If there is a role for this office to play, I will defer to their judgement in that regard," Mills says. "It’s important to recognize that I am a candidate for Governor in Tuesday’s primary election and I have taken a strong position on Medicaid expansion.”

Janet Mills, Maine’s current attorney general, is among seven Democrats running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Mills was district attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties from 1980 to 1992. She was then elected to the Maine House of Representatives, where she served from 2002 to 2008.

A vial of Naloxone, which can be used to block the potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose, is shown Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at an outpatient pharmacy at the University of Washington.
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Governor LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills have clashed on plenty of issues, but Mills says the governor’s critics misunderstand how the rulemaking process works and who has the final say.

Several lawmakers and the Maine Democratic party are blaming Gov. LePage for failing to implement a state law to allow the dispensing of naloxone, a drug that counters opioids in a person’s system, without a prescription. But according to Maine’s attorney general that criticism is misdirected.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says she is joining a group of attorneys general that is calling on Congress to review federal banking rules as they apply to marijuana.
 
Mills and 18 other attorneys general want more information about how the banking regulations apply to the emerging marijuana industry in the states that have legalized the drug. Maine is one of those states.
 

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Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is joining 16 other attorneys general in asking the Federal Communications Commission to put off voting to scrap net neutrality rules. 

Those are the rules, in place since 2015, that prevent Internet service providers from, for instance, demanding higher payments to move data more quickly over their networks.

Mills says she and others want the vote delayed because millions of fake comments were submitted to the commission under identities that were stolen.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says three supplement marketers have settled a complaint filed by her office and the Federal Trade Commission about a deceptive sales campaign.
 
Mills says the federal complaint charged that three corporations and six people conducted a deceptive campaign to sell joint and cognitive health supplements in violation of state and federal laws.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Democratic attorney general is moving to dismiss a lawsuit filed against her by the state's Republican governor.

Gov. Paul LePage lawsuit claims Attorney General Janet Mills is refusing to represent the administration in court cases for political reasons. He also wants her to stop joining amicus briefs that clash with his positions.

Mills said in Wednesday legal filings the independence of her office is settled law. She's called LePage's suit "frivolous.''

BOSTON - A group of 20 attorneys general, all Democrats, is calling for the appointment of an independent special counsel to continue the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
 
The group led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called Republican President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey during the ongoing investigation a "violation of public trust.''
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he intentionally slowed state hiring to save money, calling himself "an equal opportunity conservative.''
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that LePage defended his decision during a hearing before the Legislature. The Legislature is reviewing a bill that strips the governor's power in approving staff pay raises for the Attorney General's office.
 

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