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Republican leaders in Augusta are taking two approaches in responding to controversial statements made last week by Maine GOP vice chair Nick Isgro falsely linking immigrants to the outbreak of once-eradicated diseases: some are condemning Isgro's remarks, others are avoiding them altogether. Isgro, meanwhile, is standing by his assertion that Americans should be free to not vaccinate their children against disease.

WATERVILLE, Maine - A Maine city will move ahead in a recount of ballots cast in a referendum to ban plastic shopping bags.

A petition effort that sought to repeal the budget in a Maine city has failed.

The discord over the Waterville spending plan lasted throughout the city's budget cycle. Resident Eric Chamberlain led the effort, which gathered only 268 signatures by close of business on Tuesday. The effort needed 857 signatures to force the City Council to reopen the budget.

A Maine mayor who narrowly survived a recall effort after posting a tweet making fun of a Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor says he deserves an apology from his critics.

The attempt to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro failed on Tuesday. He has been a source of controversy in Maine since April, when he posted a tweet that said "Eat it, Hogg" in reference to outspoken shooting survivor David Hogg.

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A controversial Republican mayor will keep his job on the Waterville City Council after a recall effort failed by a slim margin during Tuesday's balloting.

Nick Isgro, whose social media taunt of a student who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, triggered the recall effort, did not respond to a request for comment.

But Julian Payne, a Waterville school board member and Isgro supporter, said the GOP mayor's win by a 91-vote margin is very significant in this heavily Democratic community.

Voters in Waterville will decide June 12 whether or not to recall Republican Mayor Nick Isgro. Isgro has come under fire for a history of inflammatory social media posts- but it was an insulting tweet to a Parkland school shooting survivor that triggered critics into launching a recall petition.

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Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, under fire for tweeting an insult to a survivor of the Parkland School shooting, says outside special interest groups, spending thousands of dollars and colluding with "political elites and the local press" are the reason he's facing a recall election.

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The effort to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro is moving forward.

Deputy City Clerk Sarah Cross says petition circulators met Wednesday's deadline and gathered enough valid signatures to force a recall election.

"They needed 857 signatures,” she says. “They had a total of 887 certified signatures with a total of 1033 signatures turned in as of yesterday."

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Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro made his first public appearance at a city council budget workshop Tuesday night, one day after several residents began a recall effort against him and after he resigned, under pressure, from his position as a vice president at Skowhegan Savings Bank.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage, a former mayor of Waterville, weighed in Tuesday on his behalf.

Isgro has been under fire for a recent tweet mocking Parkland School shooting survivor David Hogg. He also has a history of making anti-immigrant and other inflammatory social media posts.

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A petition drive has been launched to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro after calls for his resignation over the past week.

WATERVILLE, Maine - A Maine mayor is receiving backlash for a tweet making fun of a Parkland, Fla. school shooting survivor.
 
The Morning Sentinel reports some Waterville officials are calling for Republican Mayor Nick Isgro to resign. Isgro wrote in a tweet earlier this week that Parkland student David Hogg should "eat it.''
 
The post was in response to an article about Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who mocked Hogg online and lost advertisers. The tweet has since been deleted.