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Maine Gov. LePage to join Donald Trump at rally Bangor

FILE - In this March 3, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is welcomed to the stage by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, in Portland, Maine. LePage has floated the idea he could play a role in a Trump presidency, a move that might benefit the state's Senate president, a fellow Republican with whom he has had a tepid relationship .(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Donald Trump and Maine Gov. Paul LePage embraced at a rally in Portland in March. –AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said he’ll attend Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Bangor, Maine on Wednesday, the Portland Press Herald reports.

“I can’t wait to come up and help cheer him on in any way I can,” LePage told WVOM talk radio host Ric Tyler, according to the Press Herald.

LePage, the outspoken and oft-controversial governor, has endorsed Trump and appeared at Trump’s rally in Portland back in March. He said he expects a large crowd to hear the businessman’s speech in Bangor, which is Maine’s third-largest city.

“He’s a magnet for people—people love to listen to him. I look forward to seeing him,” LePage said. “He’s a personality of his own, as we all know, and I look forward to seeing him.”

Trump’s appearance is part of a bid to flip Maine to Republicans, even though the state last voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 1988. A poll from the Press Herald last week showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump 42 to 35 percent.

Last month, LePage said that he’d be open to joining Trump’s administration—if he was ambassador to Canada in the summer and Jamaica in the winter. He was also asked whether he might be selected as Trump’s vice president.

“We’re too much alike,” he said, laughing.

By Eric Levenson

source:  boston.com

The country where the most Maine immigrants came from in 2014 wasn’t Mexico or Somalia

More new immigrants came to Maine from Iraq than any other country in 2014. China was the no. 2 source.

Pathway to Citizenship - photo: Reuters
Pathway to Citizenship – photo: Reuters

That’s according to a new report from Pew Trusts, which used data from the Minnesota Population Center to illustrate the top two origin countries of new, documented immigrants to each state in the map below.

Immigrants from China and India are increasing in numbers nationally while fewer are coming from Mexico, Pew says. The report cites an increase in Chinese and Indian college students, about 60,000 in 2014-15, who often find U.S. jobs after they graduate. Ten years ago, most states saw the largest number of immigrants coming from Mexico. But as construction dried up and the recession hit, fewer Mexicans came to America for jobs.

So that explains China, but what about Iraq?

In 2012-14, Iraq was the main source of refugees coming to Maine. Federal data showed 429 Iraqis resettled in Maine during that period. Somalia had the second-most refugees to Maine at 390 over those three years.

According to the Pew report, Maine was the only state to have the most immigrants come from Iraq.

In 2013, the Kennebec Journal wrote about the influx of Iraqi immigrants to Augusta. (please take the time to read this article, too.)

According to the Pew report, Maine was the only state to have the most immigrants come from Iraq.
According to the Pew report, Maine was the only state to have the most immigrants come from Iraq. Pew Charitable Trust.

The study looks at the newest immigrants, people who have been in the U.S. for less than a year.

Somalis didn’t even rank, because many have been here a decade or more and many lived elsewhere in the United Stated before moving to Maine.

The Minnesota Population Center data show 7,579 new immigrants in Maine in 2014.

source:  bangordailynews.com