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  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 82 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • [Independent Maine Sen Angus] King may switch sides and join the Republicans after midterms

    04/10/2014 5:22:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 10, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans. He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands. “I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine,” King told The Hill Wednesday after voting with Republicans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure at the center for the 2014 Democratic campaign agenda. King’s remarks are a clear indication that congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle...
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • Angus King (Maine) may flip to GOP in 2015

    04/10/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans. He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands. “I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine,” King told The Hill Wednesday after voting with Republicans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure at the center for the 2014 Democratic campaign agenda.
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 March 2014

    03/30/2014 3:27:47 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 153 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 30 March 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 30th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Angus King, I-Maine; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Michael Leiter, former White House adviser on counterterrorism.FACE THE NATION (CBS): NCAA President Mark Emmert; Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency; Michael Morrell, former deputy CIA director and member of NSA Surveillance Review Group; Cmdr. William J. Marks, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, which is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet.THIS WEEK...
  • Raw Milk Could Become Available Under Proposed Legislation

    03/28/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies ^ | March 27, 2014 | Joshua Cook
    Congressman Thomas Massie (Republican–KY), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Democrat –ME) and a bipartisan coalition of 18 other lawmakers have introduced legislation to improve consumer food choices, including access to raw milk, and to protect local farmers from federal interference. The two bills – the Milk Freedom of Act of 2014 and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 – are the first in Massie’s series of “food freedom” bills he plans to introduce. Massie has a unique perspective: “As a producer of grass-fed beef, I am familiar with some of the difficulties small farmers face when marketing fresh food directly to...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • Baristas hope packing pistols will discourage robberies ( WA )

    03/19/2014 3:58:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jody Lawrence-Turner
    Coffee stand hit three times. Krystal Cogswell wears a holstered pistol on her hip while pulling espresso at Jitterz Java in Northwest Spokane. “I figure if they can see it, maybe it will be a deterrent, apparently being a girl isn’t enough,” the 24-year-old said. Robbers have struck Jitterz Java twice in February. On Sunday, a man who appeared to be armed ran off after a barista grabbed her gun and called police. The recent string of violence has owner Sara Chapel fed up. “The way I’ve been scheduling the girls is that at least one girl who carries a...
  • God and Sexuality at Bowdoin

    03/09/2014 5:35:33 AM PDT · by AU72 · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 9, 2014 | Owen Strachan
    In a move that has reminded many onlookers of heavy-handed institutional actions at Vanderbilt University and Tufts University, the school’s administration presented Bowdoin Christian Fellowship (BCF) volunteer leaders Rob and Sim Gregory with a “non-discrimination” statement. This statement required, among other things, that the Gregorys open BCF leadership up to students of any sexual orientation. As reported in the Bowdoin Orient, Dean of Students Tim Foster explained that “If someone’s participating in an organization and they are LGBTIQA and they are not allowed to participate in that organization because of their sexual orientation or they cannot lead that organization because...
  • Maine prison officials urge shoot-to-kill option for Windham facility

    02/28/2014 6:59:17 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 13 replies
    Porltand Press Herald (Maine) ^ | 02.22.14 | Leslie Bridgers
    Officials tell lawmakers that a growing number of dangerous prisoners are being housed in the facilty and they pose a higher escape risk. An increasingly dangerous inmate population at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham warrants allowing officers to shoot at prisoners who are trying to escape, says the director of security for the Maine Department of Corrections. click image to enlarge This Oct. 17, 2013, photo shows the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, where Corrections Department officials say a growing number of dangerous prisoners are being housed. Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer Select images available for purchase in the...
  • DOD staff on military flight delayed for hours by US Customs

    02/04/2014 10:31:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 3, 2014 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    What was expected to be a routine stopover at Bangor International Airport for a plane filled with returning U.S. troops and defense contractors Sunday night instead became a frustrating ordeal for many of those aboard. For the 102 U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan and Kuwait on Delta flight 8964, getting off the plane was fairly routine and featured a hero’s welcome from the Maine Troop Greeters in attendance. It was a different story for the 112 Department of Defense contractors — those hired to fly drones, do intelligence analysis, fix computers and other jobs — some of whom were kept...
  • Maine’s supreme court foists choose-your-own-bathroom policy on entire state

    02/01/2014 1:02:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 1, 2014 | Eric Owens, education editor
    The supreme court of Maine has issued an opinion declaring that transgender children in the state’s public schools must be allowed to choose their own bathrooms despite their genitalia or how uncomfortable other students may feel about it. The 5-1 decision, which came down on Thursday, marks the first time any state’s high court has ruled that transgender kids can use the bathroom with which they identify rather than the one matching their biological trappings, reports the Bangor Daily News. The case, which originated in 2009 and stagnated for years in Maine’s courts, involved a fifth-grade student who wanted to...
  • Maine’s highest court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

    01/31/2014 3:26:31 PM PST · by madprof98 · 25 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 1/30/14 | Matt Byrne
    The rights of a transgender girl from Orono were violated when school administrators made her use a staff bathroom at her elementary school instead of the girls’ restroom, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday. The ruling is the first in which a state supreme court has affirmed a transgender person’s right to equal access to restrooms in places of public accommodation. Lawyers representing Nicole Maines, who is now 16, said the decision could lay a foundation for other states’ courts that are facing questions about the emerging rights of people who identify as the opposite of their birth gender....
  • Somali Muslim Migrants Protest Welfare Reform in Maine

    01/13/2014 12:37:46 PM PST · by lowbridge · 58 replies ^ | january 12, 2014 | daniel greenfeild
    Maine’s Somali Muslim settler problem is growing worse with gang violence and welfare abuse threatening the state. Governor LePage’s efforts to make Maine’s generous benefits system less attractive to Somali Muslim migrants who have swarmed the state seeking taxpayer handouts has led to protests from those same Somali Muslims.
  • Senate Dems deny last-ditch effort to restore military pensions; illegals’ tax refunds win out

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked a last-ditch effort by Republicans Thursday to restore full military pensions. Their proposal would have been paid for by denying tax credits to undocumented immigrants. Pensions to retired and disabled veterans were cut last month in a budget compromise hammered out by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., according to the Washington Free Beacon.
  • Maine’s governor wants to make it easier for children to work

    01/11/2014 6:41:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 8 at 10:41 am | Niraj Chokshi
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday that state regulations governing child labor are hurting the state’s economy, according to the Portland Press Herald. “We don’t allow children to work until they’re 16, but two years later, when they’re 18, they can go to war and fight for us,” LePage said at an agricultural trade show, according to the paper. “That’s causing damage to our economy. I started working far earlier than that, and it didn’t hurt me at all. There is nothing wrong with being a paperboy at 12 years old, or at a store sorting bottles at 12...
  • Cut in military pensions reconsidered

    01/04/2014 4:23:24 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 4 Jan 14 | Kevin Miller
    Under intense pressure from veterans’ groups, members of Congress are pledging to revisit a controversial provision of the weeks-old federal budget that would reduce pension payments for younger military retirees. The cuts to military pensions quickly emerged as the most contentious aspect of the two-year budget passed by Congress late last month. Since then, lawmakers have introduced a slew of proposals to reduce or reverse cuts that outraged veterans’ groups and active duty military personnel. “If they want to deter people from making the military their career, they are on the right track,” said Thomas Lussier, public relations officer for...
  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

    12/28/2013 10:56:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/28/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Somalis have made Somalia a very pleasant place to live. Between the Muslim militias shooting at each other and the amateur hyena psychiatry sessions, it’s perfect. That’s why most Somalis are getting the hell out of there and moving to other countries that they can remake into Somalia.There are Little Mogadishus all across America, but few places have been hit as hard by Somali Muslim migrants as Maine whose generous benefits system is struggling to cope with the Somali settlers.Lewiston Mayor Robert E. MacDonald has written sharply about the Somali welfare invasion and its impact on Maine natives. Today in...
  • Tens of thousands likely without power until Saturday

    12/26/2013 7:31:19 AM PST · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/26/13 | Alexander Smith
    Tens of thousands in the Northeast and Midwest who spent Christmas in the dark and cold after a vicious ice storm are likely to be waiting until the weekend for their power to be restored, utility firms said early Thursday. For many people in Maine -- proportionally the hardest-hit state – there looked to be more misery on the way, with a second bout of snow and cold temperatures threatening to put even more people in the dark.
  • Hunters, Fishermen Targeted by Feds for Local Violations ( Lacey Act & Gibson Guitar )

    12/19/2013 6:49:35 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    U.S. law enforcement agencies are conducting thousands of investigations using a law that makes violating state wildlife statutes a federal crime, often ensnaring hunters and fishermen for seemingly minor infractions. Some even suffer stiff federal prison sentences. Special agents and wildlife inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct about 2,500 investigative cases a year of violations of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law meant to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife. ... Rock star Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and fisherman .. "Good, decent families' lives are being turned upside down and ruined by out-of-control jackboot game agencies, particularly...
  • Auburn lawmaker draws fire for comments about truck drivers

    12/12/2013 12:20:10 PM PST · by Domandred · 9 replies
    Sun Journal ^ | 12/12/13 | Lindsay Tice
    The Maine Republican Party on Wednesday released an email in which State Rep. Brian Bolduc, D-Auburn, railed against noisy trucks and questioned the intelligence of truck drivers. "... one look at them and you can see they probably dont (sic) have a whole hell of allot (sic) of brains in their heads," Bolduc wrote in the email. Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage said the email was written in November and forwarded to the Republican Party a few days ago. He said the email was originally sent to multiple officials, but he declined to say who those officials were. He...
  • Obama looks to help blue states elect Dem governors

    12/02/2013 5:20:58 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-2-13 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    President Barack Obama won reelection last year warning voters about what he called an extreme Republican agenda that would roll back the social and economic victories of the previous years. But that agenda is on the move in the states, and on the ballot in next year’s most competitive governors’ races — all of them in places he won in both 2008 and 2012: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine and Michigan. The White House has committed to its first Democratic Governors Association fundraising event of the cycle and pledged to help candidates next year, people familiar with the discussions confirmed...
  • Erick Bennett will challenge Collins from the right in Republican primary

    12/02/2013 1:00:15 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    Erick Bennett, a Portland political consultant and founder of the conservative Maine Equal Rights Center, announced Monday that he’ll run as a primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. But in an interview, Bennett seemed pretty ho-hum about whether or not he really wants to serve in the Senate. He said the primary challenge is not about him, but about facilitating a conversation among Republicans about Collins’ voting record. Bennett said he’d asked several prominent Republicans — he hinted at CD2 contenders Kevin Raye and Bruce Poliquin — to run against Collins, but no one was interested. So the mantle...
  • Gay Maine congressman: Coming out has been good

    11/10/2013 10:09:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2013 11:55 AM EST | David Sharp
    When the intensely private Rep. Mike Michaud laid bare his private life and announced he’s gay, one openly gay congressman joked that the Maine Democrat had never registered on his “gaydar.” As he prepares to return to Capitol Hill this week as the seventh openly gay member of the U.S. House, Michaud said the decision to come out this week was a positive experience that drew support from fellow congressmen and hundreds of constituents—even if it was political nastiness that prompted his announcement. … Michaud, who’s engaged in a three-way race for governor, used an op-ed provided to two newspapers...
  • 10 Republicans vote yes as transgender ENDA bill passes U.S. Senate

    11/08/2013 2:47:18 PM PST · by NYer · 105 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 8, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    John McCain voted yea WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2013 ( – This afternoon the Senate approved a bill that could force business owners who adhere to traditional values to hire homosexuals, bisexuals, and those who do not dress in accordance with their biological sex or face litigation. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed following a bipartisan 64-32 vote. Supporters say it would forbid “workplace discrimination” against homosexuals and transgender employees and job-seekers. But critics say, like the HHS mandate, its religious exemption is unduly narrow and would force employers – including Christian schools and nurseries – to violate their consciences....
  • Senators Up for Re-Election in 2014

    11/07/2013 4:03:00 PM PST · by TBP · 61 replies ^ | ? | W.R. Hammons
    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) Alaska Senator Mark Begich (D) Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D) Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R) Minnesota Senator Al Franken (DFL) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) Kentucky...
  • Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud: I’m gay

    11/04/2013 6:24:40 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 73 replies
    Portland Press-Herald ^ | 11/4/13 | Steve Mistler
    The six-term congressman’s announcement in an op-ed column may influence the 2014 election to lead the state. Maine political observers offered early reaction Monday to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s announcement that he’s gay, ending years of speculation and potentially sharply changing the dynamic of the 2014 gubernatorial race. Michaud, 57, currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the disclosure in a column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets.He said he was making the announcement in response to “the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push polls” that unidentified people have been using to...
  • USS Zumwalt Time Lapse launch

    11/01/2013 2:21:19 PM PDT · by maine yankee · 24 replies
    facebook ^ | 11/01/13 | General Dynamics
    A time lapse shot of the USS Zumwalt being moved from the pier to the drydock, and then to the water.
  • Navy's largest destroyer going into water in Maine

    10/20/2013 7:09:59 PM PDT · by Chode · 81 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/20/2013 | Associated Press
    BATH, ME -- After embarrassing troubles with its latest class of surface warships, the Navy is hoping for a winner from a new destroyer that's ready to go into the water. So far, construction of the first-in-class Zumwalt, the largest U.S. Navy destroyer ever built, is on time and on budget, something that's a rarity in new defense programs, officials said. And the Navy believes the ship's big gun, stealthy silhouette and advance features will make it a formidable package.
  • Pot legalization effort moves eastward to Maine

    10/19/2013 6:46:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 111 replies ^ | 10/18/20163
    Advocates of recreational marijuana use are looking to an upcoming vote in Maine as an indicator of whether the East Coast is ready to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing cannabis. Voters in Portland are being asked whether they want to make it legal for adults 21 and over to possess -- but not purchase or sell -- up to 2.5 ounces of pot. The Nov. 5 vote is being eyed nationally as momentum grows in favor of legalizing marijuana use.
  • Senate plots House GOP squeeze

    10/13/2013 1:24:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2013 | Alexander Bolton with Peter Schroeder and Erik Wasson
    The White House and the Senate are working to squeeze House Republicans into accepting a bipartisan compromise from the upper chamber to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Any emerging deal, however, will leave ObamaCare largely intact, angering conservatives who have demanded defunding or delaying President Obama’s signature achievement. House Republicans are fuming over the prospect that Senate Democrats and Republicans are working on a plan to jam them with a last-minute deal they would have to accept or risk triggering a federal default. “They are trying to jam us with the Senate and we are not going...
  • Nationwide problem’ strikes EBT cards as some customers forced to leave stores without food

    10/12/2013 6:21:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Alex Barber
    BANGOR — The Electronic Benefits Transfer system that allows welfare recipients to buy groceries and other necessities experienced issues on Saturday. In some cases, people weren’t able to buy groceries. The website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the EBT system, is offline because of the government shutdown.
  • Reid and McConnell talk deal "taking the lead"

    10/12/2013 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2013 | Alexander Bolton and Peter Schroeder
    enate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) are taking the lead on talks to raise the debt limit and reopen the government, according to senators. Reid and McConnell are working off a six-point proposal sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would fund the government for six months and raise the debt ceiling until Jan. 31, 2014. Senators view discussions between the two leaders as a promising sign of potential bipartisan compromise. “Reid and McConnell are talking now and those discussions continue so I see that as progress,” said Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas)....
  • Maine shoppers unable to use food stamp cards

    10/12/2013 4:41:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Morning Sentinel ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Beth Quimby
    Customers at BJ’s Wholesale Club, Hannaford supermarkets and other grocery stores in Maine abandoned their carts at registers and headed home empty-handed earlier Saturday. Lou Craig, the owner of College Carry-Out in Augusta, said he had to turn away about 50 customers Saturday because the system wouldn’t accept their EBT cards. “They just won’t go through,” he said. “It just prints out ‘declined.’ ” Craig said its a particularly busy time for those using food stamps, because their cards are usually reloaded with cash value from the 10th through the 14th. Jason Quincannon, acting store manager at Hannaford on Forest...
  • Food stamp debit cards not working in many states(Interesting pic at link;)

    10/12/2013 1:21:20 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 100 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 10/12/2013 | Associated Press
    People in Ohio, Michigan and several other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit cards on Saturday, after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Shoppers from Maine to Oklahoma had to abandon baskets of groceries because they couldn't access their benefits.Ohio's cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's cash system has been fixed, however its electronic benefits transfer card system is still down. All states that use Xerox systems are affected...
  • New Senate GOP plan would raise debt-limit until after 2014 election (3 women to Obama's side)

    10/12/2013 7:34:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    A trio of centrist Senate Republicans is pushing a plan to reopen the government for six months, extend the debt ceiling until Jan. 31, 2014 and make reforms to ObamaCare. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is spearheading the proposal along with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). It would address Tea-Party conservatives concerns over Medicare by delaying the medical device tax for two years and creating an income verification program under the Affordable Care Act to ensure only eligible individuals receive subsidies on the insurance exchanges. The delay of the Medical Device Tax would be paid for by extending...
  • Intruder shot to death in Maine home invasion

    10/11/2013 12:55:27 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 18 replies
    WGME 13 - News ^ | September 30, 2013 | Katherine Underwood
    "This guy approached him on going to scare, possibly beat, up, not kill somebody, and he would pay him, and pay him quite a bit of money," she explained. They say Dennison went to the home on Foss Hill Lane to scare the homeowner into paying back an outstanding debt. "I know it's not legal, it's not right," Thibault admitted. They say their family is struggling financially and so Dennison was trying to help. But State Police tell another side of this story. "He was up to no good," explained police spokesman Steve McCausland. Police say Dennison, wearing a black...
  • Some pay price for entering closed Acadia ( Maine )

    10/08/2013 10:53:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 80 replies
    pph ^ | October 8, 2013 | Tom Bell
    Rangers issue a handful of citations over the weekend for alleged trespassing. The government shutdown closed the national park Oct. 1. For months, Julie and Eugene Gillies of South Portland planned to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Bar Harbor. They weren’t about to let a political fight in Congress get in the way of their plans to see Acadia National Park, which they visited on their honeymoon 34 years ago. Riding on small motor scooters beneath a bright blue sky Sunday morning, the couple went around the barricades and past the sign declaring the park closed and joined what they...
  • The Maine Event (Susan Collins)

    09/30/2013 8:37:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 9/30/13 | Charles Pierce
    In which we award today's King Canute Award to that famous pillar of Jell-O, Susan Collins of Maine, useless walking pile of abject irrelevance. "I voted against Obamacare and have repeatedly voted to repeal, reform, and replace it, but I disagree with the strategy of linking Obamacare with the continuing functioning of government-a strategy that cannot possibly work. Instead, I urge the President and congressional leaders to sit down immediately and negotiate at least a stopgap funding measure to avoid a disruption in many vital programs on which our citizens rely. I also call on the President to resume the...
  • Sen. King: Conservatives dissuading people from Obamacare ‘guilty of murder’

    09/30/2013 2:47:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/30/13 | Caroline May
    Conservative groups advising Americans not to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges “are guilty of murder,” according to Maine independent Sen. Angus King. King, who caucuses with the Democrats, told Salon in an interview published Monday that efforts to dissuade young people from signing up is a “scandal,” and a deadly one. “That’s a scandal — those people are guilty of murder in my opinion,” King said in a Friday interview with Salon’s Brian Beutler. “Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance.” “For people who do that to other
  • Intruder shot to death in Maine home invasion

    09/30/2013 8:39:19 AM PDT · by AU72 · 11 replies
    Boston Herald Online ^ | Septe4mber 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    ROME, Maine — Maine State Police say a man was shot to death in the town of Rome as he was attempting a home invasion. Police said 44-year-old Christopher Dennison of Livermore Falls was wearing a ski mask and brass knuckles as he broke into a mobile home on Foss Hill Lane on Saturday night. Police said the homeowner, 48-year-old Richard Duffy, shot Dennison after a brief altercation with him in the living room. An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's office showed Dennison died from multiple gunshot wounds. Duffy and his teenage son were not hurt, and there was...
  • George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

    09/25/2013 5:50:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2013 7:13 PM EDT
    Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said. …
  • Lawmaker, Somali leaders dismiss terrorist link to Maine as 'rumors' (WTF?)

    09/25/2013 5:46:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Members of Portland’s Somali community came out in force Tuesday to condemn the terrorist attack of an upscale shopping mall in Kenya, dismiss rumors that a local man was involved and reiterate their commitment to peace. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, met Tuesday afternoon with Portland’s Somali elders at the Islamic Society of Portland and joined several community members afterward to field questions from reporters. “We tell our kids as parents, as community leaders and as religious leaders that what [terrorists] are doing is not representative of Islam,” said local Somali and Deering High School teacher Abdullahi Ahmed. “The newcomers...
  • GOP Sen's Who Are UNDECIDED On Defunding Obamacare!Let's help them decide!Please RETWEET!!

    09/22/2013 4:29:58 PM PDT · by onyx · 154 replies
    twitter on FaceBook ^ | September 22, 2013 | onyx
    20 Sep Republican Sen's Who Are UNDECIDED On Defunding Obamacare! Let's help them decide! Please RETWEET!! #DefundObamacare
  • Senator Collins says Proposed Food Stamps Cut Too Deep

    09/20/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 49 replies ^ | September 20, 2013 | Catherine Pegram
    Senator Susan Collins say a proposal in Congress to slash food stamps funding would hurt Mainers who need it most. House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion dollars in cuts each year to the almost $80 billion dollar-a-year food stamp program. Maine is among the top five states with the biggest share of people on food stamps at 18-percent. Collins says the program needs to be reformed but the proposed cuts are too deep. “We have a lot of elderly people living in rural Maine who really depend on food stamps in order to get...
  • Student Protesters Rip 2,977 American Flags Out of Ground at 9/11 Memorial (Because Indian)

    09/13/2013 9:22:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 12, 2013 | Hillary Cherry
    More than 200 colleges and high schools across the nation participated in Young America's Foundation's 9/11: Never Forget Project. Students came together to establish an American flag memorial on campus consisting of 2,977 flags representing each person murdered in the terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, five student protesters at Middlebury College ripped the flags out of the ground before 3:00 pm. The 9/11: Never Forget Project has been an annual nonpartisan event at Middlebury College for the past ten years. By participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, students honor the victims of the attacks, as well as honor the American principles...
  • VP Biden hosts dinner with GOP Senators on Syria

    09/08/2013 4:19:58 PM PDT · by EBH · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/8/2013
    Fox confirms Vice President Joe Biden will have dinner Sunday night with a group of GOP Senators who could be swayed on Syria. The topic of conversation is expected to be what the President needs to say in his Tuesday address.
  • Maine Olympian Wescott's van collides with moose

    08/30/2013 9:16:48 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies
    Morning Sentinel ^ | 30 August 2013 | Morning Sentinel
    LANG TOWNSHIP — Police say two-time Olympic gold medalist and Maine resident Seth Wescott got an up-close introduction to a moose this week. Franklin County Sheriff's Department Lt. David Rackliffe says Wescott was driving on Route 16 in Lang Township near his home in rural western Maine just after 1 a.m. Thursday when a moose ran out of the woods and struck the left side of the Olympian's van.
  • Republican Party in Maine looses 13 key members

    08/25/2013 2:51:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 64 replies ^ | august 20, 2013 | Ramona Du Houx
    In a letter dated August 18, 2013, 13 members of the Maine Republican Party have resigned and/or unenrolled from their political party. The letter outlines many grievances. “Therefore, for the above-stated reasons, we can no longer allow ourselves to be called nor enrolled as Republicans; we can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets.” Full text of letter: August 18, 2013 To Maine State GOP Secretary Chuck Mahaleris: There are times in your life when you...