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  • Maine, Medicaid, and the Gruber Principle

    11/14/2017 8:46:34 AM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 13, 2017 | David Catron
    An aphorism much favored by my fellow dipsomaniacs goes thus: “Dogs are smarter than people. A dog won’t eat or drink anything that has made him sick in the past.” In other words, fill up Fido’s water bowl with Booker’s, let him slurp down enough to induce vomiting, and you’ll not get him near booze nor bowl again. What has this to do with Maine or Medicaid? Well, Maine experimented with Medicaid expansion 15 years ago, and it took the state a decade to recover from the hangover. Nonetheless, a majority of Maine’s voters approved another Medicaid expansion last Tuesday....
  • Maine governor says he won't implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion without full funding

    11/10/2017 2:34:40 PM PST · by buckalfa · 6 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | November 10, 2017 | Kelly Gooch
    On Tuesday, Maine became the 32nd state to approve Medicaid expansion and the first to do so via referendum. But Republican Gov. Paul LePage is pushing back. In a statement released the day after the vote, the governor referenced costs associated with the initiative, saying taxpayers would be on the hook for "hundreds of millions of dollars." "The last time Maine experimented with Medicaid expansion in 2002 under then-Gov. Angus King, it created a $750 million debt to hospitals, resulted in massive budget shortfalls every year, did not reduce emergency room use, did not reduce the number of uninsured Mainers...
  • Maine Just Jumped On The Medicaid Expansion Bandwagon

    11/08/2017 1:27:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/08/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    While everyone else was focused on the drubbing the GOP was taking in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races, something equally disturbing was taking place up in Maine. Despite Governor Paul LePage’s best efforts in recent years, the voters there overwhelmingly voted to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Considering the state’s graying population and rising health insurance premiums, it probably wasn’t all that shocking. (Associated Press) Residents in this rural state grappling with a heroin epidemic and an aging population voted Tuesday to deliver a rebuke to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and join 31 other states that have...
  • Maine to emphasize road safety in future construction projects

    10/25/2017 10:11:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | October 20, 2017 | Peter McGuire
    State officials intend to redirect highway funding to improve safety on Maine roads and stem a rising trend of injuries and deaths among pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.Changes to transportation funding follow the completion of a report by a state task force on roadway safety. The task force was commissioned in February by Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt in response to a rising trend of vehicle collisions, specifically pedestrian deaths. It released its report publicly on Friday. “We had a terrible year last year with fatalities on our road system,” said Joyce Taylor, chief engineer at Maine Department of Transportation. “That really...
  • Dems rebuff effort urging Sanders, King to switch party

    10/20/2017 1:07:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    MSN AP ^ | October 20, 2017
    The independent status of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Angus King is just fine with Democrats. Democrats on Friday rejected a resolution that would have urged Vermont's Sanders and Maine's King to switch their party affiliation to Democrat. The two caucus with Democrats. The action came at the Democratic National Committee's meeting. The idea came from a California Democrat who backed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries. DNC member Bob Mulholland says the Democratic Party should be controlled by Democrats. Longtime DNC leader and Sanders backer James Zobgy led the DNC's Resolutions Committee in turning down Mulholland's proposal....
  • Roofers in Maine stop work to respect national anthem, flag

    10/17/2017 6:01:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/17 | Madeline Farber
    Three Maine roofers put their hammers down and stood up to show respect for the national anthem on Saturday, in the process unknowingly posing for a photo that's been used to symbolize one side of the contentious nationwide debate about "The Star-Spangled Banner." The roofers, who were working near Waterville High School’s football field, stood for the national anthem “even though they didn’t have to,” Michelle Lyons Cossar, the Old Town resident who snapped the photo, told Fox News on Monday. While Cossar was standing for the anthem prior to the start of Saturday’s game, she said she heard someone...
  • Waterville Roofers Pause for National Anthem on the Job {Waterville, Maine}

    10/16/2017 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Enchante · 30 replies
    WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) - (PHOTO COURTESY: Michelle Lyons Cossar) A photo of three Maine roofers who paused while the national anthem played at a high school next to their job site is getting a lot of attention on line. The roofers placed their hands across their chests as the anthem was played at Waterville High School during Saturday's football game. The men work for a company in Oakland, but were doing an independent job Saturday. They were close enough to the school to hear the anthem.
  • Bannon’s takes on Alabama, Trump, Obama and 2018 midterm ignite Value Voters Summit audience

    10/15/2017 3:08:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | 10/15/17 | Neil W. McCabe
    The executive chairman of Breitbart News told a packed ballroom annual Value Voters Summit Saturday that nationalist-populist voters learned the most important lesson from President Barack Obama.“You might not like Barack Obama’s policies,” said Stephen K. Bannon, who took a year-long leave of absence from Breitbart to first lead President Donald J. Trump’s 2016 campaign and then serve as Trump’s most senior advisor.Obama was authentic and his supporters brought that authenticity to the voters door-to-door,” he said.“You might not like him as a president,” Bannon said.“Let me tell you as a politician, he knew exactly what he was doing,” he...
  • Collins Decides to Stay in 'Divided and Troubled Washington' to Tackle 'Enormous' Challenges

    10/13/2017 6:28:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/13/17 | Bridget Johnson
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warmly greeted the news that the GOP colleague who has stymied passage of some of his main agenda items will be staying in Congress.Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a reliable moderate who has served in the upper chamber since 1997, was easily re-elected to a six-term in 2014.“As most of you know, I have been deliberating for some time about whether or not to seek the Republican nomination for governor," Collins said of the 2018 race this morning at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Business Breakfast in her home state. "Shortly after I...
  • Susan Collins thinks her time is better served in the Senate

    10/13/2017 9:58:10 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 13, 2017 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Sen. Susan Collins will remain a thorn in President Trump’s side in Washington – after announcing Friday that she will stay out of the Maine governor’s race. “I am a congenital optimist. I continue to believe that Congress can, and will, be more productive,” Collins said at a Chamber of Commerce event in Maine. “I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies that strengthen our nation, help our hardworking families, improve our health care system, and bring peace and stability to a troubled and violent world.” Collins, 64, has been weighing for months whether she’d make...
  • Susan Collins to Remain in Senate, Skip Governor Run

    10/13/2017 6:47:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | October 13, 2017 | by FRANK THORP
    ROCKPORT, Maine — Ending months of speculation, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced Friday she will forgo a run for governor to stay in the Senate, where she has become a crucial swing vote in Republicans’ narrow two-seat majority. “I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies,” Collins said at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast at a golf resort here. “I have concluded that the best way that I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the United States Senate."
  • If Susan Collins becomes governor, backers feel U.S. Senate would suffer

    10/09/2017 5:23:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 70 replies
    Sunjournal.com ^ | 10/9/17 | Marina Villeneuve
    Backers of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins say they wish they could clone the moderate Republican powerbroker from Maine who has been a crucial swing vote in Congress as Republicans struggle to deliver on President Donald Trump's legislative agenda. Collins says she will decide during the Senate's weeklong Columbus Day recess whether to stay in the Senate, where she has served for four terms, or again run for governor in Maine. The Associated Press interviewed 10 of Collins' current and former colleagues and staffers, along with Maine political observers. They said the senator is carefully weighing whether she can have more...
  • Democrats Beg Susan Collins to Stay in the Senate

    10/03/2017 4:43:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/3/17 | Sean Moran
    Senate Democrats beg Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) not to run for governor of Maine, a move that would rid the Senate of one of its most liberal Republicans.When Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) heard that Sen. Collins might run for Maine governor in 2018, Heitkamp texted Collins, “Don’t do it.” Heitkamp added, “I desperately hope she doesn’t run.” Collins’ departure would serve as another blow to moderates and centrists in the upper chamber of Congress. She was an infamous roadblock against repealing Obamacare this year; Collins’ vote against the “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill and opposition to the Graham-Cassidy block grant legislation tanked...
  • Maine Gov. Tells Sheriffs They'll Be Fired for Defying U.S. Immigration Officials

    09/27/2017 1:59:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/27/17 | Craig Bannister
    On Tuesday, Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage warned his state’s sheriffs that he’ll fire anyone who defies his order to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officials.In a letter to Maine’s sheriffs, LePage explicitly threatened to remove any sheriff who refuses to comply with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests to extend the detention of arrested individuals suspected of violating federal immigration law.The governor’s letter was prompted by rouge sheriffs who have said they won’t comply with ICE requests, The Daily Caller reports: The letter, which references LePage’s authority to dismiss Sheriffs who defy his orders, appears to be directed at Cumberland...
  • Student fees help fund 'Diversity Leadership Certificate'

    09/27/2017 5:35:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 27, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    Students at the University of New England can earn a “Diversity Leadership Certificate” for completing a 20-hour, year-long “social justice” program funded by student fees. The Certificate, offered through the UNE Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, can be earned by students who complete the program’s requirements, including interactive workshops on “power and privilege” and an online course on “culture and identity.”
  • Maine Woman Prefers Jail to Taking Down Oversize Trump Signs

    09/21/2017 5:39:27 AM PDT · by Puppage · 24 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/21/2017 | Danielle Waugh
    A Rockland, Maine, woman says she would rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. Susan Reitman has hung two banners on her front gate: One that says "I love Trump" and another that says "He Won, Get over it." She received a notice from the city’s code enforcement office a few days ago, asking her to take them down. "I was shocked," she said. "This is my freedom of speech. People have a right to voice their opinion." Assistant Code Officer Bill Butler said another Rockland resident complained about the signs' size. The city ordinance states...
  • Stephen King for governor?

    09/12/2017 9:30:54 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 12
    Stephen King fans are hoping they can get the author of the clown horror story It and 53 other novels to consider running for political office. Among them are the state's most recent former governor, two-term Democrat John Baldacci, who told the Washington Examiner, "Stephen would win any office he decided to run for in Maine." "I would be out there handing out fliers and putting on bumper stickers for him," said Baldacci, who left office after eight years in 2011. "He's been a big asset for the state of Maine and for a lot of people who look for...
  • Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

    09/03/2017 3:59:57 PM PDT · by 100American · 118 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | December 17, 2016 | Cailey Rizzo
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.
  • Pitch from hometowns to skilled workers: Come home

    08/24/2017 6:45:40 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 9 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 23, 2017 | Schuyler Velasco
    Recruiters in areas with a dearth of professionals, including Maine, are successfully targeting talent that has local roots, but left for school and careers. AUGUST 23, 2017 —Alana Greer was sure she’d never return to Miami. “I was very anti-moving home for a really long time,” says the civil rights attorney, who graduated from Harvard Law School and worked in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., before resettling near her childhood home in Coral Gables. “But I can’t imagine myself anywhere else right now.” Ms. Greer is co-founder of the Community Justice Project, a nonprofit law firm that works with grassroots...
  • Collins, Murkowski: We Sunk Skinny Repeal to Protect Planned Parenthood

    08/09/2017 10:40:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8-9-17 | Cortney O'Brian
    Two of the Senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN.