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  • Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from Northeast reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

    05/21/2024 10:42:19 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 71 replies
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | MAY 21, 2024 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday that it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy in a bid to lower prices at the pump this summer. The sale, from storage sites in New Jersey and Maine, will be allocated in increments of 100,000 barrels at a time. The approach will create a competitive bidding process that ensures gasoline can flow into local retailers ahead of the July 4 holiday and sold at competitive prices, the Energy Department said. The move is intended to help “lower costs for American families and...
  • Northern Border Apprehensions Highest in US History - Includes Terror Watch List Suspects

    05/13/2024 10:19:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/13/2024 | Karen Townsend
    The northern border shares something in common with the southern border of the United States - it is understaffed and Border Patrol agents are stretched thin. Despite a lack of proper support, agents at the northern border continue to apprehend a record number of illegal border crossers. In the busiest northern border sector of Swanton, Border Patrol agents made history by apprehending the greatest number of illegal border crossers in sector history of 1,109 in March, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. While the numbers are significantly lower than those apprehended at the southwest border, they are out...
  • Man Involved in Four-Car Crash That Left Maine Woman Dead Entered U.S. Illegally in January: Oguzhan Cildir

    05/07/2024 10:25:22 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies ^ | May 7, 2024 | EDWARD TOMIC
    The man who caused a four-car accident on I-95 in April, leaving an Albion woman dead and her husband in critical condition, had entered the United States illegally from Mexico in January, the Maine Wire can confirm. According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, the Customs and Border Protection’s resident agent in Albion was contacted when Oguzhan Cildir, 23, was arrested at the scene of the accident because the arresting agency found that he “had immigration status from when he crossed on the Southwest border.” The arresting agency then turned the individual over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s...
  • The End of the Electoral College Is Finally in Sight | Opinion

    04/19/2024 2:31:03 PM PDT · by Baladas · 121 replies
    Newsweak ^ | Apr 19, 2024 | David Faris Associate Professor, Roosevelt University
    Earlier this week, Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) decided not to veto an obscure law called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV), which calls for the state's 4 Electoral College votes to be awarded to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes nationally regardless of the outcome in the state. The law doesn't go into effect, however, until states totaling 270 electoral votes join the compact. That's the number of Electoral College votes required to win the presidency. Once dismissed as an unworkable, almost farcical fantasy, the NPV just tallied its 209th electoral vote with Maine, and now...
  • The Triad’s Electrician: Meet the 87-Year-Old “Frontman” for Chinese Marijuana Grows in Maine

    04/17/2024 7:23:43 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    The Maine Wire ^ | April 16, 2024 | Steve Robinson
    The 87-year-old self-described “frontman” for an elaborate Chinese-run drug trafficking organization active in rural Maine told the Maine Wire that he’s been living with a family of black market marijuana growers for nearly three years and helping them with electrical upgrades at facilities throughout the state. In exchange for his services, the immigrant family feeds him, provides some level of medical care, and takes him almost everywhere they go. That was just one of the stunning details revealed by J. Martin Vachon, a master electrician from Ellsworth, over the course of an hour-long phone interview — details that are confirmed...
  • Maine moves to join Democratic-led pact to elect president by popular vote instead of Electoral College

    04/04/2024 12:46:48 PM PDT · by grcuster · 81 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 3, 2024 | Misty Severi
    A new Maine bill was passed by the state legislature on Wednesday that would tie Maine’s Electoral College votes for president to the country’s popular vote. The bill narrowly passed the state’s lower chamber in a 73-72 vote. It was then approved by the state Senate, and it now heads to the desk of Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME), who has not indicated whether she will sign the legislation. If she does, the state would join a national movement where each state in the agreement would assign their Electoral College votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. “The...
  • Maine Gov. Janet Mills’ Brother Helped Transfer Nine-Acre Black Market Cannabis Grow to Chinese National “Mother” Living in Guangdong Province: Triad Weed

    03/31/2024 8:57:35 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    The Maine Wire ^ | March 26, 2024 | Steve Robinson
    A Chinese national living in the Guangdong Province, China, became the proud owner of a “fixer upper” in Penobscot County in February thanks, in part, to title transfer services provided by Paul H. Mills, the eldest brother of Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D). Xiling Ou, 44, of Malden, Mass., was the original owner of the ramshackle house and its three-bay garage, along with nine-acres of land, located at 51 Cider Hill in Corinna. But 13 days after the Penobscot Sheriff’s Department and Homeland Security agents raided an illegal marijuana grow just five miles away, she gifted the property to her...
  • Manchin won't back Biden judicial nominees without at least one supportive Republican

    03/21/2024 8:58:56 AM PDT · by CFW · 17 replies
    Just the News ^ | 3/20/24 | Ben Whedon
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday indicated that he would not support President Joe Biden's judicial nominees if they could not secure the support of at least one upper chamber Republican. "Just one Republican. That’s all I'm asking for. Give me something bipartisan. This is my own little filibuster. If they can't get one Republican, I vote for none. I've told [Democrats] that. I said, 'I'm sick and tired of it, I can't take it anymore," he said, according to Politico. The moderate senator, who is retiring at the end of his current term, has long taken positions...
  • ‘We’re So Sick of It’: Northern Border Crisis Gets Worse

    03/18/2024 4:33:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 17, 2024 | Allan Stein
    Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the northern U.S. border have jumped from 916 in fiscal year 2021 to 10,021 in fiscal 2023.. HIGHGATE, Vt.—At dawn or dusk, Kristy Brow used to enjoy alone time walking in the woods on her 21-acre property in Highgate, Vermont, a small rural town near the U.S.–Canada border. Lately, however, she’s cautious—she’s worried about potential encounters with illegal immigrants along the remote logging trail. “I don’t go out by myself anymore—especially at night,” said Mrs. Brow, who runs a dog obedience business from her home. “It’s unsettling. You can’t feel relaxed anymore,” she...
  • Maine Democrats Quietly Reintroduce Pro-Transgender Bill to Eliminate Parental Rights, Shield Groomers

    03/12/2024 12:42:06 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 12 2024 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    Democrats in Maine have quietly reintroduced into a different committee the same pro-transgender bill that was unanimously defeated once already. The bill would in part prevent parents from being contacted or having any say in the transing of their children by school or medical officials and would serve as a groomer protection measure. The bill, LD227, is very similar to LD 1735, which was killed in the Judiciary Committee in January. Republican critics of the bill are blasting the provisions as anti-family and anti-child.
  • Watchdog sounds alarm as feds near approving 10-knot maritime speed limit

    03/07/2024 5:39:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    Just The News ^ | March 6, 2024 10:48pm | By Ben Whedon
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed a 10-knot speed limit for much of the Atlantic coast in a bid to protect the Whale population. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As the federal government nears final approval for a 10-knot maritime speed limit along the East Coast, the Southeastern legal Foundation is warning that such a move would adversely impact the economies of coastal communities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed a 10-knot speed limit for much of the Atlantic coast in a bid to protect the whale population. Violators could face up to $20,000 in fines and one...
  • Maine's Secretary of State Makes Announcement Following SCOTUS's 14th Amendment Ruling

    03/04/2024 12:15:11 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 3/4/24 | Leah Barkoukis
    Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellow has reversed course in her effort to keep former President Trump off the primary ballot after the Supreme Court on Monday unanimously overturned a similar ruling in Colorado. “I have reviewed the Anderson decision carefully. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individual states lack authority to enforce Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment with respect to federal offices,” wrote Bellows, a Democrat. “Consistent with my oath and obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and pursuant to the Anderson decision, I hereby withdraw my determination that Mr. Trump’s primary petition is invalid.”...
  • REVEALED: Chinese gangs are behind THOUSANDS of illegal weed farms across the US - sparking fears that CCP could become new cannabis kingpins

    03/03/2024 5:01:29 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 45 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03 03 2024 | Miles Dilworth and Will Potter
    Chinese gangs have set up thousands of illicit weed farms across the US as they begin to challenge Mexican cartels for supremacy as America's cannabis kingpins. Authorities in Oklahoma, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Maine have all been battling a surge in Chinese weed farms, with some thought to be linked to criminal gangs known as 'triads'. The spread is seemingly uncontainable, with police in Penobscot County, Maine, last week arresting three Chinese nationals at a weed farm and seizing 40 pounds of the drug alongside $4,700 in cash. It is thought to be one of around 270 illegal weed...
  • Maine family that wanted to build world’s tallest flagpole to pay $250K fine for cabins

    03/03/2024 6:55:56 AM PST · by devane617 · 18 replies ^ | 03/03/2024
    The family that had wanted to build the world’s tallest flagpole in rural eastern Maine has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty under a consent agreement following construction of more than 50 cabins without obtaining environmental permits from the state. The Board of Environmental Protection signed off Wednesday on the consent agreement signed late last month by Morrill Worcester, patriarch of the family whose company owns the land. The Flagpole View Cabins were built from 2019 to 2022 in sparsely populated Columbia Falls near the site where the family wanted to build a flagpole taller than the Empire State Building....
  • Maine Residents Furious over $13M Tax Bill for ‘Taj Mahal’ Where Migrants Get Two Years of Free Rent

    03/02/2024 8:44:14 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/02/2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    Residents of Maine are expressing their outrage over the state’s plans to spend $13 million on constructing apartment complexes for illegal border crossers where some could be afforded up to two years of free rent. The apartment complex plan — derisively labeled the “Taj Mahal” for illegals — took a lot of heat from residents of Brunswick during a February 20 city council meeting. The locals were upset over the fact that the same apartments that cost citizens between $1,800 and $2,300 a month were going to be handed out to illegals for free.
  • Columbia University Hospital DEI Chief Is Serial Plagiarist, Complaint Alleges

    02/29/2024 3:25:29 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 29, 2024 | Aaron Sibarium
    Alade McKen plagiarized pages of material from Wikipedia.. The chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer of Columbia University's medical school, Alade McKen, plagiarized extensively in his doctoral dissertation, lifting entire pages of material, without attribution, from sources that include Wikipedia, according to a complaint submitted to the university on Wednesday. The allegations implicate approximately a fifth of McKen's 163-page dissertation, "'UBUNTU' I am because we are: A case study examining the experiences of an African-centered Rites of Passage program within a community-based organization," submitted to Iowa State University's School of Education in 2021. More than two of those pages are...
  • Maine Republicans won’t recognize ranked choice voting in presidential primary

    02/29/2024 3:07:24 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 2/7/24 | Rachel Ohm
    The Maine Republican Party says it won’t recognize ranked choice voting in the March 5 presidential primary, adding another layer of complexity to an already confusing election. snip BALLOTS SET FOR RANKED VOTING Despite the party’s opposition, Maine’s official Republican primary ballots are set up for ranked choice voting consistent with state law. The ballots offer voters the options of picking second and third choices. The state’s Republican party reiterated its position in an email to voters Tuesday, the day after early absentee voting started for the March 5 primary. “Mainers will vote on RCV ballots, but the first round...
  • Pan Atlantic Research 63rd Omnibus Poll of Maine

    02/26/2024 6:03:07 PM PST · by Redmen4ever · 11 replies
    In the race for President, Donald Trump (R) is leading Joe Biden (D) by six points statewide.
  • Daily on Energy: $1B a year in funding needed to avoid blackouts in New England, grid operator warns

    02/23/2024 10:42:15 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 22, 2024 | Breanne Deppisch
    NEW ENGLAND GRID NEEDS: New England’s grid operator warned that the region will need to invest nearly $1 billion in its electric transmission infrastructure per year through 2050 to avoid capacity shortfalls and handle the rising power demand—especially as wind and solar make up a rising share of its energy mix. Takeaways: The report modeled for several different demand scenarios through 2050. The low end of 51 GW could be achieved only if the region kept online some stored fuels like natural gas and oil—which is almost a certain impossibility, given the emissions reduction targets passed by several of the...
  • Maine’s public schools purchased taxpayer-subsidized electric buses but say they are defective

    02/23/2024 9:05:34 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Just the News ^ | February 23, 2024 | Kevin Killough
    Maine’s Department of Education is reportedly urging school districts to stop using taxpayer-subsidized electric school buses that were purchased within the last year. The districts reported problems with the new buses, which were supplied by Canada-based Lion Electric Co., last fall ... The windshields on the buses would leak whenever it rained, as the glass didn’t appear to be securely in place. concerns about mixing electricity and water from the leaking windshields led them to stop driving some of the buses. The buses, which cost about $345,000 each, were also sold with misaligned or incorrect lettering on the sides, and...