Archive for March, 2005

Governor Baldacci signs while the Christian Civic League promises to build and fan the fires of social chaos.
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Not everyone was happy, but the budget passed. See Bangor News
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Or something like that. In other words, he’s against raising taxes. See Morning Sentinel
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If you’re over 40, the schools you attended probably had a similar institutional look vaguely reminiscent of a Siberian prison camp or abandoned factory. LD 1138 would bring back those good old days by requiring all schools to be built from one blueprint (small, medium or large) to save on all those design costs […]

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Collins’ Bush Whack

Sen. Collins paused to take a poke at several Bush policies and distance herself from Republican colleagues during discussion of policy issues with the editorial board of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.
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Gorham Bypass Surgery

Rep. Tom Allen announced at a Gorham press conference this morning that the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), passed by the House of Representatives on March 10th, includes $11.22 million for construction of the long-discussed and much needed Gorham Bypass. See Tom Allen
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LD 1196 (SP 413) “An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation” has passed House and Senate. If LD 1196 becomes law, Maine will no longer be the only gay-unfriendly state in New England, but will join 15 states who have added sexual orientation to protections against discrimination. […]

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The kayak registration fee is dead. Also DOA is the bump in the minimum fine for driving without a seatbelt from $60 to $212. (And why $212?!) And the shell game continues… ensuring that no matter what version of the budget gets passed, everyone will have to re-read the darn thing all over again to […]

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LNG is NG

Perry is the latest town to just say no to an LNG terminal in its back 40. The prospect of having a large, gas-filled industrial complex off the coast left voters saying, “you couldn’t pay me enough…”
See Press Herald
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LD 1166 seeks to reduce the legal blood alcohol threshold to .04% in Maine. For a 120 lb. woman that means less than one glass of wine…(fortunately there aren’t that many of them, and the rest of us should be good up to at least a couple of beers.)
The American Beverage Institute […]

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Supporters of LD 1141 want drivers who cause fatal accidents by running red lights or making illegal turns to go to jail. LD 1141 would resurrect a law done away with almost 30 years ago. The current law requires “criminal negligence” to call it manslaughter while LD 1141 would simply require an infraction. […]

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Maine’s senate has passed the gay rights bill by 25-10 margin. Next stop? The House, where a vote could come as early as next Tuesday. See: Seacoast Online
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You’ve Got (Rural) Mail!

For $15.99 a month, rural Mainers will soon be able to surf the web thanks to the two entrepreneurial owners of Mesh-Air Inc., who have designed a system of intelligent WiFi nodes that can bounce a signal from “mountaintop to barn roof to chicken coop to front porch.” The service is 200 times […]

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As batteries get smaller they start showing up in everything: musical greeting cards, lollipops that spin and sparkle… and all this stuff gets tossed in the trash, ultimately burned and poisonous mercury is released into the environment. Lawmakers in Maine are considering banning the tiny batteries or requiring that they all be recycled. See: […]

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The Buzz on Sawmills

The most important report on the Maine forest products industry in more than a century was released today. Long story short: Maine mills are producing more with fewer workers.
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Glenn Cummings, Maine House majority leader will offer a bill to restrict the operational hours for Bangor’s proposed racino slot machine parlor in an effort to “bring the facility more in line with the traditional character of the city’s business district.” Like a racino is going to be competing with Target.
The state Gambling Control […]

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Senator Collins helped launch the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Portland, located at the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) on Allen Avenue. This location will serve as the main Incident Command Center for First Responders and Port Security to help prepare for, prevent, and react to terrorist attacks and other […]

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Bangor: Can You Hear Me Now? Good!

L.L. Bean will be employing between 600 and 800 seasonal workers in the new Bangor call center. The 30,000-square-foot center will open in late summer. Details at the Press Herald
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Bath Iron Works and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are living on borrowed time according to Rep. Tom Allen, D-1st District because of Navy plans to build ships at just one facility instead of spreading the work around. Those for argue economy of scale, those against argue rampant favoritism and the inevitable “Pearl Harbor” […]

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The Judiciary Committee of the Maine legislature has voted to support an anti-discrimination bill to provide protections for gays and lesbians. The legislation, submitted by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci and Republican Sen. Karl Turner, would amend the Maine Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation among the protected classes in areas of housing, employment, […]

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Rep. Randy E. Hotham, R-Dixfield has sponsored a bill that would require public libraries to tell parents what books their children have checked out. This invasion of privacy smacks of classic McCathyism, turning local librarians into neighborhood Thought Police, and only ensuring that the smarter children would never check out another […]

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Gay Rights Again

Everyone’s either speaking for or against civil rights legislation protecting Maine’s gay and lesbian citizens from discrimination.
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Senator Snowe (R-ME) voted for legislation introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to strike language from the FY 2006 Budget that would allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The amendment failed by a vote of 49 to 51. Those voting against get my vote to wash any polar bears or penguins […]

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Rep. Tom Allen and state environmental leaders have announced they’ll join Dr. David Evers, founder of the Gorham-based BioDiversity Research Institute, for a charming night of research and discussion headlined as, “Mercury: How It’s Affecting You and the Wildlife You Love.”
It’s free, 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29 at the Glickman Family Library at the […]

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Kayak Sticker Shock

The State budget has passed… with a few unusual additions like a new fee/sticker rule for canoes and kayaks complete with a $500 fine for non-compliance. (Next thing you know they’ll be expecting me to get my car stickered.) Bangor Daily News has the overview.
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