Archive for April, 2005

Death on the Job

A new report from the AFL-CIO said Maine tops the nation for worker injuries and illness. The report is called “Death on the Job: the Toll of Neglect.”.
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“Do you want to reject that part of the state budget authorizing bonds of up to $410 million to fund pension costs to be repaid from lottery, slot machine and other funds?”
Republicans were unable to pass an amendment striking a borrowing provision of $410 million dollars from the 2-year state budget that just passed prior […]

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Remember when the Republican party was home to “conservative” constitutional minimalists who wanted the government to fix potholes, raise an army and stay the heck out of everyone’s personal business? Fast forward 50 years and the “republican” party is seriously mounting a campaign to overthrow a 200+ year old keystone of our democracy: […]

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Senators Snowe and Collins announced that Maine has been awarded $5,442,000 in rural development grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fix a variety of crumbling sewer systems across the state.
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A poll released by “Americans United to Protect Social Security” indicates 73% of Mainers participating in a recent poll were opposed to Bush administration plans for privatizing Social Security. A follow-up question indicated 74% of those asked would be less likely to vote for their Maine senator if she were to […]

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Is there a season in Maine that doesn’t come with at least one request for disaster relief? I mean, it’s Maine, not Hell, right? Or is that whole “Vacationland” thing like the “Greenland - Iceland” thing? Either way, the Governor is filing for federal disaster aid for 13 Maine counties flooded […]

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The evangelical community wants to increase their influence at the State House in Maine. Step one is an effort to derail recent equal rights legislation signed by Governor Baldacci. Offering such olive branches as “I don’t believe there is middle ground. Truth is truth. The truth cannot be compromised,” Rev. Phil Andrukaitis […]

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The Education Committee of the Maine Legislature is planning a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 1 pm on LR 136, “An Act to Permit Charter Schools in Maine.” LR 136 is sponsored by Republican Senator Carol Weston (Waldo). Charter schools are free, open to all students, do not have admissions tests and are […]

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The plan to have Navy destroyers built at a single shipyard needs a little more research according to a top Pentagon official. Fears that Bath Iron Works would lose contracts for new stealth destroyers have been put on hold, at least temporarily. See: Morning Sentinel
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Hear a knock at the door? Everyone’s out collecting signatures and the names sound strangely similar - so look twice before you sign anything. Michael Healy is creating the political action committee “Don’t Mortgage ME.,” in an attempt to gather 50,519 signatures by the end of June to stage a people’s veto of […]

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Maine Yankee: The Dirt

Maine Yankee’s decommissioned radioactive dirt was turned back by Utah authorities. The stuff was too wet. One car was leaking. Maine Yankee spokesman Howes said the low-level radioactive soil posed no threat (which is why we shipped 48 cars of the stuff on the toxic trolley thousands of miles away.) But Maria Holt, […]

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It’s 11 o’clock. Do you know where you unclaimed assets are? Unclaimed property includes checking accounts, certificates of deposit, over payments, gift certificates, paid-up life insurance policies, unpaid wages, commissions, uncashed checks, death benefits, dividends, insurance payments, money orders, refunds, savings accounts, stocks and contents of safe deposit boxes. It does not include […]

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It’s not bad enough that Maine’s sex offender registry laws aren’t necessarily the best in the nation… now the website stinks as well. Taking top honors for better data? Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry with a 5.98 score. Maine got a 1.9. See Maine Today.
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Maine’s AG Steven Rowe is intoducing legislation that will finally bring together allergy sufferers with their neighborhood pusher by moving pseudoephedrine in large quantities behind the counter, where we’ll all have the fun of asking: “boo yoo hab eddy soopafeds?” This, of course, may drive both groups to stock up early, leaving it up […]

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