NEWS OF: 6/23/2005

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Seed?

VIEW ALL: Tom Allen

The House voted 284 to 140 to restore funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting putting on hold local plans to change the line up to more economical offerings such as:
Sesame Seed
This Old House that Doesn’t Need Refurbishing
Live from Lincoln Center After Hours
See Tom Allen

Popularity: 4%

Holy Proliferatin’ Plankton!

The U.S. Department of Commerce has declared a disaster in the Maine shellfish fishery due to the red tide outbreak off the coast, allowing Congress to appropriate emergency funds for the shellfishing industry. See Maine Today or The Harmful Algae page

Popularity: 4%

NEWS OF: 6/21/2005

Republicans Nix the Veto

VIEW ALL: State Budget

Republicans officially ended their campaign for a people’s veto of the Maine State budget. Would they do it again? Oh yeah… See Morning Sentinel

Popularity: 6%

NEWS OF: 6/19/2005

Lawmakers Go to the Dogs

“An Act to Exempt Agricultural Guard Dogs and Herding Dogs from the Barking Dog Ordinances” means that dogs on duty herding sheep can’t be held to the “barking” regulations that apply to civilian dogs. Dog shelters must also be up to sniff for all dogs… shelters must be fully enclosed except for a portal that is big enough to accommodate the dog, the chain or tether must be tangle-free and at least five times the length of the dog from tip of the nose to base of the tail.

Dogs are man’s best friend. It’s time we returned the favor. See Morning Sentinel

Popularity: 5%

NEWS OF: 6/17/2005

OCEANS-21

VIEW ALL: Tom Allen, OCEANS-21

Julia Roberts! Matt Damon! Tom Allen! Huh? House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Tom Allen Curt Weldon (R-PA), Sam Farr (D-CA) and Jim Saxton (R-NJ) introduced H.R. 2939, the Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act (OCEANS-21) which would create a comprehensive national oceans policy to maintain oceanic health. See Allen

Popularity: 6%

Snowe Secures BRAC Confirmation

VIEW ALL: Olympia Snowe, BRAC

BRAC Commission staff confirmed to Senator Snowe today that they will accept additional information and arguments after the New England hearing that is scheduled to take place on July 6th in Boston. See Snowe

Popularity: 7%

Don’t be so shellfish

Hey, Rosemarie, where’d we put those Federal Disaster Relief requests? What’s that old rhyme about “Red Tide at Night?” See: Governor Baldacci

Popularity: 8%

What Happens in Washington County Stays in Washington County…

VIEW ALL: Gambling, Casinos

Without a word of debate, the Maine Senate sent to Governor Baldacci a bill calling for a statewide vote on an American Indian-operated racetrack casino in Washington County. If you’re a gambling man, bookies had this as a 40-1 longshot to last this long. See Maine Today

Popularity: 8%

And if you stop for a coke on your way to Fun Town in your limo…

VIEW ALL: Taxes

… You’ll really get whacked. The sales-tax base is expanding thanks to the new budget to include amusements, lawn and landscaping services, taxi and limousine services. Going up? Meals and lodging, from 7 to 8 percent, car rentals from 10 to 15 percent. Beer, wine, hard cider get a boost. And you can look forward to a new tax on soft drinks. See the KJ

Popularity: 4%

Throw Another Virgin on the Fire…

Senators Snowe and Collins joined 42 Democrats, one independent and seven Republicans (sounds like a bar joke) to approve 52-48 a measure that would require electric utilities to generate at least 10% of their energy from “renewable resources,” such as wind turbines, solar energy, biomass from garbage. On the no-no list: Oil. Coal. Vinyl siding. Fossil fuels. Virgins. See WLBZ

Popularity: 6%

Kind of like ripping off a $250 million dollar band-aid…

“Everybody needs to share in the pain” according to Portland (D) Rep. Dudley, commenting on House approval of the Budget - Part 3 - which replaces borrowing with $250 million bucks in spending cuts and additional revenue, while preserving health insurance for 40,000 Mainers.
Final vote was 73-72. See Maine House Dems

Popularity: 8%

NEWS OF: 6/16/2005

Rape Survivors’ Bill

VIEW ALL: Olympia Snowe

U.S. Senators Corzine, Snowe and Clinton have introduced legislation to ensure that rape survivors have access to emergency contraception and the necessary medical care to prevent STDs. See Snowe

Popularity: 4%

4 Little Questions Re: BRAC Closures

VIEW ALL: Tom Allen, BRAC

1. What is its military value? Can it be fulfilled elsewhere?
2. How does the base fit in with U.S. military and security policies?
3. What cost savings, if any, will be realized through the proposed closure or realignment?
4. What would be the economic impact of the closure or realignment?
See Tom Allen

Popularity: 7%

NEWS OF: 6/15/2005

BRAC Up

VIEW ALL: Olympia Snowe, BRAC

“The Department of Defense should under no circumstances begin to take action on closing and realigning bases across the country before the BRAC process has come to an end,” according to Sen. Snowe who will do everything in her power to make sure that process goes on forever. See Sen. Snowe

Popularity: 7%

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