Archive for July, 2005

Referendum

Maine’s gay and lesbian citizens can thank evangelicals for the latest attempt to repeal equal rights. Enough votes were gathered to force the issue to referendum this November. See Maine Today.
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Signed by Governor Baldacci, the new law would actually require school boards to define bullying, harassment and sexual harassment and to develop new policies to deal with the behaviors by September 2006. See BDN.
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Senator Snowe met with Bush administration nominee to the Supremes John Roberts. First impression? She wasn’t sold one way or the other. Roberts, affable and attractive in a “replicant” kind of way comes with ideal credentials for the job - no paper trail! So should nomination to the highest court in […]

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Gorham Bypass Surgery

It’s official! Gorham’s traffic bypass surgery is a Presidential signature away from hiring guys to hold “Slow” signs. The Gorham Bypass is the legendary solution to one of Maine’s most time-wasting natural wonders — the 40-minute mile through Gorham. See Tom Allen.
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Couple of rants on health care. First Tom Allen and then Mike Michaud. The haiku version?
System lacking,
Sick go packing
$40 Tylenol
Association Health Plans
Your only hope is the lottery
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Death Tax

The thought that death is a “taxable event” hovers somewhere between ick and tacky. But the thought that you could be left a chunk of change by dear old Aunt Marvis and the government would NOT get a piece of that $72 billion dollars annually is upsetting to lawmakers. The effort to repeal […]

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Governor Baldacci has called for a special session to support bonds to the tune of $83 million for investments for jobs, transportation infrastructure, clean water and the environment, education, and Land for Maineís Future. See the Governor’s page.
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When Senators Snowe and Collins tried to bloc Maine’s base closures by attaching a lifesaving tidbit to a defense policy bill this week, Majority Leader Frist tried to quash the vote by limiting debate on the defense bill. The screaming fights expected once the Republican party held the majority have not been nearly as […]

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AFL SOL?

One third of Maine’s AFL-CIO may disappear thanks to a rift between the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at the national level. The AFL-CIO wants to focus on politics while the SEIU and Teamsters want to focus on member recruitment. Either way, anything that breaks the collective power of the AFL-CIO […]

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Discussions are underway about a special post-BRAC session of the Legislature to deal with the economic impact of closing Maine’s bases. And while Governor Baldacci is busy trying to wrap up the bond issue, a post-BRAC Maine may give birth to more bonds. See BDN
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Do you think the founding fathers of this country would have supported a government that employed “agents and a secret court to collect personal data on its citizens including library books checked out, financial transaction data and medical records, without having any evidence to link that person to any crime?”
That’s Section […]

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“Making key provisions permanent and granting lengthy extensions to others endangers Americansí civil liberties,” - sayeth Rep. Tom Allen as he urged the house to reject legislation that would extend provisions of the Patriot Act ad infinitum .
H.R. 3199, The USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005, makes permanent 14 of the 16 […]

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Tie a Yellow Magnet…

The Bush Administrationís revised budget request is still $1.2 billion short of the amount that the Veteransí Administration has acknowledged they need for veteran’s health care. In the meantime, the United States has yet to spend almost 60 percent of its pledged $21 billion in reconstruction money for Iraq, as Iraqis struggle through […]

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With the cost of war in Iraq spiraling out of control, Rep. Tom Allen today criticized House republican leaders for shutting down debate on three democrat supported amendments while allowing consideration of one republican amendment to H.R. 2601, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
Shot down were Allen’s amendment vowing no permanent American military […]

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