NEWS OF: 10/31/2005

Dirigo Health Healthier than We Thought

VIEW ALL: DirigoChoice

After analyzing tons of conflicting data Maine’s insurance superintendent Al Iuppa has found that the various initiatives of the Dirigo Health Act have resulted in $43.7 million in savings within the state’s health care system over the past year.

Popularity: 19%

Snowe Calls on Big Oil to Cowboy Up

VIEW ALL: Olympia Snowe, Oil, LIHEAP

Senator Snowe is challenging oil executives to take a break from rolling around naked in that glass bin stuffed with record profits to actually do something to help the poor who are about to freeze this winter. See Snowe

Popularity: 33%

October Second or Third Wettest On the Books

October was wet, but not the wettest… nfor anyone else wondering. Now if only THAT would translate to a little less snow. See Boston.com

Popularity: 16%

Governor Baldacci Not Only Supports “No On One”

He was the person responsible for upgrading Maine’s anti-discrimination laws to reflect the norm in all other New England states… See BDN

Popularity: 21%

Bush Administration Nominates Alito

Shortly after 8 a.m.EST, the President announced the nomination of Samuel Alito, a long-time appeals judge, to the Supreme Court. Dubbed the “darling of the conservative movement” for conservative opinions, most notably his singular opposition to a 1991 decision by his court to strike down a Pennsylvania law that required women to inform their husbands before seeking an abortion.

Judge Alito, 55, has sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1990, since his nomination to that court by Bush I. (Wow. This guy owes a lot to the Bush family…) Conservatives love him. Liberals do not. Let the games begin. See the Times

Popularity: 13%

NEWS OF: 10/29/2005

Libby Indictment

Relieved of his signature Bush Administration jewelry inscribed “One Ring to Rule them All,” Scooter Libby has resigned from his post as White House inner sanctum member and official food taster for Dick Cheney, following a five-count indictment by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald. See the CS Monitor

Popularity: 9%

Snowe Turns Up The Heat on Oil Companies

VIEW ALL: Susan Collins, Oil, LIHEAP

Senator Collins, who has been working to increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), is calling on Congress to pay for the increase by eliminating subsidies and special tax breaks that benefit the major oil companies. Those same oil companies that are reporting record billions in profits for the past two quarters. See Collins

Popularity: 33%

Question 1: Let anyone among you who has not sinned cast the first Yes vote

VIEW ALL: 2005: No On One

Baptist minister, state Rep. Stan Moody of Manchester acknowledged that some Christians believe homosexuality is a sin, but said that did not justify denying the group basic protections under the Maine Human Rights Act.

“Let anyone among you who has not sinned cast the first ‘Yes’ vote,” Moody said when ending the Bangor news conference. See BDN

Popularity: 21%

You’re fired because they THINK you’re gay, but you’re not…

VIEW ALL: 2005: No On One

The Vote No On One campaign to keep “sexual orientation” as part of Maine’s anti-discrimination policy protects individuals based upon their sexual orientation — or their perceived orientation. The vote is within about a week’s time, as pointed out by Fosters.

Popularity: 21%

NEWS OF: 10/27/2005

Harriet Miers: The Goodbye Girl

Harriet’s letter of resignation.

Popularity: 17%

Can You Catch Me Now? Good!

VIEW ALL: Children

Sen. Deborah Plowman, R-Hampden, is proposing legislation to allow the state to get the numbers and addresses of cell phone customers who are not paying their child support. Like they’d be able to afford a cell phone plan… See BDN

Popularity: 18%

Why are we building new bases in Iraq while closing them in America?

VIEW ALL: Tom Allen, BRAC

“Why are we closing military installations when we are at war? Good questions! See Tom Allen’s H.J.Res. 65, a Resolution to Disapprove of the 2005 BRAC Recommendations.

Popularity: 23%

Harriet, Good Bye

VIEW ALL: Harriet Miers

Harriet Miers has filed a request with the Bush administration to remove her name as nominee for the Supreme Court.

Popularity: 17%

NEWS OF: 10/26/2005

Miers: Independence and Self Determination

In a 1993 speech by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers let loose with the suggestion that a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy was a matter of “self-determination.'’ Conservatives see Miers as one toke shy of a pot smoking hippie liberal as a result. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee warned Miers on Wednesday that members will ask whether she would act independently of President Bush. Miers raised an index finger while she speed dialed DUBYA

Popularity: 18%

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