Archive for June, 2006

Maine’s Economy (Still) Sucks

A new analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston indicates that New England’s economy is lagging, but Maine’s economy really sucks. Quoting, “New England’s northernmost state did little but tread water in 2005, as 2004’s mild growth came to a standstill.”
It cited “lackluster” employment measures, “tepid” income growth, a cooling housing […]

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A 25-member coalition of Democratic lawmakers are launching a campaign aimed at ending the Iraq war “as safely and efficiently as possible.”
Senate Majority Leader Michael Brennan and House Majority Glenn Cummings, both Portland Democrats, said the group’s goals were to:
1. Educate the public on how the cost of the war is diminishing Maine’s ability to […]

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Now that the Supreme Court has ruled military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay prisoners illegal and unconstitutional, Senate Republicans say they’ll see what they can do about overturning the Constitution to give the President the authority he needs. See NPR
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Give your eyes a break with Maine Democrat’s weekly podcast, The Week That Was June 26, 2006 (mp3 format)
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I need a word for the anxiety that slowly builds when the driver of the car in which I find myself captive begins to fumble with her/his cell phone and its multiplicity of options… did so-and-so call? Let me check my messages, missed calls, call back numbers, look up a phone number…
One eye on the […]

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The good news is that the missing laptop stolen from a VA employee containing the personal records of millions of veterans was found! And miracle of miracles, nobody accessed all that sensitive data. Whew! And you can tell that for certain because… um… well, come to think of it, you can’t. And that’s […]

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In a 5-3 decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that military tribunals used to try inmates at Guantánamo Bay violate American law and the Geneva Conventions.
The court ruled that the trials were not authorised by Congress and that their structure and procedures violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The court found the […]

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Governor Baldacci kicked off his plans to expand Maine’s creative economy with The Blaine House Conference on the Creative Economy in 2004. Since then, the Governor’s office has signed legislation to support creative economy initiatives, created a Creative Economy Council and a Steering Committee, funded a number of local initiatives and approved tax incentives aimed […]

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Blue Landfill of Death

Friday is the last day you can chuck your old computer into the nearest landfill. As of Saturday, Maine joins a small list of states and municipalities that prohibit dumping old computer monitors and television sets in landfills or burning them. See Boston.com
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The state agency that tracks compliance with campaign-finance laws is adding staff to improve its oversight of candidates’ spending reports as more candidates use tax dollars to fund their campaigns.
The crackdown follows the ethics commission’s decision in January to fine two legislative candidates and two political consultants more than $45,000 for misusing the Clean […]

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In case you’re wondering, Senator Snowe voted for the constitutional amendment to make desecrating the flag a crime. That initiative failed by one vote. Said Snowe, “Our American flag is not just another piece of cloth. It is not just another banner or logo or emblem. It is our cherished symbol of freedom and […]

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Sappi: Paper Cuts

Sappi Fine Paper is advertising for replacement workers following a strike authorization vote at four mills, including two in Maine. In Westbrook, members of Local 1069 of the United Steelworkers joined their counterparts at a mill in Michigan in voting last week to authorize a strike. Within a couple of days, Sappi was advertising […]

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A Senate committee tie vote means that the net neutrality amendment, which would maintain the status quo of equal pricing for Internet traffic, is left drifting in cyberspace.
The amendment was part of a larger telecommunications bill now en route to the Senate, where it could be reintroduced. Following the committee’s vote, however, Sen. Ron […]

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Democratic Rep. Donald Pilon (D-Saco) submitted 2,000 signatures to the state from motorists who’d buy a “support our troops” license plate and is raising the $40,000 start-up costs required to take the next step.
Pilon is facing opposition from those who feel that a “support the troops” license plate sends the message that Mainers support […]

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