Archive for July, 2006

Congress has established as a goal that 23% of government contracts go to small businesses. In Maine small businesses account for 99.2 percent of all businesses, so maintaining that 23% quota means more business for Maine.
Enter “miscoding” — the process of classifying a big business as a small business for purposes […]

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Certified Maine Lobster

Maine lobsters will be sporting a new tag that says “certified Maine lobster” as of Monday. Like a crustacean version of the union label song of the 70s. Don’t accept substitutes.
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Iraq Troops are There To Stay

4,000 American soldiers scheduled to leave Iraq in the coming weeks have had their tours extended four months, almost guaranteeing no troop reductions for 2006.
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Give your eyes a break with Maine Democrat’s weekly podcast, The Week That Was July 24, 2006 (mp3 format)
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President Bush has signed a 25-year extension of the voting rights act. Said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, former head of the black caucus, “Everybody would love to believe the president when he says something positive like that. But Texas has the largest number of (voting rights) violations and we don’t see a lot of […]

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California’s heat wave has taken a coil for the worse. Seeking relief from the heat, snakes are slithering their way indoors seeking cooler temperatures. The Weather Channel reports several snake calls to animal control in Castaic, California, from completely freaked out residents.
The heat wave is into day 11. 83 deaths are attributed to […]

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Saddam Hussein wants to be executed by a firing squad. Ummm, okay.
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U.S. Representative Tom Allen today welcomed a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which found major shortcomings in the EPA’s implementation of the Clean Air Act. Said Allen, “This report confirms what many of us in Congress have long contended: the Bush Administration has mounted a systematic campaign to impede or simply block EPA’s […]

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The Holocaust never happened. The moon landing was filmed on a Hollywood Set. And there’s no such thing as “global warming.”
You can always find a scientist, a scholar, a politician or a religious leader to dispute any claim if you pay him enough.
Enter Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment […]

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It would be great to think you have the kind of relationship with your daughter that she would feel safe discussing an unwanted pregnancy with you. If you don’t have that relationship - for whatever reason - the bill passed by the Senate today will not help.
The Senate is making it a […]

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Thousands of dairy cattle and upwards of three dozen, mostly elderly, individuals have died as a result of over a week of 100°+ heat in California. This marks the first time in 57 years that both Northern and Southern California have experienced extended heat waves simultaneously.
Some of the nation’s top climate experts believe […]

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It’s hard to lose a billion dollars unless you’re FEMA. The fraud, abuse, blatant waste and stupidity that followed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina stand in stark, pithy contrast to the horrific suffering of victims left stranded on roof tops without food, water, medical supplies, and hope.
Said Senator Collins, “It is my […]

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An 11-member bipartisan panel of the American Bar Association has charged President Bush with (a.) flouting the constitution and (b.) undermining the rule of the law by attaching signing statements to law after law that he has signed, essentially saying that he would disregard it if he felt like it.
The panel said these uses […]

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EU funding for embryonic human stem cell research will continue through 2013, under guidelines that prevent human cloning and destroying embryos to appease a minority of Catholic countries that oppose stem cell research as unethical.
Countries not supporting stem cell research include the United States, which has firmly aligned itself with such scientific powerhouses as […]

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