NEWS OF: 11/9/2005

Referendum Update: 8:13 a.m. 11/9/2005

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QUESTION 1: VOTE NO WINS
No 189822 55.19%
Yes 154107 44.81%

QUESTION 2: YES, FIX THOSE CRUMBLING ROADS & BRIDGES
Yes 229977 67.62%
No 110116 32.38%

QUESTION 3: YEAH… WATER IMPROVEMENTS OKAY…
Yes 194612 58.00%
No 140920 42.00%

QUESTION 4: JOBS BOND? AMEN! DO IT!
Yes 197558 58.59%
No 139641 41.41%

QUESTION 5: BUY UP MORE LAND? SURE!
Yes 219885 64.89%
No 118984 35.11%

QUESTION 6: SPRUCE UP USM? MMM. TOO CLOSE TO CALL.
No 165741 50.16%
Yes 164661 49.84%

QUESTION 7: FISHERMEN’S CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT? SURE!
Yes 234071 71.67%
No 92532 28.33%

$30 MILLION BOND FOR A NEW JAIL? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE OLD ONE?
No 6137 50.81%
Yes 5942 49.19%

SHOULD APPOINT THE TREASURER? NO…ELECT.
No 10394 65.76%
Yes 5412 34.24%

Follow the counts at BDN or Maine Today

Popularity: 13%

NEWS OF: 11/8/2005

Early Results

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Election results are available at the Bangor Daily News and Maine Today

Popularity: 14%

NEWS OF: 11/7/2005

Truly Pathetic Voter Turnout

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The idea that a whoppin’ 50% of the population “may” turn out to vote in an off year election is tragic. The fact that this pathetic number represents a “high” turnout is even more pathetic. If you don’t vote? Forget to vote? Are too busy to vote? Don’t like to vote? Feel your vote doesn’t count? Hate the system? Figure other people will vote for you so you don’t need to vote? Find it inconvenient to vote? Feel you’re too old to vote? Don’t know enough about the issues to vote? Or you’re just the kind of headcase that feels you’re exercising your freedoms by not voting?

Get you ass to the polls and vote.

Popularity: 16%

Question 7: Constitutional Amendment

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Property values and taxes keep going up, pressure to change the working waterfront into gift shops and tourist stops is never ending. And then along comes Question 7 - a Constitutional Amendment, no less, that would give tax breaks to fishermen to preserve fishing docks, jobs and family businesses.

And we’re all for it, but it is landmark legislation creating “special rights” for a minority. See Yahoo

Popularity: 13%

NEWS OF: 11/3/2005

Maine Referendum Ballot Questions: Bonds and More Bonds

Bonds. They always abound in elections and they all work pretty much the same. In order to qualify for matching federal dollars, the State has to provide “$X” dollars. That state amount is usually not part of the budget and is therefore funded by a bond. The state percentage is always a fraction of the matching funds. Bonds are used to fund multiple projects for the same price of funding one project without federal funds.

Question 2. Bond Issue: (Fix roads, bridges, ferries, etc.)

“Do you favor a $33,100,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges; airports; public transit improvements; state-owned ferry vessels and ferry and port facilities including port and harbor structures; and statewide bicycle trail and pedestrian improvements that makes the State eligible for over $158,000,000 in matching funds?”

Question 3. Bond Issue (improve water and agriculture…)

“Do you favor an $8,900,000 bond issue for purposes related to agriculture and the environment in anticipation of approximately $31,000,000 in federal funds to be used for sustainable water sources and irrigation system development, loans from a wastewater state revolving fund, grants from a small community grants program, support of public water system improvements and repairs and improvements to a veterinary technician facility at the University of Maine?”

Question 4. Bond Issue (a jobs package… the question is how many jobs are created?)

“Do you favor a $20,000,000 bond issue to stimulate economic growth and job creation through investments in the Maine economy in anticipation of approximately $44,000,000 in federal and private funds for medical research and development; marine research and development; equity investments in small Maine companies with potential for high growth; the New Century Community Program for capital improvements to cultural resources; the renovation of Camden Hall on the University of Maine Bangor campus for a graduate school for biomedical science; the development of the Laboratory for Surface Science Technology; capital costs and equipment for the career center facility at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College; and the development of the Sunrise Business and Career Center in the Town of Jonesboro?”

Question 5. Bond Issue (conservation and environment)

“Do you favor a $12,000,000 bond issue to purchase land and conservation easements statewide from willing sellers for conservation, water access, wildlife and fish habitat, outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, farmland preservation and working waterfront preservation to be matched by at least $7,000,000 in private and public contributions?”

Question 6. Bond Issue (fix University system’s crumbling facilities)

“Do you favor a $9,000,000 bond issue to make building renovations at campuses of the University of Maine System, improve and expand the facilities of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine and make building renovations at campuses of the Maine Community College System?”

Question 7. Constitutional Amendment (basically, save the working waterfront by not taxing out of existence those who live on the coast)

“Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to permit the Legislature to authorize waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities to be assessed based on the land’s current use in a manner similar to treatment now available for farms, open space and forestland?”

The MaineDems are saying NO ON ONE and YES to all the rest.

Popularity: 25%

NEWS OF: 10/10/2005

STATE OF MAINE: Referendum Election, November 8, 2005

LISTING OF REFERENDUM QUESTIONS

  • Question 1:  People’s Veto
    Do you want to reject the new law that would protect people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and credit based on their sexual orientation?
  • Question 2:  Bond Issue
    Do you favor a $33,100,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges; airports; public transit improvements; state-owned ferry vessels and ferry and port facilities including port and harbor structures; and statewide bicycle trail and pedestrian improvements that makes the State eligible for over $158,000,000 in matching funds?
  • Question 3:  Bond Issue
    Do you favor an $8,900,000 bond issue for purposes related to agriculture and the environment in anticipation of approximately $31,000,000 in federal funds to be used for sustainable water sources and irrigation system development, loans from a wastewater state revolving fund, grants from a small community grants program, support of public water system improvements and repairs and improvements to a veterinary technician facility at the University of Maine?
  • Question 4:  Bond Issue
    Do you favor a $20,000,000 bond issue to stimulate economic growth and job creation through investments in the Maine economy in anticipation of approximately $44,000,000 in federal and private funds for medical research and development; marine research and development; equity investments in small Maine companies with potential for high growth; the New Century Community Program for capital improvements to cultural resources; the renovation of Camden Hall on the University of Maine Bangor campus for a graduate school for biomedical science; the development of the Laboratory for Surface Science Technology; capital costs and equipment for the career center facility at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College; and the development of the Sunrise Business and Career Center in the Town of Jonesboro?
  • Question 5:  Bond Issue
    Do you favor a $12,000,000 bond issue to purchase land and conservation easements statewide from willing sellers for conservation, water access, wildlife and fish habitat, outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, farmland preservation and working waterfront preservation to be matched by at least $7,000,000 in private and public contributions?
  • Question 6:  Bond Issue
    Do you favor a $9,000,000 bond issue to make building renovations at campuses of the University of Maine System, improve and expand the facilities of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine and make building renovations at campuses of the Maine Community College System?
  • Question 7:  Constitutional Amendment
    Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to permit the Legislature to authorize waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities to be assessed based on the land’s current use in a manner similar to treatment now available for farms, open space and forestland?

For details and math: Maine.gov

Popularity: 19%

NEWS OF: 9/22/2005

Michael Heath: Putting the Shame Back into Sex - Where it Belongs

“The effect of [Question 1] is to make sexual activity outside of marriage legitimate,” according to the Christian Civic League’s Michael Heath. “It used to be in this country that we felt ashamed when we practiced our sexual activities outside of marriage, and this law is about eliminating that shame. I don’t understand how we can separate sexual orientation from the question of sexual morality.”

Heath was referring to Question 1 on the November 8 ballot - the law providing equal protection against discrimination in housing, banking, employment, etc. to Maine’s gay and lesbian citizens.

Heath’s campaign has repeatedly stated that equal rights will lead immediately to gay marriage, when, in fact, the real campaign uses gay marriage as a smoke screen to get to the real heart of a bigger issue - if we don’t regulate the sexual lives of all our citizens, they will go straight to H-E-Double-Toothpicks. The law is not about orientation in Heath’s mind, but morality, and bringing back those great laws that we all enjoyed during the late 1600s.

See Maine Campus: Nov. 8 referendum to settle challenge of Maine legislation

Popularity: 21%

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