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  • President designates National Monument in northern Maine woods

    08/24/2016 12:46:27 PM PDT · by Enchante · 39 replies
    WMTW ^ | August 24, 2016 | Staff
    The national monument designation has faced opposition in the region. Gov. Paul LePage released a statement Tuesday afternoon condemning the land donation. "That's one way to get out of paying taxes to the state of Maine," he said. "It's sad that rich, out-of-state liberals can team up with Obama to force a national monument on rural Mainers who do not want it." The governor did not stop to talk to reporters Wednesday afternoon after an event in Portland, but his office released a statement. “President Obama is once again taking unilateral action against the will of the people, this time...
  • Howard Johnson's restaurant to close, leaving only 1 more (Maine)

    08/23/2016 7:32:32 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 198 replies
    WRAL/AP ^ | 8/23/2016 | David Sharp
    BANGOR, Maine — The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction. The slice of roadside Americana will no longer be served up in Bangor after Sept. 6. For waitress Kathe Jewett, it's the only job she's held since starting work when the restaurant opened in 1966. "It's bittersweet, but it's nothing to be sad about," the 68-year-old Jewett insisted Tuesday during...
  • LePage: Man Who Died Fighting With ISIS Received Welfare Benefits

    08/22/2016 6:54:59 AM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    http://news.mpbn.net/ ^ | 08/22/2016 | STEVE MISTLER
    Gov. Paul LePage has pounced on the recent unsealing of court documents showing an Iranian refugee who resettled in Maine and later joined the terror group ISIS. But the governor’s eagerness to use Adnan Fazeli’s radicalization here to rail against welfare benefits for refugees may have led him to run afoul of a federal law designed to protect the identities of welfare recipients and their families. According to federal rules, the identities of benefit recipients are confidential — only law enforcement, immigration officials and state administrators are allowed to know who receives the benefits. Those same officials, according to the...
  • Susan Collins considers Libertarian, write-in for president

    08/14/2016 8:28:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    WGME via Bangor Daily News ^ | Aug. 14, 2016, at 6:51 p.m. | Daniel Lampariello
    Sen. Susan Collins appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday morning from the WGME studios, explaining why she is not voting for her party’s presidential nominee. […] Collins said she can’t support Hillary Clinton either. She said she is considering the Libertarian ticket, but that’s not a sure thing either. “I may write in a candidate who I believe would be best qualified to lead our country,” Collins said. …
  • Somalis in Maine strike back after Trump's comments at rally

    08/10/2016 12:31:29 AM PDT · by blueplum · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05 August 2016 5:59pm EDT | Patrick Whittle
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Donald Trump's characterization of Somalis as dangerous and a drag on resources could undo years of work that they have done to establish themselves in the country's whitest state, Somali residents said Friday. Trump told a packed audience in Portland on Thursday that Maine is a "major destination" for Somali refugees and that they're coming from some of the "most dangerous" places. All told, about 10,000 Somalis lives in Portland and Lewiston, Maine's largest cities. [snip] On Friday afternoon, Somali organizers held a rally on the steps of City Hall to respond to Trump. One read...
  • Liberal Republican Senator Writes Op-ed on Why She Can’t Support Donald Trump

    08/09/2016 2:32:15 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 77 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 August 2016 | Warren Mass
    Liberal Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who scored just 30 percent on The New American’s latest Freedom Index, wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post explaining why she will not support for Donald Trump for president.In her brief article, Collins, who has a record of being anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion (despite identifying as a Catholic), and in favor of giving an Obama Supreme Court nominee a hearing, did not mention a single issue upon which she bases her opposition to a Trump presidency. He entire argument against her party’s nominee boils down to her dissatisfaction with comments that Trump...
  • Republican Sen. Susan Collins won’t vote for Donald Trump

    08/08/2016 7:05:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2016 | Victor Morton
    Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has become the second and most-senior Republican senator to say she will not vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump for president. In an op-ed published online Monday night in The Washington Post, Ms. Collins said it was “not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican.” The column outlined a series of common criticisms of Mr. Trump’s conduct and temperament — mocking a reporter with disabilities, feuding wioth a Muslim Gold Star family, suggesting a Mexican-American judge might not be impartial.
  • Trump supporters, protesters converge on Portland for afternoon rally (Portland ME)

    08/04/2016 10:50:20 AM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 13 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 8/4/2016 | Gillian Graham
    Standing in the growing line outside Merrill Auditorium this morning, one Trump supporter – a former 'Bernie Bro' – says the candidate 'is not graceful and he's not eloquent, but he's still my guy.' Hours before the doors opened Thursday at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, supporters began showing up for a rally with Donald Trump, whose presidential campaign continues to attract grass-roots voter support even as the Republican candidate increasingly frustrates and alienates leaders of his own party. At the same time, a growing number of protesters thronged the plaza in front of Portland City Hall as the day progressed, chanting...
  • LIVE:Trump town hall event in Portland, ME at the Merrill Auditorium. Begins at 3:00 PM ET.

    08/04/2016 12:46:49 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 524 replies
    Thursday, August 4, 2016: LIVE Watch the LIVE STREAM of the event below beginning at 3:00 PM ET: PORTLAND, ME BEAUTIFUL MERRILL AUDITORIUM
  • Maine restaurant won't serve customers who like guns

    08/02/2016 4:59:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | August 1, 2016 | Andrew Stiles
    After the deadly terror attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, a restaurant owner in Portland (Maine not Oregon) wanted to do something “outside the box” in order to solve the problem of “gun violence” in America.So she wrote a post on Facebook.Anne Verrill, owner of two Portland-area restaurants, wrote on Facebook that anyone who owns—or even supports an individual’s right to own—an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, may “no longer enter either of my restaurants, because the only thing I want to teach my children is love.”The post was deleted after a bunch of people on the internet who like guns...
  • Restaurant Spurns Those Who Are O.K. With AR-15s

    08/01/2016 12:19:42 PM PDT · by DFG · 56 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 08/01/2016 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    After a gunman killed 49 people in June at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Anne Verrill, a prominent Maine restaurateur, swung through a range of familiar emotions: frustration, anger, helplessness. She reflected, too, on her typical response to the nation’s litany of gun massacres. “We write Facebook posts, we copy and paste, and we talk about it with people who basically agree with us,” Ms. Verrill, 38, said the other day. “We’ve never really done anything outside the box with regard to gun control.”
  • Names of 18 arrested in Portland (Maine) protest released

    07/16/2016 12:00:48 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 16 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 7/16/2016 | Beth Quimby
    Names of 18 arrested in Portland protest released Most of those charged with obstructing a public way for blocking Commercial Street are in their 20s and from Portland. BY BETH QUIMBY STAFF WRITER The 18 people arrested in Friday night’s protest against police shootings of black men that blocked off a busy portion of Commercial Street in Portland for hours were mostly residents of the city in their 20s. Portland police released a list of the names of those arrested Saturday afternoon. A 16-year-old minor was not identified. All were charged with obstructing a public way. They Portland residents were...
  • Trump Campaign Focusing on 17 States in General Election

    07/13/2016 8:18:16 PM PDT · by bereanrabbi · 21 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | July 6, 2016
    Donald Trump's political director, Jim Murphy, told House members that the campaign would focus on 17 states this fall, the Wall Street Journal reports. Included are 12 states Barack Obama won in both 2008 and 2012 (145 electoral votes) and five states Mitt Romney won in 2012. Not in the list are extreme longshots like California and New York, states Trump has previously indicated would be competitive for him.
  • Group seeking $12 base wage posted jobs paying $10 an hour (Maine)

    07/08/2016 5:23:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Portland Press herald ^ | 7-8-16 | ERIC RUSSELL
    The organization behind an effort to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 an hour has been advertising for new workers at a rate closer to $10 an hour. An online ad posted Tuesday by the Maine People’s Alliance indicates new phone canvassers/organizers would be paid $429 every two weeks for working 21.25 hours a week. That works out to $10.09 an hour, considerably less than the $12 minimum wage the alliance is seeking by 2020. The discrepancy was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative news and commentary website. Mike Tipping, communications director for the people’s...
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • ME: Two Armed WalMart Shoppers Stop NY Drug Deal Shootout

    06/29/2016 6:00:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A drug deal was going down in a WalMart parking lot.  Some of the participants were not happy with the deal.  They could not use the criminal justice system, so they used guns.  Shots were exchanged between occupants of two cars in the lot.  The WalMart parking lot was not in New York or New Jersey.  This WalMart was in Augusta, Maine, and in Maine, responsible and honest people can legally carry guns.  Two honest and responsible gun carriers stopped the shooting. The shooting in the Maine WalMart was between New York residents, and it involved Heroin.  The four...
  • LIVE THREAD: Donald J.Trump in Bangor, Maine @ 4pm EDT

    06/29/2016 4:15:26 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 564 replies
    Wednesday, June 29, 2016: Live streaming coverage of the Donald J. Trump rally in Bangor, ME at the Cross Insurance Center. Live coverage begins at 4:00 PM EDT. Bangor ME Watch the LIVE Stream of the event below beginning at 4:00 PM EDT The Cross Insurance Center Main Street Bangor, Maine
  • Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram poll results (Maine Presidential race)

    06/28/2016 3:39:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | June 25, 2016 | Christian MilNeil
    2016 presidential preferences among Maine voters: Clinton 42% Trump 35% Others 19%
  • Ending to a Chaotic Walmart Shootout Just Did a Lot for the ‘Good Guys with Guns’ Argument

    06/28/2016 11:15:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    KTRH - Independent Journal ^ | 6-27-16 | Parker Lee
    On Sunday, a peaceful Maine afternoon turned into a scene like something from an action movie, when gunfire erupted in a Walmart parking lot. According to Augusta police, the occupants of two vehicles parked alongside one another were arguing over money when they suddenly began exchanging a barrage of bullets. However, it wasn’t long before — as WGME reports — a pair of bystanders stepped in, ending the chaotic situation before it could turn into something far more tragic.
  • Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram poll results [Clinton 42 Trump 35]

    06/27/2016 5:16:50 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 23 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 6/26/16 | Christina Melneil
    The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center on June 15-21, 2016. Results are based on landline and cellular telephone interviews with 609 randomly selected Maine adults and 475 randomly selected likely Maine voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points for all adults and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for likely voters.
  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • Taking a (Le)Page from the Democrats

    06/25/2016 4:39:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2016 | Jerry Rogers
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage is challenging the federal government over how to administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Under the guise of reforming SNAP, Maine’s Republican governor wants to monitor what poor people eat and drink. The governor wants to create a state-based “food-police” to control what Maine’s poorest citizens put in their grocery bags. In pushing for the food ban, the governor is picking a page right out of the Democratic playbook. LePage impugns the motives of the opposition by invoking the Left’s favorite bogeyman – American businesses. The governor said that he...
  • What The Confederate Stranger and A Small Town in Maine Can Teach Us About Human Decency

    06/21/2016 8:34:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    In 1862, a man named Lt. Charles H. Colley of Gray, ME was killed during the Battle of Cedar Mountain. When his grieving family opened up the casket that was supposed to contain their son, they were stunned to discover that a fully uniformed Confederate soldier had been shipped to them instead. Having no way to identify the soldier, and also lacking the means to ship him back to Virginia, Lt. Colley's family decided to bury him in Gray Village Cemetery alongside the Union soldiers who had been killed in the war. They figured that this unknown Confederate's family would...
  • A Portland restaurateur says assault rifle owners are not welcome at her businesses

    06/16/2016 7:18:28 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 119 replies
    BDN Maine ^ | 6/16/2016 | Samuel Shepherd
    A Portland restaurateur used her business’s Facebook page to speak her mind on assault weapons — inciting a backlash from gun rights advocates. Anne Verrill, owner of Grace on Chestnut Street, and Foreside Tavern & Side Bar in Falmouth, published the post on Wednesday, along with a photo of an assault rifle similar to the one used in the Orlando massacre. “I have spent 12 years, intentionally, not being political on this page… Let me be clear, this is not a political issue,” she wrote, according to several reports. “This is a human rights issue. If you own this gun,...
  • Collins: Trump 'really has to change' approach to get her endorsement

    06/09/2016 2:45:58 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 75 replies
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | June 8 2016 | Eugene Scott, CNN
    Washington (CNN)Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she won't endorse GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump until he starts behaving more "presidential." "I would love to be able to endorse Donald Trump, but he really has to change the approach that he's taken," she told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday on "New Day." "If I were giving him advice, I would tell him he should own up to making mistakes. He should apologize to the judge and to the American people. And he should stop insulting people."
  • BREAKING=> TRUMP Camp Releases List of 9 of 15 States In-Play This Cycle Including NY and California

    05/29/2016 5:12:30 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 145 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/29/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Donald Trump announced this weekend he puts 15 states potentially into play in the general election this year. The states include: — Ohio — Florida — Virginia — Minnesota — Michigan — Pennsylvania — Wisconsin — New York — Maine — California ** Plus Donald Trump is beating Hillary Clinton in the latest Oregon poll and is essentially tied with Hillary in New Hampshire -two more traditional blue states. And Hillary Clinton hasn’t even been indicted yet!
  • They’re Coming For Your Home

    05/23/2016 5:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    They’re coming for your home. Right now. I suggest you save it. I can guide you, but you must do exactly as I say. Except, this isn’t The Matrix. You’re no actor, like Keanu Reeves, playing a distraught programmer-hacker named “Neo.” Nor am I an actor, like Laurence Fishburne, playing your guide “Morpheus.” This is real life, baby. Your home or apartment—and the neighborhood in which you live—is under siege. “Agents”—sans black glasses and black business suits—who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that...
  • Amid Shouts of 'Shame,' House GOP Defeats Gay Rights Measure

    05/19/2016 5:37:10 PM PDT · by massmike · 63 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | 05/19/2016 | ERICA WERNER
    Democrats shouted "Shame! Shame!," but seven Republicans switched their votes and defeated a measure to protect gay rights. The final vote was 213-212 after the chaos on the House floor. That was enough to defeat an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. Maloney and other Democrats were incensed. "They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality," Maloney said. He said he had approached Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as McCarthy worked on GOP colleagues to vote against the measure. McCarthy told Maloney to...
  • Fury builds among Sanders supporters over stonewalling by Dem establishment

    05/16/2016 7:26:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/16/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Did you know that Hillary supporter Barney Frank “was booed and shouted at as a "sellout" who should "go back to Massachusetts" by Sanders supporters at the Maine State Democratic Convention on Saturday? Somehow, the mainstream media managed to overlook this sign of the divisive passions rending the Democratic Party as its establishment strong-arms Hillary Clinton. Along with the incredible story of the Nevada State Convention where DNC officials fled, violence erupted and John Law had to be called in, signs are that the party is falling apart.
  • Gun owners should be paranoid about Maine’s background check referendum

    05/09/2016 9:27:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    bangordailynews.com ^ | 5/8/2016 | Stephen C. Smith
    In November, Maine’s public will be asked to decide whether lawful owners of firearms should be required to go to a gun dealer, pay a “reasonable fee” and be required to fill out a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 to buy or sell a firearm. The referendum’s proponents claim that these requirements are easy, will make us safer, and that this will not be gun registration. Such claims are misleading. Who will determine the amount of this “reasonable fee”? Why should the owner of lawful property, which he or she may have owned for decades, be...
  • California Likely Voting on Marijuana Legalization This November

    05/08/2016 4:54:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/7/2016 | Christine Rousselle
    It looks as though California will be considering a measure this November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults over the age of 21. If the ballot measure actually makes the ballot, both California and Maine may soon be joining Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, and the District of Columbia as states where it's completely legal to toke up. To make the ballot, organizers had to garner more than 365,880 signatures. According to the coalition behind the ballot initiative, over 600,000 people have signed in support. Supporters of the measure include Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome (D) and Facebook president...
  • LePage to challenge King for Senate seat if not selected to Trump Administration

    05/05/2016 7:15:15 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 6 replies
    WMTW ^ | 05/05/2016 | WMTW
    Gov. Paul LePage hopes Donald Trump picks him to be part of his administration if he is elected to office. If not, he'll run against Angus King for U.S. Senate in 2018. That's what the governor said at his town hall meeting in Lewiston on Wednesday night. It would seem that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and the governor's wife, First Lady Ann LePage, are the only people who can stop LePage from running for Senate. "I said earlier that if I'm not into the Trump Administration, I will be running against Angus King," said LePage. "Now, don't tell my...
  • In Maine, Ted Cruz Outmaneuvers Donald Trump Again on Delegates

    04/24/2016 4:56:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 96 replies
    NBC News ^ | apr.24, 2016 | Mark Murray
    Nineteen of Cruz's slate of 20 delegates were picked for the Republican national convention, meaning that at least 19 out of the 23 delegates Maine will send to the convention in Cleveland will be Cruz supporters — which would benefit the Texas senator if the Republican presidential-selection process goes to multiple ballots. Back in March, Cruz won Maine's caucus contest, grabbing 12 pledged delegates — versus nine for Donald Trump and two for John Kasich. The delegates who were chosen in Maine are bound to reflect that allocation on the first ballot of voting. But if no presidential candidate wins...
  • President Hillary is totally unacceptable!

    04/23/2016 1:02:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 894 replies
    Free Republic stands for God, family, country! America! "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United State of America." Securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity is our mission on FR. We cannot secure the blessings of liberty with Hillary in the White House. When Trump wins the lion's share of the primary votes, states and...
  • Fox News: Cruz Campaign accused of "dirty tricks"

    04/23/2016 9:19:01 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 91 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/23/2016 | Dan Scavino
    Fox News: Cruz Campaign accused of "dirty tricks"
  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 5:40:43 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 182 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/23/2016 | David Wright
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz collected the overwhelming majority of Maine's Republican delegates during the state's GOP convention Saturday. Cruz collected 19 of the 20 spots up for grabs, with the 20th spot going to Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who's supporting GOP front-runner Donald Trump. 
  • Unity slate fight pits Cruz against Trump, Kasich in Maine

    04/23/2016 12:52:21 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-23-2016 | David Wright
    Bangor, Maine (CNN) Maine Gov. Paul LePage accused the Ted Cruz campaign Friday of going back on a promise to back a "unity slate" of the state's delegates, a move that the Donald Trump supporter saw as "stabbing us in the back." In a statement, LePage said, "We reached a deal with Cruz's national campaign to put up a unity slate that would honor the wishes of the thousands of Mainers who voted at caucus. But Cruz's Northeast Political Director David Sawyer lied to us and broke the deal. Sawyer stabbed us in the back, reneged on the unity slate,...
  • Maine: National Cruz camp planning to steal all 23 delegates tomorrow

    04/22/2016 3:32:00 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 212 replies
    http://HowieCarrshow.com ^ | Howie Carr Radio program
    Turn on Howie Carr! National Cruz people planning to steal all 23 delegates in Maine tomorrow! The governor wants the delegates that go to Cleveland be 12/ 9// 2. For Cruz / trump / Kasich Cruz people refusing and fans a full slate completely loyal to Cruz
  • Maine On Track to Uncover Record Amount of Welfare Fraud

    04/13/2016 4:03:40 PM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that it expects to surpass last year's record number of uncovered welfare fraud. "We're seeing an awful lot of welfare fraud," Director of Fraud Operations Tom Roth told WCSH-TV. "We definitely have more calls coming in than we have people to handle. Having the support from the state and the public is paramount, I think, to our success."
  • Reality Check: GOP scrambles under allegations of rampant election fraud in Maine caucus

    04/13/2016 4:04:28 AM PDT · by Flick Lives · 5 replies
    Fox19 Now ^ | February 14, 2012 | Fox19
    (FOX19) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is back on track after winning the Maine caucuses. What the headlines haven't told you is that what happened in Maine is the messiest caucus Republicans have had so far, and it may not be over yet. Maine, is not a major state during national primaries. Only 24 delegates come out of Maine to the national convention. But what happened there over the weekend does more than raise eyebrows. It is enough to make you question, was the caucus fixed? Saturday night, February 11, the head of the Maine GOP, Charlie Webster, announced...
  • Student says high school faculty mocked his Donald Trump hat

    04/12/2016 6:40:52 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 30 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 12 April 2016 | WTOP News (Washington DC)
    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school student says he was ridiculed by faculty members when he wore a red baseball cap bearing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. South Portland High School student Connor Mullen says he expected students to taunt him when he started wearing the hat to school three weeks ago. But the 16-year-old sophomore says he alerted school administrators on Friday when two adults who worked in the school made fun of him, including a teacher who allegedly said, “Thank God you can’t vote.”
  • ‘Hanging over us’: Homeowners face uncertainty as I-395 plan ramps up

    04/10/2016 11:03:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | April 10, 2016 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    BREWER, Maine — When Ken and Jo-Ann Arbo moved into their home in Eddington 22 years ago, they thought they found the perfect place to live.“I hunt right there. I fish out there. I snowmobile out there,” Ken Arbo said of the woods and fields near the couple’s home. “That is why we moved out there.”Now the Arbos face the real possibility of moving again.Their Lambert Road home is within the path of the controversial I-395/Route 9 connector, a proposed two-lane road from Brewer to Eddington meant to ease heavy truck traffic and improve safety on nearby routes 46 and...
  • Maine Senate backs welfare reform bill, but penalty conflict looms

    04/08/2016 4:02:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Michael Shepher
    The Republican bill would hold those who intentionally make illegal purchases under the law to existing penalties for violations including making false statements on forms. A first violation is a one-year suspension, the second is two years, and the third is a lifetime ban. Democrats have said that is too harsh for a violation as small as buying a pack of cigarettes. In their version, the penalty for a first violation would be restitution, the second would be a maximum three-month suspension, and it would be a six-month maximum for subsequent violations. Advocates of the bill have said the department...
  • 16 Democrat AGs Begin Inquisition Against ‘Climate Change Disbelievers’

    04/04/2016 9:02:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 101 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/4/16 | Hans von Spakovsky. Cole Wintheiser
    Beginning in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s. Using the powerful arm of the government, the grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, and his henchmen sought out all those who held religious, scientific, or moral views that conflicted with the monarch’s, punishing the “heretics” with jail sentences, property confiscation, fines, and in severe cases, torture, and execution. One of the lasting results of the Spanish Inquisition was a stifling of speech, thought, and scientific debate throughout Spain. By treating one set of scientific views as absolute, infallible, and above...
  • Renewed requirement of work for SNAP recipients produces predictable liberal backlash

    04/03/2016 6:32:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 3, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    There used to be a rule in place – part of the sadly abandoned movements toward welfare reform in the 80s and 90s – which required food stamps recipients to do at least some work in order to receive the benefits if they were childless and able bodied. That rule was suspended in most places since the beginning of the crash in 2007, but now that unemployment is allegedly back down to nominal levels and the economy is “stable” across most of the country, that exception is being rolled back. This, of course, has liberals up in arms. (WaPo) The...
  • Maine governor refuses to swear-in newly elected senator

    04/01/2016 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 1, 2016 11:45 AM EDT
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage is so angry at Democrats for rejecting one of his nominees that he canceled the swearing-in ceremony for a newly elected senator. […] The election was won by Democrat Susan Deschambault, of Biddeford. She arrived at the Statehouse on Friday for a scheduled ceremony at LePage’s office. But she was told it had been canceled. …
  • 49 Senators OK Common Core Advocate as Education Secretary

    03/15/2016 6:54:04 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 44 replies
    dailysignal ^ | March 14, 2016 | Leah Jessen
    The Senate voted 49-40 Monday evening to confirm John B. King Jr., President Barack Obama’s nominee, as secretary of education. A total of 11 senators did not vote on King’s confirmation, while those who voted against him cited his loyalty to the system and support for Common Core education standards. King, 41, has been the acting secretary of the Department of Education since January, after Arne Duncan stepped down from the Cabinet post at the end of last year. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, spoke in support of King on the Senate floor....
  • Political correctness devours yet another college, fighting over mini-sombreros

    03/07/2016 10:25:21 AM PST · by simpson96 · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2016 | Catherine Rampell
    On Saturday, two members of Bowdoin College's student government will face impeachment proceedings. What heinous transgression did they commit? Theft, plagiarism, sexual assault?Nope. They attended a party where some guests wore tiny sombreros. Two weeks ago, some students threw a birthday party for a friend. The email invitation read: "the theme is tequila, so do with that what you may. We’re not saying it's a fiesta, but we’re also not not saying that :)." The invitation - sent by a student of Colombian descent, which may or may not be relevant here - advertised games, music, cups and “other things...
  • Sanders wins Maine caucuses, as Dems debate in Flint

    03/06/2016 6:24:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 6, 2016
    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed sharply over the economy at Sunday’s debate in Flint, Mich., with Clinton slamming her rival for opposing the auto bailout – and Sanders ripping the front-runner for her past positions on trade. The clashes came after Sanders won the Maine Democratic caucuses, the Associated Press reported, adding to wins the night before in Nebraska and Kansas — by far the most successful two days of his campaign. Sanders rode to victory in Maine in part on a huge turnout — Sanders beat Clinton by a ratio of nearly 2-to-1. The turnout was so big...
  • George Will: "We May Have Passed Peak Trump," Cruz Has Best Chance To Win

    03/06/2016 9:54:34 AM PST · by JPJones · 196 replies
    George Will: "We May Have Passed Peak Trump," Cruz Has Best Chance To Win By Tim Hains Posted on March 6, 2016 George Will reacts to Donald Trump's wins last night in Kentucky and Louisiana, and Ted Cruz's wins in Kansas and Maine.