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  • Engineers Unveil, Test University's Innovative Bridge Girder System

    07/19/2018 10:59:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | July 19, 2018 | University of Maine
    The University of Maine unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system July 12 at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Engineers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, business leaders, investors, researchers, members from Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (UMaine's licensee for the original “Bridge-in-a-Backpack”) and staff attended the event, at which a bridge span was strength-tested in the laboratory using computer-controlled hydraulic equipment that simulates the heaviest highway truck loads. The strength-test was conducted for the first time to prove the design modeling predictions, and demonstrate the bridge system can withstand the truck loading specified in the American Association of State Highway and...
  • New York Magazine: Politically Bribe Senator Susan Collins to Oppose Kavanaugh

    07/12/2018 6:19:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 12, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    The opposition to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice has evolved from the merely desperate to the hilariously desperate. A good example of the latter can be seen in the July 10 New York magazine in which writer Ed Kilgore suggests that the Maine Democrats politically bribe Republican Senator Susan Collins with a promise by their state chairman to endorseher when she is up for re-election in 2020.Perhaps I am old school enough to believe that a bribe should be given in its traditional form as cash wrapped inside a brown paper bag but Kilgore somehow...
  • Red State Democrats Really, REALLY Don't Want To Discuss SCOTUS Pick

    07/11/2018 4:54:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going to be a weeks-long torment for some on the Hilland Im talking about red state Democrats. Senate Republican moderates Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have been very receptive to Kavanaughs nomination, easing pressure from the right that they could sink this SCOTUS nominee if they defect. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and maybe Bill Nelson (D-FL). Nelson needs help. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is outworking him on Hispanic outreach, and hes beating Nelson...
  • Maine Governor Vetoes Conversion Therapy Ban, and Wonders Why ...

    07/09/2018 12:47:16 PM PDT · by edwinland · 14 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | July 9, 2018 | New Boston Post Staff
    Maine Governor Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would outlaw so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor, sending a blistering message to state legislators chiding them for not passing an unrelated bill that would have outlawed female genital mutilation. LePage, a Republican, pointed out that supporters of the bill didnt provide evidence that any licensed therapists in Maine are practicing conversion therapy, but he said Maine hospitals see cases of botched genital mutilations gone horribly wrong. Legislators who could not stand up and outlaw the permanent mutilation of young girls sexual...
  • Senators Collins & Murkowski, It's Time to Leave the GOP

    07/05/2018 7:56:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 5, 2018 | Susan Faludi
    Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, media legal analysts and commentators began forecasting what this will mean for womens reproductive freedom. On CNN: Roe v. Wade is doomed. Huffington Post: Its time to prepare for life without nationwide legal abortion. Reuters: a death knell for Roe v. Wade. Or, as one commenter remarked, invoking Dylan, looks like its all over now, baby blue. I share the despair, but have we forgotten something? Republicans have a one-vote majority in the Senate. Their number includes two female moderates, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, both of whom support...
  • Activists Mail Coat Hangers To GOP Senator Susan Collins

    07/03/2018 9:56:57 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 3, 2018 | Marina Fang
    Social media activists say they are sending coat hangers to the office of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a symbolic message about the legacy of anti-abortion policies and court decisions. They want to remind lawmakers about the urgency surrounding the replacement of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The social media users are specifically targeting Collins, a key vote in the process to confirm President Donald Trumps pick. The hashtag campaign appears to have started organically late last week, with participants tweeting #HangersForCollins. The users also shared screen grabs of online shopping carts with coat hangers to show they were...
  • Republican Senator Susan Collins Says a Pro-Life Supreme Court Nominee is Not Acceptable

    07/02/2018 4:26:42 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    Life News ^ | Jul 2, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a key swing vote for the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee, said she will not support a judge who opposes Roe v. Wade and abortion. Collins, a pro-abortion Republican from Maine, told CNN on Sunday that she believes Roe v. Wade established abortion as a constitutional right. I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, Collins said, because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law. Collins said this is unacceptable because it would indicate an activist agenda, the AP...
  • Collins: I Will Not Support a Nominee Who Demonstrated Hostility to Roe V. Wade

    07/01/2018 10:20:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 115 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 7/1/18 | Jack Heretik
    Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) said on Sunday that any nominee for the Supreme Court that had demonstrated hostility to Roe V. Wade would not receiver her support. CNN host Jake Tapper asked Collins about how President Donald Trump expressed desire to nominate justices who may vote to overturn Roe V. Wade if offered the opportunity. Collins, who supports Roe V. Wade, is a key vote in the Senate, where Republicans only have a one vote majority in the chamber. "With all due respect, the Supreme Court, as we know, it overturns its own rulings all the time," Tapper said....
  • A Spending Embarrassment

    06/24/2018 11:46:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 24, 2018 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Republicans have had a rough week, mostly of their own making, and on Wednesday they added to their self-punishment with a spending fiasco in the Senate. Two GOP Senators blocked the Trump Administrations rescissions package that would claw back $15 billion, much of which wasnt even likely to be spent under current policy. A Senate procedural vote to move the rescissions package failed 48-50 after defections from Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr of North Carolina. From what weve heard Ms. Collins wanted to keep the money on ice so if it isnt spent as part of its current...
  • Democratic Candidate Arrested At Detention Center After Getting Destroyed By Border Patrol Agent

    06/22/2018 2:42:02 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/22/2018 | Hanna Bogorowski |
    Maines Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate was arrested outside a detention center in Texas on Friday morning for refusing to leave the premises after being told he was not allowed in. The nominee, Zak Ringelstein, announced Wednesday that he was traveling to McAllen, Texas, to deliver personal items, including toys, books and blankets to the immigrant children currently being held there. A Facebook Live video, which contains the arrest, shows Ringelstein waiting outside the center, being told he cannot go in, and then arguing with border patrol agents in the parking lot. (RELATED: CNN Tries To Shame Border Patrol Agent...
  • Border patrol agents arrest 1 at I-95 checkpoint about citizenship

    06/21/2018 4:52:37 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 23 replies
    https://bangordailynews.com ^ | Updated: June 21, 2018 5:49 pm | By Alex Acquisto and Callie Ferguson
    A checkpoint set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Wednesday on Interstate 95 led to the arrest of a fugitive Haitian immigrant who previously was ordered to be deported. The random checkpoint, which was in place for 11 hours, stopped traffic in the southbound lanes between the Penobscot County towns of Howland and Lincoln. Several agents set up cones blocking the highway, and then asked vehicle occupants questions about their citizenship before letting them proceed. Southbound drivers could not avoid the roadblock.
  • Climate Change Brought a Lobster Boom. Now It Could Cause a Bust.

    06/21/2018 11:59:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2018 | By Livia Albeck-Ripka
    VINALHAVEN, Me. - At 3:30 in the morning on a Friday in late May, the lobstermen ate breakfast. Outside, their boats bobbed in the labradorite water, lit only by the dull yellow of streetlamps across the bay. It was windy, too windy for fishing, but one by one the islands fishermen showed up at the Surfside cafe anyway. Over pancakes and eggs, they grumbled about the seasons catch to date. Some of the lobstermen said it was just too early in the season. Others feared that it was a sign of things to come. Since the early 1980s, climate change...
  • Muslim Migrant Violence Comes to Maine

    06/20/2018 5:14:40 PM PDT · by Hostage · 48 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JUNE 19, 2018 | BY ROBERT SPENCER
    The migrant violence that is becoming a feature of daily life in Sweden, Germany, France and elsewhere in Europe is now coming to the United States. Did we think we would be immune? Maines Sun Journal reported last week that a melee broke out near Kennedy Park in Lewiston, Maine, initiated by at least two dozen teenagers, preteens and adults. This mob was made up of Somali Muslim migrants: News Center Maine reports: [A]ccording to family members, the fight was between white and Somali members of the Lewiston community. Our immigration chickens are, as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright would say,...
  • Somali gang continues to terrorize park in Maine

    06/18/2018 5:20:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 6/17/2018 | unknown
    Last month, two dozen Somali youths swarmed and attacked two Maine residents in a park in Lewiston, beating them with sticks while laughing, as video of the incident shows. One of the victims was hospitalized, but no charges were filed. Then, last Tuesday, a group of Somalis fired pellet guns at non-Somalis in the same park. A fight broke out and one non-Somali, a 38-year-old father of two, died days later from his injuries. Kennedy Park in Lewiston has become the focal point of such clashes, according to reports. Previously, a 10-year-old girl was jumped and beaten by a Somali...
  • White House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies

    06/17/2018 1:56:18 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/17/18 | Brett Samuels
    The White House appears poised for a fight over its policy of separating migrant families who cross the border illegally, even as a growing number of lawmakers are voicing concerns about the practice. Democrats and some Republicans have in recent days visited facilities used to house separated family members, leading to new questions about the process and growing calls for the so-called "zero tolerance" policy to end. GOP Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Susan Collins (Maine) wrote to the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services on Saturday asking for clarity on the administration's practice of separating migrant...
  • Maine: Man Dies After Brutal Beating By Muslim Migrant Mob In Lewiston Park

    06/17/2018 6:51:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 06/17/18 | Tim Brown
    The Press Herald doesn’t see fit to mention the fact that this teen mob was made up of Somali Muslim migrants. Why cover this up? Because apparently Lewiston officials, as well as the local media there, are intent upon covering up migrant crime, so that the non-Muslim natives will remain ignorant and complacent regarding the Muslim migrant influx. We see the same coverup happening all over Europe. An update on this story. “Man who was ‘trying to get his life straightened out’ dies from beating in brawl at Lewiston’s Kennedy Park,” by Matt Byrne, Press Herald, June 15, 2018: The 38-year-old man who...
  • Maine will issue gender-neutral driver licenses

    06/12/2018 4:26:21 AM PDT · by massmike · 39 replies
    Bostonglobe.com ^ | 06/12/2018 | ROBERT F. BUKATY
    The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is going to offer the option of a gender-neutral designation on driver licenses and identification cards. EqualityMaine said Maine becomes at least the third state to adopt such a policy, after Oregon and California, along with the District of Columbia. The move comes as a result of a complaint filed by EqualityMaines board president.
  • Federal lawsuit alleges Maine Democratic Party laundered money for Hillary Clintons campaign

    05/30/2018 11:54:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 29, 2018 | By Steve Mistler
    The attorney behind a political action committee backing President Donald Trump is accusing the Maine Democratic Party and its counterparts in 32 other states of engaging in an elaborate money laundering scheme to benefit Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Dan Backer, attorney for the Committee to Defend the President, in December filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging $84 million in illegal donations. But he has since sued the FEC in federal court in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to compel the notoriously plodding election law enforcement agency to investigate a fundraising agreement that involved most Democratic...
  • George H.W. Bush hospitalized for low blood pressure and fatigue

    05/27/2018 11:58:42 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 103 replies
    CNN ^ | May 27, 2018 | Maegan Vazquez
    Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to a hospital in Maine on Sunday after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue. Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a tweet Sunday afternoon that the President, who is 93 years old, will likely remain at a Southern Maine Health Care facility "for a few days for observation." Jim McGrath✔ @jgm41 President @GeorgeHWBush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care (@SMHCHealth) today after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue. He will likely remain there for a few days for observation. The former president is awake and alert, and not in any discomfort. "The...
  • 19 states sue Trump admin to keep funding Planned Parenthood

    05/21/2018 12:09:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 05/21/2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    LOS ANGELES, California, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- California’s Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of 20 attorneys general, representing 19 states plus Washington, D.C., opposing a Trump administration rule change that prioritizes abstinence education over contraception distribution in family planning funds. In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that abstinence messages and natural family planning methods would be given priority in distributing $260 million worth of family planning grants. The announcement did not mention artificial birth control. In response, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin, as well as the American...