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  • New survey shows depth of Jeb's Bush dynasty problem

    08/29/2015 6:38:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/27/15 | Byron York
    How bad is Jeb Bush's Bush problem? A new Quinnipiac poll suggests it is very bad. The national survey shows Bush running well behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson, tied for third place in the GOP race with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. But that is not the most serious problem for Bush in the poll. Quinnipiac pollsters asked respondents a simple, open-ended question: "What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Jeb Bush?" Quinnipiac published a table of all the responses given five or more times. Here is the list of the top eight...
  • Christian man allegedly killed by 3 Muslim immigrants in Maine...

    08/26/2015 6:02:21 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 39 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Leo Homan
    program. A judge on Monday unsealed the court documents of a grisly murder of a Christian man, allegedly at the hands of three Muslim immigrants in Portland, Maine. In those documents, which had been sealed since the three men were charged Aug. 11, police said they found the brutally beaten body of Freddy Akoa lying on the living-room floor in his apartment. He was the victim of a savage attack that took place over several hours. According to the autopsy report, he had cuts and bruises all over his body, with the fatal blows coming to his head. Akoa, who...
  • San Diego Businessman Gave $300K to Defeat Maine Gay Marriage Law: Report

    08/24/2015 1:50:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    A San Diego businessman was one of the largest donors to the National Organization for Marriage's efforts to defeat Maine's gay marriage law in 2009, according to a campaign disclosure report. San Diego business leader Terry Caster donated $300,000 according to the report dated Friday. The group went to court three different times to shield its list of donors who contributed more than $2 million combined, all of which was funneled to Stand for Marriage Maine, the political action committee that led the repeal effort.
  • Trans Deaths, White Privilege

    08/22/2015 1:21:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 21, 2015 | Jennifer Finney Boylan
    IT was snowing in Maine on Jan. 9. I’d been to the dentist’s the day before. The staff there were pleasant enough when I changed genders 12 years ago. “We’ll just change your forms,” the receptionist had said, cheerfully. “It’s no problem.” That day, Papi Edwards, 20, a transgender woman of color, was shot to death outside a hotel in Louisville, Ky. If you’d told me in 2000, as a transgender woman just coming out, that I was a person of privilege, I’d have angrily lectured you about exactly how heavy the burden I’d been carrying was. It had nearly...
  • Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

    08/19/2015 8:51:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    HealthDay News ^ | August 19, 2015 | Alan Mozes
    Drug-resistant head lice are very likely coming to a school near you, U.S. investigators warn. At least 25 states host lice populations that don't respond to common over-the-counter treatments, a new analysis reveals. Permethrin, part of the pyrethroid class of insecticides, has long been the go-to weapon against head lice, mosquitoes, bedbugs and other insects. But continued exposure to permethrin has caused a huge swath of the dreaded insects to develop genetic mutations that render such drugs useless. "It's a very classic resistance story. ... Head lice, which can't jump or fly, transmit by direct physical contact. They quickly infest...
  • Maine DEA: EBT Cards Are Being Used to Buy Drugs

    08/19/2015 8:43:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/18/2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents revealed yesterday that EBT cards (debit cards that are loaded with funds for welfare programs, like SNAP and TANF) are being used as currency to buy drugs. In the past 11 months, MDEA agents have found 40 EBT cards in 25 drug enforcement operations.
  • Whip list: How many Democrats oppose Obama's Iran nuclear deal? (Only 9 Congressmen and 1 Senator)

    08/10/2015 2:26:02 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 4:33 PM ET, Mon August 10, 2015 | Tal Kopan and Deirdre Walsh
    House Democrats who are a "no" on the deal (9 of 44 needed to override potential veto): Steve Israel, New York Nita Lowey, New York Ted Deutch, Florida Grace Meng, New York Kathleen Rice, New York Albio Sires, New Jersey Juan Vargas, California Eliot Engel, New York Brad Sherman, California Note: 150 House Democrats signed a May letter supporting the then-unfinished Iran negotiations and none have come out against the deal since it was completed. Senate Democrats who are a "no" (1 of 13 needed to override potential veto): Chuck Schumer, New York Senate Democrats who are a "yes": Tammy...
  • Fargo, ND (and everywhere else) to be slammed with new refugees in next seven weeks

    08/08/2015 7:48:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Why the next seven weeks? Because fiscal year 2015 ends on September 30th and the settlers in the US State Department and in their contracting agencies want to hit the Obama target of 70,000 for the year and they have (as of July 31), 18,470 more to go! Actually that 70,000 figure that Obama announced in his Presidential Determination Letter to Congress last September is meant to be a ceiling, not a goal that they necessarily have to hit. However, since the contractors are paid by the head and they have salaries and office overhead to pay, they always try...
  • Senate support grows for Iran deal

    08/05/2015 7:06:57 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | Aug 5 2015 | BURGESS EVERETT
    President Barack Obama’s Iran deal looks increasingly likely to survive a challenge from congressional Republicans after several swing Democrats said they would back the deal just as the Senate sped toward recess on Wednesday. Minutes after Senate leaders locked in an agreement to begin debating the nuclear deal on Sept. 8, Independent Maine Sen. Angus King came to the floor to announce his support for the agreement. King’s decision will make it hard for GOP opponents to block the lifting of legislative sanctions when the Senate votes no later than Sept. 17. Story Continued Below “This is the most difficult...
  • Maine Supreme Court rules 65 bills in question are law [LePage waited to long to veto]

    08/06/2015 11:43:53 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    WMTW.com ^ | 08/06/2015 | Paul Merrill
    Maine’s highest court has ruled that Gov. Paul LePage waited too long to veto 65 bills. The bills will now become law. The ruling was unanimous. The LePage administration took the fight to Maine’s Supreme Court last month. The governor’s position was that he had more than the normal 10 days to veto the bills because the legislature adjourned on June 30 without setting a specific date to return. Legislative leaders from both parties said that was not the case and that the vetoes the governor tried to return on June 16 came too late. All six justices agree that...
  • Stephen King proposes Trump campaign slogan: 'If you're white, you're all right!'

    08/05/2015 6:50:47 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 103 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 8/6/2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Author Stephen King slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday, suggesting the GOP frontrunner is running a racist campaign. "How's this for a Trump campaign slogan: IF YOU'RE WHITE, YOU'RE ALL RIGHT! ANY OTHER HUE, I DON'T TRUST YOU," King tweeted on Wednesday.
  • Maine Democrats to rename annual dinner on intolerance concerns

    08/05/2015 2:53:36 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 16 replies
    BDN Maine ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 | By Christopher Cousins
    AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Democratic Party is in the process of choosing a new name for its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in an effort to distance itself from two prominent historical figures whose legacies recently became tarnished by intolerance. Jeremy Kennedy, the party’s executive director, said the change has been discussed informally since last year but the topic has taken on new urgency recently in the wake of a racially motivated shooting in South Carolina and the ensuing debate over the display of the Confederate flag. “Over the last year, the conversation has gained some more seriousness and depth and...
  • Maine court: Anti-gay marriage group must disclose donors

    08/04/2015 10:25:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2015 5:59 PM EDT | Alanna Durkin
    Maine’s highest court on Tuesday rejected a national anti-gay marriage group’s latest bid to shield the identities of the donors who contributed to its effort to defeat the state’s gay marriage law in 2009. The National Organization for Marriage had sought permission to delay submitting a campaign finance report that the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices ordered it to file last year when it fined the group $50,250 for its involvement in overturning the law supporting same-sex marriage six years ago. But the Maine Supreme Judicial Court said Tuesday that NOM can’t put off filing the report...
  • Maine Leads Nation in Food Stamp Reduction

    07/31/2015 5:28:49 AM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 5 replies
    The Maine Wire ^ | July 30, 2015 | Patrick Marvin
    The Maine Wire Maine Leads Nation in Food Stamp Reduction By Patrick Marvin July 30, 2015 According to recently released data from the U.S.D.A, Maine is leading the nation with its reduction in the number of individuals who are utilizing the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program. Between April 2014 and April 2015, 12.4% fewer individuals participated in the food stamp program in Maine, the highest percent reduction of any state in that time frame. Maine’s 12.4% reduction represents a decrease of approximately 28,000 individuals who are no longer enrolled in the program which...
  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • Sen. Susan Collins likely to vote no on defunding Planned Parenthood

    07/29/2015 8:49:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Wednesday said she is likely to oppose a bill backed by Senate Republican leaders that would defund Planned Parenthood. “I'm still looking at the bill, but if it is an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood before we have more facts in, then I would likely oppose the amendment,” Collins told reporters.
  • It’s not Dixie’s fault

    07/20/2015 8:02:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 17,2015 | Thomas J. Sugrue
    Education remains separate and unequal nearly everywhere in the United States, but Confederate-flag-waving Southerners aren’t responsible for the most racially divided schools. That title goes to New York, where 64 percent of black students attend schools with few, if any, white students, according to a recent report by the Civil Rights Project. In fact, the Northeast is the only region where the percentage of black students in extremely segregated schools — those where at least 90 percent of students are minorities — is higher than it was in the 1960s. Schools in the South, on the other hand, saw the...
  • Scott Jurek Celebrates a New Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Speed Record

    07/14/2015 7:30:50 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | July 13, 2015 | Kit Fox
    From the top of a mountain in Maine, he swigged champagne and recounted the historic trek. By noon Sunday, 50 people had reached the summit of Mount Katahdin. They hiked a trail through the woods, up boulders, and across a windy ridge to camp out on jagged rocks overlooking the lake-dotted Baxter State Park in central Maine. They waited to see ultramarathoning history. They all had the same question. Where is Scott Jurek? At 2:03 p.m. ET, they got their answer. He was clutching a faded wooden sign, his cheek brushing the engraved letters that read, “KATAHDIN, Northern Terminus of...
  • Jeb Bush, in Maine, embraces the family name

    07/12/2015 4:23:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Star Advertiser NYT ^ | 7/12/14 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine » Maybe it was the sunset selfies on the lawn at Walker's Point, the family compound, with the state flags of Texas and Maine fluttering in the salty breeze. Maybe it was the standing ovation for the elder President George Bush, frail but beaming, when he arrived Friday morning at a discussion of how to elect another of his sons to the White House. But over two days of lobster rolls, and strategy sessions, whatever reluctance Jeb Bush may have had about publicly embracing his dynastic inheritance seemed to vanish. And for the hundreds of donors to Bush's...
  • LePage signs bill to remove permit mandate for concealed guns

    07/08/2015 7:07:22 PM PDT · by Bottom_Gun · 27 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | July 08 2015 | By Mario Moretto and Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday signed into law a bill to nix the concealed gun permit requirement in Maine. The law, dubbed “constitutional carry” by supporters, won support from a broad bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the House and Senate. It will take effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends. The bill is one of only a handful that LePage has signed or let pass into law without his signature after pledging in June to veto all bills passed by the Legislature in protest of its unwillingness to adopt his policy agenda.
  • Chaos In Maine: Gov. LePage Botches Veto Of 19 Bills He Opposed

    07/08/2015 10:20:59 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 34 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 07/08/2015 | Tierney Sneed
    The office of Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and the clerk in the Maine House are in disagreement over the fate of 19 bills that the governor apparently did not veto in time to prevent them from becoming law. One of the bills grants welfare benefits to some immigrants, which LePage vehemently campaigned against in 2014. As the Bangor Daily News reported Tuesday evening, LePage appeared to be attempting to use the parliamentary procedure known as the pocket veto. By not signing the bills and "pocketing" them, LePage could under some circumstances have effectively vetoed them. In theory, that would...
  • 2 states to see final push for constitutional carry this week

    07/06/2015 8:18:06 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 6JUL2015 | Chris Eger
    Governors in New Hampshire and Maine are set to make a decision on if the carry of a concealed handgun without a permit will be signed into law in coming days. In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has promised gun control groups she would veto a narrowly successful measure placed on her desk this week. In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage (R) earlier voiced support for a proposal that passed the state legislature by large margins, but has since vowed not to sign any bills under protest of the lawmakers’ refusal to act on eliminating the state’s income tax. LePage’s...
  • Maine police say 1 man killed in Calais fireworks accident (Darwin Award candidate)

    07/05/2015 8:20:51 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 27 replies
    WGME 13 ^ | July 5, 2013 | N/A
    Devon Staples, 22, was killed in a bizarre incident that took place in a backyard as Staples and his friends were firing off fireworks. Investigators said Staples had placed the fireworks mortar tube on top of his head and set it off. The explosion caused a fatal head injury and he died instantly. Police said Staples had been drinking with friends at one of their homes on South Street
  • Collins Endorses Jeb Bush in GOP Race for President

    07/01/2015 3:30:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    MPBN ^ | 7/1/15 | MAL LEARY
    BANGOR, Maine - Maine Sen. Susan Collins has joined those making an early endorsement in the GOP race for president. Collins told MPBN News she is supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “I have recently made a decision after talking extensively with Jeb Bush that I am going to endorse him for president," Collins said at an event in Bangor.
  • Chris Christie wins an endorsement: Maine Gov. Paul LePage(endorses least conservative Governor)

    07/01/2015 3:32:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Kyle Cheney
    Maine’s Paul LePage became the first sitting governor to endorse a candidate in the 2016 GOP nomination race, throwing his support behind Christie Christie’s fledgling bid for president. Mr. LePage said that the New Jersey governor has been an inspiration to him over his career and said Mr. Christie, as the head of the Republican Governors Association, played an instrumental role in helping him win re-election last year. (SNIP) LePage refused to criticize Christie for accepting Obamacare’s huge Medicaid expansion, a program LePage has derided as “welfare expansion” and that he repeatedly vetoed when the Maine Legislature sent it to...
  • Paul LePage on Immigration, Taxes & Donald Trump

    06/27/2015 10:15:45 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
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  • Chinese-owned NH solar project costs ratepayers $1.22M

    06/16/2015 6:05:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 16, 2015 | Tori Richards
    New Hampshire utility ratepayers will pay a Taiwanese company $1.22 million to build the state’s largest solar installation so that a small town can save about $500,000 in power costs over the life of the project. Taiwan’s Walsin Lihwa, parent company of Borrego Solar, will use Chinese-made solar panels in the 3.5-acre project, which is supposed to be finished in July. It will supply power to several municipal buildings in the area but only some of the time: the town of Peterborough (population: 6,284) gets only 197 sunny days per year. “What a great project,” deadpanned David Kreutzer, a senior...
  • Witch Hunt for Conservatives

    06/10/2015 12:33:23 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 9, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If liberals had to endure what conservatives do on campus, or off of it, they would be screaming “witch hunt” so loudly you would think that we were all back in Salem. Susan Dench, founder and president of the Informed Women’s Network, was named by the governor to the University of Maine’s board of regents. “I have the perfect background,” she told the audience at the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) “Women Lead” summit meeting on June 4, 2015. “I have a background in business and they are in financial difficulty.” But first she had to get past the state assembly....
  • Maine House Overwhelmingly Passes Constitutional Carry

    06/01/2015 7:09:28 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/1/15 | Christine Rousselle
    The Maine House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit. L.D. 652, which would eliminate the permitting requirement to carry a concealed weapon (and also permit people to carry a weapon in a car), passed with bipartisan support in a 83-62 vote. The bill passed through the Senate on May 28. Gov. Paul LePage has indicated that he will sign the bill into law. Maine, a "shall-issue" state, has issued over 36,000 concealed weapons permits, including permits to out-of-state residents. Maine has exceptionally low crime rates, and a relatively high...
  • LePage vows to veto Democratic bills until tax plan passes

    05/29/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Alanna Durkin
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Republican Gov. Paul LePage vowed Friday to veto every Democratic-sponsored bill that gets to his desk for the rest of the time he's in office unless the Legislature agrees to let residents weigh in on whether to get rid of the income tax. "The Maine people deserve to have a say on the income tax and until they lift it, that's my leverage," LePage said during a wide-ranging and spirited news conference at the Blaine House. "And yes, is that politics? I'm playing their game. I'm finally learning to play the game of the politician." LePage...
  • Maine Senate Passes Constitutional Carry Bill

    05/28/2015 12:53:06 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 28, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    The Maine Senate has passed a "Constitutional Carry" bill with a vote of 21-14. The bill would permit gun owners to legally carry their weapons concealed without a permit. This is the second time in two years that the Senate has considered this type of bill. While the votes were mostly split along party lines, three Democrats sided with the Republicans in voting for the measure. The Senate voted 21-14 to approve the bill, L.D. 652, a heavily lobbied measure that pits gun rights activists against groups seeking more oversight over individuals who carry firearms. Three Democrats joined the Republican...
  • GOP’s demonic new crusade:Right-wing zealots look for crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage

    05/25/2015 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | May 25, 2015 | Joan Walsh
    [full title] GOP’s demonic new crusade: Right-wing zealots look for even crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage Happy Memorial Day! But if you’re in Wisconsin, and relying on food stamps, remember that Republicans don’t want you to have ketchup on your hamburger. They’d probably rather you didn’t have a hamburger at all, but Wisconsin farmers and ranchers have clout, and so proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program made room for Wisconsin products. But they still don’t want you to have “crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.” Or ketchup. Or spaghetti sauce. Really. For now, that’s...
  • New ‘cottage’ at Maine compound for Jeb Bush (Mansion for Columba?)

    05/24/2015 5:04:06 AM PDT · by raybbr · 41 replies
    BostonGlobe.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Matt Viser
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Jeb Bush, who has a longtime relationship with this seaside town where generations of Bushes have vacationed, is having a house built for him at the family compound on Walker’s Point, with a wraparound porch and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. The home, on a 1.3-acre site assessed by the town at $1.4 million, was initiated for him by his mother and father, who have tried to preserve the family ties to the picturesque property. But as he tries to appeal to middle-class Americans in his likely Republican presidential campaign — and distinguish himself as his...
  • First graders exposed to book about transgender boy—without parental notification

    05/04/2015 7:08:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/1/15 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    KITTERY POINT, ME, May 1, 2015, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Parents at one Maine school are upset that children as young as six were exposed to a book promoting transgender issues, in the name of "acceptance."Parents were not only not consulted, they were never even notified of their children's exposure to transgenderism.Horace Mitchell Primary School read the book I Am Jazz to first-grade students. The book is about a boy who identifies as a girl from the age of two, "with a boy's body and a girl's brain." He eventually finds a doctor who tells his parents, "Jazz is transgender."Parents began to...
  • Fishermen fear looming cost of at-sea monitors this summer

    05/03/2015 8:35:42 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 05/03/15 | Patrick Whittle
    New England fishermen of important food species like cod and haddock say the looming cost of paying for at-sea monitors could put them out of business this year. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service said the money it had been using to pay for the monitors — trained workers who collect data on fishing trips — will be needed for other obligations. That means groundfishermen who catch fish like cod, haddock and pollock in New England waters will likely have to start paying the cost around August. The new expense is coming at a...
  • Maine’s Paul LePage: Conservative Kicking Butt

    04/26/2015 12:08:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    In a previous column, Towhall.com highlighted the upset and ascendancy of Republican Larry Hogan to Governor of Maryland.Today, conservatives frustrated with Washington bickering, pandering, and inaction should look to another governor, in an otherwise overlooked part of the country: Maine’s Paul LePage.Born into deep poverty in Lewiston Maine, LePage was the first of eighteen children in a traditional Catholic family. His father beat him repeatedly, and the impoverished mother could only look on. Once LePage’s father abused him so thoroughly, Paul ended up in the hospital, where the father attempted to bribe him into lying about his brutal beating. The...
  • Vermont law officer charged in road-rage incident in Maine

    04/23/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | April 22, 2015 | Craig Crosby (Kennebec Journal)
    AUGUSTA — A federal law enforcement officer from Vermont was arrested in West Gardiner on Wednesday after allegedly aiming a loaded handgun at another vehicle on Interstate 95. Maine State Police officers arrested Demitria Buhalis, 41, of Brownsville, Vermont, and charged her with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, said Lt. Aaron Hayden. Buhalis is a police officer at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, Hayden said. Hayden said a man driving south on I-95 in Sidney called police just before noon to report that a woman who drove past him in...
  • APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules

    04/22/2015 10:39:54 AM PDT · by reviled downesdad · 35 replies
    AP ^ | March 24, 2015 | Alanna Durkin
    <p>AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said.</p> <p>The number of people that have been dropped from the program has exceeded even the administration's expectations.</p>
  • Weekly Message: Illegal Aliens Should Not Get General Assistance (illegals are not vulnerable)

    04/16/2015 3:23:28 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/ ^ | June 24, 2014 | Governor Paul LePage
    I have always said Maine’s safety net should help our most needy citizens. These vulnerable Mainers include the elderly, children, disabled and mentally ill. Hello. This is Governor Paul LePage. Illegal aliens who choose to live in Maine are not our most vulnerable citizens. We need to take care of Mainers first. I think most Mainers would agree. During my first few days in office in 2011, I issued an Executive Order to repeal Maine’s status as a sanctuary state. In 2004 Democratic leadership banned state officials from asking people about their legal status when they requested benefits. My order...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • Maine's Republican governor renews welfare-reform push

    04/10/2015 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Leep · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 6, 2015 | leep
    Maine Governor Paul LePage on Monday revived legislation to crack down on welfare fraud, making good on a 2014 campaign promise to tighten restrictions on the state's public assistance programs and help speed the transition from "welfare to work." LePage's bill would require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to apply for three jobs before receiving state aid, while prohibiting use of electronic benefit cards to purchase tobacco, liquor, tattoos, lottery tickets or to pay for bail.
  • This Is What Happened When Maine Forced Welfare Recipients To Work For Their Benefits

    04/08/2015 5:30:14 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    US Herald.com ^ | 4APR2015 | Staff Writer
    Maine finally took a bold step forward in welfare reform and it’s paying huge dividends. Last year Maine passed a measure that would require recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, to complete a certain number of work, volunteer, or job-training hours before being eligible for assistance. Main Governor Paul LaPage passed the measure last year and the resulting drop in food-stamp enrollees has been dramatic. At the close of 2014 approximately 12,000 individuals were enrolled in the state assistance program. Keep in mind that these individuals are adults who aren’t disabled and who don’t have...
  • 9K Off Of Food Stamps After Maine Begins Work Requirements

    04/08/2015 9:15:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 8, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maine’s SNAP program before Jan. 1 - a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March. More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements. The new rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months - unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program or meet volunteering requirements. DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the goal of the...
  • Two Days After Sharing This ‘Open Letter’ to Obama on Facebook, Veteran Coach Was Handing

    04/06/2015 3:53:50 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 6, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Two days after posting a controversial open letter to President Barack Obama, written by “An American Citizen,” on his personal Facebook page, a lacrosse coach said he was forced to resign by school officials at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine. Scott Lees, who was the head coach of the boys lacrosse team for four years, said he shared the open letter because he thought it was “interesting.” The letter asks a series of questions about Muslims and their contributions to America. The author eventually suggests that Muslims do not do “anything that contributes positively to the American way of life.”...
  • Maine Lawmakers Consider Abolishing Concealed Permit Requirement

    04/05/2015 5:40:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/4/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    If Brakey’s bill passes and is signed into law, Maine would join Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Vermont, and Wyoming in abolishing concealed carry permit requirements in their states. They would also join Montana, which only requires a concealed carry permit inside city limits.
  • GOP hopefuls criticize Obama marijuana policy but hedge on their own

    04/02/2015 10:26:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republican presidential hopefuls are united in blasting President Obama for his chaotic enforcement of marijuana laws, but the unity quickly breaks down when they are asked how they would handle things if they were in the White House. Some have sent mixed signals, saying state decisions should be respected while questioning how Mr. Obama has respected those decisions. Others have refused to say how they would wield the federal bureaucracy against marijuana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the few potential candidates to take a firm stance, saying he would insist on following federal statutes that outlaw the drug....
  • The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store

    04/02/2015 5:37:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 151 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-1-15 | Jeanine Grant Lister
    Anger toward those living below the poverty line seems to only be increasing. Maine and Missouri have proposed bills limiting residents’ food choices if they use SNAP. Missouri House Bill 813 would bar the state’s 930,000 food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy cookies, chips, soda, energy drinks, steak and seafood. (The legislature also implemented mandatory drug testing for TANF applicants in 2011.) If the bill becomes law, a Missourian can’t buy a can of tuna with an EBT card. Tortilla chips to go with salsa? Nope. Flank steak — tough, stringy and the only cut of beef...
  • LePage town hall ends abruptly when ex-lawmaker reportedly throws ‘jar of Vaseline’

    04/02/2015 7:40:44 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 16 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | 4-2-2015 | News Staff
    SACO, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s budget presentation at Thornton Academy in Saco came to an abrupt end when former Democratic state Rep. Joanne T. Twomey of Biddeford confronted the governor, according to multiple social media reports. According to social media reports, Twomey “threw a jar of Vaseline” toward the governor. Twomey reportedly was escorted from the meeting by security. A CBS 13 video shows Twomey throwing something on the stage, which did not strike LePage, as she was escorted from the building. The item was quickly retrieved by what appeared to be security personnel. In an Instagram video posted...
  • Northern long-eared bat gains protection as 'threatened' species

    04/02/2015 7:17:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications, ^ | April 1, 2015 | Whitney Forman-Cook
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it is listing the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, securing certain regulatory protections for the mammal and triggering charges of government overreach from some agricultural groups and politicians. ... The bat's range stretches from Maine to North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, westward to eastern Oklahoma and north through the Dakotas, reaching into eastern Montana and Wyoming. In all, it covers 37 states, the District of Columbia and 13 Canadian provinces. In October 2013, the FWS proposed listing the bat as “endangered,” meaning on the...
  • Liberal Democrat ex-Mayor Hurls Large Jar of Vaseline at Governor of Maine

    04/02/2015 6:05:29 PM PDT · by bogeybob · 35 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 2, 2015 | Staff
    Maine's Governor was quickly escorted off stage at a forum in Saco, Maine, after a former Mayor and ex-Democrat legislator threw a large bottle of petroleum jelly at Lepage. The Governor's Security staff immediately escorted the perp out of the auditorium.