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  • College student faces hate crime charges for racist graffiti (Hoax)

    12/04/2018 5:43:12 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies ^ | 12/04/18 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    A black student blamed his “bottled up anger” for racist, threatening graffiti he admitted to scrawling in a bathroom on a Maryland college campus, according to a police report. Baltimore County police on Monday filed hate crime charges against 21-year-old Fynn Arthur, a Brunswick, Maine, resident who was enrolled as a student at Goucher College in Towson. Police arrested Arthur last Thursday on misdemeanor charges of malicious destruction of property. He was released from custody after a court hearing last Friday. State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said his office subsequently recommended the additional charges, which also are misdemeanors. “We felt that...
  • Inevitable: GOP Throwing In The Towel On Planned Parenthood

    12/03/2018 5:30:02 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    HotAir ^ | December 3,2018 | ED MORRISSEY
    “They had two years to defund Planned Parenthood, and they failed,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America. “It’s a huge frustration. We worked so hard to elect supposedly these pro-life Republican officials, and we expected results.” As disappointing as this might be, it comes down to basic math, and Democrats had it on their side. The House has passed defunding language on a number of occasions, but the filibuster rules in the Senate require 60 votes for any appropriation bill. Not only couldn’t Republicans find nine Democrats to vote to strip Planned Parenthood...
  • REPORT: New England Faces A Future Of ‘Rolling Blackouts’ As Power Plants Close

    01/19/2018 9:37:15 AM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/18 | Michael Bastasch
    New England is facing an energy future of “rolling blackouts and controlled outages” by 2025 as more power plants close down and pipeline capacity continues to lag behind.The new report by the New England’s grid operator comes after the region suffered through a frigid start to the new year that pushed up prices and strained energy supplies. It could be just a taste of the region’s future.“Taken together, the study results suggest that New England could be headed for significant levels of emergency actions, particularly during major fuel or resource outages,” ISO New England found in a new study,“Harder to...
  • Pence casts tie-breaking vote to advance controversial Trump judicial pick

    11/29/2018 3:52:27 AM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    msn/ the hill ^ | November 28, 2018
    The Senate advanced a controversial judicial pick for President Trump on Wednesday after Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote for the nomination. Senators were deadlocked 50-50 to end debate on Thomas Farr's nomination to be a district judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Pence, presiding over the chamber, then cast the tie-breaking vote. The fate of Farr's nomination was held in suspense even going into the start of the vote on Wednesday afternoon. Four Republicans were viewed as potential swing votes: Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). But Collins...
  • Experienced skydiving instructor committed suicide by releasing harness midair, police say

    11/28/2018 7:54:49 AM PST · by ETL · 35 replies ^ | Nov 28, 2018 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    An experienced skydiving instructor who plunged to his death while flying tandem with a student in Maine deliberately released his safety harness to commit suicide, state police revealed Monday. Brett Bickford, 41, of Rochester, N.H., died on Sept. 27 after he separated from his student and fell a mile to his death, Maine State Police said. The unidentified student landed safely with the parachute and quickly contacted police. Bickford’s body was found the next day about 750 feet southwest of the Lebanon Airport runway by a search and rescue team.Maine’s medical examiner concluded this week that Bickford’s death was a suicide.“Brett...
  • Defeated Rep. Bruce Poliquin Calls for Lengthy Ranked Choice Recount

    11/27/2018 8:34:15 AM PST · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    rollcall ^ | November 27, 2018
    The Maine Republican would be required to personally foot the bill Ranked-choice voting has a dedicated foe in defeated Rep. Bruce Poliquin. The Maine Republican called for a hand recount of ballots cast in the race for the 2nd District — the first election in the nation to use ranked-choice voting to fill a congressional seat — decrying the software used to allocate voters’ preferences as a “black-box voting system.” “No one is able to review the algorithm used by a computer to determine elections,” Poliquin campaign spokesman Brendan Conley said in a statement Monday night. “This artificial intelligence is...
  • Poliquin Loss Wipes Out New England Republicans in the House

    11/15/2018 11:53:17 AM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    rollcall ^ | November 15, 2018
    Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s loss under the state’s new ranked-choice voting system on Thursday likely means the end of New England Republicans in the House. It’s the first time in over 100 years an incumbent has lost Maine’s 2nd District. Poliquin is still pursuing his legal challenge to the ranked-choice voting system in federal court, but Democrat Jared Golden won more than 50 percent after state election officials tabulated the ranked-choice votes on Thursday afternoon. Poliquin narrowly led the Democrat on the first count, but since neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote, the state’s new ranked-choice voting system...
  • GOP rep sues over Maine's new voting system

    11/13/2018 8:19:41 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/18 | Michael Burke
    Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) is among a group suing Maine over its new voting system, which prevented him from being declared the winner in his reelection bid last week. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Poliquin filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop the state from using its new ranked-choice voting method to determine the winner in his race with Democrat Jared Golden. Poliquin believes he should be declared the winner of the race because he received the most first-place votes, but under the new voting system, additional rounds are required because neither he nor Golden won a majority...
  • Poliquin claims race would be over if it weren't for ranked-choice voting

    11/12/2018 3:22:51 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    WMTW ^ | November 12, 2018
    Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin claims if it weren't for ranked-choice voting, the race for Maine's 2nd Congressional District would be over and he would keep his seat. Poliquin led Democratic challenger Jared Golden by less than 2,000 votes over the weekend. Tabulation continued Monday and a winner will likely be announced this week, officials with the Maine Secretary of State's Office said. This is the first time in American history that a congressional race will be decided by ranked-choice vote.
  • GOP braces for potential wipeout in governors' races

    11/06/2018 12:42:37 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/06/18 | Reid Wilson
    The ranks of Republican governors are poised to thin after this year’s midterm elections, and some party strategists are bracing for major Democratic gains even in some of the most conservative states in the country. Voters in 36 states will elect governors on Tuesday, including 26 states where Republicans currently hold the top job. Democrats are defending nine seats, and both sides are fighting over Alaska, where independent Gov. Bill Walker dropped his reelection bid late last month. Virtually all of the most contested races are being fought on Republican turf. Democrats are overwhelmingly likely to pick up governorships in...
  • Democrat who could flip pro-Trump district warns national party against cultural liberalism

    11/03/2018 4:55:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Saturday, November 03, 2018 | David M. Drucker
    RUMFORD, Maine — Upstart Democrat Jared Golden is warning national party leaders that cultural intolerance and arrogant cosmopolitanism are driving away working-class voters. Golden could oust Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Tuesday’s midterm elections in a rural district that backed President Trump two years ago and still supports his agenda, delivering a potentially fatal blow to the GOP’s teetering majority. But the state legislator and Marine combat veteran arrived here by separating himself from the coastal liberals that have come to dominate the Democratic Party in the 21st century. “It’s not just about cultural issues like guns or others. It...
  • Republican Mayor Survives Recall Effort After Twitter-Checking David Hogg

    10/29/2018 4:06:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 10/26/18
    .... it was refreshing this week to see the people of Waterville, Me. stand behind their Republican mayor, Nick Isgro, after an effort was launched to recall him from office. Mayor Isgro’s supposed offense? Calling gun control activist David Hogg to task in a tweet.....
  • Data company predicts Brakey will win U.S. Senate seat – but makes a King-sized mistake [Maine]

    10/26/2018 6:08:27 AM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 1 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 10/25/2016 | Staff Report
    Portland Press Herald October 25, 2018 Data company predicts Brakey will win U.S. Senate seat – but makes a King-sized mistake The firm projects winners based on Google searches for candidates. A global data company is trying to make a splash with a study that predicts the outcome of next month’s U.S. Senate elections based on Google searches for each candidate’s name. When it comes to Maine’s Senate race, the marketing data firm, SEMrush, makes a bold prediction: that Republican Eric Brakey will win, with 54 percent of the vote. But SEMrush forgot something important: the incumbent, Sen. Angus King....
  • University of Southern Maine bans professor who offered credit for anti-Kavanaugh protest

    10/17/2018 11:46:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    The University of Southern Maine apologized Wednesday for the “rogue behavior” of a retired professor who offered credit for participating in a protest against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, announcing that she has since been barred from teaching at the university. Susan Feiner, who retired in September but continued to teach some classes, offered students one credit for taking a pop-up course called “Engaged Citizenship,” which would bus students to Washington to participate in a protest urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to oppose confirming then-Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
  • 'Suspicious letter' mailed to Maine home of Susan Collins

    10/15/2018 1:56:01 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/18 | MORGAN GSTALTER
    Police and a hazmat team were on the scene at the Maine home of Sen. Susan Collins (R) on Monday. The Bangor Daily News reported that police were at the house on West Broadway in Bangor as police investigated what was described as a "suspicious letter." Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, told The Hill that the senator was on her way home from Washington. Collins's husband, Thomas Daffron, is currently at the house, Clark said. UPDATE: Hayward Street closed near Sen. Susan Collins home. — Nit-Noi Ricker (@MaineNitNoi) October 15, 2018 Sgt. Wade Betters with the Bangor Police Department...
  • Carpetbagging: 99.7 Percent Of Donations From Hollywood Executives Go To Democrats

    10/12/2018 8:57:26 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-11-2018 | Justin Carusco
    While Hollywood constantly preaches diversity, some of the entertainment industry’s most powerful and influential executives have given almost exclusively to Democrat candidates and left-wing PACs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, nearly 100 percent of the millions donated from the top executives in Hollywood went to Democrats or PACs working to elect Democrats. Of the more than $4 million in federal donations made by the top Hollywood executives and entertainers, 99.7 percent went to Democrats and Democratic-leaning political action committees or organizations, according to a Hollywood Reporter data review of Federal Election Commission records. Only three members of this year’s THR...
  • Senate defeats measure to overturn Trump expansion of non-ObamaCare plans

    10/10/2018 10:21:46 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/10/18 | PETER SULLIVAN
    The Senate on Wednesday defeated a Democratic measure to overrule President Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare insurance plans as Democrats seek to highlight health care ahead of the midterm elections. The Democratic measure would have overruled Trump’s expansion of short-term health insurance plans, which do not have to cover people with pre-existing conditions or cover a range of health services like mental health or prescription drugs. It was defeated on an extremely narrow, mostly party line 50-50 vote, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voting with Democrats in favor of overturning the short-term plans. Republicans argue the short-term plans simply provide a...
  • Where’s the outrage over Hillary’s call for a ‘civil’ war?

    10/09/2018 10:23:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 9, 2018 | Michael Goodwin
    Two events from the last two days stand out. The first came Monday night with President Trump’s forceful yet compassionate speech at the swearing in of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The president opened with an extraordinary apology on behalf of the country to Kav­anaugh and his family “for the terrible pain and suffering” they endured during the historically brutal confirmation process. He said the unfounded allegations violated fairness and “the presumption of innocence.” Trump also tenderly addressed Kavanaugh’s young daughters, telling them “your father is a great man, a man of decency, character, kindness and courage.” The event...
  • Pat Buchanan: Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

    10/09/2018 9:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Union Leader ^ | October 9, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    AFTER A 50-YEAR siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in last Saturday, and the sight of that bawling mob clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court as the new justice took his oath, confirm it. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high...
  • Grassley pledges to raise $3M for Collins after Kavanaugh fight

    10/09/2018 7:49:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/18 | MEGAN KELLER
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) promised to raise $3 million to support Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to counteract anger over her vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. "I'm going to help raise $3 million to match that," Grassley told Marth MacCallum during an interview on Fox News Tuesday, when asked what he thought of a fundraising effort against Collins in Maine that has raked in about $3 million. Collins has come under fire from many on the left for supporting Kavanaugh in a narrow confirmation vote, who was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and other women....