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  • 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.
  • Snapchat leads Somerset County sheriff’s deputies to wanted man [Maine]

    03/23/2015 1:10:27 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 1 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | 3/23/2015 | Ryan McLaughlin
    Bangor Daily News Snapchat leads Somerset County sheriff’s deputies to wanted man By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff Posted March 23, 2015, at 12:26 p.m. FAIRFIELD, Maine — A man Somerset County sheriff’s deputies had been seeking in connection with a January burglary at remote sporting camp made it easy for police to arrest him on Sunday after he posted his hiding location on a social networking app. Christopher Wallace, 24, had apparently used Snapchat to post that he was at a Fairfield residence, which prompted the public to contact the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, according to a posting on the...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker: Loretta Lynch ‘Not Fit To Serve’ As Attorney General

    03/13/2015 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | March 13, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, is unfit to be the nation’s top lawyer because of her support for executive amnesty and other positions she’s taken, the governor’s spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski tells Breitbart News.“Given Loretta Lynch’s failure to commit to protect Americans from the president’s lawless executive overreach, that even he said nearly two dozen times, she is not fit to serve as the nation’s Attorney General,” Kukowski said in an email.Walker is in New Hampshire,the first in the nation primary state,on Friday, meeting with—among other—former Sen. Scott Brown(R-MA)—who narrowly lost to Sen....
  • Reid 'heartened' that seven GOP senators didn't sign Iran letter

    03/11/2015 8:55:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/11/15 | Jordan Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday praised the Republican senators who declined to sign a controversial open letter to Iran. "I'm heartened ... that a few Republicans, seven to be exact, didn't sign the letter. That's nice. Seven out of 54, certainly seven better than nothing," Reid said from the Senate floor. The open letter, signed by 47 Senate Republicans, states that any deal reached on Iran's nuclear program could be overturned “with the stroke of a pen” after President Obama leaves the White House in 2017. Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.),...
  • More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally

    03/05/2015 7:06:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 105 replies
    time.com ^ | Mar. 5, 2015 | Zeke J Miller
    Signers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie BakerMore than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday. The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide. In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • States rise up against Washington

    02/10/2015 4:32:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government. The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say. “You have a choice,” said Kentucky state Rep. Diane St. Onge (R). “To sit back and not do anything or say anything and let overregulation continue — or you have the alternative choice to speak up about it and say, ‘We know what...
  • Gun found inside book donated to Maine Goodwill store

    02/05/2015 11:35:16 AM PST · by aimhigh · 54 replies
    KTVL News10 ^ | 02/05/2015 | AP
    Workers at a Maine Goodwill store got quite a shock when they opened a donated book: They found a gun inside. . . The book was actually a small safe and inside was a .31-caliber black powder pistol. Detective Dorothy Small says the department is turning to social media to try and find the gun's owner.
  • Bruce Poliquin for Congress Issues [RINO voted to keep the Death Panels: Election Promises]

    02/04/2015 9:42:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Issues Action Items.... End Obamacare... Ending Obamacare and allowing Americans to shop across state lines to buy health insurance will lower unaffordable monthly premiums.... Millions of Americans are also losing their doctors and hospitals of choice because they don’t fit into the Obamacare-mandated health care systems. Others are suffering dramatic increases in their monthly insurance premiums, another broken promise from Washington.
  • Deliveries of liquefied natural gas take edge off region’s supply gap

    02/03/2015 5:57:35 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Portland Herald Press ^ | February 1, 2015 | TUX TURKEL
    A tanker offloaded enough liquefied natural gas at Boston Harbor last week to heat 30,000 homes for a year, bolstering New England’s tight pipeline capacity just as a new wave of below-average temperatures threatens to strain energy supplies. But some advocates say this strategic slug of LNG during the coldest days of the winter can do more: It may help lower wholesale power prices from Connecticut to Maine, helping to hold down the cost of electricity for homeowners and businesses. That’s a debatable claim, but it highlights the intensifying dispute over whether New England power customers should spend billions of...
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

    01/20/2015 12:44:40 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Manufacturing.net ^ | Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:08pm | Andy Szal
    Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net A federal judge is holding an emergency hearing Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, to consider offers to buy the shuttered paper mill. An Indian firm, and potentially others, are interested in buying the mill and operating it as a paper-making enterprise. The hearing comes as a labor union has filed a lawsuit to block the sale of the mill to a scrap metal recycler. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) In this file photo made Sept. 20, 2013, steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by...
  • Senator Collins announces additional grant for new bridge

    01/18/2015 1:23:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    WMTW ^ | Jan 18, 2015 | Associated Press
    KITTERY, Maine —Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says a new federal grant of $1 million for the Sarah Long Bridge replacement project should help expedite the construction of a new bridge. Collins said Sunday the additional funding from the Federal Highway Administration will enable the Maine Department of Transportation to hire a construction manager/general contractor to hasten the design process and consult with the private sector.
  • The man behind Maine’s GOP upstarts: Political strategist Brent Littlefield

    01/09/2015 10:05:36 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 3 replies
    http://bangordailynews.com ^ | Jan. 04, 2015 | By Mario Moretto
    AUGUSTA, Maine — While Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep.-elect Bruce Poliquin were the ones giving victory speeches after Election Day, it’s arguable that another Republican was an equal winner: political strategist Brent Littlefield. A consultant who crafted the successful campaigns of both LePage and Poliquin, Littlefield proved beyond a doubt in 2014 that he’s got a winning strategy for electing conservative Republicans in Maine. But he’s not telling anybody what that strategy is. “I don’t want to give away the secret sauce just yet,” Littlefield, a Maine native who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, said in a recent...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn: Dept. of Homeland Security Failing Five Main Missions

    01/04/2015 6:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | January 3, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    On his way out of the door, his final day as a U.S. Senator, Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) released a blistering oversight report that finds the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) isn’t “successfully executing any of its five main missions.” Coburn’s criticisms include, but also predate, the Obama administration. Among the key findings: · DHS spent $50 billion over the past eleven years on counterterrorism programs but cannot demonstrate if the nation is more secure as a result. · 700 miles of the Southern border remain unsecured. · DHS is not effectively administering or enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. Only...
  • [Maine] LePage official fires back over food stamp photo policy

    01/01/2015 11:03:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2014 | ALANNA DURKIN
    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul Le-Page’s administration is firing back at the federal government over its policy of putting welfare recipients’ photos on the cards used to access food stamps, which federal officials have warned could cause Maine to lose some program funding. In a Dec. 18 letter to the Food and Nutrition Service obtained by The Associated Press, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew responded to several concerns raised by the agency last month and blasted officials for consistently putting up “roadblocks and barriers” in the state’s effort to prevent fraud and abuse.
  • Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?

    12/30/2014 7:15:12 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 91 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | PAUL GREENBERG
    IN 1982 a Chinese aquaculture scientist named Fusui Zhang journeyed to Martha’s Vineyard in search of scallops. The New England bay scallop had recently been domesticated, and Dr. Zhang thought the Vineyard-grown shellfish might do well in China. After a visit to Lagoon Pond in Tisbury, he boxed up 120 scallops and spirited them away to his lab in Qingdao. During the journey 94 died. But 26 thrived. Thanks to them, today China now grows millions of dollars of New England bay scallops, a significant portion of which are exported back to the United States. As go scallops, so goes...
  • Bowdoin will waive tuition for son of slain NYPD officer

    12/22/2014 10:15:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | December 22, 2014 | Noel K. Gallagher
    Justin Ramos, a sophomore at Bowdoin, is the son of Rafael Ramos, who was killed in his patrol car with fellow officer Wenjian Liu on Saturday.Bowdoin College is waiving tuition for a sophomore student who is the son of one of the New York police officers killed Saturday in Brooklyn, campus officials announced Monday. Bowdoin will provide full financial aid to Justin Ramos, who is scheduled to graduate with the Class of 2017, for the remainder of his education. “We are eager to welcome Justin back to campus for the start of our second semester in January, or whenever he...
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  • List of Republican Senators Voting For Obama's Executive Amnesty Order (RINOs)

    12/15/2014 3:21:16 AM PST · by sr4402 · 43 replies
    vanity ^ | 12/15/2014 | self
    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Graham (R-SC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) Toomey (R-PA) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
  • Police Sweep at Oceanside High Stirs Up Debate Over Student Rights

    12/14/2014 2:32:19 PM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 44 replies
    The Free Press (Midcoast Maine) ^ | 12/11/2014 | Andy O'Brien
    A police sweep at Oceanside High School East in Rockland last week has stirred up a passionate debate over how to balance the individual rights of students with "zero tolerance" drug policies. Principal Renee Thompson said that although there have not been any specific drug problems at the school, she organized the raid by the Rockland Police along with the Knox and Lincoln County Sheriff's Departments in an effort to "send the message that we have zero tolerance for drugs, tobacco and paraphernalia brought on school grounds." According to Rockland Police Detective Sergeant Chris Young, it's the first time in...
  • Student display about racial injustice approved in Maine

    12/13/2014 8:23:35 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/11/2014 | unknown
    A Maine school superintendent is allowing students to display a poster protesting grand jury decisions not to indict two white police officers who killed unarmed black men.
  • Obama amnesty in jeopardy with Bush judicial appointee hearing states’ challenge

    12/07/2014 7:08:10 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-7-2014 | Stephan Dinan
    The states challenging President Obama’s deportation amnesty have already won the first round in court after the case landed in the lap of Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a Bush appointee who issued a scorching rebuke to the Department of Homeland Security last year, accusing it of refusing to follow border security laws. It could hardly have been a worse outcome for Mr. Obama, who, in order to preserve his policy, will now have to convince a judge who is on record calling his previous, less-extensive nondeportation policies “dangerous and unconscionable.” Led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the 20 states...
  • District ordered to pay transgender student $75K

    12/02/2014 3:49:30 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 2, 2014
    A Maine court has awarded the family of a transgender girl $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom.
  • Mystery ballots in Maine state Senate race bring call for investigation

    12/01/2014 2:04:14 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies
    pressherald. ^ | Nov 25 | BY STEVE MISTLER
    Democrats question how 21 more votes from Long Island, all for the Republican, turned up in the very close District 25 recount. Maine Democratic Party is calling for investigation into ballot count discrepancies on Long Island The party’s claim involves 21 ballots from the island town that appeared on Nov. 18, when the Secretary of State’s Office conducted recount in the race between Republican Cathy Manchester of Gray and Democrat Cathy Breen of Falmouth. The ballots were not tabulated by Long Island officials on election night Nov. 4, and all 21 of them were cast for Manchester, according to written...
  • Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy (welfare photo ID)

    11/21/2014 12:19:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2014 2:09 PM EST | Alanna Durkin
    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about state’s decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits. Federal officials said in a letter to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday that recipients are being given information that makes it seem like they’re required to have their photos placed electronic benefit transfer cards, even though the program is voluntary. The Republican governor’s administration must make it clear to recipients that their decision to not have their photo placed on the card...
  • Police: Man crawled into sunken car, saved baby

    11/19/2014 8:20:54 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    turnto23.com ^ | 11-19-14 | Patrick Whittle
    A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said. The baby wasn't breathing and another bystander performed CPR, reviving the girl, police said. Leo Moody, 44, of Kingman, was driving home from work Monday when he saw a flipped SUV in a culvert in Kossuth Township, about 175 miles northeast of Portland. Moody said he called 911 and rushed to the vehicle. Moody said one of the SUV's passengers told him...
  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 7:00:38 PM PST · by george76 · 159 replies
    Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs ^ | November 17, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    They are going there to get subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers to take to another state. Refugee resettlement is a euphemism for importing whole Muslim communities, importing jihad. I have long documented the targeting of gateway cities (smaller cities) overwhelmed with Muslim refugee immigration from countries like Somalia — cities like Emporia, Kansas, Nashville, Greeley and Fort Morgan, Colorado, Lewiston, Maine et al. The over-saturation and drain on city resources has driven these immigrants northward to settle in Wyoming, according to these reports. Organizations like Lutheran Family Services profit enormously from the Federal government handling these refugees. The sharia compliant...
  • Maine's largest city cuts spending in dispute over immigrant aid

    11/13/2014 5:42:53 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | Reuters By Dave Sherwood
    PORTLAND Maine (Reuters) - Maine's largest city has begun clamping down on spending as newly re-elected Republican Governor Paul LePage makes good on a campaign promise to cut funding to cities and towns that give aid to undocumented immigrants. In an internal memo released on Wednesday, Portland city officials said they had frozen hiring and cut travel and overtime spending after their requests for reimbursement from the state for assistance provided to families with children in emergencies had gone unanswered since July. The budget shortfall could grow to as much as $3 million this year, city officials said, a hefty...
  • Maine Sen. Angus King: Who cares if ObamaCare architect Jon Gruber thinks voters were

    11/11/2014 1:11:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Newsbusters, after yesterday’s unpleasantness and the Halbig “speak-o” fiasco of a few months ago, I see Democrats (plus independents in name only like King) have finally reached the “Jon who?” stage of their Gruber problem. This is the game we’re playing now, eh? KILMEADE: They just lied about a health plan to the American people, called the stupidity of the American voter and bragged about the lack of transparency. KING: This is one guy. I don’t know who this guy was. All I know is that it’s important for people to have health insurance. And if you guys are...
  • Jeanne Shaheen's Dishonest Claim That Obamacare Doesn't Cut Medicare

    11/13/2014 6:07:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/22/2014 | Avik Roy
    Healthcare, Fiscal, and Tax 10/22/2014 Jeanne Shaheen's Dishonest Claim That Obamacare Doesn't Cut Medicare Avik Roy In last night’s U.S. Senate debate in New Hampshire between incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D.) and challenger Scott Brown (R.), Shaheen uttered a flat-out, bald-faced lie: that Obamacare doesn’t cut Medicare spending to pay for its expansion of coverage to the uninsured. It’s a talking point that a number of Democratic Senate candidates—and their enablers in the lefty blogosphere—have been clinging to. And it’s embarrassingly dishonest. “I want to go back to Scott Brown’s suggestion that we’ve taken three-quarters of a trillion dollars out of...
  • New England coastal communities threatened by feds' ban on cod fishing

    11/12/2014 9:57:04 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Federal regulators slapped a six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next year’s catch by up to 75 percent, in a move some say will destroy the livelihoods of fishermen across the region. ... NOAA announced several measures, including the ban which expands no-fishing zones, on Monday. But fishermen whose livelihoods rely on catching cod, as well as the coastal communities that depend on money coming in from that industry, worry the new regulations will devastate them.