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  • Six GOP Senators Offer to Trade Amnesties for Border Wall plus Cheap Labor

    01/10/2019 3:05:22 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10,2019 | Neil Munro
    Six GOP Senators briefed Jared Kushner and President Donald Trump’s top congressional aide about a plan to swap two amnesties in exchange for border-wall funding. The six GOP Senators included Graham, North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, Ohio’s Rob Portman, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, and Maine’s Susan Collins. The Senators’ draft offer to the Democrats, however, also includes incentives sought by GOP-aligned business groups, such as an expansion of the H-2B blue collar visa-worker program. Few Democrats support the H-2B visa program but its inclusion could encourage GOP legislators to ignore protests from the GOP’s pro-American base. Several GOP Senators...
  • O.J. Simpson lawyer peddles anti-Semitic conspiracy theory

    01/07/2019 6:26:31 PM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 6, 2019 | Richard Johnson
    F. Lee Bailey — one of the lawyers on O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” — sounds like an anti-Semite in his dotage. Bailey, 85, claims he has been persecuted since the football legend was acquitted of double murder in 1995 and that the case was never covered fairly in the media.Interviewed for an hour on the “Morano Whenever” podcast, the bitter Bailey said the book publishing industry and Hollywood have a policy of censoring anything favorable to Simpson.The disbarred lawyer seems to blame Jews when he says, “Some of the people who claim that most of their lives they’ve been subjected...
  • Recently re-elected Maine state lawmaker leaves Republican Party

    01/04/2019 6:10:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Janaury 4, 2019
    A Republican state lawmaker in Maine announced Thursday that he would be leaving the GOP to become an independent. Rep. Don Marean confirmed his decision to the Bangor Daily News, but did not offer an explanation for his choice to leave the Republican Party. Marea, who was re-elected to his position last year, told the paper that he wouldn't comment further on his decision “out of respect” for House Republicans. “We were informed by the speaker’s office yesterday that he has unenrolled,” John Bott, spokesman for House Republicans, told the news outlet Friday. “We do not have any details on...
  • The 10 Whitest States in America

    12/30/2018 1:07:20 PM PST · by EveningStar · 109 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 27, 2018 | Nick Johnson
    Where do the most white people live in America? We looked at the last 10 years of demographic data to find out the answer.
  • Rep. Poliquin to appeal ruling upholding his loss in ranked-choice election

    12/18/2018 2:03:18 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Press Herald ^ | December 17, 2018
    The Republican hopes the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston will look more favorably on his case challenging the constitutionality of Maine's voting law. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is appealing a recent federal judge’s rejection of his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting. Poliquin and three other residents of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District filed a notice of appeal Monday, four days after a U.S. District Court judge dismissed his constitutional arguments and refused to order a new election. Attorneys for Poliquin said they plan to file a brief Tuesday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...
  • College student faces hate crime charges for racist graffiti (Hoax)

    12/04/2018 5:43:12 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 25 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...