LCRED Republicans Support LePage’s Open for Business Zone Proposal
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 12:42 PM PDTFrom House GOP Communications Director David Sorensen: AUGUSTA – The Maine Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee on Monday afternoon held a public hearing on LD 1835, Governor Paul Lepage’s proposal to create “Open for Business Zones” that offer tax incentives, reduced energy costs, right-to-work, and training programs to attract large employers to Maine. […]
Top 10 Biggest Overtime Pay Recipients on State Payroll
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 12:26 PM PDTState payroll data for 2013 is now available to the public at MaineOpenGov.org. Here are the top ten recipients of overtime pay last year: 10. Richard Reaser II – Department of Public Safety, State Police Trooper – Base Salary: $57,463.19, Overtime: $44,370.51 9. Lance M. McCleish – Department of Public Safety, State Police Corporal – […]
Maine to put photo ID on EBT cards
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 12:15 PM PDTAUGUSTA – After heavy resistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last year, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with an initiative to curb welfare fraud and abuse. The USDA’s Associate Administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has told DHHS Commissioner Mary Hayhew that the state […]
GOP presses for welfare fix
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 10:42 AM PDTAUGUSTA – Republican leaders gathered at the State House on Monday to call on Democrats to support an effort to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. Gov. Paul LePage and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) emphasized their own struggles with poverty as they introduced four bills aimed at reining […]
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Maine Wire: “Maine State Payroll Fun Facts: Recreation Therapists, Entomologists, Cartographers, and Potato Storage Consultants?” plus 3 more
Maine State Payroll Fun Facts: Recreation Therapists, Entomologists, Cartographers, and Potato Storage Consultants?
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 12:27 PM PDT
State payroll data for 2013 has been made public. Searching through the job titles yielded some interesting finds. The state of Maine employs 8 “cartographers” for a cost to taxpayers of more than $371,000. Departments with map makers include: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Public Safety, Economic and Community Development, Conservation, and Health and Human Services. […]
Top 10 Highest Paid Maine State Workers
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 12:14 PM PDT
The Maine State Controller’s office has released state payroll data for 2013. Here’s a list of the top ten highest paid state employees. Note: the dollar amount includes regular wages, stipends, overtime pay, and all benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, dental, and pension cost. - – - Top 10 Highest Paid State Employees 10. […]
Statutory Parenting: Liberals Deny Job Opportunities for Teens
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 09:36 AM PDT
From David Sorensen, House GOP Communications Director: Popular bill to let teens work in bowling alleys, theaters shot down by nanny-staters in House AUGUSTA – A bill introduced by the Department of Labor with the support of the Maine School Management Association to expand work opportunities for high school students was rejected with a party […]
Dems Agree to Pull Spending Amendment from Gov’s Rainy Day Fund Bill
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 09:13 AM PDT
From David Sorensen, House Republican Communications Director AUGUSTA – The Maine Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee agreed early Wednesday morning to approve L.D. 1807, the Governor’s bill to restore $21 million to the state’s rainy day fund, with a clean vote. Late last week, Democrats in a party line committee vote added an $18 million […]
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
American Comeback: Paul LePage
Posted: 18 Mar 2014 01:07 PM PDT
Democratic think tank spreading falsehoods about Medicaid expansion
Posted: 18 Mar 2014 12:41 PM PDT
The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP), a Democratic think tank, is spreading misinformation about the Medicaid expansion proposal currently under consideration in the Legislature. In a brief entitled, “Debunking Myths About Health Reform Dollars for Maine,” MECEP’s Christy Roix Daggett says Republicans only oppose Medicaid expansion because of “overall ideological opposition to President Obama’s […]
Medicaid expansion passes House without veto proof margin
Posted: 18 Mar 2014 11:25 AM PDT
AUGUSTA – A proposal to expand Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday, but failed to garner the two-thirds support needed to override Gov. Paul LePage’s inevitable veto. The vote, 97-49, comes after backers of the proposal failed to get a super majority in the Senate to approve […]
LePage outlines energy policy aimed at home heating
Posted: 18 Mar 2014 10:55 AM PDT
AUGUSTA – Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Energy Office Director Patrick Woodcock outlined an energy policy at the State House on Tuesday that contrasts sharply with a Democratic initiative to provide rebates for solar power equipment. “The United Way last month received 1,300 calls looking for emergency assistance for heating. The Aroostook Community Action Program is […]
Friday, March 14, 2014
DOJ: More than 1/3 of new Medicaid eligibles have criminal history
Posted: 13 Mar 2014 12:14 PM PDT
More than one-third of individuals covered under the Affordable Care Act’s proposed expansion of Medicaid have criminal histories, according to U.S. Department of Justice. In 2011, President Barack Obama’s DoJ estimated that “at least 35 percent of new Medicaid eligibles under the Affordable Care Act have a history of criminal involvement.” According to Forbes writer […]Democrats murder charge debunked by Obama appointee
Posted: 13 Mar 2014 09:55 AM PDTA report from an Obama appointee puts the lie to Maine Democrats’ charge that Gov. Paul LePage and Republican lawmakers are killers for opposing a Medicaid expansion bill. “Adjusted for demographic, health status, and health behavior characteristics, the risk of subsequent mortality is no different for uninsured respondents than for those covered by employer-sponsored group […]
Thursday, March 13, 2014
|Katz-Saviello Medicaid expansion passes senate, 22-13
Posted: 12 Mar 2014 12:06 PM PDT
AUGUSTA – The Maine Senate approved a Medicaid expansion proposal Wednesday, but the vote, 22-13, fell short of the two-thirds total needed to surmount an inevitable veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Absent something extraordinary, Medicaid expansion now has no path to become law. The bill under consideration, L.D. 1487, was introduced by Republican Sens. […]
|Maine Obamacare enrollment goal beat with help from Republicans
Posted: 12 Mar 2014 07:21 AM PDT
Maine has exceeded the Obama administration’s enrollment goal for the HealthCare.gov insurance exchanges thanks, in part, to the Republican reluctance to expand Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Nationwide, a total of 4.2 million people have selected a plan on the Obamacare exchanges — a number which still significantly trails […]
|Maine Democrats: LePage is a murderer
Posted: 12 Mar 2014 06:41 AM PDT
PORTLAND, Maine – The Democratic activist group Maine People’s Alliance is calling Gov. Paul LePage and Republican lawmakers killers for opposing a bill to expand Medicaid. “157. Number of Mainers estimated to die this year if Gov. LePage and the Legislature fail to accept federal health care funds,” screams the landing page of a new […]
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
UFMB: Aroostook Watchmen with Guest Phil Merletti on Confirmation Hearing of William Schneider For Judgeship
"Condoms for Constituents"
Phil recaps the events of the hearing.
The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on the confirmation of William Schneider.
03/12/2014 08:00 AM EDT (1:00:04)
EPISODE1409 – AROOSTOOK WATCHMEN
The 5 Remonstrances, click here.
Maine Judiciary Committee – Confirmation Hearing – William J. Schneider to the Maine District Court, click here.
Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary
Senator Linda M. Valentino (D-York), Chair
Senator John L. Tuttle, Jr. (D-York) (absent)
Senator David C. Burns (R-Washington)
Representative Charles R. Priest (D-Brunswick), Chair
Representative Kimberly J. Monaghan-Derrig (D-Cape Elizabeth)
Representative Jennifer DeChant (D-Bath)
Representative Matthew W. Moonen (D-Portland)
Representative Stephen W. Moriarty (D-Cumberland)
Representative Lisa Renee Villa (D-Harrison)
Representative Jarrod S. Crockett (R-Bethel)*
Representative Michael G. Beaulieu (R-Auburn)
Representative Anita Peavey Haskell (R-Milford)
Representative Stacey K. Guerin (R-Glenburn)
Representative Wayne T. Mitchell (Penobscot Nation)
Governor Paul LePage
E-mail, click here
Senate President Justin L. Alfond (D-Cumberland County)
Senate President’s Office (207) 287-1500
Senate Majority Leader Troy D. Jackson (D-Aroostook County)
Senate Majority Office (207) 287-1515
Senate Minority Leader Michael D. Thibodeau (R-Waldo County)
Senate Minority Office (207) 287-1505
Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-North Berwick)
(207) 287-1300 E-mailRepMark.Eves@legislature.maine.gov
Rep. Seth A. Berry, Majority Leader D-Bowdoinham)
House Majority Office (207) 287-1430
Rep. Kenneth Wade Fredette, Minority Leader R-Newport)
House Minority Office (207) 287-1440
The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) exists to support the Legislature in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to improve the accountability, oversight and performance of State government for the benefit of Maine’s citizens.
Related: (now former) Secretary of State Charlie Summers, click here.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Maine's Circle of Corporational Corruption and Complexity Widens; Unmasking of Maine and Beyond:Maine Governor LePage Nominates Former AG William Schneider For Judgeship
Tuesday: March 11, 20141:00pm CONFIRMATION HEARING- Honorable Robert E. Mullen to the Maine Superior Court
Room 438 of the State House
Room 438 of the State House
2:00pm CONFIRMATION HEARING- Honorable Daniel I. Billings to the Maine Superior Court
3:00pm CONFIRMATION HEARING- Honorable William J. Schneider to the Maine District Court
Now to follow all of this you must first be willing to educate yourself on the facts. First, the State of Maine, is a Corporation.
Next we are providing you with a whole lot of information based on facts not opinions. So if you cannot follow along or do not care do not blame us for not trying. And May God Help US All.
States Gov. LePage “In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor, and integrity of the candidates, not politics.”
William Schneider does not possess the qualifications, integrity, ethics, honesty nor trustworthiness of a judgeship.
As former Attorney General, he failed in his duties and obligations as Maine’s top law enforcement officer. His Obstruction of Justice, malicious prosecutions and selective prosecutions have interfered with justice and the rule of law. As he was unable/refused to perform his duties and obligations as Attorney General, his lack of respect for law and justice and his lack of honor in a position of public trust will not enhance public confidence in the legal system with Mr. Schneider on the bench.
Additionally, this is contrary to the precepts upon which the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct is founded.
Mr. Schneider will carry his bias, prejudicial and selective “web of deceit” into the courtroom.
This nomination/confirmation must be opposed.
Related: Maine Governor LePage Nominates Former AG William Schneider For Judgeship, click here.
An unrelated, but yet related happenings in another community: http://www.votersopinion.com/2013/04/02/8008/
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Hi, Over the last decade Maine has seen overdose deaths rise
over 85%. With an average of 170 drug overdose deaths per
year we lose roughly one person every other day. With the
recent surge in heroin use, these figures are only expected
to increase. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that has no
effect other than to counteract a drug overdose. By expanding
access to Naloxone we will better ensure that it is in the
right place at the right time to reverse an opioid overdose. Maine cannot afford NOT to do something about this public
health emergency. Support LD 1686 would help curb the rising
tide of drug overdose deaths afflicting Maine citizens. That's why I signed a petition to The Maine State House, The
Maine State Senate, and Governor Paul LePage. Will you sign this petition? Click here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/governor-lepage-main?source=s
.em.mt&r_by=9260720 Thanks! Dwight Hines
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Governor: Maine is at a crossroads
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 05:22 PM PST
AUGUSTA – Republican Gov. Paul LePage delivered his third State of the State address Tuesday night, using the opportunity to outline his plans to promote private-sector job creation with “Open for Business Zones”, reform Maine’s welfare system, and crack down on drug-related crime. “I love my state. I am proud to call myself a Mainer. […]Video: Alfond delivers Democrat response to LePage State of the State
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 03:47 PM PSTSenate President Justin Alfond (D-Portland) delivered the Democratic address in a video released roughly 30 minutes before Gov. Paul LePage’s State of the State address.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
- Left-wing advocates manipulate statistics to levy partisan attacks
- Tooth Fairy Government: Bringing Medicaid expansion to a town near you
- RGA releases first LePage campaign video
- Bucklin: In making Maine competitive, attitude is everything
- Poliquin reports $148,000 raised in final quarter, $300,000 cash on hand
Left-wing advocates manipulate statistics to levy partisan attacks
Posted: 27 Jan 2014 12:51 PM PST
Robyn Merrill of the Maine Equal Justice Partners attacked the LePage administration on Sunday, accusing the Republican governor of supporting policies that have increased child homelessness in Maine. But a review of some of Merrill’s source materials shows that her analysis is off the mark. Merrill writes, “Over the course of his administration, the number […]
Tooth Fairy Government: Bringing Medicaid expansion to a town near you
Posted: 27 Jan 2014 11:33 AM PST
“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” ― Thomas Sowell, Knowledge And Decisions A long, long time ago, in a place far, far away known as […]
RGA releases first LePage campaign video
Posted: 27 Jan 2014 07:31 AM PST
The Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) released Monday the first campaign video supporting Gov. Paul LePage’s reelection campaign. At a little more than three minutes long, the video includes testimonials from Mainers who knew LePage as a child and as a mayor of Waterville, along with First Lady Anne LePage. “I believe in self reliance, self […]
Bucklin: In making Maine competitive, attitude is everything
Posted: 27 Jan 2014 07:12 AM PST
Maine’s economy is beginning to show signs of relative competitiveness. After years of ranking dead last for business friendliness, the pro-growth resurgence of the 2010 elections is starting to bear fruit. The Wall Street Journal published a study last week showing the number of millionaires in each state. In 2013, Maine had the second largest […]
Poliquin reports $148,000 raised in final quarter, $300,000 cash on hand
Posted: 27 Jan 2014 06:25 AM PST
OAKLAND, Maine – Former Maine State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin told reporters Monday he raised nearly $148,000 in the final quarter of 2013 and will report the Federal Election Commission a cash-on-hand balance of nearly $300,000. “Since Poliquin entered the race just before Labor Day, his campaign has received nearly $370,000 from 384 donations ranging from $5 […]
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Dwight E. Hines, Ph.D.
42 Israelson Rd.
Livermore, Maine 04253
January 15, 2014
The Honorable Paul Lepage, Governor,
State of Maine
Augusta, Maine 04333
Dear Governor LePage:
I was stunned to read of the attacks on you for alleged violations of Maine’s Freedom of Information Act. I can not understand how your future opponents for election, Mr. Cutler and Mr. AHWA, failed to read the Maine FOAA, specifically Section 5, before they complained to the press. I am especially concerned that the Maine Attorney General, Ms. Mills, also did not know how the law is applied here. You were more than in compliance in responding the the public records requests at “your convenience”. I do not like section 5 but it has been used to delay answering my requests by different individuals.
It is of interest that the Attorney General has never supported a private, little person, FOAA request.
Governor, it appears to me that Attorney General Mills is holding you to a standard that she does not attain on FOAA. Indeed, my FOAA requests to her office to view a $300,000.00 grant last year was met with delay that was longer than the delay you were criticized for so roundly. Note that the grant was not competitive and there was no cost benefit analysis. I believe it was not a good decision to award the grant.
Please note that the attached letter putting the SunJournal on the Newspaper Death Watch list only applies to the the SunJournal. We have no data on other newspapers at this time. However, given the response to your FOAA decisions by the SunJournal, it appears they are not objective.
Governor, I don’t know who I’ll be voting for but I wish that we had better,
more reasonable and thoughtful media coverage of these issues
than we do now.
Indeed, it would be difficult to have this letter published by the traditional print media in Maine.
Maine law on when FOAA response is required
Letter to Newspaper Death Watch
§408-A. Public records available for inspection and copying
5. Schedule. Inspection, conversion pursuant to subsection 7 and copying of a public record subject to a request under this section may be scheduled to occur at a time that will not delay or inconvenience the regular activities of the agency or official having custody or control of the public record requested. If the agency or official does not have regular office hours, the name and telephone number of a contact person authorized to provide access to the agency's or official's records must be posted in a conspicuous public place and at the office of the agency or official, if an office exists.
Friday, January 10, 2014
A Lesson In History Can Help The 'Discord' Between LePage and Mills; U4ME & Beyond: Public Notice To Maine Governor Paul LePage
“Last, Wednesday January 8, 2014, the local news channels addressed the tension between Governor LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills as it relates to the medicaid report, and he said that she could sue him for not releasing the report.
He is a republican, and she is a democrat.
Here is what Governor LePage does not know about.
What happened as a result of the 1855 resolve?
In order to understand what the fraudulent 1855 resolve accomplished, you must understand what the original constitution says and means.
First of all, in the original Constitution of the State of Maine (1820) it states in part in Article V, Part First, Executive Power, Section 8: “He [Governor] shall nominate, and, with the advice and consent of the Council, appoint all judicial officers, the Attorney General (emphasis is mine), the Sheriffs, Coroners, Registers of Probate and Notaries Public……….”
This is an Executive Department function ONLY. All of this belongs in this department.
Here is what the 1855 resolve states in part: (View 1855 Resolve, click here.)
“SECT. 10. The land agent and attorney general (emphasis is mine) shall be chosen annually by joint ballot of the senators and representatives in convention.
Vacancies in said offices occurring when the legislature is not in session, may be filled by appointment by the governor, with the advice and consent of the council.”
What is the problem with this resolve?
First of all, the legislative department has NO delegation of authority to “interfere” with another department.
The function of the Attorney General is to “execute” the laws of the state, and that is an Executive department function ONLY.
The legislative department ONLY makes the laws.
“Separation of Powers” is a common law principle among many principles.
Read more here: http://unmasker4maine.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/public-notice-to-maine-governor-paul-lepage/
Excellent Presentation a 'must read' for ALL!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Meet Maine 's New Governor
Maine Governor Paul LePage
In case you haven't heard about this guy before, his name will stick in your mind! The new Maine Governor, Paul LePage is making New Jersey 's Chris Christie look timid. He isn't afraid to say what he thinks. Judging by the comments, every time he opens his mouth, his popularity goes up.
He brought down the house at his inauguration when he shook his fist toward the media box and said, "You're on notice! I've inherited a financially troubled State to run. Observe...cover what we do...but don't whine if I don't waste time responding to your every whim just for your amusement."
During his campaign for Governor, he was talking to commercial fishermen who are struggling because of federal fisheries rules. They complained that 0bama brought his family to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a long Labor Day holiday and found time to meet with union leaders, but wouldn't talk to the fishermen. LePage replied, "I'd tell him to go to hell and get out of my State."
The Lame Stream Media crucified LePage, but he jumped 6 points in the pre-election poll.
The Martin Luther King incident was a political sandbag, which brought him national exposure. The 'lame stream' media crucified him, but word on the street is very positive. The NAACP specifically asked LePage to spend MLK Day visiting black inmates at the Maine State Prison. He told them that he would meet with ALL inmates, regardless of race, if he were to visit the prison. The NAACP balked and then put out a news release claiming falsely that he refused to participate in any MLK events. He read it in the paper for the 1st time the next morning while being driven to an event and went ballistic because none of the reporters had called him for comment before running the NAACP release.
He arrived at that event & said in front of a TV camera, "If they want to play the race card on me they can kiss my ass", and he reminded them that he has an adopted black son from Jamaica and that he attended the local MLK Breakfast every year that he was mayor of Waterville. (He started his morning there on MLK Day.)
He then stated that there's a right way and a wrong way to meet with the Governor, and he put all special interests on notice that press releases, media leaks, and all demonstrations would prove to be the wrong way. He said any other group, which acted like the NAACP could expect to be at the bottom of the Governor's priority list!
He then did the following, and judging from local radio talk show callers, his popularity increased even more: The State employees union complained because he waited until 3 P.M. before closing State offices and facilities and sending non-emergency personnel home during the last blizzard. The prior Governor would often close offices for the day with just a forecast before the first flakes. (Each time the State closes for snow, it costs the taxpayers about $1 million in wages for no work in return.) LePage was CEO of the Marden's chain of discount family bargain retail stores before election as governor. He noted that State employees getting off work early could still find lots of retail stores open to shop. So, he put the State employees on notice by announcing: "If Marden's is open, Maine is open!"
He told State employees: "We live in Maine in the winter, for heaven's sake, and should know how to drive in it. Otherwise, apply for a State job in Florida !" Governor LePage symbolizes what America needs; Refreshing politicians who aren't self-serving and who exhibit common sense. THE LAW IS THE LAW!
I really love this one.
This is one of the better e-mails I have received in a long time! I hope this makes its way around the USA several times over!!!!! HERE IS WHAT Governor LePage said,
"THE LAW IS THE LAW So "if" the US government determines that it is against the law for the words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it.
And "if" that same government decides that the "Ten Commandments" are not to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it.
I say, "so be it," because I would like to be a law abiding US citizen
I say, "so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions.
I would like to think that those people have the American public's best interests at heart.
BUT, he said, "YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?
Since we can't pray to God, can't Trust in God and cannot post His Commandments in Government buildings, I don't believe Government (Federal, State and Local) and its employees should participate in Easter and Christmas celebrations which honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets of American life.
I'd like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter. After all, it's just another day. I'd like the" US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter as well as Sundays." After all, it's just another day.
I'd like the Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the "Christmas Break." After all it's just another day.
I'm thinking a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices & services would work on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be "politically correct."
In fact....I think our government should work on Sundays (AFTER ALL, It was initially set aside for worshiping God....) because, AFTER ALL, our government says that it should be Just ANOTHER DAY...."
What do you all think????
If this idea gets to enough people, maybe our elected officials will stop giving in to the "minority opinions" and begin, once again, to represent the "majority" of ALL of the American people.
SO BE IT...........Please Dear Lord, Give us the help needed to keep you in our country! 'Amen' and 'Amen' Touché!
If this gets around the country a few times, I believe we all will see a better day!
-- In GOD we Trust
Submitted by: 'Roger T.'
Saturday, October 19, 2013
A day on the road with Paul – Governor LePage
Posted: 18 Oct 2013 06:05 PM PDTGov. Paul LePage traveled to Washington County on Tuesday for a scheduled tour of Downeast Maine. Maine Wire reporter Steve Robinson tagged along. The day started off at Cobscook State Park in Edmund Township, where the central U.S. government inexplicably attempted to close down a boat launch used by local fishermen. Although the state park […]
Friday, September 20, 2013
- Is this the creepiest anti-Obamacare ad yet?
- M.D. Harmon: Assaulting the Second Amendment
- Maine People’s Alliance worker who photobombed LePage event has history of ridiculing, threatening workers
Is this the creepiest anti-Obamacare ad yet?
Posted: 19 Sep 2013 11:56 AM PDT
M.D. Harmon: Assaulting the Second Amendment
Posted: 19 Sep 2013 10:02 AM PDTIt would be good if, once in a while, Americans could be permitted a suitable time to mourn the lives lost in a tragic shooting before any gruesome attempts to wring political advantage out of the blood-soaked ground began. It does seem odd, as has been noted, that every time this sort of attack happens, […]
Maine People’s Alliance worker who photobombed LePage event has history of ridiculing, threatening workers
Posted: 19 Sep 2013 07:11 AM PDTPaul Nickerson, an employee of the left-wing activist group Maine People’s Alliance, made front page news Wednesday when he very successfully photo-bombed a LePage Administration event. When the attention-seeking Nickerson isn’t busy clowning around, he can be found harassing and threatening the hardworking people of Maine – and bragging about such shameful exploits on Facebook. […]
Thursday, September 19, 2013
As LePage makes final welfare debt payment, Dems lobby for more
Posted: 18 Sep 2013 06:43 AM PDTAs Republican Gov. Paul LePage toured the state on Tuesday to celebrate the final hard-fought payment on a welfare debt owed to Maine’s hospitals, Democratic lawmakers gathered at the State House to lobby for an expansion of the same welfare program that caused the nearly half-a-billion dollar debt. The dueling events followed a high-tension session […]This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now
Willette: BDN reaches new low with 9/11 editorial
Posted: 18 Sep 2013 06:12 AM PDTRep. Alex Willette (R-Mapelton) sent the following letter to the editors of the Bangor Daily News on September 13: To the Editor: Wednesday, the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, was a solemn day for Americans. Therefore I was shocked to see that the official editorial opinion of the Bangor Daily News […]
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Of freshman senators, only King lacks leadership PAC
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 11:56 AM PDT
U.S. Sen. Angus S. King, Jr., an unenrolled Democrat, is the only freshman U.S. senator that has not formed a leadership PAC\. Leadership PACs are committees that allow politicians to raise money from special interests and give that money to friends and colleagues. Courtesy of Shane Goldmacher of NationalJournal.com: Ted Cruz waited less than a [...]
25 Facts About the Fall of Detroit
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 11:41 AM PDT
Courtesy of ZeroHedge.com, here are 25 remarkable facts about Detroit: 1) At this point, the city of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors. 2) Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities. That breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident. 3) Back in 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation. [...]
At 6.8 percent, Maine’s jobless rate hits 5-year low
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 08:16 AM PDT
AUGUSTA – Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage is touting the latest unemployment figures, which show Maine’s number of jobless at the lowest rate since November of 2008 – a 15 percent decrease since LePage took office. “About 8,000 more people are working in the private sector now than when I took office,” said LePage. “Our [...]
Maine’s Not-So-Beautiful Sunset
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 06:45 AM PDT
Maine’s legislature passed its two-year budget earlier this month, and it includes two allegedly temporary tax increases—one in the state sales tax (from 5 to 5.5 percent) and another in the leisure tax (from 7 to 8 percent; levied on lodging, bars, and restaurants) as a way to close the state’s $880 million budget gap. Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, vetoed the [...]