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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Maine News for Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Election official proposes ending primary system
Political parties could instead host caucuses to pick their candidates, the secretary of state says.

Maine lawmakers say it was time for Gonzales to go

WASHINGTON D.C. — Members of Maine’s congressional delegation said the resignation of embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is in the best interest of the country.

EDITORIAL: After Gonzales, nation needs a credible AG
Issues such as domestic surveillance demand an independent leader at the helm of Justice.

EDITORIAL: Take care when bringing lawmakers into digital age
Governments don't have a good track record with computers, so a pilot program is wise.

LTE (3): Readers grow weary of war

LTE: Seniors should be aware of changes in Medicare


Former lawmaker nominated by Democrats in District 27

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats nominated a former legislator, Sharon Libby Jones of Greenville, as their candidate to fill a Maine House of Representatives seat left open by the recent death of Rep. Earl Richardson.


Gonzales' decision a relief for Maine delegation
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's congressional delegation on Monday expressed relief that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales decided to step down.

EDITORIAL: After Gonzales
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' departure is widely welcomed by Republicans as well as Democrats, but he leaves a department in which morale has sunk because of his highly partisan leadership that put politics ahead of policy.

Editorial: Under earth link
When Congress soon convenes hearings on what went wrong at the Crandall Canyon Mine where six coal miners were killed earlier this month, rather than just grilling company officials, lawmakers should look at what progress has been made in meeting the requirements of a sweeping law passed last year after mine disasters killed 18.

Tuesday's Letters to the Editor … Bring the troops home … An unnecessary death


Secretary of state proposes abolishing primaries
AUGUSTA — In response to the Legislature’s call for money-saving ideas, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is proposing to get rid of the state’s primary election system.

Consolidation tests schools
Administrators fear distraction as year starts

Some educators worry all the attention focused on meeting a series of aggressive state deadlines meant to have new regional school units up and running by the start of the 2008-2009 school year could distract from something that is usually at the top of the list this time of year.

Columns: Maine and the mortgage mess
The headlines in the financial and business pages, and more and more often on the front pages, have been concentrated on the problems in the housing industry.


Gonzales' departure a relief for GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation Monday after months of draining controversy drew expressions of relief from Republicans and a vow from Democrats to pursue their investigation into fired federal prosecutors.

EDITORIAL: A dogfighter's second chance eludes Gonzales
Only a delay could make a convicted dogfighter seem more sincere than the U.S. Attorney General.

OP/ED: Democrats play both sides of situation in Iraq war
George Orwell, call your office. You can add to your list of opposites ("war is peace," "ignorance is strength" and "freedom is slavery") a new one.


LTE: Liberties under siege...(full story)


EDITORIAL: Senator stalking a sorry state of affairs

The story by now is fairly well-known. On Saturday, August 11, United States Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, marched in the Sesquicentennial Parade in Stockton Springs. During that parade, Collins was followed by a young man with a video camera. The young man was employed to do so by the Maine Democratic Party, and he recorded what Collins did all along the parade route.


LTE: Contact the senator


Collins pushes for mercury monitoring program
Senator Susan Collins examines a Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow during a banding demonstration at the Wells Reserve Monday.Kevin A. Byron photo By Jim Kanak ...


Gonzales' exit

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, offered a fitting epitaph for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who announced his resignation Monday:


Snowe, Collins pleased that Gonzales has stepped down
Michael Michaud and Tom Allen agreed that a change in direction was needed. "Both Mr. Gonzales and his predecessor, John Ashcroft, leave a legacy of working ...


Even some Republicans happy about Gonzales' resignation


War Protesters Hold Rallies Across The State

PORTLAND(AP)Anti-war protesters will be out across Maine today to protest Senator Susan Collins' position on the Iraq war.


Gonzales Resignation Brings Collective Sigh Of Relief To Delegation


More Woodward

No word back from Bangor Daily News Executive Editor Mark Woodward about his ties to Sen. Collins.

DNC Shuts Down States Playing Shotgun

The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to strip Florida of all its 210 presidential convention delegates, effectively leaving the sunshine state without a voice in choosing the party’s 2008 nominee, unless it delays its primary date.

Collins: Gonzales Is A Liar

The Bangor Daily News ran an article about the Allen-Collins race, and especially the influence of the internet and blogs in the race.

Senator Larry Craig: {Misunderstandin’} in the Boys Room

David Fiderer: Katrina Whitewash: Michael Chertoff Remains Incriminated by the Smoking Gun Buried in Plain Sight

"President Bush will likely nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, senior administration officials told CNN Monday." August 27, 2007 Chairman Susan Collins moved to sideline an examination into the smoking gun that incriminated Michael Chertoff.