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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Maine News for Thursday, September 13, 2007


Politics may lock out state's jail takeover plan
Gov. Baldacci rejects criticism over his lack of consultation with others.

States win court fight on auto emissions
A judge in Vermont rejects the industry's claim that stricter rules conflict with federal mileage standards.

UNE's pharmacy program approved
It plans to open a College of Pharmacy in 2009 on its campus in Portland.


EDITORIAL: So far, diplomacy works

While the Bush administration concentrates this week on the war in Iraq, fresh signs of success appear in its diplomatic course in dealing with North Korea.

EDITORIAL: Editorial: The future of healthcare

For several years, the U.S. comptroller general, David Walker, has been warning that the combination of the interest on the federal debt and the rising costs of entitlement programs will soon far exceed projected tax revenues, endangering essential programs and substantially raising taxes.

OP/ED: Dale McCormick: Stretching heating funds will keep more families warm
More than 50,000 families in Maine need help heating their homes every winter. With high fuel costs, too many people are left to make impossible choices between staying warm, buying medicine or going hungry.

Thursday's Letters to the Editor … A new Collins motto

Red Shield emissions reviewed

State environmental officials have asked Red Shield Environmental LLC in Old Town for more information on the company's pollution control plans following tests this summer on the amount of lead coming from the facility's stacks.


Schools give Brown 3-year deal
AUGUSTA -- The Board of Education renewed Superintendent Cornelia Brown's contract for three years Wednesday night, despite concerns Augusta could be forced to consolidate with another school system before that term is up.

Jail plan burns many
AUGUSTA -- Gov. John Baldacci needlessly weakened support for his proposed state takeover of the county jails by failing to consult jail overseers and key lawmakers before he unveiled the plan Aug. 30, according to county commissioners and some legislators.

EDITORIAL: Not enough
Earlier this week, lawmakers in Washington listened to two days of testimony by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker. Both men said that progress was being made in Iraq, that the surge's 30,000 troops could begin to be withdrawn next summer and that the ultimate result of continued American military commitment would, at some unspecified time in the future, be a unified and functioning Iraq.

OP/ED: Pretty good week for political ethics
Most ethical problems can be resolved by asking oneself this question: What would my grandparents say?


Bowdoin College eyes partnership with park service
Tom Allen, D-Maine, and investigating linking the site with Maine Freedom Trails, Inc., a nonprofit group aiming to mark sites that acknowledge the state's ...


LTE: Stateside duty
Let's get off the Democrat/Republican bandwagon. President George W. Bush had his chance to get out of Iraq right after his speech on the deck of an aircraft carrier, with a banner behind him stating "Mission Accomplished."


Support Grows For Candidate Deployed In Iraq
He ran and lost to Democrat Tom Allen in the 2004 congressional election. Businessman Dean Scontras of Eliot is also seeking the Republican nomination in ...


Snowe slated to go to Iraq again

U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe is scheduled to make her third trip to Iraq this week to meet with U.S. military officials, Iraqi political leaders and soldiers from Maine.

Maine's congressional delegation reacts to troop withdrawl plan

President Bush is expected to formally announce his plans for Iraq during a prime time speech Thursday night. Today, members of Maine's congressional delegation are reacting to the news.


Enjoy the air show — you paid for it: Sky-high taxes
Let’s move beyond the $320 million in aircraft you have bought that will be performing at this weekend’s Great State of Maine Air Show at Brunswick Naval Air Station.

TALKING POLITICS: It’s not big, it’s large: Politics and other mistakes


Despite talk of success, U.S. flounders in Iraq


Anthem Pushes Regulation Reform

AUGUSTA — Anthem is using its proposed 18.6 percent rate hike for individual, non-employer based coverage to rally its customers to fight for changing insurance regulations in Augusta.


The Broken Primary Process

America’s presidential primary system is broken. The competition to be first in the process has reached the point of absurdity as state after state seeks to leapfrog earlier on the calendar in the hope of gaining an advantage. Many already have pushed their primaries to Feb. 5, and some are going even further. Florida and Michigan, for instances, are moving their primaries into January and other states likely will follow suit.


What a Disgrace

The eyes of the world have been focused this week on Washington, where General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker are providing mandated September reports to Congress about progress — military and diplomatic — in Iraq. But many of those organizations and individuals advocating a troop withdrawal timetable weren’t content to wait until they heard what General Petraeus had to say before going on the attack.


The Time is Now for National Health Care

The word socialism leaves a bad taste in the mouths of most Americans.


Be Informed on Presidential Race

John Ferriday’s letter of Sept. 6, “Fundamental Change Needed,” got me thinking. He advocates supporting the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, HR808, which seeks to establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence. I agree with him.


Ready to Take a Stand in D.C.

In 1776, American newspapers reported that Hessian soldiers bayoneted thousands of helpless American prisoners in the Revolutionary War.


Iraq course may hinge on GOP senators
Susan Collins of Maine, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Smith. Eight others who had expressed concerns about the president's war policy ...

What's new: MoveOn has no regrets; McCain takes 'ownership' of surge;
A dozen Republican senators will be a key audience for Bush when he lays out his Iraq plans: Carl) Levin offered a version of the measure he plans to reintroduce next week, four Republicans voted for it: senators Susan Collins of Maine, ...


With Warner in, Virginia becomes a battleground state
The list includes Susan Collins of Maine, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Gordon Smith of Oregon. As of now, only one Democrat ...


14 Months Out, Advantage: Senate Democrats
This helps explain why Senator John E. Sununu of New Hampshire and Senator Susan Collins of Maine are prime Democratic targets in 2008. ...


Democrats to use Petraeus’s comments to woo Republicans
Susan Collins (R-Maine), who faces a tough reelection battle next year. “What we need to do is change the mission, and that would allow for a more ...


Once reluctant lawmakers back ICE chief’s confirmation
Akaka, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, also indicated that they will vote to confirm Myers. However, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., ...


Bush troop cut spurs skepticism
Susan Collins of Maine have openly questioned the Petraeus plan, and several said they would reserve judgment about whether to support the president until ...


Moderate Republicans Hold The Keys On Iraq
Washington - Democratic leaders in Congress have decided to shift course and pursue modest bipartisan measures to alter U.S. military strategy in Iraq, hoping to ..


Author : National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Participants sought to obtain more signatures on congressional sign-on letters authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Russ Feingold (D-WE), ...


GAO tells legislators it will look at BRAC report
Susan Collins (RMe.) sent a letter to Sen. Carl Levin (DMich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz. ...


Listen to Tom Allen's Speech to World Affairs Council of Maine

Tom Allen (D-ME) gave a speech to the World Affairs Council of Maine yesterday morning, 12 September, which will be broadcast on Maine Public Radio this afternoon as part of their regular public affairs program, Speaking in Maine. ...

Hard To Be Pessimistic

And then there's Maine, with Tom Allen going up against Susan Collins. And Minnesota. And an open seat in Idaho. And Alaska with corrupt incumbent Ted Stevens. These races usually tighten with the incumbent weakening as time goes on, ...

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Senate 2008 Outlook: The Hard Truth
Susan Collins (ME) - Her poll numbers look surprisingly strong against Rep. Tom Allen, but that could change. Allen represents half the state and is already ...

Diamon: Only Clunkheads Support Smaller Legislature

Welcome to the United Banana Republic of America!

Senator Susan Collins’ paid blogger, Lance Dutson, is wrong about liberals…

General Petraeus has thought about running for the presidency?

Petraeus: “an ass-kissing little chickensh*t”

Maine Prisoners Aren’t Making a Killing…

Group Led by Wesley Clark, Bob Kerrey Endorses Adam Cote

Senate 2008 Guru: Wednesday Giant Rundown

Maine: The Bangor Daily News finally calls Susan Collins out for using Senate resources for political purposes:

“The Allen campaign has charged that Collins, a Republican, is using her Senate office staff for campaign functions, such as making statements to reporters that support Collins the candidate and denounce her critics.”

We know that Collins' Senate staff has used their Senate computers to update Collins' Wikipedia profile to appear more politically palatable. And we know that Collins' taxpayer-funded Senate Chief of Staff has been quarterbacking her political battles with Maine Democrats. It seems pretty clear that Senate resources are being used by the Collins camp for political purposes. Sounds like we need a Senate Ethics investigation to formally determine if Collins is breaking the rules.

Democrats reject Gen. Petraeus' Iraq plan, attempt to persuade ...

John Warner of Virginia and Susan Collins of Maine, but most GOP lawmakers said they were reluctant to impose a firm timetable. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., seen as another potential swing vote, said he was working with Sen. ...

Lots of Noise, No Answers

Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Petraeus and Crocker what they'd recommend if, a year from now, the Iraqis have still failed to make significant political progress. Ever the diplomat, Crocker, who was somber, if not downright dour, ...

Senate 2008 Outlook: The Hard Truth
Tom Allen, but that could change. Allen represents half the state and is already receiving help from organizations like ...