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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Maine News for Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Strimling acting like candidate, but silent Election 2008: While he thinks about a congressional run, no financial reporting is required.

State rules that Dirigo Health saves $32.8M The sum is less than in either 2005 or 2006, and far less than Dirigo's board anticipated.

Wind farm foes allege unfair tactics Their complaint claims regulators and backers had improper contacts.

Councilors deadlock on state pier developerNeither company gets the five votes needed, and one says it may withdraw its proposal.

EDITORIAL: A lawyer for the country, not just the president Bush has wisely picked an attorney general nominee who is conservative, but not political.

EDITORIAL: Misuse of public campaign funds serious, but not the norm Nearly all the hundreds of Clean Elections candidates have been, well, clean.

LTE: Petraeus critics advocate defeat


FairPoint deal divides unions, state businessesTuesday, September 18, 2007As the Maine Public Utilities Commission travels the state this week to hold public hearings on the proposed sale of Verizon's northern New England Internet and telephone lines to FairPoint Communications Inc., unions and business representatives remain divided on the deal.

Maine a hot potato at Big E in Mass.Tuesday, September 18, 2007WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sixteen of Maine's state senators and representatives didn't have to take a special tour of the Maine building at the Eastern States Exposition Monday to get a feel for the public's sentiments about Maine.

Panel backs 2 gay men in housing complaint Tuesday, September 18, 2007AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Human Rights Commission on Monday found reasonable grounds in a complaint from two gay men who say they were illegally asked about the nature of their relationship when they tried to rent a house.

Family speaks about 'Makeover' experienceTuesday, September 18, 2007MILBRIDGE, Maine - As far as the Ray-Smith family is concerned, it's time to turn the spotlight away from ABC and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and show appreciation to the community and volunteers who provided the materials and built them a new home.

Editorial: Greenspan's clarityThe once purposely opaque Alan Greenspan, longtime chairman of the Federal Reserve, is startlingly clear this week as he promotes his new book, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World."

Lawrence E. Lockman: Why not Maine? Vigue shows only politics interfereIt certainly appears that Peter Vigue, Cianbro Corp. president and CEO, is positioning himself to run for governor in 2010.

Higher ed financesAs state financial support for higher education lags, public colleges and universities across the country have turned to student fees as a way to boost revenue - and to avoid the negative repercussions of raising tuition.

Tuesday's Letters to the Editor … Let troops guard us

DISTRICT 83 Widow wants House seat MOUNT VERNON -- Pat Jones, wife of the late Rep. Deane Jones, D-Mount Vernon, said she has filed nomination papers to succeed her late husband representing House District 83 at the Statehouse.

Board takes up school plan rejection AUGUSTA -- The Board of Education meets tonight to review the state's rejection of Augusta's intent to remain on its own rather than consolidate with another local school system.

County may pay for fixes to boost jail space AUGUSTA -- County commissioners will look at investing up to $10,000 to gain space to hold more inmates at the Kennebec County jail.

LTE: Show an aversion to conversion So bin Laden says all will be well if only America will convert to Islam. I ask, "Which brand of Islam, Osama?" We need to know so that we'll only be killing the right other Muslims after we've joined up.

LTE: Student misses Deane Jones, her bus driver While Deane Jones was driving a bus, he was my bus driver. He was very nice.


Democratic Committee to host forum AUGUSTA -- The Kennebec County Democratic Committee will host a forum 7 p.m. Thursday for Democratic candidates vying for the First Congressional District seat.


A senator's revolting comparisonIn the lawless world of Internet discussion, one rule does apply. It's called Godwin's Law (after its coiner, attorney Mike Godwin) which states the longer an online argument lasts, the "probability of comparison to Nazism, or Adolf Hitler, approaches one."


LTE: Party boss lauds Berry...(full story)


Dems Confident Troop-Rest Bill Will PassSusan Collins, R-Maine, also wants a change in direction in Iraq, saying the nation cannot continue "an open-ended, unconditional commitment of troops in ...


House Republicans Lose Another OneSo far, just two House Democrats have announced they won't seek reelection in 2008. Both (Tom Allen of Maine and Mark Udall of Colorado) are running for a promotion to the U.S. Senate.

The Fix : Ramstad To Retire
Ramstad is the seventh House Republican to choose against running for re-election in 2008. He joins Reps. Rick Renzi (Ariz.), Duncan Hunter (Calif.), Dennis Hastert (Ill.), Ray LaHood (Ill.), Chip Pickering (Miss.) and Deborah Pryce(Ohio) on the sidelines. Two Democrats -- Reps. Mark Udall (Colo.) and Tom Allen (Maine) -- are leaving their seats. Both are running for Senate.


Awareness raised and bodies rockedTaking the stage next was congressional representative Tom Allen with his wife Diana. They both echoed Michaud's request for awareness and transparency in ...


16 Catholic Senators Vote To Fund AbortionTed Kennedy (D-MA), John Kerry (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ken Salazar (D-CO), ...


The Real Impact Of Sanctions Against Iran: Interview with Chris CookWhen the Senate approved the 2005 amendment sponsored by Senator Susan Collins R-Maine, trade groups warned it could incite terrorist attacks on the US and ...


Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center Program Tom Allen, D-Maine, announced today that the US Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $117410 grant under its Poison Control


Key Senators Support Myers to Head ICE... Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Ranking Minority Member Susan Collins (R-ME) both expressed support for her nomination. ...


Tom Allen Writes Op-Ed On Iraq
Tom Allen, the man who will defeat Susan Collins next year, has written an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald today. The subject is Iraq and Mr. Allen is clear and concise, something Sen. Collins has never been on this issue. ...

Debunking RRWSenator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced S.1914, a bill which stops funding the RRW until a new nuclear policy and posture review are completed. This is the more sensible way to proceed than RRW. ...

Help Rep. Doug Thomas Reduce the Wetland Setbacks
Can we really have much effect on our future and the future of our children if we don't even "own" the land we pay taxes on? I would like to see the setbacks reduced is there anyone willing to help me?

Democrats Confident Over Troop-Rest Bill
Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the proposal by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., a dangerous "backdoor way" to draw down additional forces.

Blackwater Security is getting plenty of militia training in Iraq for Georgie’s jihad

Obviously, Someone Made a Mistake
President Bush’s nominee to succeed Alberto Gonzales as attorney general is retired federal judge Michael Mukasey of New York. Attorneys who have argued cases in Mukasey’s courtroom say he is smart and fair.

ME-Sen: Matching funds drive for Tom Allen continues...
There's three days left in my funraiser for Tom Allen, currently looking to unseat Susan Collins in Maine. My goal is to raise $1250 by 9/20, and I need just $390 more to make it happen. Here's how it works: At the start of this ...

The Groundswell has began
I don't know what the position of my local paper, The Rockland Courier-Gazette, was in 2002 in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq (we were living in Portland), but I am pleased with what I am reading in it now:

Maine Newspapers
A blog posting at Daily Kos on August 24 has fired up the Netroots to point accusatory fingers at a Maine newspaper editor whose wife works for Republican Senator Susan Collins. After all the smoke clears, liberal bloggers ignored some ...

Sally Field: Sister Bertrille or Sister Betrayal?
Nancy Pelosi or the heavily medicated, second grade schoolteacher sounding drivel of alleged Republican Sen. Susan Collins, there is a serious lack of gravitas exhibited by the current crop of leaders who lack ay chromosome. Hillary?

They Write Op-Eds:
Quoth Congressman Allen:
The young service men and women from Maine that I met...were sent to Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein, and they did it swiftly and decisively. We need to end their mission, not re-label it.

Hoodwinking NPR
This isn't the first time NPR has given readers and listeners the mistaken impression that Sen. Collins supports a bill that would mandate a withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.