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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Maine News for Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Agency chief: It was mistake to call member of land board But he insists he was not trying to influence voting on a wind farm project.

EDITORIAL: ACLU says Sen. Craig's restroom signals should not be a crime In court papers, the organization argues that communication about sex is free speech.


Safeguards sought for Maine Guard AUGUSTA - The business of protecting Maine's citizen soldiers from falling through the cracks of the federal military health care system got under way Tuesday with the inaugural meeting of the Commission to Protect the Lives and Health of Members of the Maine National Guard.

Democrats say Collins broke two-term pledgeSusan Collins pledged to serve just two terms in the Senate, and a state Democratic Party official wants to hold her to that promise.

Safety GameSusan Collins will help determine if the government needs to do more. She has asked the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to ...

John Buell: The many faces of modern capitalismIn the course of her epic battles against unionized coal miners in Britain, Margaret Thatcher (aka the Iron Lady) argued "there is no alternative" to rolling back unions, shrinking government, and shredding safety nets.

Wednesday's Letters to the Editor … Primary frustration …End the war rally … Terrorism’s recruits … Why we’re in Iraq

Commission seeks to guard health of Maine's soldiers AUGUSTA -- Barbara Damon-Day is a self-described "mother with a mission."

LURC to discuss wind farm proposal Conservation commissioner chided for his conversation Patrick McGowan, commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, said Tuesday he should not have called a Land Use Regulation Commission member to talk about a controversial wind farm proposal the day after the panel's preliminary vote against it.

AUGUSTAFrustrated school board willing to deal with state AUGUSTA -- Board of Education members said Tuesday they're willing to play by the state's school consolidation rules -- if they only knew what they were, and knew the state would play by them, too.

LURC to discuss wind farm proposalConservation commissioner chided for his conversation Patrick McGowan, commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, said Tuesday he should not have called a Land Use Regulation Commission member to talk about a controversial wind farm proposal the day after the panel's preliminary vote against it.

COUNTY JAILMinimumsecurityfacilityadvancing AUGUSTA -- Despite a proposal by the governor to put county jails under state control, Kennebec County officials said Tuesday they will move ahead with plans to build a 60-bed, minimum-security holding facility for as much as $5.5 million.

No raves in China for regional 911 plan CHINA -- Almost everyone at Monday's China selectmen's meeting -- including board members -- had at least one gripe.

GEORGE SMITH : How to make government spend less? Give it less to spend, of course Cutting taxes is easy. Cutting spending is tough.

LTE: Politicians continue to fail us OK, so the military surge is working, but the political surge isn't, so let's pull the plug and bring the troops home.

LTE: U.S. Army filled with mercenaries To all those men and women who joined the military since 9/11/01 for patriotic reasons, please don't include yourselves in this letter.

DISTRICT 83 Wife 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.

LTE: Bush, Baldacci acting like they have mandates Are George W. and John Baldacci related? They both act like they have mandates from the people. First, Bush's war. Then, Gov. John Baldacci's Maine school consolidation plan. Now, his plan for merging the county jails and state prisons.

Dirigo fee proposal halved by regulator...(full story)

EDITORIAL: 'Twice the citizen'...(full story)

LTE: Dissent as patriotism...(full story)


Parties will caucus Saturday for district seatAccording to Carol Andrews of the Maine Democratic Party, it appears likely the nominee will be Kate Smith, a Sebago resident and SAD 61 School Board member ...


Wavering Republican Casts Doubt on Democrat's Iraq BillSenator Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican moderate who supports the Webb proposal, said she believed opposition from Mr. Warner would make it difficult ...


Dems announce keynote speaker for annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
... the national level will be of interest to Maine Democrats with the upcoming 2008 elections, said John Knutson, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party. ...


EDITORIAL: A 'Palpable Injustice'
The Republican Party blocks voting rights for the District of Columbia.
THE U.S. SENATE had a chance yesterday to make history. It chose instead to add another unconscionable chapter to that well-worn volume that could be titled "The Second-Class Status of the People of the District of Columbia."


Senate passes measures to help Guard, reserveTom Harkin, D-Iowa and Susan Collins, R-Maine, would create a wider support and assistance network for families when troops are deployed. ...


Call To Action: Please Help In The Fight To Find A Cure For ALS ...
In MA, neither John Kerry nor Ted Kennedy have co-sponsored the bill… in NH, neither Judd Gregg nor John Sununu have signed on board… in Maine, Olympia Snowe HAS sponsored it while Susan Collins has not… and in VT, Bob Bennett HAS ...

Voting Rights: Failure and the Future
thank you. And of course, even though the vote was lost today, we'd like to give a big shoutout to the Republicans who voted the right way -- Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.), Sen. Susan Collins (Me.), Sen. Olympia Snowe (Me.), Sen. ...

Comment on Open Thread (Tuesday) - Keith Olbermann by daryl
The Senate version gives Utah the option to redistrict in time for the 2008 election. An amendment by Sen. Susan Collins spells out the bill does not mean DC can get two senators.

What the War Costs the Right
These kinds of figures won't be replaced and moderate Republicans like Susan Collins are likely candidates for defeat in 2008. The overall outcome is that conservatives are edging towards greater individual and group isolation within an ...

Tom Allen. The Maine Campaign to Impeach will ask people to sign a letter outlining the impeachable offenses that Bush-Cheney have committed and then go up to his office to deliver the letter to Allen's staff. ...

Beyond DeLay: The 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its third annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress entitled Beyond DeLay: The 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and two to watch).

Blackwater: Disaster Capitalism = Disaster Democracy
Iraqi authorities are a little miffed over the shooting deaths of eight Iraqi civilians (and wounding of 13 others) by Blackwater, USA — the “outsourced military” of the U.S. Miffed enough that they canceled Blackwater’s license.