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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Maine News for Thursday, October 25, 2007


Question 5: Is there too much turnover in state Legislature? It's an old question that lawmakers now think they can answer, only no one seems to care. Last in a five-part series.

Energy project puts focus on new emission control Scientists consider the prospects for carbon capture and storage at the proposed Twin River plant.


States call for stricter mercury rulesMaine joined its New England neighbors and New York state on Wednesday in petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force other states to clean up their acts when it comes to mercury emissions.

Question 5: Extending term limits from 4 to 6Question 5 on the Nov. 6 state ballot offers voters the chance to extend current legislative term limits from four to six terms.

EDITORIAL: Yes on Question 1The success of the slots facility in Bangor makes the question of expanding gambling one of equity. A yes vote on Question 1 would allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe to build a gaming facility in Washington County.

Editorial: Yes on Question 2Maine has done much to build its research and development capacity in the last decade. Still, because of a lack of sustained investment, it lags behind other states.

Thursday's Letters to the Editor … Who gets the taxes? … Help for Down East


QUESTION 5Coming to terms AUGUSTA -- It's the last of five questions on the Nov. 6 ballot, and arguably the least visible of the bunch.

EDMUND G. MUSKIE FEDERAL BUILDINGLegionnaire's disease discovered AUGUSTA -- Routine tests of the cooling tower water at the Edmund G. Muskie Federal Building in August apparently showed "higher than acceptable levels" of the bacteria that can lead to Legionnaire's disease.

Local person being checked for mumps AUGUSTA -- State officials are still trying to determine if a person in Kennebec County has mumps, the state's top health official said Wednesday.

Poll: Collins leads Allen
A poll that asks likely voters who they would choose in the 2008 Senaterace between Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat U.S. Rep. Tom Allen gives Collins a 56 percent to 33 percent advantage, according to the liberal Web site Daily Kos.

State keeps drivers' exam English-only AUGUSTA -- If you don't speak English and want to get a driver's license, you're going to have to find someone other than the state to translate the manual and testing materials.

JIM BRUNELLE : Racino-slots referendum likely will pass, despite being a bad idea All right, here is why I plan to vote against an Indian-run racino-slots operation in Washington County on the Nov. 6 referendum ballot: Consistency.

CHRIS CINQUEMANI, AN AUGUSTA RESIDENT, : QUESTION 5Term-limits law represents will of 68% of Maine's citizens On the Nov. 6 ballot, Question 5 will ask voters to extend the number of consecutive terms a legislator can serve in the state Senate or House of Representatives. The question is: "Do you favor extending term limits for Legislators from 4 to 6 terms."

Bush supportive of SCHIP program, but not proposal The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is an important program that President Bush wants to see renewed. SCHIP provides health care for children in families living below 200 percent of the poverty level, but who do not qualify for Medicaid.


Lawmakers submit avalanche of bills AUGUSTA - State representatives and senators submitted nearly 600 bills labeled as emergencies since the first legislative session ended in June. They range from choosing a new state flower to banning the sale of energy drinks to minors, to creating new boating laws in the wake of a double fatality.

LaMarche found in campaign violationAUGUSTA - Former Green Party gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche of Yarmouth is facing $400 in fines for improper record keeping in her campaign.

EDITORIAL: A few dollars for Maine's tomorrowsA natural reaction of frustrated taxpayers to bonds, like those on November's ballot, is to say no more money, not until you State House slackers learn to live like the rest of us.

LTE: 'Can do' attitudeWe are supporting Katherine Harvey's bid for House District 93. Quite honestly, we lack knowledge about the political issues we face in this district. Fortunately, our knowledge of the candidate is not lacking.


Mercury Cleanup Plan Submitted to EPA

Transportation Funding Squeeze (from Morning Edition)


Former Secretary Of State To Campaign For Allen
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright will be in Maine for a Friday morning fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Tom Allen. The $100-per-person event is being held at the Augusta Country Club.


Reps: Extend term limits
When voters in southern Maine turn their thoughts to Question 5, a referendum about extending legislative term limits, local lawmakers hope they will consider experience.

The 'sad truth' about health care in Maine
WELLS, Maine — A representative of Gov. John Baldacci had a grim message about the state of Maine and national health care Wednesday morning for listeners gathered at a health forum at the Village By the Sea hotel.


Gov: Cut services while I travel overseas:
While Baldacci takes lobbyists’ money for a trip, his wife bills taxpayersLobbyists and campaign contributors are among the private interests paying for Governor John Baldacci’s upcoming trip to Asia, though the state forbids officials from accepting gifts.

Mobilize against the war on Saturday: ProtestSeveral buses will take Mainers down to Boston Common on October 27 to participate in one of 11 anti-war demonstrations planned nationwide for that day.

Hustlenomics: Politics and other mistakesAll human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.


Sykes seeks legislation for boats on Long Lake

Vote in honor of a veteran

Three bond questions total $6.2 million



State Health Forums Assess Local Health Care Climate
ELLSWORTH — As Governor John Baldacci begins the process of establishing a new State Health Plan, health forums are being held statewide to assess the climate among health care professionals and activists.

Snowe, Collins Speak Out Against Decision
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) released a statement Monday following the Bush administration’s decision to deny help to commercial fishermen who are being hurt by restrictive regulations.

EDITORIAL: “This Government Does Not Torture”
Be assured that none of us will ever know exactly what constitutes torture under United States law as long as the current administration remains in power. That was made clear again last week during Senate questioning of Michael Mukasey, a retired federal judge who is President George W. Bush’s nominee for U.S. attorney general.

EDITORIAL: FCC Is Back for Another Try
Back in 2003, Kevin Martin was part of a three-member Republican majority on the Federal Communications Commission that voted 3-2 to ease the limits on multiple ownership of television stations, radio stations and combinations of media outlets in the same market. At the time, the final version of the new rules was made public only at the last minute. Following a huge public outcry, a federal appeals court eventually invalidated the FCC decision.

EDITORIAL: The Timing Couldn’t Be Worse
Some members of the United States Congress have begun having second thoughts about efforts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others to force a vote on a symbolic resolution asserting that “Armenian genocide was conceived and carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923.” Hopefully, there soon will be enough defections to forestall this ill-timed and dangerous effort.

LTE: Reality Check Needed
Russell Wray obviously needs a reality check based upon reading his letter “Don’t Forget About the Whales” on Oct. 11. He’s clearly not from Maine. He says that whales have become entangled in fishing gear “all too often.” Not once have I seen or heard of a right whale becoming tangled in gear. I should know. I was working my tail off on the stern of a lobster boat for years. And I don’t “depend” on whales, as he said. Whales didn’t pay my way through college, lobsters did. I should mention that I have a degree in conservation law enforcement and currently hold a job in that area.

LTE: Question 2 Deserves Support
Your editorial on bond issues (Oct. 11) provides a summary of Question 2, which includes $50 million in funding for research and development projects. This funding, to be administered by the Maine Technology Institute, would, as the editorial explains, be awarded based on a competitive bidding process that requires each recipient to secure private or federal matching funds.

LTE: The Unseated President
When was the last time a president of the United States was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

LTE: Ill-Considered, Horribly Timed
A congressional vote characterizing as genocide the Turkish handling of serious internal security threats generations ago is ill-considered and horribly timed. Just when we are most in need of a reliable partner in the Middle East, offending Turkey, staunch Cold War ally for 50 years, can only do damage to our national security. Besides, given our own pathetic history in race relations, our stirring up this hornets’ nest at this time is on very weak intellectual ground.

LTE: Reminders of Ancient Rome
More and more comparisons are being made between the ancient Roman empire and the contemporary American empire. The similarities are striking. In each case, a republic with ideals of equality and sharing turning into an oligarchy of those who have a little and those who have just about all of it. A proud citizens’ army becoming dependent upon barbarian mercenaries on the one hand, on the sadistic stalwarts of politically-connected Blackwater on the other. Nero fiddling while Rome burns, Bush posturing while New Orleans drowns.


Agencies standardize ways to deal with terrorist watch list concerns
At a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing, TSC Director Leonard Boyle said the agreement is a positive development when he was questioned by ranking member Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on why it took TSC an average of 67 days to complete a review of an individual’s complaint.


FEMA sends federal firefighters to relieve CaliforniaSusan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday. Collins led a major investigation into Katrina and the results of those findings guided many of the changes in FEMA.


Report: US terror 'watch list' may be getting too longSusan Collins, R-Maine, said they were concerned about a report that a Mexican citizen with tuberculosis was able to cross the border into the US more than ...


USA: Terror watch list swells to more than 755000Susan Collins, R-Maine, says "creating and maintaining a comprehensive terrorist watch list is an enormous endeavor fraught with technical and tactical ...


Senators Want Full Story on Man With TBSusan Collins, R-Maine, said in an interview. "That sounds significant alarm bells in terms of our confidence that this system can help us detect and ...


Lessons of the Dream Act defeatNorm Coleman of Minnesota and Susan Collins of Maine, voted to push ahead with the bill. But two other GOP senators in tight races, John Sununu of New ...



National Journal’s Hotline TV on the Maine senate race

Kennebec Journal Silliness
The paper's editors let op-Ed scribe George Smith get away with this gem:

The price of fascism
Susan Collins, R-Maine, says "creating and maintaining a comprehensive terrorist watch list is an enormous endeavor fraught with technical and tactical challenges." The report, she says, "underscores the need to make the watch lists ...

Editorial: Don't hang up registry
Susan Collins notes that a five-year re-registration cycle poses an unnecessary burden on the elderly. The target of frequent scams, this is a group that ...

Collins Thumping Allen
Susan Collins crushed Rep. Tom Allen 56-33. Democrats had considered this among their top targets. Suffice it to say, things are not panning out as they had hoped. Collins’ reelect is at 55%, an ominious sign for any challenger.

Report: Homeland Security WatchList Helpful To Santa Claus
Susan Collins, R-Maine, says “creating and maintaining a comprehensive terrorist watch list is an enormous endeavor fraught with technical and tactical challenges.” Samuel L. Jackson was brought in as an interpretor and his translation ...

Resist The Pravda
... that Presidents can't do anything about life issues, that we can't have perfection in our candidates, that Arlen Spector or Susan Collins or other pro-abortion RINO's should be allowed to continue in office, that local candidates ...

Susan Collins (R) 56%, Tom Allen (D) 33%
John and Amy talk about the latest in the Senate races in Maine and Virginia.

With Regard to Our Position On MoRons And The Unsolicited Media ...
Third, when Susan Collins was being blocked from running ads on Google that referenced, David was pretty quick to rationalize Google's cop-out and set himself up as the out of the box thinker with the strategy around the ...

Susan Collins Attacks MoveOn And Tom Allen
This is a rather odd clip from a Susan Collins radio interview last month. In it she discusses the fact that used Joe Lieberman's support for her to raise money for Tom Allen and acts surprised and outraged that someone would ...

Throw out old anthrax vaccine, expert tells US - Reuters
Throw out old anthrax vaccine, expert tells USReuters - 16 hours agoSusan Collins, a Maine Repu...

'I could whip her (behind).' Continuing on this feminist tack, Franken counts Maine senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe as sure victims."

Collins Talks About and Redefeat Lieberman Campaign
Susan Collins speaks about and the Redefeat Lieberman campaign. Exasperated about the influence of small donors in politics.

US Lawmakers Should Not Condone Efforts By Thailand To Issue ...
Tom Allen (D-Maine) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have sponsored a resolution that praises the Thai government for its decision to copy compulsory licenses and urges Congress not to enforce intellectual property standards, ...

Former Secretary Of State To Campaign For Allen
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright will be in Maine for a Friday morning fundraiser for US Senate candidate Tom Allen.

Tuscany to discover
Tom Allen (D-Maine) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have sponsored a resolution praising the Thai government for its theft and urging the United States not to enforce intellectual property standards. Apparently, Allen and Brown think ...