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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Maine News for Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Casino foes seek support A religious group starts a fundraising committee to counter the 'Yes on Question 1' campaign.

Price of heating oil is high and expected to go higher What could save Mainers money? A warm winter and drop in crude prices.

Snowe asks for delay of lobster rule She says changes designed to protect right whales burden lobstermen unfairly.

City lawyer OKs 'mega-berth' proposal The attorney says the nearby Ocean Gateway terminal must be operated as a public facility.

UNE facility honors former first couple The library will work with Bush-related institutions at Texas A&M University to offer programs and speakers.

It's time for USM to redefine its mission Declining enrollments and budget overruns mandate a new vision for the university.

OP/ED: Dirigo Health costs more, 'saves' less each year Other states offer more insurance products at lower prices than Maine does. Why?

LTE: Logic on paid sick days ill-formed

LTE: Politicians should have opposed Petraeus attack


Group formed in opposition to tribal racinoAUGUSTA - The Christian Civic League of Maine said Monday it started a political action committee to campaign against a Nov. 6 referendum proposal to allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe to build a racetrack casino in Washington County.

UM athletes, coach run afoul of lawTuesday, October 2, 2007ORONO - A University of Maine assistant coach and three athletes, including a starting football player, have found themselves in trouble with the law in recent weeks, according to local police reports.

Negotiations continue as EMMC nurses union sets strike date Tuesday, October 2, 2007BANGOR - Nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center hand-delivered their official strike notice to a hospital official shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

Bangor: EMDC board names new president-CEOTuesday, October 2, 2007BANGOR - Eastern Maine Development Corp. has appointed its new president and CEO, Charles E. Webb of Orchard Park, N.Y.

Cruising for sex in Acadia targetedTuesday, October 2, 2007ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - Naked people is not one of the things that most people come to Maine’s only national park to see, but public nudity in the park has been known to happen from time to time, many local residents and park officials readily admit.

Today's Editorial:
Wind's RelevanceLast month's testimony from the National Park Service that global warming is irrelevant to consideration of wind power projects in Maine highlights the difficulty of balancing competing views and goals.

Think Big on Education

Tuesday's Letters to the Editor … Tax relief in jail plan … Cease war spending …


Term limit debate low-key As November vote nears, campaign hard to detect AUGUSTA -- Voters will be asked Nov. 6 to decide whether legislators should be able to serve 12 consecutive years, rather than eight.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTHA flower for the victims AUGUSTA -- Briana Hart tossed a flower into the Kennebec River in memory of those who have died as the result of domestic violence.

State of conservation AUGUSTA -- Rita Jones jumped at the chance to serve on a committee at work dedicated to saving money and the environment.

DAVID B. OFFER : Democrats losing sleep over Kamilewicz Senate bid Dexter Kamilewicz may be Tom Allen's worst nightmare.


LTE: Some observations about the war in Iraq As the war in Iraq is mindlessly perpetuated by the incorrigible George W. Bush and his collaborators, some people may need to be reminded of the following realities:

LTE: McCain needs to back off on MoveOn So Sen. John McCain thinks that MoveOn should be "thrown out of the country" for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to speak their mind.


Ground broken for Bush library BIDDEFORD (AP) - The University of New England broke ground Monday for a new building and library named in honor of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.

New lobster rules rankle SnoweAUGUSTA (AP) - Federal rules that took effect Monday will require lobstermen to get new gear to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, a Maine senator who has asked that the rules be delayed and modified said.

LTE: Caved in to Bush pressureSen. Olympia Snowe and Sen. Susan Collins recently voted to support Bush's upcoming war with Iran.


TABOR II backers prepare petition...(full story)

OP/ED: LD 910 preserves 'one man, one vote'...(full story)


Opportunity Maine Launched in PortlandA college loan tax credit program designed to open doors to college and keep trained workers in Maine was officially launched today in Portland. Keith Shortall reports.


Allen Co-Sponsors Safe Consumer Product ActRepresentative Tom Allen is co-sponsoring the bill, which is being called the "Safe Consumer Product Act." He unveiled the details of the legislation at ABC ...

Tax Credit Will Help College Grads Who Stay In Maine

Sun Media Group Acquires More Newspapers

New State Law Raising The Price Of Oil Changes

Cigarette Tax Revenue Declining

Opponents Of Down East Racino Open PAC


The right decision in Rockland
The decision by the city clerk to remove Bentley Snow Davis’ name from the ballot was the right thing to do.


Congressman makes a stop in Winslow
The war in Iraq evoked a more sedate New England dissent, when firefighters from across the state gathered at Sukee Arena for the 44th Annual Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention this past Friday, Sept. 14. Congressman Tom Allen (D) joined the firefighters and their families, chatting, listening and speaking to their concerns.


LTE (Lance Dutson): The Fading Promise of Internet Politics The so-called 'netroots', a consolidated movement of left-leaning online pundits and their faithful readers, have put their muscle and money behind Maine Congressman Tom Allen and his attempt to unseat Senator Susan Collins.


AEI People and Programs, October 2007Now, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joseph Lieberman (ID-Conn.) are drafting comprehensive legislation based on Ornstein's work that includes a ...


Sen. Susan Collins is freaked out by…
Susan Collins apparently doesn’t believe in the right to free speech. She hates it. The thought of a left wing group that has raised millions of dollars for democratic candidates (you know, the candidates that LOVE THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH ...

Cluless Firedoglake
The swamp dwellers at Firedoglake are at it again, yes more smearing of Senator Susan Collins and her campaign members and completely misguided and factually incorrect as usual. One of the nutroots over there at firedoglake is wrong as ...

Monday Rundown
... land deal or Pete Domenici's inappropriate contact with former US Attorney David Iglesias or Susan Collins' possibly inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded Senate resources for political campaign purposes, they could do that?

Susan Collins campaign staffer works for FOX News
Just a bit of a conflict. Then again, we've always known that Susan is a FOX News Republican, so we should be glad she's finally confirmed it.

Sen. Susan Collins: More Foot-In-Mouthpiece News
Susan Collins’ foot-in-mouthpiece blogger (H/T cherish), Lance Dutson, is at it again. This time blogging on the local Fox News affiliate website:…The run-up to next year’s senatorial election in Maine provides some unfortunate examples ...

Is GOP On A Death Watch?"I just do not understand his decision, and I think it would be terrible," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. She faces a challenge from Rep. Tom Allen ...

Will Democrats Return Money?
Congressman Tom Allen of Maine has accepted more than $250000 in donations through alone. So it’s not surprising that Tom Allen has been deafeningly silent on this issue. Apparently the prospect of campaign funds is enough of ...

Maine Impeachers Send Message to Rep. Tom Allen
CITIZENS FROM SOUTHERN MAINE SERVE CHARGES OF IMPEACHMENT OF BUSH & CHENEY TO REPRESENTATIVE TOM ALLEN. At the end of this video, you'll see the citizens actually hand deliver their petitions to the Rep's office and are subsequently ...

Democrats losing sleep over Kamilewicz Senate bid

The Democratic Party is still the party the country trusts
Awwwwwwwwwwww, how sucky to hear that, huh neocons? All this time you’ve been thinking that it’s the democrats who are to blame for the direction of our country and Iraq for the past nine months. Well, it turns out you were wrong as usual and I was right (I’ve been saying all along that Congress’ low approval ratings are the result of republican obstruction in both Houses to protect Georgie):
From page 2 of this Washington Post article:

Three Days in September That Destroyed a Nation: 9/10, 9/11, 9/12
Maine Senator Susan Collins warns against “September 10th thinking”. Rudy Giuliani suffers from 9/11 Tourette’s Syndrome. Thomas Friedman from the New York Times is positively clairvoyant in his ability to divine a September 12th.

I left a post it note for you....
Please tell me that this isn't happening in Augusta:

Three Decades of Snowe - Bangor Metro
Three Decades of Snowe - Bangor MetroExcerpt: "You travel home just about every weekend, often for Main Street Tours. What do you hope to gain from those tours?