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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Maine News for Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Ex-president to utilize wind at Walker's Point George H.W. Bush decides to have a wind turbine installed for electricity at his Kennebunkport home.

Jail plan targeting six county facilities The state weighs cuts in Waldo, Oxford, Franklin, Piscataquis and two other counties.

GOP strategist could be acquitted, retried The definition of harassment could determine a Mainer's fate in a phone-jamming plot.

Republican hopes to unseat MichaudJohn Frary, a conservative, announces his candidacy in Maine's 2nd District.

Short-term savings measures could be hardest The state of Maine will have to cope with a revenue drop in a tight time frame.

EDITORIAL: Lower Kennebec school merger leads the way With many kinks still to be ironed out, the school district consolidation process begins.

LTE: Allen should take oath seriously

LTE: Investment in Farm Bill a step toward ending hunger


TIF approved for Stetson Mountain projectWednesday, November 21, 2007MACHIAS, Maine - Washington County officials have given a boost to a power project planned for northern Washington County and set a milestone in Maine by becoming the first county in the state to establish a tax increment financing district in the Unorganized Territory.

Jail overhaul hampered by lack of trustWednesday, November 21, 2007AUGUSTA, Maine - Acknowledging a loss of trust, state and county officials are developing separate plans to overhaul corrections in Maine, and members of the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee criticized both Tuesday for not cooperating to reach a compromise.

Snowe presses for increased LIHEAP aidWednesday, November 21, 2007Sen. Olympia Snowe stopped in Portland on Tuesday morning to press her case for additional federal funds to help low-income Mainers pay the higher-than-usual heating bills they are expected to face this winter.

Leaders apprehensive about school law Wednesday, November 21, 2007SEDGWICK, Maine - Maine's school consolidation law, proposed as an effort to save money in administrative costs, has raised questions - and anxieties - about the loss of local control, fast-track planning deadlines and unresolved details in the law.

Tobin hearing focuses on definitionsWednesday, November 21, 2007 CONCORD, N.H. - Shades of distinction on the meanings of harassment and intention - and a judge's view of those - could mean acquittal or a second criminal trial for a former national Republican Party official implicated in a five-year-old phone jamming plot.

State seeks solutions to revenue reductionWednesday, November 21, 2007 AUGUSTA, Maine - Less than half of a $95 million drop in state revenue estimates will hit in the current fiscal year, but the timing probably makes the short-term problem more daunting than the longer-term challenge.

Farmington: Retired professor enters House raceWednesday, November 21, 2007FARMINGTON, Maine - A retired history and political science professor is entering the race for Maine's 2nd District congressional race in hopes of unseating third-term Democratic Rep. Michael Michaud.

Brewer: Michaud promotes economic development billWednesday, November 21, 2007BREWER, Maine - Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud paid a visit to the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to explain a bill he proposed that would send federal dollars to economically distressed areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York state.

EDITORIAL: Beyond tradeWednesday, November 21, 2007Changes pending in Congress would expand special federal assistance to workers who lose their jobs because of trade. Providing help to more laid-off workers is a positive move.

Editorial: The cribbage crisisWednesday, November 21, 2007Playing cribbage is a lot of harmless fun all over Maine, especially in American Legion posts, as the state police and Legislature now know if they didn't before.

Derek Mitchell: Cut college costs, not opportunitiesMr. Viano, a former chemistry professor at the University of Maine, suggests that laboratories are in disarray and the department needs more modern equipment and more money for graduate students and faculty.

Wednesday's Letters to the Editor … No racism in my vote … Between casinos … Wind power hot air … Ruthless Republicans


Sidney major is acting chief of Warden Service AUGUSTA -- A Sidney man has been named acting head of the Maine Warden Service in the wake of Col. Tom Santaguida's resignation after he was charged with keeping undersized lobsters.

Harassment focus of phone jamming case CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Shades of distinction on the meanings of harassment and intention -- and a judge's view of those -- could mean acquittal or a second criminal trial for a former national Republican Party official implicated in a five-year-old phone jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats.

EDITORIAL: Dechaine panel: Independent, but still official A government for the people and by the people is a government accountable to the people -- a lesson that has been momentarily lost on the members of a commission set up by Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe.

GEORGE SMITH : The unraveling of Maine school consolidation It seemed like a good idea at the time. We were almost unanimous in our understanding that Maine was spending too much on school administration. We agreed that this problem ought to be fixed. We were unified and ready to act.

LTE: Senators' farm bill vote hard to understand It's hard to believe that on the heels of Gary Remal's report (Nov. 16) on the alarmingly high hunger statistics in Maine, that Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe voted against moving forward to pass the farm bill without further delay.

LTE: Let's count our blessings by helping those in need With Thanksgiving Day near, I want to encourage everyone to be thankful for our religious faith and for a constitutional government that recognizes the individual dignity based on that faith.


Wounded Fairfield soldier 'good to go' FAIRFIELD -- An Army soldier from Fairfield told his parents Tuesday via the Internet that he will be "good to go" soon after being wounded in a mortar attack Sunday in Baghdad.

Kingfield Water District gets grant KINGFIELD -- The Kingfield Water District will receive a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help fund public water supply repairs and upgrades.

FairPoint plan nears PUC vote For the past 11 months, a telecommunications company from North Carolina has tried to convince utility regulators in Maine and two other New England states it should take over the region's telephone service.


Soaring toward dreamPARIS - Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School senior Amelia Moore's lifelong goal to become a Naval fighter pilot is one step closer today. She has been nominated by U.S. Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, both R-Maine, to three of the five U.S. service academies.

Other students nominated Several other local students were also nominated to attend a U.S. service academy by Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe including:

Import duty savings lauded
AUBURN - For two sessions, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins worked to get a bill passed that would allow tariffs to be suspended for U.S. manufacturers who need to import products not found in the states.

Ex-RNC official may get acquitted or face new trial CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Shades of distinction on the meanings of harassment and intention - and a judge's view of those - could mean acquittal or a second criminal trial for a former national Republican Party official implicated in a 5-year-old phone jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats.

Lawmakers must address shortfallAUGUSTA (AP) - Less than half of a $95 million drop in state revenue estimates will hit in the current fiscal year, but the timing probably makes the short-term problem more daunting than the longer-term challenge.

State loses $20 million on risky investmentTwo of Maine's highest ranking political leaders are demanding change in the way the state invests tax dollars after an investment linked to subprime mortgages tanked.

Bill aims to protect homeowners facing foreclosureLEWISTON - A single mother in an Androscoggin County town decided to buy a mobile home in 2005. She financed purchase and installation of the home through a conventional lender, despite the high closing fees. She was told her construction loan would convert to a permanent mortgage after she moved in.

LTE: Photo opportunityElections are coming soon. As I was watching presidential candidates on television all standing in a row, I asked myself what I was really seeing. To my astonishment, all I remember was a row of blended men in suits running for office. Trying to remember who supported which issue is difficult, as they all looked alike.


Oil price surge blows $95M hole in state budget...(full story)

410 bills await Maine Legislature...(full story)

EDITORIAL: One pact for all...(full story)

LTE: Aiming for Iran...(full story)


'Bombshell' on school merger shocks York
YORK, Maine — New information on the proposed merger of York and Wells-Ogunquit schools created deep concerns about the loss of local budget control and the need for extra elections at the York selectmen's meeting on Monday night.

Former RNC official could be acquitted in phone jam
CONCORD — Shades of distinction on the meanings of harassment and intention — and a judge's view of those — could mean acquittal or a second criminal trial for a former national Republican Party official implicated in a 5-year-old...


Killing bills: Congress inactionAuto workers, oil companies, and farmers all snarling together in a pit of special interests — it’s not a pretty picture.

All the dark horses: Politics and other mistakesHere’s what I like about the gambling industry: It provides suitable locations for sleazeballs and stupid people to hang out.


Camden lawyer's attorney defends him against charges filed by Maine Attorney General
AUGUSTA — Following is a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 20, by attorney Mal Lyons, on behalf of Jack Sanford of Camden who is facing allegations by the state of improperly operating a non-profit corporation. The original story detailing these allegations can also be read on the Herald's home page.


Key changes to merger law seen diffusing opposition

Lawmakers face action on 410 billsState budget deficit in millions and climbing


Campaign funds thief to run for Congress
A former legislator fresh out of jail for stealing election funds told the Portland Press Herald that he plans to run for Congress.

Lawmakers eye changes in ethics laws
After a gubernatorial candidate paid her spouse for campaign work with public funds, and a Lewiston lawmaker forged campaign reports and instead used Clean Elections funds for personal use, legislators are targeting campaign finance laws in the upcoming session.

Daggett endorses Lawrence
Former Senate President Beverly Daggett, D-Augusta, has endorsed York County District Attorney Mark Lawrence for the first Congressional District seat.

John Frary takes on Congressman Michaud in the Second Congressional District.
Wow – now there’s a match-up that will have the Washington insiders scrambling to find ways to funnel money in to Maine’s second Congressional District.


FCC doles out telehealth grant
A multi-state telehealth network based in Maine recently received a federal grant of nearly $25 million to enhance rural health care.


Snowe 'Deeply Troubled' by Limbaugh Comments

State Revenue Forecast Revised Down $112 Million

Think Gore Can't Sink Any Lower? Think Again
If Gore, a former U.S. VP, had a shred of class he would never have accepted an award from an outfit awarding, at the same time, a show on the assassination of a sitting U.S. President. Another roll in the mud for Gore.

Conservapedia: As Queer as a $3 Bill
It’s kind of comforting to know that of the millions of pages viewed at (the “wikipedia” for right wing super conservative family values Bible believing patriots) nine out of the top 10 most popular sections are all “Homosexual and…”

McLelland blows the cover off Plame-gate
Wondering what you're all thinking about the news that Scott McLelland has written a book, and his publisher has released an excerpt in which Scott says he was lied to by Card, Libby, Rove, Cheney, and Bush regarding their involvement in the outing of Valerie Plame.

Rep. Michaud (ME-2) Gets a GOP Challenger
Those of you in District 2 will now have something to write about - well, maybe not that much. From Central Maine Newspapers:

Why Not One More?
I point to this simply because it's hard to pass up a good quote. From the Portland Press Herald:

Maine Video Roundup : 14 Recent Political and News Videos

Allen Rejects National Lawyers Guild Impeachment Resolution
Resolution on Impeachment of Bush and Cheney Whereas George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney:

Wednesday Early Morning Briefs
And, should Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich enter the Alaska race, Mitch McConnell's record-low poll numbers continue, and Tom Allen close the gap on Susan Collins over the next several months (as well as Treasurer John N. ...

local stuffs
... Nelson has been working with Susan Collins, R-Maine, on that language. He said he is waiting in line for Democratic leadership to support his idea, if and when the next plan goes down. "Sometimes, everything else has to fail before ...

'Scarborough Country' for Jan. 28 - Transcripts
WHITMAN: Well, they are the people who did mount the challenge against Arlen Specter and who said they were doing it not just to defeat him, but also to send a message to Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and other moderates they better ...

All the Senator's Men? - The Ethics in Advancing a Campaign's Story - An Investigative Study by Carl Lindemann (see bio and disclosure)
Excerpt 1:"Overview:Last January, the Media Bloggers Association (MBA) gained national attention before the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial when the group’s president and founder Robert Cox and several MBA members were credentialed to “blog” the federal court case. … Now, months later, what direction are Cox and some of his fellow MBA “Libby Bloggers” taking? How they participated in bringing forward a story from Senator Susan Collins’ (R-Maine) reelection campaign may point the way...."

MoveOn Decries Facebook's Project BacnAccording to Fox News anchor John Gibson, Google has blocked ads that US Senator Susan Collins (Rep... Slams Google Trademark Policy and Supports Free Speech Instead. Last week we reported on ads protesting the political ...