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Monday, May 5, 2008

Maine News for Monday, May 5, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Coalition begins challenge to new taxes on soda, beer, wine
"It's time to say 'enough is enough,' and that's what this referendum is all about," Newell Augur, the coalition's director, said Sunday.

Use of Maine's Clean Election Fund leveling off
As demand for the public campaign money stabilizes, the program gets easier to manage.

JUSTIN ELLISMaybe Michael Heath should spend time with a civil rights team

Solutions elusive: Maine colleges try security, bans, education and on-campus pubs
Some new strategies, such as segregating freshmen at UMaine, are showing promise.

A city's bright idea
Steeples on two Bath churches will soon add to the night skyline

Board to review major projects in Westbrook

There are no easy fixes for this economy
It will take a comprehensive plan to get the national economy back on track.

Crunch time coming for school merger decisions
Changes in the consolidation law were late arriving, so school officials should get busy.

Another View: Politics worth full attention, for 'junkies' and all others
The stakes are too vital to take a season off from trying to make the country better.

Maine Voices: Make public education work for future
We need to take serious and bold steps to ensure that everyone who wants to go to college can do so.

McCain should clarify capital-gains tax comment

Bangor Daily News
Castine: Baldacci praises state service, County at MMA ceremony

Gov. John Baldacci took time in his commencement speech at Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday to praise the people of Aroostook County for their courage and coming together during the recent flooding.

At convention, largest turnout in party history

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Republican Party Chairman Mark Ellis wore a grin that could be seen from across the Augusta Civic Center when he stepped to the podium to address the state party convention over the weekend.

Maine AG: Price gouging not an issue

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gasoline and diesel prices in Maine have soared, but Attorney General Steven Rowe says it’s not because of price gouging by retailers or wholesalers in Maine.

Collins, columnist Thomas rally GOP at state convention

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republicans attending their party's convention this weekend gave Sen. Susan Collins a rousing sendoff as she embarked on a campaign for a third term

Bay State's buoyancy

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis ran for president in 1988 touting the "Massachusetts Miracle," the Bay State's booming, high-tech based economy that brought high-paying jobs and swelled state government tax coffers.

Cleaning bill delayed

As the Legislature’s recent budget balancing efforts show, any seemingly large pot of money in Augusta can easily be diverted to cover state expenses.

Michael S. Heath: Penobscot, state divorce another gambling casualty
There is an old-fashioned look to Old Town. Main Street is flanked by a canoe factory, an Indian crafts store, and a small shop which sells mostly maps and compasses.

Dianne Tilton: Funding formula the real threat to rural education
The Legislature is out of session, and there is great sadness in rural Maine, sadness because although our legislators fought like gladiators, they were not able to slay the political forces that kept the education administrative reorganization law intact.

Kennebec Journal

Rep. Crockett to seek re-election to HD 57
AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Patsy Garside Crockett, D-Augusta, has announced she is seeking re-election as the representative of House District 57, which includes the northwest sections of Augusta.

UMA program honors victims of the Holocaust
AUGUSTA -- Charles Rotmil, who survived the Holocaust as a child, returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp in Poland last October, 65 years after his father was killed there. Rotmil played a hymn on his harmonica and a tune on a Japanese meditation flute.

AUGUSTA: Budget issues to be aired
AUGUSTA -- Residents -- and anyone else with thoughts on the proposed $51.3 million city and school budget -- have a chance to voice their concerns tonight.

Hazardous chemicals eyed by communities
AUGUSTA -- Residents from 10 area communities are being invited to drop off potentially hazardous household chemicals May 17 at Augusta Public Works' headquarters.

On Maine Politics
Ron Paul takeover doesn’t materialize 05/03/08


Reality show hunting down deadbeat dads a bad idea
If Maine is going to sprout new and successful business ventures, it's likely that more than a few of them will be based on local resources and local traditions.


Spend food stamp budget to cook Blaine House meal
It is great that there will be a Blaine House dinner to discuss childhood hunger. Three first-class restaurant chefs have volunteered to cook. To help the attendees grasp the problem, may I suggest that dinner fare be limited to what the average mother, using food stamps, can afford per meal for her child?

Governor should sell taxpayer-financed camp
This is in response to the April 27 article about the complaint that Commissioner Patrick McGowan used an airplane to spot moose on a Sunday.

Sun Journal

Maine drive targets tax on alcohol, sodas
PORTLAND - Several small business owners formally launched a referendum challenge aimed at repealing new taxes on sodas, beer and wine adopted with a goal of bolstering funding for Maine's Dirigo Health program.

Troops arrive for flood recovery
FORT KENT (AP) - Up to 75 National Guard troops are fanning out across Fort Kent and other locations to assist in the cleanup following floods.

Episcopal bishop consecrated
PORTLAND (AP) - Maine's 17,000 Episcopalians have a new leader.

Mainers expected to spend tax rebates on necessities
PORTLAND (AP) - About 750,000 individuals and couples in Maine are expected to receive more than $500 million in economic stimulus checks.

Good talk in Byron
Byron is doing the right thing about wind turbines, by wondering whether it wants to have them at all.

John McCain's disturbing lack of Mideast realism
It's time to take a closer look at the foreign policy of Sen. John McCain.