Josh Barro over at Bloomberg News has an interesting
theory on why Governor Paul LePage is so upset at the Obamacare
mandate that he called the IRS "the new Gestapo" (and then pretended to apologize). Barro's theory? That LePage
knows he'll have to work with the federal tax agency, rather than being able to
tell President Obama to "go to hell," as LePage promised on the campaign trail
Ironic timing, this:
AUGUSTA – Today at 2:00 p.m., Governor LePage will travel to
Scarborough to tour Phantom Fireworks, a national consumer fireworks company
with over 1,200 locations nationwide. Accompanying the Governor will be State
Fire Marshal Joe Thomas, who will discuss fireworks safety for the coming
Independence Day holiday.
Court is - it can now be said most confidently - the
most political in American
history. Today's surprising - to almost everyone - upholding of the Affordable
Care Act is proof that it's even more politicized than we thought.
If the decision had gone the way most people expected - with
Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.
Maine Representative Chellie Pingree is celebrating the inclusion of several local food and farm provisions in the Senate version of the Farm Bill. The House Agriculture Committee is expected to start work on the bill in July.
Despite the fact that it is enormously expensive and influential, few people understand what the Farm Bill actually does.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is publicly opposing the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science. In front of the Maine Charter School Commission, which is currently considering applications from potential charter school operators around the state, Brennan testified that "the Baxter Academy does not appear to offer anything new or different to Portland students.
Cooking Light magazine's latest issue lists Portland in its "Hidden Gems and Delicious Destinations" feature. Four establishments get a special shout-out:
Just off Monument Square at Portland
Public Market House, Kamasouptra offers options expected (creamy Clam
Chowder) and less-so (Beer and Cheddar made with a Red Ale from nearby Sebago
The Amazing Kreskin, who was apparently in Maine just last weekend, has announced his endorsement of Maine independent senate candidate Steve Woods, who, awkwardly, has just announced his own endorsement of fellow independent candidate Angus King.
But it's kind of a non-endorsement. According to the Bangor Daily News: "[Woods] proposed that either candidate would drop out and endorse the other
if one trails the other by 10 percentage points a week before the
A local YouTube user who goes by "boyscout399" has posted two videos of himself being detained by law enforcement officials because he is openly carrying a gun (which is legal in Maine).
In the recordings (the Biddeford one is just audio), boyscout399 proves well-versed in legalese and Supreme Court cases. He's obviously just trying to make a point, but it is one that may surprise many Mainers: if you see someone walking down Congress Street with a gun strapped to his or her belt, that's totally kosher, legally speaking.
Earlier this week, Maine's two senators -- both of whom are female, in case you've forgotten, voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have, among other things: a) prevented employers from retaliating against employees who complain or inquire about pay inequity; b)
made employers who violate sex discrimination prohibitions liable in court; and c) encouraged grants to fund negotiation-skills training for women and girls.
Some of you might remember my long post about the #menews forum a couple weeks back. Well, they're still at it - and so am I. In my inbox this morning comes moderator Mike Cuzzi, with an opinion piece jointly penned by him, Maine State Chamber of Commerce head Dana Connors, and Tony Ronzio, the Sun Journal's new media director - one of the more clued-in folks on the panel.
Well, what we were worried about last year has come to pass: the likely closure of rural healthcare clinics in Maine that provide screenings, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, birth control, pre-natal care, and other sexual health services to women who qualify for reduced or free care. Some clinics also perform abortions.
I've been talking to various people about how new vendors at
Farmers' Market should be added, when space is available. It's a topic that was going to be discussed last night at a city meeting, but was put off until June 21.
City staff, and elected officials, largely want to hand off
the responsibility of day-to-day management of the market to the farmers
themselves, who - for their part - want that additional responsibility.
At a press conference this afternoon, flanked by local economic bigwigs and creative economy gurus, Mayor Michael Brennan announced the roll-out of the economic development plan he touted on the campaign trail. The major initiatives are derived from the city's Economic Development Vision and Plan, which was adopted by the city council last year.
UPDATED 2 pm with info from Daniel Price.
Without some revisions, farmers and other vendors hoping to
participate in the Portland Farmers' Market on
Wednesdays in Monument Square
and Saturdays in Deering
are unlikely to find the already murky admission process any clearer under a
new plan for market management set to be discussed by city officials on
Thursday, May 17, at 6 pm in the City Hall's Council Chambers.