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Political Science Teacher Says Ebola’s No Big Deal; Free Birth Control Pills Remain A Life And Death Issue, However

Doctor and patient. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorAfter many months of complacency, it is reassuring to see the international community and U.S. government finally responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola in recorded history. For months, the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders urgently requested international assistance to address the outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organization, the U.S. and other Western governments have finally responded with badly needed medical supplies, trained health care workers and military personnel. We are facing a new challenge to the international effort to quell the Ebola outbreak, already turned into an epidemic in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, infecting over 10,000 people and killing over 4,500: the irrational responses and panic that have set in among the American public that threatens to detract from our making rational, responsible public health decisions. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Obama Takes Extreme Measures To Counter Ebola Threat, Like Refusing To Shake Hands On The Eighteenth Green Until It Blows Over

obama counters ebola threatWASHINGTON — Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease. Just three weeks ahead of critical midterm elections, Obama is facing increased pressure from Republican critics. They say he has been too slow to protect Americans, drawing parallels to what they have described as foot-dragging on dealing with the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Democrats who are at risk of losing control of the Senate in the November elections are worried that public concerns over Obama’s management of Ebola could hurt them, too. Obama’s job approval ratings are at 39 percent, according to Reuters-Ipsos polls in the first week of October. “At a time in which his job approval rating is quite low and his party is suffering because of it, I think that this is just one more cut in what’s turned out to be the death by a thousand cuts for President Obama,” said Ross Baker, a political scientists at Rutgers. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Undecided Maine Voters Waiting For Debates For Guidance On Farting And Chewing Gum At The Same Time

Susan CollinsDAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Jim Stewart of Casco, who remembers standing in a ballot box in 2004 wrestling with whether to vote for John Kerry or George W. Bush for president, must be among the tiniest subset of a subset of the Maine electorate: He can’t decide between Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud for governor. There is little political common ground between Republicans and Democrats in Maine, especially when it comes to the gubernatorial race, but Stewart considers himself someone for whom party labels don’t matter. He’s hoping to hear something later this week that convinces him to vote for LePage or Michaud when the two appear together on stage — along with independent Eliot Cutler — for this year’s first televised gubernatorial debate. “I’m looking forward to the debates,” Stewart, a longtime unenrolled voter, said. “I want to hear what they have to say.” The first televised debate is scheduled for Wednesday evening. Two more are scheduled for next week, including an Oct. 20 event hosted by CBS 13 and the Bangor Daily News. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Senate Candidate Bellows Releases Ad Showing Support From Stephen King For Universal Healthcare And Free Sematary Plots For Pets

Shenna BellowsPORTLAND, Maine — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows touted her support for a universal health care program and decried incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act during a Thursday morning news conference in Portland. The event took place the same day the Bellows campaign took to the airwaves to play up one of its star supporters, native Mainer and bestselling author Stephen King. In the latest campaign television advertisement, King, a longtime donor to liberal candidates and causes, calls Bellows a “breath of fresh air” and said he has “never worked so hard or hoped so strongly for a change in leadership.” During Thursday’s news conference, Bellows sought to differentiate herself from Collins on the topic of health care, saying Maine’s senior senator — who has a wide lead in fundraising and polling — fell in line with her party in votes to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

First Lady Urges Everyone That Hasn’t Died Of Ebola Or Been Beheaded Yet To Vote Democrat

Ofirst ladyRONO, Maine — First lady Michelle Obama had a clear message for supporters of gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud attending a rally at the University of Maine on Friday: Get out to vote and bring like-minded people with you. “Barack won because of record numbers of women and minorities and young people who showed up to vote,” she said, referring to President Barack Obama’s winning campaigns in 2008 and 2012. “When the midterms came along, too many of our people just tuned out,” she said. “That’s what folks are counting on on the other side this year.” Michelle Obama appeared before an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,500 people at the Collins Center for the Arts. She was preceded by Michaud, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, whose political action committee endorsed Michaud in August, and state Sen. Emily Cain, who is running for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District House seat. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

43 Percent Of Scots Say They Were Too Drunk To Know What They Voted For, And Say Feck Ye Fer Askin’, Ye Bampot

Scots_reject_independenceScottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain’s economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation if Scotland had broken away. The vote on Thursday — 55 percent against independence to 45 percent in favor — saw an unprecedented turnout of just under 85 percent. “We have chosen unity over division,” Alistair Darling, head of the No campaign, said early today in Glasgow. “Today is a momentous day for Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole.”Independence leader Alex Salmond’s impassioned plea to launch a new nation fell short, with Scots choosing instead the security of remaining in union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Still, the result sets up a whole new political dynamic in the United Kingdom, with Cameron appearing outside No. 10 Downing Street to pledge more powers for regional governments.

One Goes Round And Round While Getting Nowhere And Making An Incredible Amount Of Noise. The Other One Is A Race Car

governor lepage NASCARRepublican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday hailed a $50,000 public investment in a NASCAR race car as an effective way to brand Maine to a national audience – if only for one race. Democrats quickly blasted the move as a “monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.” The state of Maine is paying for the branding effort with $15,000 from LePage’s contingency account and $35,000 from the state tourism budget, according to Doug Ray, spokesman for the Department of Economic and Community Development. At a news conference in Portland, state officials and local businesses unveiled the Maine-branded race car, which will be driven by 20-year-old Fort Kent native Austin Theriault in a Sept. 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Kentucky. “Maine” is emblazoned beneath an image of mountainscape, trees and moose on the hood of the blue race car. The driver’s side features a lobster and a lighthouse, while the passenger side features a moose, trees, fall foliage and blueberries. On the rear bumper is an image of a red sign that says “Come in. We’re open.” Both sides feature the “Open for Business” slogan LePage placed on signs near the Maine-New Hampshire border. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

President Assures The Public That He’s Considering Thinking About Mulling Over The Possibility Of Having An Idea

presidentWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his plan to go on the offensive against Islamic State militants, who he said could eventually become a threat to the United States. Obama said he will make a speech on Wednesday to “describe what our game plan’s going to be,” and he will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group. The president, who campaigned for the White House in 2008 on getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, has struggled to articulate how he wants to address Islamic State, telling reporters last month that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to tackle the group. “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Obama said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday. The interview was conducted in Washington on Saturday. “The next phase is now to start going on some offense,” he said. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Town Planner Didn’t See Calls For His Resignation Coming, Which Explains A Lot

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorAbout a dozen residents called for the resignation of town planner Tad Redway at a forum held Aug. 25. Also during the meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to keep the mil rate the same for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at $14.50. In what became an informal, emotional expression of anger toward Redway for performing what the residents said was an unsatisfactory job, residents argued that Redway’s planning was getting in the way of commercial development due to proposed regulations that were too confining. Specifically, residents said they were frustrated about a particular aspect of the town’s comprehensive plan. Chairman Dan Dubois allowed the public comment portion of the forum to continue for more than an hour. Committees and administration in Arundel have been working for more than two years to adjust the town’s comprehensive plan. Town committees have been reconfiguring the comprehensive plan since The Chesapeake Group completed its market and branding study earlier this year. The study concluded the town should utilize its agrarian roots and image as a tool to attract businesses. (read more at The Kennebunk Post)

Deval Patrick And Maggie Hassan Sign Historic Non-Aggression Pact, Partition Demoulas Supermarkets; Invasion Of Hannaford And Shaw’s Feared Imminent

MolotovRibbentropThe end of the Market Basket crisis could be near as Arthur T. Demoulas and the governors of both New Hampshire and Massachusetts released statements Friday expressing optimism that a deal is close. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan say they expect Market Basket will restore Arthur T. Demoulas to “operating authority” on an interim basis, pending completion of a sale in which Arthur T. would gain control of the company. Arthur T. Demoulas, who has been embroiled for years in a power struggle with rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas’ side of the family, said Friday the final bid he submitted this week “can and should be finalized immediately.” The 71-store chain has lost tens of millions of dollars since warehouse workers walked off their jobs last month to protest the firing of Arthur T. The governors said “all parties report that they are optimistic that an agreement will be reached to sell the company to Arthur T. Demoulas and to restore him to operating authority on an interim basis until the sale closes. Subject to reducing their agreement in principle to writing by Sunday, the board will forestall taking adverse employment action against the employees who have abandoned their jobs. We are hopeful that employees will return to work, and the stores will reopen, early next week.” (read more at Seacoast Online)

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