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Pew Lobbyist Lauds Maine For Its Plan To Generate $1.9 Billion In Renewable Energy That Will Only Cost Ten Or Twenty Billion

green energy lobbyistsORONO, Maine — Maine set an example for other states to follow in its renewable energy investments and growth during the past decade, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “By establishing aggressive goals for clean and efficient energy, Maine is harnessing its renewable resources to create new job opportunities, attract investment and strengthen its manufacturing base,” Tom Swanson, manager of Pew’s clean energy initiative, said. Pew, a nonprofit that aims to shape public policy through research in the areas of the environment, economic policy and health, hosted an event and panel discussion at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday morning and unveiled its findings. Maine was one of eight states Pew chose to highlight in its “Clean Economy Rising” initiative, the others being Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. States were recognized for different contributions. The report on Georgia, for example, trumpets that state as the fastest-growing solar energy market in the country. Pew’s report lauded Maine for having the highest renewable portfolio standard in the country, calling for 40 percent of the state’s total electric supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2017. Most other states call for about 10 percent. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

In A Shocking Turn Of Events, A Man Habitually Paid With Tax Money Favors Higher Taxes

ray lahoodAUGUSTA — Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told hundreds of attendees at the state’s major transportation conference Thursday morning that the country’s infrastructure systems will continue to fall behind other countries if more funding isn’t devoted to infrastructure projects. LaHood, a keynote speaker for the 64th annual Maine Transportation Conference at the Augusta Civic Center, told the transportation industry members to urge their congressional leaders to pass a longer term transportation bill and shore up the struggling Highway Trust Fund with an increase to the federal fuel taxes. “What’s happened around the country is American has become one big pothole, and in states where they haven’t put the resources into infrastructure, you have crumbling roads, bridges that are falling down,” LaHood said. He said the state of Maine has made good progress, but he cautioned that the nation’s transportation infrastructure would continue to suffer without providing more funding to programs. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Obama To Address America’s Growing Shortage Of Greenskeepers

Obama wavy fingerWASHINGTON — In a broad test of his executive powers, President Obama declared Wednesday that he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration – in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency. Obama declared that Washington has allowed America’s immigration problem “to fester for too long.” The president will use an address at 8 p.m. Thursday to announce his measures, and will sign the executive actions during a rally in Las Vegas on Friday. In doing so, he will be taking an aggressive stand that he once insisted was beyond his presidential power. As many as 5 million people in the country illegally are likely to be protected from deportation and made eligible for work permits under the plan. They would not have a path to citizenship, however, and the actions could be reversed by a new president in two years. Officials said the eligible immigrants would not be entitled to federal benefits – including health care tax credits – under Obama’s plan. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

UMaine Law Students Working Pro Bono To Replenish The Nation’s Dwindling Supply Of Housekeepers For Attorney General Nominees

UMaine law school studentsPORTLAND, Maine — Two students from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland left Maine on Saturday to spend a week giving free legal assistance to women and children from Central America being held at a detention center in New Mexico. Laura Shaw, a third-year law student from Gorham, and Amber Attalla, a second-year student from Amherst, New Hampshire, are the first legal representatives from Maine to travel to the Southwest in the wake of a humanitarian crisis along the U.S. border, according to the law school. Their trip was coordinated by the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, a hands-on program in which student attorneys represent people seeking asylum or other protections under federal immigration law in Maine. To cover their costs, Shaw and Attalla raised $2,500 from area law firms, attorneys, fellow law students, staff and faculty from Maine Law, family, friends, and funding from the Student Bar Association at Maine Law. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Leaving To Spend More Time With His Bruises

Ben GrantMaine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant, who has held the post since 2010 and presided over the party during Tuesday’s disastrous losses to Republicans, said Thursday he would not seek re-election. Other party leaders say Democrats need to go through a period of self-examination and look for ways to broaden the Democratic message, but they cautioned against abandoning the party’s core values. Grant said in an interview that he decided before the election not to seek another term as chairman. “It’s the right time to pass the baton, although it’s more bittersweet today because of the results,” he said. Tuesday’s election was not kind to Democrats, both in Maine and across the country.Mike Michaud, a former six-term congressman, lost the governor’s race to incumbent Gov. Paul LePage by a margin that took Democrats by surprise. The party also lost control of the Maine Senate and saw its majority in the Maine House shrink from 31 to 11. In the 2nd Congressional District, Republican Bruce Poliquin defeated Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Maine’s Entirely Non-Partisan Newspapers Unsure How Long To Leave The Black Bunting On Their Desks After The Last Election

newsroomMaine Republicans were savoring their triumphs Wednesday after a decisive 2014 election that saw the party retain the Blaine House with the reelection of Gov. Paul LePage, recapture the 2nd Congressional District and seize control of the Maine Senate. Democrats, who retained a majority in the Maine House but by a smaller margin, are likely in for a period of soul-searching in the wake of a national repudiation that saw the party lose the U.S. Senate and several governors’ races.With 68 percent of precincts reporting, LePage won nearly 48 percent of the vote to win a second term over Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud, who suffered the first defeat in his 34-year political career. In the 2nd Congressional District, Republican Bruce Poliquin claimed victory early Wednesday over Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain. Poliquin had 47 percent of the vote and Cain 43 percent, with 61 percent of precincts reporting. In the Maine Senate, results were not final but Republicans had won or were leading in races for 19 of the 35 seats. Meanwhile, Democrats were holding what looked like a 10-20 seat margin in the House elections. (read more at the Morning Sentinel)

Mainers Vote For Four More Years Of Gravy On Their Governor’s Tie

paul lepage reelected governor of maineLEWISTON, Maine — Paul LePage, the outspoken former businessman who rode a Republican wave into the governor’s mansion and late-night talk show jokes in 2010, has won re-election in Maine. Despite Democrats’ best efforts to turn the gubernatorial race into a referendum on the controversial governor, LePage’s message of lower taxes, leaner, more efficient government and cuts to the welfare rolls won over a base of support that was projected to have grown substantially from the 37.6 percent that elected him in 2010.U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who gave up near-certain re-election to Congress to run against LePage, called the Republican to concede sometime around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler, who all but dropped out of the race last week, had offered his concession around 10 p.m. Tuesday. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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)

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