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Maine Gov. LePage declines to give State of the State address, sends insulting letter instead

11 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

This is your regular reminder that the governor of one of our fine American states is, in fact, rather insane. Last month, Governor Paul LePage announced that he would not deliver Maine’s State of the State address this year, breaking with decades of tradition. Show More Summary

Once Again, Thank You Eliot Cutler

The sociopath in the Maine governor’s chair continues his war on the poor: Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage, an outspoken opponent of public assistance, managed to remove thousands of residents from the state’s food stamp rolls over the past 15 months by way of his new work requirements. The number of healthy, childless adults receiving […]

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Late Night Snark: Cacophony in Corn Country Edition "Ted Cruz's [Iowa] victory last night raises a lot of questions, like one: can he keep this momentum going into New Hampshire? And two: just how muchShow More Summary

Maine governor stops bureaucrats from imposing transgender bathroom rules on schools

Gov. Paul LePage stopped two state agencies from forcing schools to allow people to use the showers and restrooms of the opposite biological sex.

Meet the unusually aggressive mosquitoes carrying Zika

Zika virus, a disease once only found in Africa and Southeast Asia, has spread rapidly into the Americas, bringing with it a fear of birth defects. The illness is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes, and no one in the United States has yet been infected with Zika from a bug bite.  But the mosquitoes...

Top Gear: BBC Announces Former Friends Star Matt LeBlanc as Co-Presenter on Top Gear

Top Gear has been in a state of flux since Clarkson and Crew left the show last spring after the Clarkson ‘fracas’ (we don’t need to go into it again). Radio Personality and gearhead Chris Evans was announced as the new main host and...Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Today's Boring Corrections "[T]he Republican base put up with George Bush the first, put up with Bob Dole, were deeply disappointed with the big-spending George W and…again by Mitt Romney and are now going to come loaded for bear for the race for 2016. Show More Summary

Is Your Smartphone Battery Draining Fast? Facebook App May Be the Main Culprit

If you are concerned about your smartphone’s battery, then you are not alone. 44% of all smartphone users have stated their battery performance as the biggest concern they face. No doubt technology and hardware is reaching insane heights of innovation; but the issue of battery still remains as native as it was a decade ago. Show More Summary

Heroic Maine State Trooper Helps Save the Life of a Driver He Pulled Over From a Heroin Overdose

5 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

After Maine state trooper Douglas Cropper pulled over a driver over for speeding, he ended up saving his life from a heroin overdose, with assistance from Leon Chick, an emergency room nurse who stopped by to help out. via reddit

Former DHS Boss Puts University Of California Employees Under Secret Surveillance

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Former DHS boss Janet Napolitano -- who once stated she "doesn't use email" (for many reasons, but mainly to dodge accountability) -- is now showing her underlings at the University of California why they, too, might not want to "use email": someone might be reading them over their shoulders. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Two Things In Life Are Certain. This is One of Them: On February 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment, establishing the beloved income tax, was ratified and became part of the U.S. Constitution. Here is our annual...Show More Summary

Now Streaming on Netflix: A Fantastic Political Thriller on Climate Change

There is a telling moment at the end of the first episode of Occupied, the highly entertaining new Norwegian TV political thriller, now available in the United States on Netflix (with subtitles!). One of the main characters, sittingShow More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE Handy Universal Post-Iowa Reaction Helpsheet In case you just don’t have the words, C&J is here to help... [Hooray!] [Dammit!] [Meh.] My candidate [won] [lost] the Iowa caucus last night, and I am so [thrilled]...Show More Summary

Maine Joins the Growing List of States to Vote on Marijuana Legalization This Year

Campaigners on Monday handed in nearly double the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. Some will be bad, but that's a pretty big cushion. It looks like Mainers will be voting on legalization in November. Monday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in more than 103,000 raw signatures for its petition drive. Show More Summary

Franklin Graham Wants to Be the Next Billy Graham

It was 12 degrees in Concord, New Hampshire, one afternoon in late January, an unusually frigid day in what has been a mild winter in the state so far. But that didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering on a plaza on Main Street to pray with evangelist Franklin Graham. Show More Summary

Push to legalize recreational marijuana use in Maine takes step forward

last weekNews : The Raw Story

An effort to legalize recreational marijuana use in Maine took a step forward on Monday when activists said they had gathered sufficient signatures to earn their proposal a spot on the state’s ballot this November. David Boyer, of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said the...

To Be Born a President

The thought, "someone being born for the role of the president of the United States of America or a born leader," is an arbitrary one. Yet, it is the main focus in a lot of the conversations on the current candidates for the presidency. Show More Summary

Ohio politician says his opponent should rethink running because she's a mom.

last weekHumor / odd : Happy Place

Republican State Senator Tom Patton of Strongsville, OH is getting backlash for comments he made on the America's Work Force radio show on January 18. On the show, he questioned whether his main opponent for the seat, Jennifer Herold, would be able to handle the duties of a job in the state legislature due to her being a mom with young children. Show More Summary

Twelve killed in blast in Syrian capital's main Shi'ite quarter

BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least twelve people were killed and forty wounded in twin blasts on Sunday in the main Shi'ite neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus, Lebanon's Manar state television said.

Deep State: Inside Washington's Shadowy Power Elite

This “state within a state” hides “mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day,” says Lofgren, and yet the “Deep State does not consist of the entire government.” “Our plutocracy, whether the hedge fund managers...Show More Summary

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