Author: Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson is the Editor-in-Chief of The Maine Wire. ‪He can be reached by email at Robinson@TheMaineWire.com.

The Maine State Government’s “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Specialist” told the Chronicle of Higher Education last year that libraries were designed to advance white supremacy. “Modern American libraries are rooted in a history of white supremacy and exclusion; the lack of diversity in the field today is a consequence of that design,” said DEIB Specialist Shiva Darabandi, an employee of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. “True change will only take place when leaders are willing to make sacrifices, relinquish power in pursuit of equity, and center Bipoc [Black, Indigenous, and people of color] voices,” Darabandi said. “This…

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In an interview this weekend with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, NBC Reporter Dasha Burns falsely characterized efforts by state-level Democrats to legalize elective late-term abortions up until birth. DeSantis, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, responded to an inquiry about abortion, stating that he would not support broad late-term abortion bills, such as the bill Gov. Janet Mills just signed into law. [RELATED: Gov. Mills Expands Access to Late-Term Abortion by Signing One of the Nation’s Least Restrictive Abortion Policies Into Law…] That bill will allow for healthy women to abort healthy babies for any reason and at…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order Wednesday intended to establish a new migrant resettlement office, telling the Portland newspaper the administration’s goal is to attract 75,000 new workers to Maine. The governor announced the goal as part of the press strategy for rolling out an executive order that will eventually create the “Office of New Americans,” a state office that will assist with migrant resettlement and integration throughout the state. PressHerald.com Mills told the liberal Portland Press Herald newspaper that the goal of attracting 75,000 migrant workers to Maine is part of her plan to supply businesses in…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order Wednesday that will lead to the creation of a new state office intended to facilitate the resettlement of migrants in Maine. The order directs the Governor’s Office of Policy, Innovation and the Future to present a plan as to how it will develop an “Office of New Americans” that will work to ensure migrants are properly integrated into Maine’s economic and civic life. Throughout Gov. Mills’ tenure in office, the state and large municipalities in southern Maine have struggled with the influx of thousands of migrants, mostly from Angola, the Democratic Republic…

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Advocates for a ballot question this fall that would lead the state to take control of Maine’s power grid have said the campaign is about lowering electricity prices and having fewer power outages. But on Monday night, one of the lead organizers for the campaign, a former co-chair of the Portland Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, offered a different motivation behind the effort to seize Maine’s powergrid. “So I’ve been one of the organizers involved in [Pine Tree Power] for a while. And basically we’re part of a coalition to pass a statewide public electric utility, which is…

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The FBI announced Tuesday that its “Operation Cross Country” identified and rescued 200 victims of sex trafficking. The operation, which spanned across two weeks in July, also resulted in the identification or arrest of 126 suspects involved in child sexual exploitation and human trafficking offenses, with an additional 68 suspects of trafficking identified or arrested. The operation succeeded in locating 59 minor victims of child sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation offenses. Simultaneously, it led to the discovery of 59 actively missing children. Addressing the issue, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said, “Sex traffickers exploit and endanger some of the…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills approved on Thursday a bill to authorize and fund the construction of a port on the coast of Maine that will eventually serve as the onshore construction site for multi-billion dollar plans to erect wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine. Supporters of the wind port project hope that it will facilitate the construction of gigantic floating wind turbines that will produce 3,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The new law will create the “Maine Offshore Wind Renewable Energy and Economic Development Program,” the “Offshore Wind Research Consortium,” and the “Offshore Wind Research Consortium Fund.” It will…

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Several of Maine’s largest newspapers – formerly owned by Masthead Media Company – will now fall under the ownership of a nonprofit trust funded by left-wing billionaires George Soros, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and a collection of like-minded progressives foundations and nonprofits. The Portland Press Herald and its related daily papers were sold to the National Trust for Local News several months after former owner Reade Brower announced his intention to offload parts of his sprawling newspaper business. Neither Brower nor leadership of the Trust disclosed the purchase price. According to the Press Herald, the paper will be run under…

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has been indicted for his role in encouraging his supporters to protest at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The long-running investigation was led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who examined President Trump’s effort to delay the certification of the 2020 presidential elections and eventually overturn the results. “Despite having lost, [Trump] was determined to remain in power,” the Smith said in the indictment. “So for more than two months following election day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there had been outcome-determinative fraud…

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A state commission created to address “structural racism” in Maine prohibited Mainers of “dominant racial groups” from speaking or asking questions during a July 23 public meeting at the Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston. Ariel Ricci, the executive director of the Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous & Tribal Populations (PCRITP), initially denied that the commission imposed a race-based requirement for talking during the hours-long public meeting. Then the Maine Wire informed Ricci, who appears to be white and uses she/they pronouns, that we had a recording of her imposing it. “Our goal here really is to center…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills sent an email Friday letting subscribers know that she signed a bill that will allow 16-year-olds to obtain puberty blocking drugs and cross sex hormones without their parents knowledge and even in cases when their parents object. [RELATED: Maine Lawmakers Approve Puberty Blockers, Cross-Sex Hormones for 16- and 17-Year-Olds — Without Parental Consent…] The new law will allow a “health care professional” to provide hormones to minors for the purpose of altering their physical sex characteristics if the minor has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and their parents have refused to support hormonal interventions. The law…

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Maine State Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin), one of a select few Republican state officials invited to President Joe Biden’s event in Auburn, used the opportunity to urge the Commander-in-Chief to grant clemency to Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the infamous Silk Road who is serving life in prison. “Welcome to Auburn, ME!” Sen. Brakey wrote in a letter provided to Biden’s team. “Please consider clemency for Ross Ulbricht. Life in prison for building a website is cruel and unusual punishment,” Brakey wrote. [RELATED: Hunter Biden Pleads Not Guilty As Plea Deal Falls Through, Facing Possible Foreign Agent Charge…] Ulbricht launched…

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In her most recent public speaking opportunity since she told her supporters to “storm the capitol” on Juneteenth, Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) blasted “liberal Democrat white women” for prioritizing niche LGBT issues over her preferred race-related issues. In racially charged remarks at Bates College in Lewiston on Thursday, Talbot Ross complained that Maine Democrats and the media “demonize” her for fighting for racial justice and use racial minorities as “talking points” to advance a white liberal agenda. “I applaud and I admire, and think it serves as a model, that the state legislature made extraordinary advances in…

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Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday endorsed a ballot question campaign that would in theory force the owners of Maine’s largest electrical utilities to sell their Maine-based assets to the state. “Power belongs in the hands of the people, not greedy corporations,” Sanders said in a statement. “Fortunately, Mainers have a rare chance to take control of an important part of their daily lives,” he said. “I’m proud to support the Pine Tree Power campaign, and I urge Mainers to support it as well.” The Pine Tree Power campaign would require the state to come up with a plan…

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President Joe Biden will visit Maine on Friday to tout his economic policies, which the White House is trying to brand as “Bidenomics.” The visit, which will take him to the Lewiston-Auburn area, is intended to take credit for growth in Maine’s manufacturing sector. More than a few Mainers have reacted to this news with some version of “huh?” If there’s a sparkling success story to tell about the revival of American manufacturing, Maine’s probably not the first place you’d look. American manufacturing has declined over the past three decades, but the impact of that trend has been particularly acute…

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Activists targeting Federalist Society co-chairman Leonard Leo, including one dressed up in an elaborate ‘angry uterus’ costume, gathered again on Saturday at his home in Northeast Harbor to protest recent Supreme Court decisions and to air a hodgepodge of left-wing political grievances. More than 40 protesters turned up for the gathering, with many carrying signs that referred disparagingly to Leo’s religious faith and spoke to protesters’ desire to see him run out of Northeast Harbor. Several messages contained thinly veiled attacks on Leo’s Catholic faith and his affiliation with well-known Catholic organizations. One instance of sidewalk chalk graffiti called Leo…

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Liberal groups and some lawmakers in Maine are upset with Gov. Janet Mills after she vetoed a bill that would prohibit companies with more than 5 percent foreign ownership from spending money to influence political campaigns in the state. In her veto message, Mills said she blocked the bill because it contained several provisions that would have limited Freedom of Speech, imposed an undue burden on media outlets, and hampered businesses majority owned by Mainers. Mills also noted a glaring loophole in the law: “the same business that is barred from influencing the electorate as they consider a statute at…

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Avangrid, the parent company of Central Maine Power, agreed this month to pay $48 million to terminate a power purchase agreement it signed with offshore wind developer Commonwealth Wind. From Commonwealth Magazine: “The $48 million termination payment will be paid in three installments to the utilities — $25,900,800 to Eversource, $21,619,200 to National Grid, and $480,000 to Unitil – and the money will be reimbursed to ratepayers, according to filings with the Department of Public Utilities, which approved the power purchase agreement at the end of last year and must now approve the termination agreement.” … The deals will allow the offshore…

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday that the city is going to distribute fliers at the southern border that it hopes will convince the thousands of migrants crossing the border every day to pick a different destination. “We have no more room in the city,” Mayor Adams said at a press conference. According to the New York Times, more than 90,000 migrants have arrived in the city since 2022, with nearly 55,000 remaining in the city’s care. The Times reported that the fliers, available in Spanish and English, describe the high cost of housing and food in New…

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This story has been updated to include details from a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, first reported on by the Bangor Daily News, as well as interviews obtained by the New Yorker. The town of Bar Harbor is likely to agree to a massive settlement with a left-wing protester who was arrested last year for harassing and threatening a prominent conservative legal activist, his wife, and their 11-year-old daughter. Two sources familiar with the town leadership’s thinking said Bar Harbor was planning to settle with Eli Durand-McDonnell, 24, even before he officially filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming that he was wrongfully…

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Four of Maine’s largest companies are no longer listed as financial sponsors of Equality Maine, a non-profit that has advocated for legalizing elective late-term abortions and sex changes for minors. The changes to Equality Maine’s list of sponsors follow a June 2 report from the Maine Wire showing how several of Maine’s largest companies donate money to the radical left-wing group. [RELATED: Top Maine Businesses Are Funding Push for Late-Term Abortion and Far Left “Trans” Policies…] At the time, Hannaford, LL Bean, Central Maine Power, and General Dynamics, parent company of Bath Iron Works, were listed as sponsors. However, as…

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The Mayor of Waterville has drawn statewide attention for twerking on TikTok, but his penchant for posting spicy content on the Chinese video app may have crossed the line last month. In a June 2 video, Mayor Jay Coelho attacked right-wing activist Nick Blanchard, 33, of Augusta, for criticizing a so-called drag queen story hour event that had been scheduled for a Waterville book store. “Tomorrow, [Blanchard is] going to protest the Book Cellar as part of a group called ‘Patriots With Attitude’ — although he’s never served. I mean, other than time. Did he stab a kid? That’s kind…

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Republican members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee looked on, with some of them even clapping, as Gov. Janet Mills signed a spending package Tuesday that includes a one-percent payroll tax on Maine workers. The payroll tax, which will be used to fund a paid leave program, is the largest tax increase on Maine workers in decades. According to the fiscal note for the paid leave component, the new payroll tax is expected to collect more than $350 million from Maine workers. Gov. Mills signed the $800 million spending package and tax increase, as Republican members of the Appropriations and Financial…

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Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommended lifting the statewide mandate that healthcare workers receive injections related to Covid-19 as a pre-condition of working in Maine. DHHS filed a proposed rule change Tuesday that would lift the mandate, and the Department of Public Safety filed a similar rule change that would life the mandate for EMS workers. Rep. Laurel Libby (R-Auburn), who has been a top critic of the mandate, said late Tuesday in a Facebook post that DHHS has told lawmakers it will immediately stop enforcing the mandate. “From the Department: ‘The rule was filed today, will…

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As political observers question whether California Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering a presidential bid, the Democrat from the U.S.’s largest state is pitching a 28th amendment to curtail the right to bear arms. On Monday, Newsom’s political action committee began running ads to drum up support for the idea. https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom/status/1667208030671491073?s=20 Social media posts indicated that the proposed constitutional amendment would raise the minimum age to buy a firearm, mandate universal background checks, institute a “reasonable waiting period of gun purchases,” and ban civilians from purchasing what he calls “assault weapons.” Specific details of the proposal are not currently posted to…

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Documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shed new light on the billion dollar D.C.-based operation that finances and controls many of the left-wing groups that influence politics throughout Maine. Arabella Advisors, a for-profit consulting firm, manages five non-profits, and those funds have given millions of dollars to organizations and activists in Maine who back progressive political projects. The structural organization of the firm and its various legal entities facilitates the flow of anonymous political spending, often called dark money. Although Arabella Advisors originally positioned itself as an HR consultant helping the non-profits during a start up phase, the novel…

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The Daily Caller News Foundation – Jake Smith on July 10, 2023 Behind closed doors, President Joe Biden routinely yells and curses at White House staff, provoking so much discomfort that many are reluctant to meet with him alone, Axios reported Monday. Biden, who turns 81 later this year, will often have intense outbursts of anger and yell obscenities at his staff during meetings at the White House, according to Axios. This includes so-called “stump the chump” interrogations designed to reveal staffers’ ignorance and often results in staff feeling wary of meeting with the president one-on-one. “No one is safe,”…

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The White House addressed reports Friday that it was planning to arm Ukraine with cluster bombs, a controversial munition that has been banned by more than 100 countries because of its potential to kill indiscriminately. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1677387119352840192?s=20 “Ukraine has provided written assurances that it’s going to use these in a very careful way that is aimed at minimizing any risks to civilians,” said White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, during the White House press briefing. Sullivan said the Ukrainian military would have no incentive to abuse the cluster munitions because the civilian casualties they are trying to minimize are their…

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The Daily Caller News Foundation – Jason Cohen on July 7, 2023 Media outlets are giving positive coverage to tech giant Meta’s new text-based app Threads, which has been described as a “copycat” to Elon Musk-owned Twitter, according to Axios. Media outlets and journalists have characterized Musk’s Twitter as harmful, poorly managed and plagued with white supremacy, according to reports. CNN Business has labeled Threads as a possible “Twitter killer” and Axios suggested that Musk’s tumultuous approach to running Twitter has helped Meta, which reportedly hurried to release Threads in response to Twitter’s recent difficulties. “I think people have been looking for an alternative that…

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Thursday night, in one of the last floor speeches of the year, Sen. Cameron Reny (D-Lincoln) became the first supporter of Gov. Janet Mills’ late-term abortion bill to acknowledge the Maine Wire’s reporting on Dr. Shannon Carr. As the Maine Wire has reported, Dr. Carr is a late-term abortion provider who was tapped by Democrats to serve as an expert medical witness in favor of the late-term abortion bill, LD 1619. What those Democrats might not have known, however, was that Dr. Carr was named in a 2017 wrongful death suit filed by the family of Keisha Atkins, a 23-year-old…

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Solar power diehards in the Democratic Party have won their fight to protect a program that subsidizes large solar facilities through electric rate increases on Maine residents and businesses. The fate of that program, known as “community solar,” along with its funding mechanism, Net Energy Billing (NEB), was one of the last major pieces of business before the State Legislature this year. Community solar and NEB had become increasingly controversial after the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) released estimates showing the arrangement would cost Maine ratepayers $220 million by 2025. Those increased electricity rates, though collected by Maine’s power…

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The Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor has notified 24,180 patients that their private patient records may have been exposed during a network intrusion that affected the hospital between April 28 and May 7. From DataBreaches.net: “The types of information that may have been impacted reportedly included name, address, date of birth, driver’s license/state identification number, Social Security number, financial account information, medical record number, Medicare or Medicaid identification number, mental or physical treatment/condition information, diagnosis code/information, date of service, admission/discharge date, prescription information, billing/claims information, personal representative or guardian name, and health insurance information.” In a June 5 online…

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused during Wednesday’s briefing to say whether President Joe Biden acknowledges Hunter Biden’s four-year-old daughter as his grandchild. https://twitter.com/theMRC/status/1676669300067688448?s=20 “I don’t have anything to share from here,” said Jean-Pierre, when asked about a New York Times story concerning the young child. The Times reported that the girl’s father, Hunter, has never met his child. DNA testing has proved conclusively that he is the girl’s father. However, President Biden has never acknowledged his granddaughter’s existence, and White House statements about the Biden family routinely omit her. Despite a lucrative career as a Ukrainian natural gas…

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A community of conservative Christians in Maine has been frustrated by the State’s car insurance mandate. It’s become such a nuisance that some families are considering relocating to another state, like Vermont, that offers legal accommodations for religious minorities whose beliefs preclude them from using insurance products. The insurance mandate has already led some members of central Maine’s small community of Mennonites to list their homes for sale. The Mennonites, like the Amish, are a conservative branch of the Protestant Anabaptists. There are an estimated 2 million Mennonites worldwide, and their beliefs and traditions vary from community to community. Members…

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More than 2 million people and an estimated $100 billion in wealth relocated to the Southeast United States in 2020 and 2021, according to an Bloomberg analysis released this week. From Bloomberg: For the first time, six fast-growing states in the South — Florida, Texas, Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee — are contributing more to the national GDP than the Northeast, with its Washington-New York-Boston corridor, in government figures going back to the 1990s. The switch happened during the pandemic and shows no signs of reverting. A flood of transplants helped steer about $100 billion in new income to the Southeast in 2020…

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In a stunning turn of events, a small bag of white powder, later identified as cocaine, was discovered on White House premises, sparking an immediate investigation by the Secret Service. The cocaine was discovered on Sunday by Secret Service agents conducting a routine inspection of the White House. A preliminary test quickly confirmed that the baggy of white powder was cocaine. The Secret Service is conducting an investigation to figure out how the Schedule II substance might have found its way into the executive mansion where President Joe Biden lives. Reports initially suggested that the cocaine was found in the…

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has begun providing Driver’s Licenses to residents who are present in the U.S. illegally under the “Work and Family Mobility Act” as of July 1. The WFMA will allow all Massachusetts residents to apply for a Standard (Class D or M) driver’s license, regardless of their immigration status. The RMV is also extending its hours of operation, adding more staff, and translating materials to make the law’s implementation as smooth as possible. According to the RMV, the new law removes the necessity for residents to provide proof of lawful U.S. presence to obtain a driver’s license.…

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One of the last remaining items of business at the State House this summer is what — if anything — the State Legislature is going to do about the soaring electricity costs driven by a 2019 law that handed massive subsidies to solar developers. [RELATED: Out-of-State Firms Reaping Windfall Profits on Maine’s $220M Per Year Community Solar Program…] Republicans and some Democrats agree that lawmakers made an expensive mistake in 2019 when they expanded Maine’s community solar program to include facilities up to 5MWs. The cost of that expansion was paid for by ratepayers in the form of higher electricity…

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President Joe Biden’s plan to unilaterally forgive $20,000 of student loan debt, broadly seen as an unconstitutional gimmick to boost Democratic turnout prior to the 2022 midterm elections, was struck down Friday by a 6-3 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Biden Administration had argued that the president had the authority to shift up to $20,000 per borrower of debt onto the taxpayers because of the 2003 Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act. Chief Justice John Roberts rejected that argument, insisting that court precedent required “Congress speak clearly before a department secretary can unilaterally alter large sections…

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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills delivered an anticipated veto of Democratic House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross’ tribal sovereignty bill Friday morning. The bill had backing from Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans, an unusual coalition that would amount to enough votes to override the veto in both the House and the Senate — but only if the coalition hangs together. The veto is a climax of sorts in the conflicting views of Talbot Ross and Gov. Mills. While Mills has sought to maintain a 1980s agreement that makes Maine a middleman between the tribes and the federal government, Talbot Ross wants to…

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The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that colleges and universities cannot make admissions decisions on the basis of race, setting off a wave of outraged progressives. [RELATED: Supreme Court Declares Race-Conscious College Admissions Unconstitutional in Harvard Case…] Among the outraged: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a white woman who for years pretended to be Native American as a lawyer and later a professor at Harvard University. https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1674448621159305220?s=20 Warren has said she never used her fake ancestry to benefit from affirmative action, but the university touted her as a minority hire. She made nearly $430,000 per year. The elaborate ruse…

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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills endorsed the largest state tax increase on Maine workers in more than two decades Thursday with an op-ed published in a liberal Portland newspaper. “I have repeatedly said I am opposed to increasing taxes,” Gov. Mills said, before going on to explain why she was supporting the tax increase contained in a Democrat-backed paid leave proposal. [RELATED: Appropriations Committee Approves $800 Million Spending Package in Early Morning Vote…] In the governor’s view, supporting the Legislature’s tax increase proposal as part of an $800 million spending bill is the better alternative to a far left proposal coming…

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Maine Wire Editor-in-Chief Steve Robinson joined WVOM’s George Hale and Ric Tyler Thursday morning to discuss the migrant protest on Park Ave in Portland, the simmering migrant crisis, and how political leaders are attempting to resolve the problem. Read more of the Maine Wire’s coverage here: “This Is Insanity”: Portland Maine’s Liberal Redditors Turn on Migrant Policies Bad Food, No Showers: Migrants Protest Outside Portland Expo Over “Awful Conditions,” Uncertain Future Benefits Portland Officials Address Protest Over “Deplorable Conditions” at the Portland Expo South Portland Approves State-Funded Agreement to Keep Housing Migrants at Howard Johnson for 12 More Months Migrant…

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Users on the most popular subreddit for Portland reacted harshly Wednesday morning to the news that migrants from sub-Saharan Africa staged a protest in the streets demanding better housing and benefits. Portland’s Reddit community, which tends lean left, appears to be changing its mind about the benefits of generous welfare policies and unlimited immigration. Here’s a few choice quotes from this thread in reaction to news of the protest: This is insanity. How far are we going to let this go? We’ve given them everything we have to the point where Portland taxes are poised to go up 10% if…

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In a striking example of “burying the lede,” the New York Times revealed, deep into a story on bombshell IRS whistleblower testimonies, that the newspaper has independently confirmed the most sensational allegation from that testimony — a confirmation that calls into question multiple statements provided by the U.S. Attorney General. Two IRS whistleblowers said last week that their investigation into Hunter Biden’s unpaid taxes encountered politically driven roadblocks from officials connected to the Biden Administration. That allegation, if true, could prove devastating to the Biden White House and his 2024 re-election campaign. One of the whistleblowers, IRS official Gary Shapley,…

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Gov. Janet Mills’ signature late-term abortion bill, the very bill she said she would not support during her re-election campaign, is expected to receive her signature later this week following final passage Tuesday in both the Senate and the House. The bill passed 21-13 in the Senate and 73-69 in the House. Almost all restrictions on abortion will be eliminated when the bill becomes law. Previously, abortion in Maine had been limited for 30 years by a 24-week viability threshold, with a few exceptions for cases coming after that point, such as when the life of the mother is in…

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The debate over Gov. Janet Mills’ late-term abortion bill was one of the most controversial of the session, but it was also one of the most frustrating. It was a frustrating debate because neither the pro-abortion side nor the anti-abortion side could come to an agreement about what the bill even meant. They still can’t. On the pro-abortion side, left-wing politicians said over and over again that the bill was limited only to fatal fetal abnormalities, rare cases, and would not permit elective abortions of health babies carried by healthy women. On the anti-abortion side, conservative politicians insisted that the…

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The federal government may have handed out more than $200 billion in taxpayer money to fraudsters under the guise of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). During the pandemic, the SBA handed out $1.2 trillion under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. “Using OIG’s investigative casework, prior OIG reporting, advanced data analytics, and additional review procedures, we estimate SBA disbursed more than $200 billion in potentially fraudulent COVID-19 EIDLs and PPP loans,” the OIG report states. The OIG report…

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Maine’s State Senate on Tuesday blocked a proposed amendment that would have put a four-year moratorium on the trafficking of fetal remains leftover from late-term abortions. The proposed floor amendment from Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) followed approval by the Senate of Gov. Janet Mills’ controversial proposal to eliminate restrictions on late-term abortions in Maine. By a vote of 23-11, the Senate voted in favor of Sen. Mattie Daughtry’s (D-Cumberland) motion to indefinitely postpone consideration of the amendment, effectively killing the proposed moratorium. If Gov. Mills’ late-term abortion bill becomes law, as now seems certain, elective late-term abortions on healthy babies…

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Seventy-nine-year-old U.S. Sen. Angus King, who is not enrolled in a party but who caucuses with Democrats, said Tuesday he plans to run for re-election in 2024. https://twitter.com/JohnnyWGME/status/1673719415882362881 “There’s too much to do, I just don’t feel like this is the time to quit,” Sen. King said, according to a tweet from WGME reporter Johnny Maffei. King served two terms as Maine’s governor before trying his hand at lucrative green energy investments that later drew criticism from fiscal conservatives. In 2012, King ran for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. As a Senator, King emerged…

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Gov. Janet Mills dealt labor unions a major defeat Tuesday when she vetoed an offshore wind port construction bill that included lucrative carve outs for organized labor. The bill she vetoed, LD 1847, began as a governor’s bill; however, Sen. Glenn Curry (D-Waldo) and Senate Democrats attached an amendment to it that would have required all work on the project to go to labor unions under a Project Labor Agreement. That was a problem for Maine’s largest construction companies, which are employee owned and not unionized. It was also a problem for many of the smaller Maine-based subcontractors that could…

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The Maine House of Representatives voted Thursday night to approve Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ plan to eliminate restrictions on late-term abortion in Maine, bringing the most controversial bill of the legislative session one step closer to becoming law. The 74-72 vote means it’s all but certain that the Democrat-controlled Senate will vote Friday to send one of the most radical abortion bills ever written to the Blaine House to become law under Gov. Mills’ pen. The bill was a top priority of leading abortion clinic operator Planned Parenthood, a group whose political allies spent heavily in the 2022 election cycle…

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President Joe Biden was in the room when his son Hunter Biden sent a WhatsApp message to Chinese businessman Henry Zhao demanding to know why Zhao had not held up his side of an undisclosed bargain, according to documents released Thursday by House Republicans. In the 2017 WhatsApp message, Hunter Biden implied that Zhao failing to heed his words would result in his father, then the former-Vice President Biden, and “everyone he knows” holding a grudge. The documents include whistleblower testimonies from two IRS agents who allege political interference by the Department of Justice and the IRS into their investigation…

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The young couple gunned down Monday night in Westbrook had recently relocated to Maine from Texas with their two young children. Michael Hayter, 41, and Brittney (McKinney) Cockrell, 37, were shot to death in front of their 7- and 11-year-old children by Marcel LaGrange, Jr., according to the Maine State Police (MSP), in what appears to be a random act of violence. Law enforcement has not said whether the case is being investigated as a hate crime. LaGrange, 24, had previously told corrections officers at the Long Creek Youth Correctional Center in 2018 that he wanted wanted to go on…

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If lawmakers voted to approve a paid leave program — funded by a new one percent payroll tax on workers — then that would legally nullify a more radical version of the plan left-wing activists are pursuing via ballot referendum. So said Sen. Mattie Daughtry (D-Cumberland) Thursday morning on the WGAN Morning News in an interview with host Matthew Gagnon. Listen here: Newsradio WGAN · Sen. Mattie Daughtry “From what I understand, depending on when the law takes effect, it would render the referendum null and void,” Sen. Daughtry said, after disclosing that she’s not a lawyer. Perhaps she should…

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said Thursday that the committee has received credible whistleblower testimony alleging misconduct and government abuse resulting in preferential treatment for the president’s son, Hunter Biden. During a press conference, Smith detailed three key areas of focus revealed by the transcripts of interviews with the whistleblowers: unequal treatment of taxpayers when enforcing tax laws, alleged overreach by the Biden Department of Justice in the investigation, and retaliation faced by Internal Revenue Services (IRS) whistleblowers. The whistleblowers, two IRS employees, were part of an investigation into Hunter Biden that began…

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The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday released shocking whistleblower testimonies suggesting alleged impropriety by the IRS and DOJ during the investigation into Hunter Biden’s potential tax evasion. The testimonies were provided by two IRS employees involved in the investigation of President Biden’s son. The IRS employees outlined instances of misconduct and governmental abuse at the IRS and the FBI, notably citing unequal enforcement of tax law, interference by the DOJ, and retaliation against whistleblowers. “The American people deserve to know that when it comes to criminal enforcement, they are not on the same playing field as the…

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Maine’s Republican Senators on Wednesday defended their opposition to an effort by Democratic lawmakers to create a new one percent payroll tax on Maine workers in order to fund a mandatory paid family and medical leave program. In a vote that fell strictly along party lines, Senate Democrats approved the plan, setting up a future vote in the House of Representatives. The plan would cost taxpayers more than $360 million per year in taxed wages by 2026, according to the fiscal note estimate for the bill. That money would be used to create new government positions at the Maine Department…

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One-hundred members of the House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross’s (D-Portland) tribal sovereignty bill, a large enough bloc to override an expected veto from Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. Under federal law, Native American tribal organizations are entitled to certain federal assistance and programs, but a law enacted by Maine in the 1980s, and ratified by Congress, made state government a middleman between the tribes and Washington, D.C. Allowing Maine’s tribes to benefit from all federal programs, without having to first consult with the state government, has been a top priority for Speaker Talbot…

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Maine’s top newspapers have refused to publish a pro-life op-ed written by the long-time former Executive Director of Maine’s State Board of Nursing, Myra Broadway. The opinion editorial, submitted to the Bangor Daily News last month, and later to the Portland Press Herald, centered on the relevance to Maine’s current late-term abortion debate of Dr. Shannon L. Carr, an OB/GYN Gov. Janet Mills and Democratic leaders tapped to serve as an expert witness in support of LD 1619. BDN’s Opinion Editor Susan Young did not respond to an inquiry asking why she rejected the op-ed, but Broadway confirmed that Young…

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Boston Police and Fire crews responded to a medical emergency at a public housing complex Saturday and discovered a bizarre scene, including a dead person, dozens of sex toys, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and four kids apparently being hidden by an adult. The Boston Herald broke the news about the strange scene Boston emergency services uncovered at the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing complex, which is run by the Boston Public Housing Authority, after obtaining public records about the incident. Despite the shocking nature of the story, other New England-area media outlets have mostly left the story alone, with the exception of…

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American 13-year-olds have posted another decline in math and reading testing, according to a Wednesday release of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The NAEP, sometimes referred to as the “Nation’s Report Card,” measured the lowest math scores since 1990 and the worst reading scores since 2004. Compared to previous years, average scores have seen a significant drop, both in the short term (since 2020) and over a decade. In the most recent assessment, average scores for reading dropped by 4 points and for mathematics by 9 points compared to the 2019–20 school year. This represents an…

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A new rule from the Biden Administration has sharply limited the number of migrants who can legitimately claim asylum after crossing the southern border, according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times. The new rules will disallow any migrants from eligibility for an asylum claim if they crossed from a third country without first seeking protections in that country, the LA Times reported Tuesday based on government records. Many of the migrants claiming asylum in Maine have said they arrived in the U.S. after entering Brazil and traveling north to the U.S.-Mexico border, which would mean he new policy would…

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An aspiring rap artist from South Portland was arrested Monday night after allegedly murdering two Westbrook residents in front of their 7-year-old and 11-year-old children. Marcel Lagrange, Jr., 24, has been charged with two counts of murder and is currently being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfbV85ZQ7YE Just five days ago, LeGrange was releasing music he produced on YouTube. The music was produced as part of the Maine Inside Out project, a Lewiston-based nonprofit that enriches the lives of incarcerated youth through theater and the arts. In 2021, LaGrange was on an Maine Inside Out livestream in…

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The Maine State Police Bomb Unit was called in last week to investigate and disarm an “explosive device” discovered in the driveway of a homeowner on Tabor Road in Woodland, the Maine State Police said Tuesday. “On Friday, June 16, 2023 at approximately 9:30 am, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Tabor Road in Woodland after the homeowner had discovered a homemade explosive device in his driveway,” the Maine State Police (MSP) said in a press release. “The Maine State Police Bomb Unit responded and rendered the device safe. Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office responded…

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Former Democratic Rep. Clinton Collamore said Thursday that “someone in the Democratic Party” urged him to remain silent on his election fraud charges until after the Nov. 8, 2022 elections. The allegation, if true, suggests that the timing of the announcement that Collamore had been indicted involved, at some level, a political calculation to help the Maine Democratic Party hold power in Augusta. The Lincoln County News broke the story: [Collamore] said he wanted to hold a press conference prior to the November election but was told not to by members of his party because it might affect election outcomes.…

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Candidates for state office who choose to seek taxpayer funding for their campaigns will not be required to disclose on campaign advertisements that taxpayers are footing the bill. Sen. Matt Harrington (R-York) was the sponsor of a bill (LD 790) that would have required any politician buying advertising with taxpayer funding to disclose as much. The bill would also have required traditionally funded candidates to disclose on their advertising that their campaign funds came from private sources. On Wednesday, the Senate voted strictly along party lines to reject the disclosure bill. The House followed suit Thursday. That means taxpayer-funded candidates…

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Last night, the Maine House of Representatives was up late debating whether to approve a bill that would add more security at the State House. Republican lawmakers were a little upset with the bill, considering that the same legislative body had earlier rejected proposals to add security to public schools. You can read more about that debate here. In the protracted debate that ensued, one Maine Democrat stood up to explain why extra security is so desperately needed at the State House. In so doing, Rep. Tiffany Roberts (D-South Berwick) brilliantly explained why so-called “Gun Free Zones” — a gun…

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Maine’s House of Representatives approved a bill (83-56) that will increase security arrangements at the State House complex just moments after they killed several bills that would have increased security at Maine’s public schools. Late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives devolved into a caustic debate, as Republicans lampooned the idea of adding security for politicians, lobbyists, and state workers after blocking security for school children. “The bill before us proposes to protect us in the Burton M. Cross Building by putting in screening and security, yet, just moments ago, we voted not to protect our children by allowing armed…

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The Maine House on Wednesday rejected a bill (76-71) that would have prohibited cities and towns in the state from implementing local ordinances to limit residents’ ability to choose natural gas and oil for home heating. The day prior the Senate had also voted against the bill (15-19), effectively opening the door for any municipality in Maine to begin restricting the energy sources Mainers can choose for their homes or businesses. More than 60 percent of Mainers rely on fuel oil for home heating, and natural gas continues to be a popular option for new home construction. However, oil and…

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) on Tuesday voted to approve electricity rate increases associated with a program that hikes rate costs for Maine residents and businesses in order to subsidize large solar facilities. Mainers will pay $168 million more for their electricity over the next year to back the so-called community solar program. The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) has estimated that those costs will increase to $220 million per year by 2025. Although that money will be collected by Central Maine Power (CMP) and Versant through electric bills, it doesn’t go toward revenues or profits for those…

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Maine Republicans and conservative candidates posted victories last night in a State House special election and a handful local elections. Republican Rep.-elect Abden Simmons topped Democratic candidate Wendy Pieh 52-48 percent in a special election for House District 45. Republicans welcomed Abden’s win as a reassuring sign that the party might be shaking off the struggles evident last November, when a much-predicted Red Wave failed to materialize nationwide. “Abden’s victory tonight is an indication that changes are happening in the State of Maine,” said House Minority Leader Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor). Abden’s district contains the towns of Bremen, Friendship, Louds…

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As offshore wind power continues its inexorable advance in the Gulf of Maine, Gov. Janet Mills and Maine’s Congressional Delegation are pleading with the Biden Administration to protect the interests of Maine’s local fisheries. In a letter sent Monday to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Elizabeth Klein, Gov. Mills, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden submitted public comment to the federal agency concerning offshore wind development plans. In the letter, Maine’s political leaders requested the avoidance of key lobstering areas for wind development, with a strong emphasis on minimizing conflicts…

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The scandal surrounding the Biden family’s foreign business deals took a turn Monday when U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said audio recordings exist that support the allegation that President Joe Biden and his son Hunter engaged in a multi-million dollar bribery scheme. In a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Grassley said that the foreign national who claims to have bribed President Biden and his son has 17 audio recordings of Biden and his son — recordings that were kept as a form of “insurance policy.” Grassley made his remarks in relation to an FBI document that…

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North Korea has joined the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board, a leadership position that will give a leading state sponsor of terrorism a greater say in global public health policy. Dr. Jong Min Pak, director of the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of External Affairs based in Pyongyang, will represent the brutal dictatorship on the board until 2026. Officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the belligerent nation has been ruled by four generations of the Kim family and is known to operate concentration camps for political prisoners. The WHO Executive Board is comprised of 34 individuals…

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Two academics at Canada’s University of Toronto have published a paper analyzing the use of medically assisted suicide in cases where an individual is suffering from “unjust social circumstances.” Philosophy Professor Amy Mullin and graduate student Kayla Wiebe, writing for the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics, argue that Canada’s controversial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) program should be available to people who are unhappy with their economic situation rather than just terminally ill medical patients. “[S]hould MAiD be available to people in such circumstances, even when a sound argument can be made that the agents in question are autonomous? In…

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In an effort to reduce the stigma associated with committing crimes and going to jail, Maine House of Representatives approved a bill that would rewrite portions of Maine’s statutes to replace politically incorrect terms with more nuanced, kinder terms. Prisoner and jail inmate will be replaced with “Resident.” As in: “He became a resident of the correctional facility after murdering two people.” [RELATED: Parole Reform Poster Child Tried to Murder Maine Family with Machete…] Drug user and alcohol user are also out. Instead, Maine’s laws will now refer to a “person who uses drugs,” and “persons with substance use disorder,”…

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Democratic lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal from Rep. John Andrews (R-Paris) that would have allowed the boards of government-run schools to employ armed security guards. “This bill would allow for school districts, who choose to do so, to be proactive in addressing their security needs,” Rep. Andrews said. [RELATED: Portland High School Denies Knife Involved in Violent Brawl That Lead to Student Suspensions [VIDEO]…] “As plain clothes security professionals, these men and women would be in schools daily serving a security role while appearing as an Ed-Tech or substitute teacher to students and staff,” he said. Andrews’ bill would…

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Watch a fiery back-and-forth between Laurie Osher and Billy Bob Faulkingham An Orono Democrat on Monday compared members of the Maine Republican Party to the German Nazi Party in the run up to World War 2 and the Holocaust. “So the books being banned and challenged around the nation are often written by marginalized people, and students in clubs that would read them, or in classes, may have the– this may be the only way to learn about diversity,” said Rep. Laurie Osher (D-Orono). “This deeply concerns me because this mirrors what happened in Germany in the rise before-,” she…

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Amid a debate over whether Maine’s schools should adopt a rating system for sexually explicit books, Rep. Charles Skold (D-Portland) on Monday compared Gender Queer — a book that contains cartoon images of children performing sex acts on one another — to the Bible. “My question is in reference to the Bible. Given stories of sex, incest, rape, murder — my question is, what rating we imagine the Bible might receive under such a system,” said Rep. Skold. The comment was made as the House of Representatives debated a series of school related bills, including LD 1008 from Rep. Gary…

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Portland High School was temporarily locked down last week after a brawl between students that some say included a knife, though school officials have denied the presence of a weapon. Video of the altercation surfaced Monday in a social media post from a Portland parent. https://twitter.com/JoshHaefele/status/1668243588793212929?s=20 In the video, the unidentified student appears to have something in his hand, though it’s difficult to determine what it is. Josh Haefele, the Twitter user who posted the video, said the object was a knife, but Portland school officials have denied that it was a knife. Haefele also claimed that Portland school officials…

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A Maine Transgender Network, Inc. steering committee member resigned from a voluntary position with the organization in May after writing a blistering critique of the Portland-based LGBTQ+ advocacy group. In the email, a copy of which was obtained by the Maine Wire, former steering committee member Sampson Spadafore alleged that the group has engaged in racism, transphobia, and has hosted youth programing in which minors have engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior. “I’ve witnessed sexual boundaries being crossed within our youth program and no adults stepping in to address it,” Spadafore said. “No matter how often we’ve talked about these issues…

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In the latest round of legal filings related to Newcastle mom Amber Lavigne’s lawsuit against the Great Salt Bay Community School (GSBCS) in Damariscotta, AOS 93 school officials admit social worker Samuel Roy supplied Lavigne’s 13-year-old daughter with a breast binder. However, the school, represented by the liberal Portland-based law firm Drummond Woodsum, denies that the binder was given in secret. The Drummond Woodsum attorneys also claim in their legal filings that parents do not have a constitutionally protected right to be informed by government-run schools about vital aspects of their children’s lives, such as nascent sex changes. “The very…

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The Maine Board of Licensure in Social Work held a disciplinary hearing Friday for a conditionally licensed public school social worker who last December provided a 13-year-old girl with a breast binder without her parents’ consent or knowledge.  Sam Roy, right, with two unidentified women attempting to shield him from being photographed The social worker, 26-year-old Samuel Roy, was employed by the Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta when he gave the breast binder to the daughter of Newcastle mom Amber Lavigne. [RELATED: Social Worker Who Secretly Coached 13-Year-Old Girl into Gender Transition Will Keep Public School Job…] Roy gave the 13-year-old…

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After the Judiciary Committee gave Gov. Jant Mills’ late-term abortion bill the stamp of approval Friday, Maine Wire Editor-in-Chief Steve Robinson sat down with Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin), Rep. Laurel Libby (R-Auburn), and Dr. Thom Page, DO, to discuss the development for the Maine Wire podcast. State House Democrats scheduled a snap hearing on Gov. Janet Mills’ late-term abortion bill, less than one day after a rushed work session for the bill ended in controversy, with Republicans accusing Judiciary Co-Chairs of pulling shenanigans to squelch debate. After a little parliamentary drama, Democrats were able to file an ought to pass…

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Carroll Conley, Executive Director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, joins Maine Wire Editor-in-Chief for a podcast session on LD 1619, Gov. Janet Mills’ late-term abortion bill, as well as the influx of left-wing ideologies into Maine’s schools. Conley also shares insight into two pending court cases involving Christian organizations standing up to discrimination from state and local government.

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Rep. Mike Soboleski (R-Phillips) joins the Maine Wire podcast to talk about how a policy 2021 policy aimed at advancing “environmental justice” pushed Maine’s municipal waste treatment facilities to the brink of environmental disaster. Soboleski, one of the top Republicans on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, explains how he was able to create a solution that earned support from Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. Maine Wire Editor-in-Chief Steve Robinson and Soboleski also cover looming plans to construct a massive offshore wind power construction port in Searsport, as well as the environmental benefits — or lack thereof — of wind and…

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The Democratic co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee have scheduled a work session on LD 1619, Gov. Janet Mills late-term abortion bill, for Thursday at 2:00 pm. The last minute scheduling move came late Wednesday evening. The bill would do away with all of Maine’s current restrictions on abortion. It would also allow physician assistants and advanced registered nurses to perform late-term abortions. Gov. Mills unveiled the policy earlier this year after vowing during her re-election bid that she would not change Maine’s abortion law, including the 30-year-old viability standard that limits abortions after 24-weeks gestation. Pro-life activists believe Democratic leaders…

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U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) tweeted Tuesday night an image of her setting fire to a Republican energy bill that would have protected Americans’ right to use natural gas stoves. “No one is coming for your gas stove!” Pingree tweeted. “Can we please focus on the real issues facing this country?” https://twitter.com/chelliepingree/status/1666141369067347968 Rep. Pingree’s tweet racked up hundreds of “likes,” but she probably should have had a conversation with her daughter before blasting this one off. Because her daughter is, in fact, coming for your gas stoves. Hannah Pingree, a former Maine state lawmaker who was appointed to lead Gov.…

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Price increases in New England energy markets are far outpacing demand for electricity, according to a report released Wednesday by the Massachusetts-based Fiscal Alliance Foundation. The study, authored by energy policy expert Lisa Linowes, examined the relationship between energy prices and energy demand from 2008 and 2020. Despite an 11.4 percent decrease in annual energy demand between 2008 and 2020, Linowes found New Englanders are now paying 20 percent more for each kilowatt hour of electricity, with the most profound impact observed in Massachusetts. The report indicates that increasing subsidies for solar and wind energy, renewable energy regulations, and climate…

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Democratic lawmakers have yet to move forward with Gov. Janet Mills’ signature second-term bill to eliminate all restrictions on late-term abortion despite signalling early in the session that the bill, LD 1619, was a top priority. Why the delay? “It’s simple: they don’t have the votes,” Carroll Conley, director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, said Tuesday morning on WVOM’s George Hale and Ric Tyler Show. Conley said there were seven or eight Democrats who never signed on as sponsors for the bill and even more who signed up as sponsors before they learned how extreme it really was,…

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In a 77-63 vote that fell mostly along party lines, the House of Representatives moved Tuesday to kill a bill that would have allowed unvaccinated healthcare workers to return to work in the medical field. The bill, introduced by Rep. David Boyer (R-Poland), would have effectively nullified Gov. Janet Mills’ controversial and ongoing vaccine mandate had it become law. The bill would have opened the door for hospitals and healthcare providers to rehire former employees who refused to take the Covid-19 shots for philosophical or religious reasons. On Oct. 22, 2021, Gov. Mills mandated experimental Covid-19 injections as a condition…

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Sen. Joe Baldacci (D-Penobscot) offered searing criticism of Gov. Janet Mills during May 23 committee hearings, alleging that the governor has broken a public campaign promise she made during her re-election campaign. “I would note that the governor signed the energy choice pledge during the campaign last year, which was pretty explicit, and which is basically reflected by this bill,” Baldacci said, during a hearing of the State and Local Government Committee. Baldacci made his comments in regard to LD 894, a bill that would prohibit municipal governments from passing local ordinances or regulations that ban the use of oil…

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Republican lawmakers who support transparency in public schools are “intellectually stifling right wing book banners and anti-LGBT zealot bigots,” according to a candidate for the school board in RSU 10. Caroline L. Mitchell, a write-in candidate for the district’s June 13 school board election, took aim at Rep. Rachael Henderson (R-Rumford) over a proposal that would require public schools to put curriculum material online. Such transparency is just too much work for teachers, Mitchell said, before mocking suggesting that Henderson believes the earth is flat. “Rachel Henderson, Rumford’s representative, wants all teachers to publish everything their children will see, hear,…

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Central Maine Power, Hannaford, and LL Bean are just three of the well-known Maine brands that are supporting late-term abortion and a host of other far left policies by sponsoring Equality Maine, a nonprofit organization that lobbies for Democratic policies. Originally founded in the 1980s to advocate for the legalization of same-sex marriage, Equality Maine has morphed into a nonprofit advocacy group that backs a range of progressive policies. According to the “Our Current Agenda” section of the organization’s website, the group is currently “hard at work” opposing voter ID, local recall elections, curriculum transparency for public schools, and proposals…

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With the legislature set to adjourn by the end of the month, one of the last remaining pieces of business lawmakers are considering is a bill that would allow Maine’s Native American tribes to benefit from federal laws that apply to other indigenous communities in the U.S. Unlike most of the State Legislature’s business this year, which has fallen predictably along partisan lines, the tribal sovereignty issue has pit the Democratic-controlled legislature against Democrat Gov. Janet Mills. [RELATED: Janet Mills Blows Off Historic “State of the Tribes” in Snub of Maine’s Indigenous Peoples…] Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook), House Speaker…

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A competitive shooting event this Saturday and Sunday at the Hampden Rifle and Pistol Club is expected to raise more than $75,000 for the Travis Mills Foundation. The Trident Armory Standby to Fly Benefit Match, organized by two Hampden residents, is sanctioned by the U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) and serves as the Maine State Championship for the association. Co-founders Zach Greenier and Chris Austin have dedicated proceeds from the match every year to a different Maine-based charity that serves veterans of the U.S. armed forces, and this year they selected the Travis Mills Foundation out of nearly a dozen…

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Legislative Republicans in Maine offered an amendment this week to LD 1347 in the hope of finding a palatable compromise that will rein in electricity rate increases caused by community solar and Net Energy Billing (NEB). The amendment, unveiled during a press briefing Tuesday, comes as ratepayers brace for a projected $220 million electricity cost increase in 2025 — a cost increase attributed entirely to changes the Legislature made in 2019 to boost solar. [RELATED: Out-of-State Firms Reaping Windfall Profits on Maine’s $220M Per Year Community Solar Program…] The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steven Foster (R-Dexter) and co-sponsored by Senate…

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New Hampshire parents are concerned that a controversial proposal under consideration in Augusta will disproportionately impact Granite State children, WGME reported on Wednesday. That’s because the bill would allow Maine to take emergency jurisdiction over minors who cross the border for sex-change procedures. The bill, LD 1735, was sponsored by Rep. Laurie Osher (D-Orono), who said she asked State House staffers to model the legislation on a similar bill that passed in California. If passed, the bill would prevent Maine law enforcement from cooperating with police from another state to return a minor who has travelled to Maine to get…

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The owner of a Maine bookstore says she wants people to bring children to a so-called “Drag Queen Story Hour” she’s hosting. If you think there’s something wrong with that, she says you’re a “pervert.” Ellen Richmond, the owner of the Children’s Book Cellar in Waterville, posted to Facebook that she would be kicking off the month of June, “Pride Month,” by hosting an event where men dressed like woman, aka in drag, read to kids. “I hope some people will bring children,” Richmond added. Drag queen story hours first began in 2015 in San Francisco, but since then, they’ve…

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