Saturday, July 09, 2005

One last correction though...

In the article "Gays and Taxes 2: Revenge of TABOR", I claimed that Gerald Talbot originally introduced the gay rights bill back in the 70's, when it was in fact introduced by Laurence Connolly Jr. However, it was cosponsored by Gerald Talbot, so the claim made by the Un-Christian Civic League is still incorrect.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The suspect is described as a middle-aged Caucasian female...

Jon Courtney's death penalty bill came up for a vote a couple days ago, and, other than Courtney himself, there was only one lunatic nearly in charge of the asylum from this area who voted for it: Sen. Mary Black Andrews (R-District 1).

I have some either really good news or really bad news depending on your politics: I'm ending this blog. I just have so much on my plate at this point that I have neither the time nor energy to continue. But I will finish with this last point: the Un-Christian Civic League has a Bible verse in each issue of their newsletter, and I would like to quote one myself:

"Now as the time drew near for Him to be taken up to heaven, he resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of Him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive Him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, 'Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?' But he turned and rebuked them, 'You do not know what spirit you are made of. The Son of Man came not to destroy souls but to save them'" - Luke 9:51-56

Monday, May 23, 2005

Pass the toilet paper Part 3

It turns out that Rep. David Bowels (R-District 142) did not in fact cosponsor LD 682: An Act To Create a 5-year Statute of Limitations for Environmental Violations, but while I'm talking about him, it turns out that LD 506: An Act To Abolish the Maine Clean Election Act came up for a vote last week, and the following State Reps who have a piece or all of their districts in York County voted for the bill:

Rep. David Bowels (R-District 142)
Rep. Ron Collins (R-District 147)
Rep. Phil Cressey (R-District 99)
Rep. Roberta Muse (R-District 97)
Rep. H. Stedman Seavey (R-District 137)

Thanks to the MCLF blog for pointing this out.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Gays and taxes 2: Revenge of TABOR

Hi everyone, sorry about the lapse between posts, you know how the real world is. I was looking at the Un-Christian Civic League's online newsletter, The RECORD, (this was the May 5th issue, unfortunately they haven't updated their archives since April, I hope you'll take my word for this until they update their archives) and I found an article where Paul Madore spoke with State Sen. Ethan Strimling (D-District 8). As I remember from the article, at one point Strimling compared the current gay rights movement to the civil rights movement of the 60's, to which Paul Madore responded that the people in the civil rights movement don't agree with that. That's interesting, here is the website for the Portland branch of the NAACP. According to the "History" section, Gerald Talbot, who as a state legislator originally introduced this same gay rights bill back in the 70's, was the first president of the chapter. Also, Sen. Strimling is listed as the 2nd vice president. Wait a sec, which civil rights movement are we talking about here?

Also, there's a movement to put the aforementioned Taxpayer's Bill of Rights on the ballot. The amazing thing here is that, as Republican an area as western York County is, there is only one place to sign the petition (Berwick), and that's only at the polls! I made the following response to a comment by a Republican on this blog, and I think it's a good idea to reprint it here:

Educational costs can be divided into fixed costs, required to run the system at all, and per student costs which vary with enrollment. As Maine continues its relentless march toward old age, our school enrollment continues to decrease (source: http://www.nces.ed.gov/pubs/pj/p97c08.asp). For rural areas with small numbers of students per square mile, this is already resulting in a shift toward a higher ratio of fixed costs to per student costs. In response to this we are seeing pressure to consolidate school districts into larger and larger areas. (source: here) Students already traveling an hour each way on the bus may soon be stretching that to an hour and a half. Think about it, right now some kids are spending 10 hours a week on buses. That's an entire 40 hr work week just getting to and from school every month. In the course of a school year these students spend about 360 hours or 15 full days on a school bus. What could you do with an extra 15 days each year? Then, of course, there is the issue of violence on school buses. I won't even get into that here, but please read your local papers. TABOR would exacerbate these problems. Our local funding limits would actually decrease proportionally to the number of students. No allowance is made for the fact that fixed costs do not decrease with enrollment.I will grant you one point; rural areas will not suffer alone. Basically, our entire public education system is in the crosshairs.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Maine, the way life should not be at 1:30 in the morning

Since I'm short on news about the local buffoons here, here's a little gem I found, LD 940: An Act To Amend the Law Pertaining to All-terrain Vehicle Violations . Basically, it changes the language so that the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is only may, i.e. is not required, to suspend somebody's ATV license for the following offenses (quote from the text):


A. Operating an ATV on a temporarily closed trail

B. Abuse of another person's property

C. Operating an ATV under the influence under 21 years of
age

D. Operating an ATV to endanger

E. Reckless operation of an ATV

F. Operating an ATV on the land of another without
permission (there's some even more interesting stuff on this later)

G. Failure or refusal to stop an ATV or attempting to elude
an officer

Moreover, it redefines the language so that you could only get your ATV license suspended for riding on "cropland" or "pastureland" (defined in the text) without the owner's permission. If I'm reading this right, a regular field out in front of a house is not protected.

Why am I so worked up about this, when the people who sponsored/cosponsored the bill don't have even a piece of a town in York County? (FYI, it was introduced by Rep. Henry Joy (R-District 9), and cosponsored by Rep. Michael Vaughan (R-District 105), and Rep. R. Kenneth Lindell (R-District 41)) Well, have a look at the title for this post, we have a big problem here in the rural part of western York County (obviously discounting the urban areas of Sanford) with people on ATVs the rest of the year and snowmobiles in the winter going off the trails and riding through yards in the middle of the night.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

"The Republicans dug too greedily and too deep..."

From mainetoday.com: (regarding the anti-gay rights rally in Augusta last week)

"Speakers ranged far afield during the hour-long rally, citing the Mayflower Compact, the Bible, the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien and even the inclement weather itself."

Ok, the Mayflower Compact, the Bible, and the weather I can understand, but the Lord of the Rings??? Apparently I missed the chapter with the gay orcs.


On a more serious note, it appears that Sen. Richard Nass (profiled in "For the Greater Glory of Mammon...") is still up to his usual tricks. He's listed as a cosponsor on LD 1032: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Lower the Income Tax, now looking at the text of the bill, when it goes into the reduction of the income tax rates, it begins with "Maximum income tax rates on individuals may not exceed the following amounts...." and then it goes into phasing in a reduction of the maximum income tax rate to a whopping 3.5%. Remember, this means that the top income tax bracket in the state will be paying this percentage. All the multi-millionaires in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Capes Porpoise and Elizabeth will only pay as much as 3.5% in income tax if this bill were passed. It's interesting how some of these buffoons carry on about deficit spending while they propose, cosponsor, or vote for tax cuts as radical as this.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Gays and taxes

I'm going to handle several legislators at once here: The first and most prominent is:

Rep. Phil Cressey (R-District 99)

Followed by:

Rep. Ron Collins (R-District 147)
Bill Gates....oh I'm sorry, Rep. Robert Daigle (R-District 140)
Rep. Sarah Lewin (R-District 148)
A guest buffoon (just because I couldn't resist poking fun at him) Rep. Brian Duprey (R-District 39)

Cressey introduced, and the other representatives cosponsored, LD 1235: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That a Citizen-initiated Measure That Imposes a New or Increased Tax or Fee Be Approved by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor. Now just to clear up any confusion, this doesn't mean that, before the measure goes on the ballot, it has to be approved by both the legislature and the governor; this is after the measure has been voted in.

Remember how back when LD 1196 was up for debate, numerous Republicans were arguing against the bill because it failed when it was up for referendum in 1997 and 2000? Also, remember that some Republicans argued that the bill should go to the voters? Even now, here's an excerpt from the "Coalition for Marriage" website about a rally they're planning:

"...Paul Madore and Mike Heath will lead the crowd in a chant of "The People's Veto, the People's Voice." The crowd will be split down the middle and one side will shout, "The People's Veto." The other side will echo, "The People's Voice." Our symbol for this Rally is a bullhorn. Bring one if you can find one. Let's have some good citizenship fun on Thursday!

(Bold and italics added by yours truly for emphasis)

So, by some twist of logic more warped than well, Paul Madore and Mike Heath, the voters are competent enough to decide whether to extend civil rights to GLBT's, but they shouldn't be able to raise taxes or impose new ones without the approval of the legislature and governor.