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  •  Thanks for the news on New Hamster. (10+ / 0-)

    By the way, Maine also has laws which prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation for employers and landlords in addition to the states you mention in the diary. We do not, I don't think, have a statewide law when it comes to gender identity but most of our large cities have such laws.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:24:10 PM PST

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    •  Maine is listed as a state with protections... (4+ / 0-)

      ...based on gender identity in its Human Rights Act...since September, 2007.

      •  I had forgotten about that. Thanks for the (3+ / 0-)
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        clarification. All I know is that it's a very safe state for LGBT persons in terms of equal rights. There was a housing discrimination case that was in the Portland paper a couple of years ago and the city, county AND state threw the book at the landlord. You can get in a lot of trouble here if you pull shenanigans like that.

        Now what we need is a Federal law like ENDA so that people in states where such laws would not be passed will have the same protection we enjoy here and in a handful of other states.

        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

        by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:56:35 PM PST

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        •  Not to open a can of worms this late (3+ / 0-)
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          but I do have to say it makes the country scratch its head wondering how LePage got elected. How long before you folks get the opportunity to send this loon along?

          •  Oh, I'm so glad you asked. (3+ / 0-)
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            LePage is lame duck because he faces Democratic majorities in both houses of the lege AND, thanks to our brilliant state constitution (authored principally by Thomas Jefferson and our first governor, his friend William King) his Sec. of State, Attorney General and Treasurer are now Democrats because those offices are not elected at large or appointed by the executive but elected by the majority party of the Senate.

            Now, I bring this up because a scandal has emerged surrounding LePage's illegal interference in the state labor board and his pressuring them to make certain decisions. I won't go into the details here (pressherald.com has it) but there is actually serious talk of impeachment.

            That being said, he's up for re-election this November and Mike Michaud (ME-02, D) is running ahead right now, and that's before this story broke this week. If Mike wins, by the way, he will be the first openly gay man to run open and win a governorship.

            Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

            by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:05:23 PM PST

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            •  Wow, this sounds like all of us (2+ / 0-)
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              should stock up on popcorn. I want to watch this one closely just because I loathe your governor and surely not as much as you. I'm hoping the teabaggers have been marginalized enough to give Michaud a lift and that this scandal tips the scale.

              •  The baggers have been mostly ousted. (2+ / 0-)
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                We tried that experiment in 2010 and tired of it quickly enough to oust most of them in '12, enough to return lege majority to the Democrats. LePage has growing scandals, real threat of impeachment, and a serious challenge from Mike who's Congressional seat is safe for a Dem. We also have a legit challenge for Susan Collins.

                Mainers are a very pragmatic, centrist bunch. Most Mainers were really put off by the Tea Party once they gained power, even many Republicans.

                LePage is toast, but that does not mean that we don't have to work hard for Mike. Mike's a good guy, and don't forget what got him into politics: a former mill worker, he became concerned about how the mills were polluting Maine's rivers and bays and ran on an environmental platform. He's still passionate about it, and so are Mainers, and LePage has tried his damnedest to reverse environmental regulations.

                Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

                by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:15:59 PM PST

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          •  How he got elected: 39 percent of the vote (2+ / 0-)
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            in a five way race. Maine always has an independent in the race, sometimes more than one. Angus King, our Jr. Senator, is an independent and was also an independent during his two terms as Governor. He is a former Dem, though.

            Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

            by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:06:34 PM PST

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            •  Were the Maine Independents (2+ / 0-)
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              just caught off guard by this guy then only to discover they picked a megalomaniacal idiot? I'm willing to bet a lot of people wanted their money back.

              •  Yes, they did, and quickly. (2+ / 0-)
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                Some Mainers simply rode the Tea Party bandwagon (and there are more independent voters than Dems or Repubs, and in that order) and many quickly got buyers remorse. His overt racism, threats of physical violence to reporters, and other things (like the mural debacle) quickly turned people off. His popularity though remains at about 34 percent, just a bit less than how many people voted for him.

                The person we really have to beat is Eliot Cutler. He's the spoiler, and siphons votes from both parties. But he's been throwing hissy-fits about not getting endorsements and is looking like the narcissist spoiler he is. I think Mike has a great chance. If there's an impeachment vote, I don't know what will happen, because the trial would likely be going on through the election. It's unlikely, but it could happen.

                Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

                by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:20:08 PM PST

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                •  tee hee (2+ / 0-)
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                  Calling The Flying Soros, the Moonbat Light is blazing over Augusta :)

                  •  By the way, we were talking about state (2+ / 0-)
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                    constitutions the other day and someone informed me that Jefferson, in his retirement, helped to write many of them, including that of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

                    Our state came into being as a result of the Missouri Compromise in 1820, liberating us from the "tyranny of Boston". (Many people do not know that Maine was essentially a colony of Massachusetts and at the time quite rich due to whaling and ship-building and very resentful of not having home rule.) However, one of the things that did come out of Maine independence and the circumstances under which is was negotiated was that Maine became fiercely abolitionist and fierce Union loyalists during the Civil War. We have some of the largest Civil War monuments, even in little towns, that I have seen outside of the South. Of course, Union monuments for us.

                    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

                    by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:30:36 PM PST

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                    •  It was about that time (2+ / 0-)
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                      that all your craggy ports became important. Correct if I'm wrong.

                      •  Our craggy ports have been important (2+ / 0-)
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                        since before the Mayflower brought all those people with sticks up their bungholes to Massachusetts. Monhegan Island has been fished since way before by Europeans. The village where The Rock is can trace permanent European settlement to 1608.

                        What was really important is that Maine's coast is a series of peninsulas separated by rivers. Down those rivers, timber can be floated. We were uniquely situated for shipbuilding. We had the timber, a way to get it to the coast, and the artisans to build ocean-going ships. Not to mention all the fish.

                        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

                        by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:52:02 PM PST

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                      •  In about 1840-1850, there were more millionaires (2+ / 0-)
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                        (from whaling and ship-building) in the tiny town of Thomaston, Maine, than on the entire island of Manhattan.

                        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

                        by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:54:14 PM PST

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