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Maine Republican regrets saying men should rape women if abortion is legal

A Republican state lawmaker from Maine says he regrets making decades worth of offensive comments about gays, rape, and abortion that were compiled recently by a liberal activist. Blogger Mike Tipping dug up several offensive comments made by state Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) from old news reports he posted on…

Maine Supreme Court sides with transgender girl in fight over school restrooms

A teenage transgender student in Maine has won a legal case about what bathroom she is allowed to use at school. According to WMTW.com, the verdict came after a five year legal battle between the family of Nicole Maines and state and local school officials. Administrators at Asa Adams School…

Maine’s GOP governor: I started working at 11 years old, so why can’t other kids at 12?

Maine’s conservative governor said the state was not using one of its greatest resources by keeping children out of the workforce until they were nearly old enough to join the military. “We don’t allow children to work until they’re 16, but two years later, when they’re 18, they can go…

Ice storm leaves more than 100,000 without power from Maine to the Midwest

Ice storm: from Maine to Midwest, more than 100,000 still without power (via The Christian Science Monitor) More than 100,000 people remain without power Thursday, days after an ice storm hit the upper Midwest and swept through western Maine. With power companies struggling through harsh winter conditions, service might not…

Maine governor says 47 percent of state’s residents choose not to work

Maine’s tea party-backed governor suggested during a conservative gathering last week that nearly half the state’s residents who could work do not. Gov. Paul LePage said he had two points to make last week when he was told the gathering in Falmouth, Maine, was about to end. His first point…

Father who sent 4-year-old son to day care with loaded gun pleads not guilty

By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) – The father of a 4-year-old who brought a loaded handgun to day care in Maine has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct, claiming the incident was unintentional. The man, 31-year old Adam Keene, of Madison, placed the loaded, semi-automatic .380 caliber pistol…

Watch: Great white shark seen near Boothbay Harbor, Maine

It was feeding on a minke whale carcass and looking noticeably pedestrian. This is an important point because so much media depicting sharks presents them as threatening and vicious, when in…  …

Maine Republican opposes Medicaid expansion because of his manly brain

Maine House Republican Minority Leader Ken Fredette cited his manly mind on Wednesday to explain why he was opposed to accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. Speaking on the House floor, he said debate over Medicaid expansion reminded him of the book Men Are from Mars,…

Federal officials leery of ‘increasingly warm’ coastal waters near Northeast U.S.

Waters off Northeast US coast unusually warm, says NOAA (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A lobsterman returns an undersized lobster while checking traps in Mount Desert, Maine, in May 2012.(Robert F. Bukaty/AP/File) From North Carolina to Maine, the waters have been unusually warm lately. This is…

Majority of Maine voters now support same sex marriage

A majority of voters in Maine now believe that same sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, according to a poll released Sunday by the Maine People’s Resource Center. More than 57 percent said they strongly favored or somewhat favored same sex marriage, while more than 39 percent said…

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