Maine Charter School Vote

An update on the Maine Charter School Bill

from Boston.com:

AUGUSTA, Maine—A bill to allow charter schools in Maine has gone down to defeat in the Senate and now goes to the House for consideration.

The Kennebec Journal said Thursday’s 22-13 vote split largely along party lines, with most Democrats opposing the bill and most Republicans favoring it.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Dennis Damon of Trenton, touted charter schools as an option for students who are “left out” by the public school curriculum.

Democratic Sen. Deborah Simpson of Auburn argued that it would be bad public policy to take money from public schools to try a different approach at a time when municipal budgets are strained.

I still hope there is some way to get virtual charters through. Not allowing virtual charters would be a huge setback for Maine education.

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LD 1020 – Maine gay marriage debates y’all

While cooking breakfast this morning I heard a brief snippet about a gay marriage vote today here in Maine. After scouring the internets, I could find no mention of this vote. All the news outlets and the Maine government site were surprisingly silent. Hopefully by the time you read this something will be up to prove I’m not going crazy. UPDATE: I did mishear. They were talking about the vote yesterday in favor of moving the bill to the legislature.

LD 1020, if passed, will legally recognize any marriage between two adults, gender specific terms being removed. It also reaffirms that this will not infringe in any way on religious teachings, meaning no church can be penalized for choosing who they will or will not marry.

Last week citizens on each side of the issue met in Augusta to voice their opinions on gay marriage. The Portland Phoenix offers a “play-by-play” of the event. My wife discouraged me from reading the thing as yelling at a weekly paper is less than productive. The article was quite good, a reminder of why twitting news just doesn’t always cut it. The piece echoes something a woman who attended the meeting told me; all of the arguments of those opposed were either biblical, junk science, wives’ tales, and easily refuted.

Highlights:
One woman read a poem entitled “The Manly Man” as her argument. The poem was of dubious quality, which of course is my opinion. “The world delights in the manly man, and the weak and evil flee/When the manly man goes forth to hold his own on land or sea.” The article says the author is unknown, but I found the full poem by “jollynoblefrog” at this site.

Reverend Steve Young stated, “Gay people get sick more often than straight people. If we do this, your Anthem bills will go up.” That may be true, or horribly false, but then what does that have to do with marriage? By the logic Rev. Young uses, homosexuals get sick more often just because they are gay. Their mere existence leads to their increased illness. So marriage is not really a factor.

One man opposed gay marriage on the grounds that his wife of 10 years left him for another woman. Perhaps if she could have married a woman in the first place that wouldn’t have happened. In any case, wouldn’t you rather people be in loving marriages than unhappy mismatches?

A WWII veteran said these inspiring words: “I was asked by a woman at a polling place recently if I believed in equal rights for all people. I told her that’s what I fought for on Omaha Beach.”

Some prophetic words to end with that speak to more than just this issue: “We are Republicans and Christians,” says an LD 1020 supporter standing next to her husband at the podium. “Love thy neighbor as yourself. The young people get this, you know?”

Nightly News Roundup – Stimulus Votes, Job Market, Public Support, Lewiston Teacher, Katahdin Layoffs, Bank Robbery

ABC – Don’t get cocky kid

NBC – The Uh Oh Economy

CBS – Help!

WMTW8 – Teacher busted

WCSH6 – A paper bailout?

WGME13 – Bank knock over

Nightly News Roundup – Stimulus Votes, Job Market, Public Support, Lewiston Teacher, Katahdin Layoffs, Bank Robbery

ABC – Don’t get cocky kid

NBC – The Uh Oh Economy

CBS – Help!

WMTW8 – Teacher busted

WCSH6 – A paper bailout?

WGME13 – Bank knock over

Nightly News Update – Stimulus, Stimulus, Bank Bailouts

NBC: On to the Senate

ABC: Report cards aren’t just for school anymore

CBS: Three card montey with your money

Bipartisanship? – House vote on stimulus package today

The House will vote today on the much debated stimulus package. It should go without saying that House Dems have enough votes to push the bill through. Even though President Obama tried to rally Republicans to his cause, their votes are not needed to pass the stimulus. I supposed the courtesy Obama extended to Republicans was made to further his call to unity. I would have much rather Obama pushed both sides to debate the stimlus further rather than rushing out an imperfect plan. The House stimulus breaks down to $550 billion in spending and $275 billion in tax cuts, with a total of $825 billion being spent.

When the bill reaches the Senate it will see an increase to $887 billion. Questions are still abound on Capitol Hill among Democrats and Republicans, as well as in the news as to how effective this stimulus will be. Let’s hope the Democrats will not get overzealous and just send out any ol thing. I can’t emphasize enough how I want bipartisan debate on this. Take the time, make it the best stimulus it can be and really help this country.

Someone once said that a social progressive fiscal conservative person doesn’t exist. Well I think I may have just become one.

Bipartisanship? – House vote on stimulus package today

The House will vote today on the much debated stimulus package. It should go without saying that House Dems have enough votes to push the bill through. Even though President Obama tried to rally Republicans to his cause, their votes are not needed to pass the stimulus. I supposed the courtesy Obama extended to Republicans was made to further his call to unity. I would have much rather Obama pushed both sides to debate the stimlus further rather than rushing out an imperfect plan. The House stimulus breaks down to $550 billion in spending and $275 billion in tax cuts, with a total of $825 billion being spent.

When the bill reaches the Senate it will see an increase to $887 billion. Questions are still abound on Capitol Hill among Democrats and Republicans, as well as in the news as to how effective this stimulus will be. Let’s hope the Democrats will not get overzealous and just send out any ol thing. I can’t emphasize enough how I want bipartisan debate on this. Take the time, make it the best stimulus it can be and really help this country.

Someone once said that a social progressive fiscal conservative person doesn’t exist. Well I think I may have just become one.