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Maine importers urge lawmakers to suspend food-related tariffs

Maine importers urge lawmakers to suspend food-related tariffs

As managing director of the Yarmouth-based Rogers Collection, an importer of gourmet foods, Carrie Blakeman placed a large order in September for a particular type of olive oil produced in the Andalusian region of Spain.Last month, 20 pallets of Nunez de Prado finally arrived at the Rogers warehouse in New Jersey. In addition to paying for shipping costs, duty fees and the olive oil itself, Rogers also had to pay a 25 percent tariff imposed by the Trump administration .The tariff, essentially a tax paid to the federal government, was the triggered by a 2004 U.S. complaint to the World Trade...

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May 22, 2020
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Avangrid sues to block November referendum on hydropower line

Avangrid sues to block November referendum on hydropower line

Avangrid Networks asked a state court Wednesday to block state officials from putting a referendum on the November ballot that could overturn the 2019 decision by regulators to allow the construction of a controversial 145-mile hydropower transmission line from Quebec to Lewiston.The suit, filed in Cumberland County, argues the referendum would be unconstitutional because it tramples on the rights of regulators, legislators, judges and other officials to weigh the issues involved in the proposed $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect project and reach a conclusion.Allowing a public...

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May 13, 2020
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Candidate complains that pandemic politics unfair

Candidate complains that pandemic politics unfair

Imagine trying to set up 1,500 blind dates.That’s essentially what Portland lawyer said she must do to finish the required paperwork to earn a spot on the general election ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.Tiffany BondIt’s not easy in the best of times, she said, but try getting all those forms done in the middle of a pandemic with the state refusing to bend on even its most arcane rules.Bond, 43, said she has to track down voters willing to sign her petitions, ensure each signature is witnessed, arrange for notaries to check each piece of paper in person, get...

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May 27, 2020
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Richard Bennett: Avangrid versus the people of Maine

Richard Bennett: Avangrid versus the people of Maine

The recent news that Avangrid, the parent company of Central Maine Power, has filed suit against its customers to deny them the right for self-determination in a citizens’ initiative is a shocking development in the CMP corridor debate. But more importantly, it also heralds here in Maine a distressing new reality about democracy and capitalism.It has been clear for, many years now, that our federal government has been captured by corporate interests, abetted by both major political parties. When that capture is in the distant land of Washington, D.C., we can call it “the swamp” and cry,...

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May 26, 2020
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Cal Thomas: Joe Biden has created a disturbing pattern

Cal Thomas: Joe Biden has created a disturbing pattern

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told an African American talk show host last week: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” It was not a one-off remark.After strong condemnation, including from some fellow Democrats, Biden attempted to walk back his statement, suggesting he was trying to be funny. Biden has made other demeaning comments about minorities for many years. They are part of a pattern.Cal ThomasOne of the definitions of “pattern” is: “a combination of qualities, acts, tendencies … forming a consistent or...

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May 28, 2020
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‘Retired cult leader’ says he’s quitting public life

‘Retired cult leader’ says he’s quitting public life

Purported cult leader Gary Blankenship, who , said Wednesday he’s ready to pack it in.Gary Blankenship“The show’s over,” he said from a temporary home in West Virginia.Calling himself, with a chuckle, “a retired cult leader,” the 36-year-old Blankenship said he plans to move with his wife and daughter somewhere where they can live quietly.His goal, he said, is to chill someplace out of sight from the many fans and foes he’s made over the years through his travels and talks on Facebook.after residents of St. Agatha made it clear they didn’t want him to set up a community in the area for...

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June 10, 2020
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Video of two men confronting Norway man’s racist signs goes viral

Video of two men confronting Norway man’s racist signs goes viral

Travis Verrill and Jason Gordon at the park bench in Norway that was featured in an anti-racism video they recorded and posted online, which received two million views in under five days.NORWAY — Travis Verrill and Jason Gordon unintentionally landed in the middle of viral internet stardom this week after they posted a video describing their confrontation with a man displaying racist signs in the windows of his Norway home.“You gotta stand up to make a change,” said Verrill.But the two South Paris men are far from the usual anti-racism activists.Verrill is the owner and sole employee of a...

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June 13, 2020
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The undeniable reality of systemic racism in America

The undeniable reality of systemic racism in America

The May 25 death of George Floyd has caused white America to re-examine its view of race and policing to an extent that’s unparalleled since the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.Why has it taken so long to raise public awareness on the issue of racism in society, in general, and in law enforcement, in particular?Part of the reason is certainly due to willful blindness by those who gain politically or financially from inequality. However, the major reason, I believe, is a phenomenon known as the “availability heuristic” or “availability bias” — the psychological sleight of...

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Tarantulas and a bunch of other big, hairy spiders seized from Norway motel

Tarantulas and a bunch of other big, hairy spiders seized from Norway motel

1 of 6Drew Desjardins makes room for the 33 tarantulas, two scorpions and one wolf spider that were found in a motel room in Norway. The arachnids were confiscated from the motel room and brought to Mr. Drew and His Animals Too in Lewiston.When Inn Town Motel owner Andrew Coombs knocked on the door of one of his units to collect rent from the tenant, the first thing he saw was this stand holding more than a dozen spiders in cases.NORWAY — Inn Town Motel manager Andrew Coombs found dozens of unwanted guests when he tried to collect payment from one of his motel customers Saturday. A total of...

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After violating face covering rule, Bethel brew pub loses health license again

After violating face covering rule, Bethel brew pub loses health license again

A Bethel brew pub that’s been clashing with the state about reopening finally got its health and liquor licenses back this week so it could serve customers food and drink again.Rick Savage makes doughnuts in the kitchen of the Sunday River Brewing Co. in Bethel in preparation of opening up his restaurant to the public May 1 in defiance of state order.It didn’t last long.Rick Savage, the co-owner of Sunday River Brewing Co., confirmed Friday morning that state officials “took all permits yesterday for not wearing masks.”The shortly before noon Friday that it is open for dining and takeout,...

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