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Monday, July 28, 2014

NaturalNews: Why GMO pushers are suddenly so panicked‏, Plus More

Dear Lisbon Reporter and NaturalNews readers,
GMO pushers are suddenly panicked as the world begins to discuss the idea of "Who should be responsible for all the disease, death and environmental destruction caused by GMOs?"
Big Biotech, it turns out, is a lot like Big Tobacco used to be: dishonest science, paid-off researchers and lots of money thrown at the media to buy distorted editorial coverage. But it's all starting to fall apart as the 99% wake up and realize they're eating poison!

How the biotech industry violates the Nuremberg Code established in the wake of the Holocaust of World War II

Check out these top 15 healing actions of medicinal herbs:

As conflict rises in Eastern Ukraine, beware of this: computer models have revealed that even a small-scale nuclear war result in devastating global famine:

Healthy levels of vitamin D can help prevent chronic pain:

more breaking news continues below...

Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show 3-5PM EDT: RSB and Dr. Buttar answer listener questions, including those about arthritis and other musculoskeletal pains. Call with your questions at 1-866-939-2355. Listen in at
- Why Mason jars are so amazing
- The latest news on cancer
- Does a laptop harm your sexual health?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TUMB: Time Out: Charlotte Iserbyt Interview (2014-07-25)‏


Time Out: Charlotte Iserbyt Interview (2014-07-25)

“Time Out Productions presents Charlotte Iserbyt. Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America’s Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.”
View HERE.
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education
Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link
Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links
3 Minute Trailer
26 Minute Trailer
Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links
Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link
To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, click here.

TUMB: Not One Maine Legislator Attended The Constitution Coalition Seminar On Hampden‏

Not One Maine Legislator Attended The Constitution Coalition Seminar On Hampden

BDN reports “The people who most needed to hear what members of the Constitution Coalition of Maine had to teach them did not show up Saturday afternoon for a seminar on the Maine Constitution held at the Hampden municipal building on Western Avenue, according to organizers.
Merletti and his coalition colleagues adhere to a strict interpretation of the original U.S. Constitution and the unamended version of Maine’s Constitution from 1820, according to previously published reports. The coalition has asked legislative leaders without success to take the necessary steps to reinstate some provisions and remove others from the Maine Constitution.”
“Saturday’s event was the fifth seminar the group has held, according to Merletti of Lee. Previous sessions were held in Auburn, Ellsworth, Presque Isle and Houlton. The next session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 9, at the Kennebec Valley Assembly of God Church, 44 Hallowell Road, in Chelsea.”
Read more HERE.
Why do they not want to educate themselves?
The Constitution Coalition for Maine, click here.
“Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?” by Author/Researcher Lise Dupont. This is a great reference, research, informative and educational tool for everyone!
You can order the book on line through Barnes and Noble, click on the link.
Talkshoe Live with Guest Lise DuPont, more HERE.
Archived programs:
07/23/2014 09:00 PM EDT – EPISODE 27
07/16/2014 09:00 PM EDT – EPISODE 26
07/09/2014 09:00 PM EDT - EPISODE 25
07/02/2014 09:00 PM EDT - EPISODE 24

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WND EXCLUSIVE Top law-enforcement pro fights 'warrior cop' thinking

Jack Minor

GREELEY, Colo. – As police frequently face accusations of responding to calls with excessive force, illegal procedures and military weapons and tactics, one top cop with more than 45 years of law enforcement experience is taking action against the “warrior cop” mentality.
“This isn’t Iraq, this isn’t Afghanistan. I don’t think you want to indoctrinate your officers with the warrior mentality to the extent that if you’re a warrior then you have got to have a war,” Greeley, Colorado, Police Chief Jerry Garner said.
Garner’s department is not a typical small-town America operation. A 2008 situation report by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center showed Greeley is one of many American cities where the presence of Mexican drug cartels has been documented.
In 2010, Weld County Deputy Sam Brownlee was killed in Greeley after a high-speed pursuit in which the suspect grabbed the officer’s gun.
Despite events such as these, Garner believes the warrior-cop mentality isn’t necessary. He told WND he focuses his officer training on avoiding the use of deadly force when possible.
“There’s an old adage in sports that says you play as you practice,” Garner said. “People need to understand that if an officer is trained right, when they get in an armed confrontation many times they almost go on autopilot.”

Much more to this article.

I Beg of You..........

NaturalNews: The Agricultural Holocaust explained: 10 ways GMOs threaten us all‏ Plus Much More

Dear Lisbon Reporter and NaturalNews readers,
Here are my top 10 reasons why GMOs may bring about an "Agricultural Holocaust" costing millions of lives:

GMO crop failures are linked to nearly 300,000 suicides (so far) in India, and the count keeps increasing:

Perhaps that's why organic, non-GMO food is exploding in popularity across India and the United States:

Russia is threatening to shut down all McDonald's restaurants across the country:

Beware of these 3 ways nutrients are being destroyed in your food:

more breaking news continues below...

Sunday on The Robert Scott Bell Show 1-3PM EDT: RSB and Doc Rob Streisfeld discuss the growing scientific validation for the use of medical cannabis for many conditions and how to access this growing economy. Call with your questions at 1-866-939-2355. Listen in at

- Does a laptop harm your sexual health?
- Kratom for pain relief?
- Starvation may affect health of descendants

BrasscheckTV: Law Enforcement Corruption & -- Abuse -1 / The permanent Police State‏

BrasscheckTV Report
The permanent Police State.
People wonder if the US is
becoming a police state. 
For millions of Americans
it's been one for a long,
long time.
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The permanent Police State
The police state has been around a long time

Cointelpro101 OPEN

 COINTELPRO; What was it?

If anyone know where the full film is “COINTELPRO 101” is, please let me know.

The videos on YouTube that are labeled “COINTELPRO 101” are not it.

This is a short version of what obviously is a much longer film.

Who were COINTELPRO’s targets?

1. Any political figure from a minority group
2. “Leftists”
3. Anyone who opposed the war(s)

Has that definition changed?

Has COINTELPRO gone away or has it just changed its name?

- See more at:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Whom Shall The Blame Fall To‏ ?


At the last Special Town Council meeting, five of the six Councilors present voted to approve the Municipal budget for 2014-2015.  Councilor Pesce was the ONLY councilor to vote NO.

In August/September, when the taxpayers of Lisbon receive their tax bills; who is to blame for the estimated 5% - 7% tax increase?  It would be unfair to place the entire blame on the Councilors.  Several of the Councilors asked for cuts to the approved budget but Chairwoman Ward would not bring the issue before the council.  Part of the problem is that the Councilors do not make the suggestions as motion to be put before the entire council.  Instead Chairwoman Ward asked for suggestions, instead of motions, and then totally ignored them because it was not presented as a motion.

Second, when the people made suggestions to the council no council member took it and put it in the form of a motion.  Because it was NOT made as a motion, there was no action taken on any suggestions by the people.  Remember, the people can only make suggestions and cannot make a motion.  Chairwoman Ward also ignored the suggestions by the people to reduce the Municipal budget.

Third, Chief Brooks made absolutely no attempt to keep his budget the same as last year.  In fact, Chief Brooks increased his budget by $78,268.00 which puts the Police Department’s budget at $1,376,120.00 this year.  That’s right the Police Department’s budget is over a MILLION tax dollars.  On top of that, Chief Brooks has included in his budget the replacement of three (3) vehicles; one which had a new engine installed last year.  Chief Brook’s budget includes two (2) Detectives; two (2) part-time secretaries and a full time Administrative Assistant.  The Police Department has two (2) vehicles that sit at the schools all day long.  The vehicle count right now is nine (9) and we only have a maximum of two (2) patrols at one time.  Chief Brooks stated that the small community of Lisbon normally uses one patrol; so why do we need all the vehicles?  A side note, Chief Brooks does not have a “life cycle management” program to replace fewer vehicles each year.  Last year we replaced two vehicles and this year we are replacing three vehicles.

As you can see, Chief Brooks made no attempt to help the taxpayers out this year.  Instead, he teamed up with Chairwoman Ward (who does not pay Real Estate taxes in Lisbon) to stick it to the people.  Chairwoman Ward even went so far as to not allow the people to speak prior to the vote on the Municipal budget at the Special Town Council meeting.  This is a gross abuse of her position.  How are the Councilors going to know how the people feel if the people are not allowed to voice their concerns?

Every time you see Chief Brooks and Chairwoman Lisa Ward thank them for the increase in your taxes.

Larry Fillmore

Great Falls TV: Lisbon Town Council Meeting July 22nd, 2014

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Media Advisory: MHPC Joins Global Effort Celebrating Late Nobel Laureate‏

The Maine Heritage Policy Center
Joins Global Effort Celebrating Late Nobel Laureate

PORTLAND, Maine – Milton Friedman, recognized as the greatest economist of the last century, will be the focal point at numerous events nationwide and around the world on July 31. The Maine Heritage Policy Center is participating in the annual “Friedman Legacy Day” to highlight the late professor’s famous ideas, including school choice.

"The Maine Heritage Policy Center is proud to host Choosing Success: Empowering Parents to Advocate for Greater Educational Opportunities as part of this year’s Friedman Legacy Day,” said Jonathan Haines, communications director for The Maine Heritage Policy Center. “MHPC is dedicated to furthering school choice for all families by empowering parents with the knowledge and tools they need to be strong advocates for greater educational opportunities for their children.”

“There is a close relationship between school choice and economic freedom – two principles that MHPC is proud to champion,” said Haines. “It is this relationship that is at the heart of the educational model that symbolizes Dr. Milton Friedman’s legacy.”

An advisor to several U.S. presidents, Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1976 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988. The author of such books as “Capitalism and Freedom” also is well known for his appearance on the popular PBS series “Free to Choose.” He is considered the “father” of the all-volunteer army and school choice.

“In education alone, today Milton Friedman’s ideas are positively impacting thousands of Americans,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. “Calls for more personal empowerment and choice can be attributed to Dr. Friedman. And it’s groups like The Maine Heritage Policy Center that keep Milton Friedman’s legacy alive.”

Date:                Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time:               5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:          Easy Day, 725 Broadway, South Portland, ME

·        Ms. Heidi Sampson
Member, Maine State Board of Education

·        The Honorable Amy Volk
Maine State Legislature and Board Chair, Maine Connections Academy

Choosing Success: Empowering Parents to Advocate for Greater Educational Opportunities is co-sponsored by The Maine Heritage Policy Center and The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

In 1996, Dr. Friedman and his wife, Rose, founded the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice to research and promote school choice, an idea he first proposed in 1955.

The Maine Heritage Policy Center is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization based in Portland, Maine. The Maine Heritage Policy Center formulates and promotes free-market, conservative public policies in the areas of economic growth, fiscal matters, health care, education, constitutional law and government transparency - providing solutions that will benefit all the people of Maine.

For more information, please visit or

NaturalNews: Cancer is curable NOW - full documentary publicly released, watch it now Plus Lots More

Dear Lisbon Reporter and NaturalNews readers,
Cancer is already curable! In fact, numerous cures have been known for many years, but they are all suppressed by the cancer industry and the powers that be.
Fortunately, the FULL free documentary called "Cancer is Curable NOW" is available to watch on Youtube. This documentary will open your eyes to an entire universe of knowledge and wisdom that the establishment hopes you never learn:

Watch out: A new website called "Monsanto Collaborators" looks like it was set up as a trap to discredit anti-GMO activists. Here's why:

Want to reverse chronic disease? Get more sulfur in your diet (from foods, of course)

CNN's Anderson Cooper admits TWA Flight 800 was shot down in 1996 - although the media has called this a "conspiracy theory" for the last 18 years:

This is cool: Preppers are jumping on organic foods!

more breaking news continues below...

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show 3-5PM EDT: RSB and Dr. Frank King discuss relieving pain without intoxicating the liver, including the pain of endometriosis. Call with your questions at 1-866-939-2355. Listen in at

- Morning drinks for body detox
- New strategies help smokers quit
- 6 foods that lower blood pressure

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Breaking: Leaked document reveals US-EU trade agreement threatens public health, food safety‏

WASHINGTON D.C. – A draft chapter of the U.S-EU
trade agreement leaked today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) reveals public health and food safety could be at risk, according to an accompanying analysis.
The leaked chapter concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues—those surrounding food safety and animal and plant health—in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated. Only TTIP negotiators and security cleared advisors, mostly corporate representatives, can read and comment on draft negotiating texts.

According to the IATP analysis accompanying release of the leaked document, “This leaked draft TTIP chapter doesn’t tell us everything about where negotiations are headed on food safety, but it tells us enough to raise serious concerns.”
While key details have not been disclosed to the public or remain to be negotiated, the chapter clearly indicates negotiators continue to subordinate SPS regulations to the object of maximizing trade. The text, for example, supports the U.S. approach to not require port of entry food inspections and testing, meaning food contamination outbreaks will be harder to trace to their origin, and liability harder to assess—a win for U.S. meat and food companies that could jeopardize food safety for consumers. Further, the text indicates the trade agreement could make it more difficult to restrict imports from countries with animal or plant diseases, such as Mad Cow Disease or plant fungus outbreaks.
The leaked chapter does acknowledge animal welfare but lacks enforceable language, meaning a U.S. state or EU member state could pass mandatory laws or rules on agriculture animal welfare, but such mandatory measures could not be used to prevent import of products from abused animals. Alternatively, unenforceable trade policy could further the misguided “Right to Farm” legislation under consideration in several states.
“While many key details regarding things like GMOs are still hidden, it’s clear public health is losing out to corporate interests in a big way,” said IATP’s Dr. Steve Suppan, author of the analysis. “Moreover, it’s an affront to democracy that the public need rely on leaked documents to find out how these agreements could affect health and safety.”
The draft chapter would set up a Joint Management Committee to discuss concerns about U.S. and EU SPS regulations. But the draft provides very little information about how this committee or the yet to be negotiated TTIP Oversight Body, to which the Committee reports, would function if discussions did not resolve concerns about the effect of regulations on trade. It is not clear whether the Oversight Body would refer unresolved SPS concerns to the proposed and very controversial Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism. The ISDS would have a private tribunal of trade lawyers, not a public court of law, decide whether U.S. or EU SPS rules, laws or enforcement measures violated TTIP. If the tribunal decided in favor of the complaining investor, the tribunal would determine the compensation that the EU member state or U.S. governments would have to pay investors for loss of anticipated benefits under TTIP.
Read the IATP analysis and the complete leaked chapter text for more information.

"Local Sales Taxes as a Means of Increasing Revenues and Reducing Property Tax Burdens: An Analysis Using Propensity Score Matching‏

Only the abstract is available without charge.

Yet, a local sales tax is one possible good way to reduce property taxes, at least according to the research.

WHITNEY AFONSOUniversity of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Government, University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

In keeping with previous literature, local option sales taxes (LOSTs) are shown to reduce property tax burdens as well as increase own source revenue, although the magnitude is larger than previously estimated. This article advances the literature by using more sophisticated econometric techniques to minimize self‐selection bias concerns. It also addresses some of the lingering questions from previous studies. Using county data from 35 states over the time period of 1983–2004, counties with LOSTs are matched to counties that have the same estimated propensity to adopt a LOST but are precluded by their states from doing so.

The Maine Wire: “Sting operation shows majority of fake Obamacare applications getting approved” plus 1 more‏

Sting operation shows majority of fake Obamacare applications getting approved
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 10:44 AM PDT
As problems with President Barack Obama’s health care law continue to unfold across the country, a new sting operation launched by the Government Accountability Office has discovered a troubling trend: Obamacare’s enrollment system is unable to discern fake applications for federal health care subsidies. The GAO’s sting operation submitted 18 fake applications to seeking […]
LePage to enforce welfare-to-work requirement
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 10:23 AM PDT
AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday it will require nearly 12,000 able-bodied Food Stamp recipients to work, provide volunteer services, or participate in job training as a condition of receiving the federal welfare benefit. “People who are in need deserve a hand up, but we should not be giving able-bodied […]

NaturalNews: Wave of plague and pestilence descending upon our world‏ plus more

Dear Lisbon Reporter and NaturalNews readers,
A wave of plague and pestilence is descending upon our world all of a sudden: Bubonic plague, Chikungunya virus, airborne MERS, superbugs and other exotic diseases are cropping up everywhere with no unifying explanation.
Is this the beginning of Biblical-class plague?

The DEA has completely lost its mind and is now charging Fedex with felony crimes for delivering packages that happened to contain prescription drugs:

Probiotics help lower blood pressure:

Water wars have begun in California. The era of cheap, easy water is now OVER:

Finally, here are 3 important articles you need to read on Monsanto, the plague and the future of America:

more breaking news continues below...
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show 3-5PM EDT: RSB talks about the impending state of infectious disease in America and Liam Scheff thinks critically about the religious myths of humanity. Call with your questions at 1-866-939-2355. Listen in at

- New strategies help smokers quit
- 6 foods that lower blood pressure
- Super slimming herbal teas

Some good research articles on Local and State Government‏

We often forget that others are having problems similar to ours and are working hard to find best solutions.  Keep up the good work you're doing, Mr. Fillmore.  

1) The Impact of Public Officials’ Corruption on the Size and Allocation of U.S. State Spending

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What Corrupt States Spend Their Money On

Building State Rainy Day Funds
Policies to Harness Revenue Volatility, Stabilize Budgets, and Strengthen Reserves 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Police Chief David T. Brooks Manipulates The Town Councilors Like An Old Crow

And the Lisbon and Lisbon Falls taxpayers get more money sucked out of their budgets.  Now that should make him really proud.

 If anyone ever calls you a "bird- brain" ... just say "thanks"!!!!!!!
Not all as dumb as they look!!!!!


Taxpayers Lose Again


At last night’s Town Council Workshop and Special Town Council meeting, the taxpayers lost again.  The Town Council minus Councilor Dillon Pesce passed another budget that will raise our taxes for the fourth year in a row.

I want to commend Councilor Pesce for sticking to his beliefs and putting the taxpayers first.  The Municipal Budget was penny for penny the same with the exception of the Town Manager cutting $6,035.00 out of General Government.  Two Councilors who voted NO turned around and approved the budget last night.  So what changed??????????  Whatever took place behind the scenes worked.

Chairwoman Ward continued her pressure on Councilors and denied the people the opportunity to speak during the Workshop and the meeting prior to the vote.  This maneuver is typical when you are desperate to protect your mentor’s budget.  Councilor Lunt suggested not replacing any Police vehicles this year at a previous meeting and was totally ignored by Chairwoman Ward.  Other suggestions for making cuts in the budget were also ignored by Chairwoman Ward.  This action by Chairwoman Ward shows how far Chairwoman Ward would go to protect the Municipal Budget. 

Chairwoman Ward ordered that the Audience Participation portion of the meeting come after the vote on the budget.  Normally, Audience Participation comes prior to the voting portion of the meeting.  According to the Council Working Rules, the people have a right to speak on agenda item before the agenda item comes before the council for action.  Now it does say that the order of the agenda maybe changed by the Chair.  But denying the people the right to express their feelings to the council is wrong on so many levels.  The fact she refused to allow the people to speak prior to the vote on the budget is a violation of the town’s mission statement and is an injustice to the people who elected her.  The people have a right to participate in local government and to let their elected official know how they feel on issues before the council votes on them. 

This is an abuse of position and Chairwoman Ward should be immediately removed as Chairwoman of this council.

Larry Fillmore

P.S. I personally believe, after listening to the people, that the approved Municipal budget has approximately $465,000.00 of excessive spending in it.  This is an entire .mil rate.  Thank you Chief Brooks!

UMMB: REMINDER - TONIGHT! Talkshoe Radio "Maine Exposed" With Guest Lise DuPont, Researcher and Author of "Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?"‏

Talkshoe Radio “Maine Exposed” With Guest Lise DuPont, Researcher and Author of “Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
9:00 PM EDT

Call in Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 27398#

Click here to join in online.
‘Maine Exposed’ will host a special weekly series with Lise to discuss her research and contents of her book.  This is a great reference, research, informative and educational tool for everyone!
Lise DuPont is a former licensed clinician. She graduated from high school from Our Lady of the Mountains Academy in New Hampshire. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine, a Master’s degree from the University of New England, and completed two years of Post-Graduate training at the Center for the Awareness of Patterns.
Have you ever been a plaintiff/defendant in court?
Have you ever witnessed the injustices metered out by judges?
Have you ever wondered what’s going on in our judicial system?
“We all grew up believing the judicial system in the United States was fair and just. This was the place to go to obtain justice for abuses or injuries perpetrated against us. We believed that we lived with constitutional courts where justice would be metered out. We believed that judges were official judicial officers who took an oath to the constitution and would uphold our rights in their court of law. Throughout the decades of judicial abuse and misconduct, irreparable harmed perpetrated against the good, honest, decent people of Maine and across this country, you are in for a great awakening. The author of this book has devoted years researching Maine’s judicial system and discovered that we don’t have any constitutional courts operating in Maine.
The research and evidence detailed in this book will help you understand today’s make up of the court versus our original common law courts. You will learn the elements that craft our “fake” courts and the deceptive words/terms/phrases used against us. You will learn, in detail, the reasons for all this corruption in the existing “fake” court system today, and why “powers that be” want it that way.
Lise’s research is most informative and very educational for those interested in learning the “pieces” of the puzzle regarding Maine’s judicial system. Whether you are currently involved in a court case, or could possibly be in the future, this is a fabulous reference book to have at your fingertips. Thank you to Lise for her dedication and time spent on years of such important research.”
You can order the book on line through Barnes and Noble or, click on the link. SPREAD the word.
Archived programs:
07/16/2014 09:00 PM EDT – EPISODE 26
07/09/2014 09:00 PM EDT - EPISODE 25
07/02/2014 09:00 PM EDT - EPISODE 24

Recap Town Council Workshop Special Town Council meeting July 22nd, 2014

JULY 22, 2014

At last night’s Town Council Workshop there was little discussion about the budget.  There was a lecture by Chairwoman Ward about how much work the Finance Committee and others had put into the proposed budget.  The Town Manager cut $6,035.00 out of the Professional Development budget of the General Government.  Other than that, the Municipal Budget was penny for penny the same as the previously failed budget.

Councilor Bickford said that he felt it was an injustice to have any bonds on the June ballot and wanted an Ordinance prepared to limit bond issues to the November ballot.  The Workshop was adjourned without the people having an opportunity to speak which is normally done at the end of the Workshop.

Next, the Special Town Council meeting began with Council Orders, Resolutions & Ordinances.  The Municipal Budget passed by a vote of 5-1 with Councilor Pesce voting NO.  The Economic Development Budget passed by a vote of 6-0.  The Catering permit for Hi Style Catering was passed by a vote of 6-0.   And finally, the Community Planning Agreement for Professional Services was passed by a vote of 6-0.

Councilor Metivier was not present and excused.

There was no one to speak during Other Business or Audience Participation & Response.

The meeting was adjourned.

Larry Fillmore

MHPC Applauds LePage's Decision on Welfare Work Requirements‏

July 23, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Maine's foremost free-market think tank, on Wednesday applauded Governor Paul R. LePage's decision to implement work requirements for many able-bodied recipients of welfare benefits under the federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as Food Stamps.

"Maine's social safety net should be a temporary stop for Mainers on their way back into the work force, not a permanent destination," said MHPC Communications Director Jonathan Haines. "This policy will encourage work-ready adults to be self-reliant, independent, and in control of their own financial and economic destiny."

"Not only is it smart, fiscally responsible policy, it's an act of tough-love that will ultimately improve the well-being of Mainers who are down on their luck," said Haines.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MHPC on recent ACA rulings‏

The Maine Heritage Policy Center on today's Federal Court of Appeals Rulings on ObamaCare Subsidies
Joel Allumbaugh, Director of MHPC's Center for Health Reform Inititiaves released the following statement on Tuesday in regard to the latest ACA federal court rulings: 
"Today’s rulings highlight the many systemic problems with the chaotic train wreck that is the Affordable Care Act," said Joel Allumbaugh, Director of the Center for Health Reform Initiatives, The Maine Heritage Policy Center.
"Problems like these are bound to arise when irresponsible politicians ram massive, complex legislation through the process without properly vetting it – without even reading it," said Allumbaugh.
“More than four years later, the American people are still trying to make sense of this bureaucratic nightmare,” said Allumbaugh. "I cannot think of any other law currently on the books that brings greater uncertainty and instability to the U.S. economy than President Obama’s signature health care law. Rather than unilaterally subvert our duly elected representatives, as he has done time and time again, the president should work with Congress to fix this broken law.”

The Maine Wire: “Claim: Michaud never got a bill passed in Congress?” plus 3 more‏

Claim: Michaud never got a bill passed in Congress?
Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:06 AM PDT
As the 2014 gubernatorial campaign heats up, political parties, politicians, political action committees and even anonymous Twitter accounts are making all manner of claims about their favorite — and no so favorite — candidates. But one claim deserves some further scrutiny. The Maine Republican Party is claiming that U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, the Democratic candidate […]

Plowman: The Dark Side of Michaud’s Obscurity [Warning: Brutal Take-down]
Posted: 21 Jul 2014 10:48 AM PDT
By Debra Plowman — Mainers expect bold leadership from their representatives in Washington, D.C. Whether Democratic or Republican, the people we have sent from our small state to our nation’s capital have stood out and have gotten things done in that crowded town. Ed Muskie wrote the Clean Air and Water Acts. Bill Cohen became […]
Robinson on the radio!
Posted: 21 Jul 2014 10:39 AM PDT
Did you miss Maine Wire Editor Steve Robinson when he filled in for John McDonald on Saturday? Be sure to catch the podcasts of from his first solo radio show! Robinson talks about Eric Holder’s Justice Department with John Fund, senior national affairs correspondent for National Review Online: Listen! David Trahan, executive director of the […]
Bellows takes flak for using out-of-state actor
Posted: 21 Jul 2014 10:34 AM PDT
Shenna Bellows, Democratic candidate for Senate, is taking flak for her campaigns use of an out-of-state actor in a commercial. Although the ad talks about supporting Maine workers, Phil Harriman, columnist for the Portland Press Herald, points out that the hardhat-wearing actor in the commercial actually comes from stock footage. The Maine Republican Party is […]