$10 Million Federal Investment in Front Street Shipyard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Michaud is praising a $10 million investment from USDA Rural Development to support boat-building operations at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast. Earlier this year, Michaud announced a $1.9 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) to Belfast. That investment allowed for the improvement of Front Street and the continued development of the Front Street Shipyard.
Oct 29, 2014 - 5:57:23 AM
Mothers learning to parent from prison
How do you maintain a relationship with your children if you're incarcerated? It's a matter few people consider, but for many women at the Southern Maine Re-entry Center (SMRC) in Alfred, that daunting question is a reality. Support arrived this summer in the form of G.E.A.R. Parent Network's new Parenting and Caregiving After Prison series, and as one woman put it, "I now know I can make it through this [experience] and still be a mom."
Oct 24, 2014 - 6:33:31 AM
The Gay Agenda : To Destroy Democracy
The city of Coeur d'Alene is threatening to throw the owners of a wedding chapel in jail for 180 days and fine them $1,000 per day, for every day that they continue to hold true to their Christian faith.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:45:12 AM
Maine Receives $35 Million in Federal Funds to Help Families with Energy Costs
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that Maine will receive more than $35 million in federal funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program assists qualifying families with their home heating and energy costs during the winter.
Oct 16, 2014 - 6:54:29 AM
FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors
Oakland, CA -- On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for millions of dollars for illegally deducting from their wages FedEx's business costs, such as FedEx branded uniforms, FedEx scanners, and lost or damaged packages, and for overtime compensation, and penalties.
Oct 10, 2014 - 10:15:28 PM
Catholic Disappointment With Supreme Court's Action
WASHINGTON .. The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the chairman of the USCCB's Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, expressed serious disappointment at the October 6 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider current cases that strike down laws upholding marriage as between one man and one woman.
Oct 10, 2014 - 10:00:32 PM
New Funding for Maine's Rural Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, announced this afternoon a new federal grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist rural Maine veterans. The $50,000 grant to the Maine VFW will help provide transportation for about 1,100 veterans in Piscataquis County.
Oct 3, 2014 - 10:17:30 AM
American Citizens Fighting Back for Equal Political Rights
KNOXVILLE -- After canceling a town hall meeting at the request of Muslim activists, a Tennessee school district and two school officials have settled a lawsuit over the public's right to voice concerns about the growing acceptance of Islamic law, known as Sharia law, spreading through American communities. The settlement was finalized Wednesday evening when the district approved a policy barring school officials from selectively determining which subjects can be discussed by members of the public using school facilities.
Oct 3, 2014 - 10:15:33 AM
Recent Economic Successes in Aroostook County
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is highlighting a series of economic success stories in Aroostook County as examples of formulas for protecting and strengthening Maine's industrial communities. This morning, J.D. Irving opened a new sawmill in Nashville Plantation, which boasts state-of-the-art technology and brings critical upgrades to the region's rail infrastructure. About 60 new jobs have been created at the sawmill, and J.D. Irving estimates another 125 hires over the next two years for its Maine woodlands and sawmill operations.
Oct 3, 2014 - 10:10:11 AM
$800,000 Federal Grant for Acadia National Park
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced an $800,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to the Maine Department of Transportation. The funding will go toward continued planning and construction of the Acadia Gateway Center Intermodal Facility and the Acadia National Park Welcome Center. The intermodal facility will boost access to the Island Explorer transit system, a nationally recognized propane-powered bus system which has had a significant impact reducing the effects of congestion and pollution in Acadia National Park
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:52:02 AM
Senate Joint Resolution 19
Senator Ted Cruz is leading the charge against this measure. S.J. Res 19 will allow Congress, for the first time, ever, to begin regulating political speech. Mr. Obama and his liberal allies don't like being confronted by groups like the U.S. Justice Foundation. They hate the idea that ordinary citizens can band together and run political ads, distribute leaflets, and even stage protests.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:45:55 AM
Benghazi Panel Begins Hearings
ACT! for America has been on the front lines of the Benghazi issue since the 2012 attack that killed four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Our unrelenting efforts led to the creation of the House Benghazi Special Committee. Today, Wednesday, September 17th, the Committee will hold its first open hearing, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC/4).
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:07:41 AM
Commemoration of 9/11 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
Army General Charles 'Chuck' Jacoby, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Commander, opened the ceremony at the iconic Cold War-era installation by welcoming the distinguished visitors and asking the crowd to rise and recognize all of the first responders present.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:15:26 AM
Michaud Discusses His Principles for VA Reform with Secretary McDonald
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, met this morning with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to discuss reforms that will improve the delivery of services and benefits to veterans and their families. Michaud released the following statement after today's meeting:
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:10:01 AM
Rep. Michaud Responds to President Obama's National Address on ISIS
"I support the President's plans to expand airstrikes against ISIS targets. It's also a positive sign that the President is asking for Congressional authority to arm and train forces within Syria to fight members of ISIS in their country, as this is clearly beyond the current scope of our operations. I will be attending a classified briefing tomorrow for Members of Congress, and I expect we will receive more comprehensive details that will be necessary as we consider the President's request.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:00:38 AM
World's First Ranking Site for the Comic Book Universe
Los Angeles, CA -- September 9, 2014 -- Ranker.com, the world's number one platform for crowdsourced rankings of everything, is proud to announce the launch of Ranker Comics, an online hub for all things comics and the world's most epic fan wars. The new subsite within Ranker.com will be published in collaboration with TheRealStanLee.com, Stan Lee's World of Heroes, Comikaze Expo, and POW! Entertainment. It will consist of crowdsourced and votable rankings of every aspect of the Comic Book universe, from "Best Marvel Villains" to "15 Crazy Superhero Bitchslaps."
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:57:28 AM
Rep. Michaud, Speaker Eves Discuss Maine Seniors
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud met with Speaker of the Maine House Mark Eves to discuss ways members of the state's Congressional delegation could support state efforts to help seniors age safely and comfortably in their homes and communities. Eves briefed Rep. Michaud on his "KeepME Home" initiative, which aims to create affordable housing for seniors across Maine, strengthen in-home care, and expand property tax credits for seniors.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:47:30 AM
USCCB President Highlights Achievements of the Civil Rights Act
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act has called for unity and perseverance to continue the vital work begun in the Act for the respect for human dignity. The statement was issued September 9, the first day of the bishops' September 9-10 Administrative Committee meeting at the USCCB headquarters in Washington, and the memorial of St. Peter Claver.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:45:34 AM
$25 Million Federal Grant for Sarah Long Bridge Replacement
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a $25 million investment that will fund the railroad infrastructure for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project, connecting Kittery with New Hampshire. Earlier this year, Michaud joined Rep. Chellie Pingree in writing to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of the grant. Last year, Michaud invited Foxx to visit the bridge so he could get a first-hand understanding of its importance to the region.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:42:53 AM
Michaud: It's Time for a VA Reform Roadmap
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, has announced the first of several proposed starting points for comprehensive changes to how our nation's veterans receive services and benefits.
Sep 9, 2014 - 7:43:39 PM
Another Unconstitutional Executive Overreach!
This "treaty" Obama wants to sign gives the United Nations direct control over American factories, workers - even our farmers. Our Senate and House will see their power stripped away by government employees following Obama's unlawful orders. This is why you must act and do so NOW!
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:10:40 AM
Mary Mencarini Campbell Named Executive Director of USCCB National Collections
WASHINGTON--Mary Mencarini Campbell has been named executive director of the Office of National Collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She has served as interim director of that office since November 2013 and as director of Catholic Home Missions since 2011. She succeeds Patrick Markey, who stepped down in 2013. The USCCB Office of National Collections manages special collections held in U.S. parishes throughout the year.
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:07:06 AM
Lessons of 9/11 Unlearned
It is difficult and disheartening to believe that, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, America seems to have forgotten the lessons learned that terrible day. For instance, the federal government has lost track of 6,000 foreigners here in the USA on student visas who have been specifically identified as potential threats to America and its citizens. President Obama has lifted restrictions on students from war torn Libya, allowing them to do aviation training in the US. 300 US citizens have gone to fight for the Islamic State including one now dead jihadist was who an employee of Delta Airlines.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:22:20 AM
Murder Charges against the Boeing Company Re Asiana 214 Accident
A little more than a year ago, on July 6, 2013, Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777 on a scheduled passenger flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while attempting to land at San Francisco International Airport. Three people were killed and 181 were injured in the accident and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire. Criminal misconduct on the part of the Boeing Company prior to the events of July 6, 2013, played a significant role in the preventable accident and is in large part to blame for the crash of Asiana Flight 214.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:15:32 AM
USCCB Chairman Applauds Federal Court Decision Upholding Marriage
WASHINGTON--The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, applauded the decision on September 3, by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana upholding Louisiana's marriage amendment.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:12:44 AM
Rep. Mike Michaud gives Vice President Joe Biden the 'low-down'
Michaud speaks with Vice President about opportunities to strengthen American workforce, including UMaine's 'Bridge-in-a-Backpack' program
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:05:20 AM
New VA Pilot Program to Help Rural Maine Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, has announced that rural veterans in Maine will benefit from a new pilot program that is awarding a $2 million grant to the Maine Department of Labor. The program -- the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) -- was originally included in the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. Michaud helped pass the legislation and served as the Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee at the time.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:17:06 AM
Mike Michaud's 'Working Class Hero' Award
PORTLAND -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has been recognized by the Southern Maine Labor Council (SMLC) with their Working Class Hero Award. Fellow Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree and SMLC President Douglas Born presented Michaud with the award at the organization's annual Labor Day Breakfast in Portland.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:05:49 AM
It's Jihad, Stupid
Rachel Ehrenfeld was one of the pioneers in the West to warn about the threat from Jihad. An expert on all aspects of Jihad, but especially terrorism financing, Ms. Ehrenfeld has been targeted by powerful, moneyed interests in failed attempts to silence her. Statements made by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, after ISIS released videos showing their beheading of photojournalist James Foley, revealed that both seem to suffer not only from severe shortsightedness, but also from an acute case of willful blindness.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:15:03 AM
Memories of Maine Make for Good Stories
Martha Stevens-David, features writer and also book reviewer at Magic City Morning Star recently released her third book of stories about growing up in Maine.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:02:22 AM
2,300 FedEx Ground staff vindicated in Court of Appeal
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a class of 2,300 individuals working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, FedEx may owe its workforce of drivers hundreds of millions of dollars for illegally shifting to them the costs of such things as the FedEx branded trucks, FedEx branded uniforms, and FedEx scanners, as well as missed meal and rest period pay, overtime compensation, and penalties. The case, known as Alexander v. FedEx Ground, covers employees in California from 2000 - 2007. The ruling can be found on the Leonard Carder website.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:12:05 AM
$800,000 EPA Investment for Brownfield Cleanups in Maine
"I'm pleased that so many communities in Maine will benefit from this important investment that allows for the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites," said Michaud. "Maximizing the potential of these sites strengthens local economies, lays a solid foundation for growth within a community, and ensures the safety and well-being of residents. I'm looking forward to seeing the positive development that will come from this investment."
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:05:28 AM
Paycheck for Terrorism: $5,300 for Suicide Attack
Ms. Attkisson is still at work investigating terrorism today and recently published this important article on payments made from Middle Eastern charities to families of suicide bombers...
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:20:44 AM
Michaud Calls for Displaced Old Town Workers to Receive Trade Adjustment Assistance
We ask that you review this Trade Adjustment Assistance petition as quickly as possible and to help these workers receive the assistance they need to secure work and lessen the negative effects on their financial stability
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:17:53 AM
Celebrating the 50 Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement: Then and Now
WASHINGTON--To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on African American Affairs will release a series of resources to highlight the achievements of the Civil Rights era and its connections to the Catholic Church.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:07:29 AM
Minot, Maine Woman Writes 4th Book
This book follows her first two books, "Autobiography of a Simple Soul" in 2011, and "Memories, Another Place, Another Time" in 2012. Mrs. David is also co-wrote Dr. Mary T. Dycio's bestselling book "My Life's Journey from Ukraine to Maine" in 2014. All of these books were published by P.R. Gott Books of Norway, Maine.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:12:15 AM
Archbishop Kurtz Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations
"On initial review of the government's summary of the regulations, we note with disappointment that the regulations would not broaden the "religious employer" exemption to encompass all employers with sincerely held religious objections to the mandate.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:07:00 AM
Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition" which kicks off today. "We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas," said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to www.BoatUS.org/design.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:57:53 AM
Black Ribbon Day
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation works to pass bipartisan legislation creating a national day of remembrance and educates Congress on horrors of totalitarian ideology
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:53:32 AM
Islamic State Lurking in the Background in Ferguson
In fact, the ISIS sign at the Ferguson march is perhaps no surprise given that the Islamic State has made extensive use of social media to conduct outreach to protesters there.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:17:33 AM