Prohibit Discrimination in Federal Workplace
Congressman Mike Michaud has announced that he will help lead an effort to urge President Obama to take action to prohibit workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:17:45 AM
Human Consequences of Broken Immigration System
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:13:19 AM
Honor Diaries Premiering This Week
Clarion Project's new film, Honor Diaries, features nine women's rights activists who expose the oppression of women in Muslim-majority societies. The film highlights the abuses of female genital mutilation, honor killings, acts of violence and gender inequality.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:10:03 AM
Atlantic Salmon Federation 24th Annual Fundraising Dinner in Freeport, Maine
St Andrews, N.B. - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will raise funding in March for important conservation and restoration work in Maine. A fundraising dinner that includes silent and live auctions and a raffle is scheduled for March 15 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. The occasion will provide an opportunity to highlight some program successes such as the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:20:29 AM
Pentagon Contractors Exploring Business with Iran
Department of Defense contractors are looking to make LOTS of money at the American taxpayers' expense by doing business with the Iranian regime. At least 13 major international companies have said in recent weeks that they aim to reenter the Iranian marketplace over the next several months. The companies have received Pentagon contracts totaling well over $107 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis that tracked DoD contracts awarded since fiscal year 2009.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:10:19 AM
Consul General of Israel Welcomed in New England
Boston -- February 27, 2014 - Jewish National Fund(JNF) proudly welcomed new Consul General of Israel to New England at a reception with Board members and major donors.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:05:14 AM
American Policy Center accuses government of being outlaws
It's shocking! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service have become OUTLAW agencies of our federal government. And it's time we brought them under control.
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:33:11 AM
"My Army Benefits" scammers fraudulent site
The "My Army Benefits" website at usmilitarybenifit.org is a fraudulent site designed to "collect soldiers' Army Knowledge Online, email accounts and passwords." The site also falsely claims that "the U.S. military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated benefits for active duty soldiers, and that benefits not claimed within the stipulated period will be available for claims after 60 months," according to investigators.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:23:14 AM
G.E.A.R. offers free Lives in the Balance presentation in Topsham
AUGUSTA -- G.E.A.R. Parent Network, a program of Crisis & Counseling Centers, will host a free presentation by Dr. Ross Greene, a well-known educator and author who has devoted his life to helping children and teens with behavioral challenges and their caregivers. Parents, caregivers and the community are invited to learn how Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach is improving the way youth with behavioral challenges are being understood and treated in Maine.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:17:24 AM
Marriage Rate in US at the Lowest -- Marriage Expert Explains Why
"It is okay to take care of Number One with your own efforts. But if you are expecting another person to take care of you or guarantee you something, this is where the problem starts." said Chen.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:15:09 AM
Bishop Pates Urges Ratification of Mine Ban Treaty
WASHINGTON--The United States should sign and ratify the Convention on the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, also known as the Ottawa Convention or the Mine Ban Treaty, said the chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace in a letter to National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:13:07 AM
Emergency long-term unemployment benefits
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congressman Mike Michaud called upon House leadership to immediately act to renew emergency long-term unemployment benefits, which expired in December. New analysis released yesterday shows that the expiration of the program will have cost the Maine economy $7.8 million in January and February alone.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:26:01 AM
Winners of the Islamophobia Awards 2014
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) announces with sadness the winners of this year's Islamophobia Awards. The spoof awards are the result of ordinary people worldwide nominating and then voting for a list of people by region whom they believe to be the worst perpetrators of Islamophobia in the previous year.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:22:28 AM
Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is needed
WASHINGTON--Expressing strong support for the federal Marriage Protection Amendment (H. J. Res. 51) introduced by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) in the U.S. House of Representatives, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said, "The amendment would secure in law throughout the country the basic truth known to reason that marriage is the union of one man and one woman." Archbishop Cordileone , chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, made the comments in a February 19 letter of support to Rep. Huelskamp.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:19:15 AM
Concordia Plan Services - 100 'healthiest workplaces' nationwide
The new and first-of-its-kind "Healthiest 100" list -- compiled by Healthiest Employers, a wellness technology company based in Indianapolis -- represents employers of all sizes, regions and industries. Employers who made the list have comprehensively incorporated effective employee wellness programs and practices.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:07:27 AM
Four Congress co-sponsors of Benghazi Legislation
Over the last few days alone, FOUR Members of Congress have decided to cosponsor Rep. Wolf's Benghazi bill, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 184. That's over 80 percent of Republicans in the House of Representatives! Though this is wonderful progress, we must now redouble our efforts so that Speaker Boehner brings H. Res. 36 to the House floor for a vote.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:17:29 AM
Better Business Bureau Names "BBB Top Ten Scams of 2013"
Some scams are widespread, getting a lot of people for small amounts. Others are more narrowly focused, but take people for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. The Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Sentinel Data Book estimates that Americans lost $1.4 billion to scams in 2012.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:13:08 AM
Walgreens Fires Pharmacist for Refusing to Violate His Religious Beliefs
Dr. Hall, a Baptist, entertains profound religious and moral objections to dispensing abortifacients, or abortion-inducing drugs, such as "Plan B." For six years, Walgreens respected Dr. Hall's religious beliefs and gave him only favorable reviews for his work performance. But in August 2013, Walgreens did an "about-face" and tried to force Dr. Hall to dispense Plan B in violation of his beliefs. When Dr. Hall indicated his intent to continue following the internal procedures that accommodated his beliefs, Walgreens fired him.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:37:04 AM
Cate Street Regarding Great Northern Paper Mill
"We had a productive meeting with the leadership of Cate Street and Great Northern Paper in which they stated that they have a plan for restarting the mill in East Millinocket with the hope of returning some workers by May 1st. We look forward to reviewing the plan and staying in touch with Cate Street as they implement it.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:25:53 AM
Trendlines: Al-Monitor & PBS NewsHour Team web specials on the Middle East
The first, PBS NewsHour/Al-Monitor Trendlines, dealing with "Syria After Geneva 2," will examine the prospects of ending the country's bloody civil war after a historic but largely unfruitful meeting of the Syrian government and opposition leaders. The program will be streamed on both organizations websites on Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m. EST.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:15:02 AM
Coast Guard Bill Advances with Michaud Priorities
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to advance legislation to reauthorize United States Coast Guard (USGC) operations through fiscal year 2016. The bill included several priorities requested by Congressman Mike Michaud, including provisions aimed to make it easier for Navy and Coast Guard veterans to obtain civilian employment.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:12:30 AM
Congressional Rail Safety Review Announced
The hearing, "Oversight of Passenger and Freight Rail Safety," will be held by the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on February 26.
Feb 11, 2014 - 5:50:06 AM
Spanish Film Promoting and Defending Marriage
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops'(USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage has released the third video in its catechetical series for the promotion and protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. El Matrimonio: Hecho para el amor y la vida (Marriage: Made for Love and Life) is a 30-minute film in Spanish with English subtitles, accompanied by a bilingual study guide.
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:15:10 AM
Video Proves that Israel is an Apartheid Nation
I received this link in an email this week. The video is only one minute eight seconds long and it is all the proof you need to demonstrate that Israel is an Apartheid Nation. It seems that Israel has conspired to keep the truth from us. Watch the video and see how Israel treats Muslims, Druze and Arabs of all persuasions.
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:07:30 AM
Saratoga Springs Tour de Cure
Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, which is the seventh leading cause of death by disease in the United States. Topical BioMedics is supporting the ADA's Saratoga June 1, 2014 Tour de Cure by forming "Team Topricin" to ride during the event, and welcomes riders to join and donation pledges in support of the ADA's important work to Stop Diabetes.
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:05:54 AM
Catholic Leaders Urge Legislators to Promote Peace
WASHINGTON--Hundreds of leaders in Catholic social ministry from dioceses, parishes, national Catholic organizations and universities of the United States urged their members of Congress to promote peace abroad through negotiations, humanitarian assistance and development and to work against poverty in the United States. The meetings the afternoon of February 4 took place as part of the 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:10:50 AM
Age Is Definitely 'Just A Number' For This Energetic And Determined 84-Year-Old Woman
Boston, MA, February 4, 2014 - Sylvia Anthony believes 'the golden years' are a time to gear up and get busy, not relax and take it easy. She has faced many hardships in her 84 years, but they seem to have made her stronger and more determined. As founder and president of Sylvia's Haven, a shelter for women and children near Boston, she has helped transform over 1084 lives in the past 27 years. While she hasn't been paid for the past four years, Sylvia wouldn't change it for the world and calls it her "magnificent obsession!"
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:05:03 AM
Telemedicine and Distance Learning Investments Announced for Maine
WASHINGTON, DC -- The USDA Rural Development has announced that a total of $687,782 in grants has been awarded to Maine for distance learning and telemedicine initiatives. The projects funded are designed to expand educational opportunities for Maine students and provide necessary equipment to monitor patients in rural areas.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:03:03 AM
Michaud Bill Providing Veterans In-State Tuition Passes House
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House of Representatives has passed the "GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act" (H.R. 357), a bipartisan bill that would require schools eligible for GI Bill education benefits to give all veterans in-state tuition rates even if they are not residents of the states where the schools are located. H.R. 357 was introduced last year by House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Ranking Member Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME).
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:15:38 AM
Senator Snowe's former Chief of Staff Jane Calderwood to be Rep Michaud's Legislative Director
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud has announced that he has hired Senator Snowe's former Chief of Staff Jane Calderwood to be his new Legislative Director. Calderwood is replacing Nora Todd, who worked for Michaud for over four years and is joining the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) as Senior Policy Advisor later this month.
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM
IWF Files Amicus Brief in Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood
The Independent Women's Forum (IWF) has filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of Hobby Lobby, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., who are challenging the ObamaCare contraception mandate before the Supreme Court.
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:13:03 AM
Why we believe what we believe
BetterWorldians Radio today announced that Dr. Andrew Newberg, author of Why We Believe What We Believe and How God Changes Your Brain, was a guest on the weekly Internet radio broadcast, , a show dedicated to making the world a better place by giving a platform to people and ideas of inspiration. The broadcast featuring Newberg aired on January 23rd and is now available via podcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel (http://Radio.BetterWorldians.com).
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:07:30 AM
Maine to Receive $5.4 Million in LIHEAP
$5,411,630 in LIHEAP funding for Maine. This funding is provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which passed this month, and represents the funding available to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for LIHEAP for the second quarter of FY 2014. Michaud joined over 123 other members of Congress in sending the following letter to President Obama today urging him to include no less than $4.7 billion for LIHEAP in his fiscal year 2015 budget:
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:05:31 AM
Catholic Partners Respond to Farm Bill Conference Committee Bill
WASHINGTON-- The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, along with representatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Rural Life, responded to the agreement of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, commending their ability to set aside partisan differences to advance a farm bill.
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:03:39 AM
News from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Calls for No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7), calls to end Israel's confiscation of Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank, and calls for Laws that protect individuals and families who seek to practice faith in daily life
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:20:08 AM
House Passes Farm Bill Critical to Maine Crops, Forests & Organic Farmers
Although the House passed the conference report, the Senate must also pass it before it's sent to President Obama for his signature. The bill funds critical programs that support organic research, marketing, and certification cost share programs that will make a real difference for Maine's organic farmers. The bill also makes a strong commitment to Maine's specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables such as potatoes and blueberries that are such a big part of Maine's agricultural economy.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:10:14 AM
Michaud Responds to State of the Union Address
Wages have stagnated for decades while the moneyed special interests have gamed the system, gotten rich, and fought tooth and nail to keep it that way. It's long past time that America's workers are made a national priority. We need to raise the minimum wage because work should pay. Families should be able to make ends meet and not fall into poverty if they put in a full day's work -- period.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:25:02 AM
Recovery efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan
Archbishop Kurtz to Visit the Philippines February 2-7, Meet With Typhoon Survivors, Church Leaders, Relief Workers Archbishop Kurtz, USCCB to share photos, experiences via social media. CRS has received over $50 million in donations, including $27 million from bishops and dioceses.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:07:06 AM
Archbishop Welcomes Court Injunction Against HHS Mandate
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the move by the U.S. Supreme Court, January 24, to extend an injunction granted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, December 31, exempting the Little Sisters of the Poor and others in their lawsuit from the Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate while their appeal is pending.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:10:37 AM
72,000 people losing unemployment insurance every week
LEWISTON, Maine -- A new report released today shows that by the end of this week, more than 1.6 million Americans will have been cut off from their unemployment insurance, including 4,669 Mainers.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:07:02 AM