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We should remember them every day

on May 27, 2014, at 6:57 a.m.
It would be easy just to spend the holidays working around the house, walking on the beach, or cooking on the grill. My hope is that no matter what we do on this day, we spend at least a little time thinking about those who selflessly put themselves at risk on …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Sometimes Slower is Better – Bike to Work Day

on May 16, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
SACO – Cities and cycling enthusiasts across the nation have named May as the “Bike to Work” month, and Friday, May 16, the city of Portland and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine decided to join the fun. As someone who admittedly already has a close relationship with his bike, I decided …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Unintended Consequences – Graduation, Grades, and Goodbyes

on May 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
SACO – As a teacher, the end of the year is always a mixed blessing. I know that summer is right around the corner, the weather is usually warmer, and the days are often long and sunny. In school, especially in high school, it’s a time when you say goodbye …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Why Are Maine Politicians Upset About Dark Play Money?

on May 01, 2014, at 12:07 a.m.
There’s a lot of concern among Democrats and Independent U.S. Senator Angus King about “dark money.” Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows even notes dark money “undermines our democracy.” While money is certainly influential in politics and it buys victories on both sides of the fence, the most serious concern …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

NBA Donald Sterling Ban Shows Why America Is A Nation Of Laws

on April 29, 2014, at 11:35 p.m.
The question of whether the lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was tackled in a previous Undercover Porcupine article, titled “Was The NBA Right To Ban Donald Sterling.” Now to further expand on the topic, why due process is important. Donald Sterling is a deplorable human being, …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Was The NBA Right To Ban Donald Sterling?

on April 29, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
A controversy has erupted in the NBA over Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Sterling, who has a history of racism, was the subject of a leaked audio recording that showed him making racist comments. To be clear, racism is inexcusable. It is a vile form of collectivist thought that …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

The First Holocaust Conversation

on April 27, 2014, at 10:18 p.m.
Human history’s darkest period is a sensitive topic for a number of reasons. The political realities of how these events were allowed to happen is particularly unsettling, because it forces humanity to comprehend how an entire society could allow a government with a genocidal mindset establish itself like the Germans …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

About Rand Paul’s Susan Collins Endorsement

on April 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
Among the liberty movement the Rand Paul debate rages on. Is he a political player or an opportunist sellout? Senator Rand Paul stunned many libertarians in 2012 when he endorsed Mitt Romney for President. This was the same Romney who deployed campaign lawyers to the Republican National Convention and rigged …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

What Cliven Bundy Really Said About Race

on April 25, 2014, at 8:36 a.m.
The Internet and mainstream media is raging with fury about supposed racist remarks by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Politicians such as Senator Rand Paul, who will be appearing this weekend at the Maine Republican Party State Convention, are distancing himself from the rancher as a media onslaught continues. The problem …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Ethics Commission Botches Maine GOP Financial Reports

on April 18, 2014, at 11:10 p.m.
In my previous Undercover Porcupine article “Why Is Indebted Maine GOP Paying Their Own Chairman For Consulting?“, I discussed details of Maine Ethics Commission’s financial reports on the Maine Republican Party. These details were widely scrutinized by liberals and even this libertarian blogger, for the point that the party was …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Why Is Indebted Maine GOP Paying Their Own Chairman For Consulting?

on April 18, 2014, at 12:02 a.m.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: After this article was posted, new information came to light showing the Maine Ethics Commission’s reports incorrect. This is unfortunate, as various pieces of information in this article was based on information presented as correct by the Ethics Commission. I do not stand by statements made related to …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Maine People’s Alliance’s twisted view of Maine voters

on April 17, 2014, at 12:48 a.m.
The Maine People’s Alliance is truly showing itself to be a deplorable machine geared on constant negativity. It’s deceptive name would lead people to believe it is on the side of the people. This delusional state of mind is even spreading into their smear campaigns, where they falsely claim to …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Why The Nevada Ranch War Should Concern Every American

on April 11, 2014, at 10:53 p.m.
A decades long dispute over land in Nevada erupted into violence this past week as the Federal Government used force against a rancher and his cattle. Cliven Bundy is a Nevada rancher in Clark County who’s family has staked claim to the land in question predating the creation of the …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Responding To Lois Snowe-Mello’s Attacks

on April 10, 2014, at 11:26 p.m.
It’s far from the first time I’ve been attacked by someone who is not a fan of my politics or the things I write. We all have our detractors, but not everyone takes it personally. If you’ve followed my blog and Twitter feed for example, you’ll have noticed my criticism …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Are liberty activists defrauding Maine GOP?

on April 06, 2014, at 8:39 p.m.
In an interesting online exchange, Sabattus Town Republican Chair Paulee Willette claimed that libertarian activists are registering Republican to steal money from the party because they “can’t rub two nickels together.” The Facebook exchange began on an unrelated foreign policy post made by former Republican State Senator and Brakey For …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Tim Lajoie: Right To Restrict 2nd Amendment? No!

on March 30, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
Tim Lajoie is a Republican candidate for Androscoggin County Sheriff. He is the former Lewiston City Republican Chair and ran in 2012 for the State Legislature. His candidacy was covered by Undercover Porcupine twice: “The Lajoie Campaign Standard” and “The High Road In Politics: Principles Over Party.” This editorial was …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Clash Of The Maine Political Titans: Medicaid Expansion Edition

on March 23, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
Once again, a war broke out between major players in Maine politics over the topic of Medicaid expansion. This time, it occurred on the popular social media website Twitter Thursday night. The launch of the Maine Republican Party’s counterproductive Maine Madness brackets sparked some controversy by some targets, such as …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Is Governor LePage Right About Term Limits?

on March 20, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.
Governor Paul LePage is no stranger to controversial remarks and he’s made more, this time regarding term limits. He has gone on the record making it clear that lifetime politicians are his friends, stating that term limits allow young legislators with firm agendas to get elected. Politicians have agendas? Breaking …
ROOTED IN ME (blog)

Recognize your pediatrician, win $500

on March 20, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
I know when we were looking for a doctor for our little miss, I was a nervous wreck. What if he or she didn’t support my decision to breastfeed? What if he or she was pushy about vaccinations or cagey about my millions of questions? We ended up with a …
ROOTED IN ME (blog)

Baby’s first summit

on March 19, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
When my husband and I found out we were expecting, we made a lot of promises about what we would and wouldn’t ever do with our baby. Some we’ve since broken, like never giving her a pacifier or giving her even a taste of food before six months. Others, we’ve …
 
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