Articles by: Ali Naseer

November referendum: casino struck down, Medicaid expanded

November referendum: casino struck down, Medicaid expanded

On Tuesday Nov. 7, Maine citizens were faced with a referendum. Questions 1 and  2 elicited strong  emotions from voters, and ultimately engaged the community in series of polarizing questions. Voters resoundingly sttruck down the proposal for a casino in York county, which drew criticism from corners of nearly all state paties. Question 2, on the other hand, was just […]

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Pitbulls ordered to be euthanized escape Animal Shelter

Pitbulls ordered to be euthanized escape Animal Shelter

Two pitbulls ordered to be euthanized by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court escaped from the Waterville Area Humane Society Tuesday, Oct. 31. The pit bulls, Bentley and Kole, were condemned by an Augusta judge after escaping their fenced in backyard and attacking Winslow resident Sharron Carney near her house last year. The dogs seriously injured Carney and killed her 10 […]

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LePage’s struggle with Maine judicial nominations goes viral

LePage’s struggle with Maine judicial nominations goes viral

Last Monday, Governor Paul LePage reinstated his previously withdrawn judicial nominations hours before confirmation voting in the Senate. Seemingly bizarre, this move appears to have been the latest strike in his ongoing battle with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. In fact, letters exchanged in 2016 between the governor’s administration and the judiciary might explain the fiery conflict between these two […]

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Photo of Waterville roofers standing during national anthem goes viral

Photo of Waterville roofers standing during national anthem goes viral

Old Town resident Michelle Cossar was about to watch her nephew’s football team play at Waterville High School when she snapped the photo that has since caused a firestorm. Before the game, the Star Spangled Banner played, as it had played many times before. But this time, a team of Oakland based roofers working nearby—Dwayne Harrison, Danny Thyng, and James […]

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Maine Senator Collins defies party orders

On Sept. 23, Senator Susan Collins, the senior United States Senator from Maine, announced her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy Affordable Care Act repeal bill. Her defection dropped the party below the votes they needed to pass the bill and, the next day, the party announced it would not hold a vote on the bill. Collins’ opposition ended (for now) the […]

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New casino legislation envelopes Maine in a web of intrigue

The November referendum, in which York County residents will vote on whether or not to build Maine’s third major casino in their county, is fast approaching. After the votes are cast, the local government must agree to host the casino.

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Alfond Youth Center begins construction on greenhouse complex

Construction began Sept. 2 on an expansion of Waterville’s Alfond Youth Center. The expansion project will be a 50- foot biodome, or greenhouse complex, which will become the flagship of the Center’s Sustainable Gardening Program.

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Health care fail: dodged a bullet

The American Health Care Act’s failure was a victory for the American people. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP’s answer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare, would have lead to 24 million Americans losing coverage. Other analyses revealed more flaws in its policy as well as GOP […]

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Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Following President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, many commentators focused on how Trump was able to seem more “presidential.” However, that commentators saw this speech as stable and on-topic does not reflect a shift in Trump’s approach to leadership, but rather the extent to which the bar for acting “presidential” has been lowered. In […]

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Confirmed: Trump living in shadow of Index Fund in which his father should have invested

Saying that “he really needed this,” political analysts confirmed Tuesday that Trump’s election victory helped the 70-year-old man escape from the shadow of the Index Fund in which his dad should have invested. The President received $40-$200 million of assets from his father, which financial analysts agree would have been better invested in the Schwab, USAA, or Vanguard S&P 500 […]

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