Things You Need to Know: Stephen King Tweet Slams Poliquin as “NRA sweetheart”
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Waterville is considering an ordinance to limit where sex offenders can live and visit. WGME reports the council was asked to consider an ordinance that would prohibit some sex offenders from being within 750 feet of places where children frequent, like schools, parks and playgrounds.
Skowhegan girl who accidentally called 911 while she was playing with a phone asked her parents to take her to the Skowhegan Police Department. According to Newscenter she took it upon herself to write an apology. She talked with the officers and learned more about their jobs.
A committee tables Gov LePage's bill to prevent tax lien foreclosures on elderly. According to centralmaine.com the language is being worked on by interested parties to make it agreeable to all.
The town of Belgrade has given its final approval for rebuild of Main Street. Centralmaine.com reports the entire project will cost about $3.1 million. The work is due to start in the spring.
From the Associated Press:
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Author Stephen King is calling a Maine congressman an "NRA sweetheart" for receiving thousands of dollars from the gun rights advocacy group. King urges residents in a Tuesday tweet to not vote for Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November, citing his support from the National Rifle Association. The Maine-born novelist has posted several tweets about gun policy since a Florida high school shooting last week that left 17 people dead. Poliquin adviser Brent Littlefield says the incumbent congressman is a strong Second Amendment supporter who won't respond directly to a "Hollywood person." The New York Times has identified Poliquin as a top congressional recipient of NRA funding. The newspaper last fall said the association reported spending more than $200,000 to help Poliquin's political career, including $68,000 attacking his opponents.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are set to consider delaying a system aimed at making sure high school graduates are proficient in key subject areas. The Legislature's education and cultural affairs committee is set to hold a work session Wednesday on such a bill. Maine and Vermont are the only states with such systems as of last year. The state's education department is working on regulations to clarify what's expected of school districts.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is attacking a justice for not fulfilling an apparent promise to retire so the governor can fill his seat with a more conservative judge. The governor released Tuesday a letter in which the governor claims that Associate Justice Joseph Jabar reneged on a deal to step down from Maine Supreme Judicial Court after he reached 20 years of service to be eligible for a pension. LePage said Jabar is demonstrating a lack of character. LePage faces several state-level lawsuits.
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — City officials and the people who want to bring one of the largest inland salmon farming operations in the world to Maine are meeting with local residents to talk about the project. Nordic Aquafarms, of Fredrikstad, Norway, wants to build a 40-acre salmon farm in Belfast capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of the fish per year. The operation would be housed in land-based tanks.
BEIRUT (AP) — Pro-government Syrian fighters have started entering the northern Kurdish enclave of Afrin where Turkish troops have been on the offensive for a month. Syrian state TV showed about 20 vehicles with heavy machineguns mounted on them entering Afrin from the nearby village of Nubul. Scores of gunmen were on the vehicles waving Syrian flags and chanting pro-government slogans.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A hundred Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are heading to Florida's capitol to put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun control laws after 17 were killed at the school last week. After their trip Tuesday, they plan to hold a rally Wednesday. The students are also vowing to pressure Congress for change. Shortly after the shooting, several legislative leaders were taken on a tour of the school to see the damage firsthand.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is crediting "popular Tax Cuts which the Dems want to take away" with giving his Republican Party an edge in recent polling. Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Republicans are now leading the Generic Poll, perhaps because of the popular Tax Cuts which the Dems want to take away. Actually, they want to raise you taxes, substantially. Also, they want to do nothing on DACA, R's want to fix!" Generic polls ask voters which political party they plan to vote for, not which candidate.
UNDATED (AP) — The privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest drugstore chain. Albertsons Companies is offering either a share of its stock and $1.83 in cash or slightly more than a share for every 10 shares of Rite Aid. A deal value was not disclosed in a statement released Tuesday by the companies.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is encouraging Pennsylvania Republicans to challenge a new court-imposed congressional map all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. Trump tweeted Tuesday to Pennsylvania Republicans that their original map was correct and not to let Democrats "take elections away from you." The new map substantially overhauls a Republican-drawn congressional map widely viewed as among the most gerrymandered in the nation, and boosts Democrats heading into November's election.