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League of Young Voters “Launch ME” Project: VOTE before MARCH 28th for your favorite projects

Posted on March 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Launch Maine brings Community Support + Publicity + Money to youth-led projects that are working to make Maine a better place. Each of these projects is led by a young Mainer who is committed to improving our communities.

VOTE before MARCH 28th for your favorite projects!

The top 5 winners will get:

  • Money- An invite to our fundraiser on April 6th where they can collect donations from attendees.
  • Publicity – Finalists will have the opportunity to be featured in local and state media
  • More Money – On April 6th, join us to vote for the grand prize winner who will receive $500 toward their project.


The Launch ME Contestants:

The Launch ME Contestants:
Art Van
Grunt Match
Keep York County Warm
OccupyME TV
Shift News
Girls Unlimited
Tree Street Youth
Rhythmic Cypher
Vote Local
Zip Line Physics
Leave No Trace
Portland Theater Collaborative
X-City Running
Transit Hub
Lucid Stage Youth Theatre Experience
Think Tank
Budget Badger
The Neighborhood Housing League
Fast Food Prints
River Valley Community Garden
Cool Happenings on Lisbon Street
Blunt Youth Radio Project
Take Action Portland (TAP)
Basic American Sign Language Course
Refill ME
Let’s Can Hunger
Cycle Smoothie
Reaching College Together
545 & Co. // Rabbit, Rabbit Exhibitions
Maine Artist’s Collective

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Nichole Stevens Announces Candidacy for HD 105 (New Gloucester, Durham, part of Lisbon)

Posted on March 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

From her press release:

Nichole Stevens has announced her candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives for District 105, which includes New Gloucester, Durham and part of Lisbon.

Stevens is a 2003 graduate of Husson University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. She has been employed by Pierce Promotions, a Portland-based marketing firm, for the past five years.

Stevens resides in New Gloucester with her husband, Mark, and her stepdaughter Kerrigan. She has been an active volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, mentoring two different “little sisters” for the past nine years.

“A good work/life balance has always been extremely important to me. I have always worked multiple jobs, starting back in college, and I have always made the time to give back to my community in some way, be it serving warm meals at the Bangor homeless shelter or cleaning cages for the humane society,” Stevens said.

She added, “I want to take the scare tactics out of politics, and work with my neighbors to ensure we are all able to move ahead, not just a select few. I believe Maine needs to expand its educational opportunities, which will enable more of our best and brightest to stay right here at home. If we can better train people for what the future holds, we have no place to go but up, and I want to make that happen.”

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UPDATED: BREAKING: Bill to Repeal New Hampshire’s Same Sex Marriage Law Defeated in House, 211-116

Posted on March 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Photo courtesy of GLAD

(7 pm UPDATE: The proper vote count was 211-116, not 202-133 as previously reported.)

Moments ago, the NH House defeated HB 437 by a 211 to 116 vote:

“It failed to even pass, let alone reach a veto-sustaining majority it would have needed to get around Gov. John Lynch’s desk. The failure to even sustain a majority of House members votes can only be seen as a crushing defeat to religious right’s grip on the agenda of the Republican party, which controls 74% of the seats in the NH house. The party should have been easily been able to reach 50% +1.

An attempt to amend the original bill to add civil union recognition also failed 82-266.”

Link to HB 437 here.

Earlier, National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown went on MSBNC to debate against Craig Stowell of Stand Up For NH Families regarding NOM’s last minute “bait and switch” supportive move for the failed civil marriage amendment, among other aspects of today’s legislative session. Watch:

Statement by GLAD executive director Lee Swislow:

“Today’s victory affirmed the equality of New Hampshire’s gay and lesbian citizens,” said Lee Swislow, Executive Director of GLAD. “After the last election where Republicans gained control of both the House and the Senate, some thought that marriage equality was doomed. But many, many Republicans courageously stood up against repeal. We thank them and we congratulate Standing Up for New Hampshire Families and all the organizations and individuals who worked so hard to protect the freedom to marry.”

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