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Nov 28, 2007 A test of Maine regulations on Internet tobacco sales to minors: The US Supreme Court on Wednesday weighs whether the state law impedes interstate shipping.

QUOTE: The issue arrives Wednesday at the US Supreme Court, where the justices must decide whether Maine's effort to regulate tobacco sales on the Internet is preempted by a federal law that bars individual states from interfering in the operations of interstate shipping and transport companies.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 24, 2007 Barely Getting by and Facing a Cold Maine Winter

QUOTE: The preoccupation right now is soaring fuel prices: cheaper natural gas is unavailable in this region, and wood heat is often impractical or insufficient. But because of limited federal money, average fuel assistance for the 46,000 low-income Maine families expected to apply will probably decline to $579 this year, from $688 last year, said Jo-Ann Choate of the Maine State Housing Agency.

New York Times
Oct 18, 2007 Birth Control Allowed for Maine Middle Schoolers

QUOTE: “This is really a violation of parents’ rights,” Peter Doyle, a Portland resident, told the committee. “If there were a constitutional challenge, you guys would be at risk of a lawsuit.”

New York Times
May 20, 2007 'Old Maine' Defends Bear Trapping as Bill To End It Is Weighed: One Side Sees Cruelty, the Other Tradition

QUOTE: Maine is the last state in the union to permit the recreational trapping of bears -- a controversial sport that the state legislature will decide as soon as next week whether to outlaw.

Washington Post
Dec 31, 2006 States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers

QUOTE: Several states, responding to the federal scandals as well as their own statehouse imbroglios, have already adopted more sweeping gift and travel bans, broader measures to end the central role of lobbyists or government contractors in financing campaigns and new public campaign financing intended to reduce lawmakers’ dependence on big donors.

New York Times
Jun 12, 2006 Bottlers, States and the Public Slug It Out in Water War: Rights to Resource Are at Odds With Fears of Shortage

QUOTE: ...Maine has become a battleground in a growing fight that pits environmentalists against an industry that has become rich by selling the purity of nature: the bottlers of spring water. In a series of lawsuits and statehouse debates that reached critical mass in the past year, activists and lawmakers have questioned whether bottling companies have become too greedy about the water they take from the ground, and -- in some cases -- what gives them the right to take it at all

Washington Post
Dec 26, 2002 Law Requiring Lower Drug Prices Is Struck Down

QUOTE: ...struck down a pioneering program established by the State of Maine. The program, approved by the federal government nearly two years ago, forced drug makers to give discounts...

New York Times
Nov 16, 2001 Small Vote for Universal Care Is Seen as Carrying a Lot of Weight

QUOTE: ...a vote this month in Portland on whether Maine should become the first state with universal health care....The state's primary health insurer spent hundreds of thousands of dollars — more than some Congressional candidates here spend — to try to defeat the referendum...

New York Times