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A Day for Everyone in Maine Goes Nowhere

Most legislators who propose that a particular day be named for some concept tend to home in on some particular concept, cause or constituency. But this year in Maine, State Representative Scott Hamann has introduced a bill that at least in principle appeals to everyone. If passed, HP 1067 would institute the first Wednesday in [...]

Senate Set the Stage for Patriot Act Renewal in 2009 As April Fools’ Hangover

The Senate’s act yesterday to reauthorize warrantless surveillance of Americans under the Patriot Act, without reform and without debate and without even a recorded vote, was enabled by another act nearly a year ago. On the day after April Fool’s Day, 2009, all 99 U.S. Senators agreed by unanimous consent to Senate Amendment 962. The [...]