Maine: Rep. Golden spearheads bill to withhold pay from Congress and president during future shutdowns

Solidarity in Salary Act proposes withholding paychecks from the president, vice president and members of Congress during any future government shutdowns.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Freshman U.S. Rep. Jared Golden from Maine is wasting no time in Congress working on legislation.

Golden introduced the Solidarity in Salary Act of 2019 on the House floor Tuesday to put pressure on members of the legislative and executive branch during government shutdowns.

The Solidarity in Salary Act is a bipartisan bill that proposes withholding paychecks from the president, vice president and members of Congress during any future government shutdowns, according to a spokesperson for Golden. Golden calls the bill common sense.

“Federal workers don’t get paid during a government shutdown. Neither should politicians,” said Golden. 

The democratic representative has been outspoken about the need for both sides to be held accountable for the longest shutdown in the nation’s history.

“I’ve said from the beginning of this shutdown crisis that the way forward is for both parties to come to the table and work together,” Golden said in a statement after an agreement was reached last week. “Congress needs to put actions behind its words.”

The payroll for the congress members, president, and vice president would be held in escrow every day of a shutdown until the government was open again.


Maine: Horse dead, two children injured in horse-drawn buggy and tractor-trailer crash in Smyrna.

A horse-drawn buggy in Smyrna driven by a 12-year-old boy came into the path of a tractor-trailer that hit and killed the horse on Wednesday, police say.


SMYRNA, Maine — Two children riding in a horse-drawn buggy were injured and the horse was killed when they came into the path of a tractor-trailer.

Police say the crash happened in Smyrna at the intersection of Route 2 and Upland Trail on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Maine State Police say the buggy was being driven by a 12-year-old boy and had seven children inside.

Police say the buggy came directly into the path of the tractor-trailer which hit the horse, killing it while the buggy went off the road.

Police say two of the children suffered minor injuries. The tractor-trailer is owned by Beaulieu Trucking.

Author: Beth McEvoy, News Center Maine

Opinion: On the Electoral Collage / retro-report: National Woman’s Day in Portland Maine, 2012

Jacqui Voltaire and Peggy Hill hand out flowers on National Woman’s Day, 2012

On the Electoral College and being a Green

It is all part of a corrupt electoral system. That is why I am a Green. After Jill Stein ran she on her own went to 3 states to put law suits against the corrupt system and has just won 2 of them changing how elections will happen in those states. So we are working on it! Power to the People!

Love, jacqui


by Jacqui Voltaire, the Maine Resistance


Maine: Is there an obituary for Clifford Brown?

Clifford was found dead outside his home and initially police were not able to locate his family

Brown was an Army veteran in the late 50s, early 60s.

The VA cannot release any information about next of kin but they were willing to generate a ‘next of kin’ letter that will likely be going out in 10 days, Chief Ryan Reardon said in a statement.

We received more views on Clifford’s situation than we have for any other story featured on the chalkboard.  Clifford seemed to have lived an interesting life, and we’d love to post his obituary here.  If anyone knows of one, please let us know.  If there isn’t one and you’d like to contribute any information you think is relevant, then we can create one for him here.

Post your suggestions here, or mail them to us via

“And when I reach the other side
I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I’ll be back again, and again and again and again and again.”

– “the Highway Man”

Be well!


Maine: Police Chief Mike Bresette hit by car in whiteout conditions in Aroostook County

Van Buren Police Chief Mike Bresette is in surgery after being hit by a car while tending to a multi-vehicle accident during whiteout conditions Tuesday.

Van Buren Police Chief Mike Bresette is in surgery after being hit by a car during whiteout conditions Tuesday. Van Buren Police say Bresette was outside his car on Van Buren road tending to a multi-vehicle accident when he was hit, suffering multiple broken bones.

11 vehicles, including two Maine plow trucks, a Van Buren police cruiser, seven cars, and a pick-up truck, were involved in this crash in Cyr Plantation, just south of Van Buren, according to Maine State Police.

Bresette and another DOT operator were struck and injured at the scene. The Van Buren Ambulance Service brought the injured (including any hurt drivers) to the Cary Medical Center in Caribou for treatment. Some people were treated and released, and others are still being treated.

Route 1 in northern Aroostook County was closed for several hours Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, because of the whiteout conditions, caused by blowing snow.

Police in Aroostook County say as soon as plows clear the roads of snow, the wind blows the snow right back again.

Police say Public Works crews are doing their best to keep roads cleared, but no sooner is their work done than the wind undoes all of their progress. The Aroostook County Sheriff is advising all residents of the county to avoid travel Tuesday.

Aroostook Sheriff@Sheriff_North

TRAVEL ALERT***** 1/22/2019 10:51AM
White out conditions exist County Wide. Please avoid travel if possible. Emergency service crews are on scene of multiple crashes County wide. Please be safe.

Author: Beth McEvoy, News Center Maine

Maine: Legislative Update from Senator Brownie Carson (Democrat, 24th District)

Legislative Update from Senator Brownie Carson
Dear friends and constituents,

A belated Happy New Year! The 129th (2019-20) Legislature is off to a very fast start, and it has taken me longer than planned to write this update. I’ll try to provide highlights here, and give you more specifics on a periodic basis as we move forward.

On Dec. 5, my colleagues and I stood before our friends, family and neighbors and swore an oath to serve the people of Maine. It is a great honor to have been chosen again by the voters of our region to represent you in the Maine Senate. I am eager to get to work, and to make sure your voice is heard and the needs of our area and state are addressed.

Our session opened Wednesday, Jan. 2, and it is clear that we have a very large agenda. At last count, legislators had submitted over 2,000 bills. These bills range from Speaker Sara Gideon’s paid family medical leave initiative to multiple proposals for increasing recycled content in plastic packaging and reducing plastics in Maine’s waste stream. Governor Mills will also be submitting her own initiatives, plus the next budget.

I’m excited to announce my appointment to serve as chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. I look forward to working with my colleagues to craft forward-looking legislation to conserve our natural resources. We will be reviewing the plastics bills mentioned above, water quality “reclassification” legislation (continuous improvement of water quality in our surface waters), and proposals to reduce or eliminate toxic materials in products made and/or sold in our state — and many others. Our future depends on the health of our environment and the sustainability of our natural resources.

I have also been appointed to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. This committee is one of the busiest in the Legislature, and makes policies that support education across our state. I plan to invest a lot of time on early childhood education and related programs. There are important proposals to strengthen early learning for Maine’s children, including universal access to pre-kindergarten and ensuring comprehensive early childhood health screenings, diagnosis and treatment for kids with developmental problems. When identified early, developmental disabilities can be addressed efficiently, ensuring that all children achieve their full potential. After all, they are Maine’s future!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at or (207) 287-1515. You can also follow me on Facebook here: I look forward to serving you in the coming year.

Best regards,
P.S. If you would like to visit the State House, please let me know! Our “session days” are currently Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting at 10 a.m.), and we meet in the morning. We usually have committee hearings and work sessions in the afternoons, Monday through Thursday, and occasionally on Friday. All bills, as soon as they are printed, are available online at

Interview with Freeport Middle School Students

It was great to welcome Freeport Middle School students Halee Riddle and Ella Emery to the State House. As part of a class project, Halee and Ella came to the Capitol to interview me about what it means to be American. Thanks for reaching out and for coming up to Augusta! Young people like you give me hope that the future is in good hands. 

Brownie Carson | State Senator | (207) 287-1515 | |