From Maine to North Carolina – barefoot. British solider raises cash to battle daughter’s uncommon illness

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09/22/2021, 12:06 am

Updated on: 22.09.2021, 00:54

British Army Major Chris Brannigan is stopping tonight on a long and difficult journey down the northeast coast to raise funds to help his daughter fight a rare genetic mutation.

His 9-year-old daughter Hasti has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome or CDLS – a genetic mutation that affects physical and mental development. Brannigan says it is difficult to raise funds to develop a therapy for the rare disease.

“She wants her daddy at home,” he told News 12 in Bridgeport on Tuesday night. “She wants her new medicine, but if I don’t complete this trip unless I collect the money, it just won’t happen.”

Brannigan works in a laboratory in Bar Harbor, stopping at hospitals and universities along the way to raise awareness of CDLS. He will be staying at a Bridgeport fire station overnight.

Grant cash coming to Maine to assist broaden COVID-19 testing

Maine (WABI) – More than $ 940,000 comes to Maine for COVID-19 testing.

Funding will focus on providing test kits to Maine’s low-income, immigrant and homeless populations.

Senator Angus King said the grant will be used to fund a study by MaineHealth to encourage these groups to get regular tests for the virus.

A research team will follow 150 people in the greater Portland area for a year to see if their attitudes towards regular COVID testing, with or without intervention, change.

The study will begin immediately with additional test sites expected to open in target communities by the end of the year.

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Opinion: Unfold the phrase – Maine has cash to assist with lease and utilities

The state of Maine has already helped more than 9,000 families stay in their homes and keep the lights on by putting $ 46 million in federal rent aid into the hands of Mainers who need it.

We allocated housing aid faster than any other state except five, according to the US Treasury Department.

But Maine still has more than $ 150 million in federal dollars in a bank account (more to come with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act), and it’s just got easier for families who depend on that money.

Under the new MaineHousing entitlement standard introduced this week, assistance with paying rent and utilities is now available to anyone who has faced financial difficulties during the pandemic, not just those who can prove their plight is right through that caused COVID-19. The qualified can now take advantage of more help over a longer period of time.

Families with household incomes up to 80% of the local median are eligible – up to $ 71,950 per year for a family of three in Cumberland County.

People can apply to

These changes and this support are particularly important right now, as the The federal moratorium on eviction ends. Last week, the Biden government temporarily extended the moratorium, but only in counties with high COVID-19 case rates, a measure that fluctuates daily.

Maine has seen one before Increase in evictions how the state courts have reopened in recent months.

With the money there and the red tape cut, the biggest problem now is making sure Mainers know that help is available. If you or someone you know has had trouble paying rent or utility bills, visit To ask for help. Even if you were previously rejected, even if you thought you earned too much or did not meet the requirements, you can now be eligible.

The purpose of this funding is to minimize disruptions in people’s lives, especially children, and also to act as a stimulus – an economic boost for individual families and the economy as a whole in an uncertain time.

Let’s get the word out and make sure these resources are used where they can do the most good.

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Supreme Courtroom to listen to case on Maine tuition program that bars cash for spiritual schooling

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to a case under a student aid program in. to take over Maine which prohibits the use of state funds for religious schools, another fight before the Supreme Court at the intersection of religious freedom and School choice.

The case, Carson v. Makin, comes from a Maine program that provides classes for Maine residents to attend private high schools when their local district doesn’t have a public school. It comes after a recent Supreme Court case ruling that the government cannot prohibit state aid from attending religious schools in a publicly available program.

The previous case, Espinoza v. Montana, was seen as a great victory for religious freedom advocates. But the Maine program contains another language that, if maintained, could effectively castrate Espinoza.

The state says it cannot discriminate against schools based on their status of being affiliated with religious institutions. But she says she can ban money from going to school if she gives her students a certain religious point of view – which many religious schools do.


The First Circuit Court of Appeals called this portion of Maine’s program a “usage-based” distinction.

Since the Maine program is only for people living in areas without public schools, the appeals court said those seeking “publicly funded ‘biblically integrated’ or religiously ‘intertwined’ education do not have ‘equal access’ to the benefits that Maine makes available to everyone else – namely, the free benefits of a public education. ”

The district court also said Maine applies a different standard to schools that prohibits receiving government funding. While in the Espinoza case Montana banned all schools affiliated with religious institutions from receiving government funding – “status” discrimination – Maine bans schools based on “what the school teaches through its curriculum.”

This is consistent with the logic of the Espinoza case, in which the judges made a distinction between funding schools connected to religious institutions and funding the “training of clergy”. A ban on government funding of clergy education was upheld in 2004 in a 2004 Supreme Court case called Locke v Davey.

“[A]”Although Espinoza forbids Maine to exclude schools because they are religious, Maine can still exclude parents from choosing schools that do religious things,” said the Institute for Justice, the group that represents the families that make Maine -Contest politics in a press release summarizing the arguments of the state.


Kirby Thomas West, an attorney for the Institute for Justice, appeared to be ridiculing Maine’s law in a tweet Friday.

“Big news! @IJ has come back to SCOTUS for another important #schoolchoice case, ”she said. “When SCOTUS said this time in Espinoza that states are not allowed to discriminate against religious schools, it means that states are not allowed to discriminate against religious schools. Good afternoon, team!”

The Maine Department of Education has argued that its situation is quite unique in that many students in Maine would not receive a publicly funded education without its student support program. Therefore, the program is not the same as that of Montana, which should fund alternatives to public education.


“The study program is not a ‘voucher’ program or any other vehicle for choosing a school,” the state said in a nutshell.

“The study program is the result of a specific legal provision that sectarian training is not to be equated with public training,” said the state. “The degree program is not designed as an alternative to the Maine public education system, but rather as part of it.”

The case is expected to be heard in late 2021 or early 2022 and should be decided by the end of June 2022.

Payments geared toward international cash in Maine elections one more entrance in CMP hall battle

Good morning from Augusta. After days of almost spring this past week, temperatures this morning of Maine’s 201st birthday are in the single digits. Here is your soundtrack.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It basically cut our business in half,” said the Northern Lanes bowling alley manager Dale Nickerson said of the experience of his Presque Isle Business – and many others – had during the first year the coronavirus pandemic in Maine. “A lot of people were upset that they had to wear masks when they walked in, but everyone has to do their part.”

What we see today

Bills preventing foreign companies from spending money on elections and referendums in Maine are another front in the battle for the corridor. A trio of bills pending for a public hearing in Augusta on Monday will go directly to Hydro-Quebec, Central Maine Power’s partner in its controversial powerline project that will run through Maine. The company is owned by the Province of Quebec.

It was a major financier of the opposition to referendums aimed at defeating the corridor project and spending $ 6.7 million alone on the first question. However, these are only the direct campaign spend that must be reported to the Maine Ethics Commission by the end of last year. In addition, after a lull in the fall, Hydro-Quebec resumed running ads in favor of the project this year. The postings have so far been six-digit amounts.

It comes as someone else Referendum campaign The attempt to block the corridor is scheduled for the November elections. These recent efforts would require lawmakers to retrospectively pass laws preventing CMP-sized projects from being built in certain areas of the state. It is likely that this push will also go through multiple court battles and high profile editions before going to the voters. There is ongoing litigation over the permits required for the project. This is under construction.

Each bill has a similar language that excludes foreigners from participating in elections to varying degrees. One is for government agencies only, while another is for all foreigners. Rep. Kyle BaileyD-Gorham is taking another step by specifically preventing media companies from broadcasting the advertisements they want to prevent. Social media platforms would need to remove these ads when they appear on platforms.

This problem has been untested in Maine legislation, where CMP relied on the government. Janet Mills and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to kill anti-corridor bills in 2019. But lawmakers had to adjourn in 2020 due to the coronavirus and kiboshing a bill against this foreign money.

You can follow joint Testimony of all three bills to the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Committee at 10 a.m. today.

The Maine Politics Top 3

– “Maine weathered the virus better than virtually anywhere in America, ” Jessica Piper and Caitlin Andrews, Bangor Daily News: “The state’s rural geography – it was one of the last states to report an initial case – and the low population density helped limit transmission early on, experts said. A relatively high rate of mask-wearing, as well as travel restrictions and testing, have likely kept cases low. But even those measures weren’t enough to prevent the virus from entering long-term care facilities or warding off the widespread spread of winter in Maine still to fully recover with flat cases. “

All Mainers are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Maine after a state vaccination schedule update. Gov. Janet Mills said Friday that the authorization will be extends to all Mainers under 50 years of age on May 1st and not just in their forties according to an order from the President Joe Biden that all states will question all people for the vaccine by May. Currently, Mainers are eligible for the vaccine while aged 60 and over more than 500,000 total cans were administered.

– “A Guide to the $ 6 Billion Coming to Maine in the massive business cycle, ” Lori Valigra, BDN: “Some of the more immediate benefits for Mainers are the extension of the $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit, which expires on March 14th. Direct Payments to Americans starting at $ 1,400 and major tax changes in favor of low-income people. Maine will see money for industries hit hard. The winners include restaurants that can apply for direct grants. Maine will also receive large sums of money for broadband expansion and infrastructure. “

– “Top Democratic lawmakers blow up Maine Medical Center for opposing the Nurses Union, ” Christopher Burns, BDN: “Senate President Troy Jackson, Majority Leader of the Senate Eloise Vitelli, House spokesman Ryan Fecteau and house majority leader Michelle Dunphy wrote in a Friday letter that they are concerned that Maine Medical Center is “mistreating nurses” in support of union efforts. “

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