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Constitutional Questions in theNews

I've been busy redesigning the website for andersenstudio.com, our family business and so I have long been putting off writing a post that compares the original version of Maine's Pine Tree Zone, passed in 2004, amid protests that it would be expanded statewide, to the transformed version, expanded statewide with "little fanfare" in 2009, while the public was focused on the last election season.  This projectedpost will also provide a comparison to Cain's "empowerment zones" which has already been  repackaged as "opportunity zones" and which sounds like the original version of the Pine Tree Zone, except that the the Pine tree Zone was then targeted at areas of "low income and high unemployment", while Cain talks in terms of "inner cities".

Being that I still need to keep my focus where it is, that is left brewing on the back burner and in the meantime I am posting some issues that impact preserving the American political philosophy and the current election season.

First I recently saw this blog about Purpura v , Sebelius Supreme Court docket  case number 11-7275
This claim is docketed with the supreme court and is more thorough than the others citing provisions in the law that clearly violate Amendments 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14, and 16. Also identified are violations of various provisions of Articles 1, 2, 4, and 6., making it the most complete of all the law suits against Obama Care. If the Supreme Court leads with this claim, they will be required to adjudicate on all counts  and so it could be very instrumental in realigning  our nation with our constitutional roots. The article urges the reader to contact our representatives or any one known to be influential in getting this case to be the lead case. I have written to all of my congressional representatives and Governor LePage. I do not know who has the power to influence what case leads in the Supreme Court, but since Obama Care directly impacts state sovereignty, it seems that if anyone can have such an influence, state governors might be in that group.

This blog from Reason.com relates that in California there is a fight brewing over dismantling all government economic redevelopment agencies ,which our state legislatures love so much ( as In The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority). Here is a switch- at least in name only- It is the Republicans who want to keep the corporate state in tact and the Democrats want to dismantle it.

 Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t often right, but he was on target when he proposed shutting down these central planning agencies that primarily dispense corporate welfare to big businesses and drive small property owners off their land so that big-box stores can prosper. quoted from Corporate Welfare and the California GOP

Sound familiar? The charter for the Midcoast Regional Development Authority grants this city state the right to seize adjacent property by eminent domain.

As Bloomberg reported, “The governor and supporters of the law said the redevelopment agencies have become little more than slush funds for private developers, and they want the tax money generated by new developments to be diverted from the agencies to local schools, law enforcement agencies and other services.” quoted from Corporate Welfare and the California GOP

And finally in today's Portland Press Herald Snowe and Collins, who made it possible to pass that first Obama stimulus plan with lightening speed are going to vote against the GOP budget plan. Snowe doesn't like that the Senate is asked for a straight up or down vote on the Ryan plan and thinks there should be time for a bi-partisan compromise on Medicaid and Medicare. She is opposed to having the control and management of  Medicaid transferred to the states, which she envisions in resulting in a "rush to the bottom"

I am waiting to see if the Maine main stream media provides quotes from Maine's Republican primary challengers to Snowe, Scott D'Amboise and Andrew Iain Dodge on what they think of Snowe's decision to oppose the Ryan Budget Plan and to oppose state management of medicaid. The latter impacts how one interprets the Tenth Amendment. Will the Maine main stream media bring the Tenth Amendment into the discussion- or will that be left up to Maine's alternate press? I guess that's my cue! See you next time with those results.


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