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MAINE. One of the new states of the United State's of America. This state was admitted into the Union by the Act of Congress of March 3, 1820, 3 Story's L. U. S. 1761, from and after the fifteenth day of March, 1820, and is thereby declared to be one of the United States of America, and admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original states in all respects whatever.
     2. The constitution of this state was adopted October 29th, 1819. The powers of the government are vested in three distinct departments, the legislative, executive and judicial.
     3.-1. The legislative power is vested in two distinct branches, a house of representatives and senate, each to have a negative on the other, and both to be styled The legislature of Maine. 1. The house of representatives is to consist of not less than one hundred, nor more than two hundred members; to be apportioned among the counties according to law; to be elected by the qualified electors for one year from the next day preceding the annual meeting of the legislature. 2. The senate consists of not less than twenty, nor more than thirty-one members, elected at the same time, and for the same term, as the representatives, by the qualified electors of the districts into which the state shall, from time to time, be divided. Art. 4, part 2, s. 1. The veto power is given to the governor, by art. 4, part 3, s. 2.
     4.-2. The supreme executive power of the state is vested in a governor, who is elected by the qualified electors, and holds his office one year from the first Wednesday of January in each year. On the first Wednesday of January annually, seven persons, citizens of the United States, and resident within the state, are to be elected by joint ballot of the senators and representatives in convention, who are called the council. This council is to advise the governor in the executive part of government, art. 5, part 2, s. 1 and 2.
     5.-3. The judicial power of the State is distributed by the 6th article of the constitution as follows:
     6.-1. The judicial power of this state shall be vested in a supreme judicial court, and such other courts as the legislature shall, from time to time, establish.
     7.-2. The justices of the supreme judicial court shall, at stated times, receive a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office, but they shall receive no other fee or reward.
     8.-3. They shall be obliged to give their opinion upon important questions of law, and upon solemn occasions, when required by the governor, council, senate, or house of representatives.
     9.-4. All judicial officers; except justices of the peace, shall hold their offices during good behaviour, but not beyond the age of seventy years.
    10.-5. Justices of the peace and notaries public shall hold their offices during seven years, if they so long behave themselves well, at the expiration of which term, they may be re-appointed, or others appointed, as the public interest may require.
    11.-6. The justices of the supreme judicial court shall bold no office under the United States, nor any state, nor any other office under this state, except that of justice of the peace.
     For a history of the province of Maine, see 1 Story on the Const. Sec. 82.

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And it takes thousands of Mainers, raised in the outdoors by families who value wild experiences, willing to speak up for the protection of their land.
By his count, every other Mainer belongs to a credit union, but not one serves all of the state as Maine Harvest seeks to do and nobody is going after the small farmers the potential cooperative plans to target.
Though the Portland-Lewiston Refugee Collaborative ended in December 2004 and is no longer supported by the ORR, the New Mainers Partnership project and Lewiston's newly developed relationship with CCM led to the latter's assumption of the project in Lewiston in January 2005 and the state's commitment to leverage state funding to sustain this innovative service project for years to come.
Thus, economic development and self-sufficiency have always been important issues for Mainers.
Cariani, who won acclaim this season playing Motel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, based Almost, Maine on his own childhood in "potato country," as Mainers call the state's northern tip.
From our brew house and bottling staff, to our sales team, and all our administrative employees, it is gratifying to me to personally know the Mainers who have made it possible for this company to grow every year.
The result: Local real estate value is being driven by robust "from away" economies, leaving Mainers with Connecticut-sized tax bills and little choice but to move out.
And the specter of war with Iraq--which Mainers keep asking about and which seems to get Pingree out of her comfort zone--looms in the background of everything.
I did over thirty interviews for the thesis, with summer people who owned estates and the native Mainers who worked for them and had so much fun with the whole process that I decided to get a PhD.
Despite strong rhetoric in favor of prescription drug coverage, Jeffords and the two Mainers opposed including prescription drug coverage under Medicare in 2000.
Indeed, as recently as August, polls showed public support hovering around three out of every four Mainers.
Because Mainers are an independent lot of folks, there isn't a conventional wisdom herd mentality here and people are not complacent about local issues.