Blogging Policy for Senate

“Employment policies prohibit pages from blogging about the Senate and the Senate Page Program. You may write about your experience once you have completed the program and are no longer an employee.”

New plan: Keep a journal during and blog about my adventures after the program. So for the time being this blog will not be focused on my Senate Page service.

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Senate Rules

After reading through the massive amounts of bureaucratic goodness, I have a few concerns. There are rules in place prohibiting social media, and internet access is extremely restricted and only permitted on certain computers in the area. This being said I will need to talk to the Sergeant at Arms before further Senate Page blogging endeavors. I’ll give an update as soon as possible.

 

LD 730, Interesting Bill for Maine Fishermen and Enviromentalists

MPBN covering the LD 730 bill hearing, banning deadly lead sinkers of a certain size, I was one of the featured speakers near the end, along with a few other concerned citizens Рand one VERY concerned fisherman/constitutionalist.

Speaking In Augusta to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on behalf of LD 730 - Banning lead sinkers to save our Loons. Its law now!

Speaking In Augusta to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on behalf of LD 730 – Banning lead sinkers to save our Loons. Its law now!

Maine Sportsmen and Conservationists at Odds Over Loon Protection Bill.

Forget Girl Problems, Colleges are the Real Deal Here

To compete in today’s economy a college degree is becoming ever more important. This being said, myself along with millions of other students have to be aware of this looming stage in our lives that gets one step closer at every senior graduation. In this post I want to delve into my college experiences I have had up to this point in my life.

The first major collegiate encounter I’ve had was visiting the Maine State College Fair at Bowdoin College. The excitement of being on such a prestigious campus fueled the inner college hunting passion within us students. My first stop at the fair (a symposium type setup with representatives from each major colleges in Maine) was of course Bowdoin. I approached the stand and was greeted with a warm professional smile, this wasn’t her first rodeo. We talk about tough competitors like Bates and Colby, we talk about the great economics program at Bowdoin which is an interest of mine, we even talk about Reed Hastings the CEO of Netflix and famous alumni. Shes got me hooked. I then take a half-hearted mull over to the Bates stand, I quickly start to talk about the great Bates economics program, the cozy Bates community and even about the representatives kids! This process repeats itself a few times each with a new college/love. The problem is that all of these colleges were attractive but as a student you get one shot to pick the college you will attend (if you can even get in) and that’s it. Theres practically no switching because you changed your major and another college fits your needs or because you fall in love with another campus. As far as I’m concerned this isn’t just picking a school, its marriage.

Picking the school you want to attend for the next 4+ years of your life aside, is the financing catastrophe-waiting to happen involved with the venture. After All colleges are business nowadays, and their booming. Lack of resources keeps thousand top students out of the colleges of their dreams and increases income inequality in our society. To combat this our government has implemented measures like Pell grants and other need based aid but this does not cover all or even the majority of the expenses and leaves countless students in huge debt at the worst possible time, post graduation. This leads to a major fear for us students. Now it might not be so bad if you had debt but loved your job, you could pay it off eventually right? Well let me paint this picture, you graduate college with $30,000 debt around the Maine average, but hate your job. Every day you go to work for the sole purpose of paying off this debt and you know you can’t go back to school with this much debt already and will be stuck with the occupation for the rest of your life.

Help out a student near you.

History of the Senate Page Program

It all started in the year 1829 CE with Daniel Webster’s first Senate Page appointment, to put this in context, some thirty years prior the Civil War. Back then pages could range in age from 10-18, while today it is restricted to 16&17 year olds, or juniors in high school. Other than this refinement of requirements, the page program has remained largely intact since its early beginnings, adding to the sense of tradition. The first female page was appointed in 1964, thanks to the Senators Javits & Percy.

The duty of a Senate page historically has been to serve our states elected senators through various means. The service includes primarily exchanging bills and messages, servicing  the floor during Senate sessions, and assisting the senator whenever possible (which I am thrilled to delve into come September). Along with job experience the pages take classes, and are given a great first hand look at politics here in the United States. The senate accepts 30 pages from across the country, 16 for the majority and 14 for the minority party. The ability to grant a pageship is applied for by the senator and is limited to one at any given time.