In the days since Senator Arlen Specter switched to the Democratic Party, much has been made of the fact that Maine Senators Snowe and Collins appear to be the last of the Senate Republican moderates. Snowe in particular has emerged as a lonely voice arguing for the preservation of the party's more moderate wing.
The equal marriage supporters are both passionate and very well organized.
Chellie Pingree is the newest member of Maine's congressional delegation. Based on her 74 tweets over the last month, she also seems to be the most technologically savvy, or at least the most obsessive-compulsive.
There’s a bigger threat to Maine than even the current state of the economy and the job market. Even if the economy improves quickly, Maine’s slow population growth and aging demographics portend a future of increased costs of social services and a declining workforce to pay for them. Unless all the old folks to move out (I hear Florida is nice), we'll likely need more immigrants.
State Senator Justin Alfond recently submitted a bill that could help.
Joseph Pulitzer once said that a newspaper should have no friends. Maine's papers seem to be doing a great job of fulfilling that dictum lately.
Daily newspapers are the prism through which we view our politics, and for decades have been the source of the public's political institutional memory and the arbiter of what's important in state politics and policy. That may not last much longer.
An article in the Boston Globe recently explained that "It's early, of course — ridiculously early — for anyone except potential candidates to be thinking about the next presidential race." The writer then went on to discuss why Mitt Romney may have the best chance among the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls.
If you give Matt Jacobson the job of governor, he'll work to get you a job as a cruise ship captain, or maybe a wind energy technician or a railroad conductor. That's the message I got from digesting a host of interviews with Maine's first Republican gubernatorial hopeful after he announced the formation of an exploratory committee last week.
President Obama, in his speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, argued that it isn't necessarily the amount of money that government spends that matters, more the way in which we spend it. "We have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election," explained Obama.
In a show of Republican infighting not seen since last week's column, prominent members of the Maine GOP have begun to call for the resignation of state party treasurer Philip Roy, who was reelected to his post last month.
According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a think tank promoting local control and community building, Maine is one of 39 states that provides some preference to bids for government contracts from in-state companies. Specifically, in the case of tie bids between a Maine company and an out-of-state one, the former bid is given preference.