Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins hold a huge amount of power this week as they mull Obama's economic recovery package. National groups are buying ads to try to influence their vote, local groups are working to create grassroots pressure and President Obama has turned the leftovers from his election campaign into an organization to support his policy. They'll be holding house meetings
President Obama's (I still love saying that) victory in first the primaries and then the general election came on the shoulders of a dedicated base of supporters that organized themselves through powerful social networking utilities. Politicians at every level have recognized the strength of these online communities and are seeking to harness them for their own political ends.
Two Maine state representatives have
With the announcement of the equal marriage legislation last week came a flood of questions about the timing of the bill. Some of them were posed by opponents of the measure who wouldn't be happy with the proposal being put forward at any time, but others were legitimate concerns about the strategic details of bringing forward a bill this session. In my opinion, both the timing and the strategy are sound.
With Janet Mills' election as Attorney General, a House seat in Farmington has been left vacant and a special election will be held on February 3rd. The Republican candidate for the seat, Lance Harvell, has run, unsuccessfully, to represent the district three times in the past and has been campaigning since the election was announced. For the Democratic candidate, Dennis Haszko, this is his first campaign for political office, which he tackles after
It may seem from recent press coverage that the budget is the only show in town during the first session of the 124th Maine legislature, but a quick look at the bills already submitted to the legislature (the deadline for submission is rapidly approaching) shows there may be some other interesting discussions taking place in Augusta over the next few
Republicans and Democrats often argue over whether the media is conservative or liberal. I've always thought that much of this perceived media bias can be explained by corporate consolidation, shrinking budgets and falling ad revenues leading to shallow and sensationalist coverage. A few days ago some attractive vegans proved my point.
PETA, the animal-rights group with a flair for the dramatic staged hour-long protests
On Tuesday, the 2010 race for the Blaine House began with the official announcement of the first gubernatorial candidate, Green Independent Party chair Lynne Williams. Other candidates such as outgoing Attorney General Steve Rowe have made their intentions to run clear, but Williams is the first to make a public announcement. I spoke to the candidate about the
The newly-elected Maine legislature is facing a daunting budget crisis and difficult decisions about where and how much to cut back on state services and whether to raise taxes to close the gap, but that doesn't mean that other issues won't be receiving some legislative attention as well. New bills on a variety of subjects have already been drafted or discussed publicly, and many more will be written and submitted by legislators for consideration before cloture in mid-January.
During the recent election, the Democrats increased their seats in the Maine senate from 18 to 20, giving them a five-vote advantage and solid control of the chamber. Their share of the actual vote, however, only increased by 1.5%.
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