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  • Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Pingree, Snowe among Top 50 richest members of Congress

    WASHINGTON – Maine is not known as a particularly wealthy state (ranking 35th in per capita personal income in 2007). But two of the Pine Tree State’s four elected representatives in Washington, DC, rank among the Top 50 wealthiest members of Congress. U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, has consistently appeared in annual rankings of the richest senators and House members due, in part, to the income and investments of her […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 | 10:28 am

    GLAD funds second gay-marriage ad

    A second ad in support of gay marriage will run for several weeks in August and September, Mainers United for Marriage announced today. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which is based in Boston, paid for the ad, which features Pat and Dan Lawson of Monroe talking about their gay twin sons. "If my son finds someone that he’s in love with and wants to create a bond that’s going to last […]

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  • Monday Aug 20, 2012 | 7:35 pm

    LePage response raises more eyebrows

    Gov. Paul LePage still isn’t talking publicly about the secret initiative and special legislative session that he warned fellow Republicans about last week. But WCSH-6 reporter Chris Rose got the governor on tape today apparently trying to brush off some of the controversy with a little sarcasm, and instead raising eyebrows all over again. The tape shows Rose following LePage through a parking lot and asking him if he told […]

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  • Monday Aug 20, 2012 | 11:40 am

    Bloggers spin Summers’ poll numbers

    A conservative blogger for the Washington Post is taking up the call for Republicans to back Charlie Summers in Maine’s U.S. Senate race. In a column titled, “Message to the GOP: Maine is not lost!,” Marc Thiessen cites a Portland Press Herald poll from late June showing that independent candidate Angus King had a 28-percentage point lead over Summers. Then he writes that after two weeks of anti-King TV advertising […]

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  • Friday Aug 17, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    NOM accused of campaign finance violations in Washington State

    The National Organization for Marriage has been accused of failing to comply with campaign finance laws in Washington State, where the group has funded an effort to repeal same sex marriage. NOM made headlines here in Maine in 2009, when the group provided nearly two-thirds of the funds to the anti-same sex marriage effort here, but refused to disclose where its money came from in violation of Maine law. When the Maine ethics […]

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  • Thursday Aug 16, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    Civic League calls for civility in marriage debate

    Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, issued a statement today in response to Wednesday’s shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington DC. A man who allegedly said he didn’t like the conservative politics of the group shot and injured a security guard. Today, Floyd Lee Corkins, 28, was charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, according to the Washington Post. Here’s Conley’s […]

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  • Thursday Aug 16, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    Baldacci raises money for Dill

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill is getting some help from former Gov. John Baldacci. Baldacci, who flirted his own run for the open Senate seat, sent out a fundraising appeal for Dill this morning. Politico’s Alexander Burns blogged about it earlier today and we got a copy of the appeal soon after. As Burns points out, Baldacci is one of the first big-name Democrats to come out so visibly […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 15, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    Former Poliquin aide hired by same-sex marriage foes

    Matt Hutson, who served as campaign manager for state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin’s U.S. Senate run, has been hired as campaign director by Protect Marriage Maine. And, his wife Megan, will serve as grassroots coordinator, the campaign announced today. "Matt and Megan are a great addition to our team," said Bob Emrich, chairman of Protect Marriage Maine. "They share our belief that traditional marriage clearly benefits society, and are strongly committed to […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 14, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Chick-fil-A to go at Tea Party event

    The Christian Civic League and Massachusetts Family Institute are teaming up this week to deliver Chick-fil-A to a Tea Party meeting in Warren. Tea Party members made it known that they wanted to eat some of the fast food as a show of solidarity for the company’s stance against same-sex marriage, the civic league wrote in an email update. Civic League Executive Director Carroll Conley said he was happy to […]

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