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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Wednesday Aug 01, 2012 | 9:37 am

    Elder Bush backs Summers

    Former Pres. George H.W. Bush has endorsed Charlie Summers for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat. Bush, who spends summers in Kennebunkport, said in a written statement that his fellow Republican would serve Maine well. “Charlie Summers has exactly the kind of experience and background to be an outstanding member of the U.S. Senate.  I have gotten to know him well and I have great admiration for, and faith in, his judgment and character," […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 31, 2012 | 7:11 pm

    Milton Friedman Day in Maine

    Gov. Paul LePage continued his effort to promote school choice today by employing an old governor’s trick – designating a special day. LePage proclaimed July 31, 2012 as “Milton Friedman Day.” The  influential free-market economist was born 100 years ago today and died in 2006. In his proclamation, LePage emphasized Friedman’s support for school choice, something LePage says would boost student performance in Maine. But a close look at LePage’s […]

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    Tuesday Jul 31, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    A bit of history: Susan Collins applies for an internship, 1973

    On the lower right front of the current Maine Sunday Telegram, you’ll find my profile of Sen. Susan Collins’ mentor and fiance, Thomas Daffron, who was longtime chief of staff to Bill Cohen when he represented Maine on the Capitol Hill. At one point, the piece describes Mr. Daffron finding a pile of forgotten internship applications in a desk drawer in the first days of 1974. Among them he found that […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 31, 2012 | 9:57 am

    Civic League: Road trip to Chick-fil-A

    The Christian Civic League of Maine sent out an email alert today promoting a trip to Chick-fil-A in Peabody, Mass. to show support for the company’s opposition to same-sex marriage. The trip is set for Wednesday, with a bus leaving either Brunswick or Auburn at 9 a.m., with stops to pick up others in Portland and Wells. "Lunch to show support for the 1st Amendment, for Family Values and for […]

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  • Monday Jul 30, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    Snowe opens up about Summers in Politico post

    A writer for Politico apparently caught Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, at the right moment and got the state’s elder stateswoman to open up about her chilly relationship with the former staff member who wants her job. As the Press Herald’s Steve Mistler reported in April, Snowe has not commited any financial help to Republican nominee Charlie Summers despite a long relationship between the two and $2 million leftover in Snowe’s […]

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  • Friday Jul 27, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    What drives Gov. LePage?

    No sooner has the dust settled from his comments likening the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo and the Holocaust, Gov. Paul LePage has brought on criticism this week for declaring that students from Maine are "looked down upon" wherever they go in the country. Following a now familiar pattern, he backed up this eyebrow raising assertion — meant to support his education reforms — with a falsehood, in this […]

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  • Friday Jul 27, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Dill uses Colo. shootings in fundraising appeal

    Cynthia Dill’s use of the  Aurora, Colo., move theater shootings to raise funds for her U.S. Senate campaign got the attention of U.S. News and World Report. The blog post – titled "Maine Democratic Lawmaker Uses Aurora Shooting to Drum Up Cash" – notes Dill is "notoriously outspoken" and cites a fundraising email from her U.S. Senate campaign that talks about murdered children and weeping mothers, and asks for $100 […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 25, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Mainer among Capitol Hill’s ’50 most beautiful’

    WASHINGTON – Hayley King found herself blushing quite a bit more than normal on Wednesday. That’s because the Skowhegan native who works in Sen. Olympia Snowe’s office was named one of the "50 most beautiful" people working on Capitol Hill on Wednesday by The Hill, a daily publication that chronicles government and politics in Washington. "It’s certainly flattering — probably one of the more flattering things that has happened to […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 25, 2012 | 10:02 am

    Chamber of Commerce endorses Summers; is money next?

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Republican Charlie Summers in Maine’s U.S. Senate race, the campaign announced this morning. Summers, a former regional administrator of the Small Business Administration, supports free enterprise over government intervention, Rob Engstrom, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president and national political director, said in a written statement.  “After working in his family’s small business growing up, Summers understands the challenges job creators face,” he […]

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