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  • Thursday Aug 09, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Civic League issues bumper sticker alert

    Regardless of which side you support on the gay marriage issue, there is one important difference from the 2009 campaign. Three years ago, a yes vote meant you opposed gay marriage and a no vote meant you supported it. That’s because it was a people’s veto, which called for a repeal of a law. This time around, it’s much clearer for voters. The question — "Do you want to allow […]

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  • Monday Aug 06, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    Three gay-marriage threads

    U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill, a Democrat from Cape Elizabeth, is holding a news conference and rally Wednesday to show her support for same-sex marriage. In particular, Dill will applaud the Democratic Party’s decision to include a plank in the national platform that’s supportive of same-sex marriage, according to a release from her campaign. Dill is expected to be joined by former Maine House Authority Director Dale McCormick and state […]

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  • Friday Aug 03, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Snowe is Europe-bound

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, will meet with leaders of several European nations next week as part of a congressional delegation looking into the Eurozone financial crisis and potential impacts on the U.S. economy. The delegation plans to travel to Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal – five of the countries hit hardest by Europe’s financial crisis – during the five-day trip, according to information released Thursday by the […]

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  • Thursday Aug 02, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    Labor council backs same-sex marriage

    The Southern Maine Labor Council voted this week to endorse a "yes" vote on Question 1 on the November ballot, which asks voters if they want to allow the state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The labor council, led by the AFL-CIO of Maine, said they were proud to make the endorsement. "Same-sex couples are working alongside us all over the state," said Alan Ray Churchill, council president. "These […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 01, 2012 | 6:23 pm

    Senate candidate says he’ll do it for free

    Steve Woods, an independent candidate for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat, said he’ll work for free if he gets elected. Woods issued a news release Wednesday saying he would donate the entire $174,000-a-year U.S. Senator salary to charity. “Our founding fathers never intended for our country to be run by professional politicians. In recent history there has been a trend towards our government being run by a wealthy political class […]

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  • 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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