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  • Thursday Jul 12, 2012 | 4:59 pm

    “Values Bus” to hit Moxie Fest

     A bus tour that looks to "advance the cause of moral and fiscal responsibility" will hit Maine this weekend, starting at 4 p.m. Friday at the Moxie Fest in front of Lisbon High School.  The Family Research Council and The Heritage Foundation’s Values Bus tour will support the Christian Civic League of Maine’s efforts to defeat a November referendum to allow same-sex couples to marry.   In a statement, civic league […]

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  • Thursday Jul 12, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    Collins’ streak expected to hit 5,000-vote mark Thurs.

    Those interested in the political process may want to tune into the U.S. Senate this afternoon (Thursday) beginning around 2 p.m. That is when Maine’s own Sen. Susan Collins is expected to cast her 5,000th consecutive vote. While nowhere near a record (she would have to more than double her streak to overtake the king of not missing votes, the late Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire), Collins’ feat is still noteworthy. […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 11, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    Tilting at King’s wind mills may be futile

    We’re publishing the results of a statewide poll of voters this week, but here’s an interesting tidbit about the Maine Senate race that got left on the cutting room floor. Republicans have criticized former Gov. Angus King as a wealthy, federally subsidized wind-farm developer. King’s recent career in the wind industry doesn’t appear to be a problem for most voters, however, according to the poll. Forty-seven percent of the voters […]

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  • Monday Jul 09, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Pingree, Sussman attend historic same-sex nuptials

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and her husband, S. Donald Sussman, were on hand this past weekend to witness the first wedding of a sitting member of Congress to his same-sex partner. Pingree and Sussman, both of whom are vocal advocates for same-sex marriage, were among the 300 or so guests invited to the private wedding ceremony between U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Newton, and his longtime partner, Ogunquit resident […]

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  • Friday Jul 06, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    Rep. du Houx profiled in book of principled young leaders

    State Rep. Cornell du Houx (D-Brunswick) was once thought a rising star in the world of Maine politics. Then there was a nasty breakup with another lawmaker who filed a temporary protection-from-abuse order against him. By the time a court settlement was negotiated, the head of his own party was publicly calling for him not to seek reelection. Du Houx resisted, but last week announced he would stand down after […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 26, 2012 | 6:51 pm

    Democrats again accuse Summers of supressing votes

    The Maine Democratic Party is accusing Republican Secretary of State and U.S. Senate nominee Charlie Summers of voter suppression because his office is running short of voter registration cards. Party officials discovered the shortage when they went to the Secretary of State’s Office in the past week to ask for large numbers of the forms to use at voter registration drives, such as at fairs and festivals. The office limited […]

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  • Monday Jun 25, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Running for President of Eleven Americas

    I’m interrupting the regularly scheduled, Maine-centric programming here at Open Season to make a few observations about the U.S. presidential contest. As many of you may know, my recent book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, argues that there’s never been one America, but rather several Americas, each with its own founding ideals and takes on the great American policy questions: what is […]

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  • Friday Jun 22, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    Snowe: Washington is “dumbed down”

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is getting lots of national media questions in the final months of her 34-year career in Congress. It’s the kind of attention she has attracted repeatedly in recent years as one of the last, lonely moderates in Congress. Bloomberg Businessweek is the latest to quote Snowe as part of an “exit interview” with four departing members of the House and Senate. The recurring topic of conversation […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 20, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    Snowe mulls parting shot at Senate dysfunction

    U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, focused national attention on the  dysfunction of the U.S. Senate when she announced her retirement in February. Now, one of the Senate’s last moderates is talking to her colleagues about changing the rules of engagement to restore some function in the Senate. The Washington Post talked to Snowe and others, including Democrats, about possible changes such as filibuster reform. “I’ve been sorting through the aspects, […]

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