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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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  • Tuesday Jun 19, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    National media intrigued by King, Maine voters

    USA Today is the latest in a parade of national media to come all the way up to Maine to ask Angus King the question: Who will you caucus with if you get elected to the U.S. Senate? It also is the latest to go away with the same non-answer:  "I don’t answer that question because I don’t know," King told USA TODAY.   The caucus question has consumed national […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 13, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    Rounding up the post-primary buzz

     The scramble is on (again)  for the U.S. Senate.  On Wednesday, Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill celebrated their victories in Tuesday’s primary by answering questions from the national media, among other things.  Dill, for example, faced questions about whether she will get any support from the national Democratic party as she heads into the general election campaign. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray wasn’t saying in this […]

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  • Monday Jun 11, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    On eve of primaries, yet more money enters Biddeford-Saco, Washington County senate races

    We have another update on last minute spending by Political Action Committees in the legislative primaries that kick off tomorrow. As I reported in the newspaperlast week, PACs connected to racino developer Ocean Properties and the state and national real estate agents’ associations took out ads in the Democrats’ Biddeford-Saco state senate primary. The independent contributions in support of Rep. Don Pilon’s candidacy had totalled over $15,000, dwarfing the combined […]

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  • Monday Jun 11, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    Tea Party PAC enters Washington County GOP senate race

    We’ve been keeping an eye out for last minute expenditures ahead of tomorrow’s legislative primaries by outside Politcal Action Committees. Last week, PACs connected to racino developer Ocean Properties and the state and national real estate agents’ associations took out ads in the Democrat’s Biddeford-Saco state senate primary. This week another PAC is taking out ads in Washington County’s GOP senate race. The new Defense of Liberty PAC reported spending $1787 […]

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  • Saturday Jun 09, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    More PAC money floods Saco-area Senate race

    We reported earlier this week on the first money bomb of Maine’s legislative election season: More than $13,000 dumped into Biddeford-Saco area Democratic primary races by would-be Biddeford racino developer Ocean Properties of Portsmouth, N.H. Most of those funds – $9513 – were in support of Rep. Donald Pilon, a racino supporter going up against fellow Rep. Linda Valentino for Saco’s state senate seat, which is being vacated by (the […]

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