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proponents of gay marriage see victory as inevitable, but lack strategy

WASHINGTON—History repeats itself. That old maxim is a favorite of those who advocate same-sex marriage in Maine. One month after the passage of a ballot question vetoing the state’s five-month-old same-sex marriage law,  activists are beginning to look at what went wrong in a battle that seemed won before any votes were cast and are […] Read more…

collins: heavy hitter for heavy trucks

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Susan Collins proved herself to be a congressional heavy hitter late Tuesday night when she got a measure that would allow heavier trucks on stretches of interstate through Maine included in the 2010 Transportation Appropriations bill. The one-year pilot program will increase the maximum allowed weight of trucks driving on the […] Read more…

maine military mom doesn’t see an end to war

WASHINGTON — Carole Whelan decided early not to watch President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night prime-time announcement of his plan for the war in Afghanistan. “I’m tired,” the 63-year-old Whelan said. “I’ve been around a long time, and I think that I’m really tired of the propaganda that is given to the American population in lieu […] Read more…

maine delegation not sold on obama’s afghaniplan

WASHINGTON–When President Barack Obama stood in front of cadets at West Point Military Academy in New York Tuesday night and announced that 30,000 more troops would be deployed to Afghanistan, he acknowledged that the move would not be universally popular. He said in his speech that the debate over the Iraq war — and by […] Read more…

turkey day, congress-style

Though they’ve weathered elections and long hours on the floor, members of Congress are really no different than the rest of us when it comes to Thanksgiving. They head home to get together with friends and family, eat way too much and practice the same traditions, year after year. I caught up with Sens. Collins […] Read more…

military’s first amendment rights questioned by senate

WASHINGTON–The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs questioned soldiers’ First Amendment rights while beginning hearings for their investigation of the attacks at Fort Hood army base in Texas. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the committee’s top Republican, asked whether Malik Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter, should have been flagged or questioned by his fellow soldiers. Read […] Read more…

collins and lieberman announce fort hood hearings

WASHINGTON–Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced that later this week their committee would begin investigation of the Fort Hood shooting. Though it is rumored that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had been asked by the White House to wait for the criminal investigation of the incident to be finished, […] Read more…

gop has mixed temperatures about snowe

WASHINGTON–Whatever you say about her, you can’t deny that Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, inspires heated opinions and debate. Recent polls suggest that she has lost popularity within her party, while, at the same time, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has said that Snowe is just one of a range of idealogues in his party, […] Read more…

maine man nominated for UN post

WASHINGTON — If confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Rick Barton, a West Boothbay Harbor native, promised Wednesday to “help to focus our direction, energize our team and seek to increase the impact of America’s efforts.” Read the full article online at the Bangor Daily News or behind the […] Read more…

there’s something fishy about michaud’s campaign spending

WASHINGTON — There’s something a little ‘fishy’ about U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. The campaign spending disclosure forms of the Maine Democrat are all in order and were submitted on time, but the intriguing fact has less to do with forms than with fins: Almost one-tenth of Michaud’s campaign […] Read more…

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