Month: October 2009

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…

ridge says white house should improve transparency

Ridge, a former czar when President George W. Bush named him the top homeland security adviser following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said he didn’t testify before Congress when he had that job because Bush had told him not to.

However, Ridge said that better communication and oversight would improve governance.

“Congress was legitimately concerned about my role,” he said. “Coordinating authority is one thing, but was I influencing budgets? I was certainly affecting policy. But where was the transparency? Who was I answering to and who was answering to me?” Read more…

collins pushes back on obama’s czars at hearing

“I think the question is whether by creating these offices [such as Cabinet members or agency directors], you can then effectively prevent the president from looking to someone else to be his adviser on an issue, or letting someone else speak for him,” said Lee Casey, a former adviser in the Department of Justice and […] Read more…

maine breaks into top ten states for energy efficiency

WASHINGTON — Maine was hailed as the tenth-most energy-efficient state in the country, as well as the state that most improved its ranking from the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Read the full article at the Bangor Daily News or behind the cut. Read more…

protestors’ rock salt blizzard not melting snowe

WASHINGTON — One week after lending her vote of support to the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform bill, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, has gained countless column inches of newspaper exposure and at least 115 pounds of rock salt. Though the analysis and recaps were inevitable, the influx of rock salt came as a surprise […] Read more…

‘it’s not good enough to say…bush did it too,’ feingold says

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Tuesday heard from a panel of legal experts on whether President Barack Obama’s appointment of so-called czars in the executive branch sidesteps the Constitution. “I want to be clear that I have no objections either to the people serving as advisers to the president, or to the policy issues they are […] Read more…

maine troop greeters find themselves in d.c. spotlight

WASHINGTON — After thousands of hours of waiting in drafty airport halls, more than a million handshakes and four years of filming, three Bangor natives are in the spotlight in the nation’s capital. “The Way We Get By,” a feature-length documentary about the troop greeters at Bangor International Airport, was screened at the U.S. Capitol […] Read more…