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The part-time epidemic

When it comes to Obamacare, good thing Republican US Senator Susan Collins has the workingman's back. Or does she?
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  July 06, 2013

Finding Mr. (or Ms.) Perfect

Politics + Other Mistakes
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 23, 2013

Reboot

As he strode confidently to the podium to give his State of the State address, the governor surveyed the crowd with steely blue eyes set in a face just shy of being impossibly handsome because of an intriguing hint of cruelty.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 28, 2012
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Collins ascends to senior status

While the other seats in Maine's delegation are being hotly contested, Republican senator Susan Collins gets to observe it all from her new position as the soon-to-be senior member of that four-person group.
Senate Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012

Up in the air

In late June, Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voted for our health when they voted against a proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012
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Maine's donkey party loves the rich and the poor — but can't protect both

In the current legislative fight over Republican Governor Paul LePage's lust to slash Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) programs because of a $221-million shortfall in its budget, Democrats say over and over that they want to protect the po
Two-faced Democrats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 17, 2012


White House pans SOPA

Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
Online Freedom
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 20, 2012
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2012 could see a resurgence in Portland's food scene

It was four years ago — the beginning of 2008 — that Portland prepared to get its moment at the center of the nation's food consciousness.
Fortune's return
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 30, 2011

Senator Collins helps derail prison reform

As a result of the apparent decision by congressional Republicans to oppose almost everything Democrats are for, Maine Senator Susan Collins — who claims to be above partisanship — helped derail Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb's bill to establish a
'Toxic' Washington
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 11, 2011

Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear

As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made
Born in the USA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 23, 2011

Pingree advocates for raped veterans, gets results

The Department of Veterans' Affairs is taking steps to ensure that military sexual-assault and rape survivors have less of a hard time getting the benefits they deserve, according to US Representative Chellie Pingree, who represents Southern Maine in W
Clearing red tape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2011


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Let them eat potatoes

Here in Maine brutal levels of unemployment continue even as the Republicans now running the state prepare to dismantle government assistance programs for the poor.
Susan Collins steps up her defense of the Maine staple
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 18, 2011
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Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Collins breaks with GOP to support DADT repeal


Sadly, it didn't work. Snowe, it's your turn.
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 10, 2010

From carpenter to king

In the wake of last month's election, I expected Republican governor-elect Paul LePage to provide me with an inexhaustible supply of column material.
LePage has been surprisingly polite
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2010


Will the lame ducks lift Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

The clock is ticking for Congress to act on two important anti-discrimination measures, both contained in the huge defense bill that senators hope to debate before the holiday recess.
Down to the wire
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 10, 2010

Susan Collins: Maine's COdependent senator


Jason Linkins over at HuffPo has an interesting piece on how independent Susan Collins is not, of late, and particularly on important issues. As I...
By Jeff Inglis  |  November 29, 2010

Keeping Close Buy

Masey Kaplan's children used to bring home fundraising catalogs — the ones from which part of the proceeds go to the school — from their Portland school, full of wrapping paper and plastic toys and goods "from god knows where." Kaplan, a graphic design
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2010
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What women want

It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s
And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 15, 2010
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Going Gaga for gay rights

Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
Rally report
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2010


Jon Stewart: Collins vote part of being "run by a**holes"


From last night's Daily Show, here it is, your moment of Zen:  The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cAre We Run...
By Jeff Inglis  |  September 23, 2010

Washington Post on Snowe, Collins, Reid


Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post has a clear-eyed take on the political skullduggery that Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have been engaged in, trying...
By Jeff Inglis  |  September 22, 2010

Maine's "moderate" senators are at it again


Look, we know Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins only appear moderates by contrast with their rabid, attack-dog, mama-grizzly Republican coreligionists (I've reported on...
By Jeff Inglis  |  September 13, 2010

Dueling ideas

Both of Maine's senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, have backed cybersecurity legislation in hopes of avoiding or averting the catastrophes described in David Scharfenberg's main piece. But their approaches have been different, leading to confli
Maine's senators on cybersecurity
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 03, 2010
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You call this winning?

President Barack Obama scored.
Afghanistan complications multiply. Plus, Congress is heading for a weak wrap-up.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2010


Spookin' the horses

Move over, Freddy Krueger. Here come the real scary monsters: Libby Mitchell and Paul LePage.
Scary trumps stupid every time
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2010

Plan B(1)

With the end of the long primary campaign, Mainers are facing an ugly reality.
 Post-primary predictions
By AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2010

Wrote a song for everyone

Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
Name that tune
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2010

Gonna change directions

That’s not intended as a negative reflection on the Son of God, who can’t be held responsible for the deficiencies in Beardsley’s early campaign style.
Jesus didn’t help Bill Beardsley.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2010