Monday, March 10, 2014
Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
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WASHINGTON – Four New England governors will join President Obama in Connecticut on Wednesday as he tries to rally public support for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican who vetoed a smaller minimum wage increase last year, will not be among them. But on Tuesday, LePage’s Democratic challenger in this November’s election, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, signaled once again that he intends to make the minimum wage an issue in the gubernatorial campaign.
Michaud, D-District 2, joined a White House-organized conference call with reporters ahead of the Connecticut event. The other two speakers were Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty – both Connecticut Democrats – and Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council.
WASHINGTON –Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, participated in a congressional tradition that dates back more than a century on Monday when he was given the chance to recite President George Washington’s 1796 farewell address.
Each year since 1896 – as well as more sporadically before then – one senator has been selected to read Washington’s lengthy address on the Senate floor. Monday’s recitation was especially poignant for King, a history lover who often peppers his speeches with quotes from past political leaders.
King also read the speech nearly 50 years to the day when it was last read by a Maine senator, the late Edmund Muskie. It took King roughly 49 minutes to read the entire speech (to a mostly empty Senate chamber, as is common during floor speeches).
WASHINGTON – Democrat Shenna Bellows announced the composition of her campaign team Friday as she challenges Republican Sen. Susan Collins this November.
The former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Bellows launched her campaign in October and has since raised more than $330,000. If she collects enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot, Bellows will face off against an incumbent who has built a reputation as a moderate Republican and had more than $3 million in campaign cash on hand at year’s end.
The Bellows campaign released the following list of staffers, several of whom have been working with the Democrat since around the time of her announcement in October:
WASHINGTON – Sen. Susan Collins on Monday paid tribute to one of her predecessors and role models, the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, on the 50th anniversary of Smith announcing a bid for the White House.
WASHINGTON – A Bangor man who publicly flirted with the idea of running for Maine’s U.S. Senate seat as an independent said Tuesday that he won’t join the race after all because of a "lack of finances and interest."
Mike Turcotte, an adjunct professor at Eastern Maine Community College, announced earlier this month that he was exploring joining the two other declared candidates hoping to run against incumbent Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican.