Thursday, April 24, 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 – Maine Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree both voted against a Republican-crafted proposal on Friday that would keep government doors open after Oct. 1 but would eliminate funding for Obamacare.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Democrats are expected to strip out the Obamacare language and send the temporary budget bill back to the House. The political gamesmanship between the two chambers is raising the specter of a partial-shutdown of the federal government beginning Oct. 1.
Maine’s two representatives – both Democrats – released the following statements after Friday’s vote:
WASHINGTON – News of a mass shooting just a mile and a half away was certainly on most people’s minds – and on many office television screens – all day on Monday on Capitol Hill.
Yet official Washington’s response to the city’s deadliest event in 30 years was far less consistent, as evidenced by half of the Capitol building going on “lockdown” while the other half didn’t.
There was a highly visible increase in security outside of the Capitol Monday morning – with more officers carrying high-powered weapons spaced throughout the grounds – as the scale of the events at the Navy Yard became clear. An armored police truck was also eventually parked outside of the Capitol.
WASHINGTON – A national conservation group is airing ads in the Portland area praising Republican Sen. Susan Collins for supporting energy-efficiency measures.
WASHINGTON – A statewide poll suggests that Maine Sen. Susan Collins remains popular with the majority of voters across the political spectrum but that the Republican could be vulnerable to a more conservative primary challenger – were one to emerge, that is.
Public Policy Polling's second installment of their results is a hodge podge ranging from your typical favorable/unfavorable ratings of politicians to whether Mainers would rather move to Canada or to The South. Along the way the North Carolina-based pollsters also delve into legalized marijuana, impeaching Obama and even a (presumably entirely hypothetical) political match-up between Maine's senior senator and the King of Horror.
Much of the poll focused on Collins, however, as she prepares to seek a fourth term next year.
PPP said that 57 percent of the 953 respondents approved of Collins, which the firm said makes her one of the more popular members of the deeply unpopular Congress.