Monday, May 20, 2013
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 – Hundreds of people – including several members of the Senate leadership – gathered near the U.S. Capitol the other night to sample food and drinks from Maine.
Organizers of the inaugural “Taste of Maine” reception were expecting a few hundred people to show up for the evening event that offered beer, wine and finger foods by Maine-based companies. Instead, around 550 people packed into the room at the Senate’s Russell Office Building for the event, which was organized by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.
About a half-dozen lawmakers in addition to Maine co-hosts Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King stopped by Tuesday evening for a bit, including Senate leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
Here's the Associated Press' coverage of the speech, along with a video.
WASHINGTON – Maine Sen. Angus King is slated to give his first major speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate later this afternoon.
WASHINGTON – Maine Gov. Paul LePage will be among three governors representing “enterprising states” next week during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in Washington, DC.
LePage will appear next Monday alongside Republican Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania during a panel on job creation and economic growth at the U.S. Chamber’s 9th Annual Small Business Summit.
According to a press release from the Chamber, the trio will highlight “successful policies and programs that encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth in their states, and what is needed to generate jobs and accelerate economic growth.”
WASHINGTON – The news organization Politico has listed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery among the facilities “most at risk” nationwide if Congress initiated another round of military base closures.
But if early reaction on Capitol Hill to the Obama administration’s closure proposal is any indication, the folks at the Kittery shipyard may be spared that stress for at least a little while.
Politico included the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in an article -- found here -- listing military bases likely to be targeted during another Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC. The others were Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts, Ellsworth Air Force Base in Kansas and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Angus King has joined an effort to re-write federal chemical safety laws to strengthen protections for consumers, an issue that has largely fallen to the states.
Maine environmental and health groups have complained for years that the federal Toxics Substances Control Act needs a major overhaul in order to ensure that chemicals used in everyday products do not pose a risk to consumers, especially children.
Maine state lawmakers have passed some of the nation’s most aggressive chemical safety laws, requiring manufacturers to phase out use of some flame retardants and plasticizing agents – including BPA – in products sold in the state. Additional bills are pending this legislative session.