Thursday, December 12, 2013
Open Season targets all of Maine's political wildlife, from Portland city government to the donkeys, elephants and independents stalking the Statehouse and U.S. Capitol.
John Richardson joined the Press Herald in 1990 after working as a reporter in New Jersey. He has covered a variety of beats, including marine issues, the environment and health care. He is now covering politics and focusing on Maine's U.S. Senate race.
John can be reached at 791-6324 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @jrichmaine
Colin Woodard has covered politics and elections for more than two decades, from Bosnia and Bucharest to Washington, D.C., Augusta, and Portland City Hall. He has written for a wide range of national and international publications and is the author of four books, including "American Nations," a history of North America's regional cultures. He joined the Portland Press Herald at the end of April and covers political finance and lobbying, among other things.
Colin can be reached at 791-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Cover has covered Maine politics for 10 years and worked in Kansas, Ohio and Rhode Island as a reporter. This year, she is focusing on covering the same-sex marriage debate for MaineToday Media.
Susan can be reached at 621-5643 or email@example.com
Michael Shepherd joined MaineToday Media in May 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono, where he edited The Maine Campus, the student newspaper there. Until November he'll be writing the Truth Test, a recurring feature analyzing political statements and advertising.
Michael can be reached at 621-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, narrowly retained his seat after a recount Friday, but missed a political finance disclosure deadline by a longshot.
Mason's Charting Maine's Future PAC made a $1206 radio ad buy on Caribou's Channel X Radio just two days before the election, and by Maine law should have reported the purchase Nov. 5. Mason didn't file the required disclosure with the state ethics commission until Nov. 14.
The ads supported three Aroostook County Republicans: Jonathan.J. Roy (who lost House District 2 in the Madawaska area to Democrat Kenneth Theriault), Mike Nadeau (who upset longtime speaker John Martin in House District 1) and Peter Edgecomb (who lost to incumbent Sen. Troy Jackson in Senate District 35).
Barring special circumstances, Mason's PAC would be liable to pay a small fine for the late filing.
We've been told that Angus King's victory speech on Tuesday night was inspiring, even moving.
Yeah, it was pretty good. The guy has a way with words.
But Andrew Ian Dodge's concession statement? That was pure poetry. (Notice we didn't say good poetry.)
We'll publish them both here for posterity.
Angus King's election to the U.S. Senate made headlines – or at least a headline – in Scotland.
It turns out that King's well-known Scottish roots make him somewhat of a local celebrity amid the lochs and highlands. It's kind of like the excitement Pres. Barack Obama's election in 2008 created in Kenya, without most of the excitement.
The Scotsman, a Scottish newspaper and web site, ran an item today about Maine's new senator noting that he "came on stage on Tuesday night to the sound of bagpipes."
"Angus King jokingly told The Scotsman he planned to be the first Angus in the Senate," the story says.
With independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King well ahead in the final pre-election polls, the bigger question now may not be whether he will win but what role he would play in the Senate.
If the Senate is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats – and King wins as expected – the former governor could be a king-maker by deciding who serves as Senate majority leader and which party gets to assign chairmen and women of the committees. On the other hand, if either party wins a clear majority with a comfortable margin of votes, his influence will be much less.
The possibilities are laid out in a Associated Press item today that quotes former senate majority leaders Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
A month or two ago, King was getting a lot of national attention as a possible swing vote. Less so in recent weeks as Democratic candidates in several key states opened up leads in the polls (thanks in part to a couple of controversial comments about abortion by Republicans in Missouri and Indiana).
K12 Inc., the Hernodon, Va. based digital learning powerhouse that has reapplied to manage a full-time virtual charter school in Maine, is facing renewed pressure in Florida.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, has asked the U.S. Department of Education to investigate the firm, which is already under investigation by Florida officials for allegedly using uncertified teachers in a Seminole County virtual school.
K12 and rival Connections Learning of Baltimore were the subject of a Maine Sunday Telegram investigation into digital learning policymaking and full-time virtual schools in Maine that was published Sept. 2.