July 9, 2012

Political Notebook: Lively caucus ahead for GOP in District 21

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Another Democrat, Brian Jones, announced that he's subbing in for the placeholder in House District 45. Jones will compete against incumbent Ryan Harmon.


Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree's push to bolster local farms is getting support from one of the country's leading activists against agribusiness.

University of California, Berkeley professor Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and other titles, recently tweeted that Pingree "was someone to watch" as Congress begins debating a new farm bill.

Pollan and other activists in the so-called new food movement have lobbied against the farm bill, which they argue, would continue to provide massive federal subsidies to corn and soybean growers while doing little to support local farms.

Pingree has criticized the farm bill for the same reasons. She recently introduced a proposal called the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act that she says will support local farms by allowing low-income people to use food stamps at farmers markets, establish a new crop insurance program for organic farmers and allow schools to use federal funding to purchase local food. Pollan supports the measure.

Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, majority share owner of The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

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