Politics

April 27, 2013

Washington Notebook: Collins, King in spotlight on key issues

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

A few hundred people were expected to show up for the inaugural "Taste of Maine" reception organized by the Maine State Chamber and co-hosted by King and Collins. Instead, up to 600 people -- including several members of Senate leadership -- packed into the room at the Senate's Russell Office Building.

The fare included whoopie pies from Wicked Whoopies, smoked salmon from Sullivan Harbor Farm, chocolate-covered blueberries and cranberries from Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections, and Baxter Brewing Co. beer, to name a few. And, of course, lots of lobster and wild blueberries.

"I think it exceeded everyone's expectations," said Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber. "It was a marvelous endorsement of the value of Maine products."

"It was a great success," King said. "I'm sure we are going to do it again."

LePAGE IN D.C.

Gov. Paul LePage will join fellow Republican Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania to talk about job creation and economic growth this week in Washington.

According to a news release from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 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."

The panel is part of the Chamber's 9th Annual Small Business Summit and coincides with the release of the organization's "Enterprising States" report.  

Washington Bureau Chief Kevin Miller can be contacted at (207) 317-6256 or at:

kmiller@mainetoday.com

On Twitter: @KevinMillerDC

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