September 22, 2013

Washington Notebook: Conservatives pressure Collins over health care issue

The senator, who is up for re-election next year, voted against Obamacare in 2009 and has voted several times to repeal the law.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Republican House members rally after passing a bill that would fund the government for three months while crippling Obamacare.

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"The York River not only holds tremendous environmental value to the surrounding towns and communities, but it's also an economic anchor for them with commercial fishermen, hunters, and recreational boaters all taking advantage of the river's unique qualities," King said in a statement. "This bill, with community support, could result in a special designation that would help preserve the river and its natural benefits through critical federal investments."

More than 200 rivers nationwide -- totaling more than 12,500 miles -- are protected under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system.

The Allagash River is the only designated river in Maine.

Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, majority shareowner of MaineToday Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.


Last week, the University of Southern Maine launched an eight-week-long free lecture series titled "Politics Then and Now, In Maine and the Nation" that will feature prominent Maine politicians.

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday on USM's Portland campus in the Hannaford Lecture Hall at the Abromsom Center. Former 1st District U.S. Rep. Tom Allen kicked off the series last week.

Here's the lineup of other speakers:

Oct. 3 -- Former Maine Gov. Kenneth Curtis (4 p.m. in Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall)

Oct. 10 -- Former Maine Senate President Libby Mitchell (4 p.m. in Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall)

Oct. 17 -- U.S. Sen. Angus King (4 p.m. in Abromson Center, Hannaford Lecture Hall)

Oct. 24 -- Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (4 p.m. in Abromsom Center, Hannaford Lecture Hall)

Oct. 31 -- Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. (4 p.m. in Abromsom Center, Hannaford Lecture Hall)

Nov. 7 -- Panel discussion featuring former state Sen. Cynthia Dill, Maine House Republican leader Kenneth Fredette and University of Maine political scientist Amy Fried (4 p.m. in Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall)

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