Obama raises more than $86M for campaign, Democratic National Committee

By From wire service reports on July 13, 2011, at 8:40 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama collected $86 million combined for his re-election campaign and the Democratic party during the past three months, giving him a large fundraising advantage over the Republican field seeking to challenge him in 2012. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a video posted early Wednesday …

State ends budget year with surplus

By Mal Leary on July 13, 2011, at 8:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Revenues continued to come in better than expected in June and that has resulted in a revenue surplus of $49.2 million for the budget year that ended June 30. That will increase by another $3 million to $5 million when unspent appropriations are finally tallied next month, …

McConnell warns GOP: Don’t help re-elect Obama

By David Espo and Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press on July 13, 2011, at 8:11 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Failure to raise the U.S. debt limit would probably ensure President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned fellow conservatives on Wednesday, fresh evidence of deep GOP political divisions on an issue of paramount importance to the nation and its economy. McConnell spoke before …

Skewing Jews’ views

on July 13, 2011, at 5:28 p.m.
In a previous post, I talked about the general idea of the politics of public opinion — the attempt to shape perceptions of what the public thinks. One really crude version of this, obvious to anyone who knows anything about how to conduct good polling, is to create poor quality …

LePage holds 6 bills until January session

The Associated Press on July 13, 2011, at 10:09 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Gov. Paul LePage has decided to hold six bills passed by lawmakers this year until the session that begins in January. The deadline to act on all of the remaining bills enacted during the 2011 session was Monday. LePage set aside six of those sent to …
Deb Neuman

LePage appoints two to DECD posts

By Matt Wickenheiser on July 13, 2011, at 9:21 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has made two key appointments to the Department of Economic and Community Development — one of whom is a well-known figure in the Bangor-area business world. Deb Neuman has been named deputy commissioner of DECD. Neuman is currently director of the Target Technology business incubator at the …
Mark Armstrong of Lisbon and and Arthur Langeley of Durham show their support in March for Gov. Paul LePage's proposals to reduce Maine's budget by changing how the pension is funded.

LePage dramatically reduces payments needed for pension, at a cost

By John Christie, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on July 13, 2011, at 5:03 a.m.
An analysis attempts to shed light on what Peter Mills calls “an extraordinary thing.”