Politics

 
Voters sign in on caucus night at Point of Grace Church on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Waukee, Iowa.

‘Game on’: Santorum, Romney in dead heat

By DAVID ESPO, The Associated Press on Jan. 03, 2012, at 10:09 p.m.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney waged a seesaw battle for supremacy in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses into the first hours of Wednesday morning, a dramatic opening round for the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama. Texas Rep. Ron Paul ran third. Returns from …

Obama applauds Iowa Democrats for their help

By KEN THOMAS, The Associated Press on Jan. 03, 2012, at 9:44 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Inserting his voice into a big night for Republicans, President Barack Obama appealed to Iowa Democrats on Tuesday during the first balloting in the GOP presidential campaign, seeking to counter months of withering criticism in the state that launched his presidential ambitions four years ago. Obama told party …
H. Edwin Young

H. Edwin Young, UMaine president, was Wisconsin chancellor during violent Vietnam protests

By By T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post on Jan. 03, 2012, at 8:18 p.m.
H. Edwin Young, who led the University of Wisconsin at Madison through some of the most dramatic campus violence of the Vietnam War era, died Jan. 2 at an assisted living facility in Madison. He was 94. He had complications from a stroke, said his son, Nathan Young. The Newfoundland …
Sen. Susan Collins at the University of Maine on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Susan Collins describes struggle for law to allow heavy trucks on highways

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 03, 2012, at 6:56 p.m.
ORONO | It wasn’t easy, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday, but she finally won out. For the next two decades, trucks weighing 100,000 pounds will be allowed on Maine’s interstate highways. Collins, a Republican, recounted the negotiations that led to the passage of truck weight legislation during a …
POLLWAYS

Civility, professionalism, and engagement

on Jan. 03, 2012, at 3:23 p.m.
  Selections from a syllabus A friend of mine who teaches engineering students has found that they benefit from being repeatedly told how their work as students relates to their professional development.   Her classes don’t have much in the way of discussion, but mine do. They are just different …
David Burns, District 32

Washington County GOP lawmaker eyes Senate seat in 2012

By Eric Russell on Jan. 03, 2012, at 3:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Rep. David Burns, R-Whiting, has announced his candidacy for the District 29 seat in the Maine Senate, a district that encompasses all of Washington County and small portions of Hancock and Penobscot counties. The seat currently is held by Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry, who is …

Maine lawmakers return Wednesday for 2012 session

The Associated Press on Jan. 03, 2012, at 2:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers return to the State House on Wednesday to begin their 2012 session. The new year’s agenda concludes work begun by lawmakers last year and also will include some new items pushed by Gov. Paul LePage, including Medicaid restructuring to address a state budget gap of $221 …
CAPITOL INCITE

Washington County lawmaker to seek Senate seat left vacant by termed-out president

on Jan. 03, 2012, at 2:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Rep. David C. Burns, R-Whiting, has announced his candidacy for the District 29 seat in the Maine Senate, a district that encompasses all of Washington County and small portions of Hancock and Penobscot counties. The seat currently is held by Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry, who …
POLL QUESTION
Joseph Ponte

Prison closure would reduce firefighter head count in Washington County

By Tom Walsh on Jan. 03, 2012, at 2:32 p.m.
BUCKS HARBOR | Closing the Down East Correctional Facility would relocate about two dozen low-security inmates who have been trained by the Maine Forest Service to assist in fighting wildfires within Washington County. Mothballing the facility, which is now at capacity with 149 inmates, has been proposed by Maine …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.

Republicans say they won’t support some of LePage’s cuts to MaineCare

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 03, 2012, at 12:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | One of the most controversial cuts in Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to overhaul MaineCare hit a roadblock Tuesday after Republican lawmakers refused to back the plan. Rep. Patrick Flood, House chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, said his colleagues oppose the governor’s proposal to save $60 million …

Efforts to ban Burmese python sales get bogged down by D.C. bureaucracy

By Curtis Morgan, McClatchy Newspapers on Jan. 03, 2012, at 5:53 a.m.
MIAMI — When Burmese pythons began slithering across Everglades levees in increasingly alarming numbers, state water managers petitioned the federal government to crack down on the pet trade’s sale of the giant snakes. In the five years since, a string of studies, congressional hearings, articles and nature shows — not …
In a Jan. 25, 2007 file photo, President George W. Bush waves as he departs the White House in Washington for a trip to Missouri to speak on health care.  The eight-year Bush presidency has merited no more than a fleeting reference in the current GOP contest for the presidential nomination,

Bush years the ‘yadda yadda yadda’ period of U.S. history for GOP candidates

By BETH FOUHY, The Associated Press on Jan. 03, 2012, at 5:27 a.m.
PERRY, Iowa — A funny thing happened recently in the presidential campaign in Iowa: The last Republican president’s name actually surfaced. “We’ve had, in the past, a couple of presidents from Texas that said they weren’t interested in wars … like George W. Bush,” a voter said to Ron Paul, …
COMMENTARY
A young Egyptian woman was beaten by the military during a recent demonstration.

Amid violence against women, a blue bra sends a powerful message

By Sally Quinn, The Washington Post on Jan. 03, 2012, at 5:17 a.m.
This person covered from head to toe demonstrated her beliefs through her choice of underwear.
 
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