Politics

 
The State House is seen Thursday, May 17, 2012, in Augusta. State legislators have turned their attention from lawmaking to campaigning with the close of the legislative session. Nearly a third of all seats we become vacant for November’s election.

Legislators turn focus from lawmaking to campaigning with close of session

By CLARKE CANFIELD, The Associated Press on May 19, 2012, at 12:03 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine legislators have turned their attention from lawmaking to campaigning with the close of the legislative session and a third of all seats becoming vacant for November’s election. Even though it’s a short session ending in May rather June, lawmakers were eager to get out of Augusta …

Same-sex marriage advocates working to gain support this weekend

The Associated Press on May 19, 2012, at 11:57 a.m.
PORTLAND | Hundreds of gay-marriage supporters in Maine went door-to-door and worked at phone banks to drum up support for November’s statewide referendum seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. Mainers United for Marriage says more than 250 people were scheduled to take part Saturday in activities in at least 15 …

Federal contractors turn temporary pay into $1.8 million windfall

By Carol D. Leonnig, The Washington Post on May 19, 2012, at 6:34 a.m.
Princeton University used taxpayer dollars to fund “per diem” payments for employees’ lodging, as well as “premium” bonuses to supplement their salaries.
CONTRIBUTORS

Five myths about independent voters

By Linda Killian, Special to The Washington Post on May 19, 2012, at 5:54 a.m.
Forty percent of all registered voters are independents – the highest figure since Gallup started keeping track half a century ago. Since 2008, 2.5 million voters have left the two major parties to become independents, which is now a larger group than registered Republicans or Democrats. Let’s address some of …
ANALYSIS

How to wipe moderates off the map

By John Barrow, Special to The Washington Post on May 19, 2012, at 5:41 a.m.
Just over 10 percent of the American people’s representatives in the House are rewarded for practicing the politics of cooperation, while almost 90 percent are rewarded for practicing the politics of confrontation.
 
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