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March 2 2012
According to the New York Post, sources close to Georgette Mosbacher say the CEO of Borghese cosmetics and former national co-chair to John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign has inquired about running for Senate in Maine. Mosbacher is not a current resident, but the Post says she's already looking at houses in the state to establish residency by the March 15 deadline. GOP campaign consultant Ed Rollins says if she could put $10 million together, she should make a race out of it in the state.
Read Maine Ambition at the NY Post.New York Post
Posted at Fri, 03/02/2012 - 10:44am.
March 1 2012
With Snowe's departure from the Senate, former governor Angus King has said he is mulling a run to fill Maine's vacant Senate seat. King is one of several prominent Maine politicians to signal their intentions to compete in November. In addition to Mike Michaud, Chellie Pingree, and John Baldacci, who all have begun getting the necessary signatures, Republican Senate President Kevin Raye, Secretary of State Charlie Summers, and former gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler have said they are leaving the door open to joining the race.Bangor Daily News
Posted at Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:01am.
February 29 2012
They will have to get 2,000 signatures in two weeks, but Second District U.S Rep. Mike Michaud, 1st District U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree and former governor John Baldacci are planning to enter the race for Senate seat left vacant by Olympia Snowe. None have officially announced, but they have taken out the papers necessary to begin the process of entering the Democratic primary. As the race stands, one of them would be facing Scott D’Amboise of Lisbon Falls in November.
Concurrently, if Pingree or Michaud became the nominee, a Congress seat would open up. Emily Cain of Orono and Debra Plowman of Hampden have started getting the paperwork necessary to fill Michaud’s seat should he win.
Posted at Wed, 02/29/2012 - 4:09pm.
February 28 2012
Senator Olympia Snowe released the following statement declaring that she will not seek re-election to the United States Senate in November:
STATEMENT OF SENATOR OLYMPIA J. SNOWE ONWCSH 6
RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR UNITED STATES SENATE
WASHINGTON, D.C - Three-term Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) issued the following statement today with regard to her re-election campaign:
"After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate.
"After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health. We have laid an exceptionally strong foundation for the campaign, and I have no doubt I would have won re-election. It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine, first in both houses of Maine's legislature and later in both houses of Congress. To this day, I remain deeply passionate about public service, and I cherish the opportunity I have been given for nearly four decades to help improve the lives of my fellow Mainers.
"As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.
"With my Spartan ancestry I am a fighter at heart; and I am well prepared for the electoral battle, so that is not the issue. However, what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.
"As I enter a new chapter, I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern, and I believe there are unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate. I intend to help give voice to my fellow citizens who believe, as I do, that we must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose to fulfill the promise that is unique to America.
"In the meantime, as I complete my third term, I look forward to continuing to fight for the people of Maine and the future of our nation. And I will be forever and unyieldingly grateful for the trust that the people of Maine have placed in me, and for the phenomenal friendship and assistance I have received over the years from my colleagues, my supporters, and my staff, both in Maine and in Washington." Senator Snowe will be scheduling a news conference in Portland, Maine, in order to further discuss her decision when she returns to her home state on Friday.
Posted at Tue, 02/28/2012 - 5:14pm.
"American Pickers" — a reality show on the History Channel that follows two antique collectors around the country as they look for undervalued and unique items — recently made a stop in Maine. The two hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, in a recent episode, showcased the collection of Jim Harris, a Lison Falls resident who has amassed a large collection of items in a former chicken barn behind the home he shares with his wife Kathy.
The episode aired on Monday, and after some homemade lobster rolls and friendly chitchat, it ended with the two hosts buying a hood ornament with an airplane-style propeller, oil cans, and an old helmet. It will be shown again at 8 pm on Friday.Bangor Daily News
Posted at Tue, 02/28/2012 - 4:24pm.
February 27 2012
The Pirates, an American Hockey League team affiliated with the Phoenix Coyotes, have been at the center of Portland's sport scene since 1993. Next season will mark their twentieth in the city and for that the team joined together with the Maine College of Art to design logos to celebrate the milestone.
The collaboration sends an important sign to the city — not just that two seemingly very different organizations can work together, but that the Pirates will indeed be in Portland for a twentieth season. The team's lease is set to expire at the end of this season, and there were rumors that the team was eyeingrelocation to Albany, N.Y. With designs and plans already in place for next season though, it seems likely that minor league hockey will remain in Portland. See the design here.Bangor Daily News
Posted at Mon, 02/27/2012 - 4:04pm.
February 26 2012
The classic L.L. Bean Boot has gotten a lot of attention recently not only for its 100th birthday, but also for being hip and fashionable again. Senator Susan Collins recently took a tour of the company's Brunswick factory where all the boots are made.
During the tour she asked a question on the mind's of many since the AP article came out about the new Bean boot trend: Are they really making them in pink? According to the company's vice president of public affairs, John Oliver, there isn't one in the works just yet.
The tour was part of a day long trip to southern Maine where the senator also attended a homecoming event for Maine soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, a fire station in Saco, the historic mills in Biddeford, and the Brunswick Landing.Bangor Daily News
Posted at Sun, 02/26/2012 - 12:10pm.
February 25 2012
The Maine Outdoor Coalition is starting what sounds like a first of long-time annual event in the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. 70 events will be hosted by 26 outdoor organizations including Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia, and the Mount Desert Island YMCA. Activities include ecology hikes, and bird walks in Bar Harbor, snowshoeing in Pownal, cross-country skiing in Weld, and a winter steamer dig in Wolfe's Neck State Park. Go to greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org for all events.Bangor Daily News
Posted at Sat, 02/25/2012 - 12:47pm.
February 24 2012
"Rocky," the record breaking lobster caught in Maine this week, has been freed.Reuters
The 27-pounder (12.25 kg) was released back into the ocean on Thursday. He had been trapped in a shrimp net near Cushing last week and turned over to the Maine State Aquarium in East Boothbay.
Rocky is the largest lobster recorded caught in Maine. He was 40 inches long. The state restricts fishermen from keeping lobsters that measure more than 5 inches (12.7 cm) from the eye to the start of the tail.
The largest lobster ever caught weighed 44 pounds, 6 ounces, and was between three and four feet long, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. It was caught off Nova Scotia in 1977. It was between three and four feet long and estimated to be one hundred years old.
The largest lobster in the scientific record was caught off Cape Cod in 1974 and weighed 42.5 pounds, according to Diane Cowan of The Lobster Conservancy. A male, it was estimated to be one hundred years old.
Posted at Fri, 02/24/2012 - 8:40am.
February 23 2012
Robert Malone was looking for shrimp no bigger than a few inches when he caught a 27-pound lobster off of Rockland. He gave it to the Department of Marine Resources, who then placed it in the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay for the time being. The lobster will soon be released back into the ocean however.Bangor Daily News
Posted at Thu, 02/23/2012 - 2:27pm.