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Replacing Olympia Snowe

blue donkeyRepublican U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe is not running for re-election this year. With no incumbent in office, in a state with a relatively small population, there’s a chance for a bit of effort to help create a real shift the politics of the U.S. Senate.

Could it go in a more liberal direction?

Right now, there are no Senate candidates in Maine running on a Green Party line, but there are four Democratic candidates declared for the seat.

There’s Benjamin Pollard, an environmental activist. That’s cool, but he writes in the first substantive lines of his Issues page that, “The partisan divisions in our Congress and in our nation have become so severe that our national security is now more at risk than at any time since the end of the Cold War.” Is our national security now more at risk than at any time since 1989? I’m not seeing it. This kind of thinking can lead in great leaps and bounds to a vote in favor of war. It was bipartisan fervor, not partisan divisions, that got us into the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Matt Dunlap doesn’t even bring up foreign policy on his issues page. His ideas about environmental policy are also missing. He seems roughly progressive on economic issues, but voters need to know more. It’s not just the economy, stupid.

Cynthia Dill doesn’t include environmental issues on her issues page, but she uses a very encouraging phrase when discussing foreign policy: “We must begin to beat swords into ploughshares…” She also is on the record as having voted in favor of marriage equality.

Then there’s Jon Hinck. Hinck doesn’t have an issues page yet, but he does remind us that he was a co-founder of Greenpeace USA. That’s intriguing, but what would you do in the U.S. Senate? Co-found a Greenpeace caucus?

It’s just a few weeks until the Democratic primary election, and still, these candidates all need to bring the voters more information.

5 comments to Replacing Olympia Snowe

  • Tom

    It won’t matter (except to the particular candidate that wins) who replaces her, nothing is going to get any better until we get the corporate money out of our politics.
    i’m cynical enough (i call it realistic) to know that this can’t be changed from within (since they’re being effectively BRIBED to do their jobs).

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    [ Olympia Snowe (R)* - Retiring in 2012. ]
    Rick Bennett (R) – Ex-State Senate President, RNC Member, Businessman & ’94 US Rep. Nominee
    Scott D’Amboise (R) – Ex-Lisbon Falls Town Selectman, Medical Technician & ’06 US Rep. Nominee
    Deb Plowman (R) – State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Businesswoman
    Bruce Poliquin (R) – State Treasurer, Real Estate Developer & ’10 Gov. Candidate
    Bill Schneider (R) – Attorney General, Ex-State Rep. & Army Veteran
    Charlie Summers (R) – Secretary of State, Ex-State Sen., Iraq War Veteran & ’04/’08 US Rep. Nominee
    Cynthia Dill (D) – State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Attorney
    Matt Dunlap (D) – Ex-Secretary of State, Ex-State Rep. & Ex-Teacher
    Jon Hinck (D) – State Rep., Attorney & Ex-Greenpeace Activist
    Ben Pollard (D) – Homebuilding Contractor & Environmental Activist
    Andrew Ian Dodge (Libertarian) – Tea Party Activist & Blogger
    Julia Carlson (Independent)
    Angus King (Independent) – Ex-Governor, Ex-Energy Executive, Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
    Seamus Maguire (Independent)
    Aaron “A.J.” Marston (Independent) – Theater Stagehand & Ski Lift Operator
    Verne Paradie Jr. (Independent) – Ex-Auburn City Councilor & Attorney
    Steve Woods (Independent) – Yarmouth Town Council Chair & Businessman

    Based on the news Angus King (Independent) – Ex-Governor, Ex-Energy Executive, Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide is projected to win.

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