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Susan Collins, Big Money Candidate. Shenna Bellows, Small Money Candidate. Who Wins?

Contribution totals in the Maine Senate race through October 15, 2014 have become available at the Federal Election Commission, and they tell a story of strong contrasts.

Here’s a graphic profile of Democrat Shenna Bellows’ campaign contributors:

And here’s a graphic profile of Republican Susan Collins’ campaign contributors:

Less than 1 in 10 [...]

If New Jersey Families Want Tom MacArthur In Congress, Why Are Secret Sources Struggling To Prop Up His Campaign?

Tom MacArthur is the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s third congressional district, an open seat being vacated by current U.S. Representative Jon Runyan. This week, MacArthur was the beneficiary of a payment made to Spectrum Marketing Companies on behalf of an organization that calls itself New Jersey Family First Inc.

New Jersey Family First Inc.? [...]

The Ogres Of Poetry

Happy Halloween! It’s a day on which we give ourselves permission to confront the things that frighten us, only in not quite so serious form. In that spirit, I bring you ogres… in poetry.

Walter De la Mare wrote The Ogre:

‘Tis moonlight on Trebarwith Vale, And moonlight on an Ogre keen, Who, prowling hungry [...]

Barack Obama: 496 Days of Broken Promises on the Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

The presidential administration of Barack Obama has promised to respond to any petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov gaining more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days or less.

On June 22, 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, only 14 days after the petition was started.

It’s October 30, 2014 [...]

Women Speak Out PAC Pays Chancellor Commander Of Group That Bans Women

An organization that calls itself the Women Speak Out PAC is throwing around a lot of money this year to try to manipulate several U.S. Senate elections… but in what sense does this group actually consist of women speaking out?

Some of the Women Speak Out PAC money has gone to someone named Colton Overcash. [...]

FBI Tries To Get Permission To Spy On Any Computer Anywhere

If FBI Director James Comey thinks that the Bill of Rights isn’t good enough for the USA, then he ought to have the courage to say so, and to stand before Congress, testifying that he wants the Fourth Amendment abolished. Until then, the FBI needs to stop its out of control electronic surveillance of Americans. [...]

What “Filing a Republican Candidate in Every District” Looks Like in Maine

“Surprisingly surprising is the politics of politics.”– Maine State Representative Jennifer DeChant

In the Spring of 2014, the Maine Republican Party political director Justin Richards declared his party had a new strength. “The Maine Senate is absolutely a target for us and the House is a top target as well. The reason,” said Richards, “is [...]

MayDay PAC Tries To Buy Grassroots With David Perelman

The core idea of grassroots activism is that it’s supposed to come from the bottom up, through the spontaneous acts of motivated individual citizens who don’t have much money or other forms of power themselves, but can join together in organizations that they control themselves in order to make change take place.

The MayDay [...]

New Verizon TechZine Aims for Millenial Audience While Banning Talk About Surveillance

Patrick Howell O’Neill of DailyDot reveals that telecommunications megacorporation Verizon wants to set up its very own supercool tech news page called “SugarString.” It’s supposed to appeal to “Millenials” and be superslick and popular-like…

… except visitors can’t leave any comments on any of the articles or participate in any active way on the site, [...]

Ophthalmologists Getting Dirty

If you have a medical problem with your eyesight, you can take some solace in the knowledge that the doctor who treats your eyes has an even bigger problem with vision. The next time you visit your ophthalmologist, while you’re having your eyes examined, it will be the perfect time to ask how much if [...]

“Religious Beliefs Aren’t Reasonable!” — Justice Antonin Scalia, October 7 2014

“Religious beliefs aren’t reasonable!”

So said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on October 7, 2014 — and he said it as if this was a compliment.

Really, I’m not kidding. You can listen to Justice Scalia utter these words himself, in his questioning during arguments in the Holt v. Hobbs case this month: in [...]