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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 [...]

Sing Along With Me: the Opposition Stole My Sign!

As we get close to Election Day 2014, can I ask everyone to join in the chorus. Sing with me: “the opposition stole my sign!”

When the Belgrade Maine Republican Committee noticed one of its campaign signs was missing this month, it jumped on the chance to cry “theft!”

“One of our signs was [...]

Campaign Finance Reform at Reform.to: 96.2% Democratic, 1.4% Republican

Docdawg has written a detailed blog post explaining that of the 15 congressional candidates agreeing to the slate of campaign finance reforms listed at reform.to between July 29 and August 5, every single last one is a member of the Democratic Party. The time frame of July 29 to August 5 is important, because as [...]

Fact Check: Is the Murder Rate Really 28% Lower in Right-to-Carry States?

Former San Bernadino County Republican Chair Bill Postmus has come out with a new claim on Twitter, that “In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower”:

Is this true? Finding out is a simple matter. First, consult the National [...]

In 2013, Parties Abandon the Union Fair

In 2010, Democrats set up an unstaffed table in a shed with a few pieces of literature at the Union Fair in Knox County, Maine. Republicans paid for a prominently-placed tent, a tied-together tarp which was consistently staffed and which sold sweatshop-made promotional material.

In 2011, Knox County Democrats were gone entirely from the [...]

Those Pesky Citizens Want to Talk

“Ninety percent of the audience will be there interested in what you have to say. It’s the other 5 or 10 percent who aren’t. They’re there to make a point.”

— legislative aide, explaining why Senate Republicans have decided to stop holding town halls with their constituents.

Source: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/us/politics/a-former-engine-of-the-gop-the-town-hall-meeting-cools-down.html

Partisan Churning Reaches New Height: GOP Loves the ACLU?

If you’ve been paying attention to politics for more than one election cycle, you’ve seen the partisan churn in action. When Party X is in power and Party Y is out of power, Party Y will complain about overreach of executive power by Party X and Party X will speak with disdain about the anti-government [...]

The CHURCH Act in Congress is a Flop

Back in 2009, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas decided he’d had enough of Americans galavanting about, exhibiting the religion of their choice or no religion at all, willy-nilly, hither and thither, all around the town just as they saw fit. To correct this disturbing trend of religious pluralism. Rep. Gohmert introduced the Congressional Hope for [...]

Surprise: Cosponsors of Anti-Surveillance Civil Liberty Bill are 86% Republican

Time was, when you wanted to protect constitutional rights against unwarranted surveillance, search and seizure in America, you would look to Democrats in Congress. Sure, some conservative Blue Dog Democrats would vote to give the government Big Brother powers, but most Democrats weren’t like that. A majority of Democrats in the House voted against the [...]

Republicans Say They're Turning Pro-Immigration. In Congress, they Act Against It

Congressional Republicans continue to put on a good media show to make it look like they are moving to support immigration, after an election in which it became clear that most Americans are tired of the GOP’s blame-an-immigrant strategy. But look closely at their “efforts” and you’ll notice there’s no actual legislation involved — just [...]

Watch What They Do: Republicans Talk Soft but Drive Hard Right on Immigration

In the news this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been issuing press releases as he hops around the country in a “listening tour” devoted to convincing non-white voters that the Republican Party actually cares about them.

Not mentioned in the newspapers and unfit for print, Representatives Randy Neugebauer, Sam Graves, Tom Graves [...]