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  •  Define "support" (2+ / 0-)
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    I support her election and would vote for her if I lived in Maine. However, I will not send her a red cent, because it would be a complete waste of money.

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    by MichaelNY on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:37:52 AM PST

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    •  Its never a waste to get Democrats elected (0+ / 0-)

      Collins isn't doing anything useful for anyone in this state, why do you think its a bad idea to do grass roots support for a good candidate?

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      by rktect on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:47:44 AM PST

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      •  Because there's no chance she'll win! (6+ / 0-)

        Collins has the support of 60% of Maine Democrats in opinion polls. There's no possible way to get her elected, and if my sending her money could magically accomplish that, I'd do it right away, but that's an alternate reality.

        Spend your money on winnable contests. The Democrats could lose the Senate if enough people misdirect their money to a liberal who has no chance of victory in Maine, instead of Begich, Landrieu, Hagan, and other people who need the money for viable defenses of their seats. If you want to support possible seat-flippers, Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Nunn in Georgia need money and have viable paths to victory. Send them money.

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        by MichaelNY on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 10:11:17 AM PST

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        •  Bellows outraised Collins last quarter 2013 (0+ / 0-)

          Bellows outraised Collins last quarter 2013.

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          by rktect on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 10:56:56 AM PST

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          •  Makes no difference (1+ / 0-)
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            She could outspend Collins 5-1, and she still would have no chance of victory. But that won't happen. Look how much Collins has on hand.

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            by MichaelNY on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 11:22:16 AM PST

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            •  just as an indicator of support (0+ / 0-)

              Collins has $3 mil in her warchest from prior years but only has $314,000 in the last quarter which means that Bellows who is raising her money $5 at a time has 15,700 paying supporters as opposed to Collins who gets hers from the GOP governors council is making due with just a few large checks.

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              by rktect on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 03:07:53 PM PST

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              •  Again, doesn't matter (1+ / 0-)
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                It's not like this is a close election in which a bit of advertising will matter.

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                by MichaelNY on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 03:31:19 PM PST

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                •  I don't know how it is in New York (1+ / 0-)
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                  Most of Maine consists of small towns. I live in West Rockport and my Zipcode consists of the road up over my mountain.

                  Maine has turned somewhat Blue recently and has passed Marriage Equality and legalized Marijuana in Warren (the other side of my mountain) which used to be the home of the Tea Party.

                  The biggest difference from before is that we have all lived through a term of Governor Le Page; thats first and foremost, but secondly we all have the ACA now and people can actually go see a doctor, a dentist, an optometrist, and women and children have wellness, and the elderly can get gas cards to pay for going up to Augusta to get radiation and chemo for their cancers.

                  12 1/2 percent of Mainers are below poverty. That's below poverty, not below 175% of poverty which is where they start reducing subsidies and Maine Care and SNAP. Governor Le Page is making kids go to school hungry and not get their lunches. He's hurting everybody. Where I live if you really want to hurt somebody's feelings you call them a Republican.

                  I'm just saying...

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                  by rktect on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:27:28 PM PST

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                  •  Then maybe you can explain why (1+ / 0-)
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                    a Republican who voted against Obamacare has 60% popularity among your fellow Maine Democrats. When she retires, her seat is very likely to flip. But she has not retired.

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                    by MichaelNY on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:35:13 PM PST

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                    •  Collins really doesn't appeal to anybody (0+ / 0-)
                      Only 38% of Republican voters think she actually belongs in their party compared to 26% who think she should be an independent and 22% who believe she should be a Democrat.
                      Certainly if you are a Democrat and have Shenna Bellows running you aren't looking at Collins.

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                      by rktect on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 09:12:01 AM PST

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                      •  "she's too popular, nobody even likes her" (2+ / 0-)
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                        jncca, MichaelNY

                        sounds like a Yogi Berraism.

                        ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                        by James Allen on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 10:16:29 AM PST

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                      •  I see you'd rather ignore the truth. nt (0+ / 0-)

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                        by MichaelNY on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 07:31:35 PM PST

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                        •  From "This Shocks for you (0+ / 0-)

                          Is Fuc*ing Rahm right about us" emorej a Hong Kong
                          in this mornings list of recent diaries

                           Unluckily, Collins is more popular, and much more entrenched, than former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, while Maine, although twice voting emphatically for Obama, has yet not fully broken with its history of electing moderate-campaigning Republican Senators.
                          •    Luckily, Collins’ opponent Shenna Bellows has a profile that is perfect for leveraging Collins’ surveillance apologism into voter reexamination of
                          (i) Collins’ lagging behind recent trends in Maine public opinion on many issues,
                          (ii) Collins’ political trustworthiness, and ultimately
                          (iii) Collins’ personal likeability.
                          •    Luckily for us, Bellows has made her own luck, by surpassing all expectations in articulateness, energy, organizing, outreach to independents and libertarians, visibility, endorsements and fundraising. (Details, and comments by Kossacks, are in the diaries listed here).
                          •    Will we make our own luck? To do so, we must contribute visibility and support to help increase Bellows’ momentum during the next few weeks, as her campaign prepares to enter the final two quarters' home stretch with lift-off in the balance.
                          Shenna Bellows is making her own luck, Collins is totally ineffectual against LePage's single man wave of Republican turn off

                          http://en.wikipedia.org/...

                          Personally I’m outraged that he is only rated the second worst governor nationally
                          but other GOP governors do provide a lot of competition

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                          "LePage to NAACP: 'Kiss my butt'". The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. January 15, 2011. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
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                          Miller, Kevin (2010-06-18). "Maine board weighs BPA bottle ban". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
                          Miller, Kevin (2011-02-22). "LePage dismisses BPA dangers; 'worst case is some women may have little beards'". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
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                          "House votes overwhelmingly to ban BPA from child products | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram". Pressherald.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.

                          "State House Dispatches | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram". Pressherald.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
                          8:34 p.m. (2011-03-23). "Mural's planned removal heats up labor dispute — Maine Politics — Bangor Daily News". New.bangordailynews.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
                          "Bill Nemitz: Latest LePage order a piece of work | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram". Pressherald.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
                          POSTED: 10:55 am EDT March 23, 2011 (2011-03-23). "Gov. LePage Orders Removal Of Labor Mural - Portland News Story - WMTW Portland". Wmtw.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
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                          Terkel, Amanda (March 28, 2011). "Maine Department Of Labor Quietly Removes Mural Over The Weekend". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
                          "Video: Maine governor removes labor history mural Video". Mefeedia.com. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
                          Canfield, Clarke (March 29, 2011). "Maine governor taken to task after mural removed". The Seattle Times.
                          "Portland Museum of Art Responds to Mural Controversy". Portlandmuseum.org. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
                          "Governor: Mural was removed at a bad time | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram". Pressherald.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
                          "Fed. lawsuit filed over Maine labor mural removal". The Boston Globe. April 1, 2011.[dead link]
                          "Judge sides with LePage on mural removal". Kennebec Journal. March 24, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
                          "Labor mural plaintiffs file notice of appeal". Kennebec Journal. April 24, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
                          "1st Circuit rejects Maine labor mural appeal". Bangor Daily News. November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
                          "Labor mural LePage had removed to get new home at Maine State Museum". Bangor Daily News. January 13, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2013.

                          "LePage stirs ruckus after calling state workers 'corrupt'". Bangor Daily News. April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
                          "LePage writes letter to state employees about "corrupt" remark". Kennebec Journal. April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
                          "Letter to state employees by Paul LePage". Maine Governor's office. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
                          "2 GOP lawmakers blast LePage on 'corrupt' remark". Kennebec Journal. April 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-28.

                          Barber, Alex (February 8, 2012). "LePage unveils controversial education proposals". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
                          Russel, Eric (March 22, 2012). "Bill to allow public funds for religious schools rejected, school choice put on hold". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
                          "Letter by Paul LePage to Maine State Charter School Commission". June 11, 2012.
                          McMillan, Susan (July 25, 2012). "LePage: High schools should pay for graduates' remedial college classes". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
                          Russel, Eric (July 27, 2012). "Governor comes under fire for remarks about Maine education shortcomings". Kenenbec Journal. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
                          Stone, Matthew (January 9, 2013). "LePage to charter school commission members: ‘Please go away’". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
                          Mistler, Steve (January 9, 2013). "LePage blasts charter school commission, teachers union". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved January 10, 2013.

                          "LePage says he didn't mean to offend with Gestapo comment; Republican leaders say it is 'a non-issue'". Bangor Daily News. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
                          "IRS union to LePage: Apologize for insult". Kennebec Journal. July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
                          "LePage raps health-care law; says IRS 'gestapo'". Kennebec Journal. July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
                          "LePage: Didn't intend to insult anyone with 'Gestapo' comment". Kennebec Journal. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
                          "Democrats urge LePage to apologize for remark". Kennebec Journal. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
                          "LePage: IRS headed toward killing people". Kennebec Journal. July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
                          "LePage issues apology for Gestapo remark". Bangor Daily News. July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
                          "LePage tells legislative leaders he’s moving out of State House because of ‘censorship’". Bangor Daily News. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
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                          "LePage renews claims of State House censorship". Kennebec Journal. May 29, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013.

                          "Democratic senator lets LePage ‘Vaseline’ jab slide off his back". Bangor Daily News. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
                          Cousins, Christopher. "Anti-gay activists endorse LePage Vaseline remark: ‘Maine is being sodomized by the left’ Politics Bangor Daily News BDN Maine". Bangordailynews.com. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
                          Perry Stein 6:32 PM EDT, Wednesday July 17, 2013. "Anti-Gay Activists Praise Maine Governor For Sodomy Remark | TPM LiveWire". Livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com. Retrieved 2013-07-19.

                          "Winterport lawmaker says he will introduce legislation to censure LePage". Bangor Daily News. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.

                          Ben McCanna (2012-03-15). "LePage tells students to keep their options open". Morning Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
                          Steve Mistler (2013-06-09). "LePage issues new policy: No more talking to 3 newspapers". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-10.

                          Seth Koeing (2013-08-10). "LePage in fighter jet simulator: ‘I want to find the Press Herald building and blow it up’". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2013-08-10.

                          "Maine governor denies saying Obama 'hates white people'". CNN. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
                          Mario Maretto. "Reactions to LePage’s alleged quip that Obama ‘hates white people’". Bangor Daily News Blogs. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
                          "LePage denies telling GOP donors that ‘Obama hates white people’". Bangor Daily News. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
                          LePage apologizes to GOP for “difficulty” caused by Obama comments, blames media — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
                          Jason Horowitz (August 30, 2013). "In Maine, ‘thunder’ from Gov. LePage’s mouth brings rain on reelection prospects". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
                          Eric Russell. "LePage denies 'Obama hates white people' comment". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
                          Eric Russell and Joe Lawlor. "LePage apologizes to Republicans for Obama controversy". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved 2013-08-23.

                          "Governor Declares Civil Emergency to Minimize Fiscal Impacts of Federal Shutdown". Office of Governor Paul LePage. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
                          Moretto, Mario (October 9, 2013). "LePage declares civil emergency because of government shutdown; union calls move a ‘power grab’". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
                          Cox, Tim (October 18, 2013). "LePage vows Cobscook Bay State Park won’t be closed by federal action again". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
                          Cousins, Christopher (October 18, 2013). "LePage lifts civil emergency in Maine". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved October 23, 2013.

                          "LePage budget would gut clean election fund for 2014 campaign". Bangor Daily News. February 27, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
                          "No opposition to strengthening Clean Election Act surfaces at hearing". Kennebec Journal. May 7, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
                          "LePage backs DHHS silence on Arundel case". Kennebec Journal. May 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
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                          Edwards, Keith (November 18, 2013). "LePage says children should have work option". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
                          Cousins, Christopher (December 2, 2013). "LePage’s efforts to remove child labor barriers to continue in January". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 8, 2014.

                          "Maine adopts new ‘common core’ education standards". Bangor Daily News. 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
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                          Paul LePage, [2], 30 March 2013

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                          "Crews begin removing Great Works dam; $3.5M in federal funds pledged". Bangor Daily News. June 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
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                          "LePage calls Obamacare an expensive stripping away of freedom, says IRS is 'new Gestapo'". Bangor Daily News. July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
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                          "LePage: Let's eliminate Maine income tax". Kennebec Journal. May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
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                          Audio recording posted on YouTube[4], retrieved October 27, 2013

                          Maine governor claims ’47 percent of able-bodied’ Mainers don’t work
                          [5] "Maine Gov. Paul LePage says 47 percent of able-bodied Maine residents aren't working", PolitiFact, Tampa Bay News, October 23, 2013, retrieved October 27, 2013
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                          http://www.kjonline.com/...
                          "LePage urges Thomas College graduates to seize their own destinies". Bangor Daily News. May 12, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
                          "LePage signs executive order on suicide prevention". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
                          Staff reporters (January 16, 2011). "Jamaican joined LePage household as teen". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
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                          by rktect on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 06:09:55 AM PST

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        •  Right. (0+ / 0-)

          Because Maine is such a blood red state.

          Amazing, isn't it, howpeople like Pryor and Landrieu ought to just give up because their states are "Red", and yet Republicans manage to hold solid blue states like Maine because they're personally popular.

          Campaign everywhere.  And remind the people of Maine that, to dump the obstructionism of Cruz, they're going to have to dump Collins.

          Republicans are all but extinct in the Northeast. They have two out of twelve US Senate seats in New England, and three out of 24 in the Northeast.  The other two, Toomey and Ayotte, are first-termers, all but guaranteed to be toast in 2016.  How about giving Maine a Senator that will work with the rest of the New England Caucus instead of undermining it absolutely every time?

          "It was all a mistake! I'm dieting and I told my staff to close the FRIDGE!" --attributed to Governor Christie

          by AdmiralNaismith on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 09:08:39 PM PST

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          •  Can you explain how a Democratic candidate (0+ / 0-)

            can beat a Republican that has 60% support among Democrats? This isn't about Maine being "blood red." It's about a Republican who for some reason is extremely popular with Democrats, independents, and Republicans. Wait until she retires, and then it'll become a Likely-D seat.

            And who's saying Pryor and Landrieu should give up?

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            by MichaelNY on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 10:24:38 PM PST

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