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  •  Maine Senate race is getting interesting. (8+ / 0-)

    Collins now has a legitimate challenger.
    Shenna Bellows has announced  her candidacy this week.

    •  Hmm (0+ / 0-)

      probably will about as "interesting" as the NJ Gov. race.

      •  Yeah, that 50 State Strategy was a waste (8+ / 0-)

        of money too.

        Collins continues to get re-elected largely because Democrats and unenrolleds in Maine have bought into her carefully crafted "moderate" image, as well as the conventional wisdom that she's invincible.

        Shenna Bellows is generating a lot of excitement here among the base Dems, and she has a serious background in grassroots activism (Marriage Equality campaign, voting rights, privacy, etc.).

        Writing off campaigns a year out is a self-fullfilling prophecy, and discourages good progressive candidates from taking on challenges. Cynicism can be as destructive as Republican lies. Please take the time to find out about a candidate before you dismiss them.

        •  Not at all. (0+ / 0-)

          It isn't cynicism and I think no Republican should run unopposed anywhere.  If Collins gets teabagged in the primary  Bellows may win.  However unless that happens Collins just isn't realistically vulnerable in the GE at this time.  Until/unless that changes I wouldn't call this race "interesting" yet, though I wish Bellows well.  

          •  what is interesting is the crossover appeal on (3+ / 0-)
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            issues such as the security-industrial-complex. If we can agree on anything with the Libertarians, this would be it.

            On the one hand we have a woman who has been working for ten years from outside the government, fighting the  surveillance state from the Patriot Act to the NDAA to unwarranted surveillance and data collection, as well as fighting for LGBT equality and voting rights.

            On the other, a woman who has been in power for 17 years, at the center of things as the head of the Homeland Security committee.

            T'would be a shame if we didn't at least try to give it the old college try.

    •  One comment to be fair to Collins (0+ / 0-)

      There's a fair amount of manufacturing in Maine that could fall under the umbrella of "medical devices", depending on definitions.  This could just be case of taking care of business at home.

      OTOH I haven't fact-checked this - just know that there's more than 1 such company in the Portland area.

      The way to respond to the outrageous is with outrage; the way to respond to the ridiculous is with ridicule.

      by Dan E in Blue Hampshire on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 01:56:30 PM PDT

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      •  There are probably such businesses in every state (0+ / 0-)

        but AFAIK it's not a particularly large industry in Maine.

        Even if that were the case, as many have pointed out here and elsewhere, the tax is justified- and the trade-off Collins offered (the pension accounting gimmick) would arguably hurt as many constituents as the repeal of the medical device tax would help.

        Just kind of interesting that of all the possible compromises she could have offered, she choose the one that would benefit an industry that recently fundraised for her.

      •  and you would toy with the full faith and credit.. (0+ / 0-)

        and cost 800,000 workers a paycheck or two just to prove a point and help a contributor?

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