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#1 Mar 06 2012 at 9:08 AM Rating: Good
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Former Maine Governor Angus King (I) announced yesterday that he'll be running for the US Senate. Other's that may also throw in their hat; John Baldacci (D) former governor of Maine, Chellie Pingree (D) current US Rep, Maine AG William Schnieder (R), Charlie Summers (R) Secretary of State, and Bruce Poliquin (R) State Treasurer.

None of the republicans have the stature that the dems/independents have. Angus could be a spoiler as he's really a pretty liberal guy. Our recent gubernatorial election results are a clear example of how a left-leaning independent can put the underdog in the winners circle with only 38% of the vote.

None-the-less, Angus is extremely well-respected and well-loved in these parts. Probably even more-so than Olympia.

My predication is that Angus King the Independent will be the next senator from Maine.

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#2 Mar 06 2012 at 9:10 AM Rating: Good
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Angus King the Independent for next Burger King!
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#3 Mar 06 2012 at 9:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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I won't pretend to know squat about Maine politics but everything I've seen has him as a real contender, not just a spoiler. I guess the big question is how would he caucus.
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#4 Mar 06 2012 at 9:29 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
I guess the big question is how would he caucus.

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That's a nice soundbite answer I suppose but not caucusing means no committee assignments which means your influence as a senator is greatly diminished. He's going to need to choose one or the other if he's going to be effective.
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#6 Mar 06 2012 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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While I think the guy can win the election hands-down, I'm not sure how effective he will be in the Senate. However, the thing I learned about Angus from governing here for 8-years is he's very adaptable and a bit cunning.

Also, like I mentioned he's pretty liberal, so ultimately I see him rolling onto the left side of the senate aisle. How much, more-or-less, he's willing to accept that, is likely to be, more-or-less, how effective he is at senatoring.
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Yeah, I just heard on your clip where he talked about not caucusing as a governor and thought "It's a lot different as a legislator".

As a complete aside, did you enjoy Trine?
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#8 Mar 06 2012 at 10:14 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
... very adaptable and a bit cunning.

That's possibly the nicest way imaginable to describe most politicians. Smiley: laugh
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As a complete aside, did you enjoy Trine?
I'm still enjoying it. I've only loaded it up three times I think, but it's fun. I seem to spend a lot of time redoing screens trying to see if I can clear them with another or all of the three guys.

My husband is leaving me this week for many days on end. I think I might splurge on Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning. Anyone have an opinion on the game? I need something that will really suck me in or I'll end up just logging into Warhammer and I'm pretty bored with Warhammer.

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Over in the General Game Forums there's a thread gushing over Amalur.
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Yeah, I haven't played it but the folks there seem to be enjoying it. Seems to be a more "on rails" open world game than Skyrim; lots of side quests but less of a "what do I do now?" feeling.

If you decide to get it, check the Game Sales thread in the other games forum as there's a $10 voucher you can get from Green Man Gaming if you download it. Unless, of course, you're buying it retail then never mind.
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#12 Mar 06 2012 at 12:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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Early polling indicates that much of King's support comes from Democrats and Independents and that 51% want him to caucus with the Dems vs 25% with the GOP. Not that it forces him to do anything but it may sway him in that direction.
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That's a nice soundbite answer I suppose but not caucusing means no committee assignments which means your influence as a senator is greatly diminished. He's going to need to choose one or the other if he's going to be effective.


Which is why your politic system is so retarded (fundamentally speaking).
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Oh, I can come up with better reasons than that.
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I probably could to, if I didn't have my own lulzy government to laugh at.
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#16 Mar 06 2012 at 3:22 PM Rating: Good
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Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach become politicians.
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#17 Mar 06 2012 at 3:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach become politicians.

Those who can't become politicians post snarky comments on internet gaming forums. Smiley: schooled
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Demea wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
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Those who can't become politicians post snarky comments on internet gaming forums. Smiley: schooled

Sorry you didn't get nominated. Smiley: frown
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Apparently you actually have to live in the state in question to run for Senate! Smiley: confused
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Apparently you actually have to live in the state in question to run for Senate! Smiley: confused
We could have nominated Nexa if Smash hadn't stolen her Maine citizenship.

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