Month: May 2012

Maine Voices: Nonpartisan group seeks civility and compromise in politics

A key proposal: A bill called ‘No Budget, No Pay,’ to hold members of Congress accountable. WASHINGTON — Our nation faces some daunting challenges. Congress no longer seems capable of solving the very real problems facing America. Before every election, we hear candidates make campaign promises to fix our tax system, revise our immigration laws, …

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Profiles in partisanship

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage,”John F. Kennedy wrote admiringly of U.S. senators who put the national interest ahead of partisanship, ideological purity and regional parochialism. Many sacrificed their careers because of their stands, but Kennedy held them aloft as examples to be emulated for their moral courage, intellectual independence and public candor. …

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Ron Bancroft: Grass-roots group energizes Mainers about political reform

May 7, 2012 Chief among No Labels’ recommendations is a bill to halt Congress’ pay if a budget deadline is missed. PORTLAND – No Labels, the national organization determined to bring more constructive dialogue to government, recently came to town. The group held a meeting at the University of New England’s Portland campus that featured …

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