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Jim Fossel

About Jim Fossel

Originally from Alna, Jim Fossel has volunteered with a number of campaigns over the years, including for Peter Mills for Governor in 2006. He previously worked for U.S. Senator Susan Collins and House Republican Leader Josh Tardy.

Conservatives need a victory next year, not infighting

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and House Speaker John Boehner at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.  Jonathan Ernest | Reuters

The sudden resignation of John Boehner as speaker of the House was a shocking downfall for a man who seemed to have a sure grip on his position. After all, under Boehner’s leadership, House Republicans expanded their majority to their largest since World War II, which included electing a Republican to the House from Maine […]

In 2016, experience should matter, lest we get another Obama

GOP presidential candidates at second official debate on Sept. 16: From left, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina. Reuters | Lucy Nicholson

The biggest surprise of the 2016 presidential election cycle so far has not been the rise of Donald Trump specifically, but rather the rise in general of less experienced candidates and the implosion of far more experienced candidates. Already, two well-established governors — Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — have left […]

Scott Walker Ends His Campaign

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he would end his presidential campaign. Given his previous position in the polls, Governor Walker’s decision to end his campaign this early is a shocking one. His collapse may well be one of the most epic of any presidential candidate in recent history. When he announced his candidacy, Walker was considered one […]

The real question is, what did Clinton hide?

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington on Sept. 13. Reuters | Yuri Gripas

Throughout the endless saga surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails, a good deal of the discussion has surrounded what many members of the public likely consider bureaucratic minutiae. Debate has focused ad nauseam on topics such as exactly how her email server was set up (was it in a basement?), whether she had to have intent in […]

Iran debate shows dwindling respect for principled opposition

Sen. Susan Collins speaks with reporters in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday after announcing she would vote to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

Recently, a disturbing trend in American politics has become stunningly clear: the inability of many on the left to show any kind of respect for those with whom they disagree. It is not just that they have a tendency to vociferously defend their position; that would be fine. It is that they seem to question […]

How the GOP can show it’s the party of opportunity

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, gives his stump speech to supporters on Tuesday in Freeport. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

With the Republican presidential field — or two candidates, at least — touching down in Maine this week, it’s worth taking a moment to re-examine the difference between the two major parties, and what it really means to be a Republican. A central problem the GOP has faced on both a national basis and, all […]

Coming next fall, a referendum to abridge your rights

Michael Bloomberg speaks during the Sohn Investment Conference in New York in May. Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Although they decided to forgo a people’s veto of constitutional carry, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his legion of minions have not yet given up on Maine. Rather than attempting to override legislation passed in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner, Bloomberg’s followers have vowed to bring a referendum on so-called universal background checks […]

The GOP’s 17-candidate primary is a blessing, not a curse

Ten of the 17 Republican candidates for president at the first official debate of the 2016 primary. Brian Snyder | Reuters

With the first debate last week in Cleveland, the 2016 presidential election has entered a new, more serious phase. During that debate, Sen. Marco Rubio said that the Republican Party had been blessed with very good candidates while the Democrats “can’t even find one.” Though intended as a one-liner, Rubio was absolutely correct: the current […]

Question King, not Collins after Planned Parenthood defunding push

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King in Skowhegan in May 2014. Gabor Degre | BDN

The release of a series of undercover videos focused on Planned Parenthood, which show officials of the group discussing the procurement of fetal tissue for medical research, have become the focus of national politics in recent days. This has resulted in a push by many conservatives to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood (current […]

Illegal immigration is a serious issue, not a sideshow

A sign in Coronado National Forest in Arivaca, Ariz. Will Seberger | MCT

One of the things that the meteoric rise of media mogul Donald Trump in the Republican primary has taught us is not that money or hair can buy good polling, but that there is a serious issue of major concern to many Americans that the other Republican candidates are completely failing to address: illegal immigration. […]

Donald Trump needs to end his travashamockery of a campaign

Donald Trump listens to a question at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa,  on July 18. Jim Young | Reuters

In recent days, Donald Trump reached new levels of insanity with the attack he leveled against U.S. Sen. John McCain. Now, having never been much of a John McCain fan — I voted for other candidates in the primaries (and caucuses) both times he ran for president — I never thought I’d find myself in […]

For Clinton, the new economy undercuts allies she depends on

Hillary Clinton poses with Senates pages Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Yuri Gripas | Reuters

There was an interesting dichotomy on display this week, as Hillary Clinton launched a new phase of her campaign (her third re-launch? her fourth?) with a focus on the economy. This was clearly a response to Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist who has been drawing enormous crowds across the country as he began his campaign […]

Battle over constitutional carry may not yet be done

Senator Eric Brakey watches as Governor LePage signs constitutional carry into law. Photo by Jason Savage.

Gov. Paul LePage quietly signed one of the most controversial bills of the session into law this week, as he affixed his signature to LD 652, “An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit.” The bill, sponsored by first-term Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, did not follow an easy path through the […]