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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.

Augusta needs to realize Maine has a spending problem

The State House in Augusta in December 2014. BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett.

You would think that, after Gov. Paul LePage secured a re-election win over the Democrats’ best candidate, Bruce Poliquin was elected to Congress, and Republicans regained control of the Maine Senate, legislators in Augusta would hear the message loud and clear from the voters of Maine: that our state has a spending problem, not a […]

Want a conservative leadership example? Look across the pond

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Stefan Wermuth | Reuters

It is, perhaps, highly probable that many of you were not paying particularly close attention, but last week Britain’s Conservative Party — more popularly known as the Tories — secured an astonishing result: they obtained an overall majority in what all assumed would be yet another hung parliament. After the 2010 general election the Tories […]

Cate Street deal shows danger of crony capitalism

The Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket in 1992. Michael York | BDN

The ongoing revelations regarding the Cate Street deal, reported on extensively by the Portland Press Herald, were reported as though the failure of the complex tax credit scheme cooked up in Augusta to save a mill should be a galloping shock. However, it should have not only been no shock, it should have been obvious […]

Democrats’ tax scheme shows they missed the message

House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, and Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland, in 2013. BDN photo by Matthew Stone.

Last November, Maine voters sent a clear, if somewhat mixed message. By re-electing Gov. Paul LePage over Democrat Mike Michaud and giving Republicans control of the Maine Senate, they were endorsing the GOP’s message of fiscal reform and responsibility. By keeping the House in Democratic hands (with a reduced majority), they were telling Augusta politicians […]

A lack of civility threatens Maine’s democratic traditions

Maine has, historically, been known for civility in its political process. This is likely partially because we are a small, rural state with active local governance and a history of access to our politicians, from our local state rep all the way to our U.S. senators. Our congressional delegation is, for the most part, frequently […]

Maine has the chance to lead on gun rights

About 150 people turn out for a rally organized by the Maine Gun Rights Coalition in March 2013 in Wiscasset.  BDN photo by Christopher Cousins.

In the coming days, as many Mainers scramble to finalize their tax returns, the Legislature will begin debating what has already become one of the most bipartisan bills of the session. Sponsored by freshman Republican Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, this legislation seeks to bring constitutional carry (already the law in Vermont) to Maine. Currently, […]

2016: The year when confidence in America is restored?

It is becoming increasingly clear that people are losing confidence in this country. They’re losing confidence in our government to solve our problems here at home. They’re losing confidence in both political parties’ ability to lead. They’re losing confidence in our ability to lead the world, as the globe’s lone remaining superpower. This decreasing confidence […]

Time for a real budget discussion in Augusta, please

The State House in Augusta in December 2014. BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett.

It’s that time of the year again. The snow has stopped falling (at least momentarily), baseball is fast approaching, and winter is melting away. Mud is overtaking the state, reminding us yet again, as it does every year, that at times it can be more slippery than ice — and always dirtier. In Augusta this […]

Cain’s announcement reveals the emptiness of her rhetoric on bipartisanship

Emily Cain's election night headquarters on Nov. 4, 2014. BDN photo by Ashley L. Conti.

Earlier this week, when I saw the news that former congressional candidate Emily Cain would again be running in Maine’s 2nd District, I had to do a double take. It wasn’t that Cain’s second run was such a galloping shock; indeed, it was pretty much a given. What I had to check was the calendar, […]

Keystone veto reveals hollowness of Obama’s jobs rhetoric

Veto supporters rally in front of the White House on Tuesday, the day President Barack Obama vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Reuters photo by Larry Downing.

We have often heard Democrats — both in Maine and nationally — try to claim the mantle of job creation away from the GOP. They cast themselves as technocrats, only interested in doing what’s best for the economy without regard for their ideological agendas. They’ve adopted these talking points from Republicans in an attempt to […]