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  • Published
    August 11, 2022

    Column: Fighting for farmers

    This week, Sam talks with MaryAnne Kinney about her advocacy for farmers. Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    August 4, 2022

    Working families demand more child care

    Sam makes a pitch for congressional action on something that really matters to people: day care. Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    July 28, 2022

    Column: When a flag is more than a symbol

    With the livelihoods of both Maine's fishermen and farmers under assault, Sam talks about the importance of keeping the traditional state flag. Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    July 21, 2022

    Column: Desperation calls for dastardly, dirty tricks

    Sam Patten discusses campaign strategies that involve helping to finance the opponent least likely to win. Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    July 14, 2022

    Column: Reentering society; entering politics

    Sam Patten discusses the issue of felons reintegrating into communities and public life, including holding political office. Sam is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    July 7, 2022

    Column: Tumbling toward incivility

    Sam Patten talks about the potential violence that lurks behind the uncivil way many in the U.S. today treat and talk about each other — and the need to find our way back from that behavior. Sam is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    June 30, 2022

    Column: Don’t give up on persuasion

    Patten talks about the danger of increasing polarization. Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    June 23, 2022

    Column: The doctor is in

    Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    June 9, 2022

    Portland ponders political purity

    Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

  • Published
    June 2, 2022

    Column: Time for a mental health screen

    Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.

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