Election 2012: Hinck keys on workers, environment
By Tom Bell email@example.com
Ninth in a series profiling the candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Maine Republican Olympia Snowe.
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FAMILY: Married (Juliet Browne), one child, 14
OCCUPATION: an attorney whose practice focuses on litigation representing multiple plaintiffs
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Maine House of Representatives, 2006 to 2012
ON THE ISSUES
• Do you support President Obama’s health care law? Yes
• Do you support a balanced budget amendment? No
• Would you support a tax increase for the wealthy? Yes
• Would you vote to extend the nation’s debt limit? Yes
• Do you support legalizing gay marriage? Yes
• Do you support legal access to abortion? Yes
• What should Congress be doing to create jobs and improve the economy? “Reform the regulatory framework and the tax code to benefit small businesses and the middle class; support new technologically advanced, high-precision manufacturing with work force development; and invest in research and development that generates new opportunities for entrepreneurs.”
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: Hinck has received a 100 percent lifetime score from Maine Conservation Voters.
LABOR ISSUES: Hinck has received a 100 percent lifetime score from the Maine AFL-CIO.
BUSINESS ISSUES: Hinck received a 9 percent rating in 2008 and 20.5 percent in 2010 from the Maine Economic Research Institute.
• Portland Mayor Michael Brennan
• Lamey-Wellehan Shoes President Jim Wellehan
• Twenty-five legislators, including Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston, Rep. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, and Rep. Jeffrey McCabe, D-Skowhegan
Jon Hinck was 24 and out of work in Seattle when a newspaper help-wanted ad caught his attention: “Sell advertising for a good cause.”
The good cause was Greenpeace, a controversial environmental group that had emerged in the 1970s from anti-nuclear protests and the peace movement.
Despite his misgivings about joining what he believed to be a radical group, Hinck
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