Praise for Rolde's Real Political Tales

Praise for Real Political Tales

“The personal element is stronger in the affairs of legislative bodies than of any other branch of government, but it is a hard thing to convey in straight reporting. The public understanding of the legislative process is poorer as a result. As an experienced and influential legislator, with a great gift for storytelling, Neil Rolde is the ideal person to remedy this defect, and this volume of ‘political tales’ delivers on that promise. The stories are educational and entertaining in equal measure, and people who read them will be better prepared to understand what goes on when legislators meet and transact important public business.”

—Fmr. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank

“If you’ve ever served in a state legislature, lobbied one, or just read about their activities in the newspaper and wondered what goes on behind the scenes, you’ll love this book! From page one I couldn’t put it down, and I loved every word of Neil’s stories crafted from ‘behind the scenes’ in the Maine Legislature. The characters may be fictional, but thanks to Neil’s insights and knowledge, coupled with his wonderful writing style, they all came to life. The stories were engaging—reminding an insider of the ‘old days,’ and giving an outside observer a good sense of what truly goes on behind the scenes. It certainly brought me back to the days when I was sitting in one of those leather chairs, hearing the gavel come down and wondering what was about to happen next!”

—U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

Copyright © 2014 by Neil Rolde. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the author or publisher, except for brief quotations for critical articles and reviews. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

First edition 2014

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Library of Congress Control Number:  2014936670

ISBN: 978-1-882190-27-0