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Eric Russell

is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald. Eric can be reached at 791-6344 or erussell@pressherald.com

  • photo Open Season - Thursday Sep 18, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    LePage touts virtual charter schools at grand opening

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage, speaking Thursday at the grand opening of Maine’s first and only virtual charter school, acknowledged that it took Maine awhile to jump on the charter school train. “But we are here and there is no turning back,” he said. “The reason we’re not turning back is because charter schools are enormously successful in the state of Maine.” In reality, charter schools are still new here, so assessing […]

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  • Open Season - Thursday Sep 04, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    Cutler outlines economic vision during visit to struggling Old Town

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler said on Thursday that Gov. Paul LePage’s unwillingness to borrow money during his first term, “has been the biggest public policy blunder I can think of in my lifetime.” Cutler, who was in Old Town rolling out his economic plan, said if elected, he would be much more aggressive about investing in Maine than the current occupant of the governor’s office. “One of the first […]

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  • photo Open Season - Wednesday Sep 03, 2014 | 7:24 pm

    Cutler campaign names campaign co-chairs, looks to build momentum

    Eliot Cutler isn’t acting like a man who’s been running a distant third in all public opinion polls to date. Cutler, speaking to an energized crowd of more than 150 supporters packed inside Ocean Gateway in Portland on Wednesday, said he’s committed over the next 60 days to turning the electoral tide in his favor. “The political parties have offered us two lousy candidates,” Cutler said, referring to Republican incumbent […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Cutler touts his tax reform plan in new ad

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler touted his property tax reform plan in a 30-second television ad that will begin airing this week. It’s the second ad featuring Cutler to hit the airwaves in the last couple weeks. In addition, the campaign on Tuesday released a 60-second radio spot that highlights last month’s endorsement of Cutler by U.S. Sen. Angus King. “These ads highlight an endorsement I am very proud […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Cutler makes first ad buy in governor’s race

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler on Tuesday released his first campaign advertisement. The ad, expected to air this week, is titled “Jobs & the Economy.” It highlights a recent successful business endeavor Cutler embarked on after his first unsuccessful bid for governor in 2010. “When I ran four years ago, I brought Chinese business leaders to Maine. I hoped as governor I could open new markets for Maine products. […]

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  • photo Open Season - Wednesday Aug 06, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Cutler nabs Republican endorsement

      State Sen. Patrick Flood, a Republican from Augusta, announced Wednesday that he has endorsed Independent candidate Eliot Cutler in this year’s governor’s race. Flood, widely respected in the State House for his quiet demeanor, knowledge of state budgets and willingness to work toward compromise, has not always agreed with Gov. Paul LePage, his party’s candidate. Whether his decision to publicly endorse Cutler holds any sway with other moderate Republicans is […]

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  • photo Open Season - Monday Aug 04, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    Cutler goes for drama as he challenges LePage and Michaud to debate

    The stage was set. The podium on the left, naturally, was labeled for Democrat Mike Michaud. On the right, a sign for Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler stood in the middle, ready to debate his two opponents. The only problem? It wasn’t a real debate. It was the latest attempt by the Cutler campaign to draw attention to the fact that the election is less than 100 […]

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  • Open Season - Wednesday Jul 09, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    LePage takes on Social Security in web video, criticizes Michaud in the process

    Gov. Paul LePage, in a video released Wednesday by his re-election campaign, affirmed his support for Social Security benefits and took a swipe at one of his opponents, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, in the process. LePage, in the 90-second video, resurrected a 15-year-old vote that Michaud cast while he was a member of the Maine Senate. The vote essentially would have created a tax for Social Security recipients who draw […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    Cutler says he’ll match campaign donations dollar for dollar

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler said in an email to supporters Tuesday that he will match, dollar for dollar, all donations that come in to his campaign over the next three weeks. “When I decided to run for governor, I knew it would mean investing my own money in this campaign and in Maine’s future,” Cutler said. “I’m confident that Maine’s voters will make the right choice – but […]

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