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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

  • 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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  • Open Season - Thursday Jun 19, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    Abortion issue continues to divide Cutler, Michaud, even though they agree

    Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor, has given money to a number of federal candidates over the years, which is not surprising given his personal wealth and his interest in politics and public policy. According to filings with the Federal Elections Commission going back 20 years, Cutler has given to at least three candidates who are pro-life, or were at the time of his contribution. The first two were Randy […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Jun 17, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Cutler on MSNBC: ‘I’m not a spoiler. I’m a choice.’

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler appeared Tuesday morning on “The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd,” a political news program on MSNBC, to talk about his race against incumbent Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud. Cutler said he has no doubt that LePage will be voted out in November but said he – not Michaud – is better suited to lead Maine. “I’m not a spoiler,” Cutler told Todd. […]

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  • photo Open Season - Thursday Jun 12, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Cutler, LePage cross paths briefly in Lewiston

    LEWISTON – Tension filled it was not. There simply wasn’t enough time. Gov. Paul LePage and Eliot Cutler, one of two men trying to take the governor’s job, crossed paths in Lewiston on Thursday morning. Cutler, an independent, attended a Business-to-Business trade show at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee as part of a campaign swing through Lewiston. LePage attended the event, but in his capacity as governor. They arrived at virtually the […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday May 27, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Endorsement questionnaires and the Maine governor’s race

    Before interest groups – liberal and conservative alike – make endorsements in a political race, they often send questionnaires for candidates to fill out. The questions range from general (Why are you running for governor?) to specific (Do you support the right of a woman to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy if she is the victim of rape or incest?) The questionnaires are meant to give the organization a […]

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  • Open Season - Wednesday May 21, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Women for Cutler say they plan to ‘vote their values’

    The fight for the women’s vote continues in the Maine governor’s race. About 50 women who support Independent Eliot Cutler gathered Wednesday at the Portland Public Library to talk about why Cutler – and not incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage or Democrat Mike Michaud – is better on women’s issues. They didn’t all speak, but the eight who did represented a broad political spectrum, from former U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby, […]

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