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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

  • 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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  • Open Season - Friday May 09, 2014 | 11:58 am

    In Maine governor’s race, anyone but … Michaud?

    Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz was a guest Friday, as he often is, on the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike. Nemitz talked about his most recent column, in which he explored the idea of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler as a spoiler in the three-way race for governor. The premise of the piece was Cutler’s (evidently not-so-recent) pledge to release his supporters of their obligations if Election […]

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  • Open Season - Wednesday May 07, 2014 | 10:25 am

    Another poll shows LePage, Michaud neck and neck, Cutler trailing

    Another public poll released this week shows incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic challenger Mike Michaud locked in a close race, with independent Eliot Cutler still lagging behind. The survey of 601 registered Maine voters by Portland-based Critical Insights was conducted between April 16-23 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4. Among those polled 37 percent said they would vote for Michaud, a six-term congressman […]

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  • Open Season - Wednesday Apr 30, 2014 | 11:32 am

    Cutler wades into Millinocket mill debate

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler, who has been actively campaigning across the state for several weeks, spent part of last week in Millinocket. During a meeting with members of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, the conversation (not surprisingly) turned to Cate Street Capital, the New Hampshire-based private equity firm that manages Great Northern Paper Co. and its paper mill in East Millinocket.  Cate Street also manages Thermogen Industries, […]

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