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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 - Monday Oct 27, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Maine more politically engaged that most states, survey finds

    Maine is the 6th most politically engaged state, according to a new survey conducted by WalletHub, a personal finance social network. Maine came in behind Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Washington, D.C., which is not a state, ranked 4th. West Virginia ranked last. The survey (which can be see in full here) looked at six different metrics, including voter registration and turnout as well as political contributions and spending. One […]

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  • Open Season - Monday Oct 27, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Another poll shows LePage & Michaud neck and neck, Cutler way back and 21 percent undecided

    An online poll of the Maine governor’s race released Monday showed what a lot of public polls released over the last few months have shown: Democrat Mike Michaud and Republican incumbent Gov. Paul LePage locked in a close race. However, the YouGov poll, sponsored by CBS News and the New York Times, also had independent Eliot Cutler below 10 percent and showed that more than one in five Maine voters […]

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  • Open Season - Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Founder of national No Labels group to campaign for Cutler

    Mark McKinnon, a Republican strategist for George W. Bush and John McCain and co-founder of the national group No Labels, will campaign on Friday for independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. McKinnon will be the featured guest and speaker at a “Republicans for Eliot” event at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland. “There are few people in the country who have fought as hard for political reform as Eliot Cutler,” McKinnon said […]

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  • Open Season - Friday Oct 03, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    Cutler will visit Bucksport on Saturday to talk about Verso mill closure

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler will meet with mill workers and community members in Bucksport on Saturday to talk about the impending closure of the Verso paper mill, which will leave more than 500 jobless by year’s end. He will appear at McLeod’s Restaurant on Main Street at 11 a.m. Cutler, who trails both incumbent Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud in the polls, also criticized his opponents […]

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  • Open Season - Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Republican business owners back Cutler in governor’s race

    Steve DiMillo, who manages the iconic floating restaurant in Portland that bears his last name, said he expects to be criticized by his Republican friends. “I’m sure they will say to me ‘How can you go against the party?’ said DiMillo, a longtime Republican. “I’m just voting for the best candidate.” DiMillo joined four other Republican business owners at an event Friday in Portland during which they pledged support for […]

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  • 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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