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    Capitol Ticker - Tuesday Dec 09, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Live blog: Mystery solved. Election officials say there was a mistake during recount

    UPDATE @ 1:54 :  There may have been a big mistake during the recount of the state Senate District 25 race. The Senate panel reviewing the contest on Wednesday opened the sealed containers containing ballots from Long Island. Here’s what happened when they did: A possible double-counting of ballots. The recount from Nov. 18 showed that there were 21 more ballots than voters who were checked off by the Long […]

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  • Uncategorized - Friday Dec 05, 2014 | 11:38 am

    Phil Harriman becomes a grandfather!

    Political analysts Phil Harriman (R) and Ethan Strimling (D) discuss Bruce Poliquin’s Appointment to the House Financial Services Committee and its significance for people in Maine and the second district. They also weigh in on the significance of the house republicans gaining 26 seats in districts that voted for President Obama in 2012 and how that might alter the dynamic of the republican party. Lastly, they discuss the decision by […]

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    Capitol Ticker - Tuesday Dec 02, 2014 | 5:36 pm

    Ready, set, politics: Republicans nominate former Democrat to run for state treasurer

    By itself, the decision by the incoming Republican caucus to nominate former Democratic state Rep. Terry Hayes as state treasurer might seem like a small thing. It’s a relatively minor post, after all, a legislatively elected position that serves an important function in state government, but one that the public doesn’t typically care about. But Hayes’ nomination could signal something more politically significant for the upcoming session, particularly if Democrats […]

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  • Agree to Disagree - Monday Dec 01, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Long Island vote history raises more questions

    As many have heard, during the recount for state Senate District 25, an additional 21 votes appeared, all for Republican Cathleen Manchester. This brought the final for the town to 95 votes for Democrat Catherine Breen, 86 votes for Manchester and 11 blank ballots for a total of 192 votes cast. Putting aside for the moment how those additional votes appeared, I decided to take a simple look at the […]

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    Capitol Ticker - Monday Dec 01, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Maine Briefing 12.01.14: Election fraud? To the way back machine!

    * There will be several more days of discussion over mystery ballots in the Senate District 25 contest between Democratic candidate Cathy Breen and Republican Cathy Manchester. Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett slammed Democrats for “dishonestly attacking the election process and, apparently, the Maine State Police, by falsely raising the specter of ‘fraud.’ ” Later, the Maine Democratic Party announced that it will hold press conference at the State House […]

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    Politics - Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 | 10:03 am

    Mystery ballots and recounts

    Unofficial results on election day showed Democrat Catherine Breen winning the Senate District 25 seat in Cumberland County. After a recount, the results flipped in Republican Cathleen Manchester’s favor, showing her the victor by 11 votes. Since then, concerns have arisen over 21 “phantom ballots” cast for Manchester on Long Island that were discovered during the recount. On top of that, there are 21 more ballots than people who are recorded as having […]

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    Capitol Ticker - Monday Nov 24, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    Maine Briefing 11.24.14: Prospects, promotions and deadlines

    * On its face, last week’s announcement that Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorensen is taking a similar post at the Department of Health and Human Services was typical Augusta insider news for the political class. However, Sorensen’s transition — can we really call it a promotion to go to DHHS? — may have a deeper meaning for Mary Mayhew, the state’s top health official. Certainly the press statements coming […]

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    Agree to Disagree - Monday Nov 17, 2014 | 11:01 am

    The death of Maine Democrats has been greatly exaggerated

    While I am the first to say that Maine Democrats have work to do in light of recent losses (“Don’t soul search. Stiffen your backbone.”), the victory laps many republicans are taking in declaring the death of the blue party is getting a little out of hand. Case in point is a recent column in the Bangor Daily News by conservative Republican columnist Matthew Gagnon. In it he attempts to make […]

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    Capitol Ticker - Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Maine Democrats set to elect leaders after Republicans make big gains

    Democratic lawmakers elected to the 127th Legislature will elect caucus leaders Wednesday, an outcome that could set the tone for the upcoming session. Of particular interest is how Democrats respond to last week’s reelection of Gov. Paul LePage and a Republican wave that nearly resulted in a complete takeover of the State House. Democrats were able to hold their majority in the House of Representatives, 79-68 (There are also four independents, […]

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