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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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    Agree to Disagree - Thursday Nov 06, 2014 | 9:16 am

    Why did Republicans win? A look at the voting trends.

    From bellwether districts to voter turnout, little details from Election Day explain the mood of Maine. Political analyst Ethan Strimling and NewsCenter Anchor Rob Caldwell walk through Portland Press Herald Maine Sunday Telegram voting maps to pull out the trends and pockets that might have set the course for a big day for Republicans. The Republican trend in the second Congressional District in Maine, put a Republican in the seat for […]

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    Politics - Sunday Nov 02, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Who is gonna win on Tuesday

    On this week’s Political Brew, Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman discuss their picks for who will win the Governor’s race, Congressional District 2, the bear referendum, and US Senate. Plus, their “Bonehead Plays of the Week.” Watch below, or click here to see Ethan, Phil and Jackie Ward for another installment:  http://www.wcsh6.com/videos/news/local/2014/11/02/18373513/

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  • Open Season - Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 | 9:23 pm

    Ebola, Senate control and apologies all part of final Senate debate

    In their final debate, Sen. Susan Collins and Shenna Bellows went back and forth Wednesday over the tone of the campaign, the implications of a Republican-controlled Senate and whether Maine’s Ebola quarantine was justified or political posturing. Both Collins, a Republican, and her Democratic challenger were poised yet assertive during the sit-down debate hosted by WCSH’s Pat Callaghan. Perhaps the most striking disparity of the night was in response to […]

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  • Open Season - Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Collins and Bellows to face off one last time tonight after four lively debates

    Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Shenna Bellows will square off one last time tonight during the final televised debate before Election Day. If the four previous debates are any indication, tonight’s event should be spirited and fast-paced. The debate will be aired live on WCSH6 in Portland from 7:30 to 8 p.m. This is Bellows’ last chance to challenge Collins face to face – something the Democrat has done repeatedly […]

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  • Capitol Ticker - Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Confused by Eliot Cutler’s press conference? Join the club.

    It’s a good bet that many who watched independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s press conference Wednesday will be perplexed by his remarks. The event was initially billed as something of a quasi-concession, although not a formal withdrawal. Both actions have real implications for Mainers who have already voted for Cutler. Then Cutler began speaking. What unfolded were statements both defiant and, at times, seemingly contradictory. Cutler said his supporters should […]

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    Capitol Ticker - Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Angus King: RGA ad boosting Cutler tries to ‘trick people’

      U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler in August. Remember? No, well good news, the Republican Governors Association has arrived with a reminder. The spot has been blasted by Democrats as another attempt by Republicans to boost Cutler’s candidacy, which recent polls have shown is either stagnant or losing ground to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Even Meet the Press moderator Chuck […]

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    Capitol Ticker - Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Psst, your neighbors vote. Will you?

    With over $10.4 million spent on political advertisements telling Mainers who to vote for, who not to vote for and who can’t win, one would think voters are so bludgeoned that some will decide to stay home. This is a bad outcome for political parties, particularly Maine Democrats, who have been pumping up their voter mobilization in an effort to match, or overtake, Republicans in the midterm election. So after a […]

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