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Tuesday October 21, 2014


  • Open Season - Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Bellows, Collins offer competing economic and jobs plans

    The focus of Maine’s U.S. Senate race has turned to jobs and job creation as Democrat Shenna Bellows unveiled an “economic plan” while Republican Sen. Susan Collins released a new ad and touted her own jobs plan. The plans outlined Friday by the competing campaigns were aligned on several non-controversial areas, such as increased investment in workforce training and on the development of cutting-edge renewable energy technology that would benefit Maine. […]

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    Open Season - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 4:39 pm

    National pro-choice group launches campaign to ‘push Michaud over the finish line’

    NARAL Pro-Choice America on Monday announced a “six-figure campaign to help push Mike Michaud over the finish line.” Michaud, a six-term congressman from northern Maine and Democratic candidate for governor, is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Recent polls show Michaud with a slight lead, though within the polls’ margin of error, over LePage. Independent Eliot Cutler, who has been criticizing Michaud’s pro-life past, trails in a distant third place. Michaud […]

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  • Open Season - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    Collins-Bellows to square off tonight during first of five debates

    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Shenna Bellows will share a stage in Presque Isle tonight during the first of five televised debates in Maine’s race for U.S. Senate. The first debate is being sponsored by WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, which means only television viewers living in northern Maine will be able to watch the event live. The station plans to post the video of the hour-long debate on its […]

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    Agree to Disagree - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    Cutler campaign goes dark

    A few weeks ago, I posted a blog surmising that Eliot Cutler was “pulling up stakes.” Although personally very wealthy, he had decided to dramatically decrease the amount of money he was spending on TV at a time when every other competitive campaign was increasing their amount. You should have seen the reaction (or maybe you did). Cutler’s top operatives went into full scale attack/damage control. His top guy, Ted O’Meara, said […]

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  • Open Season - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    National GOP cuts TV time in Maine’s 2nd District, but does it matter?

    The National Republican Campaign Committee said Monday that it will cut its advertising campaign short in Maine’s 2nd District, spending only about $1 million out of an initial $1.5 million reservation to aid Republican hopeful Bruce Poliquin. The NRCC has run $965,000 in ads over the last three weeks, hitting Democrat Emily Cain mostly on energy policy. They will spend another $94,000 more to run a coordinated ad campaign with Poliquin over the campaign’s last two weeks and move […]

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  • Capitol Ticker - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Maine Briefing 10.20.14: Republicans boost Cutler; Hillary for Michaud; and debate finale

    * Dividing the opposition vote has been tried here before. It’s happening again. The Maine Republican Party has begun spending money on mail advertising designed to boost independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. The mail piece that hit Portland and other markets shows Cutler, Democratic candidate Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage on three issues that would likely resonate with progressive voters. Each issue is framed with seemingly Democratic vernacular – “gun control,” […]

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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 - Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    Poliquin gives himself a loan, and other filing tidbits in pricey 2nd District

    Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin recently gave his campaign a big loan, but he’s running a much leaner operation than Democrat Emily Cain. Financial filings for 2014′s third quarter were due to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday. While Cain outraised Poliquin, he had nearly $300,000 more in his coffers — $702,000 to her $409,000 — as of Sept. 30. With nearly three weeks remaining in the campaign, the […]

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  • Open Season - Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    As House Democrats pivot to defense, Maine’s 2nd District to get ‘toss-up’ status

    It’s nearly a foregone conclusion that Democrats won’t win back the U.S. House of Representatives this year, and that could bring more attention to races like Maine’s 2nd District. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has shifted resources to protecting seats it currently holds, playing defense in 18 districts nationwide and offense in just seven. Meanwhile, its counterpart, the National Republican Campaign Committee, is […]

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