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Friday July 25, 2014


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    Open Season - Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    DNC chair to hold ‘Women Take Action 2014′ rally for Maine Democrats in Portland July 28

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida and chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be in Portland on Monday to promote the Congressional and gubernatorial candidates. Schultz will highlight the party’s candidates as “the clear choice this November for Maine women and working families,” according to a press release from Maine Democrats. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic nominee for governor, is facing criticism — particularly from independent candidate Eliot Cutler […]

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  • Open Season - Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Colbert on border crisis: ‘Folks, no where is this problem more pronounced than in Maine’

    Opponents of Republican Gov. Paul LePage believe he should only serve one term, and not just because of his policies. They argue that some of LePage’s comments have focused the national spotlight on Maine for all the wrong reasons, and in some cases have made Maine a national punch line. On Wednesday, those opponents received another arrow in their quiver when comedian Stephen Colbert spoofed LePage’s reaction to discovering that […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    Bellows campaign re-shoots part of ad after criticism about non-Maine worker

    The Bellows for Senate campaign has replaced a portion of an advertisement on the “working class” a day after being criticized for using stock footage of a worker who was not from Maine. Last Friday, Shenna Bellows released an ad that calls for raising the minimum wage and increasing the Social Security benefit as part of her campaign against Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins. The ad featured several brief clips […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Tweets and consequences for Michaud intern

    A 21-year-old intern for the Mike Michaud campaign was suspended indefinitely Tuesday after the Maine Republican Party seized on a series of vulgar tweets by the college student. Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorenson lambasted the Michaud campaign for the tweets of Ben Gagnon, a Wheaton College student from Pownal who volunteers doing data entry for the U.S. Congressman’s gubernatorial campaign. Gagnon, in an apparent attempt to preempt the GOP’s […]

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    Agree to Disagree - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 8:42 am

    Bellows uses stock video to show Maine worker

    Shenna Bellows released a new television ad on Friday. In it she discusses the need for raising the minimum wage and increasing social security. Throughout the ad she has images of adults and kids standing in front of what is perhaps a family home in Hancock, then she has a couple of pictures of the elderly, and then a nice shot of a good looking guy in a warehouse. Here’s the […]

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    Politics - Saturday Jul 19, 2014 | 7:51 am

    Did Poliquin snatch momentum from Cain?

    Phil and Ethan discuss the latest on the nursing home controversy and the second congressional district race. Did Gov. LePage get a political victory and has Republican nominee Bruce Poliquin snatched momentum from Democratic nominee Emily Cain in CD2? In the second CD, while Cain has raised more money overall and leads by a few points in the latest polls, Poliquin has come out of the primary having raised significantly more […]

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  • Capitol Ticker - Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    Viewing the LePage-Democrats nursing home dust-up through the Election lens

                        It’s difficult not to view the nursing home kerfuffle and its eventual solution through the lens of the gubernatorial race. The blame-and-guilt rhetoric alone was a good sign that a serious and complex issue was simplified for electoral purposes. Then there was the unlikely scenario of reaching a compromise through the media over the initial $5 million funding proposal that would likely serve as […]

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  • Open Season - Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    UPDATED: Bellows, Collins buy airtime as Dem prepares for statewide walk

    Democrat Shenna Bellows has begun airing new ads on television stations throughout Maine ahead of a 350-mile walk to build support for her campaign for the U.S. Senate. The campaign of incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins, meanwhile, promptly responded Friday by purchasing even more TV time than the Bellows camp in an early example of the political advertising wars likely to dominate Maine’s TV airwaves through the fall elections. The Bellows campaign purchased […]

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  • Open Season - Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    Poliquin’s possible momentum, ‘Anonymous Anonymous’ and other tidbits from 2nd District filings

    In Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, Democrat Emily Cain raised more money than Republican Bruce Poliquin in the second quarter of 2014, despite having less cash in her campaign coffers. But a look at the candidates’ filings, due at the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, shows it was Poliquin who had the most late momentum money-wise. After May 21, Cain raised $265,000 to Poliquin’s $296,000. More dramatically, he raised more in the 20 days between the June […]

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