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Monday October 20, 2014


  • 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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  • Uncategorized - Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    Latest poll data shows Michaud leading, Bear baiting losing, Cain and Poliquin split, Collins winning

    The Bangor Daily News released its poll Tuesday conducted by the online pollsters Ipsos. It asked 1,000 Mainers, 540 of them describing themselves as likely voters, various questions as they appear on the ballot. For Question One, which proposes changes to bear hunting, 49 percent of those likely voters said they would vote against the ban. Forty-three percent were in favor of it and seven percent either said they don’t […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    Tax claims — personal and public — key in new 2nd District attack ads

    Two new attack ads dropped in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race Tuesday, and they strike at that most political of topics — taxes. However, Democrat Emily Cain’s ad against Republican Bruce Poliquin is personal, saying he “pressured” town officials to give him property tax breaks. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm for House Republicans, couches Cain as a tax raiser. The newest and most notable claim in Cain’s […]

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  • Open Season - Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Worker, LePage reunite during Auburn factory tour

    It had been 22 years since they last saw each other, but Gov. Paul LePage recognized Dana Bonney immediately. During a factory tour of Panolam surface systems, producer of plastic laminate products, Maine’s governor and a former employee had an unlikely reunion, hearkening back to Lepage’s time at Wilner Wood Products, where LePage was brought in to steer the company away from bankruptcy in the early 1990s. “He was a […]

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    Capitol Ticker - Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 11:54 am

    Maine Briefing 10.14.14: Cutler hijacks anti-LePage narrative, issues lean right & history in the making

    * Don’t stop if you’ve heard this before: Congressman Mike Michaud is the only candidate who can beat Gov. Paul LePage. It’s the narrative aggressively advanced by the Michaud campaign and the Maine Democratic Party. One could argue it’s the central push of the Michaud campaign, which has repeatedly asserted that this election is a referendum on the governor and his tumultuous first term. Well, on Monday, the campaign for […]

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    Politics - Monday Oct 13, 2014 | 7:16 pm

    Collins’ signs defaced with swastikas

    This morning along Route 1 in Wiscasset and Route 27 in Pittston and Farmingdale, at least four campaign signs for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins were defaced with swastikas. Other campaign signs from all the other candidates can be seen in the photos, but none of them were hit. While it is unclear why Sen. Collins was targeted, local authorities were notified and have begun an investigation. Needless to say, this kind of hateful […]

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    Agree to Disagree - Monday Oct 13, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Shenna’s allies appear to have realized she can’t win

    Last week, my brother from another mother, Ethan Strimling, wrote a blog entitled, “Is Cutler pulling up stakes?” In it, as evidenced by the fact that Eliot Cutler has pulled most of his money from TV, Ethan made a convincing argument that Cutler may be realizing he can’t win. As we all know, when a campaign pulls its money from advertising, they are either out of money, facing the reality of […]

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  • Open Season - Thursday Oct 09, 2014 | 7:06 pm

    Cain to report raising $670K from July through September

    Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain will report raising more than $670,000 from July through September, her campaign said Thursday. It’s the strongest haul in one quarter yet for Cain, who raised a total of more than $1.5 million and had more than $400,000 left in her coffers at September’s end, campaign spokeswoman Amy Cookson said in an email. Details of Cain’s filing weren’t available Thursday, six days before they’re due at the Federal […]

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