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  • 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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  • Phil and Ethan
    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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    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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  • Phil and Ethan
    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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    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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  • Mike and Eliot
    Friday Oct 24, 2014 | 8:26 am

    What Democrats must do to close the deal

    Mike Michaud has run an incredible campaign. He has stood toe-to-toe against Paul LePage (who is also running a remarkably good campaign) and has created the real possibility that Maine will defeat an incumbent Governor for the first time in 50 years. But if the Democratic groups who support Mike want to seal the deal, they have one final piece they must put in place. Until now, it appears their […]

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    Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 | 8:58 am

    With the debates behind us did anyone swing the needle?

    The Maine’s gubernatorial debates have now ended, with less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls and select their choice for governor. A handful of the debates were televised, giving Mainer’s the ability to see the candidates in action and get a better idea of who each person is and what they stand for. Political analysts Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling attended or watched all the debates — even […]

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    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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  • 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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