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    Monday Mar 02, 2015 | 9:32 am

    Troy Jackson: The one that almost got away

    After Troy Jackson lost the CD2 Democratic primary to Emily Cain in 2014 he was understandably hurting. So much so, that he wondered whether there was still a place for him in a Democratic Party which seems to be straying  from the economic populism that got the logger from Allagash into politics in the first place. I have been there. You run a passionate campaign, focused on what you care […]

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  • Wednesday Feb 18, 2015 | 11:29 am

    Time for Sen. King to put principles over politics

    Mainers have a reputation for rolling up their sleeves and getting things done. But in Washington – not so much. The sleeves generally stay pressed and pristine while the hard work goes undone. Washington’s latest failure to actually act on behalf of the American people is best illustrated by the budget impasse over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. To catch you up, the House of Representatives passed a […]

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    Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 | 6:48 am

    In praise of Angus

    It is no secret that when then Gov. Angus King ran for US Senate, I was critical of his campaign. In fact, I dubbed it the “Seinfeld Campaign,” as every pronouncement he made seemed to be safe and “about nothing.” (Remember his first ad where he appeared to arrive from the moon to “get things done” or that unfortunately memorable burping “Godzilla”?) My problem with this kind of politics is […]

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    Sunday Feb 08, 2015 | 7:54 pm

    Smart or Not Smart?

    Jackie Ward, Phil Harriman & Ethan Strimling introduce a new segment to their Sunday morning Political Brew on WCSH 6 WLBZ 2 called “Smart or Not Smart.” In it, Jackie asks about recent actions to see whether Phil and Ethan think the move was…. well, smart or not smart. This week she asks about Bruce Poliquin voting against the repeal of ObamaCare, LePage attacking Maine Municipal Association by name, Congress attaching the […]

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    Monday Feb 02, 2015 | 11:19 am

    Senator Anne Haskell will not seek re-election

    State Senator Anne Haskell confirmed to me this morning that she will not run for re-election in 2016. “I’ve had a great run and loved every minute of it,” said Anne in a private FaceBook post. “Looking forward to more ‘camp’ time and less ‘Augusta’ time.” The Democrat from Portland has served 6 terms in the House (three from Gorham and three from Portland) and will be completing her second […]

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    Saturday Jan 10, 2015 | 12:40 pm

    Strimling & Harriman’s initial take on LePage tax reform plan/budget

    Gov. Paul LePage proposed Friday to cut the income tax and eliminate the estate tax, but increase sales taxes and tax more things. Those are just some of the highlights of the governor’s biennial budget package released Friday. It is a $6.3 billion two-year budget package, which is about the same size as the current two-year budget. The governor and top staffers told reporters the budget plan is all being […]

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    Wednesday Dec 31, 2014 | 9:59 am

    15 bolder predictions for 2015

    My friend on the far right, conservative blogger Matt Gagnon, has once again offered his “bold” predictions for 2015. Some are genuinely bold. Others, not so much. However, in order to not be outdone, I, have offered below my second annual “bolder” predictions in response. In all great humility, despite my predictions being more bold, they will also likely be more accurate. You see, last year I got a majority […]

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  • Friday Dec 05, 2014 | 11:38 am

    Phil Harriman becomes a grandfather!

    Political analysts Phil Harriman (R) and Ethan Strimling (D) discuss Bruce Poliquin’s Appointment to the House Financial Services Committee and its significance for people in Maine and the second district. They also weigh in on the significance of the house republicans gaining 26 seats in districts that voted for President Obama in 2012 and how that might alter the dynamic of the republican party. Lastly, they discuss the decision by […]

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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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