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  • Monday Jun 23, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Here it is: The UNH Survey Center/Portland Press Herald poll

    Below are the updated data tables and cross tabs for the University of New Hampshire Survey Center/Portland Press Herald poll. Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen some of the methodology details and answers to some other questions. The full report should answer the rest. Of course, since this is a very close race there are going to be people who slam the methodology, sample size, […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 17, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The partisanship and success of Maine legislators in two charts

    A web developer at the Sunlight Foundation has pulled together an interesting interactive that measures current state lawmakers’ partisanship and their success passing legislation. Thom Neale, the developer, used two methodologies to plot the graphic, which he explains in detail in his blog post. Naturally, some will quibble with his chosen data points, particularly on lawmakers’ success rate of getting bills enacted and signed into law. Neale attempted to toss out […]

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    Thursday Jun 12, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Politics as usual? Not really, says Pew study.

    When people complain about the polarization of politics it’s not uncommon to  hear someone say that American politics has always been polarized. “Hey, remember when Vice President Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel?” they’ll say. Well, yes, many Americans do. It was 1804 and at the time “a man’s political opinions were inseparable from one’s self,” according to the book “Gentlemen’s Blood: A History of Dueling.” Is American politics […]

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    Friday Jun 06, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Maine lawmaker, veteran says LePage VA investigation stinks

    It’s obvious, and certainly not a surprise, that Republican Gov. Paul LePage, his state communications staff and his reelection campaign are going to use the Veterans Administration waiting list scandal to batter U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democrat attempting to unseat the governor in November. Even on Thursday, when Michaud unveiled his plan to create an Office of Inspector General to oversee the controversy-prone Department of Health and Human Services, the […]

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    Tuesday Jun 03, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    In Maine county sheriff’s race, another LLC, another layer of intrigue

    Roy Lenardson, president of Strategic Advocacy – John Patriquin/Staff photographer As if the Democratic primary in the Cumberland County Sheriff’s race couldn’t get stranger. First came the $100,000 money bomb from Citizens for a Safe Cumberland County, a political action committee dumping mailers and radio ads alleging unsafe conditions and inmate sex at the Cumberland County Jail under Sheriff Kevin Joyce. Then came the revelation through Florida limited liability company filings that the […]

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    Monday May 05, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Liberal activist group apologizes to disabled lawmaker for offensive mailer

    The Maine People’s Alliance, a liberal activist group that helps elect Democrats, was forced to apologize last weekend for a mailer that targeted Republican state lawmakers who voted against Medicaid expansion. Among the lawmakers criticized by the mailer, which accused them of having "no spine," was Rep. Dale Crafts of Lisbon Falls, who uses a wheelchair. Mike Tipping, the communications director for the alliance, publicly apologized for the mailer, versions […]

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  • Wednesday Apr 30, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    What the whaa? Bowdoin College president gives the max to Gov. LePage

    There’s a lot of interesting nuggets in the latest campaign finance reports submitted by the candidates running for governor. Here’s one: Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, gave the maximum — $3,000 — to Republican Gov. Paul LePage during the last reporting period. That’s Barry Mills, husband to Karen Mills, a former member of the Obama administration and once rumored Democratic candidate for governor (Karen Mills has also donated the […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 29, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    Group opposing donor limits urges Maine to comply with SCOTUS ruling

    The Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based group fighting limits on donations to political campaigns, is telling Maine offiicials to stop enforcing a law capping aggregate giving by wealthy donors.  In a letter to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Attorney General Janet Mills, a Democrat, and legislative leaders, CCP urged state officials to either change or not enforce a state law preventing individual donors from spending more than $25,000 on candidate […]

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  • Saturday Apr 26, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    A lesson on party ID and election polls

    Mike Tipping has a column in Saturday’s Portland Press Herald criticizing conservatives and Maine reporters (specifically me and BDN politics writer Chris Cousins) for noting that a recent Public Policy Polling survey oversampled people who identified themselves as Democrats.  The PPP survey showed that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud had a 7-point lead over Republican Gov. Paul LePage, while independent Eliot Cutler was in third place. The poll seemed like […]

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