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    Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Maine Democrats set to elect leaders after Republicans make big gains

    Democratic lawmakers elected to the 127th Legislature will elect caucus leaders Wednesday, an outcome that could set the tone for the upcoming session. Of particular interest is how Democrats respond to last week’s reelection of Gov. Paul LePage and a Republican wave that nearly resulted in a complete takeover of the State House. Democrats were able to hold their majority in the House of Representatives, 79-68 (There are also four independents, […]

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  • Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Confused by Eliot Cutler’s press conference? Join the club.

    It’s a good bet that many who watched independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s press conference Wednesday will be perplexed by his remarks. The event was initially billed as something of a quasi-concession, although not a formal withdrawal. Both actions have real implications for Mainers who have already voted for Cutler. Then Cutler began speaking. What unfolded were statements both defiant and, at times, seemingly contradictory. Cutler said his supporters should […]

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    Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Angus King: RGA ad boosting Cutler tries to ‘trick people’

      U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler in August. Remember? No, well good news, the Republican Governors Association has arrived with a reminder. The spot has been blasted by Democrats as another attempt by Republicans to boost Cutler’s candidacy, which recent polls have shown is either stagnant or losing ground to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Even Meet the Press moderator Chuck […]

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    Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Psst, your neighbors vote. Will you?

    With over $10.4 million spent on political advertisements telling Mainers who to vote for, who not to vote for and who can’t win, one would think voters are so bludgeoned that some will decide to stay home. This is a bad outcome for political parties, particularly Maine Democrats, who have been pumping up their voter mobilization in an effort to match, or overtake, Republicans in the midterm election. So after a […]

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  • Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Maine Briefing 10.20.14: Republicans boost Cutler; Hillary for Michaud; and debate finale

    * Dividing the opposition vote has been tried here before. It’s happening again. The Maine Republican Party has begun spending money on mail advertising designed to boost independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. The mail piece that hit Portland and other markets shows Cutler, Democratic candidate Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage on three issues that would likely resonate with progressive voters. Each issue is framed with seemingly Democratic vernacular – “gun control,” […]

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    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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  • Tuesday Oct 07, 2014 | 11:30 am

    No scripts, no ringers and carnations welcome at first Maine gubernatorial debate

    The first debate in the 2014 race for governor is Wednesday. You may have heard about it. Given all the hullabaloo over the gubernatorial debates – who said what, who changed the seating – one may wonder if the whole shebang could get deep-sixed by something as trivial as the shape of a table. Additionally, could Wednesday’s Eggs and Issues event at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland have the potential to be scripted? After all, […]

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    Monday Oct 06, 2014 | 11:37 am

    Maine Briefing 10.6.14: State rep scores touchdown, the politics of Verso & Gary Hart revisited

    * Check out the above campaign handout for state Rep. Don Marean, R-Hollis. It’s not uncommon for candidates for the Maine Legislature to omit their party affiliation on campaign literature. The conventional wisdom is that Mainers care less about party and more about the person. Marean takes another approach altogether. Republican?  Democrat? Who cares? Bonny Eagle football! Issues? Yeah, Oct. 24, when the 4-1 Eagles take on unbeaten Windham. Not sure why […]

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  • Monday Sep 29, 2014 | 5:25 pm

    Maine Briefing 9.29.14: The old, the new, the overlooked

    A quick rundown of some political odds and ends … * Here’s a quick recap on the WGAN Morning Show from Sept. 23 about a  story that seemed to encapsulate all the negative aspects of the gubernatorial race in a single piece. * Consumers of the Sunlight Foundation’s Political Party Time now have a local version, thanks to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. I’ve also noticed that MCPIR’s compilation of fundraising events are also appearing on […]

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