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Tuesday October 21, 2014

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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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    Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Outside groups running wild in Maine governor’s race

    (Use the slider bars to scroll up, down and left to right. Hovering over the green bars will show the amount spent by a particular political action committee. The spending is divided between two major categories, support and oppose.) Here we go. Again. A week ago we reported that the 2014 election is on pace to eclipse the $4 million spent in 2010 by groups who can spend unlimited amounts […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Five things Mainers may not know about Bill Clinton

    President Bill Clinton will be in Portland Tuesday night to deliver a speech at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. It’s a safe bet that most Mainers know the man. But do you really know him? Here’s five things that might put his visit in context: 1. He makes a lot of money talking Tons of it. In fact, one could argue that the Clinton’s oratory skills helped lift […]

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  • Thursday Aug 21, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    In letter to Maine lobbyists, lawmakers, Aroostook Watchmen defy ‘slave systems’

    An Aroostook County man associated with a conspiracy group that last year met eight times with Gov. Paul LePage appears to have sent a letter to Maine lawmakers and lobbyists declaring his independence from pretty much any contract or law he disagrees with or involving the federal government. The so-called “courtesy notice” was sent Wednesday from an email address claiming to be Jack McCarthy and is the latest twist in the […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    Republicans in key Maine legislative races buy air time

    Update on 9/26: Sen. Langley says that the ad buy that posted with WABI is for his business, not his campaign and that he hasn’t made any advertisements for his candidacy as of yet. That may be true since the political file doesn’t show an amount for the order. However, the buy was posted in the station’s political file and marked “Langley for State Senate.” The disclosure should not have occurred for […]

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    Monday Aug 04, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Union PAC that spent $22 million in 2012 forms in Maine

    Workers Voice, the AFL-CIO’s super political action committee that spent over $22 million nationwide in the 2012 elections, has arrived in Maine. According to filings with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, Workers Voice registered as a PAC July 8. The arrival of Workers Voice is potentially significant to the gubernatorial and legislative races for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the group’s spending power. […]

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