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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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  • Sunday Aug 03, 2014 | 5:12 pm

    RIP, AID

    Andrew Ian Dodge, a former tea party activist, U.S. Senate candidate and one of the most fascinating people in Maine politics who I have ever met, has died. He was 46. The Harpswell resident published a final post on his blog. It read, in part: “If you are reading this I will have succumbed to the forces of cancers that have been ravaging my body for the last little while. […]

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  • Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    Viewing the LePage-Democrats nursing home dust-up through the Election lens

                        It’s difficult not to view the nursing home kerfuffle and its eventual solution through the lens of the gubernatorial race. The blame-and-guilt rhetoric alone was a good sign that a serious and complex issue was simplified for electoral purposes. Then there was the unlikely scenario of reaching a compromise through the media over the initial $5 million funding proposal that would likely serve as […]

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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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