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    Tuesday Dec 09, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Live blog: Mystery solved. Election officials say there was a mistake during recount

    UPDATE @ 1:54 :  There may have been a big mistake during the recount of the state Senate District 25 race. The Senate panel reviewing the contest on Wednesday opened the sealed containers containing ballots from Long Island. Here’s what happened when they did: A possible double-counting of ballots. The recount from Nov. 18 showed that there were 21 more ballots than voters who were checked off by the Long […]

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    Tuesday Dec 02, 2014 | 5:36 pm

    Ready, set, politics: Republicans nominate former Democrat to run for state treasurer

    By itself, the decision by the incoming Republican caucus to nominate former Democratic state Rep. Terry Hayes as state treasurer might seem like a small thing. It’s a relatively minor post, after all, a legislatively elected position that serves an important function in state government, but one that the public doesn’t typically care about. But Hayes’ nomination could signal something more politically significant for the upcoming session, particularly if Democrats […]

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    Monday Dec 01, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Maine Briefing 12.01.14: Election fraud? To the way back machine!

    * There will be several more days of discussion over mystery ballots in the Senate District 25 contest between Democratic candidate Cathy Breen and Republican Cathy Manchester. Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett slammed Democrats for “dishonestly attacking the election process and, apparently, the Maine State Police, by falsely raising the specter of ‘fraud.’ ” Later, the Maine Democratic Party announced that it will hold press conference at the State House […]

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    Monday Nov 24, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    Maine Briefing 11.24.14: Prospects, promotions and deadlines

    * On its face, last week’s announcement that Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorensen is taking a similar post at the Department of Health and Human Services was typical Augusta insider news for the political class. However, Sorensen’s transition — can we really call it a promotion to go to DHHS? — may have a deeper meaning for Mary Mayhew, the state’s top health official. Certainly the press statements coming […]

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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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