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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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  • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 | 6:01 pm

    Purported D.C. think tank launches Maine radio ads against minimum wage hike

    The Washington-D.C. think tank Employment Policies Institute will begin running a radio ad that targets a significant policy initiative of Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud: Raising the minimum wage.  The issue is also on the front burner in the U.S. Senate, where U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is reportedly working on a bipartisan deal that would raise the wage to a level less than what the Obama administration […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate bucks Obamacare narrative

    The prevailing media narrative is that Democrats seeking elected office in November will put as much distance as possible between themselves and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  There’s plenty of reasons why this tack toward self-preservation seems prudent. According to a Pew Research Center/USA Today poll taken in early April, 50 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of the 2010 law. Republicans also believe that the issue will […]

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  • Friday Apr 18, 2014 | 8:15 am

    Another leadership change for Maine’s leading conservative advocacy group

    UPDATE : The Maine Wire, MHPC’s news service just announced that Moody is leaving to join the Virginia-based State Budget Solutions, another conservative think tank. According to the Wire post, no successor has been named at MHPC.  J. Scott Moody, the CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, confirmed Friday morning that he’s leaving the organization. Moody, who is traveling Friday, did not provide any specifics about the reason for his departure, but […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 15, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    LePage to Maine ACLU: Since when is the truth unconstitutional?

    Gov. Paul LePage is known to send handwritten notes to his allies and his opponents. The missives sometimes surface in the mailboxes of state lawmakers. Some of the notes are friendly. Some are not.  Oamshri Amarasingham, the public policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, recently received one of the latter notes. The governor was not happy that Amarasingham had criticized the governor’s proposal to have a […]

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