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  • Sunday Jun 03, 2012 | 8:02 pm

    What’s up with Buzz Bissinger and Bruce Poliquin?

    (Updated at 9:08 p.m. with comment from Bissinger) The long-awaited campaign finance report for U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Poliquin has been posted by the Federal Elections Commission. I say long-awaited because this is the first glimpse at the people and organizations that are backing Poliquin, who was the only Republican candidate who didn’t file during the last reporting period.  A few of Poliquin’s donors jump out: Zoe Cruz, the former […]

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  • Sunday Jun 03, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Track the deleted tweets of Maine’s congressional delegation

    The Sunlight Foundation, a government transparency organization, has launched a new service that tracks and publishes the tweets deleted by members of congress (or more likely, their staffers). The site, Politwoops, stores the 140-character missives if a member of congress or presidential candidate has second thoughts and attempts to send it to the trash. Politwoops then publishes the tweets on its site. The site is search-able and some more prominent […]

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  • Friday May 25, 2012 | 10:42 am

    GOP senate candidate Schneider to discuss ‘future’ at Portland presser

    Maine Attorney General William Schneider, one of six Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Olympia Snowe, will hold a press conference today at 1:30 to discuss his "future plans." It’s not yet clear what Schneider will say at the presser, but it could be one of several things. Some readers have emailed wondering if he’ll get out of the race, but that seems unlikely given his […]

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  • Wednesday May 23, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Michaud on list of congressman leasing cars

    U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, is among 82 members in the U.S. House of Representatives charging taxpayers to lease vehicles to travel within their respective congressional districts. House disclosure records for 2011 show that Michaud paid $795 per month to lease an in-district  vehicle. The cost is mid-level for the other House members, some of whom lease two vehicles. The list was originally published by the tabloid Inside Edition, which […]

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  • Tuesday May 22, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Richardson snags RLC endorsement

    Republican Blaine Richardson’s primary challenge against state Senate President Kevin Raye recently received an important boost from the Republican Liberty Caucus. The RLC is the shell group for Ron Paul supporters, whose organizational and voter canvassing efforts could play a role in the primary. It remains to be seen if Paul supporters will be as engaged in the upcoming June primary as they have been at such events as the […]

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  • Monday May 21, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    LePage rift with public employees union gets national attention

    Stateline, the Pew-funded news service, has published a comprehensive overview of Gov. Paul LePage’s contentious relationship Maine State Employees Association. The story begins with the governor’s recent remark that middle management within some agencies is "as corrupt as you can be" and documents rocky tensions that began when the administration first came into power, including the infamous "11,000 bureaucrats memo." Included in the story are a series of incidents that […]

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    Wednesday May 16, 2012 | 11:03 am

    The Brief 5.16.12

    (Note: The Brief is a new, semi-daily, supplement to the Capitol Ticker, sort of a compendium of links, observations or quick analysis of Maine political news. – S.M.) The floor speeches are over. The partisan-line vote is done. The contentious bill cutting a host of health care offerings from the Department of Health and Human Services has been signed by Gov. Paul LePage. Now come the election-year politics of a […]

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    Tuesday May 15, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    Wither Americans Elect?

    Americans Elect, the well-funded national organization attempting to draft a bipartisan presidential ticket, has spent the last two years attempting to secure ballot access in all 50 states. Now, after spending more than $20 million and a place on the ballot in 27 states, including Maine, the organization is ready to call it quits. The problem: AE can’t find a presidential candidate. The organization has been unable to find a […]

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  • Friday May 11, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    King: I’ll challenge pressure to pick caucus for committee assignment

    Independent candidate for U.S. Senate Angus King told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that if he’s elected he’ll challenge rules saying he has to pick a caucus in order receive a committee assignment. King has been under pressure to announce which party he’ll caucus with, but he so far refused to commit to one party. Matthews attempted to press the issue during his interview with King. Here’s a snip from the transcript: […]

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