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  • Thursday Jul 12, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Raye’s camp says ‘Young gun’ status, poll indicate he’s closing gap on Michaud

    The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated 2nd Congressional District hopeful Kevin Raye to the top of its so-called ‘Young Gun’ ranking system. Raye’s campaign said the bump from the NRCC, along with recent poll commissioned by the Portland Press Herald, shows that the state Senate president is nipping at the heels of incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine.  NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions said in a prepared statement that Raye […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 11, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    Christian Civic League backs Wheaton in Senate District 21

    The Christian Civic League has a preferred Republican candidate for Senate District 21, and it isn’t current state Rep. Patrick Flood.  The CCL on Wednesday released a statement saying that while Flood "has served honorably in the Legislature, we do not believe his values reflect our values." The organization is instead backing Ryan Wheaton, a West Gardiner small-business owner and teacher and a candidate backed by "liberty" Republicans and Ron Paul […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 11, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    Head of IRS union demands apology from LePage

    The president of the union representing Internal Revenue Service employees has sent a letter to Gov. Paul LePage demanding that he apologize for comparing IRS workers as "the new Gestapo."  In her July 10 letter to LePage, Colleen M. Kelley, of the National Treasury Employees Union, wrote she was greatly offended by the governor’s "scurrilous and absurd comparisons of these loyal Americans to the murderous secret police behind of one […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 11, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    Summers camp: “We’re in the game”

    Last week the Washington Post blog The Fix identified eight U.S. Senate candidates who have something to prove when they post their first quarter campaign filings with the Federal Elections Commission. One of the candidates was Republican Charlie Summers, who recent polls indicate has some work to do to move the needle against independent Angus King. The Fix wrote that the campaign’s goal should be about $250,000. Lance Dutson, Summers’ newly minted […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 10, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Bloomberg: LePage will have tough time saying no to Medicaid expansion

    Bloomberg columnist Josh Barro has an interesting take on Gov. Paul LePage’s radio address, and no, it has nothing to do with the controversy the governor ignited by comparing the IRS to the Nazi secret police force. Barro notes that LePage didn’t use the radio address to say Maine would not participate in the Medicaid expansion proposed in the federal health care law. That’s true, and it’s consistent with what the […]

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    Monday Jul 09, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Horch wins Green caucus, makes District 66 run official

    Fred Horch, the Green Independent candidate who had a strong showing in the District 66 race for the state House of Represenatives in 2010, will be on the ballot again in November. The Brunswick Municipal Committee of the Maine Green Independent Party on Saturday nominated Horch to replace David Frans.  “I’m looking forward to another chance to give voters in Brunswick’s District 66 a real choice for a better future,” […]

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  • Friday Jul 06, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Falmouth GOP picks Jones for District 112

    The Falmouth Republican Committee has picked a new candidate to run for the District 112 seat in the  state House of Representatives. The local GOP this week selected 26-year-old John Logan Jones, a 2004 Falmouth High School graduate who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a linguist. Jones was honorable discharged from the Air Force in 2009. Jones was also elected at the Maine Republican Party state convention as […]

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    Thursday Jul 05, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Brunswick Democrats set date to pick Cornell du Houx’s replacement

    Update at 3:20 p.m. —  Matthea Daughtry confirmed that she plans to seek the Democratic nomination for District 66. Daughtry, in a written statement, wrote that she wants to help Democrats "take back the House and make sure that Augusta is serving the needs of the working people of Brunswick and Maine.” Daughtry graduated from Brunswick High School and Smith College. She has since worked as a freelance photographer, writer, and researcher. She […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 03, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    Maine TV stations exempted from web posting political ad buys

    Some television stations will soon have to publish online information about political ads, thanks to a ruling by the White House Office of Management and Budget. It doesn’t appear that the rule will apply to Maine TV stations, however. Today’s ruling ratifies a May decision by the Federal Communications Commission to force stations in the 50 largest television markets to publish political ad buys on station websites. Maine media markets […]

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