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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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  • Sunday May 06, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Tensions rise at Maine GOP convention

    Delegates from Franklin County challenge convention Chairman Brent Tweed. Tweed is a Ron Paul supporter.  

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    Sunday May 06, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    Romney top lawyer working Maine GOP convention

      Benjamin Ginsberg, second from left, is Mitt Romney’s top lawyer. Ginsberg was sent to Maine to deal with an assortment of legal issues stemming from convention takeover by the Ron Paul campaign.  Paul has captured at least three delegates to send to the national convention in Tampa, Fla. Fifteen at-large delegates have unofficially gone to Paul as well.  The Romney camp is challenging the legitimacy of voting process saying […]

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  • Sunday May 06, 2012 | 11:17 am

    List of at-large national convention delegates

    Organizers at the Maine Republican State Convention have released a list of the 15 at-large delegates slated to go to the national Republican convention in Tampa, Fla. The slate is comprised almost entirely of Ron Paul backers. Only Gov. Paul LePage has not endorsed a candidate. The delegates are below accompanied by a bit of personal information when available.  The convention is still in a bit of disarray after Paul […]

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  • Saturday May 05, 2012 | 6:43 pm

    Selected tweets from Maine GOP state convention

    Here’s a link to some tweets from Saturday’s Maine Republican Party State Convention. Warning: Some may contain profanity. [View the story "Tweets from the Maine GOP convention" on Storify]

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  • Saturday May 05, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    Maine GOP Convention notes

    (Updates in italics) 2 p.m. – U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is speaking now at the convention. Collins is hammering Obama Administration and policies she says are increasing the regulatory burden and hurting the economy.  Collins also gave a tip of the hat to the Republicans currently in control of state government.  Meanwhile, the Ron Paul insurrection is temporarily on hold.  So far delegates have already elected Paul supporter Ron […]

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