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Thursday August 28, 2014

Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    Beating back critics, LePage book trumpets governor’s successes

    Fed up with what he believes are unfair portrayals of Gov. Paul LePage by progressive media organizations bent on destroying him, conservative talk radio host Ray Richardson next month will release a book of personal reflections and observations about the achievements during LePage’s first term. “Rebuilding Maine’s Future: The Untold Story of Gov. Paul LePage,” will be released Sept. 4 by Walch Printing of Portland, and was self-published by Richardson. […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Democratic PAC airing ads against Collins

    A liberal political action committee has launched a six-figure television ad campaign against Republican Sen. Susan Collins in the first major attack ad of Maine’s Senate race. Democracy for America, which was started by former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, plans to spend $300,000 on ads running statewide over the next two weeks. The two 60-second ads accuse Collins of favoring the wealthy over working-class Americans by supporting […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Cutler opens Lewiston campaign office, his third

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Tuesday opened a campaign office in Lewiston, his third. The other two Cutler campaign offices are located in Portland and Bangor. The Lewiston location will be headed by Terry Hayes, a four-term state legislator. “The Lewiston-Auburn communities are vitally important to Maine as well as to the success of any campaign for statewide office,” Cutler said in a statement following the opening. “I am pleased […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 9:32 am

    RGA ad recasts LePage as “blunt, honest, one of a kind”

    The Republican Governor’s Association is out with its second TV ad for Gov. Paul LePage, burnishing his economic record while framing the Republican governor as a “unique” personality in the race. “Some people like their politicians blow-dried,” intones a female voice, played over clips of actors pretending to be stodgy politicians mugging for the camera. “Others prefer the cookie cutter model, or those who always have the perfect sound bite. […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 8:30 pm

    Collins embarks on bus tour as Bellows pushes for more debates

    Maine Sen. Susan Collins will begin a three-day bus tour Tuesday in Bangor as she gears up her ground campaign against Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows. Collins is expected to stop in communities in Penobscot, Somerset, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Oxford, York and Cumberland counties during the three-day tour, according to her campaign. The Republican senator will make similar bus trips around the state leading up to the fall election, but the length of the […]

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    Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    Maine Republican mailers attack Michaud on immigration

    Further evidence emerged over the weekend that the immigration debate will have a home in the race to be the next governor of Maine — a state located nearly 2,500 miles from the U.S.-Mexican border. The Maine Republican Party sent out direct mailers hitting Democratic Rep. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for failing to secure the border and supporting assistance to illegal immigrants. Party Spokesman David Sorensen said the mailer was […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Maine League of Conservation Voters spends $400k for contrast ad

    As reported here on Friday, the Maine League of Conservation Voters will begin running a television ad contrasting the environmental records of gubernatorial candidates Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The ad buy is significant — over $400,000 — and begins running this week in the Bangor and Portland markets. The 30-second spot slams LePage for proposals to rollback the state’s environmental regulations and for not […]

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  • Friday Aug 22, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    Maine Conservation Voters PAC enters governors race

    One of the state’s leading environmental groups is jumping into the gubernatorial contest with television ads. The political action committee for Maine Conservation Voters will begin running a television spot next week supporting Democrat Mike Michaud and opposing Republican Gov. Paul LePage, according to files posted by the Federal Communications Commission. The size of the buy is not yet clear from the FCC documents, but a consultant not affiliated with […]

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  • Friday Aug 22, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Bear-baiting coalition tames Maine sportsmen’s group’s endorsements

    Locked in a high-profile fight to preserve bear hunting law in Maine, a top sportsman’s group has kept its grades for the state’s politicians decidedly uncontroversial. On Thursday, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine released the grades for candidates in Maine’s top races, which were based on responses to a group questionnaire and interview. None of the candidates received lower than a B grade, and the alliance gave no endorsements for governor or […]

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