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Wednesday October 22, 2014

Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Bellows, Collins offer competing economic and jobs plans

    The focus of Maine’s U.S. Senate race has turned to jobs and job creation as Democrat Shenna Bellows unveiled an “economic plan” while Republican Sen. Susan Collins released a new ad and touted her own jobs plan. The plans outlined Friday by the competing campaigns were aligned on several non-controversial areas, such as increased investment in workforce training and on the development of cutting-edge renewable energy technology that would benefit Maine. […]

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    Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 4:39 pm

    National pro-choice group launches campaign to ‘push Michaud over the finish line’

    NARAL Pro-Choice America on Monday announced a “six-figure campaign to help push Mike Michaud over the finish line.” Michaud, a six-term congressman from northern Maine and Democratic candidate for governor, is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Recent polls show Michaud with a slight lead, though within the polls’ margin of error, over LePage. Independent Eliot Cutler, who has been criticizing Michaud’s pro-life past, trails in a distant third place. Michaud […]

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  • Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    Collins-Bellows to square off tonight during first of five debates

    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Shenna Bellows will share a stage in Presque Isle tonight during the first of five televised debates in Maine’s race for U.S. Senate. The first debate is being sponsored by WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, which means only television viewers living in northern Maine will be able to watch the event live. The station plans to post the video of the hour-long debate on its […]

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  • Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    National GOP cuts TV time in Maine’s 2nd District, but does it matter?

    The National Republican Campaign Committee said Monday that it will cut its advertising campaign short in Maine’s 2nd District, spending only about $1 million out of an initial $1.5 million reservation to aid Republican hopeful Bruce Poliquin. The NRCC has run $965,000 in ads over the last three weeks, hitting Democrat Emily Cain mostly on energy policy. They will spend another $94,000 more to run a coordinated ad campaign with Poliquin over the campaign’s last two weeks and move […]

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  • Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Founder of national No Labels group to campaign for Cutler

    Mark McKinnon, a Republican strategist for George W. Bush and John McCain and co-founder of the national group No Labels, will campaign on Friday for independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. McKinnon will be the featured guest and speaker at a “Republicans for Eliot” event at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland. “There are few people in the country who have fought as hard for political reform as Eliot Cutler,” McKinnon said […]

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  • Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    Poliquin gives himself a loan, and other filing tidbits in pricey 2nd District

    Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin recently gave his campaign a big loan, but he’s running a much leaner operation than Democrat Emily Cain. Financial filings for 2014′s third quarter were due to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday. While Cain outraised Poliquin, he had nearly $300,000 more in his coffers — $702,000 to her $409,000 — as of Sept. 30. With nearly three weeks remaining in the campaign, the […]

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  • Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    As House Democrats pivot to defense, Maine’s 2nd District to get ‘toss-up’ status

    It’s nearly a foregone conclusion that Democrats won’t win back the U.S. House of Representatives this year, and that could bring more attention to races like Maine’s 2nd District. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has shifted resources to protecting seats it currently holds, playing defense in 18 districts nationwide and offense in just seven. Meanwhile, its counterpart, the National Republican Campaign Committee, is […]

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  • Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    Tax claims — personal and public — key in new 2nd District attack ads

    Two new attack ads dropped in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race Tuesday, and they strike at that most political of topics — taxes. However, Democrat Emily Cain’s ad against Republican Bruce Poliquin is personal, saying he “pressured” town officials to give him property tax breaks. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm for House Republicans, couches Cain as a tax raiser. The newest and most notable claim in Cain’s […]

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  • Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Worker, LePage reunite during Auburn factory tour

    It had been 22 years since they last saw each other, but Gov. Paul LePage recognized Dana Bonney immediately. During a factory tour of Panolam surface systems, producer of plastic laminate products, Maine’s governor and a former employee had an unlikely reunion, hearkening back to Lepage’s time at Wilner Wood Products, where LePage was brought in to steer the company away from bankruptcy in the early 1990s. “He was a […]

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