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Tuesday September 2, 2014

Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Friday Aug 29, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    In phone call, Poliquin asks Richardson to drop out of Maine’s 2nd District race

    Blaine Richardson, an independent candidate in the 2nd Congressional District race, got a call from Republican opponent Bruce Poliquin late Thursday asking him to drop out. Richardson posted an account of the exchange on his personal Facebook page. In an interview Friday, Richardson said Poliquin called him at 9:30 p.m. Thursday with “a sense of frustration in his voice,” asking him to withdraw, which the candidate said he won’t do. “Really, he’s concerned,” Richardson […]

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    Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Michaud ad touts support for American manufacturing

    The gubernatorial campaign for Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Thursday released a new television ad that will run throughout the state, highlighting the six-term congressman’s work in requiring the U.S. military to purchase athletic footwear that is made in the U.S. The 30-second spot opens with an American flag rippling in the breeze in front of what appears to be Bug Light, a small South Portland lighthouse. Over soft […]

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  • Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Collins, Bellows compete for labor endorsements

    Maine Sen. Susan Collins is touting endorsements of three unions at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as the Republican and her Democratic challenger, Shenna Bellows, compete for the organized labor vote. Unions often align with Democratic candidates these days because of the growing schism between organized labor and the Republican party (evidenced in Maine by Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s combative relationship with organized labor). And Bellows has wracked up numerous high-profile […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 8:24 pm

    RGA spending nearly $1.3 million on Maine TV ads

    The Republican Governor’s Association, a tax-exempt political group that boosts GOP candidates throughout the nation, has committed to buying nearly $1.3 million in television ad time in Maine, according to public disclosure documents at the Federal Elections Commission. The purchases span from mid August up to Election Day, securing access to the airwaves for a group that has committed to spend big this year to help Gov. Paul LePage win […]

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  • 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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