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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • RGA screen grab welfare2
    Monday Sep 22, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    Republican contrast ads highlight welfare, Social Security

    National and state Republicans are ratcheting up their attacks against Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who appears to maintaining a small lead over Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a three-way race to become Maine’s next governor. Meanwhile, other interest groups are also stepping up their mail campaigns. At the tip of the spear is a new television ad by the Republican Governors Association. The 30-second spot hits Michaud on immigration, claiming […]

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  • Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Republican business owners back Cutler in governor’s race

    Steve DiMillo, who manages the iconic floating restaurant in Portland that bears his last name, said he expects to be criticized by his Republican friends. “I’m sure they will say to me ‘How can you go against the party?’ said DiMillo, a longtime Republican. “I’m just voting for the best candidate.” DiMillo joined four other Republican business owners at an event Friday in Portland during which they pledged support for […]

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Maine AFL-CIO launches campaign in support of Mike Michaud

    A federation of 160 local unions on Thursday announced the kick-off of its direct mail campaign in support of Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud for governor. The Maine AFL-CIO said in a press release that its campaign would be “aggressive and comprehensive” to ensure that Michaud wins in November against independent Eliot Cutler and Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has pushed policies that would weaken unions. “Mike Michaud is a champion […]

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    Thursday Sep 18, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    LePage touts virtual charter schools at grand opening

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage, speaking Thursday at the grand opening of Maine’s first and only virtual charter school, acknowledged that it took Maine awhile to jump on the charter school train. “But we are here and there is no turning back,” he said. “The reason we’re not turning back is because charter schools are enormously successful in the state of Maine.” In reality, charter schools are still new here, so assessing […]

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    Wednesday Sep 17, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    NextGen strategist promises air and ground operation in Maine

    NextGen’s lead political strategist and Kennebunk native Chris Lehane NextGen Climate, the super political action committee funded by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, on Wednesday provided some details for its political operation in the Maine gubernatorial race during a conference call with reporters. Kennebunk native Chris Lehane, a political strategist and noted crisis operator for the Clinton White House for six years, said during the call that NextGen will be […]

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    Wednesday Sep 17, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Maine Republicans cry foul over new PAC ad hitting LePage on Social Security

    A political action committee supporting Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s quest for the Blaine House released a new television ad Tuesday that hits Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Social Security. The Maine Republican Party is decrying the ad as an “exceedingly deceptive attack and opportunistic” attack. The complaint comes just over a week after Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s campaign accused Republicans of airing a deceptive ad on providing welfare for illegal immigrants. […]

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    Wednesday Sep 17, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Maine Republicans launch website attacking Michaud’s record

    The Maine Republican Party on Wednesday launched a new website attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s record on a variety of issues ranging from health care to campaign contributions. The website, MichaudFacts.com, claims to tell readers “The Truth About Michael Michaud,” the six-term congressman from East Millinocket. The site offers relatively straightforward assertions about Michaud’s 34-year record in the Maine Legislature and U.S. Congress, but it also […]

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  • ed mailer1
    Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 5:13 pm

    Education group jumps into Maine governor’s race

    A political action committee run by the Maine Education Association has launched a $70,000 campaign in support of Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor and opposing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The opening salvo — paid for by the Citizens Who Support Maine’s Public’s Schools PAC — comes in the form of a large, glossy fold-out mailer. On the cover is a photo of teacher Paula Dickerson, who is quoted as saying, […]

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  • Screen grab of Maichaud ad.
    Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    New Michaud ads touts bipartisan act to raise the minimum wage

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s gubernatorial campaign’s third television ad of the season focuses on his willingness to work with Republicans to get things done. What did he get done? He helped raise the minimum wage in 2001. Raising the minimum wage continues to be a rallying cry this year for Democrats across the country. The 30-second ad contrasts Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage. It highlights Michaud’s term as […]

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