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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Tweets and consequences for Michaud intern

    A 21-year-old intern for the Mike Michaud campaign was suspended indefinitely Tuesday after the Maine Republican Party seized on a series of vulgar tweets by the college student. Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorenson lambasted the Michaud campaign for the tweets of Ben Gagnon, a Wheaton College student from Pownal who volunteers doing data entry for the U.S. Congressman’s gubernatorial campaign. Gagnon, in an apparent attempt to preempt the GOP’s […]

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  • Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    UPDATED: Bellows, Collins buy airtime as Dem prepares for statewide walk

    Democrat Shenna Bellows has begun airing new ads on television stations throughout Maine ahead of a 350-mile walk to build support for her campaign for the U.S. Senate. The campaign of incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins, meanwhile, promptly responded Friday by purchasing even more TV time than the Bellows camp in an early example of the political advertising wars likely to dominate Maine’s TV airwaves through the fall elections. The Bellows campaign purchased […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    Poliquin’s possible momentum, ‘Anonymous Anonymous’ and other tidbits from 2nd District filings

    In Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, Democrat Emily Cain raised more money than Republican Bruce Poliquin in the second quarter of 2014, despite having less cash in her campaign coffers. But a look at the candidates’ filings, due at the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, shows it was Poliquin who had the most late momentum money-wise. After May 21, Cain raised $265,000 to Poliquin’s $296,000. More dramatically, he raised more in the 20 days between the June […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    National group boosting Michaud touts record haul, still lags Republican counterpart

    An addendum to Monday’s story about how Maine Republicans are hoping for repeat of its 2010 State House sweep … The story focused on how the Maine Republican Party used assistance from the Republican Governors Association to beef up what had historically been a lackluster ground operation. That operation served a number of purposes, not the least of which was a legitimate response to the Maine Democratic Party turnout machine. […]

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  • Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    In 2nd District race, Poliquin raises $281,000 after primary with help from Collins

    Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin will report raising $281,000 in the 20 days after the June 10 primary, his campaign said Monday. Full figures won’t be released until Tuesday, when they’re due to the Federal Election Commission, but in a statement, Poliquin’s campaign has said the filing will include a maximum, $5,000 donation from Dirigo PAC, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ leadership political action committee. Collins is known to be […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 09, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    LePage takes on Social Security in web video, criticizes Michaud in the process

    Gov. Paul LePage, in a video released Wednesday by his re-election campaign, affirmed his support for Social Security benefits and took a swipe at one of his opponents, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, in the process. LePage, in the 90-second video, resurrected a 15-year-old vote that Michaud cast while he was a member of the Maine Senate. The vote essentially would have created a tax for Social Security recipients who draw […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 09, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    Collins raises money lead on Bellows in Maine Senate race

    Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins increased her money lead on Democratic opponent Shenna Bellows over the latest fundraising quarter, out-raising her by nearly $340,000 for the three months from April 1 to June 30. Collins will report raising $900,000 in that period, with $4 million on hand out of nearly $5.5 million raised so far, her campaign said Monday. Bellows spokesman Adam Sarvana said the candidate raised approximately $563,000 over the same time […]

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    Tuesday Jul 08, 2014 | 7:26 pm

    Andy Card, top Bush-43 staffer, to headline Maine fundraiser

    Break out the fine china: A member of GOP royalty is coming to Maine. Andy Card, the former White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, will headline a fundraiser dinner at the home of a Naples couple July 15. Card is the featured guest of Don and Nancy Vose, who along with Maine GOP party chairman Rick Bennett, will welcome Card for a $50-per-head reception. For Card, who was born […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 08, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    PAC plans $2M in ad buys to support Michaud for governor

    The MaineForward PAC, a political action committee supported by labor unions, teachers and progressive activist groups, announced this week that it plans to reserve upwards of $2 million worth of ad time on local cable and broadcast TV stations this fall in support of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic candidate for governor. Michaud is locked in a tight three-way race with Republican Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler — […]

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