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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • 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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  • Thursday Aug 21, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    In ad, Cutler slams rivals over debates, asks early voters to wait

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has received a significant amount of earned media to amplify his repeated calls for early debates with his rivals, Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Now his campaign is paying for it. According to the Cutler campaign, the above 30-second spot is airing in all state markets. In terms of rhetoric, the spot pretty much travels the same path as the independent’s […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Cutler makes first ad buy in governor’s race

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler on Tuesday released his first campaign advertisement. The ad, expected to air this week, is titled “Jobs & the Economy.” It highlights a recent successful business endeavor Cutler embarked on after his first unsuccessful bid for governor in 2010. “When I ran four years ago, I brought Chinese business leaders to Maine. I hoped as governor I could open new markets for Maine products. […]

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    Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Vegas, baby!

    Politico had an interesting story Friday about how Las Vegas (you know, the place where “What Happens Here Stays Here”) is making a comeback among politicians looking to schmooze and raise money. Politico noted how former Secretary of State and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Democratic House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have all recently made political sojourns to Sin City, which is home […]

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    Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 4:04 pm

    National Republican group sets sights on Maine’s District 25 race

    The District 25 state Senate race is attracting national attention from a Republican organization seeking to elect Republican women to state-level offices. Cathy Manchester, a real estate agent, has been named one of the top “14 in ’14″ by the Republican State Leadership Committee’s “Right Women, Right Now” campaign. Manchester is facing Democrat Cathy Breen for the seat that represents Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Yarmouth and part […]

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    Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Bellows completes 350-mile walk as campaigns spar over working class, union endorsements

    U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows marked the completion of her 350-mile campaign walk on Tuesday with events in Kittery and Portland, where she continued to portray herself as the best candidate to represent working-class Mainers. Bellows, a Democrat who is challenging Republican Sen. Susan Collins, began her walk in Houlton on July 20 and completed the trek on-schedule in Kittery on Tuesday morning. “Rest assured this isn’t the end, this […]

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  • Monday Aug 11, 2014 | 7:08 pm

    PAC ad slams LePage on welfare; GOP says “this helps”

    UPDATE 8/12: American Bridge 21st Century has apparently removed from YouTube an attack ad that assailed Gov. Paul LePage for his crackdown on welfare fraud and abuse. The group, which conducts opposition research and says it is “committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions” on Monday released the minute-long spot that cut together recent statements by LePage, who has made the state’s social safety net programs a focus of his […]

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  • Saturday Aug 09, 2014 | 8:21 am

    Source: RGA purchases TV ads in Maine race for governor

      Update: Heard from a couple of people that the RGA ad that will run Tuesday will be a positive spot about the governor. If true, then viewers will see two positive ads about two of the three gubernatorial candidates — at least for now. – SM   The Republican Governors Association, a tax-exempt political organization that spent heavily during the 2010 Maine gubernatorial race and is expected to do […]

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  • Friday Aug 08, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Stephen King, Maine Democratic rainmakers host fundraiser for Michaud

    Author Stephen King and a slate of major contributors to the Maine Democratic Party will host a fundraiser Monday for gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, according to an invitation obtained by the Sunlight Foundation. King, who recently hosted a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows, will headline the event for Michaud, which will be held at the Port City Music Hall in Portland. The current host list […]

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