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    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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    Thursday Sep 11, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson dinner slated for Oct. 10

    The Maine Democratic Party announced on Thursday that its annual fundraising dinner will be held on Oct. 10 at Pineland Farms, a 5,000-acre working farm in New Gloucester. The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on the Farm will seek to generate enthusiasm and money in support for the top of the Democratic ticket, especially U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the party’s nominee for governor. Recent polls show Michaud with a slight lead over Republican […]

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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Michaud joins House Republicans in condemning Obama over prisoner swap

    U.S Rep. Mike Michaud broke ranks with Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday to support a resolution condemning Pres. Barack Obama for failing to notify Congress of a June prisoner exchange of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowie Bergdahl, who had been held captive for nearly five years in Afghanistan. The Hill political blog noted Tuesday that the resolution “offered vulnerable Democrats in tough reelection races […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Poliquin, Cain launch first TV ads, and it’s all positive

    Candidates for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District took to the airwaves this week, re-introducing themselves to voters on television after Labor Day unofficially marked the start of a more active push to November. Republican Bruce Poliquin’s ad debuted Tuesday in the Bangor and Presque Isle markets and Democrat Emily Cain followed on Wednesday, according to online filings with the Federal Election Commission. The ads are positive. In a minute-long biographical spot very similar […]

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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 10:54 am

    New Cutler ad features King endorsement, comes with fundraising plea

    The campaign of independent Eliot Cutler on Tuesday released a new ad that touts U.S. Sen. Angus King’s endorsement. The 30-second spot relies on footage taken during an Aug. 18 press conference in Portland at which King announced that Cutler is the best choice to become Maine’s next governor. Images of King speaking at a podium are interspersed with shots of Cutler, two of which show him clutching his chin […]

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    Tuesday Sep 09, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Michaud still holds small lead Maine’s gubernatorial race in new poll

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud continues to hold a slight lead that is within the margin of error over Republican Gov. Paul LePage in the race to become Maine’s next governor, with independent Eliot Cutler in a distant third, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports. Rasmussen reported Tuesday that Michaud polled at 43 percent, LePage at 39 percent and Cutler at 15 percent among 750 people surveyed. Michaud’s […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 09, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    In appeal to Maine women, RGA tries for a two-fer

    The Republican Governor’s Association on Tuesday released a new TV ad aimed at convincing Maine women voters to support Gov. Paul LePage. The 30-second spot wraps together welfare reform, which has been a divisive issue along gender lines, and anti-domestic violence measures, which enjoy broad support. Against a soundtrack of alternately heartfelt and triumphant music, the ad’s visuals include two women and a man talking about LePage’s record on welfare […]

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  • Monday Sep 08, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    LePage campaign airs first TV ad

    Six Mainers, a governor and a baby. Those are the stars of Gov. Paul LePage’s first re-election campaign advertisement, which started airing statewide Monday, and features people identified as Democrats, independents and Republicans. In the 30-second spot, cheerful guitar chords play as a handful of Mainers talk about the accomplishments of LePage, picking from what is by now a familiar list: Commitment to education spending? Check. Repaying the “welfare” hospital debt? Check. Cracking down on […]

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  • Monday Sep 08, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Poliquin one of 43 Republicans to get coveted ‘Young Gun’ status

    Republican Bruce Poliquin, running for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat, is now in one of his party’s highest-prioritized races. On Monday, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the party’s campaign arm, elevated Poliquin, running against Democrat Emily Cain for the seat, to “Young Gun” status. Cain, a 34-year-old state senator from Orono, was initially put in a similar Democratic program in March. Poliquin is now in the highest of three tiers in a committee program designed to […]

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