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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

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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,, 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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    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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    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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