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Wednesday August 27, 2014

Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 9:32 am

    RGA ad recasts LePage as “blunt, honest, one of a kind”

    The Republican Governor’s Association is out with its second TV ad for Gov. Paul LePage, burnishing his economic record while framing the Republican governor as a “unique” personality in the race. “Some people like their politicians blow-dried,” intones a female voice, played over clips of actors pretending to be stodgy politicians mugging for the camera. “Others prefer the cookie cutter model, or those who always have the perfect sound bite. […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 8:30 pm

    Collins embarks on bus tour as Bellows pushes for more debates

    Maine Sen. Susan Collins will begin a three-day bus tour Tuesday in Bangor as she gears up her ground campaign against Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows. Collins is expected to stop in communities in Penobscot, Somerset, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Oxford, York and Cumberland counties during the three-day tour, according to her campaign. The Republican senator will make similar bus trips around the state leading up to the fall election, but the length of the […]

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    Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    Maine Republican mailers attack Michaud on immigration

    Further evidence emerged over the weekend that the immigration debate will have a home in the race to be the next governor of Maine — a state located nearly 2,500 miles from the U.S.-Mexican border. The Maine Republican Party sent out direct mailers hitting Democratic Rep. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for failing to secure the border and supporting assistance to illegal immigrants. Party Spokesman David Sorensen said the mailer was […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Maine League of Conservation Voters spends $400k for contrast ad

    As reported here on Friday, the Maine League of Conservation Voters will begin running a television ad contrasting the environmental records of gubernatorial candidates Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The ad buy is significant — over $400,000 — and begins running this week in the Bangor and Portland markets. The 30-second spot slams LePage for proposals to rollback the state’s environmental regulations and for not […]

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  • Friday Aug 22, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    Maine Conservation Voters PAC enters governors race

    One of the state’s leading environmental groups is jumping into the gubernatorial contest with television ads. The political action committee for Maine Conservation Voters will begin running a television spot next week supporting Democrat Mike Michaud and opposing Republican Gov. Paul LePage, according to files posted by the Federal Communications Commission. The size of the buy is not yet clear from the FCC documents, but a consultant not affiliated with […]

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  • 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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