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Wednesday September 3, 2014

Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 4:35 pm

    Michaud PAC to go live with contrast ad Wednesday

    Maine Forward, the political action committee backing Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in his gubernatorial bid, released online Tuesday a TV ad attacking Republican Gov. Paul LePage and extolling Michaud’s virtues. The 30-second spot, titled “Unite,” will make its TV debut Wednesday. “Governor LePage has gotten Maine way off track,” an unidentified woman says in the ad’s voice-over. “His policies just don’t work for the middle class,” continues an unidentified […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Cutler touts his tax reform plan in new ad

    Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler touted his property tax reform plan in a 30-second television ad that will begin airing this week. It’s the second ad featuring Cutler to hit the airwaves in the last couple weeks. In addition, the campaign on Tuesday released a 60-second radio spot that highlights last month’s endorsement of Cutler by U.S. Sen. Angus King. “These ads highlight an endorsement I am very proud […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    Republican Gov. group attacks Michaud on immigration, general assistance

    In one of the first negative TV advertisements of the year, the Republican Governor’s Association is zeroing in on Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s support of cities and towns providing general assistance benefits to undocumented immigrants, at a cost of roughly $1 million. The national political organization, which has already purchased $1.3 million in TV air time to support Gov. Paul LePage’s reelection campaign, says in the advertisement that Michaud […]

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  • Friday Aug 29, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    In phone call, Poliquin asks Richardson to drop out of Maine’s 2nd District race

    Blaine Richardson, an independent candidate in the 2nd Congressional District race, got a call from Republican opponent Bruce Poliquin late Thursday asking him to drop out. Richardson posted an account of the exchange on his personal Facebook page. In an interview Friday, Richardson said Poliquin called him at 9:30 p.m. Thursday with “a sense of frustration in his voice,” asking him to withdraw, which the candidate said he won’t do. “Really, he’s concerned,” Richardson […]

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    Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Michaud ad touts support for American manufacturing

    The gubernatorial campaign for Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Thursday released a new television ad that will run throughout the state, highlighting the six-term congressman’s work in requiring the U.S. military to purchase athletic footwear that is made in the U.S. The 30-second spot opens with an American flag rippling in the breeze in front of what appears to be Bug Light, a small South Portland lighthouse. Over soft […]

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  • Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Collins, Bellows compete for labor endorsements

    Maine Sen. Susan Collins is touting endorsements of three unions at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as the Republican and her Democratic challenger, Shenna Bellows, compete for the organized labor vote. Unions often align with Democratic candidates these days because of the growing schism between organized labor and the Republican party (evidenced in Maine by Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s combative relationship with organized labor). And Bellows has wracked up numerous high-profile […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 8:24 pm

    RGA spending nearly $1.3 million on Maine TV ads

    The Republican Governor’s Association, a tax-exempt political group that boosts GOP candidates throughout the nation, has committed to buying nearly $1.3 million in television ad time in Maine, according to public disclosure documents at the Federal Elections Commission. The purchases span from mid August up to Election Day, securing access to the airwaves for a group that has committed to spend big this year to help Gov. Paul LePage win […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    Beating back critics, LePage book trumpets governor’s successes

    Fed up with what he believes are unfair portrayals of Gov. Paul LePage by progressive media organizations bent on destroying him, conservative talk radio host Ray Richardson next month will release a book of personal reflections and observations about the achievements during LePage’s first term. “Rebuilding Maine’s Future: The Untold Story of Gov. Paul LePage,” will be released Sept. 4 by Walch Printing of Portland, and was self-published by Richardson. […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Democratic PAC airing ads against Collins

    A liberal political action committee has launched a six-figure television ad campaign against Republican Sen. Susan Collins in the first major attack ad of Maine’s Senate race. Democracy for America, which was started by former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, plans to spend $300,000 on ads running statewide over the next two weeks. The two 60-second ads accuse Collins of favoring the wealthy over working-class Americans by supporting […]

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