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Monday July 28, 2014

Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Friday Jul 25, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Report: Eliot Cutler says Maine Dems asked him to represent the party in 2014. Dems: Not true

    Was Independent Eliot Cutler the Maine Democratic Party’s preferred candidate to take on Gov. Paul LePage in 2014? According to a report on Seacoast online, Cutler told a group of supporters and undecided “fence-sitters” in Kennebunkport that he was asked after the 2010 election to run as a Democrat in 2014. The Seacoast online article does not include any Democratic response. Maine Democratic Party  Chairman Ben Grant denied Cutler’s statement […]

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    Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    Barney Frank quietly helping Michaud campaign

    U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s gubernatorial campaign has been getting some behind-the-scenes help from former Mass. Rep. Barney Frank, a well-known and at-times controversial Democrat. Frank, who is known for his quick wit and speaking skills, has been quietly counseling and co-hosting events for Michaud. Frank’s involvement in Michaud’s campaign was first reported Thursday by the Boston Globe, which wrote a story about Frank returning to Capitol Hill to defend his […]

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    Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    DNC chair to hold ‘Women Take Action 2014′ rally for Maine Democrats in Portland July 28

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida and chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be in Portland on Monday to promote the Congressional and gubernatorial candidates. Schultz will highlight the party’s candidates as “the clear choice this November for Maine women and working families,” according to a press release from Maine Democrats. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic nominee for governor, is facing criticism — particularly from independent candidate Eliot Cutler […]

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  • Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Colbert on border crisis: ‘Folks, no where is this problem more pronounced than in Maine’

    Opponents of Republican Gov. Paul LePage believe he should only serve one term, and not just because of his policies. They argue that some of LePage’s comments have focused the national spotlight on Maine for all the wrong reasons, and in some cases have made Maine a national punch line. On Wednesday, those opponents received another arrow in their quiver when comedian Stephen Colbert spoofed LePage’s reaction to discovering that […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    Bellows campaign re-shoots part of ad after criticism about non-Maine worker

    The Bellows for Senate campaign has replaced a portion of an advertisement on the “working class” a day after being criticized for using stock footage of a worker who was not from Maine. Last Friday, Shenna Bellows released an ad that calls for raising the minimum wage and increasing the Social Security benefit as part of her campaign against Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins. The ad featured several brief clips […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Tweets and consequences for Michaud intern

    A 21-year-old intern for the Mike Michaud campaign was suspended indefinitely Tuesday after the Maine Republican Party seized on a series of vulgar tweets by the college student. Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorenson lambasted the Michaud campaign for the tweets of Ben Gagnon, a Wheaton College student from Pownal who volunteers doing data entry for the U.S. Congressman’s gubernatorial campaign. Gagnon, in an apparent attempt to preempt the GOP’s […]

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  • Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    UPDATED: Bellows, Collins buy airtime as Dem prepares for statewide walk

    Democrat Shenna Bellows has begun airing new ads on television stations throughout Maine ahead of a 350-mile walk to build support for her campaign for the U.S. Senate. The campaign of incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins, meanwhile, promptly responded Friday by purchasing even more TV time than the Bellows camp in an early example of the political advertising wars likely to dominate Maine’s TV airwaves through the fall elections. The Bellows campaign purchased […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    Poliquin’s possible momentum, ‘Anonymous Anonymous’ and other tidbits from 2nd District filings

    In Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, Democrat Emily Cain raised more money than Republican Bruce Poliquin in the second quarter of 2014, despite having less cash in her campaign coffers. But a look at the candidates’ filings, due at the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, shows it was Poliquin who had the most late momentum money-wise. After May 21, Cain raised $265,000 to Poliquin’s $296,000. More dramatically, he raised more in the 20 days between the June […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    National group boosting Michaud touts record haul, still lags Republican counterpart

    An addendum to Monday’s story about how Maine Republicans are hoping for repeat of its 2010 State House sweep … The story focused on how the Maine Republican Party used assistance from the Republican Governors Association to beef up what had historically been a lackluster ground operation. That operation served a number of purposes, not the least of which was a legitimate response to the Maine Democratic Party turnout machine. […]

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