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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • 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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    Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 4:04 pm

    National Republican group sets sights on Maine’s District 25 race

    The District 25 state Senate race is attracting national attention from a Republican organization seeking to elect Republican women to state-level offices. Cathy Manchester, a real estate agent, has been named one of the top “14 in ’14″ by the Republican State Leadership Committee’s “Right Women, Right Now” campaign. Manchester is facing Democrat Cathy Breen for the seat that represents Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Yarmouth and part […]

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    Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Bellows completes 350-mile walk as campaigns spar over working class, union endorsements

    U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows marked the completion of her 350-mile campaign walk on Tuesday with events in Kittery and Portland, where she continued to portray herself as the best candidate to represent working-class Mainers. Bellows, a Democrat who is challenging Republican Sen. Susan Collins, began her walk in Houlton on July 20 and completed the trek on-schedule in Kittery on Tuesday morning. “Rest assured this isn’t the end, this […]

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  • Monday Aug 11, 2014 | 7:08 pm

    PAC ad slams LePage on welfare; GOP says “this helps”

    UPDATE 8/12: American Bridge 21st Century has apparently removed from YouTube an attack ad that assailed Gov. Paul LePage for his crackdown on welfare fraud and abuse. The group, which conducts opposition research and says it is “committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions” on Monday released the minute-long spot that cut together recent statements by LePage, who has made the state’s social safety net programs a focus of his […]

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  • Saturday Aug 09, 2014 | 8:21 am

    Source: RGA purchases TV ads in Maine race for governor

      Update: Heard from a couple of people that the RGA ad that will run Tuesday will be a positive spot about the governor. If true, then viewers will see two positive ads about two of the three gubernatorial candidates — at least for now. – SM   The Republican Governors Association, a tax-exempt political organization that spent heavily during the 2010 Maine gubernatorial race and is expected to do […]

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  • Friday Aug 08, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Stephen King, Maine Democratic rainmakers host fundraiser for Michaud

    Author Stephen King and a slate of major contributors to the Maine Democratic Party will host a fundraiser Monday for gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, according to an invitation obtained by the Sunlight Foundation. King, who recently hosted a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows, will headline the event for Michaud, which will be held at the Port City Music Hall in Portland. The current host list […]

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  • Thursday Aug 07, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    Forecasters give Poliquin the edge in 2nd District, but Democrats shouldn’t worry just yet

    After updating its congressional forecast on Thursday, the Washington Post says Republican Bruce Poliquin still has the best chance to win in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. The newspaper’s Election Lab said Poliquin has a 64 percent chance to win the seat over Democrat Emily Cain. That number hasn’t changed much since June, when the newspaper gave Republicans a 63 percent chance to win the seat. The former state treasurer from Oakland would be the […]

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    Wednesday Aug 06, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Cutler nabs Republican endorsement

      State Sen. Patrick Flood, a Republican from Augusta, announced Wednesday that he has endorsed Independent candidate Eliot Cutler in this year’s governor’s race. Flood, widely respected in the State House for his quiet demeanor, knowledge of state budgets and willingness to work toward compromise, has not always agreed with Gov. Paul LePage, his party’s candidate. Whether his decision to publicly endorse Cutler holds any sway with other moderate Republicans is […]

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