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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Friday Sep 26, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    LePage debate debate continues

    Will Mainers get to hear their incumbent governor debate the issues with his opponents? Maybe, maybe not. Gov. Paul LePage on Friday kept the suspense going over whether he will attend gubernatorial debates next month. At a ribbon cutting in Scarborough, LePage suggested he may sit in the audience while his opponents, Congressman Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, face off on stage. A spokesman declined to comment on the […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 24, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    An explosion in out of state donors to Maine gubernatorial candidates

    Donors from outside of Maine have taken a keen interest in the 2014 gubernatorial race, according to an analysis by the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. The group, which advocates for increased public financing and small-dollar donations to decrease the influence of wealthy donors, reported that there has been $1.5 million in spending by donors “from away.” That’s four times the $349,700 spent by out-of-state donors in the 2010 gubernatorial […]

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    Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    New pro-Michaud ads touts economic plan, women’s issues

    Two more political ads will be hitting the airwaves this week, both in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. The Michaud campaign released its fourth ad of the season, while Planned Parenthood, which has already mounted an aggressive direct mail campaign, launched its first TV ad of the election. Michaud’s new “Jump-Start” ad focuses on education and the economy. It repeats the refrain that Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his allies […]

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  • Monday Sep 22, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    When protecting means cutting: 2nd District hopefuls spar on programs for seniors

    Republican 2nd Congressional District hopeful Bruce Poliquin released a television ad Monday about Social Security and Medicare that’s perhaps most notable for its indirect language. In it, the candidate says over soft music that Social Security, the federal program administering retirement benefits, and Medicare, the national health care program for the elderly, must simply be “protected and strengthened,” citing family anecdotes. Post by Bruce Poliquin. This is a message that’s likely poll-tested, and it’s appropriate […]

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    Monday Sep 22, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    Republican contrast ads highlight welfare, Social Security

    National and state Republicans are ratcheting up their attacks against Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who appears to maintaining a small lead over Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a three-way race to become Maine’s next governor. Meanwhile, other interest groups are also stepping up their mail campaigns. At the tip of the spear is a new television ad by the Republican Governors Association. The 30-second spot hits Michaud on immigration, claiming […]

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  • Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Republican business owners back Cutler in governor’s race

    Steve DiMillo, who manages the iconic floating restaurant in Portland that bears his last name, said he expects to be criticized by his Republican friends. “I’m sure they will say to me ‘How can you go against the party?’ said DiMillo, a longtime Republican. “I’m just voting for the best candidate.” DiMillo joined four other Republican business owners at an event Friday in Portland during which they pledged support for […]

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Maine AFL-CIO launches campaign in support of Mike Michaud

    A federation of 160 local unions on Thursday announced the kick-off of its direct mail campaign in support of Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud for governor. The Maine AFL-CIO said in a press release that its campaign would be “aggressive and comprehensive” to ensure that Michaud wins in November against independent Eliot Cutler and Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has pushed policies that would weaken unions. “Mike Michaud is a champion […]

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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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