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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • 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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  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Cutler opens Lewiston campaign office, his third

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Tuesday opened a campaign office in Lewiston, his third. The other two Cutler campaign offices are located in Portland and Bangor. The Lewiston location will be headed by Terry Hayes, a four-term state legislator. “The Lewiston-Auburn communities are vitally important to Maine as well as to the success of any campaign for statewide office,” Cutler said in a statement following the opening. “I am pleased […]

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  • 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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