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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

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    Wednesday Oct 01, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    USW pumps another $230k in Maine race for governor

    Independent Expenditures on 2014 gubernatorial race USW Works, the super political action committee for the United Steelworkers Union, on Wednesday posted a $230,000 television ad buy supporting Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. The purchase by the union’s super PAC is one of several expenditures contributing to record-breaking spending by outside groups attempting to influence either the gubernatorial or legislative races. So far, groups that can spend an unlimited amount […]

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    Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    National labor leader in Maine Wednesday to stump for Michaud

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is scheduled to campaign Wednesday for Democratic U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, a former mill worker and member of the United Steel Workers International union. The duo, who will emphasize the importance of American manufacturing, will greet workers at Bath Iron Works starting at 11:45 a.m., before heading to Waterville to picket alongside other USW members against Huhtamaki, a Finish-based company which, the AFL-CIO […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    In new ad, Republicans say Cain favors oil … by opposing it

    National Republicans’ first attack ad on Democratic 2nd Congressional District hopeful Emily Cain hits her on energy policy. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm for House Republicans, says Cain “would make us more reliant on Middle East oil.” But it’s really attacking her for favoring alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Somewhat ironically, it even hits her for opposing an oil pipeline. Cain’s campaign released a […]

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  • Michaud delivers his environmental address at the University of Southern Maine on Sept. 29. Photo by Randy Billings
    Monday Sep 29, 2014 | 7:42 pm

    Michaud vows to address climate change, build the Maine DEP

    U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said Monday that if elected governor he will rebuild the Department of Environmental Protection, whose reputation and structure “have been decimated” under Republican Gov. Paul LePage. In addition to rebuilding the DEP, the Democratic candidate for governor vowed to let “sound science and the law” inform his environmental policies, especially when it comes to climate change, which he said lawmakers have a “moral responsibility” to address. “The LePage […]

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  • 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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