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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    Tax claims — personal and public — key in new 2nd District attack ads

    Two new attack ads dropped in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race Tuesday, and they strike at that most political of topics — taxes. However, Democrat Emily Cain’s ad against Republican Bruce Poliquin is personal, saying he “pressured” town officials to give him property tax breaks. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm for House Republicans, couches Cain as a tax raiser. The newest and most notable claim in Cain’s […]

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  • Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Worker, LePage reunite during Auburn factory tour

    It had been 22 years since they last saw each other, but Gov. Paul LePage recognized Dana Bonney immediately. During a factory tour of Panolam surface systems, producer of plastic laminate products, Maine’s governor and a former employee had an unlikely reunion, hearkening back to Lepage’s time at Wilner Wood Products, where LePage was brought in to steer the company away from bankruptcy in the early 1990s. “He was a […]

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  • Thursday Oct 09, 2014 | 7:06 pm

    Cain to report raising $670K from July through September

    Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain will report raising more than $670,000 from July through September, her campaign said Thursday. It’s the strongest haul in one quarter yet for Cain, who raised a total of more than $1.5 million and had more than $400,000 left in her coffers at September’s end, campaign spokeswoman Amy Cookson said in an email. Details of Cain’s filing weren’t available Thursday, six days before they’re due at the Federal […]

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  • Thursday Oct 09, 2014 | 8:07 am

    Conservative counterattack from Cain leaves out important facts

    Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain released a new television ad on Wednesday night that tries to counter ads from Republican Bruce Poliquin that brand her a spendthrift liberal. The messaging she uses is somewhat conservative, taking credit for cutting $4 billion in spending in her time in the Maine Legislature and passing tax cuts. However, there are problems: Her figure for spending cuts only counts one side of Maine’s budgetary ledger, and […]

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    Wednesday Oct 08, 2014 | 5:52 pm

    Campaign launched to support of Question 5 bond issue

      A coalition of businesses and elected officials launched a campaign Wednesday in support of a bond measure to help finance an expansion at MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor. If approved by voters Nov. 4, Question 5 would provide $3 million to MDI Biological Laboratory to build a 3,000-square-foot training lab to expand the facility’s research programs. The bond money would be matched by $5.7 million in public and private funds. […]

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  • Wednesday Oct 08, 2014 | 5:39 pm

    In appeal to 2nd District moderates, Cain touts kudos from … LePage?

    Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, highlighted praise Wednesday from Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who supports her opponent, Bruce Poliquin. In a profile piece that aired on WMTW, LePage said Cain, a state senator from Orono, was a better Democrat to work than the party’s leaders in Augusta, Senate President Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves, who he said have just been trying to get him out […]

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  • Wednesday Oct 08, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Gabby Giffords gun control airing pro-Collins ad

    Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ reelection campaign is getting some help from the gun control organization formed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly. Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee pushing for “commonsense protections from gun violence,” announced Tuesday that it will spend six figures on 30-second television ads touting Collins. The ad calls Collins “a calm voice in a sea of shouters” and credits […]

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  • Tuesday Oct 07, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    In Maine’s 2nd District, pro-Cain campaign to follow new anti-Cain ad

    A national environmental group announced a campaign to help Democrat Emily Cain on Tuesday, the same day national Republicans dropped a new attack ad against her. With nearly a month to go, the race between Cain and Republican Bruce Poliquin is shaping up to be the most expensive House contest in Maine’s history. Outside groups have already committed at least $2 million in spending on the race, buoyed by the National Republican […]

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    Tuesday Oct 07, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Michaud, Bellows hop on progressive bus tour during Maine stops

    U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Shenna Bellows were on the stump in Portland Tuesday morning hitting key Democratic issues such as increasing the minimum wage and protecting Social Security as part of a national bus tour organized by a progressive political group. Michaud and Bellows – the Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, respectively – were joined by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland during the first of two stops […]

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