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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Thursday Jun 07, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Norquist hits Bennett for not signing no-tax pledge; Bennett fires back

    Grover Norquist’s national anti-tax group criticized Maine U.S. Senate candidate Rick Bennett today for not taking its pledge to oppose any tax increases. Bennett, meanwhile, said Norquist had “willfully distorted” Bennett’s views and record to protect his own influence in Washington. American for Tax Reform, a group founded by the conservative activist and lobbyist, issued a news release saying “Bennett has left the door open for tax hikes on Maine […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 06, 2012 | 6:47 pm

    Predictions in Senate primary: low turnout and last-minute decisions

    Local election officials say the turnout in the June 12 primary will be less than 20 percent. Some have said as low as 15 percent. That’s based in part of an really low demand for absentee ballots statewide. They could be wrong. Maybe voters have too many choices – 10 U.S. Senate candidates, for example – and need more time. But, if they’re right, which Senate candidates would it help? […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 05, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    Democrats bounce committeeman who defended Cutler

    While congressional candidates got the spotlight at last weekend’s Democratic National Convention, it was the race for national committeeman that generated the most suspense. Outgoing Maine Sen. Phil Bartlett, D-Gorham, defeated the incumbent national committeeman, Sam Spencer, by a vote of 550 to 450, the party announced Monday after the delegates’ ballots were counted. Both Spencer and Bartlett campaigned hard, greeting the delegates as they arrived at the Augusta Civic […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 05, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Bennett hits Summers and Poliquin for chasing political titles

    There’s now just one week to go before the June 12 U.S. Senate primary election, and Republican candidates are doing what they can to get votes, and attention. Former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett wrote an opinion column in today’s Press Herald and took shots at both Secertary of State Charlie Summers and state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin. Bennett, who has spent eight years as a business executive, calls out Summers […]

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    Thursday May 31, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Master of Horror Backs Michaud

    For the most hardcore political junkies, this is an exciting day: the deadline for federal candidates to file their pre-primary campaign finance disclosures, revealing who is giving to them and what they’ve been spending. (Candidates for Maine office post theirs tomorrow.) While we’re waiting for those to come in, I had a look at the first so-called "48 hour" returns, the ones candidates have to file within 48 hours of […]

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    Thursday May 31, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Poliquin mailer draws fire, statement from LePage

    The Republican U.S. Senate primary is heating up with just over a week until the vote, and State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin is at the center of the first controversy. Poliquin is facing criticism from his opponents for a campaign mailer with his photo overlaying a photo of Gov. Paul Lepage. It says: "Two Conservatives Fighting for Maine’s Future." Here is a look:     Poliquin has been running on the […]

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  • Tuesday May 29, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Summers hits TV airwaves; King submits signatures

    Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers unveiled a television commercial today as the primary campaign enters its final two weeks. The 30-second ad is titled “Strong Leader." It starts with Summers criticizing President Obama as the video shows gas prices and the national debt rising. It also includes a photo of Summers in uniform as he mentions his service in Iraq and Afghanistan as a commander in […]

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  • Wednesday May 23, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Two independents officially file for U.S. Senate race

    Two independent candidates have filed nomination papers to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe, and neither is named Angus. Steve Woods, chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council and a long-time business executive, turned  in 4,047 signatures Tuesday, according to Megan Sanborn, spokeswoman for the Maine Secretary of State’s Office. Danny Dalton of Bath, an apparent political newcomer, filed 4,134 sigantures on the May 18, Sanborn […]

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  • Monday May 21, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Schneider unveils TV ad as primary day approaches

    Maine Attorney General William Schneider unveiled a new television ad for his U.S. senate campaign today.  The 30-second commercial is titled "A Soldier for the Senate," and shows Schneider in his Army uniform and in the more familiar shirt and tie of his prosecutor days. "As a Green Beret he served our country with honor. As a prosecutor, he directed our states anti-terrorist efforts after 9/11. As our Attorney General, […]

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