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Contributors: Politics - Open Season

  • Tuesday Jun 19, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    National media intrigued by King, Maine voters

    USA Today is the latest in a parade of national media to come all the way up to Maine to ask Angus King the question: Who will you caucus with if you get elected to the U.S. Senate? It also is the latest to go away with the same non-answer:  "I don’t answer that question because I don’t know," King told USA TODAY.   The caucus question has consumed national […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 13, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    Rounding up the post-primary buzz

     The scramble is on (again)  for the U.S. Senate.  On Wednesday, Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill celebrated their victories in Tuesday’s primary by answering questions from the national media, among other things.  Dill, for example, faced questions about whether she will get any support from the national Democratic party as she heads into the general election campaign. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray wasn’t saying in this […]

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  • Monday Jun 11, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    On eve of primaries, yet more money enters Biddeford-Saco, Washington County senate races

    We have another update on last minute spending by Political Action Committees in the legislative primaries that kick off tomorrow. As I reported in the newspaperlast week, PACs connected to racino developer Ocean Properties and the state and national real estate agents’ associations took out ads in the Democrats’ Biddeford-Saco state senate primary. The independent contributions in support of Rep. Don Pilon’s candidacy had totalled over $15,000, dwarfing the combined […]

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  • Monday Jun 11, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    Tea Party PAC enters Washington County GOP senate race

    We’ve been keeping an eye out for last minute expenditures ahead of tomorrow’s legislative primaries by outside Politcal Action Committees. Last week, PACs connected to racino developer Ocean Properties and the state and national real estate agents’ associations took out ads in the Democrat’s Biddeford-Saco state senate primary. This week another PAC is taking out ads in Washington County’s GOP senate race. The new Defense of Liberty PAC reported spending $1787 […]

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  • Saturday Jun 09, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    More PAC money floods Saco-area Senate race

    We reported earlier this week on the first money bomb of Maine’s legislative election season: More than $13,000 dumped into Biddeford-Saco area Democratic primary races by would-be Biddeford racino developer Ocean Properties of Portsmouth, N.H. Most of those funds – $9513 – were in support of Rep. Donald Pilon, a racino supporter going up against fellow Rep. Linda Valentino for Saco’s state senate seat, which is being vacated by (the […]

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    Friday Jun 08, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    Moxie endorses King?

      Here’s one voter who won’t be at the polls Tuesday. Seen on a car bumper in Portland:

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  • 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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