‘Fed up’ Richardson rejects Poliquin call to quit congressional campaign

Blaine Richardson, a staunch conservative who left the Republican Party in order to run as an independent for the 2nd Congressional District seat, said Friday that he has rejected a request from Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin to drop out. Richardson said, and a Poliquin spokesman confirmed, that Poliquin made the request to Richardson in a phone […]

Michaud moves rally with Bill Clinton to larger venue after being flooded with ticket requests

Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor has moved a rally with former President Bill Clinton to a larger venue. When the Democrat’s campaign announced Clinton’s visit earlier this week, the 750 available slots were claimed within three hours. Tuesday’s event has been moved from the Portland waterfront to the Portland Exposition Building on Park Avenue, where according to […]

Labor union endorsements for Collins bolster her identity as a rare kind of Republican

Republican Sen. Susan Collins continues to pile up labor union endorsements in her bid for re-election. This time it’s three union locals at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard who will line up behind the third-term U.S. senator. Members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, New England Council/AFL-CIO; […]

LePage becomes subject of second partisan book; pro-Cutler court ruling likely to benefit LePage, Michaud

Call it the year of the political thrillers in Maine, though how thrilled you are probably depends on your political persuasion. Ray Richardson, a conservative talk radio host on WLOB, has announced the imminent release of a new book titled “Governor Paul LePage: Rebuilding Maine’s Future.” That’s what it says on the book’s cover, though […]

Planned Parenthood chief’s rally for Mike Michaud postponed two days ahead of time

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A “Women for Michaud” rally by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which was scheduled for Wednesday in Portland in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, has been postponed. The Michaud campaign said in a written statement that the event will be rescheduled for sometime this fall. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action […]

TV political ad crush imminent; Collins launches statewide tour; 7 stories you need to read

Political advertisements in the run up to the November election are beginning to blanket the airwaves as local and national groups who have vowed for months to funnel money to Maine are writing checks. With Labor Day around the corner, the campaigns are about to reach a feverish pace and I’m comfortable making the prediction […]

Bellows gains traction with Dems after 350-mile walk, but still trails Collins overall

Shenna Bellows, the Democratic challenger to Maine’s incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, is picking up traction, at least with Democrats. That’s the result of a recently conducted Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Bellows campaign and shown to the Bangor Daily News on Friday. The poll, conducted four days after Bellows completed her 350-mile walking […]

Court ruling means formerly maxed-out donors could add $526,500 to Cutler’s coffers

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A court ruling issued Friday will allow Independent Eliot Cutler’s campaign to double up on contributions from individual supporters. That’s a proposition worth at least $526,500 to his campaign, based on the about 351 contributors who had maxed out their support for the candidate, at a previous $1,500 limit, by a July 15 filing deadline. The gist of the […]

Sportsman’s Alliance gives passing grades to all three gubernatorial candidates

All three major candidates for governor have received passing marks from the state’s most prominent advocacy group for hunters and outdoorsmen. Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, or SAM, announced Thursday that it’s not endorsing any candidate for governor, but did assess incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and independent candidate and businessman Eliot Cutler. All […]