John Boehner will campaign with Bruce Poliquin

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Republican House Speaker John Boehner will be heading to Maine next week to campaign with Bruce Poliquin, Matt Hudson, Poliquin’s campaign manager, said Wednesday. Poliquin is in a close race for the 2nd Congressional District seat against Emily Cain, a state senator from Orono. The AP first reported this development, saying Boehner will host a closed-door fundraiser on Sept. […]

Maine Republican Party launches anti-Michaud website; Democrats say they’ll reciprocate

The Maine Republican Party continued its all-out assault on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Michaud on Wednesday with the launch of a website called MichaudFacts.com. The site, which the GOP said was launched Wednesday but which contains posts dating back to last month, is a clearinghouse for many of the attack narratives that Republicans have waged […]

Biologists discuss increasing bear populations at northeast conference

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The growing black bear population in the northeast was a main topic of discussion at the Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee meeting on Aug. 27 and 28 in Front Royal, Virginia, according to a press release recently issued by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. For this annual two-day conference, Maine state bear biologists […]

Famous talk show host Bill Maher endorses referendum to ban bear baiting

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While visiting Portland to perform his stand-up act at Merrill Auditorium this weekend, famous comedian and television host Bill Maher issued a statement in support of the referendum to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps to hunt black bear in Maine, according to a press release issued today by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the […]

Fighting words: the most common terms used in ads for Maine’s governor’s race

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What do “welfare,” “work,” and “ideas” have in common? They’re all words Maine’s gubernatorial candidates are using — frequently — in television ads trying to win your vote. As the barrage of TV ads from Maine’s gubernatorial campaigns ramped up in September, I took a closer look at the words used in those 30-second television spots produced by each campaign, not including spending […]

In TV debut, Cain goes positive

In her first TV ad, state Sen. Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate for Maine’s congressional district, emphasized her willingness to work across the aisle saying she’ll “work with anyone and everyone to get things done.” The 30-second ad, which was released Wednesday, is mainly positive. Against a backdrop of soft music and shots of Cain smiling with […]

Poliquin gains ‘young guns’ status from NRCC

GOP 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin has made it to “young guns” status in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s recruitment program. He was one of nine Republican candidates from across the country that the committee announced on Monday had been added to the list. The program selects GOP hopefuls to support and mentor who they feel […]