Happy Monday, dear readers.
I’ll be keeping it brief this morning, as I’m en route to Portland to check in on Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who’s holding fundraisers and rallies in Southern Maine today with Vermont Gov. and Democratic Governors Association Chairman Peter Schumlin and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Thought I’d leave you with this interesting tidbit, though, from Gallup, who’s reporting that roughly four out of five Americans say business and management pros are best-suited for governance.
About 81 percent of respondents, Gallup reports, said the country would be “governed better” if “more people with business and management experience” were in political office.
Also interesting: 63 percent of respondents said things would be better if more women were in office. The same figure said they think the country’s outlook would be better served by “people who think it is more important to compromise to get things done than to hold firm in their principles.” A majority — 59 percent — said they want to see more moderates.
Click the poll results below to see more analysis on this poll from Gallup itself.
Shenna Bellows begins her walk through Maine
— Shenna Bellows (@shennabellows) July 20, 2014
As we’ve written before, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is reviving the Maine tradition of the long campaign walk. She started in Houlton on Saturday and will finish in Kittery — roughly 350 miles away — on Aug. 12.
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Click the headlines. Tons of good, interesting stuff from the BDN and our colleagues at the Sun Journal last week.
- Grim economy in Michaud’s home turf divides loyalties in governor’s race (BDN)
- Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye — mostly — on east-west highway (BDN)
- More money, less money: The effects of not expanding MaineCare (Sun Journal)
- GOP ticket features conflicting views between moderate Collins and conservatives LePage, Poliquin (Sun Journal)
- LePage announces $13.1 million additional funding for struggling nursing homes (BDN)
- Asylum seekers will join lawsuit challenging LePage’s ban on aid to some immigrants (BDN)
- How the culture wars — especially abortion — will affect Maine’s CD2 race (BDN)