Category Archives: Elections

In July, Clinton outraised Trump fivefold in Maine

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Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had its biggest Maine fundraising haul yet in July as Republican Donald Trump’s fundraising grew slightly, at about one-fifth of Clinton’s draw. The latest fundraising figures reflect a slower acceleration in fundraising for the Trump campaign in Maine, but they also skew toward showing larger donors. The reports only reflect amounts for […]

Maine senators’ past aid to Fazeli shows immigration policy is not as simple as blocking ‘bad guys’

Good morning from Augusta, where the case of Adnan Fazeli, the Iranian immigrant who fled Maine to fight and die for the Islamic State in 2015, has dominated our politics since first being reported this week by the Portland Press Herald. On Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage told the Boston Herald that he has ordered the Maine Department of […]

Just how similar are Donald Trump and Paul LePage?

Good morning from Portland, where I’m reeling from reading the latest take comparing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Gov. Paul LePage, this time from the Harvard Political Review. It’s an easy connection to make, and one that the Republican governor has made himself: LePage endorsed Trump and ruled out vice-presidential speculation by saying he and the New York City billionaire […]

Maine to see early ads boosting Emily Cain, Gary Johnson

Good morning from Portland, where I got little sleep on account of the oppressive heat and humidity that will continue into today. Forgive me for typos. Today, we look to Maine’s airwaves, where we saw two interesting and early political advertising buys yesterday that will make the rich (TV stations) richer in a banner year. (If you want an ad […]

Poll: Hillary Clinton 10 points up on Donald Trump in Maine

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 10 percentage points in Maine, according to a poll released Thursday by Breitbart News, a conservative outlet. It doesn’t paint a good picture for Trump, who has fallen behind Clinton in national polls since briefly leading her in late July. The Republican nominee has made Maine a point of emphasis in […]

Poliquin’s GE visit marks latest salvo in jobs clash with Cain

It was no surprise that U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday: The group virtually always backs Republicans and gave him an award in March. But the setting — in the parking lot of the General Electric plant in Bangor — is notable, since that plant was at the heart of a debate over reauthorization […]

Collins’ anti-Trump pronouncement shakes up Maine GOP

Good morning from Augusta, where U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ refusal to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was still shaking up Republican politics early Wednesday. No big-name Maine Republican was directly criticizing the moderate senator for her stand against the billionaire, though her Facebook page was being bombarded with both positive and negative messages from around the country about […]

What to make of Susan Collins’ stand against Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta. All eyes are on U.S. Sen. Susan Collins after her bombshell Washington Post op-ed that said she won’t vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She’s one of only a few Republican senators to make that pronouncement so far, including Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The only prominent Maine Republican before her to […]

Don’t expect many questions at Trump’s Portland “town hall”

Good morning from Gardiner on the eve of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s third trip to Maine. Tomorrow, he’ll be at Merrill Auditorium for what the Maine Republican Party has termed a “town hall style rally.” It begs a question: What on earth is that? In politics, there are town hall-style meetings, where you can expect to ask a candidate […]