Category Archives: Elections

Ad words: Welfare, jobs and togetherness take center stage in gubernatorial plugs

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Last time we took a look at the language gubernatorial candidates are using to win your vote, there were about 10 ads from all the candidates. Well, a month later and two weeks out from the election, we’ve got another 10 to throw in the mix. It’s clear that candidates have not much altered their messages but amplified them.And you can expect them […]

Progressive Super PAC debuts with $106K to oppose LePage over weekend

A national Super PAC registered in Maine earlier this month has made its first expenditure, putting $106,000 of another PAC’s money into an online ad opposing Gov. Paul LePage. The group Progressive Kick IE Maine had the second-highest amount of independent expenditures in the gubernatorial race over the weekend, after the Maine Conservation Voters Action […]

Barack, Michelle, Bill, now Hillary for Michaud

Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Scarborough Friday to personally endorse Mike Michaud’s bid for governor less than two weeks before the election. As former first lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and early front-runner to run for president in 2016, there probably aren’t any bigger-deal Democrats for Michaud to have on the campaign stump. If there are, maybe it’s former […]

Cook Political Report changes forecast of CD2 election from “leans Democratic” to “toss up”

Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain (left) listens as Republican former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin makes a comment about her during the 2nd Congressional District debate on Tuesday at the CBS 13 television studios in Portland. BDN photo by Troy Bennett

  The Cook Political Report, which analyzes federal and gubernatorial elections, is now calling Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race a toss up. A week ago, the newsletter still had the race leaning in the Democrats’ favor, but said at the time that it was “on the brink of joining the Toss Up column.” Here’s political analyst David […]

In 2nd CD2 debate, candidates trade personal and policy attacks

From left to right: 2nd Congressional District candidates Emily Cain, D-Orono; Blaine Richardson, I-Belfast; and Bruce Poliquin, R-Oakland. BDN file photos by Brian Feulner, Chris Cousins and Robert F. Bukaty.

Some of the negative campaign ads that voters in the 2nd Congressional District have been treated to over the past few weeks came to life at an MPBN debate on Thursday night, particularly when candidates were asked to direct questions at their opponents. Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate from Orono, asked Republican Bruce Poliquin to explain […]

Outside groups sling mud at Cain, Poliquin

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Political action committees trying to sway second district voters have spent the vast majority of their cash on attack ads seeking to take down either Democratic Congressional hopeful Emily Cain or Republican Bruce Poliquin. That is, $9 of every $10 that PACs directed at Cain were attack ads; and about $9.60 of every $10 that PACs directed at Poliquin were negative. The picture of independent […]

A coalition of Republicans announces support for Emily Cain

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Emily Cain’s campaign announced on Thursday that a group of Maine Republicans have come out in support of the Democratic state senator who is running to represent  Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. For the most part, there are no huge surprises on the list, with a number of supporters coming from Cain’s hometown, Orono, and others […]