Category Archives: Legislature

Monday roundup: Poll shows support for higher taxes; Nancy Pelosi endorses Emily Cain for Congress … in 2016

Are you sick of poll results yet? These aren’t about the Nov. 4 election, I promise. Days before the election, the Bangor Daily News released the results of a BDN/Ipsos poll conducted between October 23 and 29 of more than 1,000 Maine residents, including 946 registered voters and 488 likely voters. You’ve read about some of […]

Outspoken voice for House GOP is leaving the State House — and maybe Maine

David Sorensen, who for two years has been the most high-profile legislative staffer in Maine, is leaving his post as communications director for the House Republican Office. Sorensen had taken a leave of absence from the State House to be spokesman for the Maine GOP during this year’s election, which resulted in sweeping wins for Republicans, who […]

Does LePage deserve ‘third most fiscally responsible governor’ ranking?

Gov. Paul LePage has been named one of the four most fiscally responsible governors in the country by a conservative, anti-tax libertarian think tank called the Cato Institute. LePage ranked third among four Republican governors whose actions over the past two years earned a grade of “A” on the institute’s 2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s […]

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 […]

Eight GOP, two Democratic candidates drop out of State House races; 7 stories you need to read

Eight Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives have dropped out of their respective races, eating into the GOP’s efforts to portray its slate of candidates as strong heading into the November election. Most of the GOP drop-outs were in urban districts where historically, Republicans have had little or no chance […]

Collins, Bellows in TV ad war; Cutler passes on enviro endorsement; ‘Fear the beard’

Democrat Shenna Bellows, the former ACLU of Maine director who opposes Republican Sen. Susan Collins in the race to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate, took to the television airwaves Wednesday for the third time in her campaign. Bellows, a long-shot candidate against the popular incumbent Collins in both the polls and money race, is […]

Pat Flood, Maine Senate GOP’s budget guru, endorses Eliot Cutler

Maine Sen. Pat Flood, R-Winthrop, broke ranks with his party Wednesday to endorse independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. While Flood would likely have topped many lists of potential GOP defectors from incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, his endorsement of Cutler is still the highest-profile from a partisan lawmaker so far, with the possible exception of former […]

Mike Michaud goes to work defining Mike Michaud in his first television ad of campaign

In his first television advertisement of the election season, Democrat Mike Michaud addressed political attacks that are building against him in the gubernatorial race by emphasizing his mill worker roots and taking a tacit swipe at Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s leadership style. The 30-second spot, which will hit the airwaves on Tuesday, starts with an […]