Category Archives: Monday roundup

A King in Afghanistan, a possible shift in the polls, and 7 stories you need to read

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, in a Blackhawk helicopter flying over Kabul during a two-day trip last weekend. Photo courtesy King's Senate office.

Maine’s junior senator, independent Angus King, was among the first members of Congress to meet with Afghanistan’s newly elected government this weekend during a six-day trip to to India and the Middle East. King was joined on the trip by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia. Both senators are members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Kaine […]

Let the debates begin! — plus, 7 stories you need to read

With less than a month until Election Day, candidates are beginning to take the stage for debates, which begin this week with the 1st Congressional District debate scheduled for tonight. The debate, hosted by the BDN and Portland’s CBS 13, begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be live streamed here at bangordailynews.com. All three candidates — […]

Michaud retains slight lead in newest poll, plus 7 stories you need to read

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud last week in Portland. BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett.

The latest poll regarding Maine’s gubernatorial race shows the Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, with a small but statistically irrelevant advantage over incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and independent candidate Eliot Cutler trailing far behind. The latest survey, commissioned by the Portland Press Herald and conducted Sept. 18-25 by pollsters at the University of […]

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 […]

Joe Biden visiting Michaud in Maine hours after Clinton leaves; Monday roundup, Tuesday edition

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud will bring another Democratic all-star to Maine Wednesday when Vice President Joe Biden comes to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Biden’s visit is scheduled back-to-back with a rally for Michaud Tuesday night in Portland with former President Bill Clinton. Though Biden’s visit is being publicized by his congressional office — which means […]

TV political ad crush imminent; Collins launches statewide tour; 7 stories you need to read

Political advertisements in the run up to the November election are beginning to blanket the airwaves as local and national groups who have vowed for months to funnel money to Maine are writing checks. With Labor Day around the corner, the campaigns are about to reach a feverish pace and I’m comfortable making the prediction […]

Bruce Poliquin’s Tea Party conundrum, plus 7 stories you need to read

The latest salvo by Democrats against the Republican candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, Bruce Poliquin, came in an email yesterday, when Democratic Party officials again linked Poliquin to the Tea Party movement. The “is he or isn’t he?” question about Poliquin’s relationship with the Tea Party has simmered since he won his party’s primary […]

Sen. Gerzofsky denies stealing sign; Ann LePage on Today Show; 7 stories you need to read

Gov. Paul LePage, who campaigned on creating jobs and improving Maine’s economy, put up a sign on Interstate 95 in Kittery shortly after his election that read “Open for Business.” It was posted below the long-standing sign that all Mainers are familiar with: “Welcome to Maine, The Way Life Should Be.” A sign is just a sign, and […]