Tag Archives: Kevin Raye

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 […]

LePage, Poliquin strategist to run NH gubernatorial campaign

The Republican strategist behind the rises of Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has been hired to run an underdog gubernatorial campaign in New Hampshire. Brent Littlefield will be Republican state Rep. Frank Edelblut’s general strategist, Manchester’s WMUR reported on Tuesday. The campaign said the move “signals that a formal launch” of Edelblut’s campaign will come soon. With Democratic Gov. Maggie […]

Democrats Hobbins, Chenette to wrangle over Maine Senate seat

Good morning from Augusta, from which our attention has been diverted by Maine’s brief moment in the sun of presidential politics. But after the Saturday and Sunday caucus wins from Republican Ted Cruz and Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders, our eyes are back on the Maine Legislature, where there was also weekend political wrangling. Two Saco Democrats — Rep. Barry Hobbins and Rep. […]

Raye, Poliquin attack each other on deadline day for campaign finance reports

Another campaign finance filing deadline for congressional candidates came and went on Friday, but perhaps more noteworthy than the totals (which are detailed below) were barbs traded between the two Republican candidates trying to win the primary for the open 2nd Congressional District seat. Former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry and former state […]

Roundup: Nearly half of Mainers disapproved of Obama in 2013

The State of the Union has come and gone, but what was the state of President Barack Obama’s job performance? According to Gallup, which has tracked presidential job approval ratings since the days of Truman, Obama’s fifth year in office was among the most polarizing in history, with just 11 percent average Republican approval and […]

Roundup: The King’s Olympics, Cain’s cash and adjunct professors’ union

Not many Mainers could afford to go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this February. I know I couldn’t. But two people who could probably afford it, Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, have widely different takes on whether they’d considering going at all. The Sochi Olympics have been eyed with skepticism […]

Richard Rosen opts out of race to replace Michaud in CD2

Richard Rosen — the Bucksport Republican who announced his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District in August, and reiterated his intention to run just two weeks ago — has withdrawn his hat from the ring.  In an email to the Bangor Daily News on Friday, Rosen said he has decided to continue his nearly two […]

Poliquin, Raye earn ‘young guns’ nod from NRCC

Kevin Raye and Bruce Poliquin, two GOP 2nd Congressional District hopefuls, got early nods from the National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday, a sign that top party leaders in D.C. think both candidates stand a chance at winning the open seat. Raye, a former Maine Senate President from Perry, and Poliquin, a former State Treasurer […]