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The most conservative and liberal towns, state-by-state, according to Business Insider.

The most conservative and liberal towns, state-by-state, according to Business Insider.

Find out which Maine town is your political match

Have you ever wondered what Maine town best mirrors your political beliefs? A political analysis firm called Clarity Campaign Labs has just launched a new whiz-bang website that after asking you a series of seven questions, will identify what Maine town best suits your political tastes. Be prepared to be asked your political and religious affiliation along with your stances on abortion, climate change, gun control and the federal deficit.

Business Insider ran with the data and determined that Charleston is Maine’s most conservative municipality while — surprise, surprise — Portland is the most liberal.

New gubernatorial poll shows same results as previous polls
The candidates for governor in 2014: Democrat and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and independent businessman Eliot Cutler.

The candidates for governor in 2014: Democrat and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and independent businessman Eliot Cutler.

A new poll commissioned by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram shows that the needle hasn’t moved much on the gubernatorial race. Democrat Mike Michaud continues to hold a 4 percentage point edge over incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler. However, the poll also showed that there is plenty of room for movement among the electorate between now and November. Asked if their choice for governor is “definite” at this point, 48 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

The poll also showed that if the election were held now, either Michaud or Cutler would beat LePage with 51 percent and 50 percent of the vote, respectively. Check out the PPH’s full poll results here.

The results, which show LePage and Michaud polling within the margin or error of each other and Cutler with something less than 20 percent support. The Real Clear Politics website, which averages a variety of polls, finds Michaud with a less than 1 percent aggregate average over LePage, with Cutler in third at 16.8 percent.

Labor and veterans’ groups line up behind Michaud for governor

Democratic U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud, who is running for governor, on Friday was given a “Working Class Hero Award” by the Maine AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education. The organization is one of the many labor unions that are backing Michaud in the gubernatorial election. During his time in Congress, Michaud has led the Working Families Caucus and the House Trade Working Group.

Perhaps more interesting in light of the scandal surrounding the national wait-list scandal at the Veterans Administration was the Maine VFW giving Michaud their “Commander Citiation” Saturday at the organization’s state convention in Bangor. The citation acknowledges Michaud’s track record of advocacy for veterans during his time in Congress, according to a press release from Michaud’s congressional staff. Michaud is ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Michaud also received the “Problem Solver Seal of Approval” from a group called No Labels, but it was more about what he did for the group than it is about what the group can do for Michaud. According to a press release from the organization, Michaud has signed onto the group’s “national strategic agenda” of growing 25 million jobs over the next 10 years; securing Medicare and Social Security for the next 75 years; balancing the federal budget by 2030; and making American energy secure by 2035.

Cutler, who is one of the group’s founding members, has also received the its “Problem Solver Seal of Approval,” according to Cutler campaign spokeswoman Crystal Canney. A spokesman for the LePage campaign said Monday that the campaign has not yet released a list of the governor’s endorsements.

Speaking of endorsements, the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC, which endorsed Michaud earlier this month, upped its support of Michaud with the release Monday of the following video.

Cain’s campaign causes shakeup on legislative committees
Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, who is now running for Maine's 2nd Congressional District seat. Contributed photo.

Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, who is now running for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Contributed photo.

Democratic State Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, who earlier this month won her party’s nomination to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat with a convincing win over fellow Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash, is backing away from her legislative duties so she can focus on her campaign.

Cain said last week in a letter to Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland that she will step away from the powerful Appropriations Committee and the Government Oversight Committee, the latter of which she has chaired throughout the 126th Legislature.

Cain, who has often said the State House is no place for a campaign, cited that as her reason for resigning.

“As the Democratic nominee for Maine 2nd Congressional District, I have a responsibility and an obligation to the people of Maine to transition my role on these committees in order to prevent their important work from becoming unnecessarily politicized during an election year,” said Cain in a written statement. “My decision does not come lightly. As you know, I love this work and believe deeply in its importance.”

Alfond has chosen Democratic Sen. Margaret Craven of Lewiston will replace Cain on the Appropriations Committee through the end of the year. Craven, who has announced she is not running for re-election though she could serve for two more years under Maine’s term-limit laws, served two previous terms on that committee.

Alfond has tapped Democratic Sen. Christopher Johnson of Somerville to co-chair the Government Oversight Committee, which works with the non-partisan Office of Program Evaluation and Government Oversight to conduct audits and investigations of government agencies. Johnson currently serves on the committee.

Jackson, who as Senate majority leader was not assigned to any committees during the 126th Legislature, has also been tapped as a member of the Government Oversight Committee.

Committee assignments are sure to change after the November elections. Whichever party wins majorities in the House and Senate — both currently have more Democrats than Republicans — also has the power to appoint chairs and majorities on legislative committees.




Christopher Cousins

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Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.