All posts by Robert Long

Giffords, Kelly to bring gun-control message to Portland

Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee that advocates for stricter gun control measures, announced Tuesday that former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, will visit Portland on July 6 to rally support for legislation to expand federal background check mandates for firearms purchases. The Portland visit will be one […]

Maine House chews through bills as end of session looms

Nine days before the Maine Legislature’s scheduled adjournment date, June 19, the House and Senate settled in Monday for morning, afternoon and evening sessions. It’s not as grueling as sweat-boiling double sessions at National Football League training camps — or the Appropriations Committee’s budget-balancing stretch run — but lawmakers, legislative staff and State House observers […]

New poll highlights Mainers’ strong feelings about LePage

The latest fix for Maine political junkies fixated on the 2014 governor’s race came Wednesday when Critical Insights, a Portland-based polling firm, released its semi-annual trend-tracking survey. Polls this far before an election offer little more than conversation starters, but the Critical Insights results highlighted the magnitude of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s influence on Mainers’ […]

National GOP group tries to link Michaud to ‘IRS scandal’

A national Republican campaign organization took steps Friday to capitalize in Maine on the controversy surrounding revelations that the Internal Revenue Service placed greater scrutiny on conservative groups seeking nonprofit status. The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Friday that it would begin running online ads urging U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud to return campaign contributions he […]