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Sometimes, the best arguments end in agreement

on May 23, 2014, at 5:59 a.m.
Ethan: If you can believe it, this officially marks our second anniversary writing this column. Sadly, it also marks our last at the Bangor Daily News as we embark upon another stage of our commentary. Phil: We’ve done more than 350 columns, posts and video blogs. It’s been a tremendous …
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Angus King to endorse Susan Collins

on May 16, 2014, at 6:35 a.m.
According to a source close to US Sen. Susan Collins, US Sen. Angus King will be endorsing her at 10:30 am this morning at the Margaret Chase Smith library in Skowhegan. He will be giving a speech about bi-partisanship before making the announcement. With Sen. Collins lead in the polls, …
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Cutler’s deal or no deal

on May 16, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
Ethan: Did you see Cutler’s “deal” with the voters? Phil: I did. He basically said, stick with me until the last minute. If you don’t think I can win, bail on Election Day. It’s an interesting tactic. Ethan: It is. At first I didn’t like it. But as I think …
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Is Troy Jackson poised to win the CD2 primary?

on May 15, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
This week, the national League of Conservation Voters announced it was launching a $150,000 campaign against state Sen. Troy Jackson in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Besides the heavy dollar amount (this appears to be the group’s largest-ever primary expenditure in Maine), it is remarkable that LCV is spending …
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Is Benghazi baloney?

on May 09, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
Phil: At what point is President Barack Obama going to come clean on Benghazi? Ethan: Seriously? Phil: Seriously. Ethan: Seriously? Phil:Do you hear an echo? Ethan: You can’t be serious. Phil: As evidence mounts that the White House tried to spin this story every way but toward the truth, I …
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Top Republicans say Raye is letting race for Congress ‘slip away’

on April 28, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
For many insiders and analysts, Kevin Raye’s December finance report was a bit of a surprise. After a strong first month back in September where he raised almost $7,000 a day ($92,000 in 13 days), Raye’s total over the next 90 days was only $102,000 ($1,140 a day). But that …
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Is LePage more Braveheart or Nurse Ratched?

on April 25, 2014, at 6:20 a.m.
Phil: If you were a thespian (oh, I almost forgot, you were one) and were asked to compare the Governor’s actions of the just concluded session of the Legislature to characters in movies, what would you say? Ethan: Well, he kind of reminded me of Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the …
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In new ad, Poliquin changes birthplace from Waterville to Oakland

on April 21, 2014, at 6:23 a.m.
In the first ad to air in the 2nd Congressional District race to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the spot for former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin opens with a narrator saying, “He was born and raised here, in Maine….” In the video below, you will see, just as the narrator says …
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New poll shows Gov. LePage leading Michaud 39 to 37. Cutler at 20.

on April 16, 2014, at 7:50 a.m.
The new Pan Atlantic SMS Group’s 53rd Omnibus poll shows Governor Paul LePage in the lead for the first time since Congressman Michael Michaud and Eliot Cutler entered the race. LePage is in first at 38.6 percent to Michaud’s 37.2 percent. Cutler comes in at 20.3. The official numbers, were released …
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New poll: LePage, Obama both unpopular in Maine

on April 15, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
The 53rd Pan Atlantic SMS Omnibus Poll will be released soon. Patrick Murphy, the firm’s president, allowed me an early glance at the results. Although I agreed not to release specific numbers prior to the poll’s formal release, there is a lot that is interesting about the results. The poll …
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Michaud pays female staffers more: Debunking right-wing think tank’s claims on equal pay

on April 14, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
There is not much I enjoy more than catching right-wing think tanks with their pants down. And I especially love it when we catch them as they are screaming “Democratic hypocrisy!” A recent column in the Portland Press Herald by the Maine Heritage Policy Center policy analyst Steve Robinson tried to debunk …
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Do CEOs even think about what they pay women vs. men?

on April 11, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
Phil: How about we debate equal pay this week? Ethan: What is there to debate? Women should be paid the same as men for equal work. Pretty simple and pretty hard to disagree with. Phil: Correct, yet you would think that President Barack Obama would at least walk the walk …

Do CEOs even think about what they pay women vs. men?

By Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman on April 11, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
Phil: How about we debate equal pay this week? Ethan: What is there to debate? Women should be paid the same as men for equal work. Pretty simple and pretty hard to disagree with. Phil: Correct, yet you would think that President Barack Obama would at least walk the walk …
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Do CEOs even think about what they pay women vs. men?

on April 11, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
Phil: How about we debate equal pay this week? Ethan: What is there to debate? Women should be paid the same as men for equal work. Pretty simple and pretty hard to disagree with. Phil: Correct, yet you would think that President Barack Obama would at least walk the walk …
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New poll shows Michaud in lead with 44 percent; LePage, 37; Cutler, 14

on April 08, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
A recent poll by Public Policy Polling in Maine shows a rising lead for Democrat Mike Michuad, Republican Gov. Paul LePage stabilizing, and independent Eliot Cutler fading. The poll, conducted April 1 and 2, surveyed 583 people and has a margin of error of 4.1%. It has the race as follows: Mike Michaud: 44 …
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The ‘train-wreck’ that signed up 9.5 million

on April 04, 2014, at 8:07 a.m.
Ethan: Now that Obamacare exceeded its goal of 7 million signups by April 1, are you ready to concede a small modicum of success to this program and stop calling it a “train wreck”? Phil: Forcing people to buy a product and having it declared constitutional because it was interpreted …
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Collins to report almost $4.5M raised

on April 03, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
We have learned from sources close to Sen. Susan Collins’ re-election campaign that the senator will report $877,000 raised in the first quarter of 2014, bringing her total raised to just under $4.5 million for the 2014 election cycle. She will have approximately $3.6 million in cash on hand.
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Should the legislature stop the UMaine cuts?

on March 31, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
Political analysts Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman discussed an array of topics during tonight’s newscast including Gov. LePage’s welfare bills and which, if any, will survive. Additionally, they discussed the politics behind de-funding the Maine Rides program and the Alexander Report. Finally, they tackled whether the legislature should be stepping in …
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Do Hampden Councilors have a right to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance?

on March 29, 2014, at 8:15 a.m.
Political Analysts Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman discuss the controversy in Hampden surrounding a youtube video depicting two Hampden Town Councilors/Veterans refusing to stand up for the pledge of allegiance during Council Meetings. Do they have the right? How will it play out politically? Phil & Ethan also discuss a bill …
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Are LePage’s welfare reforms unconstitutional, unenforceable and unethical?

on March 28, 2014, at 6:34 a.m.
Ethan: What is up with you Republicans and welfare? You spend more time trying to make it harder for people to get support in hard times than you do reducing the causes of poverty. Phil: You support people on welfare spending their money at casinos and strip clubs? Ethan: If …
 
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