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Will ballot order matter for Maine’s five referendum questions?

on June 27, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
Today at 11 a.m. in the atrium of the Maine State Archives, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap will engage in a quirky ritual of Maine democracy. He will determine, through some kind of random drawing, the order of the citizen initiative referendum questions on November’s ballot. As far as I …
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Will ballot order matter for Maine’s five referendum questions?

on June 27, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
Today at 11 a.m. in the atrium of the Maine State Archives, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap will engage in a quirky ritual of Maine democracy. He will determine, through some kind of random drawing, the order of the citizen initiative referendum questions on November’s ballot. As far as I …
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Clean Elections was a big winner in Maine’s primaries

on June 20, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
Maine’s newly-revamped system of public campaign financing was successful in a wide range of contests across the state on Tuesday, with a majority of Clean Elections candidates winning in primary races where they were matched against privately-financed opponents. Clean Elections candidates won eight of thirteen such match-ups for the State …
MIKE TIPPING

Clean Elections was a big winner in Maine’s primaries

on June 20, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
Maine’s newly-revamped system of public campaign financing was successful in a wide range of contests across the state on Tuesday, with a majority of Clean Elections candidates winning in primary races where they were matched against privately-financed opponents. Clean Elections candidates won eight of thirteen such match-ups for the State …
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Rep. Pingree will likely face Trump-like Republican opponent

on June 15, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
Dr. Mark Holbrook seems perfectly suited to the current mood of the Republican electorate. His set of extreme positions are joined to a bullying style that puts him right in line with Donald Trump and Governor Paul LePage. It’s likely this profile that allowed him to pull off a razor-thin …
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Sen. Susan Collins has already endorsed these terrifying Trump policies

on June 08, 2016, at 7:27 a.m.
Maine Senator Susan Collins is again engaging in her now-ritualized dance, cavorting along the cliff edge of racism and authoritarianism. She called Donald Trump’s latest racist remarks about a judge of Mexican ancestry “absolutely unacceptable” but then refused to rule out backing him for President. Previously she had said she …
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Portland primary spending raises campaign finance concerns

on May 26, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
A meeting of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices yesterday did not result in any sanction or finding of wrongdoing against Democratic state senate candidate (and current state representative) Ben Chipman, who is running in a contested primary in Portland. The proceedings did, however, highlight a potential …
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Portland primary spending raises campaign finance concerns

on May 26, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
A meeting of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices yesterday did not result in any sanction or finding of wrongdoing against Democratic state senate candidate (and current state representative) Ben Chipman, who is running in a contested primary in Portland. The proceedings did, however, highlight a potential …
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Here’s what Bruce Poliquin really thinks about Donald Trump

on May 13, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
Maine Second District Representative Bruce Poliquin, who is engaged in one of the most competitive House races in the country, has been extremely reticent to discuss his party’s presumptive nominee for president with the media. A Politico reporter recently described an “uncomfortable” wait for an elevator together as Poliquin refused …
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Rep. Poliquin: Trump will win and I’ll help him implement policy

on May 13, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
Maine Second District Representative Bruce Poliquin, who is engaged in one of the most competitive House races in the country, has been extremely reticent to discuss his party’s presumptive nominee for president with the media. A Politico reporter recently described an “uncomfortable” wait for an elevator together as Poliquin refused …
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It’s time for Poliquin, Collins to say if they support Trump

on May 04, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
Now that Donald Trump is officially the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, it becomes nearly impossible for Maine Senator Susan Collins and Representative Bruce Poliquin to avoid the question of whether they’ll support the racist reality show star for president. Gov. LePage, Maine’s other major Republican officeholder, has already …
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Progressives are demanding Gov. LePage challenge King for U.S. Senate

on May 02, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
More than a hundred Maine progressives have signed a MoveOn.org petition asking LePage to make the race.
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Sen. Collins will back Donald Trump

on April 29, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
A common question lately for Senator Susan Collins, one of the most moderate Republicans remaining in Congress (and the country’s second-most-popular senator), has been whether she will back Donald Trump for president. Collins came close to answering in an interview with Politico yesterday. “He’s very close to wrapping it up… …
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How many members of Maine Green Party signed up for the party by accident?

on April 20, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
I’ve helped a lot of Mainers register to vote over the years and perhaps the most common mistake I’ve seen people make is accidentally joining the Green Party. They intend to register as an independent, but miss the “unenrolled” line at the bottom of that section of the card (or …
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Maine Green Party’s success due in part to their name

on April 20, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
I’ve helped a lot of Mainers register to vote over the years and perhaps the most common mistake I’ve seen people make is accidentally joining the Green Party. They intend to register as an independent, but miss the “unenrolled” line at the bottom of that section of the card (or …
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Gov. LePage flouted the Constitution to avoid questions on anti-trans bias

on April 15, 2016, at 9:06 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s end-run around the Constitution to keep Bill Beardsley in charge of the Department of Education without facing a confirmation hearing in the legislature would be a shocking move from any other governor, but here it’s just one in a long line of LePage’s ridiculous stunts. Only a few …
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Being LePage’s lawyer must be a terrible job

on April 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
I would imagine some of the hardest jobs in Gov. Paul LePage’s administration belong to the legal and communications staff who so often have to make excuses for his actions or, as was the case yesterday, claim they never occured. In a legal proceeding in U.S. District Court, the governor’s …
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Good on Sen. Susan Collins for doing her job

on April 05, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
Good on Maine’s senior senator, Susan Collins, for not just meeting with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, but disagreeing publicly with Republican Senate leadership and urging her colleagues to hold hearings on his appointment. That said, let’s all take a moment to recognize how supremely ridiculous it is …
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The strategic power of Maine’s religious right

on April 01, 2016, at 5:26 a.m.
According to Pew Research, Maine is among the least religious states in the country. Only 34% of Mainers say religion is very important in their lives and just 22% attend weekly church services. More than half of Mainers say they don’t believe in God with absolute certainty. That doesn’t mean …
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Poll: Clinton tops Trump in Maine, Sanders most trustworthy

on March 24, 2016, at 9:04 a.m.
The Critical Insights spring tracking survey released last week gives us our first look at the General Election presidential race in Maine. Although polls this far out are not necessarily predictive of final outcomes (a lot can happen in six months), they do provide an interesting snapshot of the current …