Articles by Scott Thistle

Eliot Cutler

Cutler campaign releases internal poll showing increased support for independent candidate

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 20, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A new poll from the campaign of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler suggests Cutler, who has languished in other polls released publicly, is gaining steam. The poll that sampled 400 likely voters statewide Sept. 16 and 17 suggests Cutler may be experiencing a surge in support. The …
Maine gubernatorial candidates Mike Michaud (left) and Eliot Cutler shake hands at an Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine forum at Hannaford Hall in Portland on Friday, Sept. 12.

Maine municipal group releases video interviews with Cutler, Michaud; LePage opts out

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 17, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In video interviews released Wednesday, two of the three candidates for governor in Maine answered questions about the state’s relationship with its cities and towns. Both Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler sat for the interviews with members of the Maine Municipal Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan …

Maine loses $30M in liquor sales to NH every year — how much can it get back?

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 14, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A state effort to recapture revenue that Maine loses in alcohol sales to New Hampshire by lowering prices is underway, but some state officials and others worry the effort isn’t being implemented as aggressively as first intended. And they worry that Maine may never get the revenue …
A scene from a Free Ski Friday night in January 2012 at Lost Valley in Auburn.

Lost Valley ski resort needs $50,000 to open for season, launches online fundraising campaign

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 10, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — The owners of Lost Valley announced Wednesday that they launched a fundraising drive in hopes of raising between $50,000 and $100,000 in an effort to open for the 2014-15 ski season. The resort hit financial troubles after losing nearly $200,000 per season for several years. Its owners, …
Geoffrey Gratwick

Maine GOP releases recording of Gratwick saying Michaud is ‘not a brain guy’

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 09, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — In an audio recording released Tuesday by the Maine Republican Party, a Democratic state senator campaigning for re-election says if the race for governor were between just Democratic candidate Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, he would vote for Cutler. Michaud, Maine’s 2nd District U.S. representative, and …
The State House in Augusta.

Claims made in political campaign TV ads disputed as Maine election season heats up

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 07, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
Maine conventional wisdom suggests that the election season doesn’t really start until after Labor Day — and true to form, the campaigns for governor, Maine’s seats in the U.S. Congress and the State House are getting into full swing. Also in full swing are the needling and nitpicking that goes …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate for governor, center, and Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for Maine’s second congressional district, laugh as they are presented with a pair of boxing gloves by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare's President and CEO Max Richtman after he endorsed the two at Schooner Estates in Auburn on Thursday.

Cain, Michaud win endorsements from national senior citizens advocacy group

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 05, 2014, at 8:06 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — In a tag-team appearance Thursday, two of the top Democratic candidates in Maine’s fall elections accepted a pair of boxing gloves from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare for their efforts to protect those programs for senior citizens and others. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud …
People play Texas Hold'em at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor last year.

Maine has room for one or two more casinos, study suggests

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 02, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A new study commissioned by the Legislature suggests the state could sustain another casino or two depending on the size and location. The study released Aug. 30 shows the state’s economy easily could handle one more casino as long as it is in southern Maine, which likely …
Senator Susan Collins

Collins, Bellows disagree on whether feds should legalize marijuana

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 29, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, doesn’t support making marijuana legal for recreational use at the national level. But in November, Lewiston voters will get a shot at sending a message to Congress and the Legislature when they vote on a citywide ballot question that would make possession …
A sign along the Maine Turnpike tells motorists that Exit 75 leads to Lost Valley and Sugarloaf ski areas.

Lost Valley ski area owners, supporters still trying to find a way to open for 2014-15 season

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 28, 2014, at 3:22 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — One of the owners of the Lost Valley ski area said Thursday the resort and community volunteers were steadily pulling together a plan that may allow them to open for the 2014-2015 snow sports season. Lincoln Hayes said a recent meeting with members of the Auburn Ski …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage reacts as Maine GOP Party Chairman Rick Bennett introduces him during a celebration of the party's new headquarters in Androscoggin County on Wednesday.

LePage slams newspapers, revs up GOP faithful during Auburn rally

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 27, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — During a visit to celebrate the Maine Republican Party’s new headquarters in Androscoggin County on Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage delivered a 30-minute pep talk to party faithful. Cheering him on were about 100 people and Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett, who called LePage “the best CEO this …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins waves to supporters as she leaves her campaign headquarters in Bangor to embark on her cross-state bus tour Tuesday.

Collins’ bus tour starts second day in Lewiston; national PAC launches $300,000 ad blitz for Bellows

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 27, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins stopped by Simones’ Hot Dog Stand in downtown Lewiston on Wednesday morning as part of her re-election bus tour. Collins, seeking her fourth term in the Senate, is facing Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows in the upcoming fall election. Collins is on the first …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler slammed rivals Paul LePage and Mike Michaud for not agreeing to more debates before the fall election.

Cutler ad takes swipe at LePage, Michaud for dodging debates

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — In a television advertisement released Thursday, Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate in the Maine governor’s race, again challenges his opponents to a series of public debates. Cutler is facing incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Maine’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democrat in the race. …
U.S. Rep and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud

GOP attacks Michaud for sponsoring bill that passed with wide bipartisan support

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 20, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Maine Democrats and the campaign of Mike Michaud are becoming increasingly agitated over a series of attacks being made by their Republican rivals in the governor’s race. Michaud, Maine’s 2nd District U.S. congressman, is the Democratic nominee in a hotly contested campaign against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins wins another labor union endorsement

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The re-election campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was touting another union endorsement Wednesday. According to a campaign release, the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, AFL-CIO has endorsed Collins. The union represents about 25,000 general …
Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers shows a cannabis plant at the Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show, a conference designed to teach individuals how to grow medical marijuana Saturday in Bangor.

Maine medical marijuana advocate objects to recreational legalization, calls plan ‘corporate give-away’

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Advocates for Maine’s medical marijuana caregiver industry said Tuesday they oppose a trio of ballot questions going before voters this fall in Lewiston, South Portland and York, seeking to make recreational marijuana use legal for adults under city ordinance. On Tuesday, Paul McCarrier, the legislative liaison for …
A selection of tweets and Facebook posts shared by Maine political party and campaign operatives.

Social messaging in Maine’s political campaigns has become downright anti-social

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 17, 2014, at 7 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — In the battle to message voters, political campaigns and their supporters in Maine are increasingly turning to social media — including Twitter and Facebook — to promote candidates and causes. But, the ever-evolving and instant medium also presents pitfalls and problems that may cause more trouble than …
Ben Grant (right), chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, speaks at the start of the 2014 Maine Democratic Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday, May 30.

Maine Democrats attack GOP for ‘desperate’ tactics used to recruit legislative candidates

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 14, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The Maine Democratic Party accused Maine Republicans on Wednesday of shady recruiting methods in the GOP’s quest to find candidates to challenge incumbent Democrats in the state Legislature, including one House District seat in Lewiston. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant pointed to three House District races, …

Federal judge hears arguments over constitutionality of Maine election law

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge Tuesday heard arguments from the state and from an attorney representing supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler over a complaint that Maine’s campaign finance laws are unconstitutional in how they limit the amount of money supporters of independent candidates can donate to campaigns. …

Income gap in Lewiston-Auburn among widest in nation, according to national mayors’ group report

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 12, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A new report issued Monday shows the gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. continues to grow and it highlights the gap in Lewiston-Auburn as one of the largest in the country. The report, issued by the United States Conference of Mayors, examines the difference …
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