Articles by Scott Thistle

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 …
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Leader of national Planned Parenthood PAC to campaign for Mike Michaud in Portland

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 11, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood’s national political action committee, is set to headline a rally for Maine 2nd District U.S. Representative Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor later this month. The “Women for Mike” rally is set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 on the steps of …
At Lewiston City Hall, David Boyer (center), the political director for the Maine Marijuana Policy Project, turns in petitions Friday morning to put a recreational marijuana question on the Lewiston ballot.

Pot legalization advocates move step closer to November vote in Lewiston

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Lewiston voters will likely decide in November if they want to join Portland in sending a message to lawmakers in Augusta and Washington that marijuana should be made legal for adult recreational use. On Friday, advocates from the Maine Marijuana Policy Project met their deadline for turning …
Shenna Bellows

All 2nd Congressional District, Senate candidates but Bellows support balanced budget amendment

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Maine Republicans, Democrats and independents running for seats in Congress on Thursday seemed to be mostly in agreement on at least one thing. The federal government should have to balance its budget, the same way many states do. Of the three candidates running for the U.S. House …

Cutler, Michaud voice support for MaineCare coverage of abortions; LePage maintains opposition

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 07, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The battle over abortion is heating up again in the Maine governor’s race, after independent candidate Eliot Cutler said he would support allowing MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, to cover the cost of abortion services for women eligible for the government-sponsored health care program. Cutler said Wednesday …
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows greets supporters gathered in Lewiston's Kennedy Park on Monday morning before a press conference at Dufrense Plaza on her walk from Houlton to Kittery.

Bellows strides into Lewiston in race against Collins

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 04, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows strode into downtown Lewiston on Monday as she approached the final miles in a 350-mile walk from Houlton to Kittery. With about 110 miles still to go, Bellows is walking to draw attention to her campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Susan …
Maine's first lady, Ann LePage, says in her office in the Blaine House in Augusta that she decided she would make veterans, military members and their families her top cause.

Maine’s first lady balances life and causes, steers clear of politics

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 02, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
AUGUSTA — You would think being married to one of Maine’s most colorful and controversial governors wouldn’t be easy, but Ann LePage makes it look that way. During a recent one-on-one interview with the Sun Journal, LePage spoke about what it’s like to be one of Maine’s most prominent figureheads, …
Various types of alcohol are on display in this April 2013 file photo.

Company that appealed Maine liquor marketing contract award decides not to bid for the work

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – After spending years preparing to bid on the new state wholesale liquor contract, and successfully appealing this spring when part of it was awarded to someone else, Ford Reiche has decided to walk away. The president of Dirigo Spirits and former Auburn businessman said Friday his company …
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Christie returning to Maine for big LePage fundraiser

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband former Gov. John McKernan are among a group hosting a fundraising event for Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign later in August. The event featuring New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie will be held at the Lucerne Inn in …
Maine's 2010 gubernatorial candidates debate at Bangor High School. From left, independent Eliot Cutler, independent Kevin Scott, Republican Paul LePage, independent Shawn Moody and Democrat Libby Mitchell.

LePage, Michaud aren’t interested in many public debates

By Scott Thistle on July 31, 2014, at 6:47 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — While they don’t agree on much, one thing Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his Democratic challenger Mike Michaud seem to be in agreement on is they don’t intend to participate in too many public debates. Michaud’s campaign spokeswoman Lizzy Reinholt also said Wednesday that Michaud would only …
Sen. Susan Collins

GOP ticket in Maine features conflicting views between moderate Collins, conservative LePage, Poliquin

By Scott Thistle on July 20, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — She’s been endorsed by labor unions, a leading environmental organization, a national gay rights group and Maine’s popular independent U.S. senator, Angus King. At first blush it would be easy to mistake Susan Collins — seeking her fourth term in the U.S. Senate — as a Democrat. …
Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler

What Maine’s candidates for governor earn — and pay in taxes — shapes campaign strategies

By Scott Thistle on July 18, 2014, at 7:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The way Maine’s three major candidates for governor make their livings and pay taxes — state, local and federal — varies greatly. One pays more in state property taxes than he would earn as governor. One pays property taxes in Florida but not in Maine. And one …
Gov. Paul LePage

Municipal association files suit over LePage plan to stop reimbursing cities that aid undocumented immigrants

By Scott Thistle on July 10, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In a suit filed Thursday, a statewide association that represents Maine cities and towns is asking a judge to rule on the legality of a new policy from the administration of Gov. Paul LePage that would cut funding to communities that provide welfare benefits to undocumented immigrants …
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