Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveiled a 10-point healthcare plan in Portland on Monday which includes lowering costs by expanding Medicaid.

‘We need to think about people not as a collection of ailments’: Michaud unveils his health care plan

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — As part of a wide-ranging 10-point health care plan he unveiled Monday, Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud reiterated his support for expanding Medicaid to 70,000 uninsured Mainers and making investments in preventative health care programs. The plan earned positive responses from health care advocates, though they …

Third candidate emerges in Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A third candidate has taken out papers in the race for two open city council seats. Theodore Berry of Crescent Street took out nomination papers Friday. He joins former Mayor William Clayton and Comprehensive Planning Committee Chair Valli Geiger, who also have taken out papers. The two …
Renee Ordway

Maine voters should be smart enough to look beyond secret recordings

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
This week brings proof that even the smartest among us are not immune to a “gotcha” moment. And with recording devices at our fingertips, “gotcha” moments have become the shining stars of political campaigns. There is little doubt that state Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor is a smart guy. He’s …

LePage objects to format of Portland energy forum, drops out

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An energy forum billed as the first time Maine’s three candidates for governor would speak in the same place did not come off as planned. Republican Gov. Paul LePage abruptly declined to participate in Friday morning’s forum about policy on home heating, energy and the environment. His …

Live coverage: Michaud and Cutler share energy, environmental policies; LePage refuses to participate

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 12, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates were slated to share the same stage for the first time during a Portland forum Friday morning, presenting their policy platforms on energy, the environment and Maine’s heating policy and programs. The forum is not a debate, but will give each candidate 30 …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler speaks with the media after a campaign stop at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Cutler defends Gratwick over ‘brain guy’ gaffe, decries use of out-of-context statements in campaigns

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 11, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler said Thursday he “feels badly” for state Rep. Geoffrey Gratwick, D-Bangor, whose conversation with a constituent was secretly recorded and released by the Republican Party earlier this week. Saying Gratwick was “a good guy caught in a bad system,” Cutler said he …
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Candidate Eliot Cutler at Bangor Chamber breakfast

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 10, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Hear from Eliot Cutler, Independent candidate for governor of Maine during Bangor Region Chamber’s breakfast. Dialogue facilitator John Porter. Time for questions and answers. Doors open at 7 a.m.; breakfast at 7:30 a.m.; and program 8-9 a.m. $17 for Chamber members; $22 for nonmembers. Click here to RSVP on-line. If you …
Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick, D-Bangor

Will person-to-person Maine politics be the next victim of secret smartphone recordings?

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 10, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — It was only a few years ago that if you wanted to record something, you needed a video camera or a tape recorder. Now that just about anyone with a cellphone has those capabilities, public figures ranging from police officers to politicians are learning that they have …
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 …
Gov. Paul LePage

Is Maine more ‘business friendly’ today under Gov. Paul LePage?

By Darren Fishell and Mario Moretto on Sept. 05, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — When Republican Gov. Paul LePage entered office in 2011, he vowed to make Maine more friendly to business and create jobs — a central theme of his gubernatorial campaign. LePage started with some high-profile gestures, such as having a mural celebrating organized labor removed from the Maine …
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 …

It’s open season for town council seats in Hampden election

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Election Day in Hampden should be interesting, with contests for every open seat, with the exception of a five-year opening on the Hampden Water District that has no takers. Up for grabs on Nov. 4 are the expiring Town Council seats held by District I representative Ivan …

Watch the BDN and CBS 13 town hall meeting on Maine’s bear baiting referendum

on Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
Eliot Cutler speaks with members of the media following a press conference at the park on Maine Street in Old Town Thursday. Cutler spoke about jobs and the economy in Maine.

Cutler blisters LePage for ‘inept’ and ‘fantasy’ economic development policies

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler, who touted an economic development plan Thursday that rehashed some of the policy proposals he’s discussed in recent months, lashed out at Republican Gov. Paul LePage for talking more about jobs than planning to create them during his first term as …
Rep. Alex Willette

Assistant House Republican leader resigns from seat after taking job with LePage campaign

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Assistant House Minority Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton, who earlier this summer became the spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign, resigned from his House seat on Thursday. Willette, who represents House District 7 in central Aroostook County, said he resigned because his job with the LePage …
Rep. Terry K. Morrison, D-South Portland, on the house floor on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at the Statehouse in Augusta.

GOP candidates in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth House districts withdraw

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on Sept. 04, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Republican candidates in state House District 31 and District 32 have withdrawn, leaving the districts’ incumbent Democratic representatives unopposed in the Nov. 4 election. Stephen Popp on Wednesday said he has withdrawn his candidacy in District 31. State election officials in Augusta said they received his …

Vice President Joe Biden calls for growing the middle class in Kittery

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 03, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
Vice President Joe Biden called for growing the middle class while speaking at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Wednesday.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Wednesday.

Biden talks about growing the middle class, joins Michaud, Pingree in Kittery

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 03, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
KITTERY, Maine — Vice President Joe Biden addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Wednesday morning, throwing political star power behind a slate of Democratic candidates in both Maine and New Hampshire. Biden was accompanied on the stage by Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike …

Bill Clinton stumps for Mike Michaud in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:40 p.m.
Former President Bill Clinton and Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud hit the stage at the Portland Expo on Tuesday night in Portland.
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