‘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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.