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CAMPAIGN 2014
Shenna Bellows

Shenna Bellows wants 10 debates with Susan Collins in Maine’s US Senate race

By Mario Moretto on July 03, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In a letter Thursday to incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows says she wants 10 debates ahead of November’s election. In her letter, Bellows said she “admired” the 10 debates Collins had with her Democratic opponent in 2008, then-U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, and said …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Steve Woods

In ethics complaint, Maine Senate district primary loser Steve Woods says Democratic leaders ‘conspired with both malice and predatory intent’

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on July 01, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — The Maine Ethics Commission is investigating whether the Falmouth Town Democratic Committee acted as a political action committee during last month’s Democratic primary in Senate District 25. Steve Woods, who was defeated by a 2-1 margin by Cathy Breen in the June 10 primary, filed a formal …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Andrew Mason

‘The Legislature can be maddeningly inefficient’: First-term lawmaker from Topsham drops re-election bid

By Alex Lear on July 01, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine — First-term state Rep. Andrew Mason, D-Topsham, has decided not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives. A local Democratic caucus to nominate a replacement candidate in the November election is scheduled for July 8. Denise Tepler, who has run twice for the seat, plans to submit …
CAMPAIGN 2014
U.S. Sen. Angus King

Angus King joins sponsors of bill to limit ‘dark money’ in campaigns; Bellows prods Collins to back measure

By Scott Thistle on June 26, 2014, at 8:43 a.m.
Reiterating his concern that undisclosed campaign funding is undermining American democracy, U.S. Sen. Angus King , I-Maine, said he is joining members of the Senate’s Democratic Caucus to reintroduce a bill that would “shine a light on so-called dark money.” Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows on Tuesday called on …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins becomes fourth GOP senator to publicly support same-sex marriage

By Mario Moretto on June 25, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — After receiving the endorsement of the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday indicated for the first time her personal support for same-sex marriage. “A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Rep. Alexander Willette, R-Mapleton

LePage adds familiar faces to re-election campaign staff

By Christopher Cousins on June 24, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The campaign to re-elect Gov. Paul LePage ended months of questions about the Republican’s lack of staff Tuesday with the announcement of several new hires, including familiar faces from LePage’s 2010 campaign and the Legislature. Brent Littlefield, LePage’s strategic consultant, has been the public face of the …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Independent gubernatorial Lee Schulteis (right) speaks with a TV reporter near Portland's Monument Square after announcing his candidacy.

Maine has a fourth gubernatorial candidate running for the 2014 election … but not really

By Mario Moretto on June 23, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Flip the page to coverage of the 2014 gubernatorial race in any Maine newspaper, and you’ll see three names: Republican Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler. You’re unlikely to see the name Lee Schultheis. The big three dominate the conversation, the money race and …
Shenna Bellows, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, announces her 350-mile "Walk with Maine for Jobs and the Economy" at Lamey-Wellehan Shoes in Augusta.

‘The Walk’ has long history in Maine politics, starting with William Cohen

By Scott Thistle on June 23, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — When Shenna Bellows walks into Lewiston on Aug. 4, if all goes as planned, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate will be at least figuratively following in the footsteps of some mighty Maine Republicans. Bellows, the former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of …
Kevin Raye, left, and his former boss U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe  discuss election night details at Raye's campaign night headquarters in Bangor, Maine, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Disappointed by Kevin Raye’s 2nd District loss, Olympia Snowe proposes open primaries as a way to combat DC gridlock

By Mario Moretto on June 22, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — She has been out of office for nearly two years, but former Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe has stayed focused on Washington. The three-term senator from Maine famously left Congress in 2012, dispirited by what she described as increasingly partisan gridlock and a failure of lawmakers to …
CAMPAIGN 2014

Former police chief and stock car racer Cathy Manchester seeks GOP nomination in Falmouth-area Senate race

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on June 20, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — A real estate broker who was Maine’s first woman police chief on Thursday announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination in state Senate District 25. Cathy Manchester of Gray told the Falmouth Republican Committee she is running for office to perform her civic duty. “Maine’s been …
From the community

Maine Senate District 33 recount results in Tuttle as winner

Bangor Daily News on June 19, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
 AUGUSTA, Maine – A recount Thursday for Maine Senate District 33 has resulted in John L. Tuttle, 844, declared winner over Andrea M. Boland, 822, in the Democratic primary. Tuttle will appear on the General Election ballot in November. The results from the June 10 primary election had indicated the vote …

Michaud endorsed by Planned Parenthood PAC

By Troy R. Bennett on June 16, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
Planned Parenthood endorses Mike Michaud for governor.
CAMPAIGN 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is all smiles while a crowd cheers as Planned Parenthood’s Maine Action Fund endorses him for governor Monday in Portland.

Planned Parenthood’s PAC endorses Michaud in Maine governor’s race

By Christopher Cousins and Seth Koenig on June 16, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Planned Parenthood’s Maine Action Fund political action committee endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud for governor Monday during an event in Portland. The endorsement adds another high-profile liberal group to Michaud’s portfolio, as the Blue Dog Democrat’s supporters push to unify left-leaning Mainers around their candidate and …
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Sue Walsh

Sue Walsh announces House District 133 candidacy

on June 16, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
BLUE HILL, Maine — Small business consultant, Blue Hill Planning Board member, and former Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Director, Sue Walsh, has announced her candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives. Walsh seeks to represent House District 133, which includes the towns of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, …

Republican rally

By Gabor Degre on June 13, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Republican rally held in Bangor.
CAMPAIGN 2014
People applaud during a rally for Republican politicians who are running for re-election or office at Husson University in Bangor Friday morning.

Maine GOP presents unified front in wake of primaries; Dems doubt it will last

By Nick McCrea on June 13, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A group of Maine Republican leaders gathered at Husson University on Friday in a show of unity they believe will help them win in this fall’s general election. The Maine GOP hosted a pep rally of sorts that drew more than 100 loud, enthusiastic supporters to the …
CAMPAIGN 2014 & ANALYSIS
Bruce Poliquin, former state treasurer, talks with Brent Littlefield (right) along with other supporters of his campaign during election night at Dysarts in Bangor.

Can Poliquin unite GOP, make LePage’s winning formula work in the 2nd District?

By Christopher Cousins on June 11, 2014, at 6:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Shortly after it became clear Tuesday night that Bruce Poliquin had sewn up the Republican party’s nomination in Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District, he made it clear that he would need opponent Kevin Raye’s supporters if he is to win the general election in November. “We are …
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) and House Speaker John Boehner hold a news conference after a Republican Party caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photo taken May 20, 2014.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to leave post after election shock

By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell, Reuters on June 11, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A shocking primary election defeat for Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, left his political party in chaos Wednesday as financial markets worried the shakeup might renew budget fights that in the past have caused government shutdowns and near credit defaults. Cantor, who …

Cain and Poliquin claim victory in 2nd Congressional District primaries

By Brian Feulner on June 11, 2014, at 12:23 a.m.
Emily Cain and Bruce Poliquin deliver their victory speeches in Bangor on Tuesday evening after primary elections.
CAMPAIGN 2014

Emily Cain wins Democrats’ 2nd District primary

By Mario Moretto on June 10, 2014, at 9:25 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — State Sen. Emily Cain of Orono will be the Democrats’ candidate for the 2nd Congressional District. Cain easily defeated state Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the rural northern district. With 79 percent of precincts reporting as of 11 p.m., unofficial results showed …
 
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