Stories about Mike Michaud

Mike Michaud (D)

East Millinocket, District 2

Website:, Candidates for U.S. Representative (D)

Bio: Mike Michaud was born in Millinocket and raised in Medway, Maine. He grew up valuing hard-work, community, and Maine’s outdoor heritage. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and worked in the Great Northern Paper Mill in East Millinocket. Mike worked at the mill for over 29 years before being elected to Congress in 2002. Mike Michaud has taken the experience of his hometown and his experience as a millworker to the floor of the United States Congress. As a working class Mainer, Mike is in a unique position among members of Congress to understand the problems facing real Americans here and around the country. Mike has been working as Maine’s Congressman for eight years. Mike is fighting hard every day to protect and promote American jobs, to honor and serve our veterans, to set a path for energy independence and to ensure that Maine gets the investment we need to grow and prosper.

Gov. Paul LePage

Candidates for governor share ideas for Maine agricultural rebirth

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 26, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The three major candidates for governor spent Tuesday with members of Maine’s agricultural community, discussing their visions for farming and how it could be part of the answer to future economic prosperity. It’s well-known that Maine’s agricultural past dwarfs the agricultural present. There is far less farmland …
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 …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud strolls out of Portland's Cumberland Club Monday afternoon trailed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Schumlin. The New England governors were in town to help raise money for Michaud's gubernatorial bid.

Democratic Govs. Deval Patrick, Peter Shumlin stump for Michaud in southern Maine

By Mario Moretto on July 21, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud got a fundraising and rallying boost Monday from two New England governors who said the state needs a leader who’s willing to work with other regional leaders to improve the lives of Mainers. Democratic Govs. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Peter Shumlin …
Cianbro Corp. chairman and CEO Peter Vigue with a map backdrop of the proposed east-west highway.

Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye — mostly — on Maine’s proposed east-west highway

By Mario Moretto on July 20, 2014, at 5:47 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Areas for agreement between the three major candidates for governor will likely be few and far between, but here is one: Neither Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud or independent Eliot Cutler is sold on the proposal to build a private east-west highway. There’s just not …
C&L Aerospace CEO Chris Kilgour address the crowd during a press conference Thursday at the company'’s new $5 million headquarters expansion near the Bangor International Airport terminal.

C&L Aerospace unveils new $5 million Bangor headquarters expansion

By Nick McCrea on July 17, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — C&L Aerospace CEO Chris Kilgour stepped up to the microphone in front of his 120 employees. He didn’t get out a full sentence before he choked on his words and paused to fight back tears. “Emotional day,” he said, standing under a tent next to his company’s …
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 …
Nicole Clegg, chairwoman of Planned Parenthood Maine's Action Fund PAC, announces the organization's endorsement of Mike Michaud for governor at an event in Portland on June 16.

Don’t let LePage continue to deny health care to women; Michaud is the leader Maine needs

By Nicole Clegg on June 23, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
Four years ago, tea party politicians picked up key seats across the country and here in Maine. Since then, we’ve seen an unprecedented assault chipping away at women’s access to health care. Politicians campaigned with the promise of creating jobs and boosting our economy. Instead, they became focused on inserting …
Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, unveils a report by the chamber and the Maine Development Foundation in November 2013.

Be proud of this Maine tax credit

By Dana Connors on June 22, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.
Fortunately for Maine, in 2011 a bipartisan group of legislators recognized the success of the federal New Markets Investment incentive and committed to replicating that success here in our state. Legislative leaders understood that encouraging more private investment in distressed communities was critical to lifting people out of poverty. They …
Richard Rockefeller

Falmouth’s Richard Rockefeller dies in NY small plane crash

By Beth Brogan on June 13, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — Richard Rockefeller of Falmouth, son of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, died Friday morning when the small plane he was piloting crashed in Westchester County, New York. Rockefeller, an experienced pilot, flew to New York on Thursday to celebrate his father’s 99th birthday, family spokesman Fraser Seitel …
Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler speaks at Gomez Park on the Bangor waterfront in May.

Cutler says he can pay for his education plan

By Scott Thistle on June 03, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler rolled out his education platform during stops in Bangor and Portland on Tuesday. Cutler, from Cape Elizabeth, is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Maine’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat from East Millinocket. Michaud is leaving …
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 Friday afternoon.

Democrats frame themselves as ‘party of the future’ during state convention kick-off

By Christopher Cousins on May 30, 2014, at 8:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Democratic State Convention kicked off in Bangor Friday afternoon with an impassioned call by party leaders to unseat Republicans — particularly Gov. Paul LePage — and take back what they called “our Maine.” The convention, which runs through Saturday at the Queen City’s new Cross Insurance …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud

LePage, Cutler try to focus blame for VA scandal on Michaud

By Mario Moretto on May 30, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — It wasn’t long after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation Friday that U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s political opponents took the opportunity to tie the ongoing scandal at the veterans agency to their Democratic opponent. “For years, Michaud has told the people of Maine he has inside knowledge …
Rep. Terry Hayes, D-Buckfield, speaks during a press conference at the Portland Public Library Wednesday, where a group of about 50 women said they would back independent candidate Eliot Cutler in the 2014 Maine Governor's race.

Cutler campaign gains support from prominent Maine women, but Michaud claims they distort his record

By Scott Thistle on May 21, 2014, at 6:01 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A group of prominent Maine women, both Democrats and Republicans, said Wednesday they were supporting Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate in Maine’s 2014 gubernatorial race. Among those offering support is a former U.S. attorney, current and former members of the Maine Legislature, successful businesswomen and philanthropists. Cutler, …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at a Yarmouth news conference.

Michaud, Cutler must show they are more than a LePage alternative

on May 05, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
In six months, Maine voters will cast their votes on whether Gov. Paul LePage deserves a second term. But the choice doesn’t end there for voters who have decided that the first-term Republican governor needs to be replaced. In the coming months, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and independent Eliot …
Rep. Mike Michaud holds up a pair of New Balance sneakers that he was proud to say were made in Maine and that he would be wearing during his campaigning during his official announcement of his intention to run for governor of Maine at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

Maine lawmakers hail Pentagon decision on footwear as windfall for New Balance

By Christopher Cousins on April 25, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense announced Friday that it will immediately begin requiring military service members to purchase American-made sneakers, which according to U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, could be huge for Maine-based New Balance footwear. Under the so-called Berry Amendment, men and women in the U.S. military would …
Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley

Bill would give Maine Legislature ‘final say’ on allowing another national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 24, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — New legislation put forward by Gov. Paul LePage appears to take aim at proponents of a national park in Maine by giving the Legislature final say on large federal projects that would require the acquisition of state land. The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will review on Tuesday LD …
The East Millinocket mill.

State seeks to revive East Millinocket mill by allowing Cate Street to sell electricity

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 12, 2014, at 7:45 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s staff and state legislators met Wednesday to explore allowing Cate Street Capital to partner with the owner of several hydroelectric dams to sell electricity and create new revenue that could help restart the Main Street paper mill. Democratic and Republican state legislators, government …
Leaders of the campaign to legalize marijuana in Portland (from left) David Boyer, David Marshall and Tom MacMillan celebrate their victory on Nov. 5.

Marijuana Policy Project looks to legalize pot in South Portland, York, Lewiston

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 21, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Marijuana Policy Project will launch new efforts to legalize recreational marijuana use this fall in Lewiston, South Portland and York, a move that leaders in two of those cities said caught them to some degree off guard. While South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins said he …
Republican Erick Bennett announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday in Portland.

Susan Collins’ primary challenger says fight against assault conviction shows integrity

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 30, 2013, at 7:08 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Erick Bennett, a conservative Portland consultant who has launched a Republican primary campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, says his experience with the justice system — which he obtained when he was convicted of domestic violence assault 10 years ago — is driving him toward what …
Eliot Cutler

Cutler says he won’t take PAC money for 2014 race, will run ‘unbought’

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 30, 2013, at 6:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler announced Monday that he will not accept campaign donations from any political action committees for the 2014 election, a move that his campaign says will put him in office with no strings attached but which a spokeswoman for Democrat Mike Michaud …
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