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New poll: LePage, Obama both unpopular in Maine

on April 15, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
The 53rd Pan Atlantic SMS Omnibus Poll will be released soon. Patrick Murphy, the firm’s president, allowed me an early glance at the results. Although I agreed not to release specific numbers prior to the poll’s formal release, there is a lot that is interesting about the results. The poll …
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Michaud pays female staffers more: Debunking right-wing think tank’s claims on equal pay

on April 14, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
There is not much I enjoy more than catching right-wing think tanks with their pants down. And I especially love it when we catch them as they are screaming “Democratic hypocrisy!” A recent column in the Portland Press Herald by the Maine Heritage Policy Center policy analyst Steve Robinson tried to debunk …

Do CEOs even think about what they pay women vs. men?

By Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman on April 11, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
Phil: How about we debate equal pay this week? Ethan: What is there to debate? Women should be paid the same as men for equal work. Pretty simple and pretty hard to disagree with. Phil: Correct, yet you would think that President Barack Obama would at least walk the walk …
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Do CEOs even think about what they pay women vs. men?

on April 11, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
Phil: How about we debate equal pay this week? Ethan: What is there to debate? Women should be paid the same as men for equal work. Pretty simple and pretty hard to disagree with. Phil: Correct, yet you would think that President Barack Obama would at least walk the walk …
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Do CEOs even think about what they pay women vs. men?

on April 11, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
Phil: How about we debate equal pay this week? Ethan: What is there to debate? Women should be paid the same as men for equal work. Pretty simple and pretty hard to disagree with. Phil: Correct, yet you would think that President Barack Obama would at least walk the walk …
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New poll shows Michaud in lead with 44 percent; LePage, 37; Cutler, 14

on April 08, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
A recent poll by Public Policy Polling in Maine shows a rising lead for Democrat Mike Michuad, Republican Gov. Paul LePage stabilizing, and independent Eliot Cutler fading. The poll, conducted April 1 and 2, surveyed 583 people and has a margin of error of 4.1%. It has the race as follows: Mike Michaud: 44 …
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The ‘train-wreck’ that signed up 9.5 million

on April 04, 2014, at 8:07 a.m.
Ethan: Now that Obamacare exceeded its goal of 7 million signups by April 1, are you ready to concede a small modicum of success to this program and stop calling it a “train wreck”? Phil: Forcing people to buy a product and having it declared constitutional because it was interpreted …
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Collins to report almost $4.5M raised

on April 03, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
We have learned from sources close to Sen. Susan Collins’ re-election campaign that the senator will report $877,000 raised in the first quarter of 2014, bringing her total raised to just under $4.5 million for the 2014 election cycle. She will have approximately $3.6 million in cash on hand.
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Should the legislature stop the UMaine cuts?

on March 31, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
Political analysts Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman discussed an array of topics during tonight’s newscast including Gov. LePage’s welfare bills and which, if any, will survive. Additionally, they discussed the politics behind de-funding the Maine Rides program and the Alexander Report. Finally, they tackled whether the legislature should be stepping in …
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Do Hampden Councilors have a right to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance?

on March 29, 2014, at 8:15 a.m.
Political Analysts Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman discuss the controversy in Hampden surrounding a youtube video depicting two Hampden Town Councilors/Veterans refusing to stand up for the pledge of allegiance during Council Meetings. Do they have the right? How will it play out politically? Phil & Ethan also discuss a bill …
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Are LePage’s welfare reforms unconstitutional, unenforceable and unethical?

on March 28, 2014, at 6:34 a.m.
Ethan: What is up with you Republicans and welfare? You spend more time trying to make it harder for people to get support in hard times than you do reducing the causes of poverty. Phil: You support people on welfare spending their money at casinos and strip clubs? Ethan: If …
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Irresponsible spending by LePage or political posturing by the legislature?

on March 27, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
Yesterday we spoke with our political analysts on two hot button issues in front of the legislature this week. The Legislature voted to defund the Alexander Report and while Phil Harriman said it’s political posturing, Ethan Strimling said the report had major flaws. “The legislature is saying if you aren’t going …
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Is it time to repeal term limits?

on March 24, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling spoke with Pat Callaghan about a number of issues ranging from whether Collins and King should vote to declassify the “enhanced interrogation” report, arming forest rangers, capping the charitable donations deduction on income taxes, and whether term limits should be repealed, as Governor LePage declared …
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Is MaineCare expansion alive, dying, or dead?

on March 22, 2014, at 7:54 a.m.
The State House is a busy place as the legislative session gets closer to adjournment. political analysts Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling talk politics In The Arena with Pat Callaghan. First up: is MaineCare expansion dead? It has been through the House and Senate and neither got the 2/3rds needed to …
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Should Republicans be compromising?

on March 21, 2014, at 6:25 a.m.
Ethan: Between the two of us, we have 14 years experience in the state Senate. In all our combined years, have you ever seen the Legislature compromise in such a night-and-day approach as we’ve seen this past week? Phil: You speak of course about the latest supplemental budget in which …
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LePage says he wants more welfare?

on March 14, 2014, at 6:25 a.m.
Phil: Google. Amazon. Nike. Ethan: Let me guess. You are checking investments for your clients? Phil: Teslar. General Electric. IBM. Ethan: You are trying to memorize the 30 stocks of the Dow? Phil: Southwest Airlines. Boeing. Lockheed Martin. Ethan: You want to buy an airplane for your wife? Phil: Costco. …
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What is wrong with LePage asking voters if they want smaller government?

on March 12, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
The Maine Legislature will vote on the Republican MaineCare compromise bill Wednesday. With the Affordable Care Act and discussion of Medicaid expansion, Maine is in the middle of a policy push and pull. Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling joined the Morning Report to discuss Medicaid expansion and other Maine political issues. LePage …
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Will “Open for Business” open any businesses?

on March 11, 2014, at 7:56 a.m.
Keeping a promise he made during his State of the State address, Governor Paul LePage announced his new plan to attract big businesses to two former air bases in Maine. The governor says his plan would give big incentives to any business that can invest at least $50,000,000, hire at least 1,500 employees, and locate …
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Former Democratic Speaker John Martin turns Republican?!

on March 08, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
In what could only be recognized as the biggest Maine political story of the 21st century, I received a tip yesterday that made me question reality: Former Speaker and lifelong Democrat John L. Martin of Eagle Lake had turned Republican and was running in a primary against Republican Rep. Allen …
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Why doesn’t Gov. LePage know what his own party is doing?

on March 08, 2014, at 7:57 a.m.
Governor Paul LePage had a lot to say about revenue sharing, Medicaid expansion in Maine and what he says Democrats are doing wrong in the Legislature this week. But it appears he needs to keep track of what’s going on within his his own party, because many of his fellow Republicans …
 
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