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On Tuesday, vote for real leadership

A controversial, reform-minded Republican governor who’d received national attention running for reelection. A congressman, a pillar of the Democratic establishment who’d been in various offices for decades, running against him. An independent who couldn’t win, but who could nevertheless get enough votes to affect the outcome. The year? 1990. The governor? John McKernan. The challenger? […]

New poll gives LePage solid lead, destroys spoiler myth

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If they didn’t see it last night when it was first posted, Democrats woke up to some bad news this morning: The new nonpartisan Portland Press Herald/UNH poll gave incumbent Paul LePage a 10-point lead over Congressman Mike Michaud in the race for Governor, 45-35-16. The results are bad news for Michaud on a number of levels. First […]

Maine Education Association Caught Lying In New Mailer

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The Maine Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the state, recently sent out this mailer against Republican Jonathan Moynahan in House District 2, challenging Democratic incumbent Roberta Beavers. A similar cookie-cutter mailer was sent out in other districts. The text proclaims that “Moynahan will side with Governor LePage” on certain issues, citing his Ballotpedia page […]

Liberals pour dark money into Hancock County

As we have seen already this year, the moral dedication of liberals to campaign finance reform has a flimsy foundation. Though they’re eager to espouse its virtues, they know it has little chance of passing. As with so many other nominal positions, it’s a low-risk, high-reward stance to take, since they can shore up their […]

Bellows snubbed at Bangor rally

Today, adding to the parade of endorsements Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has been pushing of late, First Lady Michelle Obama flew up to Bangor to stump for him. She was likely sent because, as Amy Fried noted, the First Lady is quite popular amongst a wide range of groups – unlike her husband, whose approval […]

Yet Another False, Malicious Democratic Mailer

The Maine Wire has already exposed false Democratic mailers attacking Republican candidates while at the same time taking credit for their ideas. The latest mailer sent into District 32 (Bangor and Hermon), where former Bangor mayor Cary Weston is seeking to unseat first-term incumbent Geoffrey Gratwick, may well take the cake, however. As they have attempted in the […]

With no agenda of their own, Democrats’ only plan for Maine is naysaying

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Anne Haskell, D-Portland. BDN photo by Gabor Degre.

This year, we have seen one of the most astonishingly hypocritical campaigns in Maine political history emerge. At the top of the Democratic ticket, Mike Michaud has been running on vague promises to bring people together. This alone would be brazen enough, given his inability to get a single bill passed throughout his tenure in […]