Tag Archives: Mike Michaud

Democrats’ tax scheme shows they missed the message

House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, and Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland, in 2013. BDN photo by Matthew Stone.

Last November, Maine voters sent a clear, if somewhat mixed message. By re-electing Gov. Paul LePage over Democrat Mike Michaud and giving Republicans control of the Maine Senate, they were endorsing the GOP’s message of fiscal reform and responsibility. By keeping the House in Democratic hands (with a reduced majority), they were telling Augusta politicians […]

Michaud, Pingree vote for Pelosi’s shutdown

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. BDN photo by Troy Bennett.

You may have heard that, late last week — and, as usual, at the last possible minute — the U.S. Congress passed a mechanism to continue funding most of the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Structured as a continuing resolution, this omnibus spending bill was quickly dubbed the […]

The truth about Tuesday

It’s been less than 48 hours since the polls closed, and already a conventional wisdom is forming about the results that deserves some deep examination. Neither successful Republicans nor disappointed Democrats should leap to the easy conclusions about Tuesday — this would lead to both making mistaken assumptions about their future course. The first picture emerging […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Democrats’ disdain for businesses runs deep

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So far, one of the recurring themes of 2014 has been jobs and the economy. It has been a constant refrain from candidates up and down the ticket, in both parties. As usual, it being an election year, Democrats have been talking like Republicans on the issue. They’re hoping that voters will forget that, when […]

Another Democrat Wants Welfare For Illegal Immigrants

The Republican Governors’ Association and the Maine Republican Party have been calling out Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud for his support of providing welfare benefits to illegal immigrants. This has provoked a firestorm of criticism, with liberal groups in a much-covered conference call recorded by Maine Heritage Policy Center’s Steve Robinson complaining that two-time Obama supporters are saying they’re voting for LePage […]

A tide of dishonesty engulfs Maine Democrats

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. BDN photo by Troy Bennett.

In recent days, a wave of dishonesty has washed over Maine Democrats, all over the state. It’s affected a number of races, from the top-tier contests to local legislative races, and has even engulfed their auxiliary groups. Though, to be fair, it shouldn’t really be called a wave: that would imply it was something new. […]

Political focus shifting north

Bruce Poliquin. BDN photo by Brian Feulner

For much of the summer — indeed, almost since the day of the June primaries — the race for Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District has flown under the radar. The attention of the state’s politicos and media have mostly been focused on the gubernatorial race, where the two leading candidates have been locked in a […]

Democrats, Republicans prove Eliot Cutler is a real independent

The recent revelation that Democrats attempted to recruit Eliot Cutler as their 2014 gubernatorial candidate should come as no surprise, even after they ran one of the nastiest campaigns in Maine political history against him. After all, after attacking him constantly in 2010 the Democrats’ tactic in 2014 has been to suggest that he ought […]