Ebola anxiety can’t be cured by cutting government

Ebola is a horrific disease that’s become a target of overreaction by frightened people who, like most, do a poor job in judging what’s a real risk. But it’s also an example of how inadequate health programs are dangerous. Even before Ebola came to our shores, government mattered. The lack of any credible public health […]

Will Cutler “Apology-gate” come up in upcoming debates?

Eliot Cutler and Mike Michaud at a candidates forum. October 10, 2014. Photo: Troy R. Bennett l BDN

Apology-gate? That’s a tongue-in-cheek name for Cutler’s statements during and then after the first televised debate. Debates mattered so much to independent candidate for Maine governor Eliot Cutler that he spent campaign money running ads about them. But in the last televised debate, Eliot Cutler sounded somewhat rude, saying to Rep. Mike Michaud, “Listen to […]

In debate, LePage misses reality of his MaineCare vetoes

  In last night’s governor’s debate, Rep. Mike Michaud used his one chance to ask another candidate a question to say to Gov. Paul LePage, “Governor, someone is watching us right now, is going without life-changing medication because of your five vetoes. Would you be able to look into the camera and tell those people […]

Polls not creating the confusion that would benefit Cutler and LePage

Graph of polls in the 2010 Maine governors race. Source: HuffPost Pollster

The latest poll release, showing Michaud ahead of LePage by six percentage points among likely voters (and thirteen points among registered voters), likely will get Michaud supporters excited. Now, no one should get too up or too down from a single poll. Still, this poll and others suggests the confusing conditions of 2010 haven’t transpired. […]

Three new polls in governor’s race show Michaud ahead in two, LePage ahead in one

Early October 2014 polls in the Maine governor's race

So it looks like we’re in the time of the gubernatorial campaign when a lot of polls get released. The race has looked stable, with Michaud narrowly ahead of LePage and Cutler lagging. Two of the three new polls confirm that picture, while the other does not. You can see these below (but note that […]

The 2nd District race, from farce to actual issues

Let’s start with the farce. The race for the 2nd Congressional District has included an ad that’s so over the top you might think it’s a parody. As commentator Michael Cuzzi described it, “The piece employs images of armed, black-clad terrorists marching in formation to make the absurd claim that [Democrat Emily] Cain supports greater […]

New poll with Michaud leading and Cutler lagging suggests why LePage says he will debate

2014 Maine governor's race. Chart of polls included by RealClearPolitics for August and September 2014.

In a new poll commissioned by the Press Herald, Rep. Mike Michaud continues to lead the race for governor. You can read their article about the poll here and see breakdowns from it here. Michaud is the preference of 40% with 38% for LePage and 12% for Cutler. When people leaning toward a candidate are including, […]

Six takeaways from Cutler’s leaked internal poll

Eliot Cutler

Eliot Cutler’s campaign has leaked a poll showing that Michaud and LePage are tied at 35%, with Cutler at 19%. Click here to see the full poll for yourself. A news story about the poll, with comments from the campaigns, can be read here. Now, internal polls should always be taken with a massive grain of […]