Category Archives: Maine Politics

A week before the election, the Republican Governors Association puts out ad touting Cutler

Today New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is having his fourth Maine visit to support Gov. LePage’s reelection — although again these men aren’t holding a rally anyone can attend. Instead they’ll do a meet and greet with some voters at Quirk Auto Park in Bangor and then have a fundraiser. This is quite a contrast […]

This year, Bangor’s economy, schools and wages are on the ballot

We built it. Bangor’s great schools and fantastic library, excellent health care facilities, outdoor music, new civic center and vibrant downtown didn’t just happen by accident. Many people put work into creating what we have and making Bangor a thriving regional center. This is a city that doesn’t say “no” to new ideas. But what’s […]

Same split the vote strategy in Maine governor’s race takes a toking turn in North Carolina

Image from ad paid for by Koch brothers funded organization on behalf of North Carolina's Libertarian Senate candidate, who is far back in third place

In Maine, we’ve seen the Republican party and its supporters praising and otherwise assisting Eliot Cutler in an attempt to split the anybody-but-LePage vote. Gov. LePage promoted Cutler’s candidacy just yesterday, claiming he’s the stronger opponent than Michaud. In reality, Michaud is just ahead of LePage in the polling average, with Cutler twenty-five percentage points […]

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 […]