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 […]

Why is Cutler so far back in the polls?

Eliot Cutler

As Mike Tipping writes today, the polls in the Maine governor’s race continue to show Cutler far back. How far back? The last three polls have Cutler at 11% (Public Policy Polling), 15% (Rasmussen) and 10% (YouGov). These polls, when such data are provided, show that Michaud would win against LePage if Cutler was not […]

Michaud’s brains, experience and ideas

Maine political media are a-flutter with the news of the tape of Sen. Gratwick telling a constituent that Mike Michaud is “good, he’s good, he’s strong, high average but not a brain guy.” (As the full quote shows, Gratwick certainly did not say Michaud is not smart. And that’s from a snippet taken out of context […]

LePage keeps saying “no” as more GOP governors expand coverage

Gov. LePage’s stance on health policy has left Mainers scared, including cancer survivors. Kaiser Health News tells the story of one, 61 year old Laura Tasheiko. She’s unlike the image LePage and his allies portray of the person who would benefit from Medicaid expansion, the youngish man with a moustache, smoking a cigarette. “It’s nerve-wracking,” […]

LePage tells newspapers to drop dead as another GOP governor pursues people’s health

BDN photo by Gabor Degre.

What a contrast: As Gov. LePage said it’s a plague that newspapers are “still alive,” another Republican governor is pursuing a policy that will save lives and improve health. In deep red Wyoming, Republican Gov. Matt Mead has started negotiating with federal officials on expanding Medicaid. Like Maine, the state hospital association supports an expansion, […]

Goodbye summer. Hello college and paying for it.

Late August is always a busy, bittersweet time. Summer is ending and school is starting. Two months from now, costumed children will come knocking, shouting “Trick or treat.” Two months ago, high schools sent another crop of young people off to jobs, the military, technical school and college. For the first time in 25 years, my […]

Fewer Mainers were born in Maine. What does that mean politically?

Where We Came From, State by State, by Gregor Aisch, Robert Gebeloff and Kevin Quealy, August 14, 2014, New York Times

Maine is changing, with a population that has an increasing portion of people in the state who moved to Maine. A fabulous set of interactive graphics from the New York Times shows changes in the backgrounds of each states’ residents. Maine’s graph shows that, while native Mainers were a stable and high portion (81-78%) of the […]

Mitt’s pollster says greater GOP enthusiasm may not matter

THE ENTHUSIASM GAP, OVERRATED
Posted on August 7, 2014, 12:23 pm, by Neil Newhouse

At some point, election polls start presenting results for a group of those questioned, the likely voters. And one of the items used in sorting respondents and determining who is a likely voter is a question about how enthusiastic people are about voting. Based on the turnout in the 2014 primary elections for Maine’s Second […]

For healthier hospitals and Maine, LePage should have listened

Readers of a certain age likely remember a television ad about an investment company that supposedly was so good that, when people heard its name, they quieted down and leaned in to try to hear its advice. Following the hush on airplanes and in restaurants, the ad’s tag line was delivered: “When E.F. Hutton talks, […]