Tag Archives: Paul LePage

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

LePage’s meetings with extremists make Buckley and Smith spin in their graves

Decades ago William F. Buckley and Margaret Chase Smith drew a bright line between legitimate conservatism and the extremist right. Speaking out against Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wisconsin, in 1950 Smith proclaimed, “As a Republican, I say to my colleagues on this side of the aisle that the Republican Party faces a challenge today that is […]

How surprising is it that LePage called Social Security, Medicare “welfare”?

BDN photo by Gabor Degre.

See updates at the end of the post. Social Security and Medicare are very popular programs that vastly reduced the rate of poverty among the elderly. So maybe you’d think that, in the nation’s oldest state, a major party candidate wouldn’t categorize those programs as “welfare.” At the same time, the current administration in Augusta […]

What the Maine governor race looks like in June 2014

Polls in Maine governor race, February 2013-June 2014

Every so often a new poll comes out on the 2014 Maine governor race. The most recent, published in the Press-Herald and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Research Center had a close race between Mike Michaud (40%) and Paul LePage (36%), within the margin of error, with Eliot Cutler lagging (15%). But, […]

Where are Maine’s jobs? Counties, employment and moving trucks

April 2014 unemployment rates

As the rest of the country has finally gotten back to the same number of jobs it had before the recession, Maine’s less than halfway there. But some parts of Maine are doing much, much better than others. Check out this map from the Maine state government’s Center for Workforce Research and Information, showing county-level unemployment data from April […]

Guess which New England state already met its 2014 Obamacare goal?

A nutmeg. Why? Because  Connecticut is the Nutmeg state. Copyright © 2007 David Monniaux. Creative Commons.

Before the insurance exchanges opened in October 2013, the CBO projected that seven million nationally would sign up for private insurance by the end of the 2014 open enrollment period at the end of March. They also set targets for each state. Only one state has exceeded its target already — Connecticut As Access Health […]