Your Vote 2014

MPBN's Your Vote 2014 is YOUR resource to help navigate Election Day in Maine.

Stay on top of the latest election news and developments here on MPBN’s compendium, which will be updated regularly right through the November general elections, brought to you by AARP, MEMIC and Lambert Coffin.

What do you want to ask the candidates? Your question could be posed during an MPBN debate. The second Your Vote 2014 debate — set for 8 p.m. Oct. 16 — will be between the three candidates for Maine's 2nd Congressional District. What do you want to know from Bruce Poliquin, Emily Cain and Blaine Richardson? Submit your question for candidates to yourvote@mpbn.net.

Questions have been submitted to candidates in all races about their stances on the big issues. As we receive responses, we will add them to grids for at-a-glance comparison.

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Your Vote 2014
2:04 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Democrat Cain Skipping 2nd District Debate

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine television station has canceled a debate in the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat after Democrat Emily Cain said she wouldn't attend.

WMTW-TV was planning to host a debate between Cain and Republican Bruce Poliquin on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

WMTW says Cain told the station Thursday she will be skipping the debate because independent Blaine Richardson wasn't invited.

The station says Richardson doesn't meet its criteria for debates because he hasn't raised enough money and is polling in the single digits, among other things.

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9:33 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Maine Students Pick LePage in Mock Election

AUGUSTA, Maine — Students from 130 Maine schools want to give Gov. Paul LePage another four years in the Blaine House.

The Republican governor won the annual mock election Wednesday with 38.5 percent of about 12,000 votes. Democrat Mike Michaud came in second with 35.8 percent and Cutler finished in third with 25.4 percent.

In the 2nd Congressional District race, Democrat Emily Cain got 40.9 percent of the students' vote, defeating Republican Bruce Poliquin who had 35.9 percent.

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Politics
9:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Ad Execs talk Bear Baiting Spots

As we've been reporting, a judge yesterday refused to block ads featuring state wildlife officials arguing against the bear baiting ban on the November ballot. Our political advertising analysts, Sam Surprise and Bob Cott, both ad agency owners, are back this morning to talk about those ads.

Bob Cott is owner of CD&M Communications and Sam Surprise is president of Surprise Advertising.

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Politics
6:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

$1.6 Million Spent on Bear Hunt Ballot Question TV Ads

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — An analysis shows that two groups fighting over a contentious ballot measure in Maine that would could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting have spent $1.6 million so far to run television advertisements.

The numbers released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity show that the pro-ban group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting has spent $860,500. The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, which is opposing the ballot question, has shelled out about $712,700.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Watch On-Demand: MPBN's Senate Debate

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will hold and broadcast its Senate debate Wednesday, continuing its journalistic tradition of providing the state with in-depth coverage of statewide political issues.

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