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.

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Maine Calling
1:59 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Your Vote 2014 Interview with Mike Michaud

Credit US Fish & Wildlife Service

The latest in our series of Your Vote 2014 conversations with the candidates.  On this program, Congressman Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate for Governor, discusses what his priorities would be as Governor and answers questions posed by listeners.

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Politics
6:15 am
Mon September 29, 2014

LePage Agrees to Participate in 5 Debates

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage now says he plans to participate in five debates.

The Republican said last week he did not want to be on the same stage as Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, unless Michaud denounced TV ads from an outside group that said LePage considered Social Security as a form of welfare.

LePage said in a statement Sunday he has decided to participate in the debates "after much reflection" and to make sure people "get the record straight prior to the election."

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Your Vote 2014
5:16 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine GOP Seeks Apology for Mailer Attacking State Senate Candidate

Republican Sen. Brian Langely, of Ellsworth.
Credit Mal Leary / MPBN

Maine Senate Republican leaders are calling on the state Democratic party to apologize for a recent mailer against GOP Sen. Brian Langley, of Ellsworth. Langley is targeted for his vote to sustain the governor's veto of a bill that would have expanded the public's right to know regarding the number of products sold in Maine containing the potentially hazardous chemical BPA.  

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Your Vote 2014
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine Political Parties Battle for Women Voters

Gov Paul LePage hugs a supporter at an event in Scarborough Friday.
Credit Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

The race for the governor is increasingly focusing on the women's vote. Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood released an ad in support of Democrat Mike Michaud and criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. On Friday, Gov. LePage appeared with female supporters at an event in Scarborough, where he was asked about his record on women's issues. The governor himself could not recall a key vote on family planning.

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Your Vote 2014
3:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

LePage Says He'll Attend Debates - 'In the Audience'

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - The ongoing saga over who will debate whom in the three-way race for governor continues. At a Friday morning news conference, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was once again asked to clarify his position about appearing on stage with Democratic opponent Mike Michaud. This time the governor said he will be at the debates but not on the stage.

"Oh, I'll be in the audience," he said. "I fully intend to be at every debate. But I'm telling you that I will not step on the stage with a liar."

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Your Vote 2014
10:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Protesters Greet Boehner at Poliquin Fundraiser

Service Employees International Union member Frank Kadi, of Gorham, protests with other union members outside the fundraising event.
Credit Caroline Losneck

"Hey, hey, ho, ho, poverty wages have go," was the chant of protestors outside a Portland hotel yesterday, where U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was making an appearance.

Boehner was raising money for fellow Republican Bruce Poliquin, who's trying to win the 2nd Congressional District race against Democrat Emily Cain and independent Blaine Richardson.

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Your Vote 2014
10:13 am
Fri September 26, 2014

New Breed of Political Ad Doesn't Need Voices

Bob Cott (left) and Sam Surprise.
Credit Irwin Gratz / MPBN

A different kind of political ad has appeared on YouTube. Produced by the Shenna Bellows for Senate campaign, it describes two votes it says Collins made last year in support of a government shutdown. There are no voices on the ad, only music behind images and text. Irwin Gratz discussed the 95-second video with advertising executives Sam Surprise and Bob Cott Wednesday, after the video had been released, but before a news conference yesterday about it.

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Your Vote 2014
5:41 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Across the Aisle: Debates about Debates, But Not About the Issues

It's Thursday, and so time for another edition of "Across the Aisle," our weekly foray into Maine politics, with contributors Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state legislator; Dick Woodbury, an economist and tax policy consultant to the campaign of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler; and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard Thursdays afternoons on MPBN Radio.

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Your Vote 2014
5:19 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Bellows and Collins Spar Over Collins' Voting Record

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows speaks to reporters at the State House.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The political newcomer challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins went on the offensive today, challenging Collins' voting record on a number of issues. Democrat Shenna Bellows says Collins' votes - including her rejection of a minimum wage increase - are not in the best interests of working Mainers.

 

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Politics
7:15 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Speaker Boehner Heads to Maine to Support Poliquin

PORTLAND, Maine — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Maine to give a boost to Republican Bruce Poliquin's bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

The fundraiser at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland kicks off with a VIP reception on Thursday at 6 p.m. Poliquin supporters will shell out at least $1,000 to get a photo with Boehner. Attendees can pay $250 for the general reception which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Portland isn't part of the vast, rural 2nd District, but Poliquin's campaign said it was the only place the speaker's schedule allowed him to visit.

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