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Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.

Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
Steve can be reached at 791-6345 or smistler@pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @stevemistler

Eric Russell is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald.
Eric can be reached at 791-6344 or erussell@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @pphericrussell

Matt Byrne is covering Republican Paul LePage during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport for the Portland Press Herald.
Matt can be reached at 791-6303 or mbyrne@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @mattbyrnePPH

Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
Randy can be reached at 791-6346 or rbillings@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @randybillings

Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or kmiller@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @kevinmillerdc

Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
Michael can be reached at 621-5632 or mshepherd@centralmaine.com
On Twitter: @mikeshepherdME

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Wednesday April 23, 2014 | 10:45 AM

A group looking to elect Democrats to Congress recently reserved $6.5 million in television ads for the final weeks of the 2014 campaign, but the competitive race for Maine's 2nd district isn't on the long list of targeted districts.

That is, not yet.

press release said the House Majority PAC — a super political action committee that can spend unlimited amounts of money, or independent expenditures, to support or oppose candidates without coordinating with or donating to campaigns — has reserved TV time in 24 districts, including New Hampshire's two House districts.

In the release, Alixandria Lapp, the super PAC's executive director, said it is "making wise investments in those districts where we expect we will need to counter negative attacks in the final weeks of the campaign."

Tuesday April 22, 2014 | 05:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud supported gay marriage when it was put to Maine voters in 2012.

"Fighting alongside advocates" might be a little bit of an overstatement. 

But that's what Michaud told a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's annual National Champagne Brunch on April 6 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to office. Candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund are given campaign support, including direct links for contributions.

Tuesday April 22, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Less than a week before their state party convention, 2nd congressional district Republican primary candidates Bruce Poliquin and Kevin Raye are sparring.

That's nothing new, but this time, it's about something Poliquin said that could be interpreted to undermine party unity.

At a Thursday forum at the University of Maine at Machias, an attendee critical of Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' attention to local and national issues addressed Poliquin, who responded this way:

Friday April 18, 2014 | 05:19 PM

Republican Bruce Poliquin has broken the television ice in Maine's 2014 election cycle, introducing himself to voters in the 2nd congressional district.

The ad, reportedly running in Bangor and Presque Isle since earlier this month, pitches him as a hometown success story: He was born in Maine and went to Harvard University en route to a successful investing career in New York City before coming back to Maine, eventually serving as state treasurer.

It also tells of the personal tragedy he faced when his wife drowned in 1992, a subject Poliquin has hesitated to discuss in the past.

Thursday April 17, 2014 | 04:36 PM

The most recent fundraising numbers are now public in the race for Maine’s 2nd congressional district, the last peek we’ll have at the candidates’ total until late May.

That’s just ahead of the June 10 primary, so the two Democratic and two Republican candidates can move money around outside of public scrutiny until then.

So, the July filings will be perhaps more interesting than the ones made public by the Federal Election Commission yesterday, encompassing a period from Jan. 1 to March 31.

Still, there are plenty of notable tidbits in the filings that I didn’t get to in my roundup of the numbers yesterday.