Thursday, May 23, 2013
There's now just one week to go before the June 12 U.S. Senate primary election, and Republican candidates are doing what they can to get votes, and attention.
Former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett wrote an opinion column in today's Press Herald and took shots at both Secertary of State Charlie Summers and state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin. Bennett, who has spent eight years as a business executive, calls out Summers and Poliquin for using their state offices as platforms to run for advancing their political careers.
As it happens, Summers sent out a news release as Secetary of State this morning to remind voters that June 7 is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot in in the primary election. Summers has said he is delegating oversight of the election to his deputy because he is a candidate, although he's still handling the media part.
And, just minutes earlier, Poliquin sent one out as Treasurer titled, "Saving Money While Helping Mainers." The release links to an opinion column he wrote in the Bangor Daily News about the Maine State Housing Authority, which he has criticized both as Treausrer and as U.S. Senate candidate.
Open Season targets all of Maine's political wildlife, from Portland city government to the donkeys, elephants and independents stalking the Statehouse and U.S. Capitol.
John Richardson joined the Press Herald in 1990 after working as a reporter in New Jersey. He has covered a variety of beats, including marine issues, the environment and health care. He is now covering politics and focusing on Maine's U.S. Senate race.
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Colin Woodard has covered politics and elections for more than two decades, from Bosnia and Bucharest to Washington, D.C., Augusta, and Portland City Hall. He has written for a wide range of national and international publications and is the author of four books, including "American Nations," a history of North America's regional cultures. He joined the Portland Press Herald at the end of April and covers political finance and lobbying, among other things.
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Susan Cover has covered Maine politics for 10 years and worked in Kansas, Ohio and Rhode Island as a reporter. This year, she is focusing on covering the same-sex marriage debate for MaineToday Media.
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Michael Shepherd joined MaineToday Media in May 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono, where he edited The Maine Campus, the student newspaper there. Until November he'll be writing the Truth Test, a recurring feature analyzing political statements and advertising.
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