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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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Friday April 11, 2014 | 01:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud will be in Maine for the next two weeks to open field offices and tour local businesses, according to a schedule released by his gubernatorial campaign office.

While much of his time will be spent feeding his grassroots campaign that is already well underway, the Democratic candidate does plan to have a little fun along the way.

Michaud will be in downtown Ellsworth on Wednesday, where he will tour the Atlantic Art and Glass shop and perhaps learn how to blow glass.

The art of glass blowing dates back thousands of years. It now involves using torches and furnaces to soften glass so it can be shaped and expanded by physically blowing into a long tube.

Wednesday April 09, 2014 | 05:54 PM

Maine Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson made headlines Wednesday when the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting produced a story about how he tried to pass a bill helping one constituent undo a legal agreement with the state.

That constituent's name? Robert Pelletier, a Fort Kent contractor. 

Jackson, of Allagash, running in the Democratic primary to represent Maine's 2nd congressional district, has two kids with his partner Lana Pelletier, a Fort Kent native.

That begs a question: Does Jackson have family ties to Pelletier through her?

Wednesday April 09, 2014 | 04:59 PM

Democrat Emily Cain widened her money lead over primary opponent Troy Jackson in the latest fundraising period for the race to represent Maine's 2nd congressional district.

Cain, an Orono state senator, raised more than $190,000 between the new year and March's end, according to a campaign news release. 

That total beats Jackson, the Maine Senate majority leader from Allagash, by nearly double. His campaign reported raising just over $100,000 during that period.

The final numbers are due to the Federal Election Commission on April 15 and campaigns didn't release the filing documents, which show individual donors. Republicans Kevin Raye and Bruce Poliquin are expected to release their numbers just before they're reported.

Wednesday April 09, 2014 | 03:55 PM

The Maine Democratic Party already has a robust ground game underway for the upcoming gubernatorial race and is on pace to surpass 2012 voter contacts, says party Chairman Ben Grant.

"We're really doubling down on one-on-one conversations with voters," Grant told the Press Herald this week.

Grant wouldn't provide many details about how much the party was spending on canvassing efforts, or how many voters their hoping to reach in their efforts to elect U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud as governor.

But he did say there are about 18 organizers already conducting voter outreach through phone banks and recruiting more volunteers for door-to-door contact this spring.

Tuesday April 08, 2014 | 04:55 PM

The PPP poll of 583 Maine voters, paid for by the liberal group MoveOn.org, had Michaud with 44 percent support, followed by incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage at 37 percent and independent Eliot Cutler at 14 percent. Five percent of those polled were undecided.

The breakdown of those who were polled was 40 percent Democratic, 32 percent Republican and 28 percent independent or other, which is not necessarily in line with Maine's electorate.