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Gubernatorial candidates address health care and welfare Editor’s note: This is the third of a series that has run three consecutive Sundays in which the five gubernatorial candidates on the ballot are asked questions on one topic crucial to Mainers. Today’s topics are health care and welfare.
Maine 2010 Election: Governor's Race
Campaign Diary: LePage adds business endorsements
Campaign Diary: Negative ads play as positive as independent hits mill town
Campaign Diary: Mitchell gets warm reception up north
Maine gubernatorial candidates head north to debate jobs, local issues The only formal debate in Aroostook County is a fairly civil affair with all five of the candidates in Presque Isle.
Website attacking Cutler still a mystery MaineToday Media experts are trying to identify its creators, and the state ethics commission is investigating.
Cutler Campaign Diary: Candidate covers lots of ground in a day
LePage Campaign Diary: Front-runner anxious but confident: 'We're going to win'
Mitchell Campaign Diary: Start out in Bangor, end in Presque Isle
MaineToday Media's 2010 Endorsement Interviews for Governor and Congress
Florida official: Ann LePage's tax break was legal after all The Maine candidate's wife has a valid homestead exemption under a legal exception, an appraiser says.
Quoting Edmund Muskie, Eliot Cutler appeals for end to attack ads
Libby Mitchell says some credit due for economic wins The Democratic gubernatorial nominee says that if she gets blame, some credit is due for victories.
5 write-ins running for Blaine House
Campaign Notebook: Political TV ads enter campaign's homestretch
Getting the word out Candidates stay with their campaign themes in a debate over education, energy and economic issues.
Democratic mailing on Eliot Cutler stirs controversy Eliot Cutler has demanded that candidate Libby Mitchell repudiate the mailing. Her campaign declined.
Bill Clinton to stump for Libby Mitchell in Lewiston Former President Bill Clinton will arrive in a week to speak at a get-out-the-vote event.
Gubernatorial candidates differ on how state can fund local schools At an education forum, the hopefuls also address the future of district consolidation.
Paul LePage leads candidates in money race Reports indicate the gubernatorial candidate has raised more money and still has the most on hand.
Gubernatorial candidates address the economy Editor’s note: This is the second of a series that will run three consecutive Sundays in which the five gubernatorial candidates on the ballot are asked questions on one topic crucial to Mainers.
Poll: Cutler up, Mitchell down, Scontras even Paul LePage still leads the governor's race, but Chellie Pingree is in a statistical tie.
Forum ends with tense Cutler-Mitchell exchange Four of five candidates attend the forum sponsored by several environmental groups.
LePage tells businesses patience is key The GOP candidate tours Sanford and asks some shop owners how their businesses are doing.
Candidates vie for MaineToday vote Eliot Cutler, Libby Mitchell and Shawn Moody detail their visions for Maine in a meeting with the media company.
Ethics panel dismisses complaints by both parties, will probe website
In independent survey, Paul LePage retains lead for Maine governor But the race is still tight, and the campaign of rival Libby Mitchell claims that she has the momentum.
GOP files ethics charge against Libby Mitchell Republicans claim use of her family members in an ad is a violation because they too are candidates.
Gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody urges rivals to drop TV attack ads The five candidates for governor on the Maine ballot debate education, jobs and welfare issues.
Paul LePage hits 'Libby' Mitchell on Social Security numbers The GOP campaign says Mitchell co-sponsored the bill that allowed collecting the students' numbers.
Internal poll shows Eliot Cutler running close third But opponents question the accuracy of the survey commissioned by Eliot Cutler's own campaign.
Shifting polls keep candidates guessing Events, revelations and the fickle nature of surveys put a spin on Maine's gubernatorial race.
Bangor Daily News endorses Cutler
State GOP refuses to change Pingree ad WCSH offered to continue airing the ad if the party agreed to pay potential legal costs, or to change its content.
NRA gives backing to LePage campaign The NRA says this is the first time in 20 years it has endorsed any candidate for Maine governor.
Forum seeks candidate views on cigarette tax, health care Two back a cigarette tax hike, two would consider it, they tell the American Lung Association.
The Maine Poll 2010: Survey puts LePage in lead again The GOP gubernatorial nominee rebounds from a previous report, while Democrat Libby Mitchell loses ground.
Businesses, unions pouring money into gubernatorial race Even the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is taking a financial interest.
Consultant queried on Cutler Files
LePage accused of ethics violation Democrats say he used a Marden's company car for campaign purposes and didn't properly report it.
Candidates discuss how state, towns relate Hundreds of officials hear stances from road care to services consolidation at Wednesday's forum.
Eliot Cutler sees 'unholy alliance' between Libby Mitchell, teachers' union He offers some educational reform measures that he says will get Maine taxpayers value.
Maine governor's race: A battle worth a million bucks The top political parties raise that much in one quarter, and spending in the governor’s race could set a record.
Maine gubernatorial candidate 'Libby' Mitchell regrets photo mocking Bush The GOP accuses the Democratic gubernatorial candidate of hypocrisy over criticism of Paul LePage.
Policy talk, accusations rule debate for Maine governor Paul LePage says Libby Mitchell also has taken a sharp jab at a president, and each candidate is asked some tough questions.
Political poll sees shift in numbers The survey for a conservative website finds a narrowing race in the 1st District, and a virtual tie among gubernatorial front-runners.
Reformer and outsider wants shot at Augusta Independent Kevin Scott says his achievements in tiny Andover have prepared him to handle the challenges of the entire state.
LePage lists goals for people of Maine The Republican candidate for governor seeks jobs, better schools and lower health and energy costs.
Governor's race: Shawn Moody cites 'doors of opportunity' The candidate stresses education and early career and training guidance for Maine students.
Is LePage losing the votes of women?
Forms detail Richardson campaign's alleged fraud The records are the basis of a probe into claims of falsifying donor records.
Worries cropped up early in Richardson's campaign E-mails about the former candidate's Clean Elections application are released.
Moody would use business savvy in office The independent, who built his garage into a small empire, says he understands the challenges facing Maine businesses.
Candidates debate merits of having promises to keep The five contenders for governor join in the roundtable discussion.
Lawyer: Cutler Files probe illegal The anonymity of a website targeting a candidate is protected, he tells the state.
Campaign says LePage punch line was a joke
Of comebacks and Cadillacs: Candidates spar More than 200 people attend a forum in which all five hopefuls stress the need to create jobs.
Governor's race a dead heat in poll
LePage's scorn for president causes stir The GOP candidate regrets saying he'd tell Obama to 'go to hell.' Democrats saw it as disrespectful.
Cutler takes aim at LePage on budget Eliot Cutler says Paul LePage is 'doing just as much pandering as Libby Mitchell.'
Scott says multiple driving violations show 'I'm a person' The candidate has a long history of traffic violations, with 35 convictions and 21 license suspensions.
Maine gubernatorial candidates differ on charter schools Libby Mitchell and Shawn Moody are the only two gubernatorial candidates against charter schools.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour stumps with Paul LePage About 80 people fork over $750 each – the maximum single donation allowed – to attend the luncheon.
Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Scott focuses on cutting energy costs He says he would study issues carefully and seek 'Maine-based' solutions to the state's problems.
Libby Mitchell: Natural gas should run to Augusta The gubernatorial candidate proposes a public-private partnership to cut the cost to the state.
Gubernatorial candidates differ on gay marriage issue An Associated Press survey also shows the five contenders are cool to icy toward the idea of casino gambling in Maine.
Five Maine Gubernatorial candidates begin final sprint AUGUSTA - The five candidates on the ballot for governor met in Maine's capital city Saturday night for the first of two Great Debates, setting up the grinding final six weeks of the campaign as a spirited political sprint to Nov. 2.
The debate, sponsored by MaineToday Media and its media partners WGME-TV and WGAN radio, was broadcast statewide. The debate was open to the public, and attracted backers of the leading candidates.
Cutler brings wide-ranging resume to campaign The independent, who's worked in D.C. and China, decries what he sees as antagonistic party politics.
LIVE: Candidates for governor debate
The Franco effect Politicians have long courted Maine's chief ethnic group, though it doesn't necessarily vote as a bloc.
Think tank report cites $1 billion in potential Maine spending cuts It also recommends areas where too little is spent, as compared to the nation and other rural states.
Candidates favor state investment in biotechnology R&D investment strategies and reform of education take center stage for five gubernatorial candidates.
Florida county tells Ann LePage to pay $1,400 The wife of gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage claimed permanent-home tax breaks there and in Maine.
Candidates' views split on energy policy A debate sharpens the distinctions between the candidates for governor on hydro dams, offshore drilling and lowering power costs.
Candidates pledge to remember the disabled While acknowledging tough budget choices, Libby Mitchell, Eliot Cutler and Shawn Moody promise 'a seat at the table.'
For candidates, gaps widen LATEST POLL: Paul LePage gains 7 points; Libby Mitchell loses 3; and Eliot Cutler dips 2
Issues Forum: Four hopefuls outline their plans on ways to stimulate businesses in Maine
Gubernatorial candidates stake positions on tax credits, conserving land
Paul LePage nets $400,000, leads field in fundraising The GOP front-runner for Maine governor trails Libby Mitchell, who is publicly financed, in cash on hand.
Maine gubernatorial candidates offer input on issues facing elderly Some 100 people attend a forum sponsored by the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Hard knocks turned LePage into 'a fighter' The feisty businessman with a hardscrabble background vows to bring fiscal restraint to Augusta.
Florida looks into LePage tax issue Officials there have launched an investigation into a tax exemption claimed by the GOP candidate's wife.
From the awws of defeat AUGUSTA - The nine Democrats and Republicans no longer running for governor have not wasted any time pining about what might have been had they won their parties' nominations three months ago.
They're relaunching once-dormant websites, raising money for their political parties and settling back into more normal lives now that the demands of their campaigns have subsided. And some are looking toward a political future in that coy "I'm not ruling anything out" sort of way.
LePage responds to attacks on his environmental stance At a forum where he and two rivals took questions, he says Democrats have distorted his positions.
Welfare frustration prompts suggestions for improvement Independent Eliot Cutler offers a nine-point plan, including proposals that other candidates support.
For Maine gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, outburst has a few ripples Political scientists believe he may lose some on-the-fence voters, but his core constituency will say 'Good for him.'
Cutler set to release his welfare reform plan
Maine gubernatorial candidates put the focus on homeless Libby Mitchell, Shawn Moody and two write-ins for governor attend a forum at Preble Street.
Bill Nemitz: Toying with LePage for 'not playing'
Tax questions on wife's homes upset Maine gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage He ends a media session that strays from his planned topic.
Four charged in former Maine gubernatorial candidate John Richardson's donations probe They stand accused of falsifying forms certifying they adhered to the rules when collecting money.
Maine governor's race: LePage proposes 'E-ZPass' to help startups navigate state government LePage presents economic plans.
Maine governor's race: Mitchell focuses on local food, business tax credits and bond package Mitchell and LePage present economic plans.
LePage turns to new page today
Candidates differ over raising tax on tobacco The three independent candidates for governor say they would consider it, while the two apparent front-runners would not.
Mitchell: From small town to governor's race Libby Mitchell's life story has always involved hard work, politics and caring about the less fortunate.
Rivals LePage, Cutler clash at forum Eliot Cutler questions Paul LePage's record and comments on tourism at an event missing three candidates.
Mitchell outlines goals for education The Democrat's priorities include expanding pre-kindergarten and helping students afford college.
LePage collects endorsement from Maine contractors group The builders association says LePage would ease the state's red tape and make economic development easier.