Wednesday, April 23, 2014
- Cutler: Parties becoming irrelevant
The independent gubernatorial also-ran parses his defeat and says he'll 'stay active politically.'
- Is winning an election enough?
Some say Maine should adopt an 'instant runoff' system that better represents voters' preferences.
- Cutler says early voting cost him
Independent Eliot Cutler says both Democrats and Republicans benefit from allowing early voting.
- He's 'the man' behind GOP's election gains
Charlie Webster wanted Republicans to run better campaigns when he took over as state party chairman two years ago.
- Maine businesses eager for change, LePage-style
They are counting on the governor-elect to reduce regulatory barriers that they say limit expansion.
- LePage to name his transition team today
He is expected to name co-chairs of the team and outline a process and timeline for carrying out their work.
- Franco-American vote comes through for LePage
Paul LePage will become the first popularly elected Franco-American governor in Maine, where about a third of the population is of Franco heritage.
- Gov.-elect LePage to 'put people first'
Governor-elect Paul LePage pledged to put Maine people before politics in his victory speech Wednesday, while offering few details about his transition plans.
- LePage rides rural Maine to Blaine House
Eliot Cutler's early lead, courtesy of urban voters, fails to hold up as small towns decide the race.
- Gracious Cutler concedes after running out of time
His late surge falls too far short to justify a recount, but he claims victory for overcoming negative ads.
- LePAGE IN THE LEAD
Strong showing by Cutler leads to tightly contested governor's race.
- Despite loss, Shawn Moody sees his run as a winning experience
Newcomer Shawn Moody won a lot of admirers for his upbeat attitude and practical ideas.
- Cutler takes early lead in governor's race
While Cutler was leading LePage comfortably in early returns, the numbers are expected to tighten as more smaller towns report results.
- Mitchell concedes in governor's race
Libby Mitchell calls her run for office “an amazing journey.”
- Maine polls close and counting begins
The counting has begun, but it might take a while.
- Moody Campaign Diary: Independent makes day of stops at hangouts around his hometown
After stumping across the state, Shawn Moody, a long-shot candidate, touches base in Gorham.
- Campaign Diary: 'Gloves are off' for Libby Mitchell as campaign nears end
'I didn't cause the recession,' she tells a radio host on a day of interviews and visits to get-out-the-vote centers.
- Creators take down site critical of Eliot Cutler
At Cutler's request, the state is reviewing whether the website's producers must identify themselves.
- Campaign Diary: King touts Cutler at Portland rally
Angus King hops on the bus tour for Eliot Cutler, calling him 'the man we need right now in Maine.'
- Students give close victory to LePage
The Mock Election also returns U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud to their seats in Congress.
- Now it's the voters' turn to speak
The campaigning ends with today's local and statewide elections.
- Campaign Diary: LePage to backers: ‘Let’s win big!’
The GOP candidate also urges supporters to help elect Republicans to the state House and Senate.
- Campaign Notebook: Half of eligible voters expected to turn out
- Campaign Diary: Today, the bus stops here for last rally
- Campaign Diary: Mitchell's family close at hand as her campaign winds down
- Debates by the dozens test candidates
- Campaign Diary: 'If we don't do it now, I don't know when'
- Clinton: Give Democrats time
Former President Bill Clinton described the national political climate as a "fact-free feast" Sunday and urged Maine voters to give Democrats more time to fix the economic problems that arose during the Bush administration.
- Feisty exchanges mark final debate
- Governing style: Libby Mitchell
As a legislative and town leader, the Democratic nominee has shown pragmatism and confidence.
- Governing style: Paul LePage
The GOP nominee, as Waterville mayor, has stayed focused on cost-cutting and has been vocal.
- Governing style: Eliot Cutler
The former executive, an independent, values discussion before making decisions.
- 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.
- Former President Clinton appears for Mitchell again
The Democratic candidate for governor looks for a boost from a rally today in Lewiston.
- First spouse: Top candidates for governor have believers in their corners
The two wives and one husband would assume very different roles as Blaine House occupants.
- Democrats, GOP conduct dueling get-out-the-vote campaign rallies
Both sides host national political figures as they try to energize supporters before Tuesday's election.
- Need for jobs is top concern of most voters
Taxes and education are also considered major problems confronting the next governor.
- Campaign Diary: Mitchell rally, football, meet-and-greet and debate
- Campaign Diary: Cutler picks up passengers, endorsement
- Campaign Diary: LePage connects to 20,000 through Tele-Town Halls
- Cutler wins endorsement of ex-Gov. Angus King
The state's last independent chief executive says he gave up his neutrality because of the extremes Maine faces.
- Bill Nemitz: Compelled, Angus King picks Cutler
The former Maine governor endorses the independent gubernatorial hopeful.
- Cutler has momentum, but Lepage owns lead
Different polls show variations on a single theme – Paul Lepage has a commanding lead in the race.
- Campaign Diary: Radio show, barber shop, to Marden's, then home
Paul LePage goes on the air in the morning then enjoys a light day as polls show him doing very well.
- Campaign Diary: Stumping to promote 'good change'
Libby Mitchell recognizes tough economic times, but cites her experience in balancing state budgets.
- Campaign Diary: Cutler enjoys homecoming as cross-state trip rolls out
Eliot Cutler starts his day in Aroostook County, then sees familiar faces in his hometown of Bangor.
- 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
- 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
- Website attacking Cutler still a mystery
MaineToday Media experts are trying to identify its creators, and the state ethics commission is investigating.
- 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.
- MaineToday Media's 2010 Endorsement Interviews for Governor and Congress
- 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.
- Quoting Edmund Muskie, Eliot Cutler appeals for end to attack ads
- 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.
- Campaign Notebook: Political TV ads enter campaign's homestretch
- 5 write-ins running for Blaine House
- 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.
- Getting the word out
Candidates stay with their campaign themes in a debate over education, energy and economic issues.
- 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.
- Democratic mailing on Eliot Cutler stirs controversy
Eliot Cutler has demanded that candidate Libby Mitchell repudiate the mailing. Her campaign declined.
- Poll: Cutler up, Mitchell down, Scontras even
Paul LePage still leads the governor's race, but Chellie Pingree is in a statistical tie.
- LePage tells businesses patience is key
The GOP candidate tours Sanford and asks some shop owners how their businesses are doing.
- Forum ends with tense Cutler-Mitchell exchange
Four of five candidates attend the forum sponsored by several environmental groups.
- Ethics panel dismisses complaints by both parties, will probe website
- Candidates vie for MaineToday vote
Eliot Cutler, Libby Mitchell and Shawn Moody detail their visions for Maine in a meeting with the media company.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bangor Daily News endorses Cutler
- Shifting polls keep candidates guessing
Events, revelations and the fickle nature of surveys put a spin on Maine's gubernatorial race.
- 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.
- Candidates discuss how state, towns relate
Hundreds of officials hear stances from road care to services consolidation at Wednesday's forum.
- LePage accused of ethics violation
Democrats say he used a Marden's company car for campaign purposes and didn't properly report it.
- Consultant queried on Cutler Files
- Businesses, unions pouring money into gubernatorial race
Even the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is taking a financial interest.
- Maine gubernatorial candidate 'Libby' Mitchell regrets photo mocking Bush
The GOP accuses the Democratic gubernatorial candidate of hypocrisy over criticism of Paul LePage.
- 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.
- Eliot Cutler sees 'unholy alliance' between Libby Mitchell, teachers' union
He offers some educational reform measures that he says will get Maine taxpayers value.
- Campaign says LePage punch line was a joke
- 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.
- Forms detail Richardson campaign's alleged fraud
The records are the basis of a probe into claims of falsifying donor records.
- Is LePage losing the votes of women?
- 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.
- 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.
- Libby Mitchell: Natural gas should run to Augusta
The gubernatorial candidate proposes a public-private partnership to cut the cost to the state.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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