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The race for Maine Governor rebooted today. Tea party incumbent Paul LePage and challenger Democratic nominee Congressman Mike Michaud have been neck and neck in the polls with Independent Eliot Cutler, who came in second in 2010, trailing in the teens.

At 11:00 this morning a gathering of high profile supporters of Mr. Cutler was planned at which they would switch their support to Mr. Michaud in part to help torpedo Mr. LePage's possible plurality reelection. However at 10:30, Mr. Cutler told the Maine press that he would have an important announcement about the election.

It was widely assumed that Mr. Cutler would be facing the inevitable and withdrawing from the race. He did not. Instead he said he was a realist and acknowledged the current state of the race. He went on to state that he was still in the race but "released" his supporters to vote their conscience. He also, as an aside, pitched ranked-choice balloting in the future.

The supporters then held their media event across town and in endorsing Mr. Michaud expressed that they felt that Mr. Cutler did not go far enough. Then the other shoe dropped. Senator Angus King an Independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats and Mr. Cutler's highest profile endorser took him up on that supporter "release" and promptly issued a strong endorsement of Mr. Michaud.

This really reboots the Maine Governor race and gives Mr. Michaud a cleaner path toward defeating Mr. LePage. The Republican camp has been concentrating its resources on pitching red meat to its base, planning on a three-way vote split (actually a two-way split of the progressive vote) to win, and even had the Republican Governors' Association running ads to boost Mr. Cutler to drive down Mr. Michaud's numbers.

While today's rapid moving events should not be assumed as giving Mr. Michaud a lock on the race, it is certainly leaning much greater to the Democrat's benefit. Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will join Mike Michaud in Portland to help seal the deal.

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I came to political consciousness under a tea party governorship. A shoot from the hip talker, tax axing - cut ‘n slash ‘guvmint’, state’s rights advocate, right wing constitutionalist misconstruing, shut the liberal whiners up, self-described successful businessman, welfare-baitin' chicken hawk, and legend in his own mind chief executive who ruled the state by anti-tax rhetoric and veto threats.

Paul LePage in 2014? Not quite; I’m speaking of LePage’s most likely and unknown to him role model, Meldrim Thomson, Jr., chief executive of next door New Hampshire from 1973 to 1979.

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One drawback in Maine to having a Governor whose entire background is in business and who repeatedly promises to bring business sense to government is that outlook is not always in the best interests of all people. Government does not exist to make a profit or outsource for profit but it is supposed to undertake the non-profitable work to help prevent or mitigate that which may costs lives and decent livelihoods. It has a responsibility to serve the "general welfare."

Paul LePage's first instinct is always about costs and profits in a business sense only. Recently he has been talking about selling student loans to workers' employers in part because "I think we can make it sort of a very profitable operation."




 

Setting aside the creepy overtones of indentured servitude, this first instinct of Paul LePage is a bad one because this is clearly an area that a "very profitable operation" has no place in either serving those receiving the service or the greater common good. Maine people will profit in the non-financial sense of the word by replacing him with Mike Michaud.

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Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 06:04 PM PDT

The enemy of my enemy...

by Bruce Bourgoine

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...is my friend.

In this case, GOP-tea Maine incumbent Governor Paul LePage's "friendship" with independent candidate Eliot Cutler is predicated on one thing alone...he isn't the friend of Democratic nominee and front runner Congressman Mike Michaud.

Yesterday this flyer was sent out to primarily young Democratic women urging them to compare all three candidates for Maine Governor on the demographically targeted issues of guns and abortion. It aimed to erode possible support for Mike Michaud, showed LePage's stances on these issues as an unattractive alternative, and sought to position the independent candidate as the voters' best alternative.

The flyer issue pushing young female votes toward Cutler did not come from him, it was paid and authorized by the Maine Republican Party. As noted elsewhere, it has never been LePage's intent to bring Maine together or to build a legitimate and inclusive majority. Because his electoral ceiling cannot grow, his only gambit is to divide the vote between his opponents at some level that allows him to sneak back into the Blaine House. There, most disturbingly, he will continue to divide and definitely will not serve the interests of young women who on the receiving end of this despicable and dishonest tactic.

For reference, here is Mike Michaud's statement on issues of interest to women. NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and many women endorse him.

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Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 05:01 PM PDT

Austerity or Vibrancy

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Syrian Govruptcy

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First and foremost, our hearts must go out to anyone injured and terrified by this weekend's second-line parade.

While thankfully no one was murdered, this mass shooting incident once again begs the question of...what kind of in-your-face reaffirmation of guns everywhere, everyday, every way, every how, every time, by everybody proposals this will lead our finger in the NRA wind Congress or state legislators to be prompted to promulgate?

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“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
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Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 03:30 PM PST

We’re Coming for Your Guns

by Bruce Bourgoine

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“They’re coming for your guns.”

Rational fellow citizens, politically astute lawmakers, and those of us who speak out for greater societal gun responsibility in framing our message to assure the vast majority of gun owners that is overwhelmingly not the case must accept and understand that through a deliberate fog of repeated deceptive fearmongering, led by a gun industry beholden NRA disguising itself as spokes-lobbyist for the common man, what is heard by millions of ears will be dramatically distorted.

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