Gov. Paul LePage (R, Maine) wants to impose property taxes on colleges, nonprofits, other Democratic party affiliates.
I don’t know whether this is demonic, inspired, or both: “A sweeping proposal to cut taxes for Maine families and businesses could upend one of the most widely accepted practices in the country: the property-tax exemption for nonprofit organizations… A recent budget plan by Republican Gov. Paul LePage calling for an overhaul of individual, corporate and sales taxes also would make Maine the first state in the | Read More »
How Times Change in Maine
Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine has opened up a 10 point lead. Less than a year ago, friends of mine were freaked out that LePage was going to lose Maine. They thought he was too harsh with the media and seemed to relish being a bully. Liberals alike were telling me that Paul LePage was toast. After getting their clocks cleaned by the Republican | Read More »
Maine GOP Primary “Endorsements”
There are two Republican primaries of a possible four in Maine this year on Tuesday June 10th. They are: the Senate race and the Second District race being vacated by a Democrat. Although the Governor’s office is up for election, Republican incumbent Paul LePage faces no primary opposition. His chances for reelection will be covered in a later entry. In the Senate race, Republican incumbent | Read More »
Updating 2014 Gubernatorial Races- Part 1: The Northeast
Having looked at the state of the 2014 Senate races thus far, it is time to look at the 2014 gubernatorial races slightly less than one year away. Generally speaking, gubernatorial approval ratings are important and somewhat predictive of their general election success if the incumbent is running for reelection. An approval rating of 46% or higher is a good sign while anything under 40% | Read More »
2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take, Part 8
There is a gubernaorial election in each of the six states that make up New England. In national politics, this region of the country contributes exactly two people- Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Kelly Ayotte- from the Republican Party. GOP strength in the region is exhibited to a greater degree at the state or local level. When looking at this, two things become apparent: (1) | Read More »
The Future of Marriage Will be at Stake Next Week
The most important issue for conservatives on election night, aside for the individual elections, will be the question of gay marriage. Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, and Washington – all blue states – will be holding ballot referendums on gay marriage. In three of those states, we will be playing defense. If the ballot question passes, gay marriage will be recognized in those states. In Minnesota, we | Read More »
RedState Interview: Kevin Raye (R CAND, ME-02).
Maine is… interesting, this cycle. The state as a whole is very likely going to go to Barack Obama: but ME-02 is generally considered to be more accessible to Romney. This matters because Maine assigns its Electoral Votes by who wins its two Congressional Districts (with two going to the statewide winner): combine that with a legitimate candidate in ME-02 itself, and you have yourself | Read More »
Expanding the map: GOP moves to lock down ME-02.
Essentially, the Restore Our Future Super PAC* will be putting in a 300K ad buy in that market over the next week. It’s a twofer: first, it helps blanket New Hampshire, which is one place where Obama for America is currently frantically trying to shore up its latest firewall. Second, it covers… ME-02. Recent partisan polling is showing Romney ahead, there: and since Maine is | Read More »
17 Days to Election Day: Maine
Without a doubt, the biggest news out of Maine was the announcement that Republican Senator Olympia Snowe was retiring at the end of her term leaving this an open seat race. More importantly, it is a Republican seat in a blue state- New England no less. Before discussing this race and its effect on the GOP strategy to win the Senate, Maine is a state | Read More »
The State of the Senate Races
This year, there are 33 Senate seats up for election with 23 of them currently held by Democrats or independents who caucus with Democrats (Lieberman in Connecticut and Sanders in Vermont). Currently, the Democrats control the Senate by a 53-47 margin. Of the 23 Democratic seats, seven incumbents are not running while of the ten Republican held seats, four incumbents are not running. One of | Read More »
Tech at Night: More on Republican support of the Marketplace Fairness Act
Governors Robert Bentley, Mitch Daniels, Dennis Daugaard, Bill Haslam, Paul LePage, Rick Snyder, and Tom Corbett are part of push for the Marketplace Fairness act. I’ve come across a July letter to John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and Nancy Pelosi. I find it odd they’d do so now, unless they think they have no chance under a potential Republican Congress. Could that be the case? I wonder.
And yes, those are all Republican governors, some of whom were part of the 2010 landslide. It’s only Republicans I’m seeing back MFA, not Democrats. Democrats are fine with just passing new taxes or raising old ones. They aren’t as hard up to maximize collections of old taxes as Republicans are.
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The Maine problem the Democrats face in 2012
Senate polling comes and goes lately, and primary polling is even harder to get. Pollsters seem to get more attention when they make these premature Presidential general election matchups. But we got some Maine Senate polling from PPP just in time to get wind of some possible machinations in that race. Could Democrats be clearing the way for independent Angus King?