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Mike Tipping

About Mike Tipping

Mike is Maine's longest-writing political blogger and explores state politics and policy with a focus on analysis and explanation. He works at the Maine People's Alliance and Maine People's Resource Center.

Clean Elections was a big winner in Maine’s primaries

Rep. Ben Chipman is all smiles Tuesday night in Portland as his supporters clap in honor of his victory in the Senate District 27 Democratic primary over Rep. Diane Russell and Dr. Charles Radis. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Maine’s newly-revamped system of public campaign financing was successful in a wide range of contests across the state on Tuesday, with a majority of Clean Elections candidates winning in primary races where they were matched against privately-financed opponents. Clean Elections candidates won eight of thirteen such match-ups for the State Senate and four of seven […]

Sen. Susan Collins has already endorsed these terrifying Trump policies

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Maine Senator Susan Collins is again engaging in her now-ritualized dance, cavorting along the cliff edge of racism and authoritarianism. She called Donald Trump’s latest racist remarks about a judge of Mexican ancestry “absolutely unacceptable” but then refused to rule out backing him for President. Previously she had said she would likely back the Republican […]

Portland primary spending raises campaign finance concerns

A meeting of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices yesterday did not result in any sanction or finding of wrongdoing against Democratic state senate candidate (and current state representative) Ben Chipman, who is running in a contested primary in Portland. The proceedings did, however, highlight a potential loophole in Maine campaign finance […]

Rep. Poliquin: Trump will win and I’ll help him implement policy

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Maine Second District Representative Bruce Poliquin, who is engaged in one of the most competitive House races in the country, has been extremely reticent to discuss his party’s presumptive nominee for president with the media. A Politico reporter recently described an “uncomfortable” wait for an elevator together as Poliquin refused to answer whether he would […]

It’s time for Poliquin, Collins to say if they support Trump

Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump - REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

Now that Donald Trump is officially the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, it becomes nearly impossible for Maine Senator Susan Collins and Representative Bruce Poliquin to avoid the question of whether they’ll support the racist reality show star for president. Gov. LePage, Maine’s other major Republican officeholder, has already declared his full-throated support. Collins […]