All posts by Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping

About Mike Tipping

Mike writes about Maine politics and policy with a focus on analysis and explanation. He works at the Maine People's Alliance and Maine People's Resource Center, writes a political column for the Portland Press Herald

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 […]

Breaking News: Senator does her job

U.S.  Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland meets with Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Good on Maine’s senior senator, Susan Collins, for not just meeting with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, but disagreeing publicly with Republican Senate leadership and urging her colleagues to hold hearings on his appointment. That said, let’s all take a moment to recognize how supremely ridiculous it is that Collins has garnered so […]