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As the gubernatorial primary date inches closer, we’re starting to see more and more TV ads showing would-be governors touting themselves and their qualifications for the job.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 07, 2010

Over and out for Opie

Jim "Opie" Hummel has been among the handful of local wild and crazy reporters who consistently come up with solid, aggressively pursued, and flashy stories.
Newsman takes a walk rather than embrace tabloid lexicon
By PHILIPPE + JORGE  |  August 06, 2008

O's got a TV eye on you

With his decision to forgo public funding, Barack Obama can raise as much as he wants, giving him a huge financial advantage in the fall campaign.
The era of TV advertising in presidential general elections is over
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 25, 2008

Bad words and warnings

And now, a few positive words about negative advertising.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2008

Show up and blow up

I’d like a word with the 30 percent of Maine’s adult population that never, under any circumstances, votes.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 09, 2008

Suffrage net city

Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007


Fake-news vacuum

It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race

By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007

It’s a woman’s right to choose

Sorry guys, this one’s for the girls.
Five new methods of birth control explained
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2007


The problem with gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos’s television spots is, they’re not kinky enough.
Why aren’t Christy’s ads better?
By JOHN CARROLL  |  November 01, 2006

Roll your own

The state’s Clean Election system is even grubbier than you thought.
Under Maine’s campaign-finance system, Clean Election candidates get screwed
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 25, 2006

Trail mix

Could someone please get a temporary restraining order against Kerry Healey’s Deval-Patrick-loves-cop-killers TV spot?
Ads ’n’ ends from the media front
By JOHN CARROLL  |  October 11, 2006


British Advertising Films of 2005

American advertising agencies don’t trust the intelligence of their audiences. Or so you’ll conclude when you see how the Brits do TV commercials.
More like short films
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  October 11, 2006

Merrill’s middle way

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 04, 2006

Woodcock's weaknesses

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 04, 2006

Playing to win

John Baldacci appears to be on track for re-election November 7, in spite of himself.
Baldacci is starving his opponents before crushing them
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 04, 2006

Brazilian punk

That rumbling, booty-shaking bass, the whip-thwap drums, the familiar melodies with Portuguese lyrics. It’s called baile funk, and if you’ve been to a hip DJ show lately, you’ve probably heard it. Edu K, "Hot Mama (Bonde do Role mix)" (mp3)
Edu K helps baile funk survive hipsterdom
By DAVID DAY  |  October 03, 2006


Debating pointers

Well, folks, Fox 25 certainly set the bar with its debate broadcast Monday night, don’t you think? So with that in mind, here are some helpful hints for the bake-offs to come. Blue Mass Group's anti-Healey ad (YouTube) Christy Mihos's Big Dig TV ad
Advice to local TV stations
By JOHN CARROLL  |  September 27, 2006

Funny numbers

Maine spends more than two million dollars a year advertising our scenery to out-of-staters. Visit Maine: Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world. By Lance Tapley
It’s not Maine, it’s the ads about Maine that bring tourists here
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 20, 2006

The First Annual Spotty Awards

Say, those Emmy Awards last week were something else, eh?
Our prestigious award for standout achievement in political something or other
By JOHN CARROLL  |  September 06, 2006

Campaign follies

You can always learn something from watching television commercials.
Faster, GOP Senate candidates! Kill! kill!
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 17, 2006

Spin Cyle: WooTube

While the moneybags candidates in this fall’s statewide races (C’mon down, Kerry Healey and Chris Gabrieli!) pump millions into television advertising, some less well-heeled campaigns have turned to, the free lunch of video clips. John Bon
Pols get dirty with video
By JOHN CARROLL  |  August 15, 2006

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A wild, wild, wide-open race

Here are five Big Things about the recent primary election that were missed or underemphasized by the “straight” press.
What you won’t learn from the rest of the media about Maine’s upcoming elections
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 21, 2006
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Handicapping the GOP

Because Governor Baldacci’s poll numbers have been in the depths for over a year, three substantial Republicans are competing to take him on. Here’s the tip sheet for the June 13 GOP primary.
Who wins in a Republican primary?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 17, 2006

At war with the mystics

To disguise the fact I was too lazy to do any real work this week, I had to fill this space with a list of all the stupid things the Christian Civic League of Maine did lately.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 26, 2006

Inside fight

By all accounts, Thursday, February 9 was a red-letter day for US Senate candidate Matt Brown.
Does Brown have the staying power to go toe-to-toe with Whitehouse?
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 23, 2006

In Wynton's silhouette

Wynton Marsalis’s iTunes exclusive Live Session — featured in Apple’s recent “Silhouettes” TV ad — is proof enough that jazz is as downloadable as any hip DJ mash-up.
Apple gets jazzed up
By ADAM GOLD  |  February 21, 2006