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BREAKING: Michaud leads LePage by four in new ME Gov Poll

BREAKING: Michaud leads LePage by four in new ME Gov Poll
Democracy for America Backs Michaud as "common sense alternative" to LePage

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud is beating far-right Republican Governor Paul LePage by 4 percentage points in Maine's 2014 Gubernatorial race in polling, released today, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy for America.



With strong support from its over 7,000 members in Maine, Democracy for America, the national progressive political organization founded by Governor Howard Dean, has endorsed Michaud in his race for Governor.



See the polling results below.

In addition to showing Michaud besting LePage electorally, the new polling shows that voters continue to strongly disagree (57%-37%) with LePage's staunch opposition to providing nearly 70,000 Mainers access to healthcare through Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.



With nearly 51% saying that they are more likely to support Michaud following LePage's refusal to accept the federal funds to expand MaineCare, the Governor's willingness to derail the Affordable Care Act at all costs could prove to be the decisive issue in the Pine Tree State's gubernatorial race.  

LePage's overall approval rating is also nearly 14 points underwater, with 52% disapproving and just 42% of Mainers approving of the way he's handling his job as Governor.

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"Mike Michaud is the progressive, common sense alternative to the extremist Paul LePage. Governor LePage is so committed to his far right ideology that he's willing to personally sentence 70,000 Mainers to a life without access to healthcare. Democracy for America members in Maine and across the country are looking forward to providing the boots-on-the-ground that will help send Governor LePage packing in November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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Survey of 754 Maine voters on May 5-6, 2014

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republican Paul LePage is handling his job as Governor?
Approve .......................................................... 42%
Disapprove...................................................... 56%
No opinion....................................................... 2%

Governor Paul LePage has refused to accept federal dollars that would provide health care coverage for nearly 70,000 Mainers through MaineCare, claiming the expansion would be too costly. However, the federal dollars would cover 100% of costs of this expansion in the first three years and 90% of the costs after that. Do you agree with Governor LePage's decision to refuse these federal dollars for healthcare coverage?
Agree ..............................................................  37%
Disagree .........................................................  57%
No opinion.......................................................  6%

Republican Governor Paul LePage refuses to accept federal dollars to provide health care coverage for nearly 70,000 Mainers through MaineCare, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Representative Mike Michaud would accept those federal dollars and provide the health care coverage. Does this make you more likely to support Governor LePage for reelection, more likely to support Representative Mike Michaud, or does it not make a difference?
Paul LePage ...................................................  36%
Mike Michaud..................................................  51%
Doesn't make a difference ..............................  13%

If the election for Governor were held today, and the choices were Republican Paul LePage, independent Eliot Cutler, and Democrat Mike Michaud, for whom would you vote?
Paul LePage ................................................... 39%
Eliot Cutler ...................................................... 15%
Mike Michaud.................................................. 43%
Undecided....................................................... 3%

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NEW POLLING: Honda holds double-digit lead in CA-17 primary

Earlier this morning, Democracy for America released brand new polling in DFA-endorsed candidate Rep. Mike Honda's race to continue representing the CA-17.  Here's the press release and polling that we shared with the media:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
 
NEW POLLING: Honda holds double-digit lead in CA-17 primary
Corporate Democrat Khanna comes in 3rd to Republican in jungle primary  
 
Despite aggressive campaigning by his billionaire financed Democratic and Republican opponents, Congressman Mike Honda continues to hold double-digit leads in both primary and general election polling for his CA-17 race and 61% of CA-17 voters polled approve of the way Rep. Honda is handling his job as their Congressman. (results below)
 
The recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of Democracy for America also shows how quickly Republican Vanila Singh's entrance into the CA-17 race has derailed corporate Democrat Ro Khanna effort to challenge Honda from the right.  
 
In the three-way jungle primary, Honda is the choice of 45% of voters, while Republican Singh (29%) beats corporate Democrat Khanna (26%) for second place despite having only entered the race in December. 
 
Khanna, whose campaign is financed primarily by millionaire and billionaire CEOs like right-wing libertarian Peter Theil, has burned through $1.1 million to secure his third place finish in the PPP poll.  According to the most recent FEC reports, Singh has spent just $917. 
 
In addition to leading the three way primary, Honda bests both Republican Singh (69%-31%) and corporate Democrat Khanna (61%-39%) in a simulated general election polling.  
 
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"Mike Honda has earned the support of Silicon Valley voters and he continues to have their support today, no matter how many max out contributions millionaire and billionaire CEOs and Executives pour into Vanila Singh and Ro Khanna's campaigns." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
 
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NEW CA-17 polling via Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy for America (Feb. 13-16, 2014):
 
If the election for U.S. Congress were held today, and the choices were Democrat Ro Khanna, Republican Vanila Singh, or Democrat Mike Honda, for whom would you vote?
Ro Khanna......................................................26%
Vanila Singh....................................................29%
Mike Honda..................................................... 45%
(Asked of 270 CA-17 voters - MOE 6%) 
 
If the election for U.S. Congress were held today, and the choices were Ro Khanna, Vanila Singh, and Mike Honda, for whom would you vote?
Ro Khanna ...................................................... 27%
Vanila Singh .................................................... 11%
Mike Honda..................................................... 62%
(Asked of 235 CA-17 voters - MOE 6.4% )
 
If the election for U.S. Congress were held
today, and the choices were Democrat Ro Khanna and Democrat Mike Honda, for whom would you vote?
Ro Khanna......................................................39% 
Mike Honda..................................................... 61%
(Asked of 505 CA-17 voters - MOE 4.4% )
 
If the election for U.S. Congress were held today, and the choices were Republican Vanila Singh and Democrat Mike Honda, for whom would you vote?
Vanila Singh .................................................... 31% 
Mike Honda..................................................... 69%
(Asked of 505 CA-17 voters - MOE 4.4% )
 
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mike Honda is handling his job as U.S. Congressman?
Approve .......................................................... 61% 
Disapprove...................................................... 31% 
No opinion....................................................... 8%
(Asked of 505 CA-17 voters - MOE 4.4% )
 
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DFA Daily — December 20th

Headlines from Friday, December 20:

Obama Administration relaxes rules of healthcare law four days before deadline — Washington Post

In a memo, the Administration said Americans whose plans were cancelled can now buy bare bones planes or be exempted from the individual mandate altogether.

Senate eases path for sending more Guantanamo detainees home — Reuters

The Defense bill includes provisions that expand Obama’s ability to send detainees home.

DFA’s Top Clips:

For Obamacare boosters, all memes are good memes — Politico

“It is reflective of a class of Republicans who are clueless about what it means to reach out to your base,” said Neil Sroka, communications director for the liberal group Democracy for America and a former director of new media at U.S. Department of Commerce in the Obama administration.

Sroka said the ‘pajama boy’ ad wasn’t aimed at cultural conservatives who are already dead set against the law. To him, it was a targeted ad designed with Obama supporters in mind.

“The talk about health care that pajama boy is looking to have is one with his parents or his crazy uncle,” Sroka said.

Challenger Laiacona Knocking on Ald. Laurino’s Door in 39th Ward — NBC Chicago

As a longtime political activist and an openly gay man, Laiacona wears his progressive politics proudly on his sleeve. As a part-time computer science instructor at Columbia College Chicago, a position he held for 21 years, he helped found a staff union that ultimately numbered more than a thousand. Today, he serves as a community member of Roosevelt High School Local School Council and a voting member of North Side Democracy For America.

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DFA Daily — December 19th

Headlines from Thursday, December 19:

Obama is Urged to Sharply Curb NSA Data Mining — New York Times

A panel recommended, among other things, that metadata remain in the hands of telecommunications companies, not the NSA.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Budget Agreement — Washington Post

The plan would fund the government through 2015.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Silicon Valley 2014 House race already ugly: Team Honda compares Ro Khanna to Tea Party, Ted Cruz — SF Gate

The CD-17 race got interesting earlier this month, when the progressive Democracy for America’s Charles Chamberlain backed Honda and called Khanna “a Silicon Valley groupie looking to buy support from wealthy CEOs by promising them their every wish in Washington.”

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DFA Daily — December 18th

Headlines from Wednesday, December 18:

The Silver Living for Democrats on Obamacare — Washington Post

They might disapprove of Obama’s handling of the rollout, but still prefer him to the Republicans on healthcare.

Top 10 Lobbying Victories of 2013 — The Hill

Groups ranging from the NRA to the Human Rights Campaign saw major victories.  

Lathan Marks Third House Retirement in One Day — Roll Call

Two Republicans and a Democrat have announced their retirement, spurring 2014 speculation.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Fighting Between DNC Factions — Sodahead

Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal grassroots advocacy group, said the Third Way’s congressional co-chairmen “should all be questioning how much they want to be connected to a group obsessed with cutting Social Security benefits.”

“They’re going to be on the wrong side of history,” he said. “They are definitely on the wrong side of the American public.”

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