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LiveTweets from Governor’s Piscataquis County “Capitol For A Day” Town Hall

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

8pm: Town Hall has concluded. And SURPRISE! Not a single question allowed about Norman Olsen and his allegations, let alone anything from the past 48 hours’ news cycles.Following Dirigo Blue (Oldest tweet at top; newest at bottom): @DirigoBlue and that of and the 61%ers, Maine’s Majority: @MainesMajority. Enjoy!

For more information:

Portland Phoenix: “The LePage files: confidential administration dossiers show governor is skilled at copying corporate and lobbyist wish lists”

Kennebec Journal: “Olsen releases statement on resignation”

Maine’s Majority RSVP page

Related:
* Former Marine Resources Head Olsen’s Statement Slams LePage, Reveals Closed Door Meetings

* UPDATED: Marine Resources Commissioner Norm Olsen Resigns; Maine Dems Respond

* ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER RELEASES STATEMENT ON OLSON RESIGNATION

* Portland Mayor Nick Mavodones Responds to Olsen Allegations; Requests Meeting With Gov LePage

 

 

A few snips; the full “cut/paste” grabs are below the fold.

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage that higher MPG means less revenue from fuel tax Bonds are option I’m not sure why increasing tax rate isn’t Town Hall #mepoliticsDirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage says Maine ranked #50 worst state for doing biz Forbes :: I debunked that study here bit.ly/r75vR4 Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
No questions about Norm Olsen yet Beginning to think they are screened out #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage repeats bogus claim that Mainers spend 42% more for energy than national avg Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage Keep wealthy retirees in Maine so they can mentor young people in poverty Town Hall #mepolitics #pipedream

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Not one question on Norm Olsen SURPRISE #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage : “We have become a state of entitlement.” Way to support the hard working people of Maine. #megov #mepoliticsMainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Amazing tension here between hatred of the fed govt and the realization that many Piscataquis County rely on fed entitlements. #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
@dirigoblue What does he mean, Maine can’t afford a national park? Won’t it will bring millions in tourism revenue?

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
The wrap from Dover-Foxcroft: LePage Plays to Base at Tepid Town Meeting http://ow.ly/5KtXm #megov #mepolitics

 

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Off to Dover-Foxcroft shortly for the #LePage Town Hall meeting #mepoliticsDirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
@Citizensnews @CalebRosser Perhaps a contest to name #LePage’s favorite key on the keyboard? #mepolitics

andiparkinson2 Andrea Parkinson
@DirigoBlue @Citizensnews @CalebRosser I’m guessing it wouldn’t be “Ins”urance, “Alt”ernate energy- maybe “Esc”ape to Jamaica again? #megov

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage Town Hall at Centre Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft marquee has TRANSORMERS 3 NOW INVADING #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Maybe one more table for the panelists Like sardines now #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
1st Question on how to combat high student dropout rate Bowen talks about standards based learning #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Bowen: We have a college dropout problem too #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Are schools going to be teaching the Constitution to our kids? Bowen my dept just provides resources #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
W/#LePage are Bowen Bernhardt Poliquin Winglass Erskine (Woodcock) Mayhew Chervais Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#megov says that he is not cutting social services but is looking to cut fraud #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#megov says that Maine has highest % of people on social services #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#megov wants citizens to report welfare fraud when they see it Call hotline State can’t knock on 300,000 doors #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Poliquin says State had $1B shortfall I’m not sure how estate tax cut helped solve that #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
DOT Bernhardt consistently to demonstrate a solid grasp of his department #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage that higher MPG means less revenue from fuel tax Bonds are option I’m not sure why increasing tax rate isn’t Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage says Maine ranked #50 worst state for doing biz Forbes :: I debunked that study here bit.ly/r75vR4 Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
12 foot shoulders are too wide but let’s hope Bernhardt understands that 6 foot wide are great for bicycles #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage says that #meleg steals money from Highway Fund to pay for State Police should come out of General Fund Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
No questions about Norm Olsen yet Beginning to think they are screened out #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage repeats bogus claim that Mainers spend 42% more for energy than national avg Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage talks about lowering energy costs w/o mentioning conservation But does think gas-fired elect plant in Pisc Cty good idea #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
We’ve all learned to not ask Winglass any questions #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Media at #LePage Town Hall WABI Susan Cover from KJ

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Media at #LePage Town Hall WABI Susan Cover from KJ #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Where rank tourism in importance 1 to 5? #LePage treat as #5 but must be part of broad mix Manufacturing #5 too Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
@Ronzio That’s why you’re an editor

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage puts nice spin on low Maine per cap income & tourism Let’s raise standard here so we can enjoy what people from away do #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage One national park is enough Maine can’t afford another one Maine is not for sale Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage “I’m all for conservation – I’m not for preservation” Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage “We have become a State of entitlement” Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
LePage somehow thinks eliminating tax on pensions will get kids off welfare Town Hall #mepolitics

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
#LePage Keep wealthy retirees in Maine so they can mentor young people in poverty Town Hall #mepolitics #pipedream

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
@Ronzio Is PPH website offline? I can’t get it.

DirigoBlue Gerald Weinand
Not one question on Norm Olsen SURPRISE #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Stopping for supplies at the Dexter Renys. Dover-Foxcroft here we come! #megov #mepolitics http://ow.ly/i/eFl2MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Made it! http://ow.ly/i/eFrp

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Things are getting started here at the Center Theatre!

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Bowen: More “thorough review” of school funding formula coming. #megov

Maybe one more table for the panelists Like sardines now #LePage Town Hall #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
LePage: “I did not say that I was going to create jobs.” #megov #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage: We have become so liberal with our social services, we have become the social service state. #megov #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Mainer: “Am I living on another planet?” #LePage: “I think so”

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Poliquin: Taking stimulus money was a “gimmick”.

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Poliquin: “The state is broke.” So why did we give huge tax breaks to the wealthy? #megov #mepolitics #lepage

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
@dirigoblue Exactly. And what’s with blaming the feds for cutting services? Does LePage support getting rid of Bush tax cuts for the rich?

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage: Maine is 50th worst state to start a business. So, how is Portland the 10th best city? #megov #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
LePage’s plan for EconDev for rural Maine: Deregulate business, deregulate health insurance, stop using renewable energy. #mepolitics #megov

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage loves nuclear and gas power. Does he realize these are subsidized by the federal government?

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage : Tourism is important, but it’s not one of the top three industries for prosperity. #megov #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage thinks if we were more like NH, Maine’s average income would be higher. So we should turn ourselves into a Boston suburb?

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage on environment: “I’m for conservation, not preservation” #megov #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
#LePage : “We have become a state of entitlement.” Way to support the hard working people of Maine. #megov #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
Amazing tension here between hatred of the fed govt and the realization that many Piscataquis County rely on fed entitlements. #mepolitics

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
@dirigoblue What does he mean, Maine can’t afford a national park? Won’t it will bring millions in tourism revenue?

MainesMajority Maine’s Majority
The wrap from Dover-Foxcroft: LePage Plays to Base at Tepid Town Meeting http://ow.ly/5KtXm #megov #mepolitics

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Portland Mayor Nick Mavodones Responds to Olsen Allegations; Requests Meeting With Gov LePage

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Heh. Now this is getting interesting. Portland Press Herald published the following letter from Mayor Nick Malvadones to Governor Paul LePage, moments ago:

 

The Honorable Paul LePage
Governor of Maine
1 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Dear Governor LePage,

I write you today to request a meeting to discuss statements released by the former Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources Norman Olsen to the public yesterday, as well as, the future of the city and state’s combined efforts to develop and enact policies to help restore the state’s groundfishing fleet.

As I am sure you are aware, Mr. Olsen claims that during a meeting with you, you instructed the then-Commissioner that there was to be no further collaboration with the City of Portland to develop measures to return groundfishing boats to Maine. Mr. Olsen also asserts that you made the following statements in this meeting. “Portland was against him, he said, and we will not work with that city. Rather than work with Portland, he said, we’ll build a new port somewhere.” I trust you understand that regardless of the veracity of these statements, the public and the City of Portland need to be reassured that economic development in all Maine communities, both large and small, are a priority for the Governor’s office. More germane to Mr. Olsen’s claim, is a need to clearly understand your commitment to the state’s marine industries of which groundfishing has and continues to be an integral part.

The City of Portland and the State of Maine have worked in partnership under the leadership of every Governor to expand economic opportunity and spur growth for all industries including marine-based businesses. Whether through the lease arrangement with the Maine Port Authority for the International Marine Terminal to allow for the expansion of cargo shipping or through the recent passage of legislation that created a tax exemption for the purchase of fuel for local ground fishing boats, there has been a mutual understanding that economic growth in the Port of Portland isn’t just good for Portland, it’s good for Maine. Statements implying that the Governor’s office “will not work” with Portland, true or not, are harmful to the business climate both locally and statewide.

I hope that you will clear this matter up publicly by reassuring local business owners and employees that the economic engine of Portland is, and will continue to be, an important priority for your administration, and by meeting with city officials and members of the ground fishing industry to discuss ways we can work together to help bring our ground fishing fleet and the jobs and economic opportunity that comes with them back to Maine.

Thank you for your prompt response to this request and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this issue in greater detail in the near future.

Sincerely,

Nicholas M. Mavodones

Nicole Clegg
Director of Communications
City of Portland
389 Congress Street, Room 208
Portland, ME 04101
office: 207-756-8173
cell: 207-272-4477

Related:
*Former Marine Resources Head Olsen’s Statement Slams LePage, Reveals Closed Door Meetings

*UPDATED: Marine Resources Commissioner Norm Olsen Resigns; Maine Dems Respond

*ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER RELEASES STATEMENT ON OLSON RESIGNATION

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ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER RELEASES STATEMENT ON OLSON RESIGNATION

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Maine Legislature
Senate Democratic OfficeFor Immediate Release

July 21, 2011

Contact: Ericka Wainberg [Alfond], 232-5892 (m)

ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER RELEASES STATEMENT ON OLSON RESIGNATION

AUGUSTA-State Senator Justin Alfond (D-Portland) released the following statement upon learning of Marine Resources Commissioner Norman Olson’s resignation:

“I applaud Commissioner Olson’s courage and integrity. His open letter confirms my worst fears for the state. Commissioner Olson has shined a light on the LePage administration- illuminating the cronyism, bullying, and fear tactics.

I worry that this is not an isolated case, as the Governor has consistently put special interests and favoritism ahead of Maine people. We now know that his tactics of bullying and threats of retribution are not only used with legislators, but also with his own cabinet. Everyone in the state of Maine should be asking the same question — is Governor LePage fit to lead our state?

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Related:
*Former Marine Resources Head Olsen’s Statement Slams LePage, Reveals Closed Door Meetings

*UPDATED: Marine Resources Commissioner Norm Olsen Resigns; Maine Dems Respond

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