Archive for October, 2011

Sunday GOP Presidential Round-Up and Open Thread

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

First, let’s start with “also ran” Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), who “wouldn’t do anything” for the children of undocumented immigrants. 

At a campaign stop in Iowa, a Latino college student asked the presidential hopeful what she would do to the children of undocumented immigrants. Bachmann reiterated her hard-line stance that the federal government should not grant them citizenship and said she “would not do anything” for them.”Their parents are the ones who brought them here … they did not have the legal right to come to the United States,” she said. “We do not owe people who broke our laws to come into the country. We don’t owe them anything.”

When the subject turned to immigration at another campaign stop that day, Bachmann suggested passing a law that would bar citizenship to children born in the U.S. to parents who are undocumented immigrants. “We’ve got to end this anchor baby program,” she said.

Next up, a Mitt Romney pile-on.

Ron Paul: ‘Time will tell’ if Romney is the next Dukakis.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace: “Mitt Romney is ducking our invitation”.

Wallace had to settle for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (another dismal “also ran” at this point), who told Fox News Sunday today that “unlike Romney, I am a consistent Conservative”.

 

As one could guess, Mitt Romney is leading the latest GOP polls in Iowa, along with Herman Cain, who is reported to have said that Planned Parenthood is “Planned Genocide”, targeting black communities

The New York Sun reported on one of the ads that focused on abortion:“Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies,” a female announcer in one of the ads says, as rain, thunder, and a crying infant are heard in the background. “The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual’s right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don’t they want our lives?”

Another similar ad featured Herman Cain’s voice:

“If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked,” one of the men says.

“That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed,” the other replies.

“Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican,” the first man says.

This morning, Herman Cain appeared on CBS’s “Face The Nation”, where he clarified his position on abortion and discouraged smoking. Host and cancer survivor Bob Schieffer tore hard into Cain over his most recent ad, featuring campaign manager Mark Block smoking a cigarette.

 

 
For those who haven’t seen it, this might well be one of the weirdest and creepiest political ads ever: 

  

Perry speaking in New Hampshire yesterday 
At the Conservative group “Cornerstone Action Dinner”

Oh my.

 


Remember the Alamo… 
…was fought in part to defend Texans’ right to own slaves.


Perry: Ending Iraq War “Irresponsible, Puts Our Kids’ Live in Jeopardy” (0.00 / 0)
Yeah. Because our soldiers are far safer thousands of miles from home fighting an illegal war.


Pat Buchanan spouting off
“OWS is going to end very, very badly”, states that the protesters are going to start getting violent and attacking police.


Cain and sexual harrassment.
Reported this evening by Politico.


This story will get bigger
Nothing MSM loves more, than letting themselves get distracted away from policy issues by the shiny, rattling keys of any sort of sexually-toned scandal.
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Rep. Anne Graham Submits Bill To Prevent Unreviewed Insurance Rate Hikes

Posted on October 27, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

(Via press release)


Bill to prevent health insurance rate hikes submitted

Rep. Graham says fix to Republican health insurance overhaul needed now

AUGUSTA – Rep. Anne Graham, D- North Yarmouth, submitted new legislation to prevent insurance companies from increasing rates without a review by the Maine Bureau of Insurance for the upcoming legislative session in January. The bill was introduced to help fix problems resulting from the Republican insurance overhaul that was rushed through the legislature last spring.

“The bill simply prevents insurance companies from excessively increasing rates without oversight,” said Graham, who fought against the radical health insurance overhaul known as LD 1333 (now public law 90). “Maine families and small businesses just can’t afford to put more money in the pockets of big insurance.”

When Anthem recently proposed a 9.7 percent increase in individual rates, the Bureau of Insurance limited it to 5.2 percent after a thorough review. Under the new law put in place by LD 1333, the bureau could no longer review rate increases on small businesses or individuals of up to 10 percent.

Graham’s bill, “An Act to Enhance Affordable, Quality Health Care in Maine,” restores the oversight role of the Maine Bureau of Insurance in the insurance rate review process, preventing excessive price hikes by insurance companies. It also establishes a council to monitor health care accessibility and quality as well as payment reform and expands consumer oversight of the new reinsurance pool. The pool is funded by a new tax on policyholders and is primarily overseen by insurance executives.

Legislative leaders from both parties will decide if the bill will be considered next year during a meeting of the Legislative Council on Oct. 31. The second session of the legislature is typically reserved for top priority measures, such as bills relating to the budget, emergency legislation and legislation carried over from the first session.

“If we want to get serious about lowering health care costs, we must address the cost drivers through payment reform and prevention,” said Graham, who works as a pediatric nurse practitioner. “We must fix the law before it gets any worse.”

LD 1333 allows insurance companies selling individual policies to set rates based on age at up to five times higher than the lowest rate. There are no limits on rate changes depending on where you live or what kind of job you have.

Small businesses in Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties are projected to see insurance premiums rise more than 60 or 70 percent. One company in Presque Isle is already expecting to see an increase of 90 percent.

“Our health care laws should be focused on helping consumers, patients, and small businesses not growing the bottom line of big insurance companies,” added Graham.

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Rep. Anne Graham Submits Bill To Prevent Unreviewed Insurance Rate Hikes

Posted on October 27, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |


Bill to prevent health insurance rate hikes submitted
Rep. Graham says fix to Republican health insurance overhaul needed now

AUGUSTA – Rep. Anne Graham, D- North Yarmouth, submitted new legislation to prevent insurance companies from increasing rates without a review by the Maine Bureau of Insurance for the upcoming legislative session in January. The bill was introduced to help fix problems resulting from the Republican insurance overhaul that was rushed through the legislature last spring.

“The bill simply prevents insurance companies from excessively increasing rates without oversight,” said Graham, who fought against the radical health insurance overhaul known as LD 1333 (now public law 90). “Maine families and small businesses just can’t afford to put more money in the pockets of big insurance.”

When Anthem recently proposed a 9.7 percent increase in individual rates, the Bureau of Insurance limited it to 5.2 percent after a thorough review. Under the new law put in place by LD 1333, the bureau could no longer review rate increases on small businesses or individuals of up to 10 percent.

Graham’s bill, “An Act to Enhance Affordable, Quality Health Care in Maine,” restores the oversight role of the Maine Bureau of Insurance in the insurance rate review process, preventing excessive price hikes by insurance companies. It also establishes a council to monitor health care accessibility and quality as well as payment reform and expands consumer oversight of the new reinsurance pool. The pool is funded by a new tax on policyholders and is primarily overseen by insurance executives.

Legislative leaders from both parties will decide if the bill will be considered next year during a meeting of the Legislative Council on Oct. 31. The second session of the legislature is typically reserved for top priority measures, such as bills relating to the budget, emergency legislation and legislation carried over from the first session.

“If we want to get serious about lowering health care costs, we must address the cost drivers through payment reform and prevention,” said Graham, who works as a pediatric nurse practitioner. “We must fix the law before it gets any worse.”

LD 1333 allows insurance companies selling individual policies to set rates based on age at up to five times higher than the lowest rate. There are no limits on rate changes depending on where you live or what kind of job you have.

Small businesses in Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties are projected to see insurance premiums rise more than 60 or 70 percent. One company in Presque Isle is already expecting to see an increase of 90 percent.

“Our health care laws should be focused on helping consumers, patients, and small businesses not growing the bottom line of big insurance companies,” added Graham.

 

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Obama 2012 ‘Letter of the Week’ from Mainer

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |


(Shared with permission of letter’s author. ~Andi)


LETTER OF THE WEEK-OCTOBER 24TH, 2011
Like many Americans, I was brought up to believe in work- not just to earn a living, but to contribute my energy and talents to the world in which I live.

I’ve been laid off twice, and both times I felt not only fear and anxiety about the loss of my livelihood, but grief at the loss of my role as a contributor in society. I’m back at work now, but on a short-term contract with no benefits. I love what I do, but I don’t feel confident enough to buy a new car or take a vacation.

I’m surely not the only Mainer who’s deciding to make that winter coat last another season, do handmade crafts for Christmas instead of buying gifts, and watch DVDs with friends instead of going out on the town. That means I’m not contributing to the success of local businesses who really need the help.

Work is important, and with so many Americans out of work or unable to make a living from the work they can find, it’s easy to feel like we as a nation are slipping into decline-particularly when some politicians seem to dismiss the concerns of workers (and would-be workers) in favor of big businesses.

That’s why I support the President’s jobs plan-because finally, someone in power is doing something about this situation. President Obama’s bill would put money in the hands of small business owners- 30,000 of them in Maine alone–by cutting their payroll taxes in half. He wants to take steps to move long-term unemployed people-including older workers- back into the workplace. And he wants to invest in the roads, bridges, classrooms, and colleges that will help Mainers get to work safely and hone the skills we need to stay on the job.

Putting Americans to work should be job one- not just for our president, but for Congress. And while I’m knitting those Christmas scarves, I’ll be watching to see what they do.

-Pat, Maine

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PORTLAND LAWMAKERS CONDEMN ATTACK ON OCCUPY MAINE PROTESTORS

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

(25 Oct 2011- It has been brought to my attention that Rep. Ben Chipman (I-Portland) was accidentally omitted from the list of Portland lawmakers condemning the attack upon OccupyMaine. Below is the additional statement from him, and the original press release has been amended to reflect as well. ~ Andi)


Rep. Ben Chipman, whose district borders Lincoln Park, is also very concerned about this incident and wants those who are responsible to be brought to justice immediately.

“I hope that those who are responsible for this act of violence are caught and brought to justice. I encourage anyone with information about this incident to call 874-8575 and report it to the police immediately,” said Chipman.


PORTLAND LAWMAKERS CONDEMN ATTACK ON OCCUPY MAINE PROTESTORS
October 24, 2011

PORTLAND— In response to an early Sunday morning explosive attack on the Occupy Maine protestors in Lincoln Park, the Portland delegation released the following statements:

“Violence cannot be tolerated. Whether you believe in the Occupy Maine/Wallstreet movement or not, it is unacceptable to put people’s lives in danger,” said Senator Justin Alfond of Portland. “The protestors in Lincoln Park have been peaceful and respectful and are dutifully exercising their right to free speech. The sentiment in Lincoln Park is one shared by many across the world. People are fed up with the shrinking middle class and frustrated by economic policies that help those at the very top at the expense of everyone else. I support the group’s efforts to protest without the threat of harm or danger.”

Rep. Diane Russell, whose district includes Lincoln Park said, “We strongly condemn this dangerous and insidious act of violence. The Occupy Maine protestors have been exercising their right to protest in a non-violent, respectful manner. When violence shuts down dissent, it shuts down democracy. Maine people are better than this.”

Rep. Ben Chipman, whose district borders Lincoln Park, is also very concerned about this incident and wants those who are responsible to be brought to justice immediately.

“I hope that those who are responsible for this act of violence are caught and brought to justice. I encourage anyone with information about this incident to call 874-8575 and report it to the police immediately,” said Chipman.

All members of the Portland delegation expressed concern and upset by the explosive that was hurled at the encampment—and encouraged the public’s help in identifying the perpetrators. Members of the Portland delegation include: Sen. Justin Alfond, Rep. Diane Russell, Rep. Ben Chipman, Rep. Peter Stuckey, Rep. Steve Lovejoy, Rep. Mark Dion, Rep. Denise Harlow, Rep. Anne Haskell and Rep. Jon Hinck.

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(VIDEO) Senator Olympia Snowe: “Rome Is Burning”

Posted on October 23, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

(I do so love the TiVo feature, as to be able to go back and capture moments like this.)

MSBNC’s “Politics Nation” with Reverend Al Sharpton lambastes Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) , who spoke out harshly regarding people wanting help in America, then 2 days later voted against President Obama’s jobs bill.

Segment entitled: “The Real Class Warfare”; aired 21 Oct 2011.

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Senators Snowe, Collins Issue Statements Regarding End of Iraq War

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


Sen. Olympia Snowe

“After eight and a half years, the time has come for Iraqis to take over.  As a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I will continue to monitor the situation and press Administration officials to provide greater detail on the President’s plans to maintain what is an indispensable working partnership with the Iraqi government in this key strategic region.  But, protecting our men and women in uniform must be priority number one – and we simply cannot put troops in harm’s way without a rock-solid security agreement that includes immunity for our service members.”Like all Americans, I am inexpressibly proud of the monumental and heroic work our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have accomplished each and every day over the past eight and a half years.  At this moment we also solemnly reflect, with heavy hearts and unbounded gratitude, upon the unimaginable sacrifice of those brave Mainers and Americans who have lost their lives during this conflict, as well as all those who have been wounded and whose lives have been forever altered as they selflessly placed their nation’s call to duty above the tremendous risks they faced day in and day out.  All of our men and women in uniform, our fallen service members, and their families will forever remain in our hearts.”

Sen. Susan Collins:

 

“Given the failure of the Iraqi government to agree on a new status of forces agreement that would provide essential legal protections to U.S. troops, I believe the President has made the right decision in withdrawing our troops.”I have never supported an open-ended and unconditional commitment of U.S. troops in Iraq. However, I do remain concerned that many U.S. military officials have repeatedly said that they believe a residual force of U.S. troops might have to remain in order to continue training Iraqi troops to help ensure that the significant gains we have made there, at great cost to American blood and treasure, are not lost.”

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President Obama Declares End of Iraq War; Troops to Return By End of 2011 (and comments)

Posted on October 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

(Mission FINALLY Accomplished8 1/2 years later)

October 21, 2011REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ
October 21, 2011

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end — for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world. After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011.

As Commander-in-Chief, ensuring the success of this strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities. Last year, I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq. And to date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country’s security.

A few hours ago I spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward.

So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.

Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq — tens of thousands of them — will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home.  The last American soldier[s] will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.

(The remainder of the President’s remarks are posted below.)

Andi Parkinson :: President Obama Declares End of Iraq War; Troops to Return By End of 2011

But even as we mark this important milestone, we’re also moving into a new phase in the relationship between the United States and Iraq. As of January 1st, and in keeping with our Strategic Framework Agreement with Iraq, it will be a normal relationship between sovereign nations, an equal partnership based on mutual interests and mutual respect.In today’s conversation, Prime Minister Maliki and I agreed that a meeting of the Higher Coordinating Committee of the Strategic Framework Agreement will convene in the coming weeks. And I invited the Prime Minister to come to the White House in December, as we plan for all the important work that we have to do together. This will be a strong and enduring partnership.  With our diplomats and civilian advisors in the lead, we’ll help Iraqis strengthen institutions that are just, representative and accountable.  We’ll build new ties of trade and of commerce, culture and education, that unleash the potential of the Iraqi people. We’ll partner with an Iraq that contributes to regional security and peace, just as we insist that other nations respect Iraq’s sovereignty.

As I told Prime Minister Maliki, we will continue discussions on how we might help Iraq train and equip its forces — again, just as we offer training and assistance to countries around the world. After all, there will be some difficult days ahead for Iraq, and the United States will continue to have an interest in an Iraq that is stable, secure and self-reliant. Just as Iraqis have persevered through war, I’m confident that they can build a future worthy of their history as a cradle of civilization.

Here at home, the coming months will be another season of homecomings.  Across America, our servicemen and women will be reunited with their families.  Today, I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.

This December will be a time to reflect on all that we’ve been though in this war. I’ll join the American people in paying tribute to the more than 1 million Americans who have served in Iraq. We’ll honor our many wounded warriors and the nearly 4,500 American patriots — and their Iraqi and coalition partners — who gave their lives to this effort.

And finally, I would note that the end of war in Iraq reflects a larger transition.  The tide of war is receding. The drawdown in Iraq allowed us to refocus our fight against al Qaeda and achieve major victories against its leadership — including Osama bin Laden. Now, even as we remove our last troops from Iraq, we’re beginning to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, where we’ve begun a transition to Afghan security and leadership. When I took office, roughly 180,000 troops were deployed in both these wars.  And by the end of this year that number will be cut in half, and make no mistake: It will continue to go down.

Meanwhile, yesterday marked the definitive end of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. And there, too, our military played a critical role in shaping a situation on the ground in which the Libyan people can build their own future.  Today, NATO is working to bring this successful mission to a close.

So to sum up, the United States is moving forward from a position of strength.  The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year. The transition in Afghanistan is moving forward, and our troops are finally coming home.  As they do, fewer deployments and more time training will help keep our military the very best in the world. And as we welcome home our newest veterans, we’ll never stop working to give them and their families the care, the benefits and the opportunities that they have earned.

This includes enlisting our veterans in the greatest challenge that we now face as a nation — creating opportunity and jobs in this country. Because after a decade of war, the nation that we need to build — and the nation that we will build — is our own; an America that sees its economic strength restored just as we’ve restored our leadership around the globe.

Thank you very much.

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Mitt Romney quote (4.00 / 1)
Un-effing-believable.

“President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women. The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”

So according to this particular GOP presidential candidate, we should leave our troops in iraq. Somehow, I suspect this will be just one of many similar reactions by the Republicans, who have pretty much all shown themselves to be utterly certifiably nuts.


Did anyone ask (0.00 / 0)
Mittens for examples of the disorderly transition? Naw – that would require work.


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White House fired back at Mittens (0.00 / 0)
and pulled no damned punches whatsoever:

The Obama campaign accused Mitt Romney of wanting to “leave American troops” in Iraq for no apparent reason in a statement Friday, hours after the GOP frontrunner called the withdrawal of U.S. forces a “failure” on the part of the president.”The President kept his pledge to the nation to end the war in Iraq in a responsible way, he has promoted our security in Afghanistan and eliminated key Al Qaeda leaders while strengthening American leadership around the world,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement. “Mitt Romney didn’t lay out a plan to end the war in Iraq in his foreign policy agenda – he barely even mentioned Iraq – but he is apparently willing to leave American troops there without identifying a new mission.”

LaBolt’s kicker: “Mitt Romney’s foreign policy experience is limited to his work as a finance executive shipping American jobs overseas.”

We could not have a clearer view of the theoretical potential “leadership” of Romney, versus that which President Obama has demonstrated, time and again, than this.

Game-Set-Match: Barack Obama.


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What Constitution does Mittens read? (4.00 / 2)
“The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”No, Mittens.The American Commanders should (and do) listen to the orders from their Commander in Chief.


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6th placer Michelle Bachmann squeaked out a response (4.00 / 1)
Heh.

Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, said Obama’s decision is “a political decision” and “not a military one.”Bachmann said the U.S. has been “ejected” from Iraq and should have demanded “that Iraq repay the full cost of liberating them given their rich oil revenues.”

So now we’re supposed to “Go Pirate” and plunder Iraq???

This is almost like shooting fish in a barrel, except easier…


Imagine the temrity (0.00 / 0)
of a sovereign nation asking foreign troops to leave.There is so much wrong with Bachmann’s statement that it isn’t even worth discussing.


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No, but it’s worth watching (0.00 / 0)
From the other night’s debate:

COOPER: Time. Congresswoman Bachmann… […] Should we cut foreign aid to Israel?BACHMANN: No, we should not be cutting foreign aid to Israel. Israel is our greatest ally. The biggest problem is the fact… that the president — the biggest problem with this administration in foreign policy is that President Obama is the first president since Israel declared her sovereignty put daylight between the United States and Israel. That heavily contributed to the current hostilities that we see in the Middle East region.

Cutting back on foreign aid is one thing. Being reimbursed by nations that we have liberated is another. We should look to Iraq and Libya to reimburse us for part of what we have done to liberate these nations.


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No Mission Accomplished (0.00 / 0)
No mission was ever accomplished – Iraq was not a haven for terrorist support nor did it possess weapons of mass destruction that threatened the United States. Hundreds of thousands died for no good reason and it is not far fetched to assume that Saddam Hussein might have been removed from power in the current Arab Spring.Our blood and treasure were wasted and contribute to today’s economic plight in part (a charge card war). I feel especally regretful of all the young lives and families of US soldiers that we needlessly destroyed.As Robert F. Kennedy reminded the nation during another unjust war, it not what soldiers do that we must decry but what we ask them to do in our name.


The “mission” changed over the course of the past decade (0.00 / 0)
from the illegal war that Bush-Cheney-Rove sold the world, into a mission of getting the troops the hell out of Iraq. And that was the 8 1/2 year mission to which I was referring.


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I agree… (4.00 / 1)
…it is Bush’s words I am addressing.  If I was the new president in January of 2009, I would have withdrawn far faster, within 90 days but I trust that President Obama with the information he had made reasoned decisions that will stand the test of time with far more respect than the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld unreasonable war of choice.


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Same Day Voting Registration Debated “In The Arena”

Posted on October 15, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday ACLU of Maine Executive Director Shenna Bellows appeared on WCSH 6 for a one-on-one debate about same-day voter registration with the CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Lance Dutson. Here is the video clip.

 

A reminder: Dutson has already been shown here as having spoken hypocritically against Maine’s 40 year old law- even though he himself has used it.

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Occupy Maine Issues First Press Release

Posted on October 1, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

8:10pm Update: WLBZ-2 sent out a tweet to news story and this video from earlier today.


OCCUPY MAINE TAKES OVER MONUMENT SQUARE

Hundreds Turn Out In Rain to Protest Corporate Personhood

Portland, Maine: Leading Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York traveled to Portland, Maine to rally Mainers to gather in solidarity with the Wall Street Occupation.

The event mirrors several similar demonstrations taking place in various other cities across the country and all over the world. The event was organized over the preceding week using social media and attracted over one thousand members to its Facebook page.

After convening for a General Assembly, the group in Monument Square has released the following list of national and local demands:

National Demands

1. End corporate personhood.

2. Get private investors out of public policy: we demand publically funded elections.

3. Progressive tax should apply to the wealthy: eliminate tax loopholes.

4. Support public workers’ rights and workers’ voices.

5. Re-regulate financial institutions and prosecute financial criminals.

6. Banks/ investment firms should return the bailout money to the People.

7. End capital punishment.

8. Restore “sound” money and restore competition in currency.

Local Demands

1. Affordable oil for Mainers.

2. Bring the Maine National Guard home.

3. Amend corporate personhood.

4. Better public transport.

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You can also keep up to date with the following links: The OccupyMaine BlogTwitter and their live streaming video.

A First-hand Account of 10/1/11 Occupy Maine at Monument Square, Portland ME (Deborrah Jabar)I was there today for about and hour and half from 12:45 on, crowd not huge but a good size, saw no evidence of mainstream media outlets. A couple of photographers in the sq. A videocam across the street in front of people’s united bank, couldn’t tell if it was from local TV getting some B roll footage.

I took a bunch of photos on my cell. Don’t know how many folks are encamped to stay, people going back tomorrow off and on to maintain a presence for as long as possible with the hope of building momentum especially students. Will be interesting to see how the scene changes when people return to the work week on Monday.

The Spartan Grill provided free coffee, one of the workers got permission from her boss and purchased the coffee herself. Table set up outside, cups and coffee to go. “The revolution will not be televised” and free coffee for all.

Link to livestream feed: http://www.livestream.com/occu…

Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media…

First local coverage: http://www.theportlandmainegaz…

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