Archive for December 14th, 2011

LePage Hightailed Outta Augusta Today, for Last Minute “Capitol for a Day” in Franklin County

Posted on December 14, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

(4pm- Gerald has now left the DHHS public hearing (over 130 people signed up to testify on this first day) and is on his way to Mt. Abram HS now. Here is the link to his tweets for today. The same link will work for the 6pm town hall. Additionally, you can click on the hashtag #DHHS to find all tweets from others covering the hearings.)

When one’s personnel put out a media advisory email at 5:03pm the night BEFORE the event, I think the headline is accurate!

Here’s last night press release from the Governor’s office:

Capitol for a Day to be Held in Franklin County Wednesday, December 14, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting
Location: Mt. Abram High School, 1513 Salem Road, Salem Township

The Governor will visit several businesses in Franklin County during his monthly Capitol for a Day event before a town hall meeting at Mt. Abram High School. The town hall will give the public an opportunity to ask the Governor and commissioners questions. The town hall is free and open to the public.
Governor LePage is scheduled to visit the following businesses:

Poland Springs
Stratton Lumber
Geneva Wood Fuels

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FoxNews’ Makeover of Romney= Fail

Posted on December 14, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Oh my. That it happened to Megyn Kelly, she of the infamous ‘Pepper Spray is a food product, essentially’ meme, is especially good.

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House Minority Leader Emily Cain Announces 2012 SD 30 Run

Posted on December 14, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

From her press release:

ORONO – Maine House Democratic Leader Rep. Emily Ann Cain, D-Orono, officially announced her 2012 bid for the State Senate in District 30 Tuesday night at a gathering of her supporters in downtown Orono. Democratic State Senator Elizabeth Schneider, who currently holds the seat, is termed out in 2012 and unable to seek reelection.

“I’m running for Senate with a focus on growing our economy and putting Maine people back to work,” said Cain. “Maine people need representatives in Augusta that don’t just manage today’s crisis, but provide leadership and work for solutions that improve economic growth and opportunity in the long-run.”

Cain added, “My focus is on real solutions for job creation in Maine, like investing in economic development, lowering energy costs, improving our roads and bridges, and linking business and education to prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future.”

But, right now, Cain’s energy will remain centered on the current legislative session until adjournment in April. A larger announcement with a broad group of volunteers and supporters will be planned for that time.

Cain has served in the Maine House since 2004, and is currently the House Democratic leader. Prior to earning the top leadership post in the House Democratic caucus, she served as the Chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, where she helped write and pass five bipartisan budgets.

“I am ready to cover every inch of this Senate District in 2012,” said Cain. “I want to earn the support of voters by listening to the issues on their minds, and hearing their ideas for how to move Maine forward.”

Senate District 30 includes the communities of Alton, Argyle Twp., Bradford, Edinburg, Enfield, Greenbush, Howland, Hudson, Kingman Twp., LaGrange, Lee, Lincoln, Mattawamkeag, Maxfield, Old Town, Orono, Passadumkeag, Penobscot Nation Indian Island (a/k/a Penobscot Nation Voting District), Springfield, Twombly a/k/a T3-R1, Veazie, Webster Plantation and Winn.

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MacDonald Elected Lewiston Mayor; Spouts Veiled Threats Towards Opponents in Acceptance Speech

Posted on December 14, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Macdonald claimed 2,543 votes in Tuesday’s special runoff election, 70 votes better than those cast for Paradis, who had 2,473 votes, according to unofficial results. Paradis died Friday of pneumonia, but his name remained on the ballot.

After the ballots were counted Tuesday night, Macdonald said he would have a surprise for the people who led Paradis’ campaign.

“Mr. Paradis was a very honorable person, a nice man,” Macdonald said. “But some of the people behind his campaign were very sleazy. And Thursday, they’ll find out what’s going to happen.”

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Rep. Andre Cushing (R-Hampden; ALEC) Announcing State Senate Run

Posted on December 14, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Here are portions of yesterday’s press release:

December 13, 2011


Assistant Majority Leader to run for open District 33 State Senate seat

HAMPDEN- Representative Andre Cushing announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the Maine State Senate in District 33, to represent the 16 Penobscot County towns of; Carmel, Charleston, Corinth, Corrina, Dexter, Dixmont, Etna, Exeter, Garland, Glenburn, Hampden, Kenduskeag, Levant, Newburgh, Newport, and Plymouth.

Cushing is in his second term as state representative for District 39, which includes Dixmont, Hampden and Newburgh, and is the Assistant Majority Leader of the Maine House of Representatives. He is the House chair of the Joint Rules Committee and Committee on Elections. During his first term he was the ranking member of the Joint Committee on Labor.

Representative Cushing was chosen as House chair for The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Affordable Housing and for a study dealing with regulatory taking.

“As a parent, small business owner and native of this area,” he said, “I am proud to work for the people of Maine, and I know firsthand the challenges many face in this economy. I also know, given the opportunity, Mainers can and will persevere. If elected I will continue to work on issues that make our state more friendly to job creators and the people who live and work here.

As a state we must get our financial house in order and we must stop creating laws that punish those who contribute to a strong Maine economy,” he added. “We in Augusta must work to create an environment where people want to live, work and enjoy the way life should be. The strength of our state is in the many people who drive our economy, be they farmers, trades people or professionals. They all want the opportunities to provide for themselves and their families.”

Former House Minority Leader Josh Tardy of Newport, who will serve as Cushing’s campaign treasurer, offered his strong words of support. “I am thrilled that Andre is running for the State Senate.” Tardy said.

Cushing, who has over 25 years experience as a small business owner, currently is a Realtor and home builder. He is a native Mainer who attended Bangor-area schools and the University of Maine. He is an active member in both civic organizations and local government, who believes in giving back to the community in which he lives.

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