Archive for July 14th, 2012

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman Pens an LTE, Defending his Employees

Posted on July 14, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Link here.

I have read with concern several recent news accounts that describe extraordinarily offensive comments made by Gov. Paul LePage in discussing the Internal Revenue Service’s role in administering provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The employees of the IRS are among the most dedicated and hardworking in the federal government. Gov. LePage’s comments are disturbing on so many levels, but I am particularly distressed that he would attack public servants in Maine and across the country who come to work every day committed to giving their best for the American taxpayer.

We at the IRS take very seriously the duty we have to properly implement federal laws as directed by Congress, and we welcome constructive dialogue in regard to the implementation of these laws. But I must strongly object to comments such as those made by Gov. LePage, which serve no constructive purpose, and do a disservice to the employees of my agency.

Douglas H. Shulman

IRS commissioner

Washington, D.C.

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MSNBC’s Hardball Sideshow, Other National Media Take on Gov. LePage’s “New Gestapo” Controversy

Posted on July 14, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

More via The Rachel Maddow Show : “Maybe the ‘Gestapo’ isn’t so bad after all?”

USA Today, Politico, LA Times and other national media outlets have picked up on the Governor’s various statements this week, giving new meaning to Maine’s new “Open for Business” slogan.

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ICMYI: 2012 Maine Election Updates

Posted on July 14, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

With stories of the Governor’s various statements and such dominating the news cycles this week, it has been pretty easy to lose track of other articles of interest. There are still many legislative races to be decided and both parties are committed to filling all of the various slots as soon as possible.

Here are a few; please feel free to add in links to more below in comments.

A slew of decided nominees and candidates indicating their intentions to run provided by Steve Mistler:

-The Falmouth Republican Committee has picked a new candidate for the District 112 seat in the state House of Representatives.

The local GOP last week selected 26-year-old John Logan Jones, a 2004 Falmouth High School graduate who later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a linguist.

Jones was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2009, according to a press release.

Jones, a Ron Paul supporter, was also elected at the Maine Republican Party state convention as one of the party’s 24 delegates to the national convention in Tampa, Fla. in August.

Jones, who is expected to replace GOP placeholder Patricia Kirby, will face Democratic incumbent Mary Nelson. David Savage, who won the 2006 election, was the last Republican to hold the District 112 seat.

-Further up I-295, Brunswick Democrat Matthea Daughtry confirmed that she plans to seek the Democratic nomination for District 66. Daughtry’s announcement followed the withdrawal of Brunswick state Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx.

Andy Cashman, chairman of the Brunswick Town Democratic Committee, said the town committee will meet at 3 p.m. July 14 at the Curtis Memorial Library to choose a replacement.

Fred Horch, the Green Independent candidate who lost to Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick, by 192 votes in 2010, recently confirmed that he’s seeking his party’s nomination to run again in 2012. Republican John Bouchard is also running.

-Elsewhere, Democratic state Rep. Herbert Clark announced last week that he’s running in Senate District 27, which comprises parts of Penobscot, Somerset and Piscataquis counties. Clark will take on Republican incumbent Doug Thomas.

-Another Democrat, Brian Jones, announced that he’s subbing in for the placeholder in House District 45. Jones will compete against incumbent Ryan Harmon.

The GOP Senate District 21 (Chelsea, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Gardiner, Litchfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner, and Winthrop) nomination race is continuing to heat up, with the Christian Civic League now sending out email blasts to supporters urging them to back Ryan Wheaton of West Gardiner.

A reminder: Wheaton lost his House District 79 nomination bid to William Guerette III.

Wheaton is pro-life and anti-marriage equality, versus his opponent, Rep. Patrick Flood of Winthrop, cast his vote in support of LD 1020 in 2009, and is seen as a much more moderate candidate than Wheaton.

Originally the GOP was scheduled to caucus in June, but now due to increased attention, a larger venue was sought. Republicans will meet Monday at the Augusta Civic Center in the Kennebec/Penobscot room. Doors open for getting credentials at 5 PM and the Caucus starts at 6 PM.

The eventual nominee goes up against former 4 term Rep. and Hallowell Mayor David Bustin.

Another nomination was decided earlier this week, as former Rep. Patsy Crockett of Augusta handily won her bid Wednesday evening to go up against Augusta Planning Board member Matthew Pouliot for House District 57. Pouliout was selected after Andrew D. Worcester, who defeated Micheal Hein for the primary nod, dropped out of the race.

Earlier this month, Rep. Meaghan Maloney formally stepped down from that same HD 57 race, as to be able to focus in her upcoming Kennebec and Somerset district attorney bid against Alan Kelley- a battle that has gone for months, as Gov. LePage refused to allow Maloney’s previous selection by Democrats move forward:

Under Maine law, the nominee must be the same political party as the district attorney who had been serving in the office. The previous DA, Evert Fowle, a Democrat, resigned after being nominated by LePage as a district court judge.

The governor issued an official statement about the district attorney vacancy in District IV, which covers both Kennebec and Somerset counties, and referred to his April 4 meeting with Maloney.

“I explained to her that I would not fill the vacancy until the Democratic Party complied with the law and provided me a choice of candidates to fill the vacancy,” LePage said in a statement issued through press secretary Adrienne Bennett.

“I told Rep. Maloney that my selections for such positions were not based on politics and that it was unfortunate that her party had chosen to insert partisan politics into the process. I assured her that my decision was not about her, or the questions that have been raised about her qualifications for the position, and that I would be glad to consider her candidacy if her party complied with the law.”

It should be noted that Alan Kelley, the acting DA, ran as a Republican when he lost the 2001 DA race to Fowle.

Now a bit of my own opinion and speculation: There is no doubt in my mind that had the Governor been given a list comprising of solely Alan Kelley’s name last spring that the nomination process would have been immediately settled and that would have been the end of it. Nothing contrary to the Democrats’ plans to meet with the 2 candidates and vote their choice was said beforehand- the position of wanting to have more than one option came up only AFTER Maloney was nominated by a majority vote and her name submitted.

The governor’s quip about the Democrats “inserting partisan politics” into selecting their nominee, when the Democrats were tasked with finding a nominee from within their own party, is very telling and rather concerning. Equally concerning are highly distasteful, so far unconfirmed rumors of non-residents of the two counties being “packed in” as to be able to vote in tomorrow’s process (hoping to nullify the result?) and plans by those same supporters to be very disruptive, as to slow down the process or even cancel the vote, leaving the ballot’s blanks for November write-in candidates. Previous meetings have been reported to be, um, contentious on occasion.

Democrats will meet again tomorrow evening in Skowhegan; turnout is expected to be quite heavy and multiple media outlets will be there to report of what transpires.

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ICYMI: Mitt Romney Addresses NAACP

Posted on July 14, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

The text of his prepared remarks can be found here.

After his speech, there was much discussion that the candidate’s campaign bussed in as many as 200 ringers to appear in the audience, a technique that the Romney camp employed during the GOP primaries.

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