Archive for August, 2014
(UPDATED) Maine Sovereign Citizens, er, “Constitutional Coalition” Send “Courtesy Notice” to ALL Maine Lobbyists
UPDATE: McCarthy has vehemently denied that he sent the emails to the non-profits, nor a second email entitled “Attention Kind Alleged Representatives” to currently serving Maine lawmakers (Reps. Diane Russell and Drew Gattine among others to receive that second missive). But he did post comments to the Bangor Daily News story that he later deleted:
Jack Mccarthy · Top Commenter · School of Hard Knocks, University of LifeRelax folks that is a total LIE never saw that site never sent ANY such email. Apparently Mr. Mario Moretto was severely threatened by someone for not trying to discredit us in his last article. Obvious attempt to promote some agenda with zero fact check. If that was sent by Me why wasn’t a verifying email sent to the original sender? Shame on you Mr. Mario Moretto it appeared that you had as least some journalistic ethic. Sadly no.
Jack Mccarthy · Top Commenter · School of Hard Knocks, University of LifeJack Mccarthy · Top Commenter · School of Hard Knocks, University of Life
Actually it might be nice to own a controlling interest in the BDN.
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Jack Mccarthy · Top Commenter · School of Hard Knocks, University of Life
Mr.Mario Moretto there must be an immediate front page above the fold RETRACTION AND APOLOGY, THIS IS LIBELOUS IN THE EXTREME.
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Jack Mccarthy · Top Commenter · School of Hard Knocks, University of Life
Relax folks that is a total LIE never saw that site never sent ANY such email. Apparently Mr. Mario Moretto was severely threatened by someone for not trying to discredit us in his last article. Obvious attempt to promote some agenda with zero fact check. If that was sent by Me why wasn’t a verifying email sent to the original sender? Shame on you Mr. Mario Moretto it appeared that you had as least some journalistic ethic. Sadly no.
Dan Sorrells · New Haven
With those “threats” in mind, this post is being updated with the addition of “[or whomever posted, using the name “Jack McCarthy”]” where applicable.
Oh my- looks like Paul LePage’s buddies have “GONE ROGUE”.
Check it out all you lobbying kiddos; you have ALL. BEEN SERVED.
First the blast email (thankfully their CAPLOCK ISSUE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT FIXED) that Aroostook Watchmen radio host Jack McCarthy [or whomever posted, using the name “Jack McCarthy”] mailed out, late this afternoon- to every single registered Maine lobbyist.
Protip: Someone wanna tell Ole Jack [or whomever posted, using the name “Jack McCarthy”] what a “bcc” is? Thanks awfully!
- Attention Kind Maine Lobbyists:
Be it known by these presents, the attached pdf file, titled “COURTESY NOTICE”, which details are self explanatory but specifically …
Government Charters Cancelled: (Refer: DECLARATION OF FACTS: UCC Doc # 2012127914 Nov 28 2012)
“…That any and all CHARTERS, inclusive of The United States Federal Government, UNITED STATES, “STATE of …”,
Inclusive of any and all abbreviations, idem sonans, or other legal, financial or managerial forms, any and all international equivalents, inclusive of any and all OFFICES, inclusive of any and all OFFICERS, PUBLIC SERVANTS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS, TREATIES, CONSTITUTIONS, MEMBERSHIP, ACTS, and any and all other contracts and agreements made thereunder and thereby, are now, void, worthless, or otherwise cancelled, unrebutted; …”
You have been served,
All Persons Foreign and Domestic
Here is the pdf.
2015 UPDATE: Seems that they complained to Scribd about the public sharing of a pdf that they blanket emailed to every 126th Maine legislator and all Maine registered lobbyists, the end result being the document being pulled.
Let’s try that again.
Quick- someone call Brent Littlefield back, so he can
… do some more …
I wasn’t there…
(Will be updated as needed.)
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Joint meeting by the Appropriations & Financial Affairs, Health & Human Services standing legislative committees held to discuss a number of topics with officials from DHHS and Riverview Psychiatric Center including CTS (transportation), safety concerns, training issues, re-certification efforts and more.
The committees submitted two pages of detailed questions to Commissioner Mayhew, who responded with a 27 page document and sent Stephanie Nadeau, Ricker Hamilton and Riverview superintendent Jay Harper in her stead.
Maine Legislative AFA, HHS Joint Cmte Meeting 8 19 14 (Pt 1)
Maine Legislative AFA, HHS Joint Cmte Meeting 8 19 14 (Pt 2)
Maine Legislative AFA, HHS Joint Cmte Meeting 8 19 14 (Pt 3)
Maine Legislative AFA, HHS Joint Cmte Meeting 8 19 14 (Pt 4)
Maine Legislative AFA, HHS Joint Cmte Meeting 8 19 14 (Pt 5)
Maine Legislative AFA, HHS Joint Cmte Meeting 8 19 14 (Pt 6)
(9pm UPDATE: Here now is WMTW’s story.)
Maine’s self-proclaimed “Constitutional Coalition” held a rather long, um, “loosely formatted” and sparsely attended rally and press conference this morning in the State House’s Hall of Flags to announce the formation of a brand spanking new permanent non-profit corporation, “We The People of Maine, Inc.” with the catchy slogan “Scrutinize government behavior at every level!”
Per Wayne Leach, the group invited Governor Paul LePage, original founder then former Maine Refounders member Amy Hale, Maine Refounder turned LePage transition team “extremist” member Pete Harring, members of the Maine Republican Party and currently serving legislators to attend and show their support.
None did. LePage’s scheduler Micki Mullen told Leach that “the Governor is busy”, yet a press release sent out at the same time as the 9:30 press conference by his office stated that “The Governor has cleared his schedule for Thursday so he can keep informed of any areas that have been hard hit (by last night’s flooding) and provide the necessary response.”
On the plus side, First Lady Ann LePage did come out of her husband’s office afterwards and greet the men cheerfully before exiting the Hall of Flags, stopping to share a laugh and talk briefly about her recent skydive in Aroostook County.
Coverage here via Bangor Daily News, WMTW, MPBN, WCSH, WGME, Portland Press Herald… hey, where did everybody go??
No matter! The trio were heading down to Portland by noon for a chat with Portland Community Television C-TN5 that will no doubt blow folks’ socks off.
This latest effort by “TAKE AMERICA BACK OF MAINE” (originally “TAKE MAINE BACK”) spokesman Phil Merletti, Maine Republic and “liberty movement” (VIDEO) Wayne Leach and Aroostook Watchmen radio host Jack McCarthy is not to be confused with the similarly named “We The People Maine”, whose goals are to amend the Maine Constitution, and most absolutely certainly not with “Maine People’s Alliance”, which employs the Coalition’s arch nemesis, Mike Tipping (BOO!! HISS!!), author of the book “As Maine Went: Governor Paul LePage and the Tea Party Takeover”.
We repeat: “BOO!! HISS!!”
From their original media advisory:
- Wayne Leach, Phillip Merletti, and Jack McCarthy, members of the Constitution Coalition of Maine, announce the formation of We The People of Maine, Inc., a permanent non-political, non-profit organization, formed of, by and for the People of Maine, whose sole purpose will be to scrutinize government behavior at every level, and hold elected officials accountable to the Rule of Law, from the State and Federal Constitutions and statutes down to local Charters and Codes.
The Constitution Coalition has determined that the overwhelming majority of our elected and appointed officers are unaware of the principles, prohibitions, restrictions and mandates of our Constitutions; the Rule of Law is being replaced by the Rule of Whim and Man; our Constitutions are hanging by a thread; and, the People are the only sure reliance for the preservation of their liberty.
Citizens of Maine join the citizens of Connecticut and New York who have established We The People of Connecticut, Inc. and We The People of New York, Inc. People everywhere are realizing that, by the authority of our Constitutions, the People structure and regulate their government, and that the task of defending the Constitutions is the People’s alone.
The We the People of Maine corporation is established to assist the Free People of this State to institute a culture and environment where all elected officials will be expected to exercise and embrace a sufficient reverence and enduring respect for the People and their Charters of Freedom, with the knowledge that a critical mass of People – well educated about their Rights and the means to secure them – are watching what they are doing in their official capacities, and are able to hold them peacefully, but directly accountable, without undue reliance on the electoral process, and regardless of their political party.
WELL! That was all certainly illuminating, wasn’t it?
Roll the first clip- where Leach reads a four page “STATEMENT TO MEDIA” PRINTED IN ALL CAPS.
Don’t believe me about the ALL CAPS? See for yourself.
Pro-tip: When you have to tell the press that you most definitely are not “sovereign citizens” nor “domestic terrorists”, let alone explain past reports of discussions with one’s governor regarding punishments for treason, and then proceed to rant a bit, it kinda takes away from one’s credibility on the matter. Threatening to sue an author for reporting sourced materials probably isn’t such a great idea, either.
BONUS: Look for where McCarthy repeats his now infamous line about “taking a sip out of the ‘negroes only’ drinking fountain.”
Phil Merletti finished up the press conference by telling media to read their copies of the Maine Constitution handed out by Merletti before today’s program began, offered to answer any questions about it in his capacity as a researcher and then took questions from Bangor Daily News reporter Mario Moretto. During that time, the three men took turns answering and expanded upon earlier reports of referencing 1776 and 1865 in speaking previously with Governor LePage.
Here is the rest of the press kit handed out:
Will update with “statements of support” from Governor LePage, Maine Republican Party and others if received.
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Weekly Address of Governor Paul LePage: The NFL has an Opportunity to Push Back Against Domestic Violence
5pm UPDATE: Here is the letter.
NOTE: Last week, Governor Paul LePage went onto WVOM’s George Hale and Ric Tyler Show and during his interview, said that he was “boycotting the NFL”. He also referred himself in the third person when discussing his chances for re-election:
- “The governor does not agree [that it’s a tight race]. … The governor says that he’s either going to be blown out by a landslide or he’s going to win by a landslide. … The Maine people are either going to throw me out or take me in wholeheartedly, but I don’t think this is going to be close.”
He has still not spoken publicly about his meeting with Democratic leadership, despite new reports that the situation with Augusta’s Riverview Psychiatric Center is more dire and will be even more expensive than thought even last week.
This week, he chose to use his weekly address to double down on his condemnation of the NFL. A reminder: The only professional football team in all of New England is still located in Massachusetts, not Maine.
No word from RGA Chair Chris Christie (the New Jersey governor who favors the Dallas Cowboys over his own local teams) who was in Maine supporting LePage on Tuesday, on his views of the LePage “NFL boycott”.
The NFL has an Opportunity to Push Back Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence does not discriminate. This crime affects thousands of people, no matter their age, race or economic background.
Most domestic violence victims are women, but this is not just a women’s issue. Men must be part of the solution to end the pattern of abuse.
Recently, the National Football League has taken heat for how it sanctions players who commit a domestic violence crime.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave a mere two-week suspension to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. This man knocked his fiancée unconscious, then dragged her out of an elevator. Rice pled not guilty, but the video doesn’t lie. Sadly, his fiancée is now his wife.
If a two-week suspension is the “punishment” for knocking a woman unconscious, then there is something very wrong with the NFL culture.
This week in a letter to Goodell, I told him I’m appalled that he promotes permissive disciplinary procedures that could ultimately result in the death of innocent people.
NFL quarterback Michael Vick served 2 years in prison for running a dog-fighting ring, but an NFL player who commits a violent crime against a woman gets a two-week suspension. The NFL mandates harsher penalties for players who violate the league’s personal-conduct policy or abuse drugs than those who commit domestic violence. This defies common sense.
Taking thugs and wife beaters off the field may be bad for business, but the NFL is playing games with people’s lives.
I don’t know if Commissioner Goodell is familiar with domestic violence or if it has affected his family personally. However, I can tell you firsthand that domestic violence is about a perpetrator having power and control over another individual. Too many times, it leads to murder.
I have a zero-tolerance position on domestic violence. There is no excuse for this type of behavior in our society. Until all of us make an effort to end this abuse, the cycle will continue.
NFL players are role models for young men, and many of them excel at that. But if some players are allowed to act violently toward women, then young men will think that behavior is acceptable. It tarnishes all players and gives the NFL a bad name.
This is not about winning or losing. This is about life or death. The NFL has an opportunity to change the rules. We urge Goodell to do the right thing.
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Democratic leaders had waited for more than two months for an opportunity to speak with Governor Paul LePage on a number of concerns, not the least of which were the troubling news of Riverview once again failing to qualify for federal re-certification and final resolution of the monies owed back to the state from the Alexander Group for their now widely discredited and plagiarized report.
- On Tuesday, the governor released a statement to the Portland Press Herald, saying, “I will take every action we can. I am not happy about this.”
He added that the state may attempt to reclaim the $500,000 it has already paid The Alexander Group.
“It’s all a matter of the extent of what the damage is,” he said.
Apparently “the damage” ultimately wasn’t that bad in Paul LePage’s eyes.
Yesterday Democratic leadership finally got their chance to question the governor and others, albeit in a closed door meeting. The news for Maine was pretty bleak, as LePage now has no intention of recouping the $475,000 already paid to the Alexander Group.
While the Governor’s office has had very little to say about the meeting, Senate President Justin Alfond and Speaker of the House Mark Eves quickly issued a joint statement about the first meeting between the three since January:
- “Our top priority for the meeting was to press the Governor for answers on the Alexander Group refund and on the latest developments at Riverview,” said House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick. “It’s clear that he has abandoned the effort to recoup a full refund for the discredited and plagiarized report from the Alexander Group. Of the nearly $500,000 in taxpayer funds paid to the Alexander Group, the state has recouped only $27,000.”
During the meeting, the Governor reiterated the administration’s position that it was confident the state would correct problems at the Riverview Psychiatric Center despite a recent failed bid to qualify for federal re-certification. The state psychiatric hospital lost its certification last September due to mismanagement and dangerous conditions at the hospital. As a result, the federal government said it could [hold back] approximately $20 million in funding for the hospital.“We hope the Governor is right, but we remain concerned,” said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. “We expect the Governor to take seriously the deficiencies in safety conditions for patients and workers that led to the loss of $20 million.”
During the meeting, Governor LePage complained that lawmakers did not pass his 11th hour proposal to increase funding for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The bipartisan Appropriations Committee passed an amended bill to include funding for substance abuse treatment. At the time, the Governor said he would veto anything but his original proposal so no further votes on the bill were taken.
“The Governor sat on the sidelines when lawmakers were doing work, whether it was the budget or other important bills. He continues to blame others for his unwillingness and inability to work constructively with the legislature,” said Senate President Alfond.
- “The Alexander Report has been a case study in government waste and poor judgment from the very beginning,” Michaud said.
“This deeply flawed and controversial report has never been anything more than a political document meant to further Gov. LePage’s re-election. And now, despite public outrage and evidence that parts of the report were plagiarized, the LePage administration is still refusing to seek a full refund of hard-earned taxpayer dollars that could have been used to help working families, improve education and meet other important priorities. This is pure mismanagement and fiscal irresponsibility on the part of Gov. LePage. Mainers deserve better.”
Michaud released a plan earlier this year to appoint an Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services and cited the ongoing scandal revolving around the Alexander Report as an example of one of the many issues of waste and mismanagement the office would be tasked with preventing.
“Gov. LePage has made a big issues about waste, fraud and abuse as governor, but it’s clear that the biggest culprit of wasting taxpayer dollars is the governor himself,” Michaud said. “Mainers deserve a governor who will work with Democrats, Republicans and independents to address the issues facing Maine and who will use tax dollars wisely.”
In July it was reported that LePage thought Maine should give up on the Riverview Psychiatric Center re-certification efforts, throwing away more than $14 million in federal funding. Michaud’s response at that time:
- “Since taking office, Gov. Paul LePage’s Department of Health and Human Services has been a case study in government waste and mismanagement,” said Michaud. “His mismanagement of Riverview Psychiatric Center is the pinnacle of this and it needs to be addressed immediately. The list of issues at Riverview is exhaustive, troubling and a black eye on this administration and state. Rather than pledging to Mainers that he will address these issues, Gov. LePage is choosing to give up and throw away millions of dollars in funding. His inaction makes Maine vulnerable to lawsuits, puts Riverview on the brink of crisis and leaves Maine taxpayers to foot the bill for his failed leadership.”
Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorensen took to Twitter, as the thus far sole GOP reaction on the meeting:
— David Sorensen (@DSorensenME) August 8, 2014
— David Sorensen (@DSorensenME) August 8, 2014
Not quite accurate, as the federal government is demanding Maine pay back monies dating back almost a year and will be still on the hook for a hefty sum, even were the hospital to become re-certified.
- “We will be seeking the return of that money because the facility has been decertified,” Richard McGreal, associate regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the Press Herald this week.
If Riverview becomes certified, federal money will flow back to the center. But even then the center would not be funded retroactively, and Riverview will still owe the federal money it has used in the months it was ineligible, McGreal said.
State officials said they have not been told of the pending “disallowance” action and have been drawing from the federal account the entire time. Maine is entitled to $20 million per year in federal money to operate Riverview, representing more than half of the hospital’s $36 million budget.
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A few notes:
- Theater at Monmouth now has a blog. The first post, “Made in Maine: Local Talent in TAM’s Summer Company” features discussions with actors Isabella Coulombe, Anna Doyle, and Michael Dix Thomas- all Maine natives. Check it out!
- In celebration of TAM’s 45th season and the British Invasion theme, Gritty’s in Auburn has created “A Hard Day’s Pint”, an ale available through August with a portion of the proceeds going to support the theater.
- The huge annual Silent Auction is going on now in Cumston Hall Library’s Reading Room; many items upon which to bid from area merchants and donors. The auction concludes August 21.
—–The infamous yet never identified “They” remark frequently that in regards to acting, “tragedy is easy; comedy is hard.” When one thinks about this old saying, it has some grains of truth- but what is perhaps an even harder task is making great comedy seem utterly effortless.
TAM’s opening night performance of Joe Orton’s “What The Butler Saw” does exactly that- they nailed it. From director Brian P. Allen’s notes:
“I think ‘Butler’ lends itself well to TAM. Trust and familiarity among the cast are necessary in order to make the split-second timing of the show work. The six actors need to breathe as one, and while that isn’t always easy to accomplish in a short summer repertory rehearsal period, TAM’s resident company atmosphere generates the environment required to pull off such a delicious farce.”
Yup. What he said.
Set in a private London clinic circa early 1965, the play begins innocently enough- an established psychiatrist (Hoban) is interviewing a beautiful young woman (Doyle) for employment as his secretary.
Or so she thinks. It quickly becomes apparent that more lecherous intentions lurk in the doctor’s plans… but there is also an old cliche about the best laid plans… Cue the wife!
Who is quickly revealed to be not as innocent as SHE could be, either!
Cover ups, misunderstandings, government official and police investigations, costumes and quickly made-up excuses and stories start flying, faster and faster- by the perfectly timed suspenseful cliff-hanger moment of “A-HA!” discovery marking the break for intermission, one can barely breathe for the aching ribs. And immediately as the audience comes back in, the onstage madness picks right back up where they left off. When eventually everyone’s stories all sort out and the play concludes, tears of laughter are just rolling down one’s cheeks.
Oh, what fun!
Lewd, naughty, clever and definitely an “adult situation” sort of play- but omigosh, what a fantastic ride. To use a few more cliches, this was a grand slam- together, the team hit this one over the wall and out of the park.
Cast (in order of appearance)
Dr. Prentice: James Noel Hoban
Geraldine: Anna Doyle
Mrs. Prentice: Denise Cormier
Nicholas Beckett: Graham Emmons
Dr. Rance: Mark S. Cartier
Sergeant Match: Max Waszak
Set Designer: Dan Bilodeau
Costume Designer: Kathleen P. Brown
Lighting Designer: Cecilia Durbin
Sound Designer: Rew Tippen
Stage Managers: Jeff Meyers, Melissa A. Nathan
Weekly Democratic Address by Rep. Mark Dion (Portland): LePage tries again to distract from poor economic performance
Rep. Dion: LePage tries again to distract from poor economic performance
TANF announcement follows news that Maine’s economy 47th slowest in nation
The best anti-crime program is a job. That’s something we should all agree on. Reducing the need for welfare is also best accomplished by growing jobs. Real jobs with real wages.
The problem for Governor Paul LePage is that he’s failed to live up to his own promises!
The governor is reaching into the same old bag of scapegoat politics to once again distract Maine people from his poor performance on jobs and the economy.
You probably just heard the governor use his radio address to announce he’ll finally enforce a law to drug test convicted drug felons whose families rely on TANF.
He probably doesn’t want you to know that many of these felons were guilty of possessing only small amounts of drugs and not members of some massive drug trafficking cartel.
But facts like these destroy the distraction he’s trying to create.
My question to the governor is: “Where have you been?”
The TANF law has been on the books for three years. Three years with no action by the governor’s administration.
But this isn’t really about fixing a problem. It’s about finding someone to blame.
When it comes to scapegoating public assistance, the governor’s never been concerned that his decrees are only loosely connected to the facts.
The governor’s record on the economy makes the answer all too clear.
The governor’s strategic response to this sorry financial evaluation? Drug testing.
C’mon, Governor. We both know Maine’s economy deserves a better solution than that.
After all, you’ve never missed an opportunity to tout your business savvy.
You’ve told the people of Maine: “I know what it takes to grow an economy.” You have reminded us countless times that you made your mark as a “turnaround specialist.”
But an economic turnaround requires more than running over families struggling with addiction and unemployment.
Maine deserves better than that!
Maine needs a leader who promotes opportunity and works for solutions – solutions like workforce training, college affordability and support for small business innovators.
We need a leader to move our economy, boost our middle class and who knows that being poor is not a crime. We need an effective CEO, who relies on the facts – now more than ever.
Thank you for listening. I’m Representative Mark Dion of Portland.
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Weekly Address of Governor Paul LePage: “New Welfare Rule: State to Start Drug Testing Convicted Felons”
- New Welfare Rule: State to Start Drug Testing Convicted Felons
Drug testing of convicted felons who are applying or receiving welfare is nothing new.
Hello, this is Governor Paul LePage.
In 2014, at least 18 states introduced plans that would require drug screening or testing for welfare applicants or recipients.
Today, I am announcing that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with its plan to conduct drug tests of convicted drug felons who are applying for or receiving welfare benefits.
Over the last several months, the State has been focused on drug-testing measures that not only ensure privacy and fairness, but also reinforce accountability in the program.
The tests will be required for drug felons who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF. Federal rules support drug testing as part of the federal TANF money that Maine receives.
When people apply for welfare benefits, they must report whether they have a prior drug-related felony conviction. If the answer is yes, the State will schedule a drug test and notify the individual 24 hours prior to the actual test.
If a person tests positive, they will have the option to be tested a second time. At any time, an individual can avoid termination of benefits by enrolling in an approved substance abuse program. Those who fail to disclose they are convicted drug felons will lose their welfare benefits immediately.
Our welfare programs, including TANF, are designed to be a short-term benefit that assists families and children with the basics of everyday living. If someone tests positive, they are putting their drug habits or addictions ahead of their family’s needs. We must do all that we can to ensure children’s needs are being met and that TANF recipients have the best possible chance at economic independence.
Being drug-free is a critical aspect of escaping from poverty and moving toward self-sufficiency.
Protecting the trust of taxpayers is one of my greatest responsibilities. I will do everything in my power to ensure welfare benefits are used for the truly needy and not provided to support people’s drug habits or addictions.
However, it’s no secret: Maine has a drug problem. When we identify people who are on drugs, we must make an effort to help them break their addiction. Our welfare system depends on it, but more importantly, our society does.
If you have a drug problem or know someone struggling with addiction, the State has resources to help. Please call 2-1-1 and someone will help you find services in your area. Addiction does not have to control your life. Again, call 2-1-1 for help today.
Thank you for listening.
Democratic leaders Senate President Justin Alfond and Speaker of the House Mark Eves have issued their own responses in a press release, agreeing with the Governor’s statement that this is “nothing new” while accusing the chief executive of politicizing enforcement of a three year old law.
More later on the Mike Michaud proposed “Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services” mentioned in the release- here is a clip from his June press conference, rolling out the idea to Maine media in Augusta.
LePage Continues to Play Politics With Welfare to Distract From Lagging Jobs Record
Governor announces he’ll finally enforce a law that’s been on the books for years to score election year political points
AUGUSTA — Top legislative leaders on Wednesday said Governor LePage’s latest announcement that he’ll finally enforce a 2011 law* to drug test convicted drug felons whose families rely on temporary assistance from the state is just the latest in his campaign effort to distract from his lagging economic record. The leaders also said the Governor’s failure to enforce the law was another reason to support an independent Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Speaker of the House Mark Eves of North Berwick, who helped negotiate the 2011 law to ensure substance abuse treatment was included, called the Governor’s announcement “pure politics.”
“This law has been on the books for years, yet LePage hasn’t enforced it,” said Eves. “We need leaders who are serious about solving problems and enforcing the law, not simply scoring political points in an election year at a time when Maine’s economy is lagging. It’s also one more reason to support an independent Inspector General at the Department.”
Earlier this week, Business Insider ranked Maine 47th for economic growth in the country, so now the Governor is stepping up his welfare rhetoric.
“This is more election year politics. The governor is trumpeting a law that already exists and he hasn’t enforced,” said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. “The timing is peculiar given that he made this stale announcement the day after another report ranks Maine’s economy at the bottom of the pack. The evidence is mounting that Paul LePage’s policies are failing Maine people.”
According to national labor statistics, the country has recovered 106 percent of the non-farm payroll jobs lost during the recession. Regionally, New England has recovered 116 percent of jobs. Maine lags behind, recovering only 63 percent of the jobs lost in the recession.
Under Paul LePage’s economic leadership, Maine has experienced, a job creation record among the worst in the U.S. since the bottom of the recession, ranking 42nd out of 50 states in the latest report (June 2014). Additionally, Maine has the 5th highest rate in the country of people who work only part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs.
*According to Title 22, Section 20, Denial of assistance based on positive drug test: A recipient of TANF assistance may be denied TANF assistance as described in this subsection. A. The department may administer a drug test to a recipient of TANF assistance who has been convicted of a drug-related felony, as described in Section 115 of PRWORA, within 20 years of that person’s date of conviction…If the 2nd drug test confirms that the person is using an illegal drug, the person may avoid termination of TANF assistance by enrolling in a substance abuse treatment program appropriate to the type of illegal drug being used by that person. [RR 2011, c. 1, §33 (RAL).]
Governor LePage, er, “Lewiston Mayor Bob MacDonald” on “Elusive Central American Children” Goes Off On Both Dems & The RailsOccasionally it is always nice to read some of the smaller and more locally focused publications around the state, such as the Auburn based Twin City Times, to see what folks are supposedly saying.
“Twin City Times” just happens to be edited and published by Maine Governor Paul LePage’s communications director Peter Steele. Make note of that fact, because it’s kinda important.
One can get a real feel for the sentiments locally of what is happening in Augusta by checking these papers out, especially if that region’s elected officials take to their keyboards and submit opinion pieces of note for their constituents’ consideration.But when the governor’s own head press guy is editing, then publishing the articles himself, there is the nagging feeling that possibly Paul LePage said it himself.
This rings especially true in light of recent revelations that according to Mike Tipping’s “As Maine Went”, LePage in January 2010 created the pseudonym “ForThePeople” as to be able to post anonymously and write a series of posts to sway voters and help himself in that year’s Republican primary.
So there is a very VERY strong perception here that “Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald” is in reality a really badly hidden sockpuppet version of Maine Governor Paul LePage. While it makes sense, it is also a rather strange twist, considering in the past it was LePage who was reported to be the “puppet”.
Want some proof?
We present to you a reminder in the form of “Exhibit A”: “Is LePage’s “Outrage” A Politicized Continuation Of Ongoing General Assistance/ Immigrant Battle?”
And now “Exhibit B”: Quite something now, isn’t it?
The GOP in Maine must be just thrilled that Paul LePage, who has a history of meeting with dangerous fringe elements within his own party, er, “holds regular meetings with ALL of his constituents (wink wink)“, has somehow managed not to even be in the same room as THIS guy.
So let’s wipe the copious spittle off “MacDonald’s” lil screed and work our way down through all of this.
Oh where, oh where to begin? Oh where, oh where to begin?
- Those “elusive Central American children” are NOT at the Blaine House, nor does Paul LePage know where they are.
(He knows. He looked.)
- President Obama may headline a Shenna Bellows for Senate fundraiser in Bar Harbor, which is currently overrun by filthy rich drunken Chinese tourists!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be “gussying up” golf courses for Obama!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be learning English at those golf courses!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be hiding in tents on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s Northern Maine property!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be hiding in an abandoned house in Millinocket!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be housed in a federal facility!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be in Macdonald’s own city of Lewiston!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be at the VA’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic on Challenger Drive!
(Okay, going after gubernatorial opponent Mike Michaud- this we could have seen coming a mile away.)
But sheesh- do we know where the little tykes AREN’T?
- Those “elusive Central American children” ARE MOST DEFINITELY NOT in Cape Elizabeth.
Back to those “elusive Central American children”. Where were we?
Oh yes… the next stop on the “Macdonald-LePage” crazy train is a short, but to “Macdonald” and “Macdonald” alone, logical run from Cape Elizabeth to Portland.
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be at Senate President Justin Alfond’s cosmopolitan house in Portland, stealing the silver spoons!
(Hmm, Maine is a big place, though. Better widen the scope.)
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be hiding with Paul Bunyan!
(Getting warmer- wait for it…)
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be hiding with the “Paul Bunyan of Northern Maine”, Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson!
- Those “elusive Central American children” could be in Allagash, an “uncharted land [that] would make a perfect clandestine place to set up a refugee/ asylum-seeker camp.”
(DING DING DING! We have a winnah!)
How do you figure THIS one, Governor LePage, er, “Mayor Macdonald”? Inquiring minds have got to know what the voices inside your head are saying. Could you elaborate a bit?
- “Jackson’s roots are planted firmly in the Allagash.”
(Yes, yes they are.)
More specifically, we know of the long standing feud you, er, “Governor LePage” have had with Senator Jackson.
Oh, sorry- not “Governor LePage”, but “Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald”.
Man, this IS confusing.
Do please continue, sir.
- Those “elusive Central American children” now “thousands of Spanish-speaking illegals”, will be “indoctrinated into the tenets of Progressive Democratic philosophies”.
But wait, there is more about “Camp Commandant Jackson” and his nefarious plans.
- “Once camp commandant Jackson is satisfied that these new Democrats possess the qualities needed to be good progressives, they will be released into all Maine counties to bilingually spread the gospel of the common man, a.k.a. progressive political propaganda.”
Okay, enough already. Seriously, just stop.
The article goes on to look at suspects Emily Cain and Mark Eves, but you get the gist. Although to have whoever authored this article talk about psychological needs is remarkable.
And just wait until “Lewiston Mayor Bob MacDonald” catches wind of – cue the ominous music-
Waiting for the “LePage/Macdonald/whoever” press release with a joint statement that Stephen King’s Bangor home is the hiding spot for those “elusive Central American children” in three… two… one…Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Description of the ad:
“Mike Michaud grew up in a big working-class family in a small town and worked at the Great Northern Paper Company for 29 years. He understands the issues Maine families are growing through and he is ready to bring Democrats, Republicans and independents to bring real change to Augusta and give Mainers a governor they can be proud of.”
Via press release:
- Michaud Highlights Maine Roots; Bipartisan Leadership in First TV Ad
“Millworker,” highlights Michaud’s working-class Maine roots and commitment to bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together to get things done.
The 30-second, unscripted biographical ad will begin airing in the Portland, Bangor and Presque Isle media markets on Tuesday, August 5. The positive ad focuses on Michaud’s upbringing and the values of compromise and hard work he learned while growing up in a large Franco-American family and working at the Great Northern Paper Company for 29 years, including during his tenure in the Maine State Legislature.
“Mainers deserve to have a governor who shares their values and understands their concerns, and we couldn’t think of a better way to demonsrate Mike will be that governor than to have him introduce himself in his own words,” said Michaud for Maine Campaign Manager Matt McTighe. “Mainers are frustrated and tired of the anger and divisiveness of the last three and a half years, which is why we are focused on running a positive campaign highlighting Mike’s vision, experience and proven track record of bringing people together to move Maine forward in a positive direction.”
Here is a clip of Michaud speaking before more than 350 supporters at yesterday’s annual Maine Democratic Party Muskie Lobster Bake, an annual summertime tradition held at Wolf Neck’s Farm in Freeport. (PHOTO ALBUM HERE)
Some of the stats of the field operation and support thus far, provided by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, who told how “Maine voters are energized and ready for change in Augusta”:
“More than 16,000 doors”
“More than 300,000 phone calls”
“More than 15,000 calls made in one night recently”
“More than 1000 doors in a day”
“15,000 unique donations of $50 or less”
“Over $2 million raised”