Andi’s Weekly Review/ Sneak Peek, Jan 1 (NEW WEEKLY FEATURE) #mepolitics
UPDATE: More information regarding the second Wednesday rally has been provided by one of the organizers, via Facebook.
“Alliance for the Common Good Rally of Unity
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (first day of the new legislative session), 1-4 PM
Hall of Flags, State Capitol, Augusta
Bring: signs (but not on sticks so you can get thru security), information to distribute or put on tables, and ideas to add to a speak out that is part of the afternoon events.
What are your concerns about what the state of Maine should be doing and the directions it should be going in?
What do our legislators need to hear from the public?
These were last year’s primary points of unity (which are ones again this year):
Respect for community sovereignty.
An economy that protects our environment.
Reserving Maine money for Maine people.
Keeping money out of politics.
Some issues we will likely address there:
*Paul LePage’s actions against Mark Eves that may be grounds for impeachment
*Renewed attempts to have more people covered by MaineCare
*November referenda on raising the minimum wage, rank choice voting, marijuana use, and more
*State of Maine’s campaign to take away more of the Penobscot Nation’s sovereignty
Please come and be part of the Alliance for the Common Good’s Fourth annual Rally of Unity.”
Happy 2016! As promised, I will be attempting to sit down at the keyboard every Friday to summarize what has transpired in the past week and give a preview of what to expect next week. (The classic AP Stylebook be darned, btw- going to use my own, um, unorthodox “AP” rules of engagement!)
So with that in mind, here goes nothing!
WEEK IN REVIEW: Just a few quick items for this between holidays, look-back edition.
- 1. The first one is SUCH a goody and relevant to the Christmas season. Ah, sometimes the Governor is simply the gift that keeps on giving!
- It’s not clear which members of the House of Representatives got stiffed, but we do know that House leaders did receive copies of the book.
“We only had 80 (copies) — very simple,” LePage said.
Many of the people contacted by WMTW News 8 about this story did not want their names attached to this story out of fear of retribution from the Governor’s Office.
Interesting, in light of the ongoing Eves/ Good Will-Hinckley situation, that simply reporting “a fear of retribution from LePage” is taken as a given.
Later, the chief executive took to Twitter to scold Maine media:
Foolish media. The book wasn't about 1 issue, rather how politicians are distracted by wrong solutions in order to be PC #mepolitics
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) December 31, 2015
Maybe the governor should have dragged the “Piggy Christmas Tree” out of the mothballs? That one was such a crowd pleaser!
2. 128th Legislative candidate filings are coming in and being posted online. Link here.
NEXT WEEK’S SNEAK PEEK:
- 1. Monday, 1/4/16: Maine youngsters go back to school after winter break as parents across the state rejoice (“… and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again”).
2. Tuesday, 1/5/16 (10a-5p): While the Legislature doesn’t officially come back until Wednesday the 6th, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee (AFA) will be conducting a public hearing the day before regarding LR 2599, “An Act To Combat Drug Addiction Throught Enforcement, Treatment and Recovery” (AUDIO LINK HERE).
3. Wednesday, 1/6/16: The House and Senate come back into the second half of the 127th Legislative Session at 10 am (which anyone with experience in Augusta will know that while many ringing bells will echo in the hallways, they won’t actually start for at least a half hour later than that).
But one event that WILL happen as scheduled will be an 11am “State House Rally To Impeach Paul LePage” outside the State House, just under the governor’s second floor windows. The same group rallied in June 2015.
Since June, the group has garnered over 20k signatures on a petition calling for the governor to resign.
Later the same day, a group called “Alliance For The Common Good Unity” plan to rally as well. On Facebook, the organizers state they are gathering at 1pm, but they are listed as meeting at 2pm in the Hall of Flags.
4. Thursday, 1/7/16: The legislature is in session and the Environmental Priorities Coalition will meet from 11:30-12:30 in State House (SH) Room 334 to issue a briefing on land conservation.
5. Friday, 1/8/16 (9a- ?): Government Oversight Committee (GOC) meets. Among the “Unfinished Business” agenda items is this one of note:
OPEGA Information Brief on State Funding for Good Will-Hinckley
– Review and Approval of GOC Addendum to OPEGA Report
So, there you have it- the first of what will hopefully be a weekly column of useful info or what have you. Have a great weekend, folks!