SD 32’s GOP Nichi Farnham: “Running with the Wrong Crowd” (Video)

Posted on October 18, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Oh my. Fresh on the heels of an ethics complaint against her categorized as a particularly galling and egregious violation of Maine law by Maine Dems’ chair Ben Grant and Bangor residents calling her out for ‘grievous infraction’ of campaign ethics, comes this latest video illustrating how SD 32’s State Sen. Nichi Farnham is “running with the wrong crowd” and away from her record. Give it a look:

    “State Senator Nichi Farnham is running with the wrong crowd in Augusta. She’s been standing up for the weatlhy and selling out the middle class. She caved into the health insurance lobbyists and voted for a bill to allow them to raise premiums on small businesses and seniors. And then a PAC she controls took money from a health insurance company to run attack ads against her opponent, landing her in hot water with the Maine Ethics Commission. Nichi Farnham is now running from her record of selling out Maine’s middle class.”

For her part, the beleagured state senator yesterday issued a rather weak “Oops!” explanation for the alleged violations. A hearing by the Maine Ethics Committee has been set for October 31 to take up the matter.

*Related: SD 17′S Republican Garrett Mason: ‘Busy, Busy, Busy’ (VIDEO)

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SD 17’s Republican Garrett Mason: ‘Busy, Busy, Busy’ (VIDEO)

Posted on October 16, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

New video out this morning against SD 17’s Mason; give it a look:

    “State Senator Garrett Mason has been busy in Augusta. Sadly, he has been busy hurting Maine’s Middle Class. He has been busy giving tax breaks to Maine’s wealthiest, draining funds from public schools and caving into the health insurance companies. He even has been busy working on several bills designed to interfere with a woman’s right to choose. Garrett Mason has been busy hurting Maine’s Middle Class.”

Here are links as mentioned in the ad:

MECEP, 5/9/11 (on LD 1333)

Senate Roll Calls:
LD 31
LD 116
LD 924
LD 1457
LD 1463

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Democratic Weekly Address by Sen. John Patrick (Oxford): Under GOPs’ Watch, Promises Made, Broken, Middle Class Forgotten

Posted on October 13, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Audio link here.

Good Morning. This is State Senator John Patrick of Rumford.

It caught my ear when I heard that Maine Republicans held a press conference this week. I wondered, “what more could they be saying about the failed policies of the last couple of years—under their watch?” Certainly, since they’ve been running Augusta, we’ve heard them make a lot of promises.

Like the time when Republicans promised that all Mainers would pay less for health insurance because of their “overhaul” bill. Well, that turned in to a promise broken.

Not only does their new law impose a $22 million tax on every person who has health insurance, it raises rates so that Mainers are paying more for less. If you’re a family of four, you will pay an extra $400 to $600.

Because of their law, insurance rates skyrocketed for all Mainers over the age of 60. And their law lets insurance companies charge middle age Mainers five-hundred times more than younger Mainers.

Small businesses didn’t fare any better either—especially small businesses with older workers in rural areas. They were hit the hardest. In fact, nine out of ten businesses saw an increase.

It seems that the Republican “overhaul” law should change its name to the Republican Rate Hike Law.

There were also promises of putting Maine’s students first. But that too was a promise broken.

The Republican-led legislature cut millions of dollars for HeadStart and other pre-K programs—critical programs that help children and parents.

They spearheaded policies that siphon tax payer dollars away from our community public schools to fund private, religious, virtual and even for profit schools. That’s not going to make our students better—in fact, it will result in lost opportunities for our students and erode our community public schools.

But perhaps the biggest promise they made to Mainers was the promise of jobs. There was a lot of fanfare around this promise. In fact, they even put signs up saying Maine was “open for business”. I was hopeful. Frankly I didn’t care—and I still don’t care—which party, Democrat or Republican, gets Maine people back to work—as long as it happens. But that too turned out to be a promise broken.

While the rest of the country has figured out ways to emerge from the greatest recession of our lifetime, Maine lags behind—way behind.

There are still more than 50,000 Mainers out of work.

We’re dead last in personal income growth and our economy is the only state in New England whose economy actually shrank.

Are we moving forward or backwards under the leadership of the Republican Party?

And so to find out, I looked at the fancy booklet that the Republicans passed out at their press conference and this is what I saw: More of the same. They’re not telling the whole story. They’re forgetting to tell the part that impacts Maine families and working people.

For two years Republicans have been running Augusta and now they’re running from their record.

The fact is that they have made it harder to live, work, and invest in Maine.

Because of their priorities and policies, health care is more expensive, costs have shifted and more people are working harder for less.

A fancy booklet or press conference won’t change the fact that too many Mainers are still out of work and that Republicans have failed to get our economy moving again. They have left the middle class behind.

And so when the Republicans held their press conference and made no mention—during their thirty minutes behind the microphone—not one mention of jobs, not one mention of putting Mainers back to work, I have to wonder where are their priorities? Who are they working for?

I can tell you as a maintenance mechanic at a paper mill—for the last 32 years, I know what it means to earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. I know what it’s like to want a better and brighter future for my children. I know what it’s like to worry about how to pay your medical bills and also pay your mortgage. And I know that we can do better to get Maine back on track. We need to stop the rhetoric, put away the glossy booklet, knuckle down and roll up our sleeves to get results.

Thank you for listening. This is State Senator John Patrick of Rumford. Have a great weekend!

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New ‘Yes’ on 1 Ad Featuring ME Rep. Stacey Fitts (R-Pittsfield) Shows People Can Change Their Minds on Marriage

Posted on October 9, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Stacey Fitts of Pittsfield talks about why, as a Republican, he supports the freedom to marry. He voted against marriage for same-sex couples in 2009, but, since then, he’s talked with the people in his life and changed his mind.

The accompanying press release:

    PORTLAND – Mainers United for Marriage today released a new statewide TV ad featuring Republican State Rep. Stacey Fitts, who voted against allowing same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in 2009 but has changed his mind and supports a “Yes” vote on Question 1 this year.

    “Stacey is an example of folks – from all across the political spectrum – who are changing their minds about the freedom to marry,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. “Through more than 200,000 one-on-one conversations, we know that Stacey isn’t alone. Thousands of Mainers have changed their minds and support allowing same-sex couples to receive a marriage license.”

    Fitts: “I’ve always been a Republican. I voted against same-sex marriage in 2009. But I know some gay people, and I’ve talked with them and with my family.

    “Deciding who you marry is the most important decision you will ever make.

    “I don’t believe the government should tell anybody who they can love and who they can marry.

    “Voting ‘Yes’ protects religious freedom and it protects individual freedom. To me, that’s what our country is all about.

    “We should allow gay people the freedom to marry, and we should protect individual liberty, too. Voting ‘Yes’ on Question 1 will do both.”

    The 30-second ad can be viewed at: www.mainersunited.org/ads.

    Mainers United for Marriage is the coalition to win marriage for all Maine families. A “Yes” vote on Question 1 in November will allow marriage licenses for loving, committed same-sex couples in Maine while also protecting religious freedom.

    For more information about the campaign, visit http://www.mainersunited.org.

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Weekly Democratic Address by Rep. Bob Duchesne (Hudson): Who owns our democracy? Pay to Play Politics Hurts Maine

Posted on October 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Audio link here.

Good morning, I’m State Rep. Bob Duchesne of Hudson.

It’s election time, so this morning I have a pressing question for you: Who owns our democracy?

Most of us go into the voting booth to hire our elected leaders with the expectation that they will be working for us – to create jobs, lower our health care costs, improve our schools and support fair taxation policies that don’t hurt middle class families.

We don’t hire them to grow the profit margins of campaign donors, like insurance companies or out of state corporations.

But that’s exactly what’s happened here in Maine during the past two years. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, an independent, nonpartisan watchdog organization, highlights how the insurance industry bought and paid for a new law that allowed them to increase rates on 90 percent of small businesses across the state and nearly all middle aged Mainers.

More than 1 million dollars was spent on campaign contributions to candidates and political action committees by those in health insurance and health care.

And, Republicans received 84 percent of the contributions from Maine’s largest health insurance company.

So what exactly did the insurance companies get for their money?

Anthem alone will receive $11 million in taxpayer dollars generated by a new tax on all insurance ratepayers to pay part of the law. $11 million is a pretty good return on Anthem’s investment.

Let’s hope somebody kept the receipt. This law backed by Big Insurance already needs major repair. It’s made it harder for small businesses and middle aged Mainers to pay for medicine and health care. The Republican health insurance law stripped key consumer safeguards. It allows Anthem and other insurance companies to charge higher premiums to businesses and individuals based on factors such as geography and age.

If you are a middle aged Mainer, you can now be charged 500 percent more for your health insurance than a younger Mainer.

And, insurance companies can now hike rates up to 10 percent without a public review. Even if you are one of the few who didn’t get hit in the first wave of hikes, how long can that last when insurance companies can now raise rates at will? Who owns our democracy?

It wasn’t just the health insurance laws that were for sale. We saw Republican lawmakers pass laws that siphoned taxpayer dollars from public schools to virtual and charter schools. A Portland Press Herald news investigation shows that those new laws were influenced by out of state corporate campaign donors that would stand to profit from running such schools in Maine.

This kind of pay to play politics will hurt our families, our small businesses and our schools.

In Maine we like to think we are immune to the kind of pay to play politics we see in Washington and other states.

Now we see: we’re not. This is the wrong direction for Maine. We need leaders who will put people – not special interests first.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for caring. Our democracy is not for sale.

I’m State Representative Bob Duchesne of Hudson.

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Weekly Democratic Radio Address by Sen. Phil Bartlett (Cumberland): We’ve Been Sold a False Bill of Goods

Posted on September 29, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Audio link here.


Here in Maine we are pretty straight forward people. We will tell you what we think; and we expect the same in return. We’re honest. Hard working. We believe in a fair day’s pay for an honest day’s work. And even though we’re often too proud to ask for help, we have a keen eye for spotting a neighbor in need—and we’ll be right there to lend a helping hand.

Good Morning. I’m State Senator Phil Bartlett of Gorham. I was born and raised a Mainer. And even though I went away to college, I came back to Maine because I can’t imagine living any where else. I love the Maine-way. Our no non-sense approach to life is unmatched any where else.

We’re practical. We want things to work. If it’s broken, we fix it.

We’re humble and honest. We admit our mistakes.

These qualities exist in our neighborhoods and on Main Streets; in our schools and on our playgrounds and even—at our town hall meetings. But lately they’ve been missing in Augusta.

Sadly the political culture in Maine over the last two years has shifted dramatically. As more time goes by and more examples pile up, we’re learning that we can’t necessarily trust what we’re hearing from Governor Paul LePage and Republican leaders. Aside from the gaffes and slips of tongue, there have been too many examples where the facts don’t back up their claims.

Here’s what I mean:

Governor LePage and his Republican allies promise jobs. Yet under their leadership, we now rank 45th in the nation in job creation. We’ve lost more than 1,500 jobs and currently there are 53,000 Mainers out of work.

Let’s be clear. There have been opportunities to get people back to work but Governor LePage and the Republican majority have looked the other way. By refusing to issue bonds—already approved by Maine voters, the Governor and Treasurer are holding jobs hostage. These are real opportunities that will provide good paying jobs to Maine people today.

Governor LePage and his Republican allies promise to grow an economy where “all citizens prosper.” Yet on LePage’s watch: our New England neighbors have passed us by. While their economies are growing, ours is the only state whose economy actually shrank. Every other state in the country is seeing their income grow—Maine ranks dead last.

Governor LePage says he wants to give Mainers more affordable health care and will “fight special interests.” Yet, Republicans spearheaded an insurance overhaul that is nothing more than a race to the bottom in health care. Mainers are now paying more for less. This plan has increased premiums for more than 50% of Maine people—hurting middle aged Mainers the most. And 90% of our small businesses are paying more too—especially those with businesses in rural parts of the state and with older workers.

What’s worse, this harmful law imposes a new $22 million dollar tax that is paid by all Maine insurance holders. And while we all pay more, insurance companies have seen an increase in their profits of $1.8 million dollars. This is special interest politics at its worst.

Who are Republicans really fighting for?

Governor LePage and the Republican majority promise tax incentives for the job creators. But, let’s look at the math:

If you’re a successful small business that nets $100,000 dollars in profit after paying all your expenses, you get $550 more dollars in your pocket. Republicans are telling you that is enough money to get you to create more jobs and invest in your business. Make no mistake, an extra $550 is a nice check, but it’s not going to allow a business to hire anybody and it will not lead to significant new investment in that business. Recently a small business owner told me he’d benefit a lot more by the state, building the roads and bridges we need, invest in workforce training programs, and funding public education to help manage our property taxes.

It seems the policies of Governor LePage and the Republican majority have made it harder to live and work in this state. They’ve sold us a false bill of goods. They’ve promised one thing but have delivered something else.

It’s time those in charge in Augusta, Governor LePage and his allies, are held accountable for what they are really doing.

Thank you for listening. This is State Senator Phil Bartlett of Gorham. Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Democratic Address by Senator Justin Alfond (Cumberland): “PUTTING STUDENTS FIRST” MEANS STRENGTHENING PUBLIC EDUCATION, NOT UNDERMINING AND UNDERFUNDING

Posted on September 22, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Audio link here.

Good Morning. This is State Senator Justin Alfond, the Assistant Senate Democratic Leader.

Today is the first day of Autumn. Kids have been back to school for a few weeks now—and students, teachers and parents alike are just about settled in to their new schedules.

This time of year is special for our students –new hopes, new challenges, and new expectations in the classroom and at home. For many students, it’s a new start—a new opportunity.

Opportunity—It’s why we encourage and why we valueeducation. As a culture, we’ve decided through the years that publicschools provide a level playing field so that all kids can learn, advance, and have the opportunity to succeed—not just those who can afford to pay for school.

It seems year after year —especially during a campaign season— we hear a lot of promises about education: We must make education a priority. We must invest in education. We must put students first.

It’s true. We must make education a priority. We must invest in education. And, we must put students first. But what does any of that mean? Well, I can tell you what it doesn’t mean.

For the last two years, under the LePage administration, we’ve seen one policy after another undermine our public schools—the very schools in our community. Our schools continue to be underfunded— and that’s not just my opinion, that’s a fact. The state made a promise to fund education at 55% – and we are not even close. Instead, the state is funding our local public schools at 46% or the same level as 2006.

LePage and his allies continue to demand that our public schools, our teachers, do more with less. Their budget shortchanges our schools by more than $150 million dollars. This means that local schools districts have been forced to cut programs, lay off teachers, and increase property taxes.

Additionally, the Governor has cut millions in critical investments dollars for HeadStart and other pre-K programs.

How is this putting students first?

And, worse, this administration continues to push an agenda that is not supported by most Mainers. They want to divert tax payer money away from public schools and instead fund private, religious, and in some cases, even for-profit schools.

When are the attacks on education going to stop? Since day one, our Governor has gone on the offensive against public education.

When Governor LePage said our “teachers aren’t doing enough,” he attacked the work ethic of our teachers.

When Governor LePage said that “Maine students are looked down upon,” he not only insulted our students and our educators but he diminished the reputation of every person who lives in this state.

When Governor LePage said that the College of William and Mary had a different admissions standard for Maine students, he lied.

These are not the actions of someone who is “putting students first”. Look, it’s demoralizing. It’s counterproductive and it’s not helpful.

There was a time when Democrats and Republicans worked together to strengthen education—to truly “put students first”. This is not a phrase coined by one party or another. It’s simply common sense.

As lawmakers, it is our job to promote policies that strengthen our students’ achievement, strengthen and support our teachers and our public schools. We should always be looking at what we can improve and how we can do better.

Right now, on this Saturday, teachers across Maine are crafting lessons for the week ahead of us. They are working hard to prepare the next generation of critical thinkers, skilled workers and entrepreneurs to power our economy. Maine’s public education system is the best economic stimulator and job creation program we have. We must invest in and prioritize public education—putting students first.

It’s time to end the blaming, stop the distractions, and start working together to truly put our students first!
Thank you for listening. This is Assistant Democratic Leader, Senator Justin Alfond of Portland. Have a great weekend.

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Maloney Endorsed by Attorneys General, State and County Leaders

Posted on September 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

(via campaign)

AUGUSTA, ME – Several well-respected Maine leaders today announced their endorsement of Maeghan Maloney, candidate for District Attorney of Prosecutorial District IV, Kennebec and Somerset Counties. The endorsements further demonstrate the broad support for Maloney’s candidacy.

“As Maine’s former Attorney General and top prosecutor I learned a
great deal about running a busy prosecution office. In my view,
Maeghan Maloney has the legal experience and organizational skills to effectively and professionally direct the Assistant District Attorneys in the discharge of their day to day duties, including protection of the public,”
noted Andrew Ketterer.

In addition to Ketterer, two other former Attorneys General offered
their support for Maloney, James Tierney and Janet Mills. Maloney
served in the Maine’s AG’s office from 2004-2008.

Former Independent candidate for Governor and attorney Eliot Cutler,
also endorsed Maloney’s candidacy.

“I’m impressed with Maeghan’s understanding of the complex issues facing our justice system and her proven ability to bring people together to implement solutions that work for all Mainers,” said Cutler.

Additional endorsements came from Somerset County Commissioners Robin Frost and Lloyd Trafton.

“Maeghan is an accomplished attorney and has proven to be an effective leader in every professional role she’s held. She’ll work closely with local communities and law enforcement to make sure we have solutions that work,” noted Trafton.

Frost added, “I am proud to support Maeghan in her bid for District
Attorney and see her as the “scales of justice. She and I feel the
same in that politics has no place in the courtroom. Even though we
are enrolled in different parties, I know she is the right candidate
for the job and will stand strong by enforcing the law for everyone.”

Maloney, who has been meeting with voters and community leaders in
Kennebec and Somerset Counties stated, “I am honored to have the
support of these respected Maine leaders. The D.A.’s office must work with many stakeholders in the legal, police and policy communities to make sure that our laws are enforced fairly and efficiently. I am committed to working with all these sectors to insure that our citizens have a smart, modern justice system.”

In addition to serving as an Assistant Attorney General in Maine,
Maloney, during her 15 years of experience as an attorney, she also
headed the multimillion dollar civil forfeiture unit in Portland,
Oregon, and has tried cases in Augusta, Waterville and Skowhegan
courts. She is currently finishing a term in the legislature as the
Representative for District 57 in Augusta, where she authored the
legislation to authorize Maine’s first Veterans Treatment Court.
Maloney is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Swarthmore College and
Leavitt Area High School in Turner. More information on her experience and campaign plan is available at: http://www.Maloneyforda.com.

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Weekly Democratic Address by Rep. Seth Berry (Bowdoinham): Huge tax cuts for the rich won’t help middle-class Mainers

Posted on September 15, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Audio link here.

Good morning, I’m State Rep. Seth Berry from Bowdoinham, where today we are celebrating the 250th birthday of our great town.

Thank you for tuning in this morning.

This week, we saw the latest U.S. Census data showing that Maine’s middle class is shrinking and that our economy is stagnant.

The new data confirms what families across Maine have been feeling lately. We work harder and harder for less and less. Some families are working two or three jobs to make ends meet, and have a little extra to buy new sneakers for the kids as they head back to school.

During the past two years Maine’s economy has slid backwards.

We are one of only a handful of states where the economy has shrunk.

Our personal income growth is dead last in the nation.

Thousands of Maine people are still looking for work.

Sometimes it feels like the American Dream we were raised to believe in is slipping away.

Yet Maine has incredible potential. Our story doesn’t have to end this way.

Maine Democrats believe families should be climbing into the middle class, not falling out of it. We have a vision for rebuilding Maine’s economy and opening the door of opportunity not closing it shut behind us.

To grow our economy, we need taxes to be fairer to middle class families. We need to make sure all Mainers have access to a quality education, affordable health care, and good job opportunities. We need to invest in innovation, R&D, and infrastructure. This is how we put more money back into our communities and businesses.

Middle-class families are the backbone of our economy. They are the small business owners on Maine Street; the teachers and childcare providers giving our kids a strong start; the nurses caring for us in the hospital; the farmers and fishermen bringing fresh local food to market.

The policies we pursue should be increasing opportunity for all hard working Maine people. Unfortunately, we’ve seen one Republican policy after another making it harder and harder for Maine’s middle class.

Republicans state lawmakers pushed hard for huge tax cuts for the rich during the past two years. If you’re a middle class Mainer, you can expect to get back under $100. If you are among the top 1 percent, you can expect to get back more than $3,000.

Worse, the tax cuts shift costs to local towns, schools, and property taxpayers. This budget is balanced on the backs of Maine seniors, working families and people with disabilities.

Have you noticed an increase in your property taxes or rent this year? If so, you may be starting to feel the impact of the cost shift.

While the tax cuts were passed as part of a budget negotiation, Democrats fought for them to benefit tens of thousands more middle class Maine families. We offered amendment after amendment to reverse the cost shift to property taxes and to make the system fairer.

And when we saw they were unaffordable, we were the first to propose that the huge tax cuts for the rich be suspended.

Rather than meeting us halfway, the Republicans went even further, resurrecting a TABOR-like measure that could further siphon funds from our schools, public safety, and our cities and towns in the long term. It will ratchet down our ability to pay for basic services that Maine people rely on and skew our tax code even more toward the rich.

Now, the chickens are coming home to roost. Some new estimates show that due to our budget decisions, between 50-80 percent of Mainers will experience an overall increase in state and local taxes.

Already, a single parent of two, working full time at minimum wage, pays nearly twice as high a state and local tax rate as an investor making three-quarters of a million dollars per year.

Increasing the burden on property taxes and middle class families will make this problem worse.

Maine should be building its economy from the middle out not from the top down.

Maine’s middle class needs leaders fighting for them in Augusta.

Thank you for listening. Have a great weekend. I’m Rep. Seth Berry from Bowdoinham.

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2011 “Blast From The Past”: Why Did Governor LePage Ignore “Labor Day” in Labor Day Weekend Radio Address?

Posted on September 2, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

(As Governor LePage inexplicably decided to take a 4 day weekend (Thanks, Unions!!) off for Labor Day and tasked his MDOL Commissioner Robert Winglass with the Maine.gov Labor Day Weekend radio address, it seemed appropriate to dig up this “blast from the past” post of our own. ~AP)

(Originally posted on 4 Sep 2011)

    “Why Did Governor LePage Ignore “Labor Day” in Labor Day Weekend Radio Address?”
That’s okay, Gov; we got your back on this one! 

I know how you feel about “people spending too much time on the blogs” and all, but hey, no worries! And I’m quite sure that you failing to give even a lil smidge of a mention to “Labor Day” itself in your Labor Day Weekend weekly radio address was just a silly mistake, a mere oversight.

Not a deliberate act and certainly with no malice on your part.

The pro-union folks who gathered last February were all wrong about you!

It’s not like over 1000 people from all over Maine have ever stood out in the freezing cold to get your attention.

Oh, wait…

From March: ME State Senator Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) Addresses Pro-Union Crowd at Statehouse Rally

That reminds me, sir: When are you going to meet with Senator Jackson and the Maine loggers and will it be soon?

Put your face on a milk Carton!!Because I hate to mention it or anything (boy, is THIS awkward for a high profile public official!!), but it’s very hard to know where you’re gonna be and with whom, as your daily and weekly schedules never, ever, ever have  been released to media.

Not once.

The first time this has been the case for a sitting Maine governor in thirty years, by the way.

Do we need to start looking for you in the dairy case??

And it’s not like hundreds of Maine workers with bullhorns have ever come to the Statehouse for a rally, then marched in front of your home or anything.

Shoot, I forgot- that DID happen!

From June: Maine Workers Rally Marching By Blaine House

Rally held 25 June 2011 at the Statehouse in Augusta by Maine state workers and supporters. Afterwards, those assembled marched from the Capitol, past the Governor’s Mansion (the Blaine House), through Augusta with a final destination of the Governor Hill Mansion on State Street.

Well, jeez, THAT is awkward, huh? But, isolated incidences- I am SURE. It’s not like you are “anti-labor” or anything like that!!

What? No, it wasn’t? Oh dear…

Ah yes, I completely forgot about “Mural-gate”… now at Day 157! 


Day 78 (March 23): Maine AFL-CIO ACTION ALERT: Tell LePage, “Honor Maine’s Working Class History”Day 79 (March 24): Press Release: Maine Artists and Labor Historians Protest Mural Removal

Day 80 (March 25): Maine Women’s Lobby Asks: What Would Frances Perkins Say?

Day 80 (March 25): Playing Musical Chairs With the Maine Dept of Labor Mural?

Day 81 (March 26): Gov. LePage’s Weekly Radio Address: ‘Today, There is a New Mentality in Augusta’

Day 83 (March 28): BREAKING: Governor LePage Releases Statement About Mural Removal

It was reported on Day 84 (March 29) that despite being on the job for less than 3 months, Governor Paul LePage was taking a full week off for a vacation in Jamaica with wife Ann.

But even the Governor’s absence did not stop “Mural-Gate”, which evolved into a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order being filed against LePage.

And “Mural-Gate” rolled on:

 

Day 87 (April 1): Rep. Cynthia Dill Asks: Citizen’s Recall- What Now?Day 87 (April 1): BREAKING: Lawsuit Filed Against Gov LePage, Others Regarding Missing MDOL Mural

Day 88 (April 2): Governor LePage’s Weekly Address (2 Apr 2011)

Day 89 (April 3): Did Dirigo Blue Scoop Maine Media with GOP Senate Letter Post?

Day 90 (April 4): The 8 Senators’ Letter is Published- All Tone Issues, No Problems With LePage Agenda

Day 91 (April 5): Maine GOP/ Tea Party Antics: Attacking Art and Ripping Each Other Apart

Day 91 (April 5): Statement of ME Union of Visual Artists President Robert Shetterly

Day 91 (April 5): The Maine Labor Mural Projection Bombing On The Capital

Day 93 (April 7):Statement of MDOL Mural Artist Judy Taylor

Day 93 (April 7): Video: Portland Attorney Jonathan Beal Discusses MDOL Mural Lawsuit

Day 93 (April 7): Press Release: Congresswoman Pingree statement on Department of Labor mural

Day 93 (April 7): New MDOL Mural Video: “Paul LePage’s Dream”

Day 94 (April 8): REQUEST for Temporary Restraining Order Filed Against Maine Governor Paul LePage

Day 94 (April 8): “Maine Labor Mural Projection Bombing: PORTLAND

Day 97 (April 11): Video: “Welcome Back, Governor LePage!

Day 98 (April 12): HuffPo Scores Exclusive Interview with ME Labor Mural Projection Bombers

Oh my. Maybe your father-in-law was right:

 

Back in November, long before he decided to hide from the media behind his own weekly television show, Gov. Paul LePage sat down along with his wife, Ann, to chat with WCSH-TV’s Bill Green.
They talked about, among other things, how they met while they worked at what was then Scott Paper Co. in Winslow — Ann had a union job, Paul was a member of management.“Scott was battling its unions,” recalled Green in his set-up. “She was a union rep from a union family when she took the manager home to meet her father.”

Cut to Ann LePage:

“And my dad looked at me and said, ‘Ann, you’ve got to be kidding me! What are you doing with him? Those white collars don’t know how to work!‘ “

Hmm. Then there’s this- hey, maybe you are anti-labor after all, Governor!

 

In an interview at the National Governors Association, the Republican praised Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and couched his own proposal in the language of liberty loved by tea partiers.“He’s got a big challenge, and quite frankly, once they start reading our budget they’re going to leave Wisconsin and come to Maine becausewe’re going after right to work,” LePage told POLITICO.

LePage was unsure about the feasibility of passing right-to-work legislation.

“You know, it’s going to be a battle,” he said. “The people that elected me want jobs. They don’t care if they’re union jobs or non-union jobs. They just want a paycheck.”

“I think [Walker is] going to have a lot less hair next month than he has this month, but I admire him for recognizing the problem and at least attempting to get it under control,” LePage said. “We’re all looking at each other and discussing the options, and he’s taken an option that he believes is necessary for his state. And I certainly support him.”

“I believe if an individual wants to join organized labor and work under a union contract, they should have the legal right to do so,” he said. “At the same token, a person who does not want to work under organized labor and wants to work should have the ability to do so without the threat of having to join and having to pay dues to organized labor. It’s that simple. It’s all about freedom and liberty.”

Oh that does it; I give up.

Have a nice day off tomorrow, Paul. And whatever you do, don’t ever thank a union member for the days off you get.

 

36 Reasons to Thank a Union

1. Weekends

2. All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks

3. Paid Vacation

4. FMLA

5. Sick Leave

6. Social Security

7. Minimum Wage

8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)

9. 8-Hour Work Day

10. Overtime Pay

11. Child Labor Laws

12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)

13. 40 Hour Work Week

14. Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)

15. Unemployment Insurance

16. Pensions

17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations

18. Employer Health Care Insurance

19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees

20. Wrongful Termination Laws

21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

22. Whistleblower Protection Laws

23. Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)

24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)

25. Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)

26. Sexual Harassment Laws

27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

28. Holiday Pay

29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance

30. Privacy Rights

31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave

32. Military Leave

33. The Right to Strike

34. Public Education for Children

35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)

36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

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