Announcing New Page to the Site: “ANALYSIS- Governor LePage & Good Will-Hinckley”

Posted on July 5, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

GOC meeting with OPEGA director Beth Ashcroft, 7/1/15, to discuss whether or not to investigate the allegations against Governor Paul LePage. The committee voted 12-0 to do so and will meet again July 17.

GOC meeting with OPEGA director Beth Ashcroft, 7/1/15, to discuss whether or not to investigate the allegations against Governor Paul LePage. The committee voted 12-0 to do so and will meet again July 17.

As some may have noticed already, a new page was added to the top of Maine Progressives Warehouse over the weekend. Entitled ANALYSIS- Governor LePage & Good Will-Hinckley (NEW), its purpose will be to serve as a one click resource space to all available information listed in chronological order by date. It will be updated as more information is found or becomes available.

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***Audio/Video of Maine Governor Paul LePage

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Maine Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee Unanimously Votes to Investigate Governor Paul LePage

Posted on July 1, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the heels of yesterday’s citizen rally at the State House (LePage Admits To Threatening Good Will-Hinckley Re: Eves Hiring, Denies Actions Were “Blackmail”) came news late in the afternoon that the Maine Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee (GOC) would be meeting today to take up the investigation requests by Republican State Senator Tom Saviello of Wilton and a trio of Representatives, Independents Jeff Evangelos of Friendship, Ben Chipman of Portland and Democrat Charlotte Warren of Hallowell.

DSC_0019Committee Members

Senate: Roger J. Katz, Chair (R-Kennebec)
David C. Burns (R-Washington)
Paul T. Davis, Sr. (R-Piscataquis)
Christopher K. Johnson (D-Lincoln)
Stan Gerzofsky (D-Cumberland)
G. William Diamond (D-Cumberland)

House: Chuck Kruger, Chair (D-Thomaston)
Robert S. Duchesne (D-Hudson)
Anne-Marie Mastraccio (D-Sanford)
Michael D. McClellan (R-Raymond)
Richard H. Campbell (R-Orrington)
Deborah J. Sanderson (R-Chelsea)

Governor LePage through his legal counsel Cynthia Montgomery sent a letter to the committee, questioning their authority to conduct any sort of investigation into the chief executive officer.

The 12 GOC members met with Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) Director Bath Ashcroft for almost an hour, decided that they did indeed have sufficient authority to look into the serious allegations, and proceeded to discuss the scope of the investigations to be conducted by OPEGA.

Here is video of the meeting, with the sole agenda item for GOC being “NEW BUSINESS- Requests for an OPEGA Review of Matters Relating to Funding for the Goodwill- Hinckley School”.

After almost an hour of discussion, the committee agreed by an unanimous 12-0 vote to have OPEGA look into the concerns. Specific goals and parameters were set by the committee as to the scope.

Afterwards, some of those involved were willing to issue quick statements.

The committee will meet again at 9 am on Friday, July 17.

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LePage, Democrats Continue to Push Their Tax Plans

Posted on April 16, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Maine Governor Paul LePage used April 15 aka “Tax Day” to hold a press conference attacking Democrats’ “Better Deal for Maine Plan”, continue to push his tax reform plan as part of the FY 2016-7 budget, and unveil via the right wing national organization American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) an “online tax calculator” for the state, designed to provide what theoretically Mainers would pay for taxes under the LePage proposal. Via media advisory:

    Governor Paul R. LePage will announce the launch of a new online calculator on “Tax Day,” Wednesday, April 15. The new calculator will provide Maine taxpayers an opportunity to compare tax rates and credits under current law to the Governor’s tax reform and savings plan, which the Legislature now is considering.

    In addition to the launch of the calculator, the American Legislative Exchange Council will join the Governor to release its 8th edition of “Rich States, Poor States.” The new data focuses on specific policy choices throughout the 50 states that have led to prosperity in some states and caused others to fall behind in economic growth.

The governor took the opportunity to blast individual Democrats by name, including all members of leadership.

Afterwards, Speaker of the House Mark Eves held his own press conference to respond.

Tonight, Governor LePage will hold another public town hall meeting to discuss his budget and tax reforms, this time in Ellsworth. Next week, Democrats will start to hold their own town halls, with the first scheduled to be in Bangor on Wednesday.

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Democratic Leaders Unveil ‘Better Deal for Maine’ Plan

Posted on April 16, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Last Thursday’s press release read in part:

Top Democratic leaders in the State House on Thursday countered Gov. Paul LePage’s budget with their plan to grow the economy from the middle out rather than the top down.

Speaker Mark Eves, Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe and Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gideon announced the plan at Cony High School, which is in a school district that could see a $1 million cut in funding if the governor’s budget passes.

The Better Deal for Maine:

  • Puts more money in the pockets of Maine families: Cuts property taxes by $120 million annually for Maine residents by doubling the Homestead Exemption for all Maine homeowners and by increasing the Property Tax Fairness Credit by more than $57 million per year.
  • Invests in Maine’s future: Bolsters investment in Maine students, workers and seniors. Increases funding for K-12 education by $20 million per year.
  • Prevents property tax hikes: Increases revenue sharing to $80 million each year for local services like police, fire, and public works, while rejecting the governor’s new taxes on non-profits.
  • Targets income tax cuts for the middle class: Cuts income taxes by hundreds of dollars for the vast majority of Maine families while asking the wealthiest 5 percent to pay their fair share. Under the Better Deal for Maine, 98 percent of income tax cuts go to the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers. Under the governor’s plan, 50 percent of the tax break goes to the top 10 percent.
  • Is fiscally responsible: Unlike the governor’s budget, the Better Deal for Maine is fully paid for now and into the future.
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Maine Legislators, Coalition Work to Address Senior Housing Needs Via Bond Initiative

Posted on March 8, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Press conference held inside Cony Flatiron Building, which is undergoing extensive renovations as to become 48 affordable units for Maine seniors.

Press conference held inside Cony Flatiron Building, which is undergoing extensive renovations as to become 48 affordable units for Maine seniors.

In February, the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) released new research on Maine’s senior population, housing stock and unmet senior housing needs. They met with a bipartisan group of legislators, calling for passage of a general obligation bond proposal to help address those needs at Augusta’s Cony Flatiron Building, formerly a high school. The building is currently undergoing dramatic renovations and being repurposed into 48 units of affordable senior housing by Portland-based Housing Initiatives of New England.

According to the data released, Maine has a shortage of nearly 9,000 affordable rental homes for low income older people with projected growth to 15,000 by 2022. It also found that Maine has the 8th oldest housing stock in the nation.

(Executive Summary) Profile of Maine’s Older Population & Housing Stock – FINAL

Press release – new senior housing research & bond proposal

Profile of Maine’s Older Population and Housing Stock – FINAL

House Speaker Mark Eves (D-York) and Sen. David Burns (R-Washington), co-chairs of the Legislature’s aging caucus, spoke to the press and discussed legislation they are co-sponsoring to address the problem. Their “KeepME Home” initiative would authorize a $65 million general obligation bond, which would be used in combination with a mix of private and public resources to create 1,000 highly energy-efficient homes for Maine’s seniors in strategic locations across the state.

Later it was announced that eight statewide organizations representing the housing, development, construction, architectural, and engineering sectors released a letter to Governor Paul LePage and the 127th Legislature, signed by over 150 companies and organizations across the state, seeking legislative approval of the general obligation bond initiative.

Eves issued a statement:

Speaker of the House Mark Eves speaks as Senator David Burns looks on.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves speaks as Senator David Burns looks on.

    “The growing support and momentum for our bipartisan KeepME Home bond bodes well for Maine seniors and our economy,” said Eves. “Organizations from across the state are standing behind the proposal because it will help seniors live independently longer while also creating good construction and housing jobs across the state.”

Governor LePage appeared not to be convinced:

    “By using general obligation bonds for senior housing we are placing the State in deeper debt and putting additional burden on the backs of Maine taxpayers,” said Governor LePage. “The Maine State Housing Authority has the ability to issue bonds to finance affordable senior housing under its current authority. I support the balanced approach they are taking already with the resources they have.”

    Governor LePage stressed his strong and continued support for Maine’s senior citizens, but expressed concerns about some of the details in the proposed $65 million bond. Those concerns include trying to build 1,000 new units and putting developments in every county, something that may not be financially viable. He also raised a concern that the proposal may not serve the state’s neediest senior citizens. “MaineHousing already is creating 250 – 300 new apartments each and every year. About half of them are for seniors and the rest are for other needy Mainers. They are trying to balance competing needs,” said Governor LePage.

    The Governor also commented on a recent study that determined there is a need for 9,000 affordable senior apartments. “If you look at the study you find that they define elderly as just 55 years of age. That inflates the number of units need – it would be a bit smaller if they used a more realistic age such as 65.”

    The Governor noted that in addition to allocating federal tax credits, MaineHousing is authorized to sell private activity bonds and other bonds and has subsidy resources available. “I’ve urged MaineHousing to continue to use these resources to their fullest to meet the needs of our vulnerable elderly population.”

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Incoming 127th Maine Legislature Picks Leaders (UPDATED w/ Statements)

Posted on November 13, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Majority Leader Garrett Mason and Asst Majority Leader Andre Cushing

Senate President Mike Thibodeau (Waldo), Majority Leader Garrett Mason (Androscoggin) and Asst Majority Leader Andre Cushing (Penobscot)

Last week, the Republicans in both legislative chambers of the Maine State House selected their leadership.

With Friday’s recount of Senate District 11 between Sen. Mike Thibodeau of Waldo and challenger Jonathan Fulford of Monroe concluding that the district re-elected the incumbent by a 135 vote margin, the make-up of the Senate Majority leadership team selected last week will be: Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Majority Leader Garrett Mason and Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing. Each issued statements:

Senate President Mike Thibodeau:“I cannot begin to express what this means to me. It is a true honor to be chosen by such an outstanding group of people to lead not only them, but the entire Maine Senate.

“At the same time, I recognize it is an awesome responsibility. The people of Maine spoke very clearly in this week’s election. They are demanding action on critical issues such as job creation, energy costs, and welfare reform. We cannot let them down. Delivering real results will take the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats to put their partisan differences aside and work in a collaborative manner on behalf of the people of Maine. It is what we were elected to do and we must rise to the challenge.”

Majority Leader Garrett Mason: “I am very honored to have earned the trust of my Republican colleagues who chose me to be the majority leader. I look forward to working with my fellow senators, members of the House of Representatives, and Governor LePage to find real solutions for the people of Maine.”

Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to go to work on the agenda items that are most important to the citizens of Maine.”

As has been noted in the past, both Thibodeau and Cushing have long-standing ties to ALEC, as do a number of other returning Maine GOP senators and incoming Kim Rosen, wife of former State Senator Richard Rosen of Bucksport.

Over in the House, Republicans chose to retain 126th Minority Leader Ken Fredette of Newport to serve again in the 127th in that office and replace outgoing Alex Willette, who resigned to take a position with the LePage re-election campaign, with Rep. Eleanor Espling of New Gloucester.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves, , Majority Leader Jeff McCabe and Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House Mark Eves (N. Berwick), Majority Leader Jeff McCabe (Skowhegan) and Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon (Freeport)

On Wednesday, Democrats held separate caucuses to select their leaders. The House Democrats had lost a few seats in the recently concluded elections, but managed to retain their majority.

While Speaker of the House Mark Eves was not challenged for his seat, the other two leadership positions went up to votes by the caucus, with Rep. Barry Hobbins going up against Assistant Majority Leader Jeff McCabe for the Majority Leader spot last held by termed-out Rep. Seth Berry (Bowdoinham), and 126th freshmen Rep. Lori Lister Fowle (Vassalboro) taking on Rep. Sara Gideon (Freeport) for McCabe’s chair. Ultimately the body selected McCabe and Gideon to join Eves as their 127th Legislative leaders.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves: “It is an honor and privilege to lead our strong and historic 83 seat majority. With Election Day behind us, now is the time govern. We must come together with Governor LePage and our Republican colleagues to address the challenges we face as a state. We cannot allow the partisan battles of the past dictate our future.

“Too much is at stake for leaders to put their party ideology ahead of common sense solutions. Democrats and Republicans can see eye to eye on smart and strategic investments in our state, on property tax relief, on lowering energy costs and helping seniors and veterans. We must focus on areas of common ground, not conflict.”

Majority Leader Jeff McCabe: “We need to move Maine forward and do everything we can to improve the lives of Mainers. We must establish an economic message and policy that works statewide. The voters sent us a message on Election Day. They don’t care about party labels or partisan ideology. They care about government that works.”

Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon: “Now that these long and divisive campaigns are over, it’s time to show the people of Maine that we are about action, that Democrats will deliver while holding steadfast to our values, that Democrats own the idea of prosperity for everyone. We will work with all our strength to protect the values of Maine people: women’s economic security and basic rights, workers’ ability to organize, a clean and sustainable environment and the integrity of excellent public school systems.”

The Senate-elect Democrats, who saw their 18 majority shrink to a 15 seat minority last week, held a caucus Wednesday evening in Hallowell.

Democratic Senators congratulate Dawn Hill as being selected as Assistant Minority Leader. To her right is Senator Justin Alfond, who will be moving from the podium as exiting Senate President to serve as Minority Leader for the upcoming 127th legislative session.

Democratic Senators congratulate Dawn Hill as being selected as Assistant Minority Leader. To her right is Senator Justin Alfond, who will be moving from the podium as exiting Senate President to serve as Minority Leader for the upcoming 127th legislative session.

They chose outgoing Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland to serve as their Minority Leader in the upcoming 127th legislative session. Alfond is in his final term and served in the 125th Legislature as Assistant Minority Leader to then-Senator Barry Hobbins’ Minority Leader.

Senator Dawn Hill of Cape Neddick, who chaired the 126th Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and was honored as Emerge Maine’s Woman of the Year along with fellow AFA Chair Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston, was chosen to serve as Assistant Minority Leader for the next two years.

Minority Leader Senator Justin Alfond:“Even though, as Democrats, our political beliefs may be different from Paul LePage and Republicans in the Legislature, there are areas in which we agree–and we must build off of that common ground in order to serve the Maine people. I will extend my hand with to Governor LePage, Senate President-elect Thibodeau and others to find that common ground and forge the relationships needed to move ideas forward that work for Maine people.”

Asst Minority Leader Dawn Hill: (sent a message of listening to her fellow lawmakers to ensure that) “we all carry the distinct stories and values of our districts. Listening is how we define our plan and our purpose going forward.”

The 127th Legislature will be sworn into office on December 3 by Governor Paul LePage.

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(UPDATED) Speaker Mark Eves (D-N Berwick) Announces “KeepME Home” Initiative

Posted on September 8, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Speaker of the House Mark Eves and House Majority Leader Seth Berry during 7/24/14 Legislative Council meeting.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves and House Majority Leader Seth Berry during 7/24/14 Legislative Council meeting.

Originally posted 8/20/14; bumping back up as Speaker Eves and others have now gone to Washington DC to meet with Maine’s Congressional delegation about the “KeepMEHome” plan. From a press release:

    Speaker of the House Mark Eves is heading to Washington to brief Maine’s Congressional delegation on his plan to transform how seniors age in Maine.

    As part of an ongoing effort to grow support for his plan to help seniors age in place in their homes and communities, Eves will hold individual meetings with Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree on Tuesday.

    “Maine can be a national leader on aging if we can all come together to ensure seniors have a more secure retirement,” said Eves of North Berwick. “My goal is to bring leaders together on all levels to help transform how people age in our state. Our Congressional delegation has shown strong leadership on seniors issues and I look forward to hearing their ideas and feedback.”

    Eves will be joined by leading experts on aging in Maine who have been part of the year-long effort to develop the policies, including Jess Maurer from the Maine Council on Aging, Jeff Hecker, provost at University of Maine at Orono, and Steve Pound from Cianbro, who heads up workforce development efforts for the company. They will be seeking ways for the state to maximize federal dollars and leverage federal programs to help seniors live independently longer.

    “We have an opportunity to bring our state and federal efforts together to make Maine a national leader on aging issues,” said Jess Maurer, who co-chairs the Maine Council on Aging. “For months now we’ve brought municipal leaders, business and aging experts together to develop ideas and build support for our plan to help seniors age in place. Now, we can share those ideas and see how to best partner with the federal government to maximize our effort.”

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Speaker Eves chats with Creekside reisdents. Also pictured: Jessica Maurer of the Maine Council of Aging.

Speaker Eves chats with Creekside residents. Also pictured: Jessica Maurer of the Maine Council of Aging.

That Maine is statistically the oldest state in the nation has long been known with estimates that one in four Mainers will be over the age of 65 by 2030, according to census projections. What has been less clear is how to address the increasing needs for those citizens as to maintain a safe quality of life, either in their homes or in their towns (especially challenging considering the rural nature of Maine), with access to the many services one requires in daily life.

According to a recent AARP poll of 2,000 Maine adults over 50, “nearly seven out of ten think it should be a top or high priority for Maine elected officials to support age-friendly communities by funding services, programs, or infrastructure changes that enable residents to age in place.”

Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-N Berwick) initiated a series of “Round Table discussions” last year to bring together many concerned with these issues and come up with possible solutions. The summits brought together many state agencies, expert groups, guest speakers and allowed for public individual input as well. Among the concerns were how to facilitate Maine’s elderly to be able to live independently yet safely, “in place” yet being able to access all care, food, work, how to pay for these needs without creating a burden for the generations to follow, and so much more.

At a press conference this morning at Brunswick’s Creekside Village adult housing apartments, Speaker Eves unveiled an ambitious proposal called the “KeepME Home” initiative, geared towards helping Maine seniors be able to stay safely in the state as they age. According to Eves, there is strong bipartisan support for the proposal among Republican leadership.

Some key points:

  • A $65 million general obligation bond to develop 1000 energy efficient apartments in 40 locations and in all 16 counties.

  • Increase further Maine’s Property Tax Fairness Credit to the state’s seniors.
  • Increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for direct care workers, providing in-home and personal care wervices to seniors.

Here are clips from the press conference:

Speaker Mark Eves Announces “KeepME Home” Initiative
http://youtu.be/jYSNP8OcohY

    “Each of these policies is aimed at creating a more secure retirement for Maine seniors where they can live independently or age in place. Announcing the KeepME Home initiative is a first step towards raising awareness about the critical need to transform how people age in our state. Maine’s population is aging rapidly. The demographic reality is a challenge that we can change into an opportunity.”

Lee Picker of Sabattus speaks in support of “KeepME Home” plan
http://youtu.be/hbXCkGd6HxE

    “So many of us face the same struggles to remain independent and to age in place in our communities and homes. As property taxes or the price of oil rises, we have to choose between putting food on the table or paying for medicine. Many of us are also concerned about our family caregivers who might have to stop working or juggle schedules to help with care.”

Jessica Maurer, Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging and co-chair of Maine Council of Aging
http://youtu.be/veAADp4cBaI

    “Older Mainers want to remain in their homes and communities as they age, but are struggling to find the housing and services they need. The Maine Council on Aging promotes a vision for Maine where older adults are valued and thriving community members. The KeepME Home initiatives will go a long way to achieving this vision by helping older adults remain independent now and into the future.”

Maurer also spoke of her agency’s having sent out yesterday a letter to all candidates, regardless of party and currently seeking legislative office, outlining the proposal’s details.

Conclusion of “KeepMe Home” press conference; Q&A
http://youtu.be/6wZzlPwH5zU

The proposals have strong support from a coalition of advocates including, the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, the Direct Care Alliance, Associated General Contractors of Maine and the Maine Council on Aging, some of whom lent their voices in public support for the initiative and issued statements.

Rick Whiting, Chair of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition and Executive Director of the Auburn Housing Authority:

    “The Maine Affordable Housing Coalition sees the ‘KeepME Home’ initiative as a smart and critically important tool in addressing the fundamental mismatch between our state’s housing supply and the needs of our aging population. That it would do so while also creating much-needed jobs in the construction, architectural and engineering sectors makes it a key part of our state’s economic recovery. We know from experience that seniors can age in place successfully when they have quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes in communities that provide them with access to needed services. Unfortunately, we also know that the inadequacy of our housing stock is currently causing thousands of these vulnerable Mainers to grow more isolated while languishing for years and years on waiting lists.”

Eves speaks with another Creekside resident, as Lee Picker of Sabattus looks on.

Eves speaks with another Creekside resident, as Lee Picker of Sabattus looks on.

Helen Hanson and Dave Moreau, Leaders of the Direct Care Alliance: (The Direct Care Alliance represents adult in-home care providers)

    “The Direct Care Alliance strongly supports the ‘KeepME Home’ initiative to boost support for in-home care for seniors in Maine,” said Hanson. “Maine’s population is aging rapidly. If older adults in Maine are going to live independently in their homes and communities, the state must increase its resources to support workers who provide critical in-home care and personal support services for our aging population. From delivering meals, to taking vital signs, assessing health status, guiding vulnerable people through activities of daily living and maintaining households, to helping those living with dementia remain safe, these services are critical for older adults who live independently and their families. Providing these services to seniors in their homes prevents unnecessary emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and institutionalization in nursing facilities. It is a wise investment for the state, for our economy, and for all our seniors and families.”

    Moreau added, “For nearly a decade, state resources for this critical care have been anemic. Direct care workers are on the frontlines of care for our seniors, but they continue to earn low wages. While the price of food, gas, and medicine has gone up, the pay for in-home care workers has been frozen and cut. As a result, home care agencies are struggling to recruit and maintain a qualified workforce that can meet the current demand for in-home care. Agencies currently have wait lists for services and the the demand for services is expected to grow. If the state does not shift resources, the direct care worker industry will be in jeopardy. By boosting reimbursement rates, the state will stave off a crisis for seniors, while also putting more money in the pockets of workers. It is a win for our seniors, our workers, and our economy.”

DSC_0019AGC Maine CEO Mathew Marks:

    “By creating new units we are accomplishing a number of goals that drive our economy. First, it will provide improved living conditions for residents that are closer to services like doctors and pharmacies. The plan is designed to create new housing units in each region, and in towns that have existing transportation systems in place, healthcare services, and nearby access to grocery stores. This new housing will not require tenants to leave rural counties, and instead will be located in places where they can easily get to and from services as they age. This will also help reduce the financial strain caused by having emergency service providers traveling to remote homes to provide medical care. The goal is to offer a living experience that is similar to what someone is accustomed to while ensuring that person can easily get to the grocery store or see a doctor,” said AGC Maine’s Matthew Marks.

    “Anytime Mainers invest in construction the return to the Maine economy is almost immediate. This proposal will result in $80-$100 million in construction investment across the state. That has an impact of increasing Maine’s Gross Domestic Product by at least $272 million, adding an additional $88 million in personal earnings, and creating or sustaining 2,280 jobs. The jobs are diverse too – an estimated one third (776) are construction jobs, one sixth (368) are jobs for the people who provide supplies and services to the industry, and one half (1,144) are jobs created when construction and supplier workers spend their earnings across all sectors of the economy.

    Increased local investment, local jobs, and local taxes for the State of Maine are all positive results that would be created by this initiative. For decades, we have watched the construction industry bolster our economy during the toughest times, and throughout our state’s history we have seen that investing in infrastructure helps our economy grow stronger. Creating opportunity for more high-skilled jobs will only help us attract younger workers and better trained craftsman and keep Mainers from having to go out of state to find jobs,” said Marks.

Eves intends to introduce formal proposals when the Legislature reconvenes at the end of the year.

*RELATED: Speaker Mark Eves Launches Series Of Round Table Discussions On Aging And Impact On Maine’s Future

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LePage, Democratic Leaders Finally Meet To Discuss Riverview Woes, Alexander Report Payments

Posted on August 8, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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.

DSC_0032A reminder: It was reported back on May 23 that Maine had finally suspended payments to Alexander and at that time, Paul LePage indicated that the option was on the table.

    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.

    Senate President Justin Alfond (r)answers questions at weekly media availability meeting as Speaker of the House Mark Eves (l) looks on.

    Senate President Justin Alfond (r)answers questions at weekly media availability meeting as Speaker of the House Mark Eves (l) looks on.

    “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.

Mike Michaud at June 2014 press conference discusses plans as governor to create inspector general office, charged with investigating DHHS issues. Also pictured: State Senator Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec)

Mike Michaud at June 2014 press conference discusses plans as governor to create inspector general office, charged with investigating DHHS issues. Also pictured: State Senator Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec)

Today Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud issued a statement of his own:

    “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:

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.

(To be updated as needed.)

*RELATED: Paul LePage And Gary Alexander: A Timeline

*RELATED: Emergency Hearing On Riverview Psychiatric Center Held; Dems Voice Concerns

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Governor LePage, er, “Lewiston Mayor Bob MacDonald” on “Elusive Central American Children” Goes Off On Both Dems & The Rails

Posted on August 5, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Image via 2/7/11 Portland Phoenix article "LePage's secret puppeteers" by Colin Woodard.

Image via 2/7/11 Portland Phoenix article “LePage’s secret puppeteers” by Colin Woodard.

Occasionally 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.

Governor Paul LePage sits at Governor James G. Blaine's Congressional desk (10/12/13).

Governor Paul LePage sits at Governor James G. Blaine’s Congressional desk (10/12/13).

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?

bob macdonald

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.

Oh wait.

AWKWARD!!!

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!

Governor Paul LePage at 3/24/14 press conference rolling out 4 EBT/ TANF reform bills. Also seen: Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport)

Governor Paul LePage at 3/24/14 press conference rolling out 4 EBT/ TANF reform bills. Also seen: Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport)

(We all know how Paul LePage feels about President Obama.)

  • 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?

moggg

  • Those “elusive Central American children” ARE MOST DEFINITELY NOT in Cape Elizabeth.

As the polls keep showing, NOBODY is in Cape Elizabeth and in fact, things are especially quiet there, as mogul Eliot Cutler’s numbers are doing a downhill mogul run of their own.

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?

(Yes, yes they are.)

And we all know how you feel about folks from the County, Governor.

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”.

crazy(Oh heck, time to close down shop, kids; we’ve been found out!! Everyone head for Canada!)

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-

“Duh-duh-duuuuuuuuuuh….”

THIS!!

king fox

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…

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(UPDATED) Paul LePage and Sovereign Citizens “Maine Constitutional Coalition”: A Timeline

Posted on July 17, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(As two of the coalition members have this week been reported to have been either arrested or convicted recently of charges related to their sovereign citizen actions, this post has been updated with more videos, statements and links.)

Originally posted 7/10/14.

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  • December 5, 2012- Governor Paul LePage swears in the newly elected 126th Legislature. He had previously enjoyed Republican majorities in both chambers with the 125th Legislature; that was erased in the November elections, as Democrats retook both the House and Senate.

    The chief executive immediately sets an acrimonious tone with his co-equal legislative colleagues with family members, media and others as witnesses:

    Senate President Justin Alfond, Speaker of the House Mark Eves and the rest of the Democratic leaders hold their first weekly media availability event with Maine press, immediately after all had taken their oaths of office:

  • 12/12/12- Forbes ranks Maine as the worst state for business for the third year in a row.
  • 12/14/12-The world learns of a horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, as 20 children and 6 teachers are slain by a single gunman.

    Maine leaders issue statements:

      Governor Paul LePage: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and community affected by this horrific event this morning in Connecticut. It is difficult to comprehend the loss of so many innocent lives. Ann and I will continue to pray for the families of the children and staff members who lost their lives in what should be the safest of places, their school.”

      Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-North Berwick): “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newton, whose lives have changed forever by this unbelievable tragedy. Like so many parents across the nation, I will find solace in hugging my children and tucking them in tonight. As a state and nation, we must come together to support the community of Newton as they mourn this unspeakable loss.”

  • 12/17/12- LePage orders that the flags across the state be lowered to half-staff immediately through sunset on the following day, in accordance with a Presidential proclamation.
  • 12/19/12-Governor LePage announces a moment of silence for Friday, Dec. 21 in memory of the Newtown, CT victims.
  • 12/19/12- While delivering the keynote speech at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Governor LePage agrees with Forbes’ assessment, blaming the state’s economic woes on a variety of factors including high energy costs, the $484 million in overdue Medicaid reimbursements to the state’s hospitals, “generous welfare” spending and the “double dipping” of school superintendents.
  • 12/21/12-Senator Dawn Hill (D-York) is appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs for the 126th Legislative session.
  • 12/27/12- Governor LePage issues an executive curtailment order to reduce state spending by $35.5 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.
  • 1/4/13- Aroostook Watchmen radio show hosts discuss on-air that Fort Fairfield Journal editor David Deschaine is “an ideological ally” of theirs.

    Here is a 2014 article written by Deschaine, “Feds Back Down After Hundreds of Militia Show Support for Nevada Rancher”,, in sympathy with the land ownership and property rights claims of Cliven Bundy.

    Governor LePage administers the oath of Office to Attorney General Janet T. Mills of Farmington.

    Governor LePage administers the oath of Office to Attorney General Janet T. Mills of Farmington.

  • 1/4/13- The state’s budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee convene to begin reviewing the impact of the $35.5 million spending curtailment cuts, as part of a larger supplemental package needed to close a projected shortfall of $100 million in Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) budget.
  • 1/8/13- Governor LePage swears in Maine’s three Constitutional Officers (Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, State Treasurer Neria Douglass, and Attorney General Janet T. Mills) and Statutory Officer (State Auditor Pola Buckley).

    Dunlap and Mills had both previously served in the same offices under LePage predecessor Democratic Governor John E. Baldacci.

  • 1/8/13- In Alaska, Sovereign Citizen Francis August Schaeffer Cox aka “Schaeffer Cox” is sentenced to twenty-six years in prison for conspiring to murder federal and state government officials, including judges and law enforcement agents, and for stockpiling illegal weapons and explosives.
    Image used as icon for "The Sovereign Family" Radio Show, hosted by Jim and Trisha White, promoted and aired on the same stations as the Aroostook Watchmen.

    Image used as icon for “The Sovereign Family” Radio Show, hosted by Jim and Trisha White, aired on the same stations as the Aroostook Watchmen and promoted by same.

    Cox served as an Alaskan delegate to the “Continental Congress 2009”, which saw 116 delegates from 48 states in attendance. Some members of the “Constitution Club” offer support comparing him to “Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty” and others wish to distance themselves from Cox. Maine’s three “Continental Congress 2009” delegates are listed as Wayne Leach, Jack McCarthy, and Alan Lowberg.

  • 1/11/13- Officials from the LePage administration present the governor’s budget to the state and his office releases a statement from the governor, blaming the federal government and Medicaid for Maine’s fiscal woes.
  • 1/12/13 the Monticello-based “Aroostook Watchmen” radio show hosts discuss plans to deliver a “remonstration” (EP1129-“A remonstrance to Maine State government”). They opened the show with a Scripture verse, then discussed translating it as being directed to sell one’s clothing for weapons to arm one’s self.

    Roger Ek’s show is first referenced at the 3:45 mark; Jim and Trisha White of “Sovereign Families” at the 4:11 mark.

  • 1/14/13- A group calling themselves the “Maine Constitutional Coalition” (leader Wayne Leach, Aroostook Watchmen host Jack McCarthy and others) submit a set of “remonstrances” to Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, Speaker of the House Mark Eves and Governor LePage at the State House in Augusta, accusing all of acting unlawfully and declaring that they must surrender their elected offices.
  • 1/17/13- Coalition member Gary Smart posts an “Introduction to the Remonstrance”, signed himself and the other three coalition members: Wayne Leach, Phil Merletti and Jack McCarthy.

    A portion of it reads:

      To the People:

      You are most likely aware of the enormous problems existent in America, at all levels, most of which were created and/or exacerbated directly by burdensome government rules, regulations, requirements and policies. This especially holds true for Maine. The People have endured egregious violations committed by government against their rights for many, many years, and this must come to a rapid halt.

      To that end, we have put together a Declaration, Remonstrance and Demand to be presented to the governor and the members of the Legislature when there are ENOUGH SUPPORTERS behind this proposal who will actively work to implement its provisions. Many causes exist in Maine, with many different, diverse groups espousing individual positions. Virtually all of these are valid, but the one common denominator that occasions the need to champion these causes is the fact that the elected and appointed officers in Maine in virtually all positions do not honor their oaths and instead routinely violate them, as well as the rights of the People.

      This document references and makes provisions to correct such situations.

  • 1/19/13-Assistant Majority Leader Senator Troy Jackson (Allagash) points out in a weekly Democratic radio address that the recently released LePage budget in its current form would “dump more than $420 million dollars worth of problems” with its zero revenue sharing from the state to municipalities and shift the financial burden onto them by withholding nearly $300 million in “revenue sharing” dollars from Maine’s towns.
  • 1/30/13- “Maine Constitutional Coalition” spokesman Phil Merletti speaks with WABI as the coalition hold a press conference in the State House’s Hall of Flags:

      “A Remonstrance was served on Maine’s Governor Paul LePage on 14 January, 2013 (1/14/13) asking that wrongs upon the people of Maine be addressed and a receipt was obtained. The Governor was asked to respond within ten days. There was no reply to this Remonstrance. On 30 January, 2013 (1/30/13) a press conference was held in the Capitol outside of the Governor’s office in the Hall of Flags. Shortly after the press conference Governor Paul LePage finally did contact those who signed the Remonstrance saying that he never received his copy of the Remonstrance from his office staff. The Governor is set to meet with those who signed the 1/14/13 Remonstrance.

      Stay tuned.

      This is from the Maine State Constitution: Section 15. Right of petition. The people have a right at all times in an orderly and peaceable manner to assemble to consult upon the common good, to give instructions to their representatives, and to request, of either department of the government by petition or remonstrance, redress of their wrongs and grievances.”

  • 2/2/13-The Maine Constitutional Coalition meet with Governor LePage. When discussing Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves, McCarthy claims that both were guilty of “high treason”, noting that the penalty for treason hadn’t changed in a hundred years.

      “I never said it, but the governor said it. I never opened my mouth and said the word,” explained McCarthy. “The governor looked at us and looked at his buddy and said, ‘They’re talking about hanging them.’ (The “buddy” was apparently a member of LePage’s legal staff.)

      According to McCarthy, at another point in the conversation, when discussing federal funding, LePage said, “If I go any further with this bill, with this refusal to accept federal money, they will surround this building and kill me.”

      “I believe he thinks that literally, absolutely literally. I said if you call we will come and defend you,” said McCarthy on his show.

  • 2/3/13- A video of Wayne Leach explaining the remonstrance (taped in January) is uploaded to YouTube.

    From “maineporcupines”:

      Published on Feb 3, 2013
      This video explains the work of some of the people of Maine to hold Maine’s government officials to their oaths of office. PLEASE BE SURE TO SIGN THE REMONSTRANCE SHOWING MAINE PEOPLE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS MOVEMENT TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR OATHS.

      http://www.mainerepublic.com/?page_id=24

      Background: Governor Paul LePage was elected with strong Tea Party support in Maine. He promised a strict adherence to the Constitutions of the United States and that of Maine. Once he took office he began the work he’d agreed to perform, but then something went amiss. It is the belief of many of those who elected him that something is keeping him from performing the [authority?] delegated to him, and to stand as trustee, as elected, by the people of Maine. It is the intention of some of these people to discover what is keeping Governor LePage from performing the duties he swore an oath to uphold. Remonstrance delivered 14 January, 2013. A response was demanded by 29 January, 2013.

      People in other states may want to go to the linked page and copy our Remonstrance serving them at state and local levels to suit your own circumstances. Long live the Republic!

  • 2/4/13- Aroostook Watchmen hosts discuss with their audience the meeting with LePage.

    Jack McCarthy (full audio of the show), who was involved with at least one meeting with the governor, told his audience that the Coalition objected to a section of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy training manual on how to handle encounters with Sovereign Citizens.

      McCarthy said Phil Merletti, another member of the Coalition, showed the manual to LePage.

      “That document says that all four of us are domestic terrorists, do you understand where we stand?” McCarthy recalled. “The governor looked at that and his eyes got real big … and he handed it to his cohort (presumably a staffer) next to him and said, ‘Have you ever seen this before?’”

      He added, “This is a government issued curriculum mandatory for every law enforcement officer in this state and it’s telling them that anybody that says they’re a Sovereign Citizen is a domestic terrorist. The FBI statement at the beginning says that the Sovereign Citizen is the greatest domestic terror threat in this country.”

  • 2/5/13- Rep. Ricky Long (R- Sherman) of Aroostook County introduces LD 220, “An Act To Ban the United Nations Agenda 21 in Maine”. The bill eventually dies in the Legislature mostly along party lines.
    Gov. Paul LePage displays his concealed weapons permit in this photograph released by his office on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (photo via BDN)

    Gov. Paul LePage displays his concealed weapons permit in this photograph released by his office on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (photo via BDN)

  • 2/13/13- Bangor Daily News sends a Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) request to the Maine State Police for information about concealed weapons permit holders in the state.LePage takes to Twitter to share a photo of himself holding his own permit and issues a statement:

      “If newspapers would like to know who has concealed weapons permits, then they should know the governor has his,” LePage said. “I have serious concerns that BDN’s request will incite fear among gun owners and nongun owners alike regarding their safety. There is no reason why these records should be public, and I encourage the Legislature to act quickly to make this personal information confidential.

      As I have said, the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms will not be questioned while I am governor. That is especially true for those who respect the law enough to go through the process of obtaining a permit to carry concealed.”

  • 2/14/13- Governor LePage teamed up with Democratic Senate Assistant Majority Leader Troy Jackson to submit an emergency bill, temporarily and immediately blocking the release of personal information about concealed weapons permit holders while the legislature works on a permanent solution.
  • 2/16/13- Maine Governor Paul LePage, at the invitation of the Constitution Coalition, meet and take the stage with right wing conspiracy theorist Michael Coffman of Bangor.

    ‘Agenda 21’ is mentioned at the 3:25 mark and the clips final comments suggests that the 1776 option (revolution) is ‘on the table’.

    More on Coffman, considered within the tea party/ liberty/ sovereign citizens movement to be an expert on property and economic rights, as well as an article he penned in 2014 (“The Bundy Standoff- A Century of Abuse”).

  • 2/20/13- The Fort Fairfield Journal reports of the meeting (“Governor LePage Meets with Maine Constitutional Coalition”) with first-hand accounts from some of the participants:
    Ad within the Ft Fairfield Journal newspaper available to the public outside Governor LePage's office. Note the reference to "The Bundy Family" above the racially charged anti-President Obama ad.

    Ad within the Ft Fairfield Journal newspaper available to the public outside Governor LePage’s office. Note the reference to “The Bundy Family” above the racially charged anti-President Obama ad.

      “After we got into the office, I was so relieved. He was cordial, he was open, frank and expressed frustration that we had so much trouble getting to him and he had so much trouble responding to us,”
      said Jack McCarthy, co-host of the Aroostook Watchmen radio program on AM780 in Monticello, Maine. “This was not an inquisition into our governor,” said McCarthy. “It was not, ‘we’re going to hold you accountable and this is what you did wrong.’ That was not the purpose of this Remonstrance. The purpose of this Remonstrance was to delineate the abuses of the Constitution and demand a resolution.”

      “I can’t wait to hear the Bolsheviks in Bangor screaming why he would even have a meeting with radical centrists like us,” said Steve Martin, co-host of Aroostook Watchmen with McCarthy.

      “We produced this Remonstrance and submitted it in writing to the proper channels,” said McCarthy.“This is a constitutional process whereby the people, according to Maine Constitution, have the right at all times to peaceably assemble and address their legislature. We did this through the Remonstrance process.”

    Ft Fairfield Journal available outside LePage offices and stamped as approved by the Governor's office. None of Maine's major newspapers are made available to the public in a similar fashion.

    Ft Fairfield Journal available outside LePage offices and stamped as approved by the Governor’s office. None of Maine’s major newspapers are made available to the public in a similar fashion.

    More details of what was said by LePage at the meeting, which went on for over an hour and a half, are revealed:

      Governor LePage was asked during the meeting if this Remonstrance was the legal way to bring these points up.

      “His answer was, ‘Yes, this is the legal way to do this.’ So, that was encouraging,” said McCarthy.

      The Coalition received a signed receipt of the Remonstrance from the Governor’s office, the President of the Senate’s office and the Speaker of the House’s office.
      “We know that they got these hard copies of this Remonstrance.” The Remonstrance was delivered on January 14 and each office had 10 business days to respond to the grievance.

      “They didn’t respond. They ignored it. We heard nothing. So a press conference was set up in the Hall of Flags. Before the press conference we gave them a last chance to respond before we went public. So we went to the governor’s office and handed another copy to the secretary and said ‘we’re going to do a press conference at 11:00, be warned.’ The governor said he never saw it.”

    Coalition member Gary Smart calls actions of the Legislature “treason”, declares Maine lawyers to be “foreign citizens” and claims that the coalition’s “Remonstrance” has more legal authority than those in elected office or in Maine’s courts:

     Aroostook Watchmen via their Facebook page demand the release of federally convicted domestic terrorist Shaeffer Cox.

    Aroostook Watchmen via their Facebook page demand the release of federally convicted domestic terrorist Shaeffer Cox.

      “The house and Senate have not responded, and placed a lawyer between us and them. Which I think is treason because a lawyer is a foreign citizen according to the [original] 13th Amendment and the BAR is associated with the Communist Party through the Lawyers Guild as reported to Congress through special hearings in the 50’s,” said Coalition member, Gary Smart. “This should make for a treasonous act where our Legislature only wants to deal with the Remonstrance through a lawyer who is a foreign citizen. Sounds like a misprision of Treason to me.”

      Mr. Smart explains the Remonstrance has more authority than any legislation or court authority because it has the authority of Article 1 Section 2 Citizens authority to ordain or abolish the government and reset to a new administration. “Just remember that ‘We the People of Maine,” by the grace of God, established this free and independent state styled as the State of Maine and ordained the constitution of the same.”

  • 2/24/13- News of the Maine Constitutional Coalition members meeting with LePage is shared by Gary Smart.
  • 4/15/13- Maine Constitutional Coalition members discuss at a Tea Party rally in Augusta’s Capitol Park, Augusta having “served on the Governor a formal demand that he and the state not infringe on our Constitutional rights. They describe what they did and the next steps.”
  • 4/20/13- LePage attends and speaks at a presentation about Agenda 21, considered a conspiracy theory by the Tea Party with a goal of creating a “New World Order” stripping Americans of property rights and Constitutional liberties, at Lake Region High School in Naples along with featured speaker Michael Coffman of Bangor.

    LePage opened the discussion with a few remarks and then was available for a question-and-answer period afterwords, where he was quoted as saying, “I am very, very strong in personal property rights.”

  • 4/29/13- An “Education Remonstrance: Holding Augusta Accountable” was announced by Aroostook Watchmen on Facebook.
  • 5/19/13- LePage unexpectedly appears at an emergency Appropriations and Financial Affairs work session, called to address his own recent claim that the Department of Health and Human Services would not be able to pay MaineCare providers past May 28.
  • 5/21/13- LePage starts working out of offices in the Blaine House, the residence of the Governor and First Family, rather than in his offices in the State House across the street.tv hall of flags
  • 5/23/13- It is announced that LePage is moving his offices out of the State House and across to the street to the Blaine House, due to “efforts by majority Democrats in the Legislature to censor his speech”, citing the refusal of the Appropriations Committee to allow him to address them on May 19, and later being asked to obtain permission from the Legislative Council to have a TV outside of his office displaying the number of days since his budget was proposed.

    State law requires the Governor to have his office within the Capitol building, but his staff may remain there and work in his absence.

  • 5/29/13- LePage returns to his State House offices, while still criticizing what he called censorship.
  • 5/29/13- Members of the coalition try again with LePage, this time asking that Kennebec County sheriff Randall Liberty or a judge also be involved.
  • 6/6/13- A follow up memo from the Constitutional Coalition is sent to LePage:
    Kennebec County Sheriff Randall "Randy" Liberty

    Kennebec County Sheriff Randall “Randy” Liberty

      As seen in this selection from the document (obtained by Mike Tipping by a Freedom of Access Act request), the governor was asked about connecting them to Sheriff Liberty or a judge.

        #1. Jack’s question concerning a meeting with Sheriff Liberty, to access or convey our remonstrance to the proper channel(s) (Grand Jury/Superior Court), to start legal proceedings, was never really finalized?

        Can you approach Sheriff Liberty or a judge to set up a meeting with us?

        #2. This discussion led to the fact that you were meeting with a Superior Court Judge over dinner and you said you would raise the issue of the Remonstrance. Could you share the discussion with us?

    • 6/26/13- LePage expresses deep frustration with the veto override of his budget bill LD 1509, blaming “the third floor”, hinting he might not run for re-election (“I don’t know how you recover from this.”)
    • 6/26/13- Aroostook Watchmen post the following message from Constitutional Coalition leader Wayne Leach onto their Facebook wall:

        “Aroostook Watchmen
        June 26, 2013

        Join us at the state house in Maine:

        To all:

        Well, the mail has come, I got a bill but nothing from the alleged criminals, so we are on for tomorrow @ 1 PM at the rear entrance to the State House, and at the Capitol Police Office just inside that door to the left of the security station. I will obtain the required permit for the event. Signs are OK, but none with stakes on them inside the building. If anybody can, I’d appreciate them informing any media that we will be presenting evidence of alleged crimes within the People’s House, some of which are perjury of the oath of office, malfeasance of office, and violations of the public trust placed in the offenders by their position.
        This event will probably last for a maximum of an hour – probably somewhat less.

        Thanks to all who can attend, and bring, notify friends.
        Wayne”

    • 7/3/13- Governor LePage summons Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty to the State House, to meet with the Maine Constitutional Coalition.
    • 7/11/13-Gary Smart of the Coalition offers his support on a “Constitution Club” forum for compiling a list of names of leaders for formation of a “conference of the greatest patriots”:
        Reply by Gary Smart on July 11, 2013 at 9:08pm

        It would be a great idea to have a conference of the greatest patriots to gather together to conference their ideas of a common ground plan to get their members to act upon a concerted effort to taking our individual states back to citizen authority.. This could be done through private talkshoe and private bullitan board conferences to hone out a national plan of actions that the many patriot groups of the nation could join in to do some emergency plan of actions to protect the citizens of the individual free and independent states from the federal governments Martial law plans and to bring our states back to constitutional order.I would like to add two more patriot to my list is Keith Broaders who is working tirelsessly in his endevers to bring a focus to the Sheriff community..

        Also Bob Shultz for his efforts of many years battling the front lines.

    • 7/17/13-Aroostook Watchmen post the following “cut/paste” notification onto their Facebook wall.
        July 17, 2013
        LEGAL NOTICE
        LEGAL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL PERSONS NAMED BELOW WHO HAVE

        failed to answer a demand for response to a People’s Remonstrance that was served on them at their offices in the State Capitol on January 14, 2013, and said persons have also failed to respond to a follow-up Presumptive Letter mailed by Certified Mail to each of them on April 19, 2013 at 11:16:22 AM, which was delivered to both persons named below on April 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM. The persons named herein are therefore violating the public trust and are in breach of their official duty to answer their constituents’ demands. Replies to said Remonstrance must be received from JUSTIN L. ALFOND, whose last known address is 134 Sheridan Street, Portland, Maine 04101, and MARK W. EVES, whose last known address is 29 Acorn Avenue, North Berwick, Maine 03906, within twenty (20) days after service by publication is complete, and failure to do so will be considered an admission to malfeasance of an office of public trust, a breach of fiduciary duty, and an admission that all claims in said Remonstrance and Presumptive Letter are true and factual. Replies may be mailed to
    • 8/7/13- LePage’s legal counsel submit their five page memo regarding the demands of the coalition to the governor.

    • 10/1/13- Due to gridlock in Congress, the Federal government is shut down, with ripples being felt immediately across the country down to the local level.

      Governor LePage’s first response was to minimize the effect of the shutdown caused by Tea Party Republicans in Congress.

        “Although some positions and programs in state agencies are federally funded, all functions of state government will proceed as normal through the end of the week,” Governor LePage said. “The shutdown of the federal government is a result of the failure of leadership in Washington, D.C.

        A short-term shutdown won’t impact the operation of Maine state government. But if the shutdown continues for an extended period, then it could affect some state agencies. With the politicians constantly fighting over the budget, sequestration and the debt ceiling, in addition to $17 trillion in national debt, we cannot rely on the federal government to pay for public assistance programs or state services for Maine people.”

    • 10/9/13- Maine Governor Paul LePage unexpectedly decides to call a civil emergency in response to the federal shutdown, the only governor in the country to evoke such a response to the ongoing crisis in Washington DC.
    • 10/10/13- LePage holds an emergency meeting with some Democratic leaders to discuss his decision to declare a state of civil emergency the previous day.

      Towards the end of this clip, LePage discusses how the decision to declare a civil emergency came to be as part of an impromptu discussion between members of his administration. There is also some inconsistent statements regarding whether or not the state’s employee union was involved in the discussions and when, as well as meetings with Democratic leaders within the Legislature.

      Democrats then held their own press conference:

    • 10/17/13- LePage visits the Cobscook Bay State Park, located and operated on land leased from the then closed Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. Aside from the state park itself, the area also contained a boat launch ramp used by many local fishermen.

      LePage criticized the federal government for interfering with the operation of a state park and closing the boat ramp. He further stated that in the event of another shutdown, he would order Sheriff Donnie Smith of Washington County, where the park is located, to keep it open if necessary.

        … with Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith looking on, the governor vowed the park would not be closed again by federal action. “They won’t close this park again,” said LePage. “I guarantee you that. The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Maine. I would authorize him to keep this place open.”

      Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) and Gov. Paul LePage address media at Cobscook Bay State Park, 10/17/13 (via WABI).

      Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) and Gov. Paul LePage address media at Cobscook Bay State Park, 10/17/13 (via WABI).

      WABI gets video footage of the governor, Tea Party freshman legislator Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst), 2CD GOP candidate Blaine Richardson and Constitutional Coalition member Gary Smart at Cobscook; only LePage and Lockman are recorded as speaking to media.

        “What happened here this week in Washington County was a federal assault on state sovereignty and individual liberty,” said Representative Lawrence Lockman, an Amherst Republican who represents some of the fishermen impacted. “And I salute these fishermen for standing up to the federal bullies, pulling the barricades down and going to work.”
    • 10/18/13- Governor LePage lifts the civil emergency order.
    • 1/5/14- FOX News runs an article (“Sovereign citizen movement rejects gov’t with tactics ranging from mischief to violence”) discussing sovereign citizens within the country and some of the known patterns of dismissing their activities.
        Dubbed sovereign citizens by law enforcement, the movement numbers anywhere from 80,000 to 300,000 nationwide, according to experts contacted by FoxNews.com. While many live on society’s fringe and pose no immediate threat, police are being trained to be wary of sovereign citizens, knowing that they may not respect cops’ authority and could be prone to violence.

        “Sovereign citizens don’t call themselves that,” JJ MacNab, who is currently writing a book on the movement, recently blogged. “In fact, if you ask a person if she is a member of the movement, she is likely to respond that the ‘sovereign citizen’ label is an oxymoron, and that she is an individual seeking the truth.”

        The Southern Poverty Law Center, which released an authoritative study on the movement in 2010, estimated that up to 300,000 U.S. citizens consider themselves sovereign citizens, with about 100,000 being seriously involved in its techniques.

        FBI officials, meanwhile, characterize sovereign citizens on a wide spectrum, some dismissed as mere nuisances while others are accused of specializing in financial scams or impersonating law enforcement officers.

        Historical hotspots have included pockets of Missouri, Ohio and Michigan, as well as central Florida, but now a “fair amount” of sovereign citizens can be found in every state, Pitcavage said. “This movement has been in a state of growth for several years now and we have not seen any signs of it slowing. And that could mean more people killed, more standoffs, more paper terrorism.”

    • 2/24/14- The Aroostook Watchmen again take to Facebook to inform their followers of the Governor’s handlers interfering and influencing LePage, and that they refuse to meet further with him directly.
        Contact us for your copies of the referred to documents

        Aroostook Watchmen
        FLAGS UP

        To All: O.K. people, this is it. Since we last met with Governor Lepage (the 8th time) and we refused to meet with him any more since he seems to have been fooled by his handlers, gate keepers and lawyers and supports their corrupted beliefs, we have been planning the next and probably last effort to bring the Constitution for the State of Maine, back to the Capital building in Augusta.Periodically, I have been sending out drafts of two reports call “100 Years of Law & (un)Justice”, just in case I could not finish them. Well, the reports are done and 5 Remonstrance resulted as a need to be served to the Governor and the Legislature, to be followed if we are to have our Constitutionally secured and protected rights returned.

        We are attending a hearing in the Capital Building, in the office of the Judiciary Committee room At 01:00 P.M. Tomorrow (02/25/2014). We had to wait until the hearing became a platform to give public opinion for the Re-Appointment/confirmation of Non-Commissioned Judges.

        This is it folks, we have put our life, our jobs and money, our families and repairs on cars and our homes and property on hold for this effort. If you could attend this hearing, we would appreciate your support if you can be there.

        I am still not sure if the Kennabec County Sheriff will be able to attend at this late date, but, we are going ahead with our plans to release the Remonstrances and 2 reports on the “100 years of Law & (un)Justice anyway.

        Thankx Phil

        PS: Please find attached the Master file of Remonstrances and the 2 reports.
        3 Attachments

    • 4/16/14- Coalition member Gary Smart on a “Constitution Club” thread discusses “protecting his property:

        In Maine We have a Constitution which is the Law of the State that is prefixed to all Legislative Law, The rest is Fraud upon the People. The State Constitution is ordained by the People by the Grace of God as Stated here in Maine. There is no law description on how we the People acquire our Property. It is true that when you finance that contract is in error. But Fraud is Fraud and that negates any contract. I financed and paid my note off to Acquire my property with the only currency available to earn money for my labor and I worked and exchanged my labor for each and every one of those FRN’s and satisfied the payment and interest of the contract and received my note marked Paid. I acquired my property. No where in in the Maine constitution, the Federal Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which are the laws of the land (Also the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation) has the people granted the government rights over our private property unless we contract those rights to someone else.

        SO THEREFORE I ACQUIRED, AM POSSESSING AND HAVE MY NATURAL INHERENT AND UNALIENABLE RIGHTS TO PROTECT MY PROPERTY ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF THE LAND.

        These are facts Found in the current Fraud done to the Maine Government System. Look in the Revised statutes of your own state for what we found in MRS Title 1, Section ! Item #1 Sovereignty and Jurisdiction. http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/1/title1sec1.html

        “The jurisdiction and sovereignty of the State extend to all places within its boundaries, subject only to such rights of concurrent jurisdiction as are granted by the State over places ceded by the State to the United States.”

        Then look at the Definitions of

        15. Person. “Person” may include a body corporate.

        21. State. “State,” used with reference to any organized portion of the United States, may mean a territory or the District of Columbia. [ 1965, c. 513, §1 (AMD) .]

        26-A. United States. “United States” includes territories and the District of Columbia.
        [ 1969, c. 433, §7 (RPR) .]

        Maine’s Corporate Laws are laws of the PERSON not the PEOPLE

        You can beat any of these laws by stop consenting to being a Person and exerting your rights as People, it is just that simple.

    • 5/31/14- Coalition member Gary Smart discusses using sheriffs to arrest police chiefs and officers on a “Constitution Club” forum discussion on rights to travel.

        Reply by Gary Smart on May 31, 2014 at 6:00am

        I was just talking with a man this morning about some possible campaigns on this driving vs traveling issue. We are individual attacking this issue, but if we organize a 25 man Board of review Article 61 Magna Carter and walk into the Sheriffs Department and present the known laws and rights of the people and organize the law of the county and shared among many counties. This needs to be organized and discussed on common grounds and bring about a formal complaint to the sheriff, and then start arresting Cheifs of Police and police officers for UCC241 violations to people rights. This simple procedure would work in Administrative (unlawful) courts.

    • 6/30/14- Excerpts from the first chapter of Maine People’s Alliance communications director Mike Tipping’s book, “As Maine Went”, are released.

      The focus of the beginning chapter are details of the eight meetings between Maine Governor Paul LePage and the Constitutional Coalition members. This sparks multiple news stories, opinion pieces, examinations, interviews with many concerned and more, as listed below in chronological order.

        1. BDN “Latest charges could dry up crucial funding for LePage”

        2. MPBN LePage Official: Governor Did Meet With Group on FBI Terrorist List

          McCarthy, whose Sovereign Citizen ties include the Constitutional Coalition, says that he was at the State House to discuss the group’s concerns with the governor. Among those topics, McCarthy says, was their belief that Democratic Maine Senate President Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves should both be tried for treason.

          “And we also discussed this there, that as far as I know, the penalty for high treason hasn’t changed in a hundred years, and I didn’t say it, but the governor said it – I never opened my mouth and said the word – the governor looked at us and looked at his buddy and said, ‘They’re talking about hanging them,’ McCarthy said.

          “That’s right,” (co-host Steve) Martin responded.

          “I said, Praise the Lord – we’ll hang a few and be done with this crap,’ ” McCarthy said.

          Governor LePage’s office responded:

          Adrienne Bennett, LePage’s press secretary, says the timing of the Sovereign Citizens report story is more than a little suspect, as the governor is seeking reelection in November. “We’re not even into the month of July and we’re hearing this political rhetoric from Democrats, and clearly they have already jumped the shark.”

        3. BDN LePage denies he discussed ‘executing’ Maine Democratic leaders

          “I was never in the room where ‘execute’ was used,” the governor said in a phone call to the BDN managing editor. “It never happened,” he said later in the call.

          “We did not discuss execution, arrest or hanging.”When told that the audio of the show was included on Tipping’s blog, LePage said he wanted to see the tapes.

          “None of this stuff ever happened,” he said again. He said he talked with the group about the U.S. and Maine constitutions. Further, he said, he disagreed with much of what the men said.

          “I listened and listened and listened,” LePage said. “Some points they were making were reasonable and some were off-the-wall.”

    • 7/1/14-
      as maine went

        1. BDN “Group that met with LePage denies terrorist links”

        2. MPBN “Details Emerge in LePage’s Meetings with Group Tied to Extremist Movement”

          Sheriff Randy Liberty says he was contacted earlier this year by Gov. Paul LePage and asked to come to his office for a meeting. “I drove over and we met in the cabinet meeting room,”Liberty says, “and the governor was there with three individuals.”

          Liberty did not know it at the time, but LePage had called him in for a meeting with members of the Constitutional Coalition, a group that progressive blogger and Democratic activist Mike Tipping says has direct ties with a national movement known as the Sovereign Citizens. The group has been linked with violent acts against public figures in other states, and its members reject taxes, the U.S. currency and perceive the U.S. government as illegitimate.

          Liberty says the group wanted a sheriff to help them deliver their grievances concerning a list of constitutional infringements.

          “They wished to have their grievances addressed by the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House and the attorney general,” Liberty says. “And when I was there, the governor seemed generous with his time and he listened a lot.”

          Liberty says he accommodated the group’s request, delivering the message to the respective staffs of the three elected leaders, all Democrats. Liberty says he though he’d completed his assignment, but then he heard from the coalition again earlier this year. This time, they wanted Liberty to arrest the the speaker of the House, the president of the Senate and the Maine attorney general on charges that ranged from dereliction of duty to treason.

          “I was not certain of my jurisdiction in that environment and so I met with District Attorney Meghan Maloney and she did some research and she met with us regarding that,” Liberty says. “They wanted them to be indicted by the the grand jury – the three political figures – and of course that never happened. And that was sort of the end of it.”

        3. Salon “Tea Party Gov. Paul LePage held several meetings with FBI-designated terrorist group”

        4. Mother Jones “There’s Some Serious Weirdness Up In the State of Maine”

        5. MSNBC “Casting Paul LePage in a more alarming light”

        6. MSNBC “Maine Gov. denies talk of ‘hanging’ opponents”

    • 7/2/14-
    • 7/5/14-
    • 7/6/14-
        1.PPH “Agree to Disagree: Is LePage in political trouble after ‘domestic terrorists’ meetings?”

        2.LSJ “Constitutional Coalition speaks out: ‘We’re researchers’ not terrorists” (AUDIO)

          (Wayne) Leach and (Phil) Merletti haven’t yet given up on the governor. They hope he’ll come around and do the right thing. In their way, they feel bad for LePage because he’s so heavily influenced by the lawyers who surround him — a group they call “the gatekeepers.”

          Wayne Leach and phil Merletti (photo via Lewiston Sun Journal, 7/6/14)

          Wayne Leach and phil Merletti (photo via Lewiston Sun Journal, 7/6/14)

          “We put the remonstrance in so that we could have a dialogue,” Merletti said, “and have a meeting.”

          “We almost begged them (lawmakers and others) to respond in some fashion, either negatively or positively,” Leach said.

          “They were just silent. They didn’t even said no. They refused to even recognize that we even existed. That’s a slap in the face for people who have worked months.”

          He doesn’t want to sue Tipping, perhaps, but there is bitterness about the way he was characterized. With that in mind, Merletti points to the far end of the room.

          “Now,” he said, “if we were to put Tipping down in that corner, the four of us here and Gov. LePage there, we could end this in five minutes and then we could find out who’s lying.”“Five or 10 minutes,” Leach agreed. “Tops. I don’t even think it would take that long.”

          “Once that Tipping thing hit, everybody is backing off,” Merletti said. “I think the word is out: Don’t mess with those terrorists. Don’t mess with these guys anymore.”

          “Now,” Merletti said in his slow, methodical manner, “who controls the governor?”
          When no answer is forthcoming, he answers the question himself. “The lawyers,” he said. “The thing they never wanted LePage to do was to be in contact with the outside. They set up three layers of fences around him, with gatekeepers. The only people who got through those gates was through them.”

          When the coalition met with LePage, it was directly, Merletti said. No lawyers, no gatekeepers. The flow of information was unrestrained.

          “That’s why the lawyers didn’t want us talking to him,” Merletti said, “because we were bringing this stuff to light. The man is controlled.

    • 7/7/14-
        1. BDN “Evangelos vs. AG Mills; Cutler’s property tax tour; 7 stories you need to read”

          Evangelos asked the attorney general’s office to investigate what happened during the more than 10 hours of meetings LePage held with the group. On Friday, the AG said she would not investigate because LePage’s Executive Protection Unit — sworn law enforcement officers charged with protecting the governor — was present for the meetings and did not see fit to follow-up on anything discussed at the time.

          In an email to Attorney General Janet Mills on Friday, Evangelos said that wasn’t good enough.

          “Have these officers been questioned?” Evangelos wrote. “Are you taking [LePage press secretary Adrienne Bennett’s] or Governor LePage’s word for this? Did anyone identify the officers in question? Do these officers owe their loyalty and job security to LePage? How can you possibly reach such a narrow conclusion based on such a flimsy investigative effort?”Still, it doesn’t appear likely that Mills, a Democrat, will investigate. Here’s her response to Evangelos:

          “Jeff, our information is not from political sources but from law enforcement. I really can’t say any more, as it is simply not our custom to comment publicly on requests for investigations or on investigations themselves.”

        2. BDN “LePage said “get our guns” as extremists wrote him on revolution”

        3. BDN Editorial “Stating the obvious: Why a governor shouldn’t meet with anti-government extremists”

          “Gov. Paul LePage apparently doesn’t understand a simple concept: As the state’s chief executive, he harms the reputation of the state by repeatedly indulging people who believe the current government is acting illegally, talk in strange ways about a new world order, urge people to not pay taxes, don’t believe President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen, think the federal government is stockpiling ammunition to use against civilians, publicly discuss mind control, and believe the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., was a government-orchestrated attempt to restrict Second Amendment rights.It doesn’t matter if the people who met with LePage haven’t acted violently in the past; their views are so dissociated from reality they taint the credibility of anyone who takes them somewhat seriously. The fact that LePage met with them multiple times, when he could have been addressing the state’s real problems, shows a severe lack of judgment.

          People will continue to debate the specifics of what was actually said, and what the group believes, but the fact is that LePage met eight times with people who essentially seek to undermine the state’s public safety. By meeting regularly with them, he lent their cause a level of credibility it in no way deserves. His actions should make residents question LePage’s allegiance to the state.”

        4. Politico “Paul LePage Is in Trouble. Again.”

          “And this is not the first time the governor has engaged with some of them (Maine fringe element). His transition team in 2010 included three members of another group, the Maine Constitutionalists, who had recently hosted a talk by the head of the John Birch Society. One transition team member, Dana Dyer, was an instructor at the National Center for Constitutional Studies, the ultraconservative institute founded by the infamous Mormon conspiracy theorist (and devoted Bircher) W. Cleon Skousen, whose writings inform many of Glenn Beck’s rants.”

      Jack-McCarthy

    • 7/14/14- Jack McCarthy is convicted of multiple charges of driving with an expired driver’s license:
        Prosecutors said McCarthy essentially challenged the legality of the requirement that drivers obtain and renew a license, arguing the government was too intrusive and did not have the authority to regulate driver’s licenses.

        McCarthy compared to his refusal to comply with licensing requirements to “taking a sip out of the ‘negroes only’ drinking fountain.”

        “The judge had to explain to the jury in his instructions that the law essentially doesn’t work that way,”
        said John Pluto, assistant district attorney for Aroostook County. “If he was driving on a public road and if he was driving with a license that was expired, then he was guilty of driving without a license.”

        The jury took just 15 minutes of deliberations to convict McCarthy, who was fined $200 on the first charge and $400 for the second one.

      More via BDN:

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        The group (Constitutional Coalition) has been linked with the Sovereign Citizens, which is described as a terrorist movement by both the federal government and the Maine Department of Public Safety.

        Members of the organization claim no affiliation with the Sovereign Citizens but espouse many of the same beliefs — including the notion that the government has been “hijacked” and is thus illegitimate, that most state laws are “repugnant to the Constitution” and thus invalid, and that the U.S. dollar is a “false currency.”

    • 7/16/14- Not only was McCarthy convicted of two charges of driving with an expired Maine driver’s license, but it is reported that on May 21, fellow coalition member Gary Smart was arrested in Lincoln for expired inspection and registration of his vehicle:
        On May 21, according to reports in the Lincoln News, fellow constitutionalists Gary Smart was arrested after an encounter with officers of the Lincoln Police Department.

        After being pulled over for expired registration and inspection stickers on West Broadway in Lincoln, Smart apparently declared himself a “sovereign citizen” and refused to exit his pickup truck until a member of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department was present. (Sovereigns believe that elected sheriffs are the only legitimate law enforcement officials.) Local officers eventually removed Smart from the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.

        Smart was also later charged with operating without a license and violating the conditions of his release, according to the Lincoln News.

        Smart, like McCarthy, is defending himself in court and has posted some of his legal submissions to his website. They contain textbook Sovereign Citizen rhetoric, including the misuse of legal terms, allegations that the government is illegitimate and quotes from bible verses and precedents from the 1800s that he says prove he is above the law.

      From the above link:

        “* I, Gary Russell Smart, Sui Juris, am one of the people of the free and independent State of Maine(original), and in this Court of record complain of the following 3 men who are employed by the Private for profit Corporation known as the Lincoln Police Department, a franchised corporation of the District of Columbia: Joshua McKechnie, John Walsh and Daniel Summers who exceeded their jurisdictions, outside of Venue, improperly performing due process of laws of Maine and have injured and damaged me as the men acting as Police officers without my consent as one of the people of Maine who was enjoying natural inherent and unalienable right to travel on the highways of Maine. I make claim on these men as the following:

        – When John Walsh claimed a false arrest and I requested a Sheriff or deputy Sheriff who is a proper law enforcement, commissioned officer, the three named corporate franchised persons of the District of Columbia denied me proper due process of law according to their sworn oaths to God and the People of Maine.
        – These men trespassed upon my private property by opening my door without my consent. and
        – Assaulted me by dragging me out of my private property, and
        – placed me in shackles that I describe as torture devices designed to inflict pain, and
        – assaulted me by pushing my face into the tar and stepping on my back, and
        – Trespassed upon me with unlawful search and seizure, and
        – taking my personal property from 6 of my pockets, and
        – putting me into a cage, and
        – kidnaped me by taking me to the Police Department, and
        – taking my vehicle unlawfully, and

        – All without my consent or due process of the law of the land that these men swore an oath to God and the People of Maine to uphold the constitutional laws.

        * While at the Lincoln Police Department these men wrote two violation summons and complaints to a court hearing for offenses that do not apply to me being a private man who is one of the people of Maine.

        * These summons are identified as being violations of the Maine Revised Statutes which is not my law as I am not a person as these legal rules or codes pertain to for the following reasons:

        – These violations are for fictions in law which are identified as body corporate while I am a man who is one of the People of Maine as identified in the Constitution of Maine.
        – I am not a Person because that is being a man of sin as identified in James 2:9 “But if ye regard the persons, ye commit sin, and are rebuked of the Law, as transgressors.” I am a man who does not knowingly sin against the natural laws of my God, the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe.
        – The jurisdiction of the Maine Revised Statutes is not my venue, where as that venue is the private State of Maine Corporation that is a territory of the District of Columbia and a franchise of the 1871 corporation of the United States which I hold no known contracts with.
        – Any contracts franchising with the United States that might identify me as being a person is a fraud which is “Any trick or artifice employed by one person to induce another to fall into an error, or to detain him in it, so that he may make an agreement contrary to his interest.”(1856 Bouvier) Because this fraud may consist either, first, in the misrepresentation, or, secondly, in the concealment of a material fact. Fraud avoids a contract, ab initio, both at law and in equity, whether the object be to deceive the public, or third persons, or one party endeavor thereby to cheat the other.

        * Therefore a violation of Maine Revised Statutes 29-A §2412-A. Operating while license suspended or revoked is not a valid summons. Not only that it would be an invalid law because it violates a free man’s natural inherent and unalienable rights which all government personnel swear an oath to honor under their duties of the constitution and the supreme court has been ruling in that favor for years. So the driver’s license was a fraud in the first place and to operate as a free man of Maine makes an operation after suspension a fraud which avoids a contract, ab initio.

        * Therefore a violation of Maine Revised Statutes 29-A §351. Registration required is not a valid summons. Not only that it would be an invalid law because my vehicle is my personal private property that the State of Maine has no constitutional authorization to require registration and fees because such laws do not either defend my rights or benefit them by any reasonable nature of natural law.

        * Therefore the violations of 29-A §2412-A. Operating while license suspended or revoked and 29-A §351. Registration required are not valid and I have not done any harm or violated rights to any other man or woman I shall declare that these summons for violations are dismissed by my authority as a man and one of the people of Maine.

        * Therefor this leaves my claims that I have been harmed by three (3) men who operated outside of their constitutional jurisdiction and venue as police officers of the Lincoln Police department and wanted these charges to be prosecuted by the Lincoln District Court and the State of Maine Government under the United States Code 241 and 242 which has the jurisdiction over these persons employed by government and private corporations
        because I did inform them that I was one of the people of Maine, I had a free right to travel, meaning upon the highways and they ignored my venue and made the assumption that I was of their jurisdiction after I informed them differently.

        This is my answer by Gary Russell Smart, Sui Juris, is complete factual knowledge to the best of my ability.”

      —-

      *RELATED: (UPDATED) Breaking: LePage Met “Multiple Times” With FBI Known Domestic Terrorist Group, Discussed Executing Democratic Leaders

      (UPDATED) “Arrest For Treason/ Execution” Docs Released, Proving LePage Lied To BDN, Re: Sovereign Citizens Talks

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