Attorney General Janet Mills Addresses 2014 ME Dem Convention (Video, Transcript)

Posted on June 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Attorney General Janet Mills Addresses 2014 Maine Democratic Convention (speech as prepared)

      Attorney General Janet T. Mills
      Remarks to the Maine Democratic Convention
      Saturday, May 31, 2014, Bangor Maine

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        Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you members of the Maine Democratic Party.

        Thank you, Matt Dunlap, the hardest working, most productive Secretary of State we have ever had!

        Thank you, Ben Grant and Mary Erin Casale for your leadership and difficult work during good times and bad. And for bringing back a well-deserved majority in the Maine State Legislature!

        Folks, it’s May 31st. The ice is finally out, in most of the state. The lakes and ponds are stocked, the sidewalks smelling of lilacs at last. In western Maine the mowing has begun. We have shaken off the snows of January, the hardships of a frigid February, as we enjoy a long delayed spring and commence the annual recycling of goods at neighborhood yard sales.

        Our long wintry nightmare is over. And this year our recycling starts right at the Blaine House!

        No one deserves this fresh, fruitful season more than we do, you and I.

        It has taken courage to weather the storm.

        During cold and difficult times over the past three and a half years, I have seen many acts of courage.

        I have watched as the brave co-chairs of Appropriations, Democrats Sen. Hill and Rep. Rotundo (the first time both chairs have been women), worked all night, many nights, writing budgets from scratch, preserving funding for our schools, saving local fire and police services and life-saving social programs, while the Governor, refusing to write a budget at all, eschewed governing and headed for Jamaica to play golf….and then accuse the entire legislature of “not working hard enough!”

        I saw people like Rep. Joan Welsh hold the line against mining rules and slack environmental enforcement that would destroy our natural resources, even sell them off to the highest bidder.

        I saw freshmen Reps. Ann Dorney and Sara Gideon bravely, patiently, persistently push to reintroduce and enact legislature that will save the lives of people who overdose, despite a veto and a failure it to override last year.

        I saw Rep. Drew Gattine and Senators Colleen Lachowitz and Margaret Craven question the Commissioner of Health and Human Services repeatedly about why her budget was no longer about health or human services but about electioneering, auctioning off social services and about sweetheart business deals funded by programs to feed children.

        I saw women and men—Democrats—stand up for women’s rights on the floor of the House and the Senate, against a governor who vetoed every reasonable measure to protect the health of Maine families.

        I saw them fight valiantly against this Governor’s veto of Rep. Jane Pringle’s bipartisan bill (LD 1247) to ensure that thousands of low-income women have preventive health services, cancer screenings, annual physicals, birth control, pap tests and health information, saying, after he had vetoed the bills that would cover them with insurance, “they can go buy insurance!?” “Let them eat cake!” the man says.

        I heard Paul LePage say he is dead set against abortion because he was one of 18 children. Seriously. So he believes women should be forced to bear children against their will, regardless of hardship, regardless of sexual assault, regardless of circumstances?

        I saw our Democratic party work to raise the minimum wage, in a state where 60 percent of minimum wage workers are women, while this Governor tried to actually lower the working wage for young people.

        I listened to Gov. LePage give lip service to domestic violence while pulling the rug out from those same women and children seeking emergency help from General Assistance.

        I watched as our Democratic leadership cried foul when this Governor prevented the DEP from protecting Maine children from toxic household chemicals, claiming that BPA is not harmful, saying: “…[I]t gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”

        Maybe he still thinks, like some of the Republican leadership, that “Women are from Venus, men are still from Mars!”

        This is worse than junk science, junk politics. It is junk governance.

        Governing is not a game of Candy Crush or Farmville.
        It is not played in a sand box, throwing dirt in people’s faces.
        It is not done from a golf course in Jamaica.

        Governing is about leading—by words, by deeds and by example.
        It is about helping, not hurting. It is about working hard.

        It is about taking us through difficult winter storms and not giving up on the courage, the heart and the soul of Maine people.

        That is why, come next winter, I will be proud to stand with our new Governor, Mike Michaud, who will lead with integrity, experience and example.

        Let us work as hard as we can, through the summer and the fall, to reelect our courageous Democrats to the Maine Legislature, repair the reputation of our state, restore the voice of the people, renew faith in our government and elect a governor who will not leave Maine people out in the cold ever again.

        Thank you.

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Secretary of State Matt Dunlap Addresses 2014 ME Dem Convention (Video, Transcript)

Posted on June 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap Addresses 2014 ME Dem Convention (Speech as prepared)

      ADDRESS OF MATTHEW DUNLAP
      47TH AND 49TH MAINE SECRETARY OF STATE
      2014 MAINE DEMOCRATIC STATE PARTY CONVENTION
      BANGOR, MAINE

    Chairman Grant, Vice Chair Fenrich, Mr. Speaker and distinguished delegates to the 2014 Maine Democratic Party convention:

    My name is Matt Dunlap. I was born and raised in Bar Harbor, and I proudly live in Old Town, my home for the last 25 years. I am also Maine’s 49th Secretary of State, and it is my privilege to address you here today.

    Our party is the party of progress, of great ideas made manifest and strong ideals held dearly. We are the party of working families and small business; of family farms and small woodlots; of strong communities where we care not only about the success, prosperity and welfare of our next door neighbors, but justice, peace and prosperity for our neighbors around the world.

    We often speak of our party’s ideals in terms of high­ level goals and objectives that we strive to accomplish on the international, national, and statewide stage. You rarely hear from the constitutional officers—the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and State Treasurer, along with the State Auditor. That’s understandable, because to the untrained eye, the constitutional officers deal in boring, administrative minutiae. At least, that’s what it looks like when we’re doing our jobs well.

    There are the important, visible aspects of our work; the conduct of elections, ensuring consumer protection, choosing sound investments of our state’s financial assets, promoting highway safety, providing business services, the delivery of justice, preservation of our state’s public records, and the sound management required to pay our public bills and account to the public for them.

    There are, too, those facets of our work that are remarkable for what is missing.

    We do not file frivolous, politically­ biased lawsuits against the Federal government to get a bounce in the polls. We do not invent ghost stories about voter fraud and then use those fictions to frighten American citizens into canceling their legal voter registrations. We do not use our positions or the structures that support them to create fear or to divide our people against each other. We do not pander to our base of support; we do not make a mockery of our solemn, constitutional charge.

    Instead, we sit with grieving families who have lost loved ones in spite of our best efforts to ward off tragedy. We listen to people in states of desperation, even if we cannot help them. We help reunite citizens with the remnants of forgotten estates, we advise them when a business transaction has gone badly, and when it counts, we stand wherever the fight takes us, and we fight for our neighbors. The victories are sometimes small, and almost never make for good headlines. But that’s not why we do it.

    You see, I got into this business to help people. I know, as Janet, Neria and Pola do, that people sometimes make bad choices, and we sometimes help folks navigate the aftermath of those choices. Two years ago I stood on this stage and talked about the big picture that faced us as Democrats. Ultimately, although I lost at the polls, I won in a big way. I spoke with thousands of Mainers as I sought support for my campaign, and I heard their stories—many times tragic stories.

    I never heard a single complaint about the wrenching circumstances that faced them— all I heard was courage. Maine people are incredibly strong. I learned that people don’t choose cancer; they don’t choose mental illness; they don’t choose to lose their jobs; the important choices that they really made were to face their problems head on. And no, Governor LePage, people do not choose poverty.

    We don’t do our jobs because we have all the answers, and we don’t do them because of the fame and glory.

    We do these things because we’re Democrats. We do it because standing up and being counted is why we got into the business of politics in the first place; and because we believe in the power of people working together so much that we always put everything on the line for the people who have no other voice.

    Ladies and gentlemen of the convention: that is who we are, and that is what we do. I, for one, serve the people of Maine with pride, and thank you for the honor you bestow on me every day through the votes of the Legislature that installed me in the office of Secretary of State. I thank you for your work in securing a Democratic majority in the Legislature so that I can be here today; and with you and alongside you, I pledge my strong support and hard work in every minute of my spare time to insure that come November, we can renew that pledge to the people of Maine—that pledge to keep a trust, that we the people built this government to serve the public interest—and not the special interests. It is the pledge that we the people—the citizen legislators of Maine—take to uphold the Constitutions of our state and the United States; and to uphold the entire documents, not just the parts that suit our political needs of the day. And it is the pledge that we make to each other, here today and in all corners of this great state, that all we have is each other, and we will fight for everyone, regardless of their station in life, or their race, or where they come from, their sex, their sexual orientation, we will fight for freedom, we will fight for a better future, we will fight for justice, and we will stand for our ideals, and never give them up.

    Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the State of Maine and the United States of America.

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2014 Maine Democratic Party Convention Videos: Day 1, 5/30/14 (Friday)

Posted on June 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Day 1: May 30

1. MDP Chair Ben Grant addresses convention

2. Senator Geoff Gratwick (D-Bangor) at 2014 Maine Dem Convention

3. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan Addresses Convention

4. Speaker Of The House/ 2014 Maine Democratic Convention Chair Mark Eves (D-N Berwick) Speech To Delegates
(transcript of speech as prepared previously shared and available via this link)

5. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Addresses 2014 Maine Dem Convention delegates

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