Despite Large Ad Buy Against GOP’s Summers, DSCC Still Refuses to Endorse Any ME Senate Candidate

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Enjoy this picture, folks- if Secretary of State Summers has his way, there will be few opportunities for Maine to see the leading Senate candidates together before the election, let along listen to them, as he has already skipped multiple debates.

Normally, one would think that skipping public appearances and debates would be damaging to a candidate’s chances of winning. Additionally, one would think that huge ad buys by one’s party’s national opponents would hurt.

But then we have the strange case of Patty Murray, who by her tight-lipped failure to endorse either Democratic US Senate candidate Cynthia Dill or front runner Independent candidate Angus King, has bettered Charlie Summers’ chances of winning in November far more than Summers himself has.

Yesterday afternoon Murray, during a phone conference call regarding the previous night’s Massachusetts senate candidate televised debate, had very little to say about the Maine Senate race, despite the fact that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made a $400k plus ad buy here, all attacking GOP candidate and current Secretary of State Charlie Summers. The ads started airing locally yesterday and will continue to air for ten days.

Her complete statement? “We have not endorsed in that race.”

And by not saying anything further, Murray and the DSCC may well be helping Charlie Summers.

Via The Daily Caller:

    “King is the far stronger liberal candidate — Dill has yet to raise enough money to be able to run ads on television — but it would be difficult for the Democratic campaign arm to endorse another candidate over their own party’s nominee. So national Democrats — and the DSCC in particular — have mostly stayed silent in the race, declining to endorse Dill or throw any funding her way, in a tacit nod of support for King.”

This posture by Murray has been disappointingly consistent with what the DSCC was saying back before the Democratic primary was even decided. As a reminder, back in March Murray said that “Maine was a great opportunity” for Democrats.

From June:

While Murray and others outside of Maine have been scuffing their toes in the sand and being coy regarding which candidate the support in this increasingly important Senate race, various local voices have spoken up in recent days, as Portland Press Herald’s Greg Kesich (“An early exit by Dill would shake up U.S. Senate race”) and “Democrats for King” (a closed Facebook page created weeks before the June primary) organizer Alan Caron (“With a spoiler in U.S. Senate race, it’s all about the numbers”) called for Democratic nominee State Senator Cynthia Dill to step down.

Maine Democratic Party chairman Ben Grant took issue with that demand (“Asking Dill to step aside assumes King is lying about his true intentions”) and offered his own op-ed, as did 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Maine Senate president Libby Mitchell (“Urging Dill to drop out ignores values she represents”).

At some point, the DSCC should have either “fished or cut bait”. It is now so late in this race that any move they make will appear (accurately) to be not an endorsement at all and completely politically motivated.

Even with the $400k throw at Maine, they are being horribly outspent by the NRSC, whose ads are softening up the race for Summers. Frankly, the NRSC should be thanking Murray at this point.

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee and other outside groups have spent $1.5 million boosting Summers, and recent polling in the race shows that it’s having an effect, as the well-known former governor’s once commanding lead has shrunk over Summers, who is running in second.

    “It’s remarkable to see national Democrats now spending money in a state where they refuse to even endorse their own nominee,” NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer said in a statement.

    The focus of the DSCC spot will say a lot about the posture Democrats intend to adopt in the coming weeks. The launch of the buy is also an implicit acknowledgement that Summers is gaining in the polls.

Maybe Murray should have flipped a coin. This post will be updated when the DSCC video is made public.

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(Updated) BREAKING: US Senate GOP Candidate/ SoS Charlie Summers Releases Same Sex Marriage Referendum Question Final Wording

Posted on July 26, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Moments ago it was announced that Secretary of State Charlie Summers has released slightly revised wording for the Nov. 6 ballot question about same-sex marriage in Maine.

The question now reads as: “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”

(6pm) Mainers United issued the following statement regarding the new wording of Question 1:

“We are pleased that the Secretary of State took into account our concerns and has changed the question to more accurately reflect the contents of the citizen’s initiative,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. “The new question makes it clear that the proposed law is about civil marriage and that no church or religious institution can be sued for refusing to recognize or perform a marriage that goes against its beliefs.”

The campaign went on to remind that a public poll earlier this month found that 57 percent of voters support allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Only 35 percent said they were opposed.

The religious exemption section of the citizen’s initiative reads:

Religious exemption. This chapter does not require any member of the clergy to perform or any church, religious denomination or other religious institution to host any marriage in violation of the religious beliefs of that member of the clergy, church, religious denomination or other religious institution. The refusal to perform or host a marriage under this subsection cannot be the basis for a lawsuit or liability and does not affect the tax-exempt status of the church, religious denomination or other religious institution.

A “Yes” vote on the citizen’s initiative in November will allow marriage licenses for loving, committed same-sex couples in Maine while also protecting religious freedom.

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Sunday Afternoon Tweets from Maine GOP Convention

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

(And the fun continues!)

PressHerald ‏ @PressHerald
Mitt Romney will challenge today’s Maine GOP results, which gave Ron Paul most of the delegates http://tinyurl.com/7mfmllq #Romney #RonPaul #Obama

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
Funny, RP’s own site says NV is ‘inept” (live at http://ustre.am/Ki1L/1)

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
@SenatorSnowe takes the stage at convo – crowd holds “THANK YOU OLYMPIA!” signs. http://yfrog.com/oej3ejoxj

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Both @RepRonPaul and @MittRomney camps accusing one another of electioneering in backrooms. Cigars anyone? #mepolitics

WCSH 6 ‏ @WCSH6
Ron Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine GOP http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=200057

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Revised #MEGOPConvo agenda 12:30 announcement at-large results & 6 CD delegates & report on credentials #mepolitics Floor fight expected

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
@DirigoBlue Maine nightmare #LePage story really about denying the American dream #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Revised #MEGOPConvo agenda 1:00 elect nat’l committee members #mesen candidate speeches begin at 3:05 now just 10 minutes long #mepolitics

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
Pic: It’s been a loooong Maine GOP convention: #mepolitics https://twitter.com/#!/stevemistler/status/199177489136893952/photo/1

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Revised #MEGOPConvo agenda Platform now last item of business at 4:45 #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Charlies like to kick and scream. First Webster, now Cragin is acting like a child. Go home. Nobody likes a sore loser. #megop #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Snowe equates late 1970’s recession w/today’s #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Snowe “It is imperative that we repeal the unconstitutional national health care law” Calls for balanced budget amendment #mepolitics

Maine Breaking News ‏ @bangordailynews
‘Get off the couch and get yourself a job’: LePage talks welfare reform at GOP convention http://bdn.to/dyx5 #mepolitics

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
@DirigoBlue aside from stagflation and causes for oil embargo/gas prices, she’s spot on.

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Snowe at her best talking about balanced budget amendment “If it was a gimmick Congress would have passed it long ago” #mepolitics

BDN Maine Politics ‏ @BDNPolitics
Snowe’s speech has generated some applause, but LePage’s was much more rousing. #mepolitics

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
TP=Tea Party. Maine’s party leadership since 2010 (live at http://ustre.am/Ki1L/1)

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Why do delegates bring their young children to these conventions and keep them here for duration? #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Olympia Snowe is speaking. Can we get back to voting? I don’t want to be here until 10pm again. #mepolitics #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Snowe cites need for 60 votes in Senate without calling for end of filibuster/cloture #mepolitics

Talking Points Memo ‏ @TPM
Ron Paul wins majority of Nevada delegates http://tpm.ly/IzFivy

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@BobHiggins_PDS Magnitude and length though? I can’t act check now

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@DirigoBlue Are you referring to the #MittRomney supporters who carpool up here to be sore losers, together? #megop #mepolitics

Liberty Bell ‏ @isabellaliberty
.Ron Paul gets 22 of 25 delegates in Navada !!

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RonPaul wins 22 in #Nevada, 15 in Maine! 37 so far this weekend! But wait…isn’t #MittRomney the nominee? #mepolitics #megop

Peggy Schaffer ‏ @Peggyschaffer
@DirigoBlue perhaps they cannot find quality child care #mepolitics

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
Candidate Paul=Obama 2nd term. Bank on it. (live at http://ustre.am/Ki1L/1)

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Olympia Snowe talks about the #Constitution she regularly voted against. No wonder she fit in so well in D.C. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
You ever think #MittRomney gets scared when he looks in a mirror and sees Barack #Obama? #MirrorImagePoliticians

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
@DirigoBlue magnitude about the same..length end of Ford to 2nd year Reagan, so 6 years. Unemployment ran at roughly 15%

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Brent Tweed is speaking. #megop #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Sousa at conclusion of Snowe speech? What, no cannons to light off? #jingobells #megopconvo #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
District 1 convention is now reconvening. We’re very behind schedule right now. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@cdixon25 Much more than #RonPaul. It’s about freedom and liberty. He’s only our vehicle for reaching that goal.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
I was interviewed by Jarrod LeBlanc of #Maine Web News for a special segment.

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS

@DirigoBlue sorry, was looking at misery index. this is a clearer picture http://blog.american.com/2012/03/the-real-unemployment-rate-its-sure-isnt-8-3/

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Will transcripts of #megov #LePage and Sens. Collins and Snowe’s speeches be available online? #mepolitics

Maine Breaking News ‏ @bangordailynews
Snowe speaks to GOP convention for final time as member of Congress http://bdn.to/dyxc #mepolitics

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
“Waiting for the electrician or someone like him” #mepolitics #MEGOPConvo

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Sunday Afternoon Tweets from Maine GOP Convention http://www.dirigoblue.com/2012/05/sunday-afternoon-tweets-from-maine-gop-convention/ via @DirigoBlue #mepolitics #megopconvo

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RONPAUL WINS ALL THREE DELEGATES FROM CD #1. 18 FROM #MAINE SO FAR! #mepolitics #megop

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
“This is how liberty dies..with thunderous applause” #mepolitics #MEGOPConvo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1FFVWEQnSM&feature=youtu.be

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
Paul picks up three more national delegates, Linda Bean, Aaron Libby & Ron Morrell: #mepolitics

PostPolitics ‏ @postpolitics
Ron Paul wins majority of Nevada delegates http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/ron-paul-wins-majority-of-nevada-delegates/2012/05/06/gIQA1An15T_blog.html?wprss=rss_the-fix

BDN Maine Politics ‏ @BDNPolitics
Paul delegates Linda Bean, Aaron Libby and Ron Morrell picked over big-name Rs Charlie Summers, Peter Cianchette and Jon Courtney

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#MittRomney supporters and campaign is challenging CD #1 vote. Motion to throw out the vote is denied. #megop #mepolitics

Maine Politics ‏ @MainePolitics
Dirigo Blue: Sunday Afternoon Tweets from Maine GOP Convention http://bit.ly/KEXlDb #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@stevemistler Jon Courtney and David Emery were nominated and lost to Paulian delegates #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Wow, that is low. #MittRomney supporter just took a below-the-belt shot at CD #1 chair, Senator Katz. #megop #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
The challenges from the floor on credentials begin Man says he saw woman w/his wife’s credentials – his wife not here #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RonPaul campaign tried to save time by allowing runners up to become CD #1 alternate. Chair denied. #megop #mepolitics

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
you just don’t get it. RON PAUL’s folks are being accused of fraud. (live at http://ustre.am/Ki1L/1)

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
CD #1 votes to combine vote to save time, #RonPaul campaign motion advances. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Charlie Webster claims itd cost an excessive amount of money to remain past 6, says we need to adjourn by then regardless #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
This #megop convention would likely be over if the #MittRomney campaign wasn’t a bunch of sore losers. #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Nominations for CD #1 alternates moving forward. Finally. #megop #mepolitics .

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@DirigoDuke It’s not behind close doors. The at-large vote is being certified, if it hasn’t been completed yet. #megop #mepolitics

Wm. Duke Harrington ‏ @DirigoDuke
@cdixon25 PPH is saying Romney will challenge results because vote on at-large slate was not done on floor

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
There was an attempt to nominate CD #2 resident AG Schneider in CD #1. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Now this came right after countless #MittRomney people whined about CD #2 interference. #Hypocrisy #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Motion to convene CD #2 as CD #1 ballots are counted is now on the floor. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Senator Katz and Brent Tweed are good guys. Keep good composure amongst endless b.s. #megop #mepolitics

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
Romney top lawyer working Maine GOP convention: http://ow.ly/aJnBy #mepolitics

Susan Cover ‏ @smcover
Gov. LePage says “get off the couch” to those on welfare http://www.kjonline.com/news/LePage-Republicans-must-reform-welfare.html

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
Spox for Rick Bennett, candidate for U.S. Senate, just told reporters that candidate giving his speech from civic center stairs, not podium.

Wm. Duke Harrington ‏ @DirigoDuke
@stevemistler Why the odd location for Bennett speech? To distance himself from Ron Paul “takeover?”

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
@DirigoDuke because it’s looking like the Senate candidate speeches aren’t going to happen b/c massive delays. #mepolitics

Wm. Duke Harrington ‏ @DirigoDuke
Of what use are Ron Paul victories in ME and NV this weekend, if GOP refuses to seat delegates in Tampa?

Susan Cover ‏ @smcover
Sen candidate Rick Bennett to give speech in atrium of civic center. Gop conv so far behind it may be his only chance to speak.

Cris Edward Johnson ‏ @cejesq
The ME #GOP convention has disintegrated into a quest for ultimate selfishness. #MEPolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Did they just call for emergency GOP executive committee meeting? #mepolitics #megopconvo

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@stevemistler @DirigoDuke Lack of Senate candidate speeches freezes patterns of support, a lost oppty for some to break through. #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine GOP – Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/paul-wins-majority-delegates-maine-gop-174422402.html #mepolitics #megopconvo

PressHerald ‏ @PressHerald
Mitt Romney dispatches top lawyer to challenge Ron Paul’s victory in Maine http://tinyurl.com/7mfmllq #Romney #RonPaul #Obama #Bush #Recount

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Has to be work for lawyers. @stevemistler: Romney top lawyer working Maine GOP convention: http://ow.ly/aJnBy #mepolitics

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
ME US Sen candidate delivers his speech for civic center stairs. #mepolitics http://campl.us/jjsx

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Plowman to speak from stairs as well #mesen #mepolitics #megopconvo

Rachel Maddow MSNBC ‏ @maddow
Ron Paul wins 22 of 25 nat’l delegates at NV Repub convention today: http://bit.ly/INUMB2 #EverybodyFreakOut!

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@maddow He’s won 18 of 24 in Maine so far #mepolitics #megopconvo

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
.@realmaineperson @RepRonPaul is obviously relevant or @MittRomney camp wouldn’t bother. Not many “normal” in politics. #mepolitics

BDN Maine Politics ‏ @BDNPolitics
Things are at a standstill at Maine GOP convention. Not sure what happens from here. Lot of frustrated looking people #mepolitics

National Journal ‏ @nationaljournal

Ron Paul wins 22 Nevada delegates; Romney, 3. http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/ron-paul-wins-22-nevada-delegates-romney-3-20120506

AsMaineGoes ‏ @AsMaineGoes
Sen Deb Plowman speaking in Civic Center Atrium @mainegop #election2012

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
Bruce Poliquin gives convention speech from the Kennebec Room; #mepolitics https://twitter.com/#!/stevemistler/status/199220129073074176/photo/1

Cris Edward Johnson ‏ @cejesq
#GOP politics in #Maine as degenerated from “What’s best for ME” to “What’s best for me.” #mepolitics

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
1st CD business not yet finished. 2nd CD business to follow – after full convo to open for day – unclear how it will all play out.

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
D’Amboise to speak over at his booth at 3:45pm #mepolitics #megopconvo

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Getting raucous on the floor of the #megopconvo #mepolitics

The Raw Story ‏ @RawStory
Ron Paul wins a majority of Maine GOP delegates http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/06/ron-paul-wins-a-majority-of-maine-gop-delegates/

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#MittRomney supporter just threatened to charge the stage. He’s freaking out. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
This is pure chaos. #mepolitics #megop

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Screams of “FREEDOM!” from floor of #megopconvo as results officially announced; point of order, boos. All hell breaking loose #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#MittRomney supporter just requested vote of no confidence in Brnet Tweed. #megop #mepolitics #RonPaul

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Suspension of rule requested; vote of no confidence for chairman requested #megopconvo #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Vote of no confidence in Brent Tweed FAILED. #RonPaul #mepolitics #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
It has been moved and 2nd to suspend rules for vote of no confidence in Chair Tweed – does not receive 2/3 vote #FAIL #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Chair Tweed now reading from Roberts Rules that he has right to deny use of point of orders meant to simply delay proceedings #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
The Sagadahoc County delegate who threatened to charge stage yelled in my face that we’re destroying America. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
For you guys at the #megop convention, that was the angry guy at microphone #3. #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Man raises point of order – initial ruled out – but then continues that Franklin County has no place to sit #mepolitics #SNAFU

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
Convo chair Tweed on stage. Tensions pretty high – convo not exactly in order. http://yfrog.com/odsewbfzj

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Chair Tweed warns member that continues to complain about no seats for Franklin that he may be escorted out of #MEGOPConvo #mepolitics

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
After today, im changing my party affiliation…i know democrats that are more mature than these people #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Angry delegate among many empty bleachers yells at Tweed complaining about not having a place to sit. Wtf? #mepolitics #megop

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
“@jim_pond: “most frequently repeated words at #MEGOP Convention: ‘You are out of order.’ That should be the headline. #mepolitics” Wow…

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
I move that the drinking game involving “your out of order” be suspended #MEGOPConvo #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#MittRomney campaign unveils “evidence” against delegate vote credentials, motions to revote on at-large. #megop #mepolitics

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
@varsityplayer30 Welcome. We’ll return the respect your maturity obviously deserves; Dems respect people + challenges they face.#mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Holy shit. I need a drink. Or three. #RonPaul

Lance Boucher ‏ @LBoucher77
Convinced I missed best entertainment in ME this weekend & should have been at #megopconvo to watch the clusterf$#k in person

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Motion to discredit at-large delegates is shut down. Lawyers and suits lining up at microphone. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#MittRomney campaign is sabotaging themselves. Keep up the disruption and out-of-order chaos, boys and girls. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Nominations for National Committeepeople in progress. Finally. #megop #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
@cdixon25 @sapiolibertas Hope all can calm down, be careful. Mob mentality not to be taken lightly. Even good people can behave foolishly.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Lawyer out of order during nominations is getting pissed because he can’t break the rules and speak. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@Kippyrudy @sapiolibertas #RonPaul people are keeping calm and telling fellow supporters to be. #mepolitics #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Motion made to suspend nominations for Nat’l Committwo/man until all the delegations are sitting by county #mepolitics

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
Video: Tensions rise at GOP convention: http://ow.ly/aJqzn #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
#MEGOPConvo continues to come apart at the seams #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@Kippyrudy @sapiolibertas #MittRomney supporters are being very disruptive though. #megop #mepolitics

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
@BruceBourgoine democrats dont respect people, they take advantage of disgruntled republicans

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
I give a lot of kudos to Brent Tweed. He is maintaining control and composure amidst total chaos. #mepolitics #megop #RonPaul

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@cdixon25 It does sound like he is; has to be incredibly stressful! Kudos to Tweed in keeping cool amid chaos #megopconvo #mepolitics

Angie Muhs ‏ @amuhs
Great coverage from Steve all weekend. RT @stevemistler: Video: Tensions rise at GOP convention: http://ow.ly/aJqzn #mepolitics

Rob Poindexter ‏ @Robb1239
Wheels are officially off at GOP convention. It appears it’s heading toward a national embarrassment if it isn’t already

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
@cdixon25 …i need a drink. Round of shots when we get home?!

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@usernamenuse @iNils Bingo. And it’s very ugly and tense right now. #mepolitics #megop

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Point of order; questions as to whether or not a quorum present w/ so many in meetings. #mepolitics #megopconvo Chair rules there is quorum

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
National committeepeople speeches. #mepolitics #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Candidate for nat’l committeeman warns against schism in GOP creating 3rd party #mepolitics

CBS News ‏ @CBSNews
Ron Paul wins majority of delegates at NV, ME state conventions, though GOP says most are “bound” to Romney @Hotsheet http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57428773-503544/ron-paul-wins-majority-of-delegates-in-nevada-maine/

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Paul candidate for nat’l committeeman says 10th Amendment means FDA leave small farms alone #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
National committeeman candidate Mark Willis evokes #10th in defense of farmers and food freedom in speech. #Constitution #mepolitics #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@BDNPolitics notes the first reference to Agenda 21 #mepolitics

Matt McDonald ‏ @Matt_McDonald_
I am a National Delegate for #RonPaul from the State of #Maine #mepolitics #MaineGOP #R3volution #RonPaul2012

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Senator Mason questions number needed for quorom. #MittRomney going to challenge the convention validity? #mepolitics #megop

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
Finally getting to state committeeman and woman! Second district has yet to convene… #Mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
National committeewoman candidate Ashley Ryan leads future of youth in #GOP, speaks of need to embrace them. #megop #mepolitics #RonPaul

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
“United we stand, devided we fall” #RonPaul2012 #megop #mepolitics

sailing ‏ @usernamenuse
@cdixon25 flailing desperately, and yeah, Mitt ‘checks with his attorneys’ and goes from there…

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Paul candidate for nat’l committeewo/man both win seats 2 more national delegates for Paul #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RONPAUL SUPPORTERS ASHLEY RYAN AND MARK WILLIS ELECTED TO NATIONAL COMMITTEE!!! #mepolitics #megop

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
#RonPaul continues to take over the Maine convention! #RonPaul2012 #megop #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@DirigoBlue So that’s what, 20 of 24 now? #megop #megopconvo #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Editor of Roberts Rules is acting as parliamentarian for #MEGOPConvo #mepolitics

Richard Thackeray ‏ @millhouwse
Seems like #meGOP is morphing into Chicago ’68, only the street dude flipping the bird” is a delegate in a sweater-vest. #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@andiparkinson2 CD2 hasn’t caucused yet to elect their 3

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Motion to revote on National Committee fails. #mepolitics #megop

Lizzy Reinholt ‏ @Lizzy_Reinholt
Ron Paul win 20 out of 24 of Maine’s national delegates! # Romneyfail #obama2012 #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Delegate count now: Paul has 20 delegates #LePage is uncommitted CD2 has yet to caucus to elect their 3 #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Presidential elector nominations in: Paul #LePage, Sam Canders, and rejected Convention Chair candidate Charlie Cragin. #mepolitics #megop

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30

romeny delegates continue to try and win, but they cant break our wall! united #RonPaul delegates stand!! #megop #mepolitics #RonPaul2012

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
The #megop establishment looks pissed. #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
The hall is very quiet now Are delegates to #MEGOPConvo just wor out/down or just nothing left to fight about? #mepolitics

Rob Poindexter ‏ @Robb1239
Ron Paul wins 20 out of 24 Maine delegates. Lots of unhappy Republicans in Augusta.

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
Mood quieting down at #megopconvo Tweed trying to push through agenda – unclear what happens when 6:00 deadline comes.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#MittRomney campaign, by sign, rejects nomination of #GOP Governor Paul #LePage as Presidential Elector. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Paul #LePage and #RonPaul supporter Sam Canders elected Presidential Electors. #mepolitics #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Point made Does Art II Sect I of Constitution prohibits elected office holder from being an Elector – is this just Federal? #mepolitics

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
Maine convention is at recess… District 1 has reconveined #megop #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
“@DirigoBlue: Does Constitution prohibit elected office holder from being an Elector – just Federal? #mepolitics” Pull out pocket copy!

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
Civic Ctr rented to 6:00, Webster: “…beyond 6 pm then somebody will have to write a check to [#megop],” http://bit.ly/J19LoK #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Andrea Parkinson @andiparkinson2 @Kippyrudy @DirigoBlue @BrucePoliquin is there; borrow his Constitution! #megopconvo #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@DirigoBlue I’m told only applies to Federal office holders #mepolitics

HuffPost Politics ‏ @HuffPostPol
We’re exactly 6 months away from the Nov. 6, 2012 general election.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
CD #2 convention is now in progress. #megop #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Fascinating to watch Stavros Mendros basically running the CD2 convention by fiat w/little objection #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RonPaul supporter Stavros Mendros wins CD #2 convention chair. #mepolitics #megop

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
The maine convention has now gone over the 6pm limit as the district 2 continues to meet! #Megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
75% of Somerset County abandoned #megop convention in protest, according to county chair. Party unity, what?! #megop #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
It seems that no Paul names were nominated for nat’l delegate from CD2 #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#megop convention now over time, party on hook for $10,000s, according to Charlie Webster. #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@DirigoBlue I’m mistaken about this previous tweet Stavros is Paul guy #mepolitics

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
Ron Paul has recieved 21 delegates to the national convention! #RonPaul2012 #megop #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Paul slate Mendros Mark Willis & James Zell elected nat’l delegate – voted down Bill Schneider Josh Tardy #mepolitics giving Paul 23 out 24

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RONPAUL WINS CD #2 DELEGATES, HAS 23 DELEGATES FROM #MAINE! #mepolitics #megop

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Ron Paul has 23 of 24 delegates- but Romney won Maine? Huh. #mepolitics #megopconvo @MaddowBlog @chucktodd @RawStory @politico @nprnews

Maine Politics ‏ @MainePolitics
Dirigo Blue: Senate candidate Bill Schneider issues statement on convention turmoil http://bit.ly/KGMs3X #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
We’re trying to move this convention forward. The #MittRomney campaign wants to have an all-nighter though. #mepolitics #megop

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
23 total delegates for Ron Paul! #RonPaul2012 #megop #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
http://blog.savvyspin.com/2012/05/06/bruce-poliquin-eats-a-cookie.aspx @BrucePoliquin running away from @DirigoBlue questions #mepolitics #mesen #megopconvo

David Sorensen ‏ @DSorensenME
That’s it, I’m getting in my black helicopter and leaving. #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RonPaul supporters Andrea Lane, Julie Morgan, Brian Violette win CD #2 alternates! #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Youth for #RonPaul: #Maine chapter president Cody Morgan wins Presidental Elector. #megop #mepolitics

PressHerald ‏ @PressHerald
UPDATE: Ron Paul has now won every committed GOP delegate from Maine. Convention-goers shut out Mitt Romney http://bit.ly/J1RF69 #MEpolitics

Wm. Duke Harrington ‏ @DirigoDuke
@DirigoBlue That seems odd. CW is that Paul mode popular in CD2.

PressHerald ‏ @PressHerald
UPDATE: #RonPaul has now won every committed GOP delegate from Maine. Convention-goers shut out #MittRomney http://bit.ly/J1RF69 #MEpolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Just past 6 PM Reps A Libby & J Timberlake ask delegates to send them $10 checks to help pay for cost #MEGOPConvo running over #mepolitics

Ron Paul ‏ @RonPaul2012NEWS
FOX News Admits Ron Paul Won 5 States http://pinterest.com/pin/83738874291715711/

Amanda Christakis ‏ @varsityplayer30
District 2 caucus has closed! Back to the convention! Amazed how we got it done in 45 mins and district 1 was 7 +hours.. #Mepolitics #megop

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Feb: #Romney wins Maine caucuses by slim margin http://usat.ly/xKVaC5 How soon we forget! #mepolitics #megopconvo #RonPaul

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Wind turbine headdress now made on old bases in N. Maine @DSorensenME: That’s it, I’m getting in my black helicopter and leaving #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RonPaul has taken over the #Megop state committee!!! #mepolitics

Maine Politics ‏ @MainePolitics
Dirigo Blue: OPINION: Maine GOP Convention parting thought http://bit.ly/KGZkqL #mepolitics

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Sunday Morning Tweets from the Maine GOP State Convention

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

Continuing coverage from the Augusta Civic Center.


Mike Heath ‏ @msheath04358

http://ow.ly/aJ6SF Some thoughts on what happened at the Republican Convention in Maine yesterday #mepolitics

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
Will #megop convo get around to adopting a platform? Who knows but here’s the condensed summary template: http://nyti.ms/z6eXtH #mepolitics

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
Scott Romney: “You will never be embarrassed by anything you hear about Mitt or Ann Romney.” http://bit.ly/INeiPg Implying what? #mepolitics

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
Supermoons and Ron Paul convention takeovers…coincidence? #mepolitics

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
Bit of morning housecleaning of my #megop screenshot collection. http://twitpic.com/9i0csb Can’t save everything. #mepolitics

Bruce Bourgoine ‏ @BruceBourgoine
@sunjournal D’Amboise campaign spending remind one of those charities dumping 90% into fundraising overhead http://ow.ly/aJ8Hk #mepolitics

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
.@ASFried R’s be better off w/ @RepRonPaul than @MittRomney as Prez candidate if want youth vote it seems http://hvrd.me/I83taa #mepolitics

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Creating jobs & lowering unemployment more important than access affordable health/war w/Iran. 18-29 yr old http://hvrd.me/I83taa #mepolitics

Charlie Missy ‏ @Charlie_Missy
@R3VOLUTION_2012 I think we’re doing great! Follow @Yowan for #nvgop and @cdixon25 for #megop updates tomorrow. We don’t need #MSM 🙂

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
I haven’t heard any results, so it’s still under wraps. I know they were counting very late last night. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#RonPaul supporters! Follow #megop and #mepolitics hashtags for updates and discussion of #Maine #GOP convention Day 2!

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews

.@BruceBourgoine Explains #megov #LePage ‘s attitude to poor drivers? http://bit.ly/IxLqEK #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@sunjournal No mention of @BrucePoliquin not filing a 1Q report? He may be breaking the law http://bit.ly/JrYf9h #mepolitics #mesen

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Unverified reports state #RonPaul WON the 15 National Delegates. Working on confirmation now. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Again, not verified yet, but according to a source, #RonPaul won #Maine! #mepolitics #megop

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@cdixon25 I’m told that in 7 counties the Paul slate won (dunno which) Am waiting to hear more #mepolitics

Maine Politics ‏ @MainePolitics
Dirigo Blue: Speaker Nutting to House candidates: “Stay home and enjoy your Sunday” http://bit.ly/KurAk4 #mepolitics

Dan Demeritt ‏ @DemerittDan
@cdixon25 Yesterday was an impressive display of political organization and enthusiasm. #ronpaul

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Ginger Taylor explains how someone circulated a simulated Ron Paul nat’l delegated slate at #MEGOPConvo http://youtu.be/IcgOuuM1VkM #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Here is a still photo of the 2 stickers that Ginger shows in her video #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Official results of the nat’l delegate voting will be announced on the floor of the #MEGOPConvo at 9:30 this morning #mepolitics

AsMaineGoes ‏ @AsMaineGoes
1st Hand Accounts, MEGOP Convention @mainegop @RonPaul #election2012 http://www.asmainegoes.com/content/maine-republican-convention-chairman-be-contested

Jim Fossel ‏ @JWFoss
@ASFried One thing this weekend demonstrates is how totally illegitimate the presidential caucus process is.

Jim Fossel ‏ @JWFoss
I am now totally on board with switching back to a presidential primary process from caucuses

Dan Demeritt ‏ @DemerittDan
He has guts @DirigoBlue shoots me from inside the @BillForMaine #megop booth. #mepolitics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=300mK6Pyc9o&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Lizzy Reinholt ‏ @Lizzy_Reinholt
More chaos to continue today at #megop convention. Rumor has it #RonPaul won the delegates!!!! #mepolitics #romneyloses

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
Updated: Paul v Romney, day 2 of the Maine GOP Convention and beyond http://pollways.bangordailynews.com/2012/05/06/maine-politics/paul-v-romney-day-2-of-the-maine-gop-convention/ #mepolitics #megop

Lizzy Reinholt ‏ @Lizzy_Reinholt
Wow! #Romney gets desperate and tries to cheat in Maine to win national delegates. http://ht.ly/aJc0G #mepolitics

Scott Thistle ‏ @thisdog
Links to FEC reports added RT @sunjournal: Cash for Maine’s Senate candidates coming largely from away: http://j.mp/IvttI8 #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
Updated: Paul v Romney, day 2 of the Maine GOP Convention and beyond http://pollways.bangordailynews.com/2012/05/06/maine-politics/paul-v-romney-day-2-of-the-maine-gop-convention/ Shenanigans reported by @dirigoblue #RonPaul

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
Shenanigans at #MEGOPConvo shown by @DirigoBlue mirrored in Nevada, similar attempt to stop #RonPaul. http://www.rgj.com/section/blogs01?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&U=063a1ff4-7a74-4c66-8976-85b765479560&plckPostId=Blog:063a1ff4-7a74-4c66-8976-85b765479560Post:e477e5ee-5d1e-4c6e-9208-fa6ce4e44908&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest #mepolitics

Lizzy Reinholt ‏ @Lizzy_Reinholt
RT @zach_hudson: Never seen a state convention so thoroughly reject presumptive nominee b4. Apparently “hit the bottom” doesn’t play…

Jim Fossel ‏ @JWFoss
@ASFried @GriffinClubMerv I think they’re split all over on the Senate race.

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
Weird. Sometimes when I edit a blog post, the comments disappear.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
District 1 caucus is now in progress. #mepolitics #megop

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Rumor Ron Paul won 15 of 24 #megopconvo delegates. Confirm supposed to be at 9:30. But by way it’s gone so far, 3pm Tues likely #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@DirigoBlue I’ve heard the same thing from a few people, but nothing solid or credible yet. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@DemerittDan Thank you. We’ve been organizing for some time now. #RonPaul #mepolitics #megop

Susan Sharon ‏ @SusanSharon1
Back at the Maine GOP convention in Augusta…awaitng the announcement of winners of 15 at-large delegates #me politics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Some ballot disputes rumored to be presented by some counties after yesterday’s confusion. Could be a long one again. #megop #mepolitics

PressHerald ‏ @PressHerald
Ron Paul supporters take over GOP convention http://tinyurl.com/862mj94 #RonPaul #Romney #Obama

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Still no verification of rumors regarding national delegates and ballot challenges expected. #mepolitics #megop

Susan Sharon ‏ @SusanSharon1
Where is GOP chair Brent Tweed? No sign of him here at the state convention yet. #mepolitics

Sid ‏ @SDAcademy
@cdixon25 @MattWilliams06 Maine Livestream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/octojofo. Thanks CDIXON for all of the updates. 🙂

BDN Maine Politics ‏ @BDNPolitics
Day 2 of the Maine GOP convention is underway. Expected to soon here announcement of national delegates. #mepolitics

BDN Maine Politics ‏ @BDNPolitics

In case you need to be brought up to speed, here’s what happened yesterday: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/05/05/politics/as-predicted-ron-paul-backers-take-over-maine-gop-convention/ #mepolitics

David Heidrich ‏ @davidheidrich
@JWFoss Keep in mind that the presidential primary was also just a preference poll… #mepolitics

Susan Sharon ‏ @SusanSharon1
So far…no announcement of the election of 15 at-large delegates to national convention. Other business is proceeding. #me politics

Jim Fossel ‏ @JWFoss
@davidheidrich Yes, we need a binding presidential primary.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
For #megop convention updates, both myself and @varsityplayer30 will be tweeting today. Follow us both! 🙂 #mepolitics #RonPaul

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
At ME GOP convo, 1st CD caucus. Things moving along quickly Sec and Chair both elected already. @SenRogerKatz doing good job. #mepolitics

Susan Sharon ‏ @SusanSharon1
We’re being told by the media rep that the announcement of the 15 at-large candidates to convention will occur in about an hour #me politics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Agenda is presently being worked on, still not final yet, from what I’ve gathered. #mepolitics #megop

Sarah Delage ‏ @sarahdelage
@SusanSharon1 whoa whoa whoa…..media rep??? Where we’re they yesterday????

BDN Maine Politics ‏ @BDNPolitics
U.S. Olympia Snowe to speak later today at Maine GOP convention. #mepolitics

Susan Sharon ‏ @SusanSharon1
Ron Paul’s at-large delegates have just been “informally” posted at the Me GOP convnention…official announcement to come #me politics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
It’s unofficial – the Ron Paul slate won yesterday but will not be presented until 11:30 #mepolitics The fuckups just roll on #MEGOVConvo

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT! #RONPAUL WINS 15 DELEGATES TO #GOP CONVENTION! #megop #mepolitics

chris ‏ @faheyfan
@ronpaul takes all delegates awarded thus far at #megop convention #mepolitics

BDN Maine Politics ‏ @BDNPolitics
It looks as though the Ron Paul folks have secured the 15 at-large national delegates … not final though #mepolitics

Susan Sharon ‏ @SusanSharon1
This means Ron Paul’s supporters are the likely big winners at the Maine GOP convention #me politics

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
Not official, but names of 15 at large dels flashed on big screen – all from Paul’s slate. Official announcement to come later. #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
In order that CD1 caucus doesn’t nominate someone who was elected at-large yesterday the Paul Slate was posted but not official #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Motion to suspend convention until delegate irregularities were resolved was dismissed as out of order. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
District 1 now voting on their three delegates to #GOP national convention. #megop #mepolitics

David Heidrich ‏ @davidheidrich
.@BDNPolitics But if that’s the case would they even be seated at the national convention? RNC just threatened Nevada. #mepolitics

R. Kenneth Lindell ‏ @rklindell
Ron Paul at large delegate slate elected to represent Maine at national GOP convention #maineGOP #MEGOVConvo #mepolitics #RONPAUL

Maine Breaking News ‏ @bangordailynews

Maine GOP convention in disarray after Ron Paul forces’ takeover http://bdn.to/dywd #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Cragin (who lost chair race for #MEGOPConvo) predicts that Maine #RonPaul slate will not be seated in Tampa #mepolitics

Bob Higgins ‏ @BobHiggins_PDS
@DirigoBlue They’ll be seated..somewhere near Tallahassee. #mepolitics #MEGOPConvo

Jim Fossel ‏ @JWFoss
Just walked past a guy with a “9/11 was an inside job” t-shirt. #megop #headdesk

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Sunday Morning Tweets from the Maine GOP State Convention http://bit.ly/K3LelB #mepolitics #megopconvo Enjoy featured image, @DirigoBlue!

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
.@DirigoBlue Don’t you mean the boys in smoke filled backrooms at RNC head office DC have told Cragin that @RepRonPaul is toast? #mepolitics

Maine Politics ‏ @MainePolitics
Dirigo Blue: UPDATED: Ron Paul wins majority of Maine’s delegates to national convention http://bit.ly/LmWZnH #mepolitics

Maine Breaking News ‏ @bangordailynews
UPDATE: Ron Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine GOP http://bdn.to/dywd #mepolitics

Todd Benoit ‏ @ToddBenoit
Ron Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine GOP http://bdn.to/dywd #mepolitics via @bangordailynews

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Drama Continuing into Evening at Maine Republican State Convention…

Posted on May 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

…So let’s pick up, where last we left off!

Jim Fossel ‏ @JWFoss
He’s ready for a #yrnf convention! RT @DSorensenME: Had to bring a gin & tonic to my county caucus.

Wm. Duke Harrington ‏ @DirigoDuke
@cdixon25 What’s the #MEGOPConvo latest?

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@DirigoDuke We’re in counties right now electing officers. #megop #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Tabulating the votes for national delegates will “take some time” and that the result will be posted “on the internet” later #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Hopefully they will send me the results or the link #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@DirigoBlue Who is in charge of tabulating the votes for national delegates? Include representatives of the candidates? #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
That’s a wrap for me for the day Back again tomorrow for more fun at the #MEGOPConvo #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@ASFried County chairs and two election clerks (if you will) then turn ballots to convention chair #mepolitics

sailing ‏ @usernamenuse
@cdixon25 First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they cheat, then you win #RonPaul2012 #nvgop #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
12 hours ago now, I was freezing at dawn with a bunch of #RonPaul supporters outside the civic center. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
National delegate voting is FINALLY happening in Androscoggin County. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Rockin’ the #megop convention with @varsityplayer30. #RonPaul people follow her! 🙂 #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@varsityplayer30 The world is run by the people who are wiling to stay until the end of the meeting. #mepolitics #megop

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
Cumb cty caucus well run despite fact held in bleachers of civ ctr (very hard to hear the chair) – still waiting for natl balots #megop

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
“Tweets from the Maine GOP convention” http://sfy.co/u5O #storify #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Voting was supposed to start a while ago, still hasn’t. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
The #megop convention was supposed to be over hours ago. This is dragging. #mepolitics

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Oh my. @davidheidrich: Some county caucuses refusing to vote for national conv. delegates with new ballots. Oxford has adjourned #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#MittRomney individual just told Androscoggin County that their votes would be counted as first voted. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
But Androscoggin County hasn’t voted yet. #MittRomney campaign is trying to railroad this vote. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
There is a lot of confusion and a lack of clarity. Nobody really knows what’s going on. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
#Megop should be ashamed of themselves. #MittRomney is trying to get Ks using spitballs. #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
I’ve said it once, say it again. For such a done deal, #MittRomney is fighting very hard today to stop #RonPaul. #mepolitics #megop

Vera Francis ‏ @schoodic
@Citizensnews #MSP doesn’t cut the mustard, inid!

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Don’t you mean #MSG? @schoodic: @Citizensnews #MSP doesn’t cut the mustard, inid! #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Still no national delegate vote. We’ve been told after we vote, go home. No report on when we know results. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
A major shout out to the #Maine #RonPaul campaign team here. We couldn’t do it without them. They’ve been great! #mepolitics #megop

Vera Francis ‏ @schoodic

@Citizensnews Ah-yuh!

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Poor old Washington @davidheidrich: .@ASFried Delegates claiming voter disenfranchisement…+Aroostook and Washington to Oxford. #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@cdixon25 Are Ron Paul folks involved in overseeing the delegate count? #mepolitics

News 13 ‏ @WGME
Ron Paul campaign claims victories at Maine GOP Convention: Ron Paul supporters were elected as Chairman and Sec… http://www.wgme.com/news/top-stories/stories/wgme_vid_11763.shtml?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
Cumb cty caucus still in session – still waiting for ballots to vote for natl convo dels. York cty in same boat.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@ASFried Both #RonPaul and #MittRomney campaigns are overseeing everything. #mepolitics #megop

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
We finally voted on national delegates, still no indication on when we’ll know results. Standing by. #mepolitics #megop

sailing ‏ @usernamenuse
@cdixon25 @JakeHForLiberty #RonPaul is for #ruleoflaw #MItt for ‘whatever it takes’ I guess.

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
We’re being told it’s good to leave. Count is finished. No word on results. #megop #mepolitics

Avery Day ‏ @averydayME
Cumb cty finally gets ballots at 7:40 pm for vote scheduled at 2:00 pm.

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@cdixon25 I’m back at the World Headquarters awaiting the results #mepolitics

R. Kenneth Lindell ‏ @rklindell
I had a run in with a Romney lawyer. His unreasonable demands for delegate verification are setting up challenge in Tampa #MEGOPConvo

Lizzy Reinholt ‏ @Lizzy_Reinholt

Wait… when is Mitt Romney’s bro speaking? #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@Lizzy_Reinholt @DirigoBlue Great question; haven’t heard a peep about that #mepolitics #megopconvo

Maine Politics ‏ @MainePolitics
Dirigo Blue: Drama Continuing into Evening at Maine Republican State Convention… http://tinyurl.com/7oxqyko #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
At least one county is still voting on national delegates. #megop #mepolitics

Charlie Missy ‏ @Charlie_Missy
#FF @cdixon25 for MAINE GOP convention #megop #RonPaul ….awaiting results.

Susan Cover ‏ @smcover
Open Season: What will Day 2 of GOP convention bring? http://www.pressherald.com/blogs/open_season

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
National committeepeople were not elected today, will be tomorrow. The schedule is all messed up. #mepolitics #megop

Jim Fossel ‏ @JWFoss
Great to see @smcover and @stevemistler at the #megop convention today!

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@andiparkinson2 @Lizzy_Reinholt The dinner at which Brother of Mittens was to speak was to start at 7:30 Have no idea when it actually did

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@cdixon25 What candidate(s) do you like for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Olympia Snowe? #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@andiparkinson2 @Lizzy_Reinholt Cash bar was onsite when I left so it ought to be an interesting evening

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@ASFried I’ve been a Scott D’Amboise supporter for a couple years now. #mepolitics #megop


Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25

York County still voting. #mepolitics #megop

Steve Mistler ‏ @stevemistler
@JWFoss Back at ‘ya!

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Long night. @varsityplayer30 and I are still hanging around. #RonPaul #mepolitics #megop

Susan Cover ‏ @smcover
@JWFoss fun day. See you tomorrow!

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@cdixon25 @varsityplayer30 Thanks for hanging in there #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@cdixon25 Seems to me that the Republican Senate candidates exemplify the range within the party, pretty much. #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@ASFried There’s certainly candidates from all ends of the spectrum. It will be a very interesting primary vote. #megop #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
Somebody give me an update on the #Yankees game! How’s it looking?! #MLB

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@cdixon25 It hasn’t been clear to me who’s the most like Olympia Snowe. #mepolitics

April ‏ @WYApril
NEVADA GOP CONVENTION: REAL PAUL SLATE NEXT TO FAKE PAUL SLATE put out by Romney, Please RT!

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@ASFried That’s a tough bill to copy. Snowe is a unique politician. #megop #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@cdixon25 Bottom of the 5th, down 0-2 to the Royals http://atmlb.com/IMsneB Least I can do to thank you for such great posts today! #mlb

Lizzy Reinholt ‏ @Lizzy_Reinholt
@cdixon25 – is Scott Romney still speaking at the convention or was he cut from the agenda?

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Kudos to @andiparkinson2 for a great job assembling tweets from today’s #MEGOPConvo in 3 coherent threads http://bit.ly/J5JjKt #mepolitics

Chris Dixon ‏ @cdixon25
@Lizzy_Reinholt Scott Romney is speaking now. #megop #mepolitics

(Note: Romney is speaking at 9:15pm, hours later than originally scheduled to address the Maine GOP.)

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@DirigoBlue Aw shucks… you’re welcome and thanks for all of your hard work! What time does the fun begin tomorrow? #mepolitics #megopconvo

Lizzy Reinholt ‏ @Lizzy_Reinholt
@cdixon25 thanks. #megop #mepolitics

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Live Tweets from Brunswick GOP US Senate Candidate Forum

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

(Tweets via Maine’s Majority, Matthea Daughtry, KippyRudy, Sarah DeLage, Dirigo Blue, Prof. Amy Fried, Citizennews aka Lyle, and me) Photo courtesy of Sarah DeLage.

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
We are at the GOPforME event in Brunswick. Phil Harriman is moderating. Wonder if they will actually ask new questions tonight!#mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority

Phil Harriman is introducing the candidates tonight. #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
1st question to Poliquin on vets: “it’s my belief that vets like other Americans are concerned about our debt” Topic switcher! #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Poliquin didn’t answer the question about what he would do for veterans but highlights that he didn’t serve. #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Scott D’Amboiss believes in humanitarian aid to foreign countries who are in crisis but doesn’t want it to be ongoing. #mepolitics

Sarah Delage ‏ @sarahdelage
So far on both veterans issues and foreign aid, the theme is fiscal responsibility. #GOPSenate #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Plowman: “we have turned our tax rebate system into another entitlement system.” #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Plowman says Sussman is hiding his money off shores. Says he doesn’t pay ME taxes & is robbing the state…fact check someone? #mepolitics

Sarah Delage ‏ @sarahdelage
First question that each candidate has been asked to answer: what are your thoughts on the partisanship in gov’t? #mepolitics#GOPSenate

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Bennett: “we aren’t a country deeply divided. We are closely divided and most of the time Americans just want common sense.”#mepolitics

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia
Question to Poliquin about hyperpartisan politics. Says he has an example of him being bi-partisan. HA! He is waving the trim…#mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Bruce Poliquin brought props! The oak trim club is back! Where is his constitution? #mepolitics

Sarah Delage ‏ @sarahdelage
6 GOP candidates answering questions for the Brunswick GOP For ME forum. #mepolitics http://pic.twitter.com/6FgT1IXy

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
“@GrowingUpJulia: Question to Poliquin about hyperpartisan politics. HA! He is waving the trim… That should be a drink clue!#mepolitics”

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Plowman discussing her record of reaching across the aisle. Considers Dems her friends. Threw Seth Goodall a baby shower. #mepolitics

Sarah Delage ‏ @sarahdelage
People taking the most hits in this GOP forum: Angus King and reporters. I could be in worse company I suppose. #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Schneider and Plowman are highlighting their record in Augusta and how they have both worked to be bipartisan. #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
At GOP forum in Brunswick Bill Schneider tells story about working with Angus as Gov to show hyperpartisanship in Maine. #mepolitics#mesen

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia
@sarahdelage Amen!

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Summers: “I consider a good day when you are not getting shot at!” #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Plowman doesn’t believe in any energy supplements from the Government. #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@MainesMajority @KippyRudy Tweet away m’dears; got headphones blasting FooFighters & Storify on! Gimme whatcha got#mepolitics #mesen #megop

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Hook me up a new revolution Cause this one is a lie We sat around laughing and watched the last one die #megop platform? #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Plowman: jobs are way out of poverty, but programs encourage people to stay on aid. But no details on how govt can build jobs.#mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Poliquin: “I’m from Waterville so I can’t imagine being pure in anything!” oh really? Now ain’t that the heart of it… #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

@sarahdelage The usual hashtag is #mesen No distinction by party

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@MainesMajority Plowman is repeating what she read in the MaineWire today #mepolitics

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia
Only GOPforME debate that has gotten lots of press is Brunswick. Guess everyone else didn’t want to drive to Presque Isle?? = )#mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@sarahdelage And welcome to the #mepolitics universe!

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Summers: “I used to get paid by the word and I liked to get paid so I can go on and on!” #mepolitics

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia
@DirigoBlue GASP! No surprise there… #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@GrowingUpJulia Already with the piece of oak trim? Time to give Poliquin’s prop a name #mepolitics #namethattrim

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@GrowingUpJulia Or Bangor #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Scott D’Amboise just said he is a 2nd Amendment guy– I love when he talks about this. #mesen #mepolitics

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia

@DirigoBlue Seriously! Definitely time to give Bruce’s prop a name. What about Clubby? The fury of Gilman? Poliquin’s woody??#mepolitics

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia

@DirigoBlue true! Or Camden! #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Rick Bennett says we need to put an intense priority on approving domestic drilling and also look at all other energy options.#mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Rick Bennett on energy: I support everything that will give us independence. Says Obama admin delays permits. #mesen#mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority

Summers says we should repeal Obamacare. Crowd cheers. Now we dare you to give a solution not rhetoric. #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Charlie Summers is on message tonight, more assertive and inserting tough talk when he can. #mesen #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Plowman: “The constitution is not a living breathing document that is subject to change based on society.” here we go again… #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Phil Harriman using new questions tonight! One to Schneider on USPS. Now if we had questions to distinguish candidates.#mepolitics #mesen

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
D’Amboise supports voter ID cards. #mesen #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
D’Amboise is 4 voter ID. Says everyone should have an ID. Catch is that ID programs cost state LOTS &disenfranchise minorities.#mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Question to Brucey again about bipartisanship. Is he going to wave the oak trim/club again??? #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Poliquin oak trim nicknames: My Lil Tax Break, Bruce’s Wood Lot, The Artful Dodger, Poliquin Forest Management Plan? #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority

Plowman on limiting # of rounds in magazine due 2 Giffords shooting. “I have 17 rounds in my handgun & I like it” #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
D’Amboise says the 2012 election is the most important in history. Agreed. But for different reasons! #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@andiparkinson2 Poliquin Prop-erty, It’s Proptastastic, Propsanity. #mepolitics

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia

Fantastic!! RT @ASFried: @andiparkinson2 Poliquin Prop-erty, It’s Proptastastic, Propsanity. #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Poliquin: “I am a very principled person…I will do exactly what I say I’m going to do.” #mepolitics #mesen

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Plowman, common sense is a person who cleans the bathroom and prepares the night’s dinner before she leaves in the morning. #mepolitics

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia
@Kippyrudy We may need to add a cue to the drinking game for Bruceys oak club. #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@Kippyrudy Plowman cooks dinner in the morning? Huh. #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Hot Potato question to Summers!! Asked how do you balance your campaigning with being a constitutional officer. #mepolitics

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Have to get rid of Central Maine Power then. @Kippyrudy: Bennett on energy: I support everything that will give us independence. #mepolitics

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Next question is to @BennettforMaine about whether he likes #LePage Says he has a different style but admires his honesty. #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Bennett: LePage exhibits respect!! Oh, Rick, that one hurts… #mepolitics #mesen

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
@ASFried so the kids have dinner even when she is still working that evening. I’m guilty of that one too, but garlic never as good at 5:30am

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia
Poliquin on how he differs from other candidates: “I’m shorter! And I’m not a career politician.” #mepolitics

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
That is funny @Kippyrudy: Bennett: LePage exhibits respect!! Oh, Rick, that one hurts… #mepolitics #mesen

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@ASFried @MainesMajority @Kippyrudy Never ever eat anything w/Hollandaise sauce at Chez Plowman! #mepolitics #mesen #botulism

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
Plowman: “We should have a standing militia to protect ourselves from the government.” #mepolitics

Lyle ‏ @Citizensnews
Who Commands that? @MainesMajority: Plowman: “We should have a standing militia to protect ourselves from the government.” #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@MainesMajority And with that, Plowman is the most tea party of them all. #mepolitics

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Plowman belongs to ‘feminist for life’ to fight when women have no choice but to abort. Now anti abortion is pro-choice? #mesen #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@MainesMajority If only there were follow-ups Sen Plowman please explain 18th & 21st Amendments #mepolitics #mesen

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@Kippyrudy Perhaps @BennettforMaine has a sim management style Get on board or get out of the way! #mepolitics #mesen

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Does Plowman, calling for militia, know that her sacred Constitution defines treason to be ‘levying war against the US’? #mepolitics #mesen

Kippy Rudy ‏ @Kippyrudy
Plowman: Angus is no independent. But he is strongest candidate in race. #mesen #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@MainesMajority Did D’Amboise cite part of Constitution that requires Americans to have a photo ID? #mepolitics #mesen

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority
@DirigoBlue nope


Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority

Bennett to audience of GOPforME: “I thank you all for coming out to our group therapy session!” #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
Live Tweets from Brunswick GOP US Senate Candidate Forum http://www.dirigoblue.com/2012/05/live-tweets-from-brunswick-gop-us-senate-candidate-forum/ via @DirigoBlue #mepolitics #mesen

Matthea Daughtry ‏ @GrowingUpJulia
That is perfect!!! RT “@DirigoBlue: @GriffinClubMerv @kippyrudy Methinks more simply “BeechClub” #mepolitics”

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@GrowingUpJulia Although “The Gilman Club” – said thru clenched teeth as if ordering a gin-tonic – has a certain cachet #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
I second @BruceforMaine’s fave prop to be nicknamed BeechClub #mepolitics #mesen

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
@ASFried Would Plowman require all able bodied males to buy a gun in order to create this militia? #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue
Thurston Howell the 3rd, on what he misses most since being marooned: “The Gilman Club” #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
D’Amboise, drop those coconuts! #mepolitics #mesen

Maine Politics ‏ @MainePolitics

Dirigo Blue: Live Tweets from Brunswick GOP US Senate Candidate Forum http://bit.ly/JVUJAr #mepolitics

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
Ann Romney just sent me an email about going to the ME Republican convention for the “Unity Slate.” Why Ann and not Mitt? #mepolitics

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

@ASFried Saturday is going to be a lot of fun #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@ASFried Robot Romney in sleep mode? One wonders if he sees Ann as a corporation- arguments hostile takeovers? Hmm

Amy Fried ‏ @ASFried
@andiparkinson2 It’s either that women get emails from Ann or they think she’s more motivating for everyone!

Maine’s Majority ‏ @MainesMajority

Well folks that’s all for tonight! #mepolitics

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2
@GrowingUpJulia @MainesMajority @Kippyrudy @sarahdelage Thx for great #mesen coverage tonight! #mepolitics

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Live Tweets from GOP US Senate Candidate Forum in Camden

Posted on April 27, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

(9:30 pm update- One of the nicer things I have noticed while putting this ongoing post together since 7 pm has been the many comments, thoughts and insightful contributions from a variety of folks on Twitter tonight. Tonight’s tweet-up has truly been a collaborative effort; many thanks to all participants! ~Andi)

Gerald is doing the honors for Dirigo Blue again tonight, as well as recording video to be shared later. He is being joined by Maine’s Majority Tweeter extraordinaire Matthea Daughtry and KippyRudy:

@Dirigo Blue: will be at tonight’s @mainegop #mesen forum at Camden Hills HS in Rockport begins at 7 PM #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: At Camden GOP forum #meleg here Sens Courtney Rector Rep McKane #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Sen Garrett Mason too #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Indication of power of Tea Party here? Koch funded AFP Maine Chair Carol Weston is the moderator Not Phil Harriman #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: All six candidates are here Bennett D’Amboise Plowman Poliquin Schneider and Summers #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: @DirigoBlue also former ALEC state co-chair as well. #mepolitics #mesen

@Dirigo Blue: Summers says Obama is leading country toward European socialism Touts foreign policy expierence from service on Jt Chiefs of Stf #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Schneider touting his Green Beret/Special Forces experience then as prosecutor and #meleg #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Poliquin says he’s determined Maine is so closely tied to Wash that it must be fixed to fix Maine #mepolitics Lot of his supporters here

@Dirigo Blue: Poliquin first candidate to wave copy of Constitution says Affordable Care Act unconstitutional #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Plowman says she wants to return to country of her grandparents ca 1966 #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Twice now reference to Angus King and “other Democrat” Plowman promises to hold King’s feet to the fire #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Plowman says Obama is spending US into socialism and “servitude” #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Bennett I went toe to toe with Angus on budgets etc I’m comfortable taking on King #mepolitics He’s more forceful than last forums

@MainesMajority: Wow!! Poliquin actually showed up to GOPforME forum at Camden Hills high school. #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: 45 minutes for opening statements #mepolitics gadfly Lisa Hunt from Newcastle also here

@GrowingUpJulia: Bruce Poliquin’s fake smile makes me nauseous. #mesen

@Dirigo Blue: D’A says he’s been member of Tea Party for 4 years Says he’s responsible for Snowe retiring #mepolitics

#KippyRudy: Scott D’Amboise: We wouldn’t be having a debate tonight if I hadn’t had the courage to challenge Olympia. Wow. #mepolitics #mesen

@MainesMajority: Scott D’Amboise says that there wouldn’t be a six-way primary if he hadn’t stood up and challenged Snowe. #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: D’A second to hold up copy of Constitution calls other candidates “Snowe Republicans” #mepolitics

@GrowingUpJulia: Hey! Second candidate to wave his copy of the constitution is Scott D’Amboise. #mepolitics

@GrowingUpJulia: D’Amboise: “folks we have a a roadmap on how to govern. It is our constitution.” followed by waving his copy. #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Welcome @Kippyrudy and @GrowingUpJulia #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: If you close your eye Carol Weston sounds just like Susan Collins #mepolitics

@GrowingUpJulia: Folks it’s official. Ive decided we need a Senate Primary drinking game. Sitting in my 5th candidate forum & coming up w/rules! #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Poliquin brandishes the piece of oak trim from Gilman St project Does not mention historic preservation #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Again I’ll ask why Poliquin is allowed to use a prop at a candidates forum #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Plowman wants to use “technological solution” in Afghanistan not “human solution” #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Oh! Brucey brought props! He’s waving a piece of trim from Gilman Place as an example of overspending. LePage approved that 1. #mepolitics

@Dirigo Blue: Bennett says US has one of highest gun ownership rate but lowest crime rate #mepolitics Have at it fact checkers

@MainesMajority:D’Amboise: “We wouldn’t have to worry about those [Mexican] cartels if we all followed the 2nd amendment.” #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: So D’Amboise thinks the way to handle Mexican gun smuggling is to arm ourselves to the teeth. Great….. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Debra Plowman says he isn’t familiar with the fishing industry and instead represents potato and diary farmers. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Plowman says Maine is so little and doesn’t get enough attention. No applause after that one. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Debra Plowman says she isn’t familiar with the fishing industry and instead represents potato and diary farmers. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Schneider opposes COLA raises Poliquin says that no biz to big to fail What bankruptcy is for #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Charlie Summers gives a shout out to thr #umaine forum on Wednesday. Talks about his experience talking to students. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Summers nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act #wants to allow deduct health insurance cost like home mortgage interest

@MainesMajority: Summers thinks student loans shouldn’t be forgiven under any circumstances. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Summers: “we shouldn’t be apologizing for America.” #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Good guy @BennettforMaine points out that Scott D’Amboise hasn’t been asked the same amount of questions. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: D’A hits it waaaaaay out to right field w/answer about al Qeada/Sharia Law #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Scott D’Amboise saying that the government can take your car and you. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Debra Plowman says she has out forth tort reform every year she has been in the Maine legislature. Someone fact check! #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Plowman highlighting Canada as an example of an affordable health care system. Hell just froze over. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Plowman says drugs in Canada cheaper cuz no class action lawsuits (?) no mention that their gov’t negotiates costs #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin says that Medicare & Social Security are insolvent #mepolitics

@GrowingUpJulia: I dare any republican 2 not mention repealing Obamacare when discussing lowering healthcare costs. Give solutions not rhetoric. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Charlie Summers highlights that every republican on stage has mentioned Obamacare. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: D’Amboise says that Florida is an example of how he would like to see health care done in Maine. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: D’A explains why health care so expensive In Fla pharmacies were charging $180 for eyedrops that cost $3 to make Now just $20 #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Rick Bennett mentions once again that whomever wins the primary will have to beat @AngusKing2012 Now discussing King’s record. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Charlie Summers again says that the constitution is not a living document and is divinely inspired. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Summers Constitution NOT a living document Is divinely inspired #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Oh for tweeps at home we have our third waving of the constitution from Bruce Poliquin. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Oh! Fourth waving of the constituion by D’Amboise. Says every candidate must carry. @BennettforMaine says his is on his iPhone. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: D’A didn’t name which SCOTUS justices he thinks should be impeached #mepolitics

(Question from Emily Shaw) @emilydshaw: @DirigoBlue always confusing…how does 18th Am fit into that interpretation?

@MainesMajority: Schneider asks Poliquin what kind of debate he thought it would be tonight since he brought an oak club! #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Schneider says wasted billions on stimulus Doesn’t mention wars in Iraq &Afghanistan #mepolitics

@andiparkinson2: Live Tweets from GOP US Senate Candidate Forum in Camden http://bit.ly/Js3Daa Great job, @DirigoBlue and @MainesMajority! #mesen #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: @andiparkinson2 @dirigoblue Thanks!

@MainesMajority: Summers election isn’t about parties instead about whether we want prevent America from being a European socialist country…#mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Summers go to military jargon “consyrained horizons” Doesn’t want US to recede to European socialist state #mepolitics

@Kippyrudy: Schneider: leadership is not always banging heads. Sometimes it’s bringing people together. He should talk to his boss. #mesen #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: D’Amboise: “I am the three Cs. Conservative, Constitutional, Christian.” Doesn’t wave his copy of the constitution this time. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Bennett watches D’A wave Constitution again Is Bennett thinking waving Iphone perhaps not the same? #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: D’Amboise asks everyone to pray before deciding whom to vote for in the June primary. #mepolitics

(Prof. Amy Fried) @ASFried: @DirigoBlue I also attended one forum but thought Bennett was the most professional and senatorial there. #mepolitics

@Kippyrudy: Rick Bennett very charming and assertive tonight, his best performance yet. Engaging his fellow candidates. #mepolitics #mesen

@MainesMajority: Good guy @BennettforMaine complementing all the other candidates. Patting lots of backs. Says he wants to work w/whomever wins #mepolitics

@Kippyrudy: Bill Schneider always comes across as an action hero at these events. I wish I agreed with his positions. #mepolitics #mesen

@Kippyrudy: Plowman talked about problem of big business influence in federal policy, esp dairy subsidies. But she is ALEC member? #mepolitics #mesen

@MainesMajority: Plowman talks about special interests hurting Maine. How does she explain her #ALEC membership?? #mepolitics

@Kippyrudy: Plowman: reduce medical costs with fewer CEOs. How, since private institutions? Does she want to nationalize? #mepolitics #mesen

@MainesMajority: @Kippyrudy She did mention that Canada is a cheaper health care system. Guess she is leaning towards nationalized program… #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin has put 60,000 miles on rented car traveling around state Way over limit he said #mepolitics Would it have been better to buy one?

@MainesMajority: Poliquin: “Our Governor has a back bone of steel and a huge heart.” But apparently not for state workers. #mepolitics

@Kippyrudy: Poliquin praising LePage. Probably not interested in 61% of voters? #mepolitics #mesen

@Kippyrudy: @DirigoBlue but not if you are fiscally conservative, I mean, no wait… #mepolitics #mesen

@MainesMajority: Poliquin: “I come from a big French canadian family and we don’t lie.” No they just don’t follow rules or answer questions. #mepolitics

@Kippyrudy: @MainesMajority and we occasionally run away when being asked questions. #mepolitics #mesen

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin says he’s running a grass roots campaign #mepolitics Like his gubernatorial race?

@GrowingUpJulia: Schneider keeps staring at Poliquin’s oak club. Wonder if he wants to use it on our Treasurer? #mepolitics

(Lyle) @Citizensnews: Better than that gas guzzling waste of time bus @DirigoBlue: Poliquin has put 60,000 miles on rented car traveling around state #mepolitics

@Kippyrudy: Just saw a Poliquin supporter refuse to shake hands with D’Amboise. Wow. We are not in the county anymore. #mepolitics #mesen

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Live Tweets from “Social Issues” Senate candidate forum in Bangor

Posted on April 24, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

(The forum, scheduled to start at 7pm, didn’t begin until after 7:30 pm. To be updated until conclusion. ~AP)

(Gerald Weinand) ‏ @DirigoBlue: @GrowingUpJulia and I have a front row seat at the “values” forum #mesen #mepolitics Summers is a no-show

@MainesMajority: Tonight we are live tweeting at the Christian Civic League Senate Candidate Debate at the Bangor Baptist Church. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Patriotic songs playing on the PA Plowman Poliquin Bennett D’Amboise – Rep Doug Damon to speak for Summers #mepolitics#mesen

@MainesMajority: @DirigoBlue Time to get the popcorn! #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: #meleg represents Sens Farnham Thibodeau Mason Reps Curtis Crafts Garrand P Davis #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Bruce Poliquin, Sen. Debra Plowman, Rick Bennett, and Scott D’Amboise are all in attendance tonight. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Now on to opening statements from the candidates. Charlie Summers is having his statement read since he is unable to attend.#mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Summers statement “The reason I’m running is America can do better” says times now like when Reagan ran #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: In his statement Summers highlights that he is against discrimination but believes that marriage is btwn a man & a woman. #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Summers is pro-choice but against any healthcare mandates.#mepolitics

@MainesMajority: And on to D’Amboise! “I am social conservative and I’ve always worn my beliefs proudly on my sleeve” #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: D’Amboise is excited to finally have a debate and not a forum. He is ready to debate the issues and looks forward to it. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Rep Damon reading Summers statement is local chair for Plowman #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Rick Bennett: “Before this election I was what I considered a recovering politician!” #mepolitics ‏

@MainesMajority: Poliquin: “I am having so much fun as your Treasurer” Oh really? #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: First time Bennett & Poliquin at forum together Both used opening remarks to focus on budgets deficits #mepolitics ‏

@MainesMajority: Brucey Poliquin pulls out a copy of the constitution & says “I firmly believe in the constitution.” Guess he hasn’t read it… #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Plowman touted her record against abortion rights She voted against McKernan bill prohibiting restrictions Took heat from Snowe #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: 1st question is about school choice. Bennett is describing his own experience with his kids w/homeschooling & private school.#mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Glad candidates sat down Was not able ro tweet during opening remarks #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin uses question about school choice to bash teacher union Plowman echoes #mepolitics ‏

@MainesMajority: Poliquin is for school choice and keeps blaming the unions for poor education. #mepolitics‏

@MainesMajority: Plowman is 4 vouchers. She is discussing her own experience at Catholic school. Compares lack of vouchers to “social cleansing”#mepolitics

@MainesMajority: D’Amboise: “The Department of Education is unconstitutional.” Well alrighty then… #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin said that no one has right to take a life before natural end#mepolitics Need to ask him about death penalty

@DirigoBlue: D’Amboise says he’s pulling kids out of public school cuz teacher thinks communism okay #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: D’Amboise talking about why his kids will be home-schooled next year: “My son’s 2nd grade teacher thinks communism is ok.”#mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin only candidate to wave a copy of Constitution #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: As Senator Plowman would vote to abolish DOE. Thinks education is a local issue and that the DOE has done nothing to help kids.#mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: D’A & Plowman would vote to abolish Dept of Education Bennett & Poliquin need more info #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin Plowman would vote to defund @PPFAQ Planned Parenthood #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Poliquin would vote to defund @PPFAQ Says he believes in the US constitution and religious freedom and that PP is against that.#mepolitics

@MainesMajority: @PPFAQ Maine State Senator Debra Plowman: “Planned Parenthood is against women” #mesen #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: D’A: Planned Parenthood has infiltrated the Girl Scouts #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Scott D’Amboise: ” @PPFAQ has infiltrated the Girl Scouts and is teaching them how to get abortions.” my head hurts.. #mesen #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Bennett w/some exceptions I support woman’s right to choose Sees defunding as a budget issue Opposes tax money for abortions #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Plowman Fault lies w/@BarackObama on #gaymarriage #DOMA appointing people who dont do their jobs #mepolitics

(Bonus tweet from Professor Amy Fried) @ASFried: D’Amboise doesn;t know Justice Ginsberg’s name. #mepolitics Ginzheimer?

@DirigoBlue: With Schneider & Summers missing no lawyers at forum Shows during query on DOMA #gaymarriage #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: 3rd time Poliquin tells us he is a Catholic tweeps at home now have a drinking game #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: Poliquin keeps talking about US Constitution. Has he read the MAINE Constitution? His actions don’t reflect it… #mepolitics #mesen

@DirigoBlue: Did I hear Poliquin say that gay marriahe should be left to the states? #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: All 4 candidates support public display of 10 Commandments – Plowman blames atheists #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin drink #1 #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: At every debate D’A hates on the female Justices. Sexist? RT@ASFried: D’Amboise doesn’t know Justice Ginsberg’s name.#mepolitics #mesen

@DirigoBlue: Pro-choice Bennett does decent job answering direct question on abortion Poliquin says life begins at conception #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin might make exception for health/life of mother #mepoltlitics

@DirigoBlue: Plowman is walking anecdote of “abortion industry” pressuring women to have one #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Q: Should civil rights always trump religious rights? #mepolitics Interesting question

@DirigoBlue: Plowman says in order to graduate from medical school student must perform an abortion #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: @ASFried Even legislators near us remarked that D’A didnt know Ginsberg’s name #mepolitics

@MainesMajority: And folks we are on to the war against Christmas! Scott D’Amboise is passionately talking about religious rights. #mepolitics

@DirigoBlue: Bennett understands that religous rights are a civil right #mepoliticsNot clear if he understands limits of religion on civil rights

@DirigoBlue: Poliquin produces piece of trim from Gilman St low income project in Waterville Says it’s white oak $$! #mepolitics

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