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

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

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

Originally posted 7/10/14.

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

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

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

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

    Maine leaders issue statements:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A portion of it reads:

      To the People:

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

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

      This document references and makes provisions to correct such situations.

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

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

      Stay tuned.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    From “maineporcupines”:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kennebec County Sheriff Randall “Randy” Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

        “Aroostook Watchmen
        June 26, 2013

        Join us at the state house in Maine:

        To all:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Democrats then held their own press conference:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Aroostook Watchmen
        FLAGS UP

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

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

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

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

        Thankx Phil

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Then look at the Definitions of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Governor LePage’s office responded:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 7/1/14-
      as maine went

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Jack-McCarthy

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

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

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

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

      More via BDN:

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

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

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

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

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

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

      From the above link:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      —-

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

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

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  • Paul LePage and Gary Alexander: A Timeline

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

    (UPDATE: Now cross posted at Daily Kos, Dirigo Blue and The New Maine Times. Originally posted 5/29/14.)

    UPDATE: A bit of quick background on this post. While Mainers knew that Tea Party Maine Governor Paul LePage, who won election in 2010 with 38% of the vote, was virulently anti-ACA and fought hard against multiple attempts to expand Medicaid in our state (to date, five bills have been vetoed and then sustained by the GOP in the Legislature), many did not know to what extent the LePage Administration worked or what steps lead to where we found ourselves last week as news of the #LePlagiarism scandal first broke. Thus it became necessary to piece together all of the various known elements and create this timeline, illustrating who Gary Alexander is and how he became known to the administration (LePage in 2011 first offered him the DHHS position that eventually went to Mary Mayhew), as well as the various actions taken by the Governor and his staff.

    A year ago, most in Maine had no idea never heard of Gary Alexander. That is no longer the case, as now federal authorities are now looking into the matter.

    Gary Alexander and associate Erik Randolph exit Maine HHS Committee hearing, 1/14/14.

    Gary Alexander and associate Erik Randolph exit Maine HHS Committee hearing, 1/14/14.

  • December 2010- Gary Alexander, the former head of Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services and current Secretary for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) publishes “Rhode Island Medicaid Reform: Global Consumer Choice Compact Waiver” through the Galen Institute, on Rhode Island letterhead.

    It is later (2012) used as a cited source in Pacific Research Institute president and CEO’s Sally Pipes’ e-book, “The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle Obamacare”. Pipes, a well known critic of the Affordable Care Act, goes before Congress’ House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to denounce ACA and is found by Mother Jones investigative reporting to have much of her and PRI’s supposed works to be that of ghost writers:

      If Pipes seems supernaturally prolific, there’s a good reason. To assist with her written output, PRI employs a DC-based ghostwriting and PR firm with drug and health care industry clients. That firm, Keybridge Communications, researches, drafts, and edits much of Pipes’ published work in an arrangement that’s unusual for someone at a supposedly independent think tank.

      Several former PRI staffers tell Mother Jones it was well known within the organization that Pipes relied heavily on Keybridge, particularly for her books, and did far from all of her own writing.

  • 1/5/11- Paul R. LePage, Sr. is sworn in as the 74th Governor of Maine.
  • 1/12/11- Alexander is named as Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s pick as that state’s Public Welfare Secretary.
  • 1/20/11- RI NPR tells of how Alexander is reported to have published an unauthorized report on that state’s global waiver:

      Elena Nicolella- the director of RI’s Medicaid program- says there’s very little in Alexander’s report that’s accurate. In fact, it was published without the permission of the Department of Human Services, even though the state seal appears on every page of the report. Nicolella says RI asked The Galen Institute to take that seal off, but it hasn’t and she’s considering a call to the state’s attorneys.
  • 2/1/11- Independent Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee’s administration publicly disputes the claimed numbers of monies saved by Alexander to that state’s Medicaid programs:

      … a spokesman in Chafee’s Health and Human Services Office said officials there do not know how Alexander came up with that number, and could not give their own.

      “The secretary of Health and Human Services is currently reviewing the assumptions, accomplishments and savings projections associated with the global waiver,” spokesman David Burnett said in a statement last week. “Without a detailed understanding of the author’s assumptions, it is difficult to offer a comment on the veracity of the statements contained in the Galen Institute article.”

  • 2/1/11- Rhode Island NPR runs a story on multiple versions discovered and edits of Gary Alexander’s report:

      … a report by RI’s former secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services raised some eyebrows a few weeks ago for making unauthorized claims about RI’s Global Medicaid Waiver. His report appeared on the website of the free market think tank the Galen Institute.

      But now it appears that there were two reports- the current one posted in January and another, featuring stronger language and some different numbers, posted at some point last year.

  • 2/10/11- In lieu of a budget, Governor LePage presents a “jobs bill” before the joint convention of the 125th Legislature. Details of the LePage “jobs bill” are released the following day, among them being denial of Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, health and disability benefits for non-citizen families who are in Maine legally and imposing an arbitrary 5 year cap on TANF funds for all Maine families.
  • 2/23/11-Governor LePage is recorded at a press conference as saying (regarding BPA’s usage and estrogen) that he has yet to see enough science to support a ban on BPA, a common additive to plastics that some research suggests may interfere with hormone levels and could cause long-term problems:

      “The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”

    On that same day it is reported that Dr. Dora Mills, the former head of Maine’s Center for Disease Control,  was fired from her post as Medical Director of MaineCare. Mills had testified months earlier that BPA removal should be a priority under the Kid-Safe Products Act of 2008. Soon afterwards, other senior DHHS appointees as fired as well.

  • March 2011- Maine Hospital Association lobbyist Mary Mayhew is named head of DHHS. Among those who voice immediate concerns about her hiring is Senator Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston):

    An irate DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew answers questions asked by Rep. Peter Stuckey (D-Portland) on January 14. Beside Mayhew is Gary Alexander, who had previously spoken to the HHS committee about his infamous report denouncing Medicaid expansion.

    An irate DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew answers questions asked by Rep. Peter Stuckey (D-Portland) on January 14. Beside Mayhew is Gary Alexander, who had previously spoken to the HHS committee about his infamous report denouncing Medicaid expansion.

      While legislators unanimously praise Mayhew’s intelligence and toughness, some Democrats opposed her nomination because of her lack of experience managing people and money.

      “She has never managed a budget, and it’s a $3.2 billion budget,” said Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston, one of three Democrats who opposed Mayhew’s confirmation in committee. “She has 3,500 employees … She’s very smart, but smart isn’t going to do it all the time.”

      Mayhew’s role as a hospital lobbyist and her lack of experience with social services and welfare programs also raised concerns.

      “I think that is her job — to stand up for the vulnerable people,” Craven said. Craven and others said they worry that Mayhew’s lack of experience will make it harder for her to stand up to political pressures to cut safety net programs.

  • 5/15/11- Via New York Times: “Rhode Island’s Medicaid Experiment Becomes a Talking Point for Budget Cutters” :

      The Rhode Island agreement shares the same goals as the block-grant plan proposed by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and contained in the budget resolution that passed the House last month, said Conor Sweeney, a spokesman for Mr. Ryan.

      During a Senate Finance Committee hearing in February, Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, also pointed to the experiment in Rhode Island as a success.

      “Why don’t we just block-grant every state, take the rules off and let them do these strategies,”
      he asked. “Rhode Island’s obviously already figured it out.”

      Among the governors who support the idea are Chris Christie of New Jersey, who wants to pursue an agreement of his own with the federal government, and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who wrote an article for the Op-Ed page in The New York Times last month contending that states’ success with such agreements “shows that we can move beyond demonstration projects and let the federal government relinquish control over Medicaid.”

    The article also made note of the multiple versions of Alexander’s report, huge mathematical shifts in projected savings without explanation and that there was no transparency in how or why the numbers changed:

      In an early version of the paper, Mr. Alexander said that Rhode Island had saved about $150 million during the first 18 months of the agreement. A later version lowered the estimate to $110 million. The paper does not detail how he arrived at those numbers, nor does it explain the reason for the change.

  • Sept 2011- Galen Institute sends out a newsletter to its members with an item under its “STATES ISSUES” section of:

  • 9/25/11- Gary Alexander in his capacity as Secretary of Public Welfare for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee in DC regarding reauthorization of the TANF program.
  • 12/22/12- GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made note of the Alexander/ Rhode Island model “Mitt Romney says Rhode Island demonstrated that it can run Medicaid more cost-effectively than the federal government”, in which Politifact chewed both Romney and Gary Alexander’s report up:

      Gary Alexander, who was secretary of health and human services when the waiver was approved, published a paper with the conservative Galen Institute, pegging the savings at $110 million over 18 months, or $73 million a year.

      The Romney campaign cites the Alexander paper as evidence that Rhode Island saved money.

      The liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued a report saying Alexander was wrong because any savings actually resulted from more than $400 million Rhode Island received in federal stimulus money in 2009 and the shifting of some costs previously paid by the state to the federal government.

      Rhode Island’s current Health and Human Services secretary, Steven Costantino, asked The Lewin Group, a consulting firm, to do a less-partisan analysis after Carcieri left. According to that group’s estimates, the waiver itself saved $23 million over three years, or $7.6 million annually, Costantino said.

      In addition, the deal also provided a $42.7-million windfall for the state over the same three years because the federal government started sharing the costs of some health services, he said.

      Total savings per year: just under $22 million.

  • 1/20/13- Americans For Prosperity PA urges Pennsylvania “Let’s Not Double-Down on a Failing Medicaid Program” and reference Gary Alexander within the write up:

      “The federal government seeks to entice Pennsylvania and other states into expanding their programs by promising to pay all the upfront costs during the initial years and then pulls back in the outlying ones. However, this promise is not altogether true. The head of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Gary Alexander, testified before a congressional committee last month that the expansion would cost $222 million to the state taxpayers in administrative and other costs during the first year, $378 million the second year and $364 million the third year, rising to an estimated $883 million by fiscal year 2020-21.”
    (Via BDN) David Bohrer | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Maine Gov. Paul LePage appeared with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit in April 2013. Gary Alexander, the consultant hired by LePage to analyze Maine’s Medicaid and welfare programs, stepped down as Corbett’s welfare chief in February 2013.

    (Via BDN) David Bohrer | U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage appeared with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit in April 2013. Gary Alexander, the consultant hired by LePage to analyze Maine’s Medicaid and welfare programs, stepped down as Corbett’s welfare chief in February 2013.

  • 2/4/13: Pennsylvania confirms that Gary Alexander is stepping down his $143,362-a-year post as that state’s Welfare Secretary by the end of the month:

  • 3/6/13-Alexander quickly lands a lucrative 4 month consulting gig in Arkansas, hired by the Republican controlled legislative budget panel in that state:

      The Arkansas News reported on Tuesday that the former secretary’s firm, Alexander Group LLC, was awarded a $220,000 contract to conduct an independent review as lawmakers there consider an alternative to the proposed Medicaid expansion.

      Alexander’s firm was chosen because of its national reputation, according to the report. In addition to serving in the Cabinet post in Pennsylvania, Alexander previously had served as secretary of Rhode Island’s Department of Health and Human Services.

      However, some members of the panel that hired Alexander’s firm had concerns about how independent Alexander would be in conducting the Medicaid expansion evaluation since their review found him to be critical of President Obama’s health care law while he was serving as Pennsylvania’s welfare secretary.

  • 8/3/13- The Alexander Group Reportlanguishes with the Arkansas legislature pending review, rather than be released publicly:
      Marty Garrity, director of the Bureau of Legislative Research, informs me that Alexander HAS completed a report for the $220,000 he was paid. He submitted it July 5. It’s substantial, maybe 75 to 100 pages, she said.

      It remains secret. It is classified as a legislative “working paper” until a committee of the Legislative Council reviews it. Alexander is expected to appear to talk about it when and if that day occurs. It’s currently in the hands of the executive committee of the council, co-chaired by Sen. Paul Bookout and Rep. John Edwards. I’ve been unable to get an indication so far of plans for release.

  • September 2013- Emails back and forth regarding the Alexander Group contract fly back and forth between LePage administration members, with an apparent lack of following an executive order issued by then Governor John Baldacci dated March 23, 2010 in regards to procurement review:
  • 9/16/13-DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and Gary Alexander sign a no-bid $925,200 contract for the Alexander Group to perform similar analysis to the work done for Arkansas. It would be another two months (11/20/13) before this would be made known publicly.

    Within the contract are specific dates as to when information by the consultant would be released, specific work to be performed by the Alexander Group, and that the group is required to maintain a Liability Insurance policy to protect against lawsuit costs.

    Completion of the final report is to be by 3/15/14.

    Payment for the work would come from the following sources:

      1. State General Funds $454,875.17
      2. Dedicated/ Special Revenues $276,644.83
      3. Federal Funds $193,680.00
      4. TANF $69,120.00
      5. Medicaid Admin (et al) $124,560.00
  • 9/25/13- Maine Governor Paul LePage signs off on the contract:

      Alexander’s hiring has also put LePage on the defensive. In December, the governor sought to distance himself from the no-bid contract, telling WABI-TV in Bangor, “I don’t know, I didn’t hire him (Alexander), DHHS did … I don’t know much about what they did, so.”

      Emails obtained by the Press Herald through a Freedom of Access Act request show that the governor personally endorsed the contract.

      On Sept. 25, Mayhew notified LePage’s assistant that the contract had been finalized. In a hand-written note atop the email, the governor wrote, “Go for it!”

  • 11/18/13- The Alexander Group presents its $220,000 report, dated 7/5/13, to the state of Arkansas.
  • 11/20/13-It is announced that Maine is partnering with the Alexander Group “to assist in Medicaid program improvements and to bolster existing efforts in program integrity”:
    Mayhew fields  questions from Maine media regarding the $900k+ Alexander Report, while Gary Alexander stands silently by.

    Mayhew fields questions from Maine media regarding the $900k+ Alexander Report, while Gary Alexander stands silently by.

      The work will include a study of the optional Medicaid expansion that has been offered to the state as part of ObamaCare. The study will include an assessment of the financial impact of Medicaid expansion in both the short- and long-term, as well as the impact on other state priorities, including those currently served by MaineCare. The study will also consider potential areas of flexibility for the state, which may include requests for additional flexibility from the federal government to manage MaineCare by state rules instead of federal regulations.

      DHHS and the Alexander Group will undertake a complete assessment of all welfare systems within DHHS to determine how program reforms and additional flexibility can add efficiency, improve patient outcomes and achieve cost savings. A focus of this work will be reducing waitlists and providing appropriate services for the elderly and disabled.

      “We are excited about the opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable group of experts,” said Mary Mayhew, the Commissioner of DHHS. “In the constantly shifting landscape of the Affordable Care Act and ever-changing rules from Washington, it will be extremely helpful to have someone with significant Medicaid experience lending a hand to our program reform efforts.”

    It is learned that Sam Adolphsen, a former staffer at the Maine Heritage Policy Center who now works in the governor’s administration, will be one of the state’s designees to work with the Alexander Group. Adolphsen’s background is in business administration, not social services or health care. He would be named in the contract as the person responsible for the monitoring the performance. In 2014, he would be promoted twice more within DHHS and be named DHHS chief operating officer in May 2014.

  • 12/10/13- The 126th Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee meet to discuss multiple DHHS management failures, including the state’s bungled MaineCare rides system, Riverview’s decertification with resulting loss of federal funds, and the no-bid $1 million contract to the Alexander Group. From a media advisory:

      The committee will have the opportunity for the first time, to examine the nearly $1 million, no-bid contract the LePage Administration signed with Gary Alexander from the Alexander Group. The contract includes the issuance of a five part study reviewing the impact of expanding the state’s health insurance program, Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. The first study was due on December 1 but Alexander missed the deadline and to date has not submitted the report as stipulated in the nearly $1 million contract.

        “For the price of Governor LePage’s Tea Party crony, the state could have hired 23 people at Riverview— and we’d be one step closer toward getting recertified and recuperating the $20 million we’ve already lost,” said Craven. “Decisions like these do nothing to help the people of Maine or the financial health of our state.”

  • 12/19/13- “LePage fends off accusation of ‘cronyism’ in hiring controversial welfare consultant” (BDN)

      LePage said he has met with Alexander just three times: One of those meetings took place in 2010, when LePage offered the Rhode Island conservative the job as Maine’s commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, which the governor said Alexander turned down for salary reasons.

      LePage subsequently hired Mary Mayhew, a Democrat who lobbied for the Maine Hospital Association, as DHHS commissioner.

      LePage said Thursday that he also has met with Alexander twice since then; once in March and once more recently, after Alexander’s firm was hired on a nearly $1 million sole-source contract awarded by Mayhew in September.

  • 1/6/14- In a PPH Op-Ed, Maine is warned by PA state auditor Eugene DePasquale about Alexander:

      “Alexander served as secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare for just two years. He came to us from Rhode Island and was touted as an efficiency expert who would save our state millions in Medicaid dollars. Instead, we experienced just the opposite.

      For example, under Alexander’s leadership, 89,000 children were removed from our health care programs, and his agency’s mismanagement of the contract to pay home care workers could cost taxpayers as much as $7 million per year.

      In November 2013, my department released the full results of our independent audit of the mismanagement of the home care worker contract during Alexander’s tenure. What we found should serve as a warning to Maine taxpayers and policymakers.”

  • 1/10/14- DHHS claims that per the Alexander Group Report, Medicaid Expansion could cost Maine $807 Million or more, with MaineCare enrollment potentially growing by nearly 100k new enrollees in the first two years alone.

      “This report highlights the fact that Maine’s General Fund is on track to be consumed by the MaineCare program, even without expanding eligibility,” said Gary Alexander. “Expanding eligibility for MaineCare to the able-bodied residents of working age will place at risk existing commitments Maine has to their traditional Medicaid recipients: those who are disabled and those who are elderly.”

      “This study reinforces the unsustainable costs associated with MaineCare expansion and the importance of returning the program to one that cares for its most vulnerable,” said Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew. “We cannot, in good conscience, ask the taxpayers of Maine to foot this very large bill to care for able-bodied adults. We must prioritize spending to ensure that the elderly and people with development disabilities who are on wait lists—sometimes for more than two years—get the critical services they need first and foremost.”

  • 1/14/14- Bangor Daily News prints a scathing editorial, “Taxpayers foot the bill for LePage manifesto on Medicaid expansion”, blasting both the LePage administration and the so-far released portions of the Alexander Group Report.
  • 1/14/14- Gary Alexander appears to speak about his report before HHS Committee, accompanied by associate Erik Randolph and DHHS Commissioner Mayhew. He speaks very little to either the committee members or the Maine press, deferring to Mayhew.

    Democrats on the HHS Committee had the following response:

      Fundamental flaws in the controversial Alexander report on Medicaid in Maine were exposed today during a hearing on its findings in the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee.

      HHS Chairs Sen. Craven and Rep. Farnsworth question DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew during public hearing. Also pictured, Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Waterville)

      HHS Chairs Sen. Craven and Rep. Farnsworth question DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew during public hearing. Also pictured, Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Waterville)

      The controversial report used inflated and inaccurate poverty data; nearly doubled the amount of people that would receive care under the law; and failed to factor in the economic activity and savings offsets the state would see from accepting federal health dollars to cover more Mainers, according to lawmakers and economic and healthcare experts.

      “The research was skewed. Governor LePage got what he paid for,”
      said Rep. Dick Farnsworth of Portland, the House chair of the HHS committee. “We are looking at getting to real data that will give us real insight. We do not find it in these results which have become campaign talking points masquerading as a report.”

      “The report recommendations are not a surprise. This is nothing more than a campaign plan for Governor LePage. Unfortunately, the taxpayers of Maine paid for it,” said Senator Margaret Craven of Lewiston, the Senate chair of the HHS committee. “Let’s get beyond campaign issues and move on to the real issues — like getting 70,000 Mainers including 3,000 veterans access to life-saving health insurance.”

      Farnsworth noted that the governor spent nearly $1 million in taxpayers dollars for the Alexander Group report when reliable data from independent sources confirms savings.

      Governor Paul LePage awarded the controversial consultant Gary Alexander the $1 million no-bid contract last September despite Alexander’s record of mismanagement and failed policies in Pennsylvania. As the head of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Alexander cost Pennsylvania taxpayers $7 million and took healthcare away from 89,000 children.

      During the hearing, non-partisan representatives from both the Maine Hospital Association and from Maine Equal Justice Partners echoed lawmakers concerns about the errors and assumptions in the report.

    No-bid contracts in Maine must meet certain criteria as noted in the state’s “Sole Source Justification Guidelines”:

  • 1/15/14-Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-N Berwick) and Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) introduce a pair of Medicaid expansion bills to the HHS Committee:

    Speaker of the House Mark Eves and Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson wait before presenting their bills before HHS Committee.

    Speaker of the House Mark Eves and Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson wait before presenting their bills before HHS Committee.

      Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D- N Berwick) presented his bill, LD 1578, “An Act To Increase Health Security by Expanding Federally Funded Health Care for Maine People” before the Health and Human Services Committee in a packed public hearing.

      The second bill that came up for public hearing yesterday before the HHS Committee was presented by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson. His bill, LD 1640, “An Act To Enhance the Stability and Predictability of Health Care Costs for Returning Veterans and Others by Addressing the Issues Associated with Hospital Charity Care and Bad Debt”, is designed to address the specific needs of Maine’s service members and other Mainers who find themselves excluded from the existing Affordable Care Act.

    Both bills would pass the Legislature, be vetoed by the Governor and have that veto sustained later in session.

  • 1/15/14- Weekly Address Of Governor Paul LePage: Maine Has An Obligation To Help Our Most Vulnerable And Pay Its Bills (MPW post)

      “This week our Administration provided Mainers and lawmakers The Feasibility of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. If Maine opts to expand Medicaid as it did 10 years ago, the report estimates it will cost the state more than $800 million—and that’s without additional risk factors. It does not include the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be shifted onto the middle class who buy their insurance. This will cause private insurance premiums skyrocket.

      The report also predicts between 31 and 36 percent of all Mainers will be receiving taxpayer-funded health care by 2023. In other words, for every three Mainers, one will be on Medicaid at the taxpayer’s expense.

      The funny thing is that the guy who wrote the report has been very successful in getting the federal government to work with states on improving its Medicaid program. So, why aren’t liberals listening to what he has to say?”

  • 1/20/14- It is first reported that DHHS officials worked with the Alexander Group in revising the report multiple times before it was released to the public:

      The document appears to have been edited to present a more seemingly detached analysis of the Medicaid expansion equations. The most politically sensitive passages were softened or removed outright: Sections outlining poor health care outcomes for those enrolled in Medicaid were trimmed or stricken, as were segments and a related appendix outlining the political breakdown of Medicaid expansion, noting “there appears to be a partisan pattern on how states are deciding to expand.”

      An initial version even suggested that considering expansion at all was a waste of time.

      Alexander originally wrote that, given the current level of spending on MaineCare, “there seems to be little point in talking about the expansion scenario that significantly increases costs and accelerates the cost growth rate.” That passage was removed in the final report. Other language changes in the report de-emphasize forecasts that may bring into question efforts by Republican LePage to create jobs and grow the state’s economy.

      The first draft calls the dramatic increase in Maine’s poverty rate “phenomenal.” The final report referred to the increased poverty rate as simply “one causal factor” driving Medicaid growth.

      The final version of the report thanked DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and her entire staff, and made clear the impact the department had on the study. Alexander wrote that the department contributed not only data necessary for analysis, but recommendations on the report itself, which were included in the final draft.

  • 1/21/14- Maine media report multiple revisions were made between December 16 and January 10 to the report, with copies of four different versions linked.
  • 2/10/14- HHS Chair Rep. Richard Farnsworth puts forth LD 1794,“An Act To Cancel the No-bid Alexander Group Contract To Produce Savings in Fiscal Year 2013-14”. The bill would later pass the Democratic controlled 126th Legislature, but is vetoed by Governor LePage. That veto is later sustained.
  • 2/17/14- PPH reports that “officials at DHHS are weighing whether to defend Alexander’s Medicaid study or divert attention from it”:

      On Feb. 11, DHHS spokesman John Martins emailed Mayhew, Sam Adolphsen, the deputy finance director, and Nick Adolphsen, a legislative liaison. He discussed a memo from Erik Randolph, a member of the Alexander Group, that presumably defended the Medicaid study. Sam Adolphsen wrote Friday that he liked the memo, but questioned whether the agency should wait for the “next attack” to make it public.

      Martins replied: “We are succeeding on all fronts on getting the expansion message out and the focus on the (Alexander Group) report has died down.”

      Martins went on to request “quotable and reliable data” to support the administration’s claim that Medicaid expansion recipients could qualify for subsidies in the federal health care law. He noted that communications directors “across the state have been asked to do (newspaper opinion columns) regarding the impact of Medicaid spending on their programs.”

      He concluded: “We haven’t lost anything – we have this (memo) ready for the next salvo – but I think if we have data, especially data that we can report as new, Commissioner, we can accomplish your message objective without tying it to the (Alexander Group) report.”

  • 2/18/14- Gary Alexander pens an article “Resisting the Medicaid Temptation” for the Galen Institute, which gets picked up by Washington Times:
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage takes a sip from a coffee mug displaying a "no new taxes" message, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage takes a sip from a coffee mug displaying a “no new taxes” message, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

      “In a day when governors and legislatures need more resources for priorities that benefit all citizens, such as education and transportation, the promising of a bigger stream of federal revenue may be too enticing to forgo.

      Yet a recent economic forecast and risk analysis we conducted for the state of Maine flatly contradicts that glowing assessment, suggesting that the hope of using Medicaid expansion to solve state budget woes is as empty as President Obama’s promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

      Ten-year projections made on the basis of current expectations reveal that even if the state were to expand Medicaid eligibility, Maine would continue to experience rising rates of poverty and increases in both median and per-capita income.”

  • 2/19/14- Weekly Address Of Governor Paul LePage: Medicaid Spending Is Consuming The General Fund (MPW post)

    lepage head 2

      “Medicaid now consumes 25 percent of all General Fund revenue. If liberals succeed in expanding welfare again, Medicaid will devour 45 percent of the General Fund.

      State government has already eliminated or reduced funding for education, law enforcement, economic development and protection of our natural resources. Quite simply, Medicaid is cannibalizing revenue from all other state agencies.

      That means the state cannot fully pay its 55 percent share of local education costs. It cannot hire more Maine State Troopers or repair National Guard facilities. The state cannot adequately promote fishing and hunting programs or conduct scientific marine research on Maine’s fisheries. The state cannot expand job-training opportunities or properly fund programs for environmental emergencies. Everything the State of Maine does is adversely impacted by Medicaid spending.”

  • 2/24/14- The LePage administration demanded that the communications directors supply public statements in regard to how expansion would adversely affect their budgets to back up the governor’s claims and then makes the requested statements public in bulk as part of a press release, entitled “Maine Agencies Cannibalized by Welfare Spending”.
  • 2/26/14- Senate Assistant Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Augusta) presents his and caucus member Sen. Tom Saviello (R-Wilton)’s Medicaid expansion compromise bill including a three year “sunset provision” to HHS. The day before, the pair unveil their plan to members of their party during a caucus meeting and then take their pitch to the editorial boards of two of the state’s daily newspapers. The bill, LD 1487, “An Act To Implement Managed Care in the MaineCare Program” was carried over last July and as such, would need 2/3s vote as an emergency bill and to override a veto from Governor LePage, who is vehemently opposed to expansion. Democratic leaders praise the move:
    Senate Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec)

    Senate Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec)

      “We view the proposal as a step forward after months of debate over how to ensure more families can have access to a family doctor,”  said Speaker of the House Mark Eves of North Berwick. “Our priority has always been securing life-saving health care for 70,000 Maine people. While we have been skeptical of managed care programs in the past, we look forward to hearing the details of the Republican proposal. We will want to make sure that the emphasis is on quality treatment; not simply denying care.”

      “The people of Maine are counting on us to do right by them. They’ve put their faith and their trust in us and asked us to represent them to the best of our abilities,” said Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash. “Health care is a right, and lawmakers who get health care from the state should think twice before denying it to their constituents.”

    The bill would ultimately fail to get past Governor LePage, the fifth attempt to expand Medicaid in the 126th Legislative session.

  • 2/26/14- HHS Chairs Senator Margaret Craven and Rep. Richard Farnsworth pen a joint opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News, “Why the Legislature should cancel the Alexander Group contract”.
  • 2/26/14- DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew hosted a large media event in Governor LePage’s cabinet room with a variety of department heads dutifully taking their turns and standing to speak to the gathered Maine press about how their budgets were being “cannibalized” by the monies going into DHHS, as well as a new LePage assertion that “Medicaid Expansion is Bad for the Environment”.
  • 4/9/14- “How the Koch brothers are killing Medicaid expansion in Maine”

      Opponents of accepting federal health care funding have taken a similar approach to health care policy as they have to public opinion in Maine. With every independent study confirming that expansion will boost the state’s economy while saving lives, they needed some way to muddy the waters. Luckily, they had the perfect candidate to stir up the bottom: former Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander.

      Alexander is no stranger to FGA (Foundation for Government Accountability) and ALEC. In 2011, ALEC’s newsletter featured Alexander’s Medicaid privatization ideas as the #2 way to “push back against ObamaCare.” In 2012, Alexander and Herrera headlined an anti-Medicaid expansion panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute. In 2013, Alexander joined Herrera for a conference call with FGA supporters.

      “I thank you, Christie, and your great organization for organizing this,” said Alexander as they ended the call. “You guys are a tremendous repository for all of this information and I look forward to continuing to work with you as we solve the country’s most vexing problems.”

  • April 2014- The original contract is amended to give the Alexander Group an additional two months to complete the final portions of its report, pushing the target due date from May 15 to July 15.
  • 5/13/14- Although more than half of the monies being paid to the Alexander Group and a deadline looming in a few days for the final installment of the five part report to be released, the LePage administration says that only the previously released first portion has been received (“Despite paying welfare consultant more than $500,000, Maine has received only one section of 5-part study”):

      “To my knowledge, just the report we released in January has been delivered thus far,” John Martins, a DHHS spokesman, wrote in an email message Monday.

      Under the terms of the contract that report — the first of five Alexander was to deliver — was due on Dec. 1, 2013. The other portions were due as follows: two on Dec. 20, one on March 15 and the last on May 15.

      The report due Dec. 1 was delivered to DHHS on Dec. 16, but was withheld from the public for more than three weeks while LePage reviewed its contents.

  • 5/16/14- The long awaited and overdue second portion of the Alexander Group report is finally released.
  • 5/17/14- Critics quickly respond to the newly released document (“LePage paid an expensive consultant to recommend what he already tried — and failed — to do”):

      One doesn’t have to read too far into the Alexander Group’s second report to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to realize the state hasn’t gotten its money’s worth. Gov. Paul LePage’s administration spent $925,000 on a no-bid contract for the state welfare system consultant, yet it’s difficult to read the Alexander Group’s 228-page document and take it seriously.

      Based on the Alexander Group’s description of its work and characterization of its own members’ credentials, you’d expect a tremendously useful report with unique insight and innovative policy solutions to some of the genuine challenges facing Maine’s public assistance programs and the low-income people they serve.

      Instead, what Maine has received is essentially a research paper on the structure of the public assistance programs Maine DHHS administers, along with unoriginal policy recommendations that aren’t backed up by analysis.

  • 5/21/14-Maine Governor Paul LePage continues to tout the hiring of Gary Alexander and the report in his weekly address prepared the previous day, “Medicaid Expansion Has Been Disastrous For Other States”:

    “As we said over and over again, there is no free lunch. These states (Arkansas, California and Rhode Island) are facing enormous costs because of Medicaid expansion and ObamaCare. We did not want Maine to get stuck in that position. That’s why we hired a consultant to advise us on how best to manage all of our welfare programs.

    The consultant just released the bulk of his report, detailing what we are doing right and what we can do to improve our welfare programs. Before they could even read it, Democrats jumped up to attack the report. They just won’t face facts.

    Take time to read it before you go on the attack.”

    Bangor Daily News first breaks the story in an editorial, then discusses the apparent plagiarism within the newly released portion of the Alexander Group Report, with one of those from whom the work is lifted weighing in:

      “We don’t think professional standards would include excerpting significant chunks of text without quotation marks,” said Liz Schott, a senior fellow with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ welfare reform and income support division and one of the report’s three authors. “They listed text and made it appear like their own, and, yes, that appears to be plagiarism.

      It starts with a list about advantages to subsidized work programs. Then, the Alexander Group discusses the experience of other states that have started subsidized work programs. For about two full pages, pages 110 and 111, the Alexander Group uses the CBPP’s work, virtually word or word.

    Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running for Governor against LePage as the Democratic nominee, takes to Twitter to blast the administration:

    Maine Democratic Party also responds:

    Another victim is quoted:

      LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for the family income support division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said Wednesday morning that in her experience, what the Alexander Group did went far beyond normal or acceptable. The BDN found that pages of the Alexander report appeared nearly verbatim from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ earlier study.

      “I have never seen this,” said Pavetti. “It’s literally two pages of text [that were copied]. It’s not a small piece of text.”

  • 5/23/14-Portland Press Herald publishes the examples of plagerism (“Compare The Alexander Group report and its plagiarized sources”) with an example identically lifted from Jacqueline Kauff’s 2008 report, “Assisting TANF Recipients Living with Disabilities to Obtain and Maintain Employment”.

    The silence of LePage’s supporters is questioned, with millions of dollars cited as examples (“Bill Nemitz: As money goes to waste, LePage supporters’ silence is deafening”) and a quote from Alexander regarding the plagiarism charges:

      “Yes, there are footnoting problems with the report that escaped our review process, but there was no intention to plagiarize,” Alexander said in an email to the Portland Press Herald late Wednesday. “The report does provide credit to the work of others but unfortunately not in the proper format. We regret the error. We will be resubmitting a corrected report.”

    Late in the afternoon, LePage issues a terse statement on the Alexander Group’s plagiarism scandal:

      “I am gravely concerned about these accusations and we will get to the bottom of it. Upon learning of this information today, we have taken immediate action and suspended all payments to the Alexander Group. We will continue to look into these accusations and will take further action, including termination of the contract, if warranted.”

    Democrats quickly weigh in.

      Senate President Justin Alfond (D-Portland): “Mainers have been swindled by Gary Alexander and for six months, Governor LePage and his Republican lawmakers have looked the other way,” said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. “Undoubtedly, this discredited report is an embarrassment for the LePage administration. And Governor LePage’s request to suspend payments is small change compared to the fleecing of our state’s coffers. I urge my Republican colleagues to join me in demanding a full refund from the Alexander Group. We should not be paying premium pricing for pulp fiction.”

      Speaker of the House Mark Eves: “Maine taxpayers deserves a full refund. It’s not enough to suspend payments for this flawed and controversial contractor. It’s fraudulent work. No amount fraud should be tolerated. The contract should be canceled like we have been saying since day one. This has been an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars meant only to boost the Governor’s election campaign.”

      Rep. Richard Farnsworth (D-Portland), House chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and sponsor of LD 1794: “This so-called report from the Alexander Group has been a debacle from the moment the governor secretly gave this nearly $1 million no-bid contract to his Tea Party crony. The taxpayers should not have to pay a single cent for this miserable piece of work, let alone a half million dollars. The people of Maine deserve a full refund. This is not simply an oversight on the part of the Alexander Group and the administration, it is an ethical failure.”

      HHS Committee member Senator Colleen Lachowicz (D-Waterville): “Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend news. I’m sure the administration wants this to get lost in the weekend. But remember this: there were concerns right from the beginning about how this contract was granted. The Alexander Group has never turned in anything on time. And now plagiarism. We had a bill to cancel payments for this ill advised contact because it has been first and foremost a political contract that has produced political documents. Not a wise use of our tax dollars. We couldn’t get a veto proof vote on that bill. And now this.”

      HHS Committee members Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) and Rep. Deb Sanderson (R-Chelsea) listen to testimony during the public hearings for LDs 1815, 1820, 1822 and 1842.

      HHS Committee members Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) and Rep. Deb Sanderson (R-Chelsea) listen to testimony during the public hearings for LDs 1815, 1820, 1822 and 1842.


      HHS Committee member Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook):
      “As I’ve said numerous times, this all started with the procurement, which was illegal, done in secret and never should have moved forward. Gary Alexander and his “group” have no experience as consultants and our DHHS was the first state agency to ever hire them. They never would have won a competitive procurement and never should have been given a contract.”
  • 5/24/14- Much more plagiarism within the newly released portion of the Alexander Group Report discovered (“Mike Tipping: ‘LePlagiarism’ far more extensive than previously believed”):

      A new analysis of the report by a plagiarism detection expert shows that many additional, lengthy sections were lifted verbatim from other sources with little or no attribution. It’s now clear that Alexander was dishonestly passing off the work of others as his own.

      Sometimes, as with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities paper, the source is mentioned, but it’s not made obvious that content was copied wholesale. This is the case on Page 134 of the latest report, which references a paper by Mathematica Policy Research and then uses text from that document nearly verbatim without acknowledging the quotation.

      Similarly, on Page 43 of the MaineCare report, a footnote reads, “Most information modified from Pewstates.org information on the states,” but what isn’t noted is that most of the text on the next four pages was lifted from a specific article on Pew’s Stateline news service.

      In several other cases, no attribution is given at all. This is true of portions of the reports copied wholesale from policy papers published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund and the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, as well as text taken from a number of Maine government documents.

    Examples of where Alexander simply copied his own work done in the Arkansas report are shown as well.

    Later that afternoon, Governor LePage suspends payment to Alexander.

  • 5/28/14- Senate President Justin Alfond and Speaker of the House Mark Eves send a letter to Governor LePage, demanding that the state’s contract with the Alexander Group be cancelled immediately and that the monies already paid to the consultant be recouped.

      “From day one, the Alexander contract has been highly questionable. The no-bid contract received no public review, no opportunity for legislative oversight and no adequate vetting of this contractor. Worse, it used federal funds intended to help struggling families and hungry children. This is truly a case of egregious fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.”

    They also wrote to Republican leaders:

    Senate Minority Leader Mike Thibodeau (R-Waldo) issued a statement saying he had reached out to LePage’s office and had been, “reassured they are taking these allegations very seriously, are taking appropriate steps to look into their validity, and considering the appropriate course of action going forward.”

    HHS Chair Rep. Richard Farnsworth weighs in:

      “This so-called report from the Alexander Group has been a debacle from the moment the governor secretly gave this nearly $1 million no-bid contract to his Tea Party crony. The taxpayers should not have to pay a single cent for this miserable piece of work, let alone a half million dollars. The people of Maine deserve a full refund. This is not simply an oversight on the part of the Alexander Group and the administration, it is an ethical failure.”

    Gary Alexander and DHHS Commissioner Mayhew react to questions from HHS Committee member Rep. Peter Stuckey (D-Portland), 1/14/14.

    Gary Alexander and DHHS Commissioner Mayhew react to questions from HHS Committee member Rep. Peter Stuckey (D-Portland), 1/14/14.

    Later that same day, it is learned that the contract itself will be scrutinized by federal authorities:

      Gerry Petruccelli, a University of Maine Law School professor who has specialized in business and contract law, said Wednesday the language in the contract between Alexander and the state was “fuzzy” enough that the state may have little legal recourse.

      Meanwhile officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Boston referred all questions on the use of federal funds to pay Alexander to the Office of the Inspector General.

      John Martins, a spokesman for DHHS confirmed Wednesday, that of the $501,760 that Alexander had already been paid about half of it or $249,185 was federal funds.

      Phil Coyne, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the federal OIG, HHS regional office in Boston said investigators would be reviewing the state’s contract with the Alexander Group to determine if the federal funds used to pay the consultant were used appropriately.

    The governor’s press secretary responded:

    lepage sots angry self

      “Could there be a coincidence that Democrats are pushing out these letters days before their convention?” she wrote. “The governor will not allow politics to interfere with getting to the bottom of these allegations. As the governor has stated previously, he immediately suspended payment one week ago (Wednesday, May 21 upon learning of these claims), proper follow up is being conducted looking into the validity of these accusations, and appropriate action will be taken, including and up to termination of the contract, if warranted.”

      Bennett’s statement did not specifically address whether the state had protections within the contract to recoup its money.

    LePage went on the record as well:

      On Tuesday, the governor released a statement to the Portland Press Herald, saying, “I will take every action we can. I am not happy about this.”

      He added that the state may attempt to reclaim the $500,000 it has already paid The Alexander Group.

      “It’s all a matter of the extent of what the damage is,” he said.

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  • Troy Jackson for Congress Addresses 2014 Maine Democratic Convention (Video, Transcript)

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

    Troy Jackson for Congress Addresses 2014 Maine Democratic Convention (as prepared)

        Troy Jackson’s Speech

      Hello fellow Democrats! My name is Troy Jackson and I’m running for Congress because I believe the middle class needs a voice. I’m running for Congress because I don’t hear enough people in Washington saying things that need to be said.

      DSC_0101Like so many, I grew up in a place in Maine where people work unimaginably hard their entire lives only to scrape by and have little to show for it. Too many times, I watched families pack up and leave despite their best efforts. The vast wealth that was made off of Maine’s natural resources was hoarded by industrial landowners from far away who saw us as a tool and the forests of our home as a commodity.

      I really started questioning this when I had a family of my own. Most of you don’t need me to tell you this, but when you have children you stop thinking about yourself and start to see the world around you in an entirely different way. You start to realize you have to do better because your family’s future depends on it.

      In order to do the best I could for my family, I was willing to take any logging job to keep a roof over our heads. Within a few years’ time that meant leaving Allagash every week for jobsites far away from home while Canadian companies cut wood all around our little town. As most of us that live paycheck to paycheck do, I tried to accept it as just the way things are.

      But I knew something wasn’t right, especially on Sunday nights. You see, Sunday nights I would pack my lunchbox and some clothes for the week, preparing for my long drive early in the morning to places on the Golden Road. And Sunday nights, my son, who was three or four by then, would ask me not go. He would tell me that he was going stay awake, holding my hand all night so when morning came I would still be there.

      I used to watch him fight to stay awake with his little hand wrapped around my thumb, as if, by strength of will alone, he could keep me home. As if all the strength he had in his little hand could counter generations of corporate greed that was keeping other young children in the St. John Valley from their parents. It was during those long Sunday nights that would turn into early Monday mornings that I stopped accepting things for the way they were and started thinking about the way they should be.

      DSC_0090Those days took me back to being 12 years old, standing behind my father and his fellow loggers when all they were asking for were decent wages for their hard work. I remember my fear as the rich landowners told them to take what they were being offered or they’d get nothing at all. The fear I felt then was probably nothing compared to the desperation my father must have felt as he stood with his son in front of the man that held his livelihood in his hands. I knew then, just as I knew as a young man with a growing family, and just as I know now, that there was no compromise to be had with people that use their power to keep others down. Instead, you have to make a stand, whether it’s blocking the Canadian border and forcing their hand, or standing up to a tea party Governor when too few are willing to do it. I’ve known people like those land owners and people like Paul LePage all my life. They may think its okay to abuse us and tell us we’re stupid and should go back to the woods. Let me tell you something; when they say I have a black heart, I wear their insult as a badge of honor, because it means that I’m standing up for men and women that have been forgotten and left behind for far too long.

      You’re gonna hear a lot about compromise in this campaign. That’s not why I’m running. I am running for Congress for every family who has laid their heads down at night with the ache of being powerless to change their situation. I am running for every child that watched their parent pack up and go to work away from home for the week, and for every parent who had to let go of their child’s hand to do it. I am running for every person whose story ever went untold while the lobbyists with offices around capitol buildings made damn sure the corporate story was told by passing off things like trickledown economics and free trade as the only option for our future.

      100_4843I stand before you today because I put more faith in the proud loggers of Allagash than in the foreign companies who play them like chess pieces. I put more faith in the lobstermen in Jonesport that literally fly the flag of their union and their right to organize than in the Koch brothers that fly the flag of corporate greed. I put more faith in the folks reviving Lewiston’s downtown than in big box stores like Wal-Mart that are killing downtowns across America. I put more faith in Rumford’s millworkers than in the corporations that want to outsource every single good paying job we have. I put more faith in the nurses in Bangor than in the insurance companies who watered down healthcare reform and prevented us from having a single-payer, universal healthcare system. And I put more faith in our state employees whose pensions were taken out from under them in a “compromise” than I do in the rich who got a 400 million dollar tax cut in exchange.

      My mother is one of the strongest people I have ever known. When I was growing up, she taught me that once you’ve worked hard for your family the best thing you can do is help others.

      She dropped out of school at 15 when she became pregnant with me. She didn’t go back to finish her high school diploma until I was five. When I got a little bit older she found a way to go to college to become a teacher. She was able to take care of me, go to her classes, and get her schoolwork done, all while keeping our home together. When she started teaching, she was making $14,000 a year.

      For a little more than half of that first year we lived in small home on the St. John River. I remember playing with Matchbox cars down by the river and thinking it was a fun place to live.

      But for my mother, it was nothing more than a shack without heat or running water. To her, it was the embodiment of failure.

      When the summer waned and fall came to Maine I remember the cold. And this is why I don’t like to tell this story: Because Mum would remind me how lucky we were, because we weren’t the only family living just like this, and right around us and all over the world people had it much worse. They were colder and more scared than we were, maybe right up the road.

      I think back to those cold nights when I would hear my mother cry. I didn’t know teachers are some of the most poorly paid professionals in this country. And while I knew we were poor, I didn’t know what the term “income inequality” meant.
      I’m not running for Congress because I’ve wanted to for a long time or because I can use it as springboard to bigger and better things.

      I’m running because of income inequality, poverty, unfairness, corporate greed and political cowardice. I have known these things my entire life and I have watched them wreck communities and tear people’s lives and families apart. And during those cold nights in that small shack along the river I never would have thought I would one day have the opportunity to do something about it. If you’re going to run for Congress, you have to know in your heart – in your soul – why you’re running. I run for all those cold nights all across America and all those crying mothers and all those aching families of the middle class I damn sure intend to!

      DSC_0118So I won’t back down when bullies like Paul LePage want to blame struggling parents for the world’s problems. If he doesn’t scare me, John Boehner and Paul Ryan sure as hell won’t.

      I won’t back down when Wall Street wants yet another bank and CEO bailout and hedge fund managers don’t want to be regulated. I won’t back down when some, even in our own party, want to hold hands with the Tea Party to extend tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. I won’t back down when the GOP tries to go after social security and Medicare. I won’t back down when corporate politicians on both sides of the aisle try to pass more free trade agreements. And when the privileged elite tries to keep me quiet with their checkbooks and their political machine, whether it’s at the Canadian border in 1998 or on the campaign trail today, I sure as hell won’t back down.

      We have been told to sit down and shut up for too long, and all it’s got us is less and less while it’s given the wealthy and the privileged more and more, and it’s time we stood up and changed the conversation.

      When the Tea Party goes after the powerless, I will be their power. When Congress forgets the words of the middle class, I will be their voice. When Republicans target the downtrodden, I will be their shield. And when they try to pull the ladder of success up behind them, I will grab it and be there holding it in place, because that ladder is supposed to be there for everyone. Because, damn it, we built that ladder. It’s ours. And no one gets left behind. That is what being a Democrat is about, and that’s what you’ll get from me. I ask you to rise up and stand shoulder to shoulder with me – with your support and with your vote. I won’t let you down. Thank you, Democrats.

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    Diane Russell, John Patrick Speak in Support of Troy Jackson for Congress at 2014 ME Dem Convention

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

    (Both speeches below are shared as released.)

    Rep. Diane Russell of Portland Introduces Senator John Patrick, Speaks in Support of Troy Jackson for Congress

        Diane Russell Convention Speech

      Hello Democrats! My name is Diane Russell and I am here to speak in support of a voice for those who’ve not had one, in support of a champion for those who need one, and in support of my friend, Troy Jackson. You may be wondering: what do Troy Jackson, a logger from Allagash, and I, a progressive representing Munjoy Hill have in common? More than you might think:

      In 1968, Troy was born to a young couple in Allagash. It was extraordinarily unlikely the generational poverty his family had known would be anything but a challenge for their son. Instead, Troy has turned those trials into an opportunity to stand up for people like us and lead him here, poised to be our voice in Washington.

      Troy grew up under the specter of the landowners who held the lives of northern Maine’s logging families in their hands. At twelve years old he watched them dehumanize his father and dozens of other loggers and truckers by threatening to replace them all with Canadians if they didn’t work for the low wages they insisted upon. Troy hid behind his father as two of the striking woodcutter’s dared challenge them. To their protests the landowners replied, “Grass will grow in the roads of Allagash before we’ll pay another cent.” The memory of the wrongness of using working people as chess pieces to make more profits was powerful and would never leave Troy.

      Years later as a young woodsman with his own family, Troy found himself trapped in the same abusive system his entire community had suffered for decades. He believed if he worked as hard as he possibly could and did his very best for his family he could keep the bills paid and build a better life for his kids. But as millions of Americans, thousands of Mainers, and very few members of Congress know, a person’s “best” has not been enough to make it in this country for a long time now.

      DSC_0027This is Troy’s story, but it’s also ours. This is the story of everyone who has ever wanted to “make it” in America but were paralyzed by the reality of corporate greed, of politicians’ distance from working people, and by the greatest problem of our age: income inequality.

      My Dad is a truck driver from Bryant Pond. For years, I’ve watched him get up at 2:00 am, fill his thermos with coffee, and head off to work. His entire life has been spent working as hard as he possibly could for my brother and I. When I hear Troy Jackson speak, I hear my Dad.

      When I hear Troy Jackson speak I don’t just hear the pain of struggling to take care of his family, I hear the voice of a struggling middle class that feels abandoned and ignored. When Troy Jackson speaks I don’t just hear the fears of a man who is concerned for his children’s future, I hear the fears of millions of Americans who every single day wonder if the best days of the middle class are behind us. When Troy Jackson speaks I hear the story of America and the story of Maine and I am here today because it’s time our working class had a voice again. I support Troy Jackson because we deserve – we demand – a voice in the process and a place at the table.

      And now please welcome the Senator from Oxford County, my friend and fellow rabble rouser, John Patrick.

    Sen. John Patrick of Rumford speaking in support of Troy Jackson for Congress

        John Patrick Convention Speech

      Hello brothers and sisters! My name is John Patrick, and I’m a maintenance worker at the mill in Rumford, a proud member of the United Steelworkers Local 900, and a proud Labor Democrat. – {pause} – I’ve worked at the mill my entire adult life, just like my father and my brothers and sisters.

      I had served in the legislature for two years before Troy Dale Jackson got there. Like many people, my first estimation of Troy Jackson was that he was a quiet, unpolished young man who spoke with a thick accent. Boy, wasn’t I wrong. Well, not about the accent.

      It didn’t take me long to understand who Troy Jackson really is. – {pause} – He is far and away the strongest voice, the fiercest advocate, and the most determined fighter for working people that I have ever seen.

      Time and time again, I’ve seen Troy stand up to the Republicans, the big companies, and even Wall Street corporate Democrats who need to be reminded that we are supposed to represent the people of Maine who don’t have lobbyists to do their bidding.

      I was never more proud than in 2011 when Troy Jackson lead a small group of Democrats in the Senate to try to block Paul LePage’s 400 million dollar tax cut for the wealthy, a tax cut that was balanced on the backs of working people and the middle class. Troy understood that standing up for working people is important, and unfortunately, too many Democrats then and now need to be reminded of that.

      Brothers and sisters – {pause} – this election offers us a clear choice: we can send someone to congress who makes the middle class one of their talking points, or we can send Troy Jackson to Washington and have a representative that will make the middle class a focal point. – {pause} – In the 430-some congressional districts all over this country there are hundreds of candidates telling people that they’re going to personally go to Washington and bring everyone together and somehow magically make bipartisanship happen.

      Folks, let’s be honest: – {pause} – the people who tell us those things do it because it polls well and it helps them win elections. Every two years we hear about it and yet Congress is more polarized than ever. – {pause} – So I’m going to tell it like it is: whoever we elect to Congress from this district isn’t going to go to DC and bring Democrats and Republicans together. They aren’t going to get Democratic and Republican leadership to hold hands and pass some super-budget that saves the world. But here’s what they can do, – {pause} – and this is why we need Troy Jackson.

      DSC_0032Our next member of Congress can take on the tea party in their radical assault on social security and medicare – just like Troy did when he stood up to LePage to fight for pensions. Our next member of Congress can push fellow Democrats to speak out against the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and remind Americans what supply-side economics really is – {pause} – a bunch of nonsense. And our next member of Congress can fight like the dickens to make sure our next health care reform results in a universal, single-payer system – {pause} – Ask Troy Jackson about healthcare – {pause} – he’s on pacemaker #3 that he wouldn’t afford without state sponsored healthcare. Troy is giving up that healthcare to run for this seat so he can fight to give that healthcare to all of us.

      Ladies and gentleman, Troy Jackson is the only politician I’ve ever truly believed in. This is the person we need on the floor of Congress – {pause} – giving them hell every single day. – {pause} – This is the person we need to choose as our nominee on June 10th. Fellow Democrats – ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next congressperson from Maine, my friend, and a friend of every working man and woman, Troy Dale Jackson.

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    2014 Maine Democratic Party Convention Videos: Day 2, 5/31/14 (Saturday)

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

    (With this next batch, I will be setting videos with released prepared speeches individually as well. Please note that a request was made to the Cain campaign and as of this morning, there has been no response yet- if the text of her speech is forwarded, hers also will be set as a stand-alone post.)

    1. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap Addresses 2014 ME Dem Convention

    2. Attorney General Janet Mills Addresses 2014 Maine Democratic Convention

    3. Androscoggin Chair Tom Reynolds Introduces Shenna Bellows for Senate at Convention

    4. U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate Shenna Bellows Addresses Convention

    5. Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston Introduces Emily Cain for Congress

    6. Emily Cain for Congress Addresses Convention

    7.Troy Jackson: Core Values” at 2014 Maine Democratic Convention

    8. Rep. Diane Russell of Portland speaking in support of Troy Jackson for Congress

    9. Sen. John Patrick of Rumford speaking in support of Troy Jackson for Congress

    10. Troy Jackson for Congress Addresses 2014 Maine Democratic Convention

    11. Mike Michaud for Governor at 2014 Maine Democratic Party Convention

    12. Mike Michaud for Governor addresses convention

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    Oxford County 2CD Democratic Candidates’ Forum (VIDEOS)

    Posted on May 23, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

    2CD Democratic primary candidates Troy Jackson and Emily Cain cut the ribbon together at the opening of the Oxford County Democrats' 2014 office in S. Paris prior to the forum.

    2CD Democratic primary candidates Troy Jackson and Emily Cain cut the ribbon together at the opening of the Oxford County Democrats’ 2014 office in S. Paris prior to the forum.

    The fourth public forum between Maine 2nd Congressional District primary candidates State Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash and State Senator Emily Cain of Orono, was held last night in S. Paris, ME.

    Previously, the two met in Androscoggin County (Lewiston)- a link here to video clips of that event- Hancock County (Ellsworth) and earlier this week in Aroostook County (Presque Isle) at a televised debate. Link here to WAGM-TV footage and a Storify collection of campaign tweets during that debate.

    Hosted by Oxford County Democrats at the Paris Town Office and moderated by selectman Bob Kirchherr, himself the Democratic candidate for House District 73 (Buckfield, Hebron & Paris), the event was a combination of the moderator asking both candidates prepared questions provided by members of the Oxford County Democratic Committee and questions posed by the more than three dozen audience members in attendance.

    There will be more opportunities for Maine voters to hear from both candidates, with televised events planned on MPBN and WLBZ and a Washington County Democratic Committee sponsored event hosted in Machias, as well as the 2014 Maine Democratic Party’s convention at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center on May 30-31.

    Here are the full clips from the forum.

    1. Introductions at Oxford County 2CD Democratic Candidates’ Forum

    2. Oxford County 2CD Democratic Candidates’ Forum Pt 1

      TOPICS/QUESTIONS:

      1. Maine’s Future
      2. East West Highway
      3. ACA/ Healthcare
      4. Veterans
      5. Tax cuts for wealthy
      6. Lyme disease epidemic, insurance coverage bill

    3. Oxford County 2CD Democratic Candidates’ Forum Pt 2

      TOPICS/QUESTIONS:
      1. Gun control
      2. Follow-up, location restrictions
      3. Infrastructure and job creation
      4. College debt- current and future

    4. Oxford County 2CD Democratic Candidates’ Forum Pt 3

      TOPICS/QUESTIONS:
      1. Opportunity Maine- retaining students post graduation
      2. Negative attack ads
      3. Economy, unions, past legislative achievements and endorsements by labor

    5. Concluding remarks by Emily Cain at Oxford Co Dem 2CD Candidate Forum

    6. Concluding remarks by Troy Jackson at Oxford Co Dem 2CD Candidate Forum

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    2nd CD Democratic Candidates Troy Jackson, Emily Cain Answer Questions at Lewiston Forum (VIDEOS)

    Posted on April 25, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

    Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson answers questions of USM L/A student Jihan Omar on the needs of immigrants.

    Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson answers questions of USM L/A student Jihan Omar on the needs of immigrants.

    Last night the Androscoggin County Democrats hosted a candidate forum at the L/A USM campus for the open Second Congressional District seat, vacated by Rep. Mike Michaud who is now running for Governor.

    Conducted by former Rep. Elaine Makas, the two primary challengers Troy Jackson and Emily Cain were asked questions on a number of topics. While the pair were on similar pages on many of the topics, their styles in approaching their answers appeared to contrast this race most for the large audience in attendance:

      Cain seemed precise and detailed in her responses while Jackson drew on his personal experiences and connections to the working class.

      “Troy reminds me a little more of myself,” said Jimmy McHugh, a retired boilermaker from Mexico. “I love to hear someone like him talk about the struggles I’ve had to go through. He’s a regular guy, like me.”

      Others said they valued Cain’s record in Augusta and her ability to find solutions, broker deals and bring Republicans and Democrats together.

    1. Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (Allagash) opening statement:

    2. State Senator Emily Cain (Orono) opening statement:

    3. Q1 (Healthcare): “Do you feel that healthcare is a human right, and would you support a universal, single payer system? And if so, how would you ensure that everyone would be covered by a single payer system, that no one would be left out because of economic hardship?”

    4. Q2 (Veterans 1): “For the past 13 years, we have been at war in Afghanistan and for part of that period with Iraq as well. Millions of Americans answered the call to service during that time and continue to to do in Afghanistan today. Our veterans are equipped with the strength of character, resiliency, and dedication to public service that military service breeds. They have been leaders in the most austere environments, possess the adaptability necessary to overcome adversity and understand how to work as part of a selfless team. Can you please share with us how you would use your position as a Congressman or Congresswoman to help veterans lead successful lives after service and to reach their full potential within their communities and the workforce?”

    5. Q3 (Veterans 2): “Recently, the Veterans Administration has been outsourcing its disability claims to expedite the processing of the thousands of backlogged claims for veterans. The goal was to have the claims reviewed within a 3-6 month period. My claim was initiated in April 2013, outsourced to Tacoma, Washington, and has not been reviewed, and contact with them has been impossible. Other veterans are experiencing similar problems. What would you do to address this problem?”

    6. Q4 (Seniors): “Some seniors in Maine have only their Social Security checks to live on. The biggest concerns of seniors today is that my Social Security check be in the mail or deposited into my bank account as promised. What would your solution be to strengthen the Social Security Trust fund?”

    7. Q5 (Immigration): “Our community has experienced some rapid demographic changes over the past decade or so as African immigrants have relocated to the area. The have been inconsistent response to the arrival of New Mainers both by local leadership and in terms of governmental support. In Lewiston and Auburn most New Mainers are refugees from Africa, primarily Somalia- however, as neither Lewiston nor Auburn is designated as a Primary Resettlement Site, and as many who relocate to this area are Secondary Migrants (in that the have lived in another US city before coming here), neither the immigrants nor the communities in which they settle receive much (if any) governmental support to assist with the burdens of adjusting to life in a new culture and city. What are your plans, as a future Congressperson representing our area, to address the challenging disparities and inadequate support received by our communities with regard to new immigrants?”

    8. Q6 (Social Services): “Given that Lewiston and Portland host about 1.000 immigrants who are waiting for permanency or seeking asylum, and given that the only source of support they have in General Assistance, what would you do to either shorten the 180 day wait to be issued a work permit, or otherwise help to get the Feds to help with some benefits for them? This is a very ineffective way to support people until they are allowed to work.”

    9. Q7 (Education 1): “In 2015 many school districts in the United States will adapt their curriculum to adhere to a new set of academic standards. Although most states have decided to adopt these standards, these changes are not coming without controversy. The Common Core is an educational initiative that outlines benchmarks in English and math that should be met at the end of each grade level. The goal is to ensure that American high school graduates have received an education that prepares them for higher education or direct entry into the workforce. Do you agree with the Common Core?”

    10. Q8 (Education 2): “The $1.2 Trillion college debt crisis is crippling students, driving further inequality, and jeopardizing their and the country’s futures. What can you do to alleviate this situation while also maintaining access to public higher education?”

    11. Q9 (Economic): “Maine’s rural counties- all of which are in the 2nd Congressional District- are experiencing persistent high unemployment rates, loss of major industrial employers, an out-migration of young people, high rates of child poverty, low educational attainment, falling real estate values, and the resulting decline in median household income. Explain ideas that you have for reversing these serious demographic trends and improving the economy for rural Maine.”

    12. Q10 (Jobs/ Labor 1): “Over the last several decades, a large number of companies in Maine and throughout the nation have moved their operations overseas, mostly to countries where wages are low because unions are weak or nonexistent, and safety and health standards and environmental regulations lax or absent. As a result, many Maine workers have lost good-paying jobs. As a member of the U.S. Congress, what measures would you propose or support to stem this drain?”

    13. Q11 (Jobs/ Labor 2): “Hard-working Mainers like us pay taxes, but Wall Street doesn’t. The U.S. used to have a Financial Transaction Tax, like a sales tax for huge corporations. It ended in 1966. A small tax of less than 1/2 of 1% on Wall Street transactions can generate hundreds of billions of dollars every year in the U.S. alone. This could be used for things like healthcare, education and public infrastructure projects. Unions in Maine support this so-called “Robin Hood Tax”. If elected, would you vote for the Financial Transaction Tax, a small financial transaction tax so that Wall Street helps clean up the economic mess it helped create?”

    14. Q12 (Infrastructure): “At present, Maine’s freight railroads are privately run and are in need of massive overhaul. Many lines are run at speeds restricted to 10 mph. The only scheduled passenger trains that serve the public are run bu Amtrak, a government-run agency. Those trains can cruise at 80 mph. What would you do to improve the situation?”

    15. Q13 (International): “The Obama administration has escalated the use of drone warfare and continued the intellengence agencies’ intrusive surveillance tactics both on foreign leaders and on U.S. citizens, including members of Congress. What measures would you support to ensure the executive branch remain accountable to the American people on matters of national security?”

    16. Q14 (Environmental 1): “The International Panel on Climate Change recently put out a report arguing that the global community must act very soon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid catastrophic change by the end of the century, but also noted that the cost of reducing the role of carbon in our economy has also declined dramatically in the last ten years. What actions would you support to accelerate the shift away from a carbon economy? In particular, would you support a revenue-neutral tax on carbon?”

    17. Q15 (Environmental 2): “Discuss your position on land-based wind power in Maine, focusing on the conflict of visual/ noise pollution versus renewable power generation.”

    18. Q16 (Environmental 3): “This is a question about energy and environment at the national level. Please comment on your vision of future energy development in the U.S. and specifically on the role of hydrofracturing and off-shore oil extraction.”

    19. Troy Jackson conclusion: “I won’t back down to the tea party, because, believe me, Paul LePage doesn’t scare me — and trust me, he doesn’t; Ted Cruz and John Boehner won’t either. I think it’s ridiculous that legislators have government-funded health care and have the audacity to stand in the well of the House and the Senate and debate who else should have health care in this country.”

    20. Emily Cain conclusion: “We can’t send someone to Washington who thinks bickering and name calling is the right approach. And my approach in Congress, as it has been in Augusta, will be to work together.”

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    Maine Senate Takes Up EBT- TANF- GA Bills LDs 1829, 1822, 1820, 1842, 1815 and 1844 (VIDEOS)

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

    (NOTE: All of these will be separated and written up over the rest of the week. In the meanwhile, for the sake of sharing quickly, here are all 44 video clips taken during the Monday afternoon/ evening second session in order of debate.)

    1. LD 1829, “An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Report Annually on Investigations and Prosecutions of False Claims Made under the MaineCare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Food Supplement Programs”.
    ROLL CALL: 21 Yeas – 14 Nays

    HHS Chair Sen. Margaret Craven Introduces LD 1829 to Senate

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) Opposing LD 1829

    Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec) Supporting LD 1829

    Asst Minority Leader Sen. Roger Katz Opposing LD 1829

    Sen. Geoff Gratwick (D-Penobscot) Supporting LD 1829

    2. LD 1822, “An Act To Increase Integrity in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program through Restriction of Expenditures”.
    ROLL CALL: 18 Yeas – 17 Nays

    HHS Chair Sen. Margaret Craven Introduces LD 1822 (OTP as amended by H-787) to Senate

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) Opposing LD 1822 as amended by H-787

    Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec) Supporting H-787 amended LD 1822

    Asst Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) Opposing LD 1822 as amended by H-787

    Sen. John Patrick (D-Oxford) Offers SAS 505 to amend LD 1822

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) opposing LD 1822 SAS-505

    HHS Chair Sen. Margaret Craven (D-Androscoggin) Supporting LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505

    Sen. Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln) Supporting LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505 (PT 1)

    Asst Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) Opposing LD 1822 CAH 787, SAS 505

    Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) Opposing LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505

    Sen. John Patrick (D-Oxford) Supporting LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505

    Senate Minority Leader Mike Thibodeau (R-Waldo) opposing LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505

    Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec) Supporting LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505

    Sen. David Burns (R-Washington) opposing LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505

    Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) Supporting LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505 (PT 1)

    Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) concludes supporting remarks on LD 1822, SAS-505

    Sen. Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln) Supporting LD 1822 as amended by SAS-505 (PT 2)

    3. LD 1820, “An Act To Reduce Abuse of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program through Restriction of Electronic Benefits Transfers”.
    ROLL CALL: Yeas 20 – Nays 15

    HHS Chair Sen. Margaret Craven Introduces LD 1820 as amended to Senate

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) opposing LD 1820

    Sen. Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln) supporting LD 1820

    4. LD 1842, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program”.
    ROLL CALL: Yeas 20 – Nays 15

    HHS Chair Sen. Margaret Craven Introduces LD 1842 to Senate w/ ONTP committee recommendation

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) Opposing ONTP on LD 1842

    Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Sagadahoc) Supporting “ONTP” on LD 1842

    Asst Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) Opposing “ONTP” on LD 1842

    Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec) Supporting “ONTP” on LD 1842

    Sen. Rebecca Millett (D-Cumberland) supporting ONTP on LD 1842

    Sen. Margaret Craven (D-Androscoggin) supporting “ONTP” on LD 1842

    Sen. Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln) Supporting “ONTP” on LD 1842

    5. LD 1815, “An Act To Require a Work Search for Job-ready Applicants for Benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program”.
    ROLL CALL: 20 Yeas – 15 Nays

    HHS Chair Sen. Margaret Craven Introduces LD 1815 (“ONTP”) to Senate

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) Opposing ONTP on LD 1815

    Sen. Ron Collins (R-York) Opposing ONTP on LD 1815

    Asst Minority Leader Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) opposing ONTP on LD 1815

    Asst Majority Leader Anne Haskell (D-Cumberland) supporting ONTP on LD 1815

    Sen. Margaret Craven (D-Androscoggin) supporting ONTP on LD 1815

    6. LD 1844, “An Act To Increase Local Responsibility for General Assistance”.
    ROLL CALL: 22 Yeas – 12 Nays

    HHS Chair Sen. Margaret Craven Introduces LD 1844 (ONTP) to Senate

    Sen. Geoff Gratwick (D-Penobscot) supporting LD 1844 ONTP recommendation

    Sen. John Cleveland (D-Androscoggin) supporting LD 1844 ONTP recommendation

    Sen. Doug Thomas (R-Somerset) opposing LD 1844 ONTP recommendation

    Sen. Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln) supporting LD 1844 ONTP recommendation

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    Political Newcomer Alden Smith Withdraws from 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary Race

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

    Via press release issued this morning of the Sangerville native’s decision:

    Alden Smith withdraws from Congressional race
    Augusta–

    Alden Smith addresses Democrats in Lewiston, Sept 2013.

    Alden Smith addresses Democrats in Lewiston, Sept 2013.

    Alden Smith announced today that he is withdrawing from the Congressional race in Maine’s second district.

      Smith said, “I have been overwhelmed by the grassroots support that got me on the ballot 31 days before the deadline. However, I have not been able to achieve the same financial support. Therefore, I am withdrawing from the Democratic primary race for Maine’s Second Congressional District. The people of our district have the opportunity to select their Democratic candidate from two people, either of whom will serve them well.

      It has been an honor to talk about my vision and the challenges that face Mainers. In the days to come, I plan to stay actively engaged in the fight to build a better life for Mainers.”

    Smith is settling in the Belfast area and will be returning to Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy to finish his thesis.

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    Maine Senate Debates LD 1487, “An Act To Implement Managed Care in the MaineCare Program” (VIDEOS)

    Posted on March 15, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

    Here is the entire Maine State Senate LD 1487 floor debate from 3/12/14, unedited and in order of speakers.

    Sen. Margaret Craven (D-Androscoggin) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Bill Sponsor Sen. Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Dick Woodbury (I-Cumberland) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Bill Sponsor Sen. Tom Saviello (R-Franklin) Speaks in Support of LD 1487 (PT 1)

    Sen. Geoff Gratwick (D-Penobscot) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) Speaks in Opposition to LD 1487 (PT 1)

    Sen. Linda Valentino (D-Cumberland) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Emily Cain (D-Penobscot) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. John Tuttle (D-York) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. David Burns (R-Washington) Speaks in Opposition to LD 1487

    Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. David Dutremble (D-York) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Jim Boyle (D-Cumberland) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) Opposing LD 1487

    Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Sagadahoc) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock) Opposing LD 1487

    Sen. Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) Opposing LD 1487

    Sen. Roger Sherman (R-Aroostook) Opposing LD 1487

    Sen. John Patrick (D-Oxford) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Rodney Whittemore (R-Somerset) Opposing LD 1487

    Sen. Rebecca Millet (D-Cumberland) Speaks in Support of LD 1487

    ME Senate Minority Leader Mike Thibodeau (R-Waldo) Opposing LD 1487 (PT 1)

    ME Senate Minority Leader Mike Thibodeau (R-Waldo) Opposing LD 1487 (PT 2)

    Sen. Stan Gerzofsky (D-Cumberland) Speaking in Support of LD 1487

    Sen. Doug Thomas (R-Somerset) Opposing LD 1487

    Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford) Opposing LD 1487 (PT 2)

    Sen. Tom Saviello Speaking in Support of LD 1487 (PT 2)

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