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NEWS!  from February 2011. (updated: 03.02.2011, 06:58)  Previous month's news

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    Rally to Save the American Dream, Saturday, Feb 26. MoveOn.Org is sponsoring a nationwide rally, in every state capital, in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin who are opposing their state's anti-worker Republican legislature. Meet at the state capitol, State Street & Capitol St., Augusta, on Saturday, noon to 1:00 p.m.

    Our friends at Dirigo Blue posted the YouTube video of the rally, attended by about 500 people in spite of the weather.

  • "Worst case is, some women may have little beards...", said Governor LePage, (must-read BDN article, 02/23), discussing his opposition to BEP's proposed restrictions on the sale of products containing the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). This remark says so much about our Governor in relation to:
    • Women
    • Biology
    • Health
    • Science
    Can you stand to watch the video?
  • James O'HavertyA remembrance of James O'Haverty's life is at Village Soup. A celebration of James' life will be Friday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Camden.
  • Justice Clarence Thomas's bias is questioned by Common Cause. Was he paid by the Koch Brothers for his speech at a conservative gathering? Should he have disqualified himself from voting on the Citizens United case last year? NYTimes story... See also our note on Ethically challenged below.
  • Maine Peoples' Veto Alliance, a Richmond-based group of Democrats, is doing groundwork for potential "Peoples' Vetoes" of disastrous bills that emerge from the Republican-dominated legislature. The BDN (02/14) has the story. Note that their next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Old Goat Pub in Richmond.
  • alert signLegislative Alert: Monday, February 14. the Legislature's Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform will be holding a public hearing on these specific proposals. It will start at 9 a.m. in Room 208 of the Cross Building, which is right behind the Capitol Building. All members of the public are welcome.

    This is part of the governor's plan to roll back environmental protections. PDF here.

  • gavel imageEthically Challenged?

    "A case challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill passed by Congress is headed to the Supreme Court, and Justice Clarence Thomas has a supreme ethical conflict.

    It's been widely reported that the Thomas family has financial ties to the conservative organizations leading the campaign to bring down our new health care law -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act..."

    (more at Credo Action...)
  • heart James O'Haverty passed away Wednesday, 9 February, at Quarry Hill in Camden, helped in his journey by Elizabeth, Shannon, and many friends. Elizabeth writes:

    Dear Ones - I sent an email from Quarry Hill yesterday afternoon, but for some reason it didn't go out. Hmmmm. Maybe James just wanted a private moment and caught it - star catch, - in his baseball mitt. But the message is that James is now free from the body that has weighed him down, pained him down, nailed him down for the past several years. This morning I feel nothing but joy that James is free to be James again, somewhere in the stratosphere. Rejoice with me for him.

    Thank you all for surrounding us with so much love, especially in these last few weeks - but also for so many years. You are so loved in return.

    There will be a memorial celebration of James' life at First Congo Church in Camden on Friday, February 25th, at 2 p.m. Reception, at the church, to follow. Please join us if you can. And please let me know if any of you would like to say a few words.

    Much, much love and many, many thanks to you all. OXO e

  • Our last meeting was Tuesday, February 8th, at Stella Maris House in Rockland. The agenda is here. Meeting highlights:
    • Outreach activities were discussed. How to reach veterans, youth, unions, minorities and working people?
    • Treasurer responsibilities were passed from Mike Dunn to Stu Thro.
    • Organizing for America (OFA) is gearing up for 2012 election. Training Feb 19th; call Diane Smith to attend (354-8748).
    • Meetings of the State Committee (MDP) continue to disappoint our delegates.
    • Kathie Johnson was remembered.
    • Patsy Duncan, alternate delegate to the MDP has resigned.
    • An amendment to the Bylaws regarding meeting notification will be taken up at the next meeting.
    • There was a lengthy discussion about the conduct of meetings: who may attend, how dull they are and lacking in issues.
    • Ben Grant, new MDP chair, will be a guest at our March 8 meeting. [ speaker cancelled 2/16: ed ]

  • heart Kathie Johnson passed away on February 4th. An inspirational fund-raiser and KCDC stalwart during the Obama election period, she will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. More at Village Soup...

    We received the following note from Kathie's husband, Marc:

    Dear All,

    I am sad to let you know that Kathie passed away this morning. She was in her beloved home, surrounded by family.

    After struggling for a year and a half with cancer, the end was peaceful and pain-free. All of you who knew her can well imagine that she lived her last months with a complete acceptance of her situation, and could never be found feeling sorry for herself. She contributed, even in her last days, everything that she could as a wife, mother, friend, teacher and community member. She gratefully accepted help from those who offered, and was thrilled to find out how many people truly valued her presence in their lives.

    Please, no flowers. If you are inclined to give something in Kathie's memory, please make a contribution to Bay Chamber Community Music School at: PO Box 599, Rockport, ME 04856. She and I have been associated with Bay Chamber Concerts for 38 years and believe deeply in its mission.

    Please forgive me for writing to you en masse. I beg for your understanding of how much is going on here in a short space of time. I hope that the coming days and weeks will give us all the opportunity to remember Kathie appropriately.

    In lieu of a formal funeral or burial service, there will be a memorial celebration of Kathie's life, which will be held in Rockport, Maine sometime in the next few months. I will do my best to let all of you know when the date is settled.

    Until then, I wish you all my best,
    Marc Johnson

  • Lobbyists reign. There was no source attribution on the list of the Governor's regulatory reform proposals that were published last month. Why? Seems like it came directly from Preti Flaherty, Maine's pre-eminient lobby warren. Here's the MPBN report.

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