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NEWS!  from July 2012 (updated: 09.10.2012, 18:40)  Previous month's news

  • Our annual John Syrett Lobster Bake fundraiser is Saturday, August 18th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Wexler home on the shores of Penobscot Bay.

    This is a fun event, a chance to gather with friends, meet leadership folks in a casual setting, no speeches, and an excuse to bolster our election year funds.

    Don't wait for an invitation; sign up with our friends at Act Blue.

  • Rockland's Lobster Festival Parade is Saturday, August 4th.

    Knox Dems are in it to win it. Organizers Amy and Diane are hoping to best our Independence Day turnout in Thomaston. More here...

  • Our July meeting was Tuesday, the 10th, at Stella Maris House in Rockland. The agenda is here. Some highlights:
    • Cynthia Dill, our candidate for U. S. Senate, spoke briefly to open the meeting. Articulate, smart, and strong, she asked us to keep an open mind and ask whether any other candidate really shares our Democratic values.
    • Rowland Whittet reported that the State Committee has resolved to sell the headquarters building in Augusta. Hot in summer, cold in winter, and awkwardly laid out, it has not met our needs.
    • Our Thomaston 4th of July was very successful, including two nights of fried dough sales, a worthy political info booth, and great parade turnout.
    • Our Lobster Bake preparations are on schedule.
    • Campaign headquarters: we have rented the building we had in 2008, across from Hannaford's in Rockland. Phone lines are in, hours and staffing TBD. Volunteer for HQ work: 594-9263 or email Bonnie.
    • We will subscribe to BizBriefs on the Village Soup website through the November election.
    • Mike has stencils/how-to for making your own lawn sign.
    • Medea Benjamin has local events to discuss her book Drone Warfare, including Friday, July 13, at the Camden Library.
    • The Monday Morning Meeting group will run a phone bank on July 19th at Chuck Kruger's office to support local candidates and President Obama.
    • Kathy Dunne, Rockland, was elected Alternate to the state committee.
    • Bonnie Post, Owl's Head, was re-elected to serve on the MDP rules committee.
    • Mike reported on the upcoming tri/quad county meeting of executive committees.
    • Hugh Magbie reported on the town of Warren vs. a proposed methadone clinic.
    • Gerald Weinand raised the issue of LePage's proposed cut to MaineCare and Chellie Pingree's letter to Kathleen Sibelius.
    • Janet Mills, MDP vice-chair, reminded us of the many reasons to support our local candidates and the President, anticipating a flood of national Republican support for our opponents.

  • us flagWe had a great time at the Thomaston 4th of July celebration. Thanks to Parade Marshalls Diane Smith and Amy Fischer, Donald E Meklin & Sons (Isaac Meklin who drove the truck), Dough Meister Carolyn Foster, and all those who marched, cooked, cleaned, and staffed our political and food booths.

    We have a gallery of pix here.


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