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News from December 2012  (updated: 04.03.2013, 10:34)  Previous month's news

  • Our December meeting

    was on Tueday, the 11th at Stella Maris house in Rockland. meeting highlights:
    • Our January meeting will include election of KCDC officers, one rep to the state committee and one alternate to the state committee.
    • We are looking for a strong gubernatorial candidate to declare early.
    • The state committee is looking to enhance the Democratic party 'brand,' and to improve 'ballot education' to make our local candidates do not get overlooked in the clamor for 'top of the ticket' candidates.
    • We approved renting a storage locker for up to six months, at which time the issue of where to keep our election HQ stuff will be revisited.
    • We approved a stipend for our HQ volunteer.
    • We approved our annual donation to Stella Maris house for use of the hall for our meetings.
    • Rep. Chuck Kruger brought us up to date on goings on during the opening week at the Legislature - thanks Chuck!
    • The Move to Amend group will ask the Camden town council for a resolution at its Jan 8 meeting. will have a Jan 22 rally in Augusta organized by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
    • The state DEP's 2010 report on Climate Change has been removed from the DEP website [more].

  • Our thank-you election celebration

    on Friday, Dec 7 was a low-key affair, catered by Mike and crew. Folks came and went over the course of the speech-free evening to enjoy the company of legislators and friends. We'll have a few photos up RSN.
  • The Governor continues to offend and embarass

    with his thin-skinned outburst over 'tracking,' and his refusal to meet with the new legislative leadership. BDN 12/04. Mike Tipping says [BDN 12/12],
    "Governor LePage's aversion to having his public statements recorded and demand that Democratic leaders repudiate the practice before he will meet with them is, in a word, hilarious.

    This is the same guy who in 2010 declined to make the exact same gesture when asked by rival Eliot Cutler and whose own campaign secretly recorded private conversations with their intra-party rivals..."
    The Bangor Daily has an AP piece on the prevalence of tracking and how it can keep everyone honest at election time.
    ...Tracking can also be a strong hedge against misstatements in political ads that pare down the candidate's recorded comments and reshape them to mislead voters. That practice has forced parties and campaigns in many cases to track their own candidates to make sure that remarks can be explained with their full context...

  • Our Election Headquarters was finally vacated

    over the weekend of December 8-9. Most of our stuff (tables, chairs, office supplies) has been stored in a 10 x 10 commercial locker which will cost us over $1,300 until the next biennial election. Anyone out there who can volunteer dry, secure, and accessible storage space, please contact Mike (email or 354-8781).
 

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