NEWS from November 2013
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Save the Date: Friday, Dec 6th, for state-wide house parties to raise funds for Mike Michaud's gubernatorial campaign. Locally, Bill & Barbara Bentley are hosting at their home in Hope from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. More info here..., Contribute here..., and RSVP here...
Town Caucuses are Sunday, 2 March 2014. Town chairs must identify caucus conveners by mid-December (3 weeks away). The Maine Democratic Party state convention is 30 - 31 May 2014 (Fri - Sat). Here is the complete caucus-to-election timeline.
Our November meeting was Tuesday, the 12th at Stella Maris House in Rockland.
The complete meeting agenda is here.
- Shenna Bellows was our guest speaker. Forthright, direct, well-informed and articulate, Ms. Bellows is a worthy challenger to Susan Collins in the 2014 contest for U. S. Senate.
Bellows grew up in Hancock and currently resides in Manchester with her husband, Brandon Baldwin. She stepped down this summer as Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine in order to challenge Susan Collins in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat.
During her eight-year tenure with ACLU – Maine, she was a leading participant in numerous civil rights victories around voting and privacy rights and marriage equality, earning her many admirers in the midcoast.
Earlier in her career, she was the national field organizer for the ACLU in Washington, a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, a VISTA volunteer in Tennessee and was an exchange student in Costa Rica and in Brazil. More on her ampaign Website: www.bellowsforsenate.com
- We discussed Mike Mayo's withdrawal from KCDC activities.
- Dave Miramant and Gerald Weinand were elected to represent us on the MDP platform committee, joining previously elected Hugh Magbie.
- Steve Melchiskey was elected to chair the KCDC grievance committee.
- Bonnie Post was elected as KCDC rep to the MDP platform committee.
- Carmen Lavertu discussed clean elections issues and a proposal for 'issue tracking' by individual members.
Vote November 5th on five state referendum questions plus issues local to each municipality. The the Secretary of State has a complete voter's guide with debt implications. The short story is:
- Question 1, Bond Issue: Do you favor a $14,000,000 bond issue to provide funds for the State's share of maintenance, repair, capital improvement, modernization and energy efficiency projects for Maine Army National Guard readiness centers and support facilities and the purchase of land for training and to draw down federal matching funds?
- Question 2, Bond Issue: Do you favor a $15,500,000 bond issue to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine citizens and students by updating and improving existing laboratory and classroom facilities of the University of Maine System statewide?
- Question 3, Bond Issue: Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation and transit, to be used to match an estimated $154,000,000 in federal and other funds?
- Question 4,Bond Issue: Do you favor a $4,500,000 bond issue to provide funds for a public-private partnership for a building project for a new science facility at the Maine Maritime Academy to be matched by other funds?
- Question 5, Bond Issue: Do you favor a $15,500,000 bond issue to upgrade buildings, classrooms and laboratories on the 7 campuses of the Maine Community College System in order to increase capacity to serve more students through expanded programs in health care, precision machining, information technology, criminal justice and other key programs?