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NEWS from June 2014  (updated: 07.16.2014, 12:30)
Previous month's news

  • KCDC's John Syrett Lobster Bake!
    Sunday, August 17th

    Lobster Pic Our annual John Syrett Lobster Bake is Sunday, August 17th, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront home of Ken and Barbara Wexler at Owl’s Head. Shenna Bellows and Mike Michaud have both been invited to speak!

    Sign up with our friends at ACT BLUE.

  • Our July meeting is Tuesday, the 8th

    at Stella Maris House in Rockland. Potluck at 6:00 p.m., Guest Speakers at 7:00, Business meeting at 8:00.

    Our guest speakers, from the Maine Floodplain Management Program, will discuss flood plain hazards and the re-mapping that will impact the midcoast.

    In the face of rising sea levels and more damaging storm surges worldwide, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is remapping coastal flood hazard areas all over the United States, including the coast of Maine. Property owners in communities that adopt land use standards within flood hazard areas as mapped by FEMA have access to federally backed flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    The Maine Floodplain Management Program works with individuals, communities and professionals to reduce the risk of flooding to people and property. Sue Baker, the State NFIP Coordinator, and Jenn Curtis, Mapping Coordinator, will provide a general overview of the mapping efforts underway in the mid-coast region. There will also be discussion of the insurance changes as mandated by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Homeowner’s Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.

    Our business meeting will include electing Rich Stuart and Margaret Boyajian as new members to the committee, and the rollout of our Great Election Season Travel Raffle. The complete agenda is here .





  • Celebrate Independence Day in the parade!




    Please bring family, friends, and house guests to join Knox Democrats in the Thomaston 4th of July parade, this Friday. We'll march as a group behind our banner, hopefully accompanied by musicians from the Monday Night Orchestra.

    WHERE:

    Dwight Street, across from the Thomaston Public Library.

    Traveling NORTH on Route 1 - go through Thomaston's downtown business block and look for Dwight Street on your left.

    Traveling SOUTH on Route 1 - stay on Route 1 through the traffic light at Route 131, continue up the hill and look for Dwight Street on your right.

    A volunteer at Dwight Street will direct you to the parade line-up.
    Look for the big Knox Democrats banner.

    PARKING:

    Oceanside West High School (formerly Georges Valley) and on Annabelle Lane (road to public works garage, off Erin Street, which is next to Dwight Street.)

    WHEN:

    Line-up starts at 8:30 a.m.; cuts off at 10:30.
    Parade starts at 11:00. The parade starts at Erin Street (across from the Thomaston Library) and ends on Booker Street (where you turn towards Oceanside West High School.)

    The Thomaston committee's complete instructions are here.

    Call Adrian for Q&A, 763-4691, adrianh@midcoast.com

    After the parade, stop by our political booth on the fairgrounds.Then come back at dark to enjoy the fireworks.


  • Shenna Bellows' first TV ad:

    She says: "Like Paul Wellstone's, my campaign doesn't have a lot of money for TV ads, so I've got to talk fast."


  • Our June meeting was Tuesday, the 10th

    at Stella Maris House in Rockland. The complete agenda is here. Meeting highlights:
    • State Convention Recap:
      • MDP has been phoning and canvassing since January with over 120,000 calls made.
      • Significant changes must be made by the MDP credentials committee before the 2016 convention.
      • Rules committee will re-visit issue of Roberts Rules of Order.
      • State platform:
        • One of two KCDC-proposed changes were accepted.
        • Added a plank to support legislation to establish that campaign money is not speech.
        • Wrestled with the issue of lobbyists holding positions in state government.
        • Supports marijuana legalization.
      • Powerful speeches by candidates Michaud, Bellows, Cain and Jackson.
      • Ben Grant offered the new DEM program: Donate Every Month and MDP will stop spamming your email.
      • We elected new KCDC members to the state committee:
        • Bonnie Post, Owl's Head
        • Christopher (Kit) Lascoutx, Washington
        • Mellissa Gates, Cushing
        • Mike Donnelly, Rockland (alternate)
        • Thanks to Rowland Whittet, Rockport, and Hugh Magbie, Warren, whose two-year terms expired at the convention.
    • We discussed our email policy with respect to sending a Primary Election blast.
    • Our CLYNK project at the St. George transfer facility is going well, but volunteers are still needed to staff some days. Call Carolyn (832-4826) or Bruce (372-6535).
    • Tickets available soon for our "Great Election Season Travel Raffle"
    • HQ move-in on June 7 when we had our 1st walk-in visitor. Communications expected mid-June
    • Thomaston July 4th: We have a quartet from the the Monday Night Orchestra to play, a couple of top-down convertible vehicles and several candidates planning to parade. We still need a 10' to 12' flatbed trailer for the band and YOUR participation.

      Arthur Dumican will man our political booth on the festival grounds, but could use some support. Please call him at 706-6924.

    • Our Media, Mailing and Candidate Support committee needs members to plan and put together our campaign mailings and strategy. This is possibly our most important job of the campaign season. Call Bonnie to help: 594-9263.

  • Primary Elections were Tuesday, June 10th.

    Emily Cain won over Troy Jackson in the 2nd District and will face Republican Bruce Poliquin in the general election.
  • Campaign Headquarters: We've moved in!

    We have a large space in Rockland's Harbor Plaza, between Shaw's and Staples. Until our planned Grand Opening in mid-July, we'll be open infrequently.

    However, the plaza is planning a promotional event for June 20th and 21st (Friday/Saturday), when we'll be open both days from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Watch this space for more info.

    HQ front
 

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