NEWS from August 2014
Previous month's news
More Bill & Mike tickets now available!
The September 2nd venue has been changed to:
Portland Exposition Building
237 Park Ave - Portland, ME
All waiting list folks have been automatically upgraded, others RSVP here.
Abe Lincoln was not an "independent"
Excellent OpEd in the BDN (08/24) supporting the party system. Written by Castine's Democratic Town Chair, Lynn H. Parsons. He begins:
The endorsement by Maine's millionaire Sen. Angus King of his fellow millionaire Eliot Cutler's candidacy for governor of the Pine Tree State ... is one more example of how politics in this state, and in the nation as a whole, are rapidly becoming the exclusive domain of the privileged few...
Lobster Bake Photos
Here is the gallery you have been waiting for. Photos by Nancy Davis and Carolyn Foster.
Great food, great folks, great fun! Thanks to all our great volunteers who planned, phoned, purchased, set up, cooked, served, trucked and cleaned up. Special thanks to our hosts, Ken and Barbara Wexler.
Municipal Chair Training, Sept 20th, Machias
The Municipal Committee of the Maine Democratic Party will hold a training for new municipal chairs (or any experienced chairs who would like a refresher!) on Saturday September 20, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the MDP Machias Campaign Office, 182 Main St., Machias, ME 04654.
This training will examine the various roles the municipal chair is called on to fill, examine leadership, take a look at maintaining a volunteer cadre, and cover some internal and campaign organizing roles. Please feel free to bring other officers or key volunteers.
Please RSVP HERE if you can make it. Contacty Rachel Hendrickson at email@example.com with questions.
Rally with Bill & Mike
President Bill Clinton and the Honorable Mike Michaud
Portland, Tuesday, September 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
New 'Candidates' and 'Clean Elections' pages on this site.
Our Candidates page lists all the contests for the November 4th election, highlighting our Democrats and their websites.
Our ME Clean Elections page has a summary of the proposed bill for which MCCE is circulating petitions, as well as the complete bill in PDF format.
HQ Closed Labor Day Weekend
Our campaign headquarters in Rockland's Harbor Plaza will be closed
Friday & Saturday, August 30th & 31st and Monday, September 1st.
Our September meeting will be Tuesday, the 9th
at Stella Maris House in Rockland.
We will have presentations by Dave Miramant, Democratic candidate for Senate district 12 (Knox County), and by David Sinclair, Democratic candidate for District Attorney for Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, and Sagadahoc Counties. The complete agenda will be posted soon.
Saturday, August 23rd, in a few days, folks working with the Maine Clean Elections Initiative will be in downtown Rockland all day (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to strengthen Clean Elections in Maine. BJ McCollister of MCCE will launch a door-to-door canvass. Diane Smith and Carmen Lavertu will be in the Park to continue gathering the 70,000 voters' signatures required to get the Maine Clean Elections Initiative on the ballot in 2015.
This is a day to renew commitments and move this great effort forward for reforming Democracy. Please sign up at the MCCE site if you can participate on Saturday.
You can sign up at MCCE and also let our KCDC leaders in this effort know:
Carmen Lavertu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 354-9556
Diane Smith, email@example.com, 354-8748
Gov's spokesman stonewalls on Sovereign Citizens
See the TV interview with Brent Littlefield on whether and why the Gov met eight times with anarchist nutcases.
Mike Tipping discusses it in this BDN (08/20) piece.
Here is Tipping's original revelation about the Sovereign Citizen meetings.
Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing
The public comment period for the next Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program is open through August 15th. Public input is crucial to protect Maine’s coast. You can express opposition to the expansion of oil and gas development in U.S. waters and urge the Department of Interior to exclude the Northeast Planning Area from scheduled lease sales in the next 5-Year Plan by commenting here: http://www.boem.gov/Five-Year-Program-2017-2022/.
KCDC's John Syrett Lobster Bake was Sunday, August 17th
at the beautiful waterfront home of Ken and Barbara Wexler at Owl’s Head.
Shenna Bellows and Congressman Mike Michaud were our speakers. 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree gave Mike a warm introduction.
Our August meeting was Tuesday, the 12th
at Stella Maris House in Rockland. Business included continued planning for the fall election season, funding for local candidates, and election of new members.
The complete agenda is here .
KCDC's Great Election Season Travel Raffle
The Knox County Democratic Committee is holding a Campaign Season Travel Raffle. Tickets are $20. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The winners will be drawn on election night, November 4.
Four day, three night trip to Disney World for four people. The trip includes airfare, on-site housing, transportation to and from the Orlando airport, and Disney World passes for 3 days, based on travel between April and November 2015. (Winner will receive a $4,000 voucher which may be used for this trip or other travel.)
Spirit Soaring glider ride with Dave Miramant:
This is a 3/4 hour ride from Owl's Head airport with views of Penobscot Bay and the closer Islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, and Isle au Haut. Also breathtaking views of the distant mountains: Katahdin, Washington and Sugarloaf.
Thanks to Arthur Dumican and Jean Morrison who are heading up this effort. Tickets are on sale at our HQ and from many members.
Our Campaign Headquarters
is in Rockland's Harbor Plaza, between Shaw's and Staples.
The office is open Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday/Saturday 9:00 to 3:00, closed Sunday. Thanks to Bonnie and all the volunteers it takes to staff up like this.
Reach the office by phone at 594-3901.
Absentee Ballot Request available online:
The Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is available at: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl
All Maine municipalities are required to accept electronic requests for absentee ballots. Municipal clerks will process the requests and mail out absentee ballots when they become available.
The service allows any registered Maine voter to request their absentee ballot by:
- Completing and submitting their request form online;
- Filling out the request form online, then printing and signing the completed form to mail to their municipal clerk; or,
- Printing a blank request form to fill out by hand and deliver to their municipal clerk.
The service is available now for voters to submit their requests; however, ballots will not be sent out until 30 to 45 days before the election. Once a voter has submitted their request using the online service, they will be sent an automated email notification containing the information they submitted and a confirmation number. When the request is processed and accepted by their municipal clerk, they will be sent an additional status notification.