NEWS from January 2016
Previous month's news
OUR JANUARY MEETING...
...HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.
Because of the storm on the 12th, we will meet a week later, on
Tuesday, January 19th,
7:00 p.m., at Stella Maris House in Rockland,
(corner of Broadway & Route 1, diagonally opposite the fire station)
- Knox County Municipal Caucuses (Sunday, March 6)
- 2016 Strategic Plan
- 2016 Budget
Now you will be home in time to tune in
President Obama's State of the Union address
which will be broadcast on 12 January at 9:00 p.m.
The Guv makes national news with his gruesome radio remarks
"...bring the guillotine back...We could have public executions and we could even have [bets on] which hole it falls in...."
(see BDN 01/26) and CNN, thedailybeast, Politico, HuffPost, etc.
MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS
State Senator Dave Miramant and Representatives Chuck Kruger and Joan Welsh will have constituent office hours in January:
More at PenBay Pilot...
- Wed, 27th, 6:00 p.m.:
Miramant and Welsh in Camden at the Camden Opera House (Washington St. Conf. Room).
- Thu, 28th, 6:00 p.m.:
Miramant and Kruger in St. George at the Town Office, 3 School Street.
six five FOUR CAUCUS CONVENERS NEEDED
Appleton, Matinicus, North Haven,
Union, Vinalhaven, and Warren need someone to convene their Municipal Caucus on March 6th. See our Caucus page.
IMPEACHMENT GETS NO TRACTION
On Thursday, Jan 14, Rep. Ben Chipman introduced an order (full text pdf)...
"...that the House Special Investigative Committee is established to investigate allegations of misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance and other misconduct by Governor Paul R. LePage, and to make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives as to whether cause exists for impeachment..."
That order was never brought to a vote because Rep. Ken Fredette immediately moved to "Indefinitely Postpone". When brought to a vote after several hours, that motion won, 96 to 52 (a 'yea' vote was against impeachment proceedings; a 'nay' vote favored impeachment). The roll call is here. All our Knox county Representatives voted against the motion to postpone.
House Democratic leadership favored the motion to postpone and offered a "resolution of civility" reaffirming our belief in motherhood and apple pie and that...
"...we speak with one voice in refusing to accept a political climate based on fear and personal animosity; and
WHEREAS, our State's elected leaders, including our Governor and all members of the Legislature, must be held to the highest standard..."
(full text here) without mentioning LePage or his transgressions. This pablum passed on a party line vote (81 to 65, Pouliot of Augusta was the only Republican in favor).
The Bangor Daily News (01/17) has more here...
MORE OUTRAGEOUS ?!
You're thinking what could more outrageous than LePage's racist remarks in Bridgton, but Mike Tipping has a couple of Republican doozies (Portland Press Herald, 01/09):
Here's Maine House Republican staffer Ryan Lorrain on Twitter:
"I'm struggling to find out which part of the Governor's statements people would be offended by. Sounds to me that this is more of a manufactured thing."
and this beaut was posted on the As Maine Goes message board by State Representative Lawrence Lockman (R, Amherst):
"When I see a twenty-something black guy decked out in bling grocery-shopping with a chubby white girl in Bangor, my educated guess is that he's a drug dealer from New York, and she's a native Maine welfare queen. The Guv's remarks about drug dealers will play well in the real Maine, while simultaneously making progressive & RINO heads explode. It's a beautiful thing. "
LEPAGE BLAMES PRESS (again)
Watch (BDN 01/08) him quote from the movie Rocky,"Youse don't like me, I don like you." in his attempt to explain his racist remarks in Bridgton,
"..I spent an hour and 15 minutes talking to the people in Bridgton the other night, about some of the problems in Maine...in that whole time, I made one slip up...my brain didn't catch up to my mouth...Now that you're here [the assembled press corps], I want to say this to you: get your heads out of the sand, please...while you people look for the sound bites..."
In remarks to an audience in Bridgton on January 6th, Governor LePage said, in part:
"...guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these type of guys, that come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin and they go back home."
"Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we’ve got to deal with down the road."
Here's the link to the video (Heavy.com, 01/06/16).
Commentary from Amy Fried (BDN 01/08/16) is here.
The New York Times take (01/08/16) is here, with references to our guv's relationship with Chris Christie.
HufPo's story (01/07/16) is here.
In other news...
- March 6 (Sunday): Maine Democratic Municipal Caucuses
- May 6 - 7 (Fri - Sat): Maine Democratic State Convention, Portland
- July 25 - 28 (Mon - Thu): Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia
All registered Democrats are encouraged to attend their Municipal Caucus in support of their preferred presidential candidate. This is also the first step for anyone wishing to be a delegate to the State Convention in Portland and the National Convention in Philadelphia.
The complete Democratic Presidential Nominating process is described here:
Maine Delegate Selection Plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (PDF)