Here’s a nice article from the Lincoln County News on Will Neilson, our candidate for HD 53.
Here’s a nice article from the Lincoln County News on Will Neilson, our candidate for HD 53.
Democratic legislative leaders released the following statement regarding Republican Sen. Amy Volk’s response to the governor’s most recent behavior, and the concerns they raise about his capacity to lead:
“We were heartened to see that Sen. Volk recognizes the severity of the problem presented by the governor’s current state, whether it is caused, as she puts it, ‘by substance abuse, mental illness or just ignorance.’ However, we want to make one thing clear: Censure is not an option. The governor has displayed behavior that indicates he is not in control of himself and is unfit to carry out the serious duties of his office. That is the fundamental problem, and it can only be resolved by his stepping down from office. ”
Democratic leaders on Saturday sent a letter to top Republicans in the Legislature, urging them to take the necessary steps to hold the governor accountable.
Here’s a must-read editorial from the Bangor Daily News on the damage Governor LePage has done to Maine’s healthcare infrastructure.
Should Maine experience an infectious disease outbreak today that requires a coordinated state response, it’s far from certain that Maine would be capable of responding adequately.
That’s because the LePage administration has been steadily chipping away at Maine’s public health infrastructure.
You can read the entire editorial here.
A recent Maine Democratic Party press conference drew attention to U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s pattern of dodging tax rules, and our own Myrick Freeman of Georgetown was there and let his voice be heard.
“The Associated Press recently brought to light the fact that Bruce Poliquin paid his taxes late 41 times, including 31 within the last ten years,” said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett. “Perhaps we should not be all that surprised given that Poliquin abused a program intended for commercial foresters to get away with paying only $21 in taxes on his 10-acre oceanfront property in 2010.
Myrick Freeman III, a retired professor of economics at Bowdoin College and a resident of the Town of Georgetown, spoke specifically to Poliquin’s abuse of the tree growth exemption, which he said was of even “greater moral or ethical significance” than Poliquin’s late tax payments. Freeman called Poliquin’s withdrawal from the Tree Growth program “a tacit admission that the land should never have been placed” in the program in the first place.
Freeman said, “I am here today to describe Congressman Poliquin’s abuse of the State’s Tree Growth Law to substantially reduce his property tax obligation on his beautiful ocean-front residence in Georgetown and to tell the people of the 2nd Congressional District the same thing that his neighbors in Georgetown have known for at least four years: Bruce Poliquin is only looking out for one person – himself – at the expense of everyone else.”
“As chairman of the tax committee, I work hard to make tax laws that are fair to everyone, not just people on the top like Wall Street millionaire Bruce Poliquin,” said Maine State Rep. Adam Goode, who represents a portion of Bangor and serves as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. “Bruce Poliquin repeatedly paid his taxes late then tried to justify his mistake by saying that regular Mainers wouldn’t understand how business taxes work. That’s the same Wall Street mentality that caused our economy to collapse: the one percent thinking the rules shouldn’t apply to them.”
“I’ve been a mill worker in Bucksport for 41 years,” said Emery Deabay, a resident of the 2nd Congressional District, in a written statement. “I would have been here [at the press conference] today but I am one of the lucky few mill workers still with a job and had to be at work today. The fact is I am upset because I don’t think it’s right that my congressman, Bruce Poliquin, is so focused on looking out for himself that he doesn’t play by the rules. I’ve always tried to pay my taxes on time, but at the times I was a little late, it wasn’t because I was trying to hang on to my money, it was because I didn’t have money. That’s not Bruce Poliquin’s problem. Bruce Poliquin is a Wall Street millionaire who abused the Tree Growth Tax Program so that he could pay just $21 on his 10-acre oceanfront property.”
“I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican.” – Susan Collins. Read her entire Washington Post Op Ed here.
Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, you can few the video here.
“Our Nation’s leaders should be held to a high standard—it is as simple as that.”
-U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, July 14th.
The Associated Press today reported that Congressman Poliquin was caught and was fined for paying his taxes late 31 times in the last ten years, and another ten times back to 1990. Here’s Bronwen on the Georgetown angle:
“Congressman Poliquin doesn’t play by the rules. We’ve known that for years here in Georgetown,” said Bronwen Tudor, chair of the Sagadahoc County Democratic Committee. “This is the man who paid almost no taxes on a multi-million dollar property after falsely enrolling in a program designed to help create forestry jobs here in Maine – despite the covenant in his deed that prohibits the practice of forestry.”
“Apparently it’s hard to pay your taxes on time when you’re using multiple tax shelters to dodge paying your fair share,” said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett. “This shows a pattern of rule-breaking that is hard to ignore. It is deeply hypocritical for Congressman Poliquin to raise our taxes and cut them for millionaires like himself while he is consistently paying those taxes late or not paying them at all. Congressman Poliquin says that we should hold our leaders to higher standards – he should have taken his own advice.”
We have two very important community events coming up and need your support to showcase our local candidates and rally Democrats across the county!
Richmond Days, Saturday July 23
Sagadahoc Democats will be marching in the Richmond Day parade and need YOU!
Meet at Richmond High School at 8:30 am to help decorate the float. Line up is at 9:30 and the parade starts at 10. Dogs, bikes, walkers, and riders on the float are needed.
Contact Molly Bogart at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up!
Woolwich Days, Saturday August 6
Sagadahoc Democrats will be tabling at the Woolwich Day fair. We need volunteers to help staff the booth from 10 -2 and volunteer bakers to draw the crowd in with free treats.
Contact Kate Elmes at email@example.com for more information or to sign up!
Thanks for all that you do,
Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett today released the following statement on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton:
“Yesterday in Portsmouth, we saw the strength of our party take center stage when Hillary Clinton was endorsed by her former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders. Throughout this caucus season, we all participated in a frank and sometimes heated exchange of views, but on Tuesday our leaders showed us their commitment to charting a path forward. As we stand against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, we stand up for working families. This nation must create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
In recognition of the millions of voices who voted for Sen. Sanders, Hillary Clinton has incorporated many of Sen. Sanders’ proposed initiatives into her own campaign. Our party has passed our most progressive platform in Democratic Party history, one that ensures everyone has a seat at the table. In building our platform, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns found common ground on eliminating college tuition for anyone who can’t afford it. They are also both committed to raising wages, and they both agree that we should impose an exit tax on any company that tries to game the system by moving its headquarters overseas.
Yesterday our party re-committed itself to defeating Donald Trump, who stands against everything both Sanders and Clinton have spent their lives fighting for. Trump pretends to be a populist who cares about working families, but nothing could be further from the truth. He claims wages are “too high” and has proposed a tax plan that is a giveaway to millionaires and billionaires. He manufactures his clothing line in countries like China, Mexico and Bangladesh. He has bilked veterans and seniors out of their hard-earned money through the scam that was Trump University. He will do nothing to help working families in Maine.”
Like so many people across America, I have been following the news of the past few days with horror and grief.
On Tuesday, Alton Sterling, father of five, was killed in Baton Rouge — approached by the police for selling CDs outside a convenience store. On Wednesday, Philando Castile, 32 years old, was killed outside Minneapolis — pulled over by the police for a broken tail light.
And last night in Dallas, during a peaceful protest related to those killings, a sniper targeted police officers — five have died: Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens. Their names, too, will be written on our hearts.
What can one say about events like these? It’s hard to know where to start. For now, let’s focus on what we already know, deep in our hearts: There is something wrong in our country.
There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be. No one has all the answers. We have to find them together. Indeed, that is the only way we can find them.
Let’s begin with something simple but vital: listening to each other.
White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about seen and unseen barriers faced daily. We need to try, as best we can, to walk in one another’s shoes. To imagine what it would be like if people followed us around stores, or locked their car doors when we walked past, or if every time our children went to play in the park, or just to the store to buy iced tea and Skittles, we said a prayer: “Please God, don’t let anything happen to my baby.”
Let’s also put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous job we need them to do. Remember what those officers in Dallas were doing when they died: They were protecting a peaceful march. When gunfire broke out and everyone ran to safety, the police officers ran the other way — into the gunfire. That’s the kind of courage our police and first responders show all across America.
We need to ask ourselves every single day: What can I do to stop violence and promote justice? How can I show that your life matters — that we have a stake in another’s safety and well-being?
Elie Wiesel once said that “the opposite of love is not hate — it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death — it’s indifference.”
None of us can afford to be indifferent toward each other — not now, not ever. We have a lot of work to do, and we don’t have a moment to lose. People are crying out for criminal justice reform. People are also crying out for relief from gun violence. The families of the lost are trying to tell us. We need to listen. We need to act.
I know that, just by saying all these things together, I may upset some people.
I’m talking about criminal justice reform the day after a horrific attack on police officers. I’m talking about courageous, honorable police officers just a few days after officer-involved killings in Louisiana and Minnesota. I’m bringing up guns in a country where merely talking about comprehensive background checks, limits on assault weapons and the size of ammunition clips gets you demonized.
But all these things can be true at once.
We do need police and criminal justice reforms, to save lives and make sure all Americans are treated as equal in rights and dignity.
We do need to support police departments and stand up for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us.
We do need to reduce gun violence.
We may disagree about how, but surely we can all agree with those basic premises. Surely this week showed us how true they are.
I’ve been thinking today about a passage from Scripture that means a great deal to me — maybe you know it, too:
“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”
There is good work for us to do, to find a path ahead for all God’s children. There are lost lives to redeem and bright futures to claim. We must not lose heart.
May the memory of those we’ve lost light our way toward the future our children deserve.
Learn more about Hillary’s plans to tackle criminal justice reform: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/criminal-justice-reform/
Learn more about Hillary’s plans to prevent gun violence:https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/gun-violence-prevention/
Apres Parade Open House
cold drinks & watermelon
2nd floor, Halcyon Yarn building, 12 School Street
As usual, line-up is on the Oak Grove Road and we are #44 out of 100 entrants. (Look for the position numbers sprayed on the tarmac). We have a truck and trailer for those who want to ride instead of walk. Please be in place by 9:30 am.
Our color is BLUE but anything with *stars and spangles* is appropriate or feel free to wear a ‘period’ costume. Comfortable shoes are essential; hats and sunscreen are advised!
The parade begins at the intersection of Lincoln, North, Congress, Maple and Oak Grove Streets. You can PARK on side streets in that area, or at the Methodist Church on Oak Grove if you come in from the far end via High Street and Whiskeag. Or meet to CARPOOL at 9 am in the Halcyon lot at 12 School Street. (Our office will be open at 8:30 if you need the facilities before setting out.)
The parade ends downtown at North Street, but our ‘float’ will be returning to the Public Works Department on Oak Grove if you need a ride back to your car.
If you carpooled from Halcyon, it’s a short walk back to watermelon, cold drinks, (and restrooms) in our office on the second floor. And yes, there is an elevator!
For more information contact Susan Lubner at 443-7481.
Thank you for all you do. Hope to see you Monday in a show of Democratic strength and enthusiasm for our great candidates.
Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond is urging Gov. Paul LePage to retract his threat to eliminate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Maine because of a disagreement he’s having with the federal government.
Food-insecure Mainers are caught in the middle of Gov. LePage’s latest spat with the USDA, which funds and manages the SNAP program, also known as food stamps.
The USDA has rejected the governor’s request to ban the use of SNAP benefits to purchase sugary drinks and snacks, citing “significant concerns” with the plan as proposed by the governor. In response, Gov. LePage has said that if he does not get his way, he will scuttle the program altogether, leaving low-income Mainers at even greater risk for hunger.
“Food is a basic necessity of life, and Gov. LePage is threatening to take it away from more than 195,000 food-insecure Mainers because of yet another fight he’s picked with the federal government,” said Sen. Alfond, of Portland. “This latest temper tantrum threatens to punish the very people it purports to help. I’d ask the governor this: How does taking food off the tables of hungry Maine families support healthy eating habits?”
“The governor is free to pick as many political fights with the federal government, the Legislature and other perceived rivals as he wants. But he shouldn’t use real Maine families, dealing with real hunger, as props in his political theater,” Alfond said.