NEWS OF: 8/21/2006

Democrats Bogus Bookkeeping

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As various Democratic hopefuls move forward, it appears that paperwork is lagging. Seems like good old fashioned bungling.

Popularity: 2%

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NEWS OF: 7/12/2006

37 Candidates Call it Quits

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37 candidates - 26 Republicans, 9 Democrats and 2 Green Independents - have dropped out of their races by the Tuesday’s deadline. An additional Republican House candidate dropped out Wednesday.

Popularity: 17%

NEWS OF: 7/1/2006

First Fraud in Gubernatorial Race Goes to John Michael

Maine’s ethics commission has rejected a request by independent gubernatorial candidate John Michael for public funding of his campaign following a “pattern of fraud” evident in his collection of $5 qualifying contributions.

Good heavens, you say! A random sampling of 218 supposed contributors revealed that 18 were completely bogus.

Michael emphatically denies the whole thing of course. See also the KJ

Popularity: 19%

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NEWS OF: 6/25/2006

TABOR: Who Needs All Those High School Graduates, Anyway?

TABOR, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, spending-cap referendum is rapidly becoming the hot issue of this November’s vote on the 7th.

The citizen-initiated referendum would limit spending increases at all levels of government, tying them to formulas based on inflation, population, and school enrollment.

TABOR would make it harder for state, county and local governments to raise taxes and fees by creating a two-step process - first, a lawmaking body (state Legislature, town council) would have to approve a tax or fee increase by a two-thirds vote; next voters would have to ratify that decision by majority vote.

John Baldacci opposes what he calls “a meat-ax approach that uproots local control.” Republican challenger Chandler Woodcock supports what he sees as an initiative that “allows appropriate growth and controls spending.”

TABOR laws in Tennessee and Colorado have been blamed for a lack of funding for education, seniors, and children in general.

From ThinkProgress.org: TABOR’s Spectacular Failure:
- Colorado ranks 47th in K-12 education funding as a share of state income.
- Colorado ranks 50th in the nation in on-time immunization rates.
- The share of low-income individuals enrolled in Medicaid is lower than in all but five other states.
- Colorado has eliminated its affordable housing loans and grants program.
- Due to underfunding, court hearings that are required by statute to occur within two days of a filing routinely take 30 days.

It’s also not popular in Montana or Arizona.

Ultimately, TABOR creates a process just difficult enough to ensure that virtually nothing actually gets done. Two thirds of lawmakers agreeing on anything is unlikely. Voter majority means everything essentially becomes a referendum.

See Press Herald.

Popularity: 26%

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NEWS OF: 6/21/2006

Can You Hear Me Now? Oh Sh*****t!

Before you give me the standard Republican response (”if Al Qaeda’s calling you, we want to know…”) consider the fact that your telephone records - cell phone and land lines are being secretly gathered by information brokers who are ignoring warrants, subpoenas, and ethics. That’s the word from data-broker witnesses grilled by members of the House Energy and Commerce committee.

Here’s a PDF sample of a letter with the follow-up numbers as requested by Homeland Security.

Popularity: 22%

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NEWS OF: 6/15/2006

Chandler Woodcock: Uphill from Here

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Chandler Woodcock, fresh off a primary win thanks to a conservative core of home town supporters and a “regular guy” attitude will face a tougher political road ahead, according to James Melcher, a political scientist at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Popularity: 18%

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NEWS OF: 6/14/2006

First Chebeague… Now Peaks

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Peaks Islanders have followed Chebeague Islanders in voting for secession by a margin of 58%.

Popularity: 28%

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Maine Primaries: The Squeaker and the Blow Out

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With 593 of 634 (94%) precincts reporting:

US SENATE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY SQUEAKER:
Hay Bright, Jean M. 22360 50.68%
Mehnert, Eric M. 21760 49.32%

GOVERNOR - DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BLOWOUT:
Baldacci, John E. 39835 75.71%
Miller, Christopher F. 12779 24.29%

GOVERNOR - REPUBLICAN PRIMARY:
Woodcock, Chandler E. 26813 38.59%
Mills, S. Peter 24488 35.25%
Emery, David F. 18177 26.16%

One or the other will give Snowe a run for the money. No Republicans dared run against her. Baldacci finishes strong on the Democratic side… Woodcock appears to have edged Peter Mills. See MaineToday.com

Popularity: 16%

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NEWS OF: 6/13/2006

Primary Numbers

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See poll results at Maine Today. As of around 9:15 p.m.:

US SENATE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
Mehnert, Eric M. 3151 50.54%
Hay Bright, Jean M. 3084 49.46%

GOVERNOR - DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
Baldacci, John E. 5492 75.64%
Miller, Christopher F. 1769 24.36%

GOVERNOR - REPUBLICAN PRIMARY
Woodcock, Chandler E. 3263 39.27%
Mills, S. Peter 2975 35.80%
Emery, David F. 2071 24.92%

Popularity: 17%

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Chandler Woodcock: Intolerance on Demand

According to RedState, Maine’s GOP Gubernatorial hopefuls are locked in a three-way tie:

Chandler Woodcock led with 31% of the voters’ support, while Dave Emery and Peter Mills each had the support of 30% of the voters surveyed. Undecideds comprised 10% of those surveyed.

Woodcock, the most conservative of the three, is against what he calls “abortion on demand,” a negative phrase meant to give the impression that abortion is a thoughtless impulse. It promotes an image of women as forever teetering on the edge of hysteria. Demanding an abortion - whether she needs one or not?

When was the last time you heard of heart bypass surgery, an appendectomy, or even a face lift referred to as “on demand?” You haven’t. And you won’t.

Virtually any other kind of surgery is afforded more courtesy and respect. “Abortion on Demand” as a party platform divides us. It’s bad politics.

Woodcock continues to insist that including gay men and lesbians under the protections of the Maine Human Rights Act amounts to “special rights.”

The 14th Amendment defined national citizenship to include African Americans and provided penalties for states that did not extend citizenship in full to African Americans. It passed Congress on June 13, 1866, was rejected by most southern states, and its ratification was made a condition of restoring the Union.

Ultimately, the 14th Amendment was ratified and went into effect July 28, 1868. A key provision prohibited states from depriving “any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

Notice that it says “any person.” Not any white person. Or any straight person.

Still, Chief Justice Joseph Bradley held that the Fourteenth Amendment did not protect black people from discrimination by private businesses and individuals but only from discrimination by states. His opinion stated that it was time for blacks to assume “the rank of a mere citizen” and stop being the “special favorite of the laws.”

The “special rights” argument is over 150 years old, and has been used by conservatives to oppress virtually every group but white men. Woodcock represents not just old thinking, but civil war era thinking. As a teacher he should know better.

Popularity: 22%

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NEWS OF: 6/8/2006

Indecision 2006

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NPR’s maps cover the democrat/republican split over Senate, House and various Gubernatorial seats up for grabs.

Popularity: 16%

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