Maybe Planned Parenthood should just go back to writing catchy chants for teenagers in pink vagina hats.
Last week, the extreme liberals in Planned Parenthood's political action wing thought they were fooling people by pulling a “where's Bruce” stunt on Congressman Bruce Poliquin at his Bangor office to suggest he was hiding somewhere.
This absurd stunt backfired when a reporter happened to tweet that Congressman Poliquin was in fact, in Bangor, meeting with a group of people on how to fix flood insurance issues that Maine faces, particularly this time of year.
The taunting “where's Bruce” tweet from the extreme liberal organization appeared literally within seconds of the reporter’s tweet that Bruce was working hard for his constituents.
Since the radical liberals at Planned Parenthood have been trying to create this false narrative for a while now, I thought I'd put together a quick post to show where Bruce was when they were pretending he couldn't be found.
Our Congressman certainly has not been hiding.
April 14th: Interview in studio with George Hale & Ric Tyler on the GHRT Show in Bangor. Covered live on air WVOM 4/14/17.
April 14th: Visited Houlton ACAP Center. Covered by WABI on 4/14/17.
April 15th: Caribou Farm of Hope Grand Opening. Covered by WAGM TV on 4/19/17.
April 17th: Planned Parenthood tweets “Where's Bruce”, and says they are sending a search party out...
April 17th: Congressman Poliquin working with Twin Rivers Paper in Madawaska, working on helping the mill. Covered by WAGM News Source 8 on the 6 pm news on 4/17/17.
April 17th: Congressman Poliquin visits several Auburn businesses, meets with owners and employees about what needs to be done to help them. Covered by WFVX/FOX on the evening news 4/17/17
April 18th: Congressman Poliquin touring paper mill in Dixfield, to gauge operation's needs. Covered by Lewiston Sun Journal, Rumford Falls Times on 4/18/17
April 18th: Congressman Poliquin spends time with Scouts in Augusta on Scount recognition day, focused on instilling leadership qualities in Maine's youth. Covered by WABI on 4/18/17.
April 20th: Planned Parenthood publishes series of tweets asking again “Where's Bruce?” as if he is hiding.
April 20th: In same time frame, reporter tweets that Congressman Poliquin is attending a flood insurance round table meeting. Covered by WABI on 4/20/17.
April 20th: Congressman Poliquin spends afternoon with Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton, working on what can be done to help Penobscot County, specifically on the drug crisis. Covered by WVII on 4/20/17.
There you go Planned Parenthood operatives...
Bruce has been doing his job, which is to work for the people of his district, and not playing your petty games.
So here’s my question to you-
While Bruce is in his district working for the people he represents, where are you? Last we checked there wasn’t even a Planned Parenthood Health Center anywhere in Congressman Poliquin's district.
-Nina McLaughlin, Communications Director
Talk about #FakeNews! The Maine Democrat Party is currently conducting what is likely the most dishonest “road show” the state of Maine has seen since the days of traveling snake oil salesman.
Liberal Democrats, unwilling to actually work on a real tax cut, instead have chosen to embark on a tour to claim they are going to cut Mainers' property taxes.
From one end of the state to the other, they are setting up shop in towns and cities, and making the claim that they are proposing the largest property tax cut in Maine history. Sadly, the press is covering their claims as if it is the truth.
But the truth is simply the opposite – they can't, and they won't, cut property taxes.
They have literally no control over local property tax rates. None.
Your property tax mil rate is set by your town or city. Claiming that they are working to cut your property taxes is a falsehood that can be proven without any trouble at all.
Shame on Democrats for making this claim.
What they are actually proposing to do is to subsidize local government spending in the hope that your property taxes will go down in the future. But, as history has shown, it doesn't work like that.
What happens is that state spending actually rises to provide the subsidy, then most local governments spend the money and don't cut property tax rates one penny. In fact, increasing the subsidy is actually correlated with increases in local property taxes – the opposite of what Democrats are telling you!
The Maine Heritage Policy Center showed the correlation in a 2015 report that you can read here: https://www.scribd.com/document/261721109/Revenue-Sharing-Report
It is really no surprise that increasingly subsidizing something gives us more of it, not less.
So what Democrats are really proposing to do, based on actual history of revenue sharing and property tax rates, is spend more of your money at the state level, which will lead to more spending at the local level. Then you get to pay for it both ways.
At the same time Democrats are conducting their 'road show' pretending they want to cut the one tax they can't cut – they are proposing tax increases or opposing tax cuts on every tax they can legally change. That's a story we will be bringing you on another day.
The most important point here is that Democrats are on a tour claiming they are going to do something they can't do – cut property taxes – while back in Augusta they are eagerly trying to raise any other tax they can get their hands on.
It's a classic bait and switch folks.
If a Democrat Legislator or operative tells you otherwise, ask them to show you in their proposal where they they lower mil rates on the property in your town. Ask them.
Don't accept the argument that they are increasing a subsidy – make them show you their proposal for your reduced mil rate, or even the law that keeps it from rising.
Ask them how they can legally cut local property taxes.
And when they admit they can't, then ask them for proof that more revenue sharing leads to property tax cuts, not just increased spending. Let's see what they say.
If Democrats were serious, they'd be proposing the elimination of unfunded mandates to Maine municipalities, and tying any increase in revenue sharing to control or reduction of mil rates.
But they're not, because this is just a political talking point, not a serious proposal.
- Jason Savage, Executive Director
Maine Democrats' false claims on “property tax cut”:
WABI: Democrats Unveil Budget Plan Calling for Largest Property Tax Cut in Maine History #FakeNews
Press Herald: Our View: Property tax cut keeps money in the right place #FakeNews
Maine Senate Democrats: Dems take Opportunity Agenda on the Road – Lawmakers to tour Maine for budget that cuts property taxes, fully funds schools and invests in communities, families and jobs #FakeNews
Sun Journal: Democrats counterpunch Gov. LePage by rolling out alternative budget – In a prepared statement, the Democrats said their budget priorities include cutting property taxes... #FakeNews
Today we are rolling out Volume 2 of our Obamacare: Promises Made, Promises Broken video series.
President Obama told the Politifact Lie of the Year when he told the people of Maine, and this nation, that they would be able to keep their doctors and health insurance plans.
Please share this video with your friends and family to remind them that Obamacare cost so many people their health insurance plans and doctors.
Obamacare: Promises Made, Promises Broken
P.S. If you missed Volume 1 of Obamacare: Promises Made, Promises Broken you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9-zKCdbWoA&t=3s
As the discussion around education funding in Maine hits a fever pitch in the next few weeks, the Maine GOP was looking for a way to helpfully inform the people in Maine about how some of this money is spent.
We decided we would start to roll out some pieces that are really designed to just add a level of transparency and information to the discussion.
One of the key pieces under discussion over this budget cycle is administrative costs.
Now, to get into the details of each and every administrative cost in the state would be an incredible amount of detailed digging and work...
But, we were able to get our hands on the 2016-17 data for administrative salaries and benefits across Maine's public schools.
Please keep in mind that this is not an all encompassing list of administrative costs, just the salaries and benefits of administrators in each school district.
Administrative salary and benefit costs range widely across Maine. In some cases, you will see school systems or districts with similar enrollment numbers showing a large difference in total spending, and in per-student spending.
The full data in excel format are available upon request.
We intend to publish rankings for these data in coming days, as well as additional information regarding public education funding.
Click here to see how much your school district spends on administrative salaries and benefits.
As some of you may or may not know, the Maine Democratic Party has been busy with a new project called Values and Visions. This entails the party attempting to re-connect with Mainers that they lost touch with, primarily those in Congressional District 02.
This is how the Maine Democratic Party describes their series of forums:
“Now more than ever, Maine needs a strong Democratic party. People are counting on us to stand up for an economy and health care system that work for everyone, preserve environmental regulations, protect civil and human rights, and more.”
On the surface this seems like a progressive step for the Maine Dems, however it would appear that they are still the out-of-touch political party that has yet to accept the reality of their losses this past November.
In a story broken by Howie Carr, and footage obtained by Maine First Media from a Values and Visions forum last Tuesday, a former State Senate candidate named Richard Fochtmann of Leeds stand up front with Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett and says, to the amusement of the crowd and the Party leadership, “today I saw a thing… it said a lot of men, white men, were committing suicide! And I almost said, ‘yeah! Great!’”
For the party that wants a “health care system that works for everyone” and seeks to “protect civil and human rights” this was a tasteless and tone deaf comment.
Did you know that according to the Maine Suicide Prevention Program, “suicide was the second leading cause of death in Maine and the United States among adolescents aged 10-24 and adults aged 25-34 from 2012-2014”. Additionally, suicide was the “fourth leading cause of death among adults in Maine and the United States aged 35-54 from 2012-2014”. In concerning information from The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality in Maine, roughly “50,000 adults in 2009–2013 had serious thoughts of suicide within the year prior to being surveyed”.
According to an article from the New York Times, suicide rates are the highest they have been in 30 years. The article also highlights that men are 3.6 times more likely to commit suicide than woman.
You would be hard pressed to find someone whose life hasn’t been touched in some way by mental health disorders. Personally, I can list off a number of individuals who struggle everyday with depression, bipolar disorder, and self-harm. I have known people who have taken their own life and people who have attempted to take their own life.
I see no humor in suicide. I see no humor in serious mental health disorders.
The Maine Democratic Party is disconnected from reality. They have lost complete and total touch with Maine and Maine voters. Furthermore, it would seem that the more detached they become, the less sensitive they are to REAL issues, like mental health disorders, or even the demographics of the state they seek so desperately to represent.
Before the next Values and Visions forum I strongly encourage Chairman Bartlett and his Maine Democratic Party Staff to take a long hard look at their own values, and determine if their vision for Maine is one of leadership and more importantly, compassion.
Listen to Howie Carr's take:
Watch the video:
This past November, Maine voters were asked to weigh in on five different referendum questions, including two which raised some serious Constitutional concerns.
Question Three sought increased restrictions on the rights of Maine people to keep and bear arms. Even though Article I, § 16 of the Maine Constitution provides: “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”
Question Five sought to fundamentally rewrite the way candidates are elected to office, through a 'ranked choice voting' system which appears to fly in the face of language in the Maine Constitution.
Read More Here: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_128th/billtexts/SO001201.asp
The Maine Constitution specifically provides, that persons elected to the House of Representatives and Governor, and then in a separate provision, the Senate, shall be elected by a plurality.
Unfortunately, under existing Maine law, there is no clear way to challenge the Constitutionality of these questions before they appear on the ballot, leaving a glaring vulnerability to the rights of the the people of Maine.
Senator Eric Brakey's bill, LD 1411, would allow for multiple paths to challenge referendum language on Constitutional grounds before a question appears on the ballot.
Read Senator Brakey's Statement:
Read The Bill:
LD 1411 bill: http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280064739
An opinion of the Supreme Court could be initiated by:
- Maine Governor
- Maine Attorney General
- Maine Legislature
- Maine Voters (500 signatures)
And if a majority of the Justices of the Supreme Court agreed, the Maine Secretary of State would reject the proposal under the law.
There are a lot of proposals to alter Maine's referendum process, and many have merit.
This one in particular goes to the heart of protecting the rights of Maine people from referendum questions that would use the 'popular vote' to infringe upon those rights.
Even if out-of-state groups continue to push the referendum process to try and pass measures that the Legislature has the wisdom to reject, there would be a tool to protect the rights of the minority.
And that is the foundation of the Republic.
-Jason Savage, Executive Director
To sign up as a Citizen Co-Sponsor on LD 1411, go here:
“Forgive me if I’m wrong, dude, but now that you’re getting towards your 30s didn’t you feel like you had to go out and get your disability because it’s just a losing battle every day?” Hawes prodded Twitch on Feb. 23 while the two were waiting for a friend at the Bangor Public Library.
The Bangor Daily News recently published a long essay called “Thousands of Maine men are missing from the workforce, and no one really knows why” which highlights many of the social and economic issues facing Maine, especially for working age men. The essay provides real personal stories of men looking for meaningful jobs. I credit the Bangor Daily News for diving into this serious issue.
According to the Maine Department of Labor, some 15 percent of Maine men ages 25 to 54 find themselves out of the workforce. In 2015 that represented about 37,000 Maine men in their prime who were not officially working or looking for work. While some of these men may be working off the books or on occasional seasonal gigs, many of them are idle.
Here’s a couple of takeaways I had from this essay:
Click here to read the full Bangor Daily News article.
- Joe Turcotte
Maine GOP Political Director
As premiums skyrocket and Maine faces the very real possibility of losing two of our three Obamacare insurers, there may be a bright spot. The “Maine Model” is becoming front and center in the national debate about health care and Obamacare.
Multiple national news reports came in today that ideas for fixing healthcare are coming from what we have done right here in Maine. In fact one Capitol Hill newspaper in Washington said one solution is “modeled after a program in Maine.”
The national WASHINGTON EXAMINER wrote this morning that potential health reform changes are “modeled after a successful program in the state of Maine that simultaneously reduced premiums and increased the number of insured.”
This story is years in the making, and it shows how Republican leadership and solutions in Maine could become the solution to our national Obamacare/health care crisis.
This follows on years of successful welfare reforms in Maine under Governor LePage. The Governor has been advocating for what has become knowns as the “Maine Model” in Washington including placing work requirements on welfare Medicaid for those able to work.
Senator Susan Collins helped start the discussion by offering ideas for the replacement of Obamacare with conservative U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana earlier this year.
If you have been following Maine politics for a while, you probably remember receiving numerous communications from me about Maine's health insurance reform, LD 1333 way back in 2011. Governor LePage and our Republican Legislative leaders at the time including Speaker Bob Nutting, Senate President Kevin Raye, Senator Rod Whittemore, Rep. Jon McKane, and many others, successfully pushed LD 1333 into law, with it becoming Public Law 90.
This new law unraveled the mess created by liberals and Governor Baldacci with Maine’s government-run healthcare experiment Dirigo which caused premium increases and the loss of healthcare insurance providers.
At that time Republicans passed these reforms here in Maine, liberals were attacking and predicting LD 1333 would usher in Armageddon…. But the liberals were proven wrong, insurance rates stabilized, and some even dropped.
Sadly, shortly after those reforms went into effect, Obamacare came crashing into Maine's market and destroyed our reforms. .
I don't have all the nitty-gritty details on each facet of the new healthcare proposals in DC at the moment, but I can tell you, there is a real possibility that the “Maine Model”, brought about by the leadership of Maine Republicans over the past decade, could become part of the actual solutions to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
As Our Congressman has been meeting at the White House to help the President and Vice President Pence work to repeal and replace Obamacare – pushing to ensure Maine’s population and taxpayers are supported – news reports indicate that Maine’s successes in the past could become a blueprint for the future
Multiple news outlets noted the Governor’s meetings in DC over the last several weeks as these disucssions moved forward. And, starting in 2015, in a letter to Congressional Leaders Congressman Poliquin outlined 14 principles for reform and promoted Maine’s successes with the reforms implemented with LD1333, reforms he supported while he was our State Treasurer.
Every one of you who supported the Maine reforms, and the elected officials who voted for them, deserve some credit as well.
At the same time that I know that the “Maine Model” is being studied as one solution to repealing and replacing the insurance components of Obamacare, I also know that the work of many Maine leaders, including Governor LePage, his advisers in his core office, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, our friends at the Foundation for Government Accountability, Maine People Before Politics, Maine Heritage Policy Center and countless other individuals and groups have created an opportunity for many of Maine's successful welfare reforms to also become part of the “Maine Model” for this effort as it potentially moves forward.
Not only could Maine lead the way in fixing America's health care, but we could also be the state that leads the way in the largest welfare reform effort our nation has ever seen.
And remember, this is largely because so many of you have worked so hard to support these elected officials, candidates and the Maine GOP reform agenda. For that and much more, thank you.
Below are some links and background to the policies and news stories mentioned above:
Congressman Poliquin's message to members of Congress, urging them to follow the “Maine Model” and why it works: https://poliquin.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/poliquin-writes-letter-chairmen
Congressman Poliquin op-ed in The Maine Wire on his principles of reform: http://www.themainewire.com/2016/03/14-solutions-broken-health-care-system/
Wall Street Journal article on PL 90 reforms: “Obamacare in Reverse” Maine deregulates the insurance market. Premiums fall: click here
LD 1333 Explained: click here
***Also, as I was finishing up this piece, I got an alert that Trish Riley, Governor Baldacci's architect of the failed Dirigo Health Program, which was the precursor to Obamacare, is now in national news opposing efforts to model replacement on Maine's success.
Funny how these things come back around – failed policy leads to failed policy, which ultimately is defended by the same partisan Democrat. And if the solution to the “Obamacare-Lite” Dirigo Health was PL 90, I guess it makes sense that the actual solution to Obamacare would be the Maine model.***
Something bothered me last night when I was reading Angus King’s Gorsuch statement. King announced he wasn’t supporting highly qualified Judge Neil Gorsuch.
For starters, Gorsuch is a mainstream judge with impressive credentials and temperament. He answered over 1,200 questions about his judicial philosophy, background, cases, among other things. Gorsuch was polite and respectful throughout the entire process. Even, Assistant Minority Leader Dick Durbin praised his “great background.”
The major take away I had from Angus King’s statement is he doesn’t like that the Constitution limits the federal government’s power, which is a cornerstone of American Republican government. The Constitution is here to limit the powers of the government, while protecting the liberties of the individual.
I hope you share this with your friends and family. Thank you for calling and emailing Senator King’s office and voicing your support for Judge Gorsuch. We can now confirm that after a quarter century in politics, Angus King is a liberal Democrat, not an independent.
Maine GOP Political Director
Background on Angus King’s Statement to Not Support Gorsuch (My comments are in black)
FACT: In more than 2,700 cases Gorsuch has participated in on the 10th Circuit, 97% of them have been unanimously decided. He was in the majority 99% of the time. Neil Gorsuch is no activist judge.
Date: April 4, 2017
Reporter: Scott Thistle, Portland Press Herald
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