Sometimes you have to thank even your political opponents for their blunt honesty. Last Saturday at the Maine Democrat Convention, former Democrat State Senator John Patrick of Oxford let the cat out of the bag on how to achieve more gun control--shut up about it until after the elections.
Speaking in opposition to a proposal to put another gun ban in the Democrat Party platform, Mr. Patrick suggested Democrats needed to keep quiet about their intentions until after the election.
As Democrats were considering adding a gun ban to their party platform, Mr. Patrick urged them not to, and to wait until after the election so they would have enough seats to change laws.
As reported by Michael Shepherd in the Bangor Daily News:
[Patrick] said Democrats need to win the Blaine House and legislative majorities to make gun law changes and “if you want to un-elect Democrats” in rural areas, “pass this legislation, because that’s what you’re going to get.”...
This vote was overwhelming, even as gubernatorial candidates called for gun control in their speeches on Saturdayafter the platform debate. Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling tweeted that the vote was “so disappointing.” It’s an example of an urban-rural divide in the state and party.
This blatant cowardice speaks volumes about today's Maine Democrat Party elites. Are they really afraid to say where they stand on a Constitutional issue until after the election?
If you believe in something, like taking away guns, have the courage to own it and stand up for it in front of the people you want to vote for you or your party.
We are sadly seeing the same thing from Democrats on other questions like taxes, harmful regulations, welfare, education opportunity, and so many other critical issues for Maine's heritage and future.
Why are Maine Democrat elites hiding from the Maine people?
The answer is likely because they know they don't have much in common with most people in Maine and they realize that admitting their desire to control and regulate even our right to defend ourselves won't help them, so they are dishonestly hiding it until after the election.
The only way to make sure this does not happen is to get active with the Maine GOP, volunteering, attending a training, supporting your local or state candidates, or making a donation.
But please, don't do nothing. Our rights are threatened if Democrats control enough seats to try and take them away.
Janet Mills’ troubling choice of fundraising staff magnifies concerns about Schneiderman relationship
Earlier today we noted:
'Janet Mills has faced criticism for misleading Maine voters about her relationship with disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who recently resigned amid allegations that he physically abused multiple women. Mills tried to downplay her relationship with Schneiderman, who was the “special guest” raising thousands of dollars in cash for her campaign at a recent Manhattan fundraiser.
Now, Mills is fundraising off of her Schneiderman controversy. A new fundraising email sent by her campaign says that, “the Maine GOP and their allies in right-wing talk radio swung into gear, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Janet to see if they could make something stick.”’
Who signed this email? Well, none other than disgraced 2014 Mike Michaud for Governor intern Ben Gagnon, who was suspended from the campaign following vulgar, sexist and expletive-laden tweets he made. Mills has apparently hired him as her finance director!
WARNING: Vulgar & sacrilegious language below
As was reported nearly four years ago by the Daily Caller:
Some comments [Gagnon] tweeted include “You can’t enter heaven unless Jesus enters you,” “If you’re here for the premature ejaculation meeting you’ve come too early” and “There is no ‘good way’ to give a blowjob. One man’s ‘good way’ is another man’s ‘too much teeth.’”
Maine Public Broadcasting reported:
Michaud's campaign manager, Matt McTighe, says the remarks posted by Ben Gagnon "cannot be defended and do not represent the views of the campaign.”
Janet Mills’ selection for a fundraiser once again calls into question her judgment and character. She has literally used a man with a record of making disgusting, sacrilegious and sexist comments to raise campaign cash off her lies about her fundraising relationship with a man who has allegeldy done disgusting, violent and sexist things.
This is the company Janet Mills keeps. Disgusting.
Janet Mills has faced criticism for misleading Maine voters about her relationship with disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who recently resigned amid allegations that he physically abused multiple women. Mills tried to downplay her relationship with Schneiderman, who was the “special guest” raising thousands of dollars in cash for her campaign at a recent Manhattan fundraiser.
Now, Mills is fundraising off of her Schneiderman controversy. A new fundraising email sent by her campaign says that, “the Maine GOP and their allies in right-wing talk radio swung into gear, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Janet to see if they could make something stick.”
Mills is referencing an explosive report detailing how she lied to the press about her ties to Schneiderman.
That Janet Mills would fundraise off of this controversy, rather than divest herself of the tainted campaign cash and apologize for campaigning with a sexual predator, is disgraceful. It raises serious questions about her judgement.
Maine Republican Party
Mothers, Fathers, Sons, Daughters,
Sometimes we don't recognize the most important parts of our lives.
Then again, sometimes we realize we have missed out on them and we do things like create Mother's Day to honor them.
Our moms are everything, and we are nothing without them.
As a mom, myself, I'm a bit biased. But like all of you, I have a mom, too.
Not to take away from the hard work of you guys, but we women also use blood, sweat and tears taking care of those we love.
Our moms don't always get the credit they deserve. And Maine moms are the best, raising children in the safest, most beautiful state in America.
So today we want to just pause and say this to our Maine Moms:
Brace yourselves – a storm of dishonesty is coming.
Attorney General Janet Mills' first television ad has not one, but two lies in it.
Lie #1: Janet Mills says Governor LePage tried to rip health care away from thousands of kids. The ad shows a young girl on screen in that part of the ad.
Truth #1: This was a proposal related to 19- and 20-year old adults, not kids. The Associated Press article Mills cites in her own ad even says that. Apparently she doesn't think many people will fact-check her. The claim is a lie, and the young girl on screen is a deliberate misrepresentation.
Lie #2: Janet Mills says she “stopped him.” Meaning, Janet Mills is claiming she stopped the Governor from doing the thing she is lying about.
Truth #2: In the same Associated Press Article, Janet Mills said it was “not her aim to prevent the Governor, as the chief executive, from pursuing public policy initatives.”
This is the exact opposite of what she says in the ad. Either Janet Mills was lying before, or she is lying now.
Our Attorney General has a problem with the truth.
Hopefully you will see this in the newspapers and on television, but either way, please help us spread the word by forwarding to friends and sharing on social media.
Delegates to the Republican State Convention:
We, as members of the Rules and Procedures Committee of the Maine Republican Party, endorse the adoption of Rule 16.0, which codifies the longstanding use of a plurality as the basis for determining the winners of Maine Republican primary elections and rejects the substitution of ranked choice voting as the standard. We do so for many important reasons.
Plurality Voting Works. Plurality voting is tested, tried, and proven. It is part of the Party’s proud history that plurality voting was enshrined in the Maine Constitution after General Joshua Chamberlain, one Maine’s greatest Republican statesmen, rescued the State from civil war over an election dispute. Since that day, the rule of law has prevailed in Maine elections.
Plurality voting remains the best process for selecting nominees. The Party has used plurality voting to select its nominees for decades – and it works. Plurality voting is a simple, understandable system that allows election results to be known promptly. It is transparent, as it can be carried out in towns and municipalities with local oversight. And it is fair, minimizing confusion and the possibility that ballots will be disqualified. Plurality voting protects the legitimacy of the Party’s primary process.
Ranked Choice Voting Is Inferior. In contrast to the many benefits of plurality voting, ranked choice voting will threaten the legitimacy of the Party’s primary. Ranked choice voting:
In order to maintain the integrity of the Party’s primary, we believe plurality voting, not ranked choice voting, should be used to select the Party’s nominees.
Choosing Party Nominees Matters. The most important activity the Maine Republican Party does is choose candidates to run for elected federal and state offices. These candidates represent the values, ideals, and policies that the members of the Republican Party believe to be best for our country and for our beautiful State.
As recognized leaders of the Party, candidates convey the Republican message to Maine voters, help define the Republican platform, and labor tirelessly after their election to carry out the public policies that their constituents elected them to accomplish. It is therefore vitally important that the Party choose its nominees using a process that is fair, transparent, and workable.
The Rules and Procedures Committee
Annalee Rosenblatt, Chair, Cumberland
Ann Amadon, Somerset
Cindy Nesbit, Sagadahoc
Kim E MPettengill, Kennebec
Michael Quatrano, Cumberland
Ann Robinson, Esq., Cumberland
Dr. Demi Kouzounas ex officio
We have new and developing news on ranked-choice voting for you.
First, RCV supporters appear poised to try and stop the Maine Supreme Court from ruling on how many ways RCV violates the Maine Constitution.
They have now gone from 'it is absolutely constitutional' to 'we don't want to find out if it is constitutional until the state is in crisis after the election'. That is shameful.
More on that in the future...
The other important breaking development is that, although he is doing his best to move forward while the courts consider arguments against RCV, we have to oppose a new plan from Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.
It was recently revealed that Secretary Dunlap has no legal authority to send the Maine State Police out to do secure ballot transportation to complete additional rounds of counting in Augusta.
There is no way to get ballots to Augusta securely, and it violates the Maine Constitution to count them in Augusta anyway.
In an effort to make the system work, Secretary Dunlap is proposing that he hire a 'private courier service' to secure and transport the ballots. We strongly oppose this, and we ask you to as well.
Further, the funding for implementing this complicated and unconstitutional mess is simply not available.
The 'voter education' part of the RCV budget will have to be thrown out, and funding gimmicks to borrow money from future budget years would be required just to try to make it work.
This is not to mention the burden being placed on our municipalities who now have to go rent additional machines to comply with RCV.
All in all, these developments are yet another example of why Maine should not be rushing into this complicated and unconstitutional mess.
We encourage you to contact your lawmakers here and tell them we demand a constitutional election.
No outsourcing our ballot security to a 'courier service' and no gimmicks and games to pretend this whole thing is going to work.
Please go here now and tell the lawmakers that represent you not to support this gimmicky, unconstitutional plan.
Even Democrats are starting to wake up to how big a mess they are about to have on their hands. Your voice matters more now than ever before.
March 28, 2018
Former Secretary Clinton:
We are writing you to express our disappointment in your recent comments regarding women voters that were most unhelpful and, frankly, insulting.
The votes we women cast here in Maine are not determined by our husbands, our fathers, or our sons. We determine them. We are Republicans because we believe in strong Maine families, economics that lead to prosperity instead of misery, and a strong national defense that will keep our country safe.
Republican values are not male or female—they are American. Further, Maine Republicans have led the nation in electing women to high office. You may recall that one of America’s early female Senators, Republican Margaret Chase Smith, was from Maine. We also repeatedly elected past Republican colleagues of yours to the U.S. Senate—former Senator Olympia J. Snowe and current Senator Susan M. Collins. Do you believe these great leaders were forced by men to be Republicans?
Sadly, you have blamed one outside force or another for your loss in 2016. In truth, there is nothing and no one to blame but your campaign and yourself.
Suggesting we women are dictated how to vote by men is deeply offensive. We are strong, independent women in Maine, and your suggesting otherwise only shows one of the many reasons so many women did not find you to be a compelling candidate.
We sincerely hope you learn from your mistakes and learn to have more respect for our gender. It is sorely needed.
Maine Republican Party
Androscoggin County Republican Committee
Sagadahoc County Republican Committee
York County Republican Committee
Aroostook County Republican Committee
Laura B. Parker
Kennebec County Republican Committee
Cumberland County Republican Committee
York County State Committeewoman
Anne M. Page
At-large State Republican Committee
School Board Chair and Candidate for House Seat #108
Mary Kay Santoro
Cathy Lynn Bryant
Leslie T. Dubois
Candidate for Maine House District 60 and former Lewiston City Councilor
If you are a Republican woman from Maine and would like to add your name to this letter, please email email@example.com.
It is right there in black and white. (Click here to see it)
Ranked-choice voting is so complicated, it is going to be at least two weeks until Maine voters know who won our primary elections.
The whole impending mess is going to be so complicated that the Maine Ethics Commission is working on rules to define how candidates would campaign when they don't know if they have won or not.
They are also writing rules to guide the spending of campaign funds on legal challenges and litigation.
This is where we are my fellow Republicans.
Two weeks or longer to figure out who won an election. Campaigns planning to campaign after the primary because they don't know if they won or lost. New rules in place because lawsuits are practically inevitable.
Rules proposed for the spending and litigation aspects of this complicated mess before the rules for the actual ranked-choice voting process are even proposed.
Weeks of litigation, uncertainty and drama imminent.
Weeks of candidates who don't know if they won or lost trying to continue their campaigns.
Weeks of confusion for voters and humiliation for Mainers on the national stage.
Ranked-Choice Voting supporters told voters this was a better system. It's not. It's a messier, more expensive and confusing system.
Go here to tell your elected officials how you feel about this.
Maine Republican Party
As we move closer to the upcoming primary and the Secretary of State works on an incredibly short timetable to overhaul a big part of Maine's election system, we wanted to give you an update on last week's message about election security along with some new information to think about.
That update is in the “P.S.” section at the end of this email, but we want to discuss another Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) matter first.
How many times have liberal Democrats accused Republicans of trying to suppress the vote among low-income and minority voters? I remember more than I could probably count!
But did you know the ACLU of Kansas refused to support RCV in their state because it suppresses voter turnout and increases voting errors and spoiled ballots, which also suppresses votes?
Well they did.
In addition, here are some other facts for you to consider as RCV supporters continue to fight in the courts and Legislature to force this system on us:
- In one of Minneapolis, Minnesota's early RCV elections almost 10% of ranked-choice ballots were not even counted, but were thrown out as spoiled or for voter error. The error rate alone was about 6.5%.
(Hamline University, David Schultz; Minnesota Post)
- In another Minneapolis election, almost 1,400 of the 100,000 votes were deemed invalid. If there were any other policy that could invalidate 1,400 votes in Maine, our counterparts would be screaming about voter suppression, at least if they could blame it on us.
(Post Bulletin, Aaron Miller)
- In the 2017 Minneapolis Mayoral election, nearly 23,000 of the 105,000 ballots were considered “exhausted” and removed from counting before a winner was declared. Ultimately, the winner did not even have the “majority” support ranked choice voting supporters promise Mainers will occur under
RCV here. He had less than 45%, but 23,000 ballots did not get calculated into the final round of voting.
(Official 2017 Minneapolis, MN Mayoral election results)
So there you have it – while our counterparts often “talk” about voter suppression, the ACLU and the actual data from one of the leading RCV cities show how many people's ballots just don't count under RCV.
Whether it is the 8% drop in turnout, 10% rate of spoiled and error ballots, or the many tens of thousands of ballots that could get thrown out in multiple rounds of voting in Maine, one thing is now crystal clear. Ranked-choice voting advocates have put Maine voters in a bad spot if this system
goes into effect, even for just one election.
Maine Republican Party
P.S. UPDATE: After our message last week, the Secretary of State's office reached out to let us know that they plan on using a high speed counting machine hard-wired to a computer to count ballots in Augusta. For additional rounds of RCV voting The equipment has not been leased yet, and our concerns around the system being federally certified can't be answered yet.
However, as long as they move forward with a closed system, our concerns that Maine would see our elections determined by a vulnerable web-based RCV counting system are alleviated. We still must continue demanding the system be as secure as possible. And we still reject the idea that we should be
stuck with a system that takes control away from local election officials.
Additionally, we learned that RCV will require the Secretary of State to send state police or other authorities to collect every ballot cast from every polling location in the state in the event that a second round of voting is needed for a statewide election, which is very likely.
That's right – you can pretty much guarantee that RCV will force our law enforcement off their regular duties around the state to deliver ballots – make no mistake, this is necessary to keep the election secure, but it is unfortunate that RCV supporters put us in this position.
All that said, we are happy the Secretary of State is taking our concerns seriously. We'll keep you updated on future developments.
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