Focused on balancing budget, reducing taxes and a strong national defense, Kasich looks forward to Maine contest
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party this morning announced that Ohio Governor John Kasich is the first Republican candidate for President of the United States to officially qualify for the Maine Nominating Caucus ballot.
"Maine is home to common-sense conservatives who recognize the importance of a balanced budget, lower taxes and a strong national defense. I look forward to earning their support in the Caucus," said Governor Kasich.
“We are so very pleased to welcome Governor Kasich to the Presidential contest in Maine as the first candidate to officially qualify for the ballot,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. “Not long ago, Governor Kasich was in Maine working to build support for a balanced federal budget, and we support those efforts. It is my honor, as Chairman, to welcome Governor Kasich, an accomplished, and tremendously hard-working leader, to the race.”
Kasich's entry into Maine's contest comes just 6 days after the Maine GOP officially announced the caucus date and rules.
The Maine GOP Presidential Nominating Caucus will be held Saturday, March 5th, from 9 AM until 7 PM at sites across the state of Maine. Candidates will compete for a direct allocation of delegate votes to the Republican National Committee Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Republican candidate for President of the United States will be officially nominated.
Members of the Press,
We just witnessed another example of Democrats falsely attacking Bruce Poliquin.
Congressman Poliquin's vote clearly expands funding and access for women's healthcare in Maine's Second District, but to read the Democrat release and Emily Cain's statements, you'd think it were exactly the opposite.
I may need to add a full time staff at Maine GOP HQ just to sit down and debunk all the falsehoods coming out of Maine Democratic Party HQ this cycle. Clearly they either have not learned, or they are doing it on purpose.
I hope you all get a chance to read the release below and ask Rachel Irwin, Chairman Phil Bartlett and Emily Cain why they want to deny healthcare funding and access to women across a huge part of Maine, in favor of selective funding to just a few sites that have certainly raised concerns with revelations about their abortion- I mean "healthcare", practices.
And again, a reminder that Planned Parenthood has not have a single facility in Maine's Second District. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/ME/And this link will help you find all of the federally qualifying health centers eligible for funding under Congressman Poliquin's vote: http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/#
NOW...Here is what Planned Parenthood offers across the district:
Further, the clinics that will receive this funding will provide more comprehensive services than Planned Parenthood does.
It is wrong for Cain and the Dems to play politics with this. And the way they are doing it is flat out dishonest.
Maybe they are all very confused about what district Emily Cain is running in.
All the best,
March 5 Nominating Caucus will ensure Maine Republicans have strong voice in choosing next President of the United States
AUGUSTA - The Maine Republican Party is pleased to announce that it has approved changes to how Republican voters in Maine will nominate the next President of the United States.
Designed to give Maine Republicans a stronger voice in the Presidential race, and increase participation in the political process, the Maine GOP will conduct a one-day Presidential Nominating Caucus at sites around the state on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Maine's caucuses will be create, essentially, a 'Super Saturday' just ahead of what are known as 'Super Tuesday' contests across the nation.
“Maine Republicans deserve to have a strong voice in nominating our next President, and this plan does just that,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. “Between now and March 5, 2016, our team will work tirelessly to ensure every Republican who wants to be involved in the political process will know how, and we look forward to working with everyone on March 5, to tell the nation how Maine Republicans feel about the Presidential candidates.”
The caucuses will be held at sites across the state, and voting will be conducted via paper ballots during the caucus. Any registered Republican voter will be provided a ballot, and candidates will be allowed to attend or send surrogates to speak to caucus voters before ballots are cast.
Republicans formally nominate a Presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention, which will be held this year in Cleveland, Ohio, by sending delegates from each state to vote at the national convention. In the past, Maine has selected Republican delegates at the Maine State Convention. The 2016 caucus changes mean that the votes of all Republicans who attend a caucus, not just those who attend the state convention, will directly choose Maine's delegates.
Statewide caucus results will determine the number of delegates each candidate receives to the national convention, and will be allocated to candidates in proportion to the percent of the vote they receive. If any one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, they will win all of Maine's delegates.
Maine GOP National Committeeman Alex Willette, who co-chaired the Maine GOP Presidential Nominating Committee, said, “After several public hearings and considering feedback from a great many Republicans across Maine, we feel this is the best decision for Maine. I'm proud of the work we did, and I am excited to see Maine Republicans have a strong voice in the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination.”
Additional details on caucus times, locations, rules and media availability will be provided by the Maine GOP at the party's website, MaineGOP.com between now and caucus day.
Candidates for Congress and their surrogates silent on their positions on Iran deal
AUGUSTA – The Maine GOP is calling on Democrat Congressional candidates Emily Cain and Joe Baldacci to tell the Maine people whether they would support the controversial Iran deal.
“The Iran deal is one of the most important national security issues faced by Congress over the past two decades,” said Maine GOP Chairman Richard Bennett.
“If Emily Cain and Joe Baldacci want to challenge Bruce Poliquin to represent the people of Maine's Second Congressional District, they owe it to the people to explain their position on the Iran deal,” continued Mr. Bennett.
“There is no shortage of communications coming from these two Democrats, but the people of Maine are being starved of information on their positions on this issue. Let's hear it,” said Mr. Bennett.
Maine's delegation to Congress is split on the issue, with Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Bruce Poliquin opposing the dangerous and unpopular deal, while Senator Angus King and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree support it.
Controversy surrounds pieces of the plan, with some saying President Obama still has not disclosed all of the so-called 'side-deals' in the agreement to Congress, questions surrounding weak inspection authority in the plan, and the fact that Iran has continued to ramp up anti-American rhetoric even as Democrats in Congress stand with President Obama in favor of the controversial plan.
“Whether your answer is yes or no,” said Mr. Bennett. “Maine people deserve to know. Please tell us where you stand.”
The Maine Republican Party is thrilled to announce Lester Ordway of Standish has been nominated as the Republican candidate to seek the open seat in Maine House District 23.
Lester Ordway has been serving the community in Standish for years as a member of the Standish Town Council, the SAD 6 School Board and the Standish Planning Board.
He currently works as an automotive instructor at Central Maine Community College.
Mr. Ordway would bring a variety of experience and a no-nonsense approach to the Maine State House.
“I'll be a voice of reason in Augusta,” Ordway said. “I am deeply committed to the same principles that founded our great state: Freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and opportunity for all Mainers. Whether it’s lowering the tax burden on Mainers, reducing the size of state government or lowering the energy costs for Maine residents and businesses, there’s a lot of work to do and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”
Ordway says he plans to hit the ground running on day one if he’s elected and bringing good paying jobs to Maine is a top priority.
“We need to bring good jobs to our state so we can stop losing our children to other states. Maine now has the oldest population of any state and without good jobs our young people will continue to migrate out of Maine. We need people in Augusta who will fight to make Maine a place where our young people can stay and raise their families,” Ordway said.
“Lester Ordway is the right man to represent the people of Standish. His service on the town council and throughout the community leaves no doubt in my mind that he is the right man to represent us in Augusta,” said Will Hamilton, Chairman Standish Republican Town Committee.