Democrats in Washington have gone off the high-speed rails, and Maine’s Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is helping drive the train. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is breathtaking...ly terrible economic and social policy, and Chellie Pingree is an early adopter of this headfirst dive into the socialist abyss.
Rep. Jared Golden has been mum so far, but he’s going to have to take a position eventually, and he could follow Pingree’s lead to satisfy his left-wing donor base and supporters.
- The end of gasoline powered automobiles in 10 years (because, you know, all Mainers can afford to go buy an electric car)
- Economic security for all Americans unwilling to work (we think Maine tried this already, didn’t work out so well!)
- End production of electricity via fossil fuels and nuclear power (just imagine how much fun it’s going to be to wait for your electric car to charge while trying to keep your house warm with wind and solar on a cold January night in Maine)
- A possible federal carbon tax (apparently the carbon tax Democrats are proposing in Maine isn’t enough, so we will get the tax at both the federal and state levels)
- Gut and retrofit every building in America with whatever technology the left sees fit to force upon us. (We’re guessing there will be an arms race among left-wing donors on this one)
- The Green New Deal outlines that it will eliminate air travel and cows (yes cows, as in beef, because cows emit carbon) – but probably not in 10 years, it will take longer, the Green New Deal says.
Welcome to America in 2019, where one of Maine’s representatives to Congress (Pingree) wants to take away your car --> give your money to people who are unwilling to work --> force you to buy expensive solar and wind electricity --> double down on the carbon tax --> make you gut your home and office to upgrade to their standards --> and make sure you never grill a steak or eat a cheeseburger again --> and if you don't like it, get in your electric car and drive to Canada or Mexico, because you won't be able to buy a plane ticket anywhere else.
And that’s just the highlight- er- low points of the plan Democrats want to foist on you.
I can't decide if it's more unbelievable that Chellie Pingree signed on to this proposal, or that Jared Golden, representing Maine's Second District, hasn't come out and set a copy of the plan on fire to show his opposition.
But this is where we are in America, 2019.
Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery) is pushing a new carbon tax bill that would put a tax on all the home heating fuels and gasoline that Mainers need to keep their homes warm and travel to work and other places, the bill then increases the tax automatically every year for the next 8 years.
Rep. Rykerson has admitted that his plan will increase heating oil and gasoline prices.
Maine can’t afford this tax. We are one of the coldest, and largest states. This bill literally makes it harder for Mainers to stay warm and earn a living.
Speaker Sara Gideon was at his press conference supporting this terrible plan.
This bill is a serious threat.
Please sign below to oppose L.D. 434, Deane Rykerson’s carbon tax bill.
For Immediate Release: December 6, 2018
BREAKING: BALLOTS IN WRONG MAINE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Maine GOP releases sworn affidavits from 17 voters in four towns in southern Maine saying that Poliquin/Golden race was on their ballot
AUGUSTA – The Maine GOP is releasing to the public a set of sworn affidavits signed by voters in Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, East Boothbay and Trevett today.
These affidavits are all signed by voters who say that their ballots showed candidates from Maine’s Second Congressional District instead of the First Congressional District where they reside.
“Clearly, there is a problem we need to get to the bottom of here,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP. “This is the latest in a long line of irregularities in Maine’s elections, and one that these voters deserve answers for.”
“When the wrong candidates are showing up ballots far outside their district, apparently in significant numbers, we need an investigation,” said Savage.
Some concerns include:
- If these ballots were handed out in the wrong Congressional district, how many more were also handed out in error in other parts of the state?
- Did similar problems occur in Maine’s Second District?
- Were these ballots counted for the wrong candidates?
“We are seeking an investigation into these ballots immediately, and at the same time pursuing more than a dozen additional credible leads of ballots in CD1 that named CD2 candidates. Not all of these are confined to these four towns.”
“Simple explanations or claims this did not occur do not seem to be enough. More voters keep coming forward to state this occurred. There is tremendous concern about how these votes were counted."
“This issue has been simmering since the election, and now with this many voters signing sworn affidavits, the Secretary of State and local municipal elections should stop ignoring them and launch an investigation immediately."
This link will take you to a pdf of the signed affidavits. CLICK HERE
Some of the complaints can be found on the official Boothbay government page, or the page of a local reporter. Many others have been placed via phone call or email to Maine Republican Party officials.
Below is an example of two of the people who have not signed affidavits who made comments.
For Immediate Release: November 27, 2018
IMPOSSIBLE RCV: SoS claims Golden gains 604 votes from less than 562 ballots?
The numbers just don't add up
AUGUSTA – The latest explanation from the Democrat Secretary of State about “newly found” ballots, just discovered on the eve of the 2nd Congressional District recount deadline, does not seem to add up.
The SoS claims approximately 600 new Ranked-Choice Voting votes have appeared for Jared Golden, stating they were gained from newly found ballots cast by people using a special machine only for voters with disabilities in six towns.
We now have the list of towns these ballots were from:
Monroe, Blue Hill, Otis, Van Buren, Mars Hill and part of Brewer.
Using the Bangor Daily News election results, we can see at most that there were only 562 votes cast for Tiffany Bond and Will Hoar in those municipalities if you include ALL of Brewer’s votes, not just part.
Brewer (Entire City totals, not just the “part” that Sec. of State is dealing with)
Forget about the fact that we already witnessed a ranked-choice retabulation that showed us that about 35% of Bond and Hoar voters didn’t rank Golden or Poliquin at all.
Forget about the fact that we already witnessed a ranked-choice re-tabulation that showed Congressman Bruce Poliquin picking up some votes from Bond and Hoar voters.
Forget all that and ask yourself, how could 562 Bond and Hoar “First Choice” ballots turn into 604 votes for Golden?
This process is broken. We still do not have the full story.
Assuming the same rates we saw in the official, publicly transparent RCV retabulation, one could estimate that about 2,400 new ballots would be required to see Jared Golden gain 600 more votes.
And now we are told that some number of ballots less than 562 have given Jared Golden 604 more votes.
For Immediate Release: November 27, 2018
Contact: Jason Savage, firstname.lastname@example.org
On eve of recount, Maine SoS Matt Dunlap “finds” more ballots
Augusta – On the eve of the recount deadline for Maine’s Second Congressional District, Maine Sec. of State Matt Dunlap has told a Maine newspaper that his office has suddenly “found” more votes, adding to Jared Golden’s round 2 lead by about 600 additional votes.
“Trust in this system is shaken from start to finish, and now we are told that Secretary of State Dunlap simply ‘found’ more votes and added them to the totals to expand Jared Golden’s lead, but that he didn’t bother telling anyone until this recount deadline was upon us,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP.
“This addition to the vote count appears to us to have been done under the cover of darkness with no notification of any of the processes that were taking place and no public observers.”
Not only is the public denied the ability to review the algorithm that powers the RCV software, but now the vote total changes when nobody is looking. So much for the RCV process being transparent to the public.
“This is all the more reason for the recount and lawsuit. Nobody should be able to just add to vote totals under the cover of darkness without proper notification and transparency measures. Those results are sacred. They should not be treated like a seventh grade homework assignment,” concluded Mr. Savage.
Beth Edmonds, Democrat, a former Senate President and 4 term legislator of the Baldacci era, is currently starring in Janet Mills' attack ads falsely claiming that Shawn Moody wants to take away her health insurance.
A supposed proponent of getting big money out of politics, it is ironic that Edmonds' starring role is at the hands of two super PACs.
On the plus side, if any of you have a bridge, looks like Beth Edmonds is happy to sell it for you...
Did you see Governor LePage's statement?
Governor LePage is appealing his lawsuit against Janet Mills to the Supreme Court.
Not only is it concerning that Mills entered into a federal lawsuit without direction from the Legislature or the Governor as required by law, but the Governor points out that we do not know how Janet Mills paid for her work on the federal lawsuit.
Janet Mills' rogue behavior is not only concerning, it's just plain shady.
See Governor LePage's full statement below:
Governor LePage Will Appeal Mills Lawsuit to Supreme Court
For Immediate Release: Monday, October 22, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA--Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that he will appeal Friday's decision by Justice Michaela Murphy in his lawsuit asking the asking the Superior Court to find that the Attorney General exceeded her authority by bringing a federal suit in a different state on behalf of the people of Maine without being directed to do so by the Governor or Legislature.
"I am suing Attorney General Janet Mills because she has refused to follow the law in representing the Governor's Office, and she has explicitly broken the law by suing the federal government in another state without direction from either the Legislature or the Governor," stated Governor LePage. "The Attorney General acts as if she is her own branch of government instead of a department head subject to the direction of the duly elected Legislature. The Democrats in the Legislature are obviously afraid to rein her in so it is left to me once again to call out rogue and unscrupulous behavior when I see it."
The Governor continued, "Furthermore, since she enters into these lawsuits without authorization from the Legislature or the Governor, I question how she is paying for them since there is no appropriation or financial order to cover the expense. Since we cannot obtain a clear record of time and billing from her office, I can only assume that she is covering the costs of these lawsuits with funds that were not appropriated for that purpose. Her rogue behavior, refusal to respect the authority of the Legislature or the Governor of the State of Maine, and lack of transparency around time and money show that she is not a solution for what needs fixing in state government, she is the problem. She represents the cronyism that I've been fighting to clean up for eight years."
"Unfortunately, this case has been on Justice Murphy's desk awaiting a decision since May, and it is clear she delayed issuing a ruling--until challenged by my attorneys--so the appeal would not be heard until after the election," added Governor LePage.
Justice Murphy's decision states: "Here, the Governor argues that the Attorney General exceeded her authority by participating in a federal action on behalf of the State. The Governor cites to the language of the statute, suggesting not unreasonably that the language is clear and unambiguous."
The decision is available here (scroll to bottom of press release web page).
Maine GOP TV Ad Highlights Janet Mills Double-Dipping at Taxpayer Expense
Mills collecting six-figure salary, and state funded pension while running for Governor
AUGUSTA – The Maine GOP is rolling out our new 30 second TV ad, ‘Janet Mills, Double-Dipper’ this morning. The ad exposes how Janet Mills, while being paid to work as Attorney General, has been collecting a taxpayer funded Maine retirement check and running for Governor.
“This ad speaks for itself,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP. “Janet Mills has been collecting two taxpayer funded paychecks while running for Governor. Whether it’s chips, dips, or the public payroll, double-dipping is never good. Two paychecks, one job, all while running for Governor. Janet Mills is why Maine’s tired of career politicians.”
The New York Times’ desperate smear attempt on Shawn Moody is so fundamentally flawed that Maine’s press wouldn’t even touch it when Janet Mills’ national attack squad shopped it around.
This is nothing but an attempt by America’s most famous fake news outlet to attack and smear a good man and great company for partisan political gain.
The New York Times was offered a list of women who work at Moody’s. Many have children, were pregnant when they worked at Moody's, or are pregnant now. The report is FALSE.
This attempt to smear one of Maine’s Best Places To Work with a hack article is all about nationalizing a race already swamped with millions of dollars in liberal outside money.
There is no shame with the national media – especially the New York Times.
Below is a statement from the Moody Campaign on this desperate New York Times smear:
BREAKING: New York Times prints false allegations against Moody which have existed in public file since 2006
· Out-of-State paper seeks to harm Moody’s reputation close to election day
· In video Moody co-workers come to his defense
· Moody’s has regularly won one of “Maine’s Best Places to Work” from outside ratings organization with high ratings from women and men who work for the company
GORHAM – Now that the race for Governor is in October and the election is just weeks away, the New York Times is seeking to interject itself into Maine’s race for Governor by publishing a piece seeking to attack the reputation of Shawn Moody.
The false allegations against Moody have existed in a public file since 2006, prior to Moody’s first race for Governor. Despite thorough research into Moody’s background and a full examination by the Maine media for many years, the New York Times is now seeking to discredit him. Democratic Party operatives and allies have sought to spread the story for months knowing Moody was, and is, in a strong position to win.
“Let me just say this, and in the strongest way possible, I have always treated every co-worker employee with dignity and respect, always,” said entrepreneur Shawn Moody. “It is just outrageous to even suggest my business does not have opportunities for women.”
In relation to the false allegation attack, several women at Moody’s have joined together in defending Shawn Moody and the company. The interview videos contain several short clips where they outline their personal feelings and experiences.
Debbie Gale who has worked with Moody for twenty years, including during the time the fired employee was at Moody’s, talks of the false allegations and how women have always been treated the company. She states, “It’s crazy, it’s not who Shawn is as a person.” Adding, “It’s ridiculous. It’s not true...women are respected here, men are respected here. If someone is no longer here it is because they have not done their job,” said Gale in some of the many statements contained in the video.
Moody’s coworker Carrie White, a mother of three and multi-year Moody’s coworker, discusses her own experiences and thoughts on the allegation.
Single mother Tameka Dexter also notes Shawn’s approach at the company and opportunities for women at the company.
HD Videos can be viewed here:
The false allegations were made by a former coworker let go by Moody’s back in 2006, twelve years ago. The former coworker, who hired an attorney and took financial gain, falsely alleged that Mr. Moody and the company fired her due to motherhood; despite the fact that Moody’s employed other women, continues to employ women at a higher rate than the industry average, and that the majority of Moody’s women coworkers have children. Several women have given birth during their employment as a co-worker at the company and others are pregnant now.
At the time Moody’s company insurance carrier stepped in under the insurance agreement to pay the legal bills surrounding the case and to deal with the attorneys. On their recommendation Moody’s settled the case, as noted in public documents at the Maine Human Rights Commission, in an effort to reduce legal fees from a long fight and move on from the former, terminated, coworker. In 40+ of business, it was and is the only time a fired coworker issued an allegation.
Moody’s has a process where several people within the company are involved in both the hiring and firing process.
A few facts:
In the Moody’s 2018 Best Places to Work award process, staff surveys sent to Moody’s following the outside ratings review, indicated women employees gave Moody’s a 96% satisfaction rate.
As part of Moody’s company health plan coverage for co-workers preventative care includes: childhood immunizations and breast, cervical or colorectal cancer screenings.
In the year 2017 (through December 31), women at Moody’s had a median wage of $51,805 while the national average is $39,988 –
According to a demographic report from Deloitte, MIT Media Lab and partners; people holding technical degrees and choosing to work in Moody’s industry nationally are 92.9% male.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, in a larger similar category, reports nationally 9.6% as the percentage of women working in this given field, meaning men make up over 90% of workers nationally.
Moody’s currently employs more women at their business than the national average. Women work in all facets of the business, including as a technicians on the shop floors.
Currently twenty five women work at Moody’s, with six in leadership positions. Eighteen of these women have children and family responsibilities. Four of these women were pregnant and gave birth while employed by Moody’s or are pregnant today.
“It is truly sad that the New York Times would seek to paint this picture, with a fired coworker and her family, and try to harm Shawn Moody and his business just because he chose to run for Governor,” said Lauren LePage, Campaign Manager for Moody.
District 19, which covers part of Sanford and Springvale incumbent Representative Matt Harrington is facing challenger Jeremy Mele.
Who is Jeremy Mele?
While Mele is the Democrat candidate, he is in fact a Socialist and previously held the position of Vice Chair of the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America. Currently, he is the head of the York County Regional Democratic Socialists of America.
Mele was raised in Quincy, Massachusetts and obtained two Undergraduate Degrees from Salem State University. He studies philosophy at Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts, and with that education believes he can take his philosophy studies and use them to influence policy in local government. He unsuccessfully ran for Sanford City Council in 2016.
A notable piece of Mele’s work during his time at Salem State was his thesis, in the form of a dramatic play in which the main character “Geoffrey—in a Twilight Zone-esque twist—is granted the ability to kill the bigoted politicians that plague his well-being and his TV screen with his mind.”
Continuing in the abstract, Mele writes, “All I can say is this; right or wrong, writing the death of a Donald Trump analogue was a fairly cathartic experience.”
Mele lists a number of issues which are important to him, issues such as the opioid epidemic, healthcare, and workers rights, yet his career as a student, and his lack of first hand experience with healthcare, as he admits to being on his father's plan, seems to leave him unprepared to tackle these complex issues facing real Maine communities.
Please help get the word out to your friends who Jeremy Mele really is. We need to ensure that Matt Harrington is re-elected this November.
Jeremy Mele poses with infamous print of murderous Communist Dictator Ernesto "Che" Guevara.