KCDC 2010 Campaign Headquarters
193 Park St. Suite B Rockland, Maine 04841
(Left-hand side of the big red building)
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from July, August, September 2010
- Republican gubernatorial candidate a major embarrassment.
- A Bangor Daily News editorial (09/28) says,
By showing a hostile disinterest in whether his own proposals make sense fiscally or otherwise, he is a risky choice for this state's leader. more...
He says he's
...about ready to punch [reporter] A. J. Higgins... and will
...tell Obama to go to Hell... (BDN 09/29) more...
Mark Ellis, a 2-time chairman of the Maine GOP endorsed independent gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody. more...
Important Events Tuesday and Wednesday
Two important debates will be held this Wednesday, September 29th. Please come and support our Democratic candidates. There was an event in Waldo recently that looked like the health care meetings we saw on TV earlier this year. The audience (largely Tea Party folks) gave long speeches before asking leading questions to which candidates had a short time to respond. "Correct" answers were cheered and those not perceived to be correct resulted in jeers. Democratic candidates did not get many cheers. We cannot let this happen again; our candidates deserve beter.
It is a busy week but please support our candidates by showing up in either Union or Rockland this Wednesday. Here are the details on the upcoming events:
The Union Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidates Night for local State Senate and House candidates and Judge of Probate candidates. There may not be questions taken by the Judge of Probate Candidates. The Knox County Sheriff candidates will not be participating since there is a debate in Rockland the same night for them. The event is on Wednesday, September 29th at the Union Town Office on Common Rd. in Union. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, opening statements at 7:00 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. The moderator again this year is Ron Hawes from Union Agway.
Chris Johnson, Andy O'Brien, Lisa Miller and Sarah Ruef-Lindquist have been invited; Shelby Chadwick is not able to attend.
You may submit questions in advance to email@example.com by Tuesday, September 28th.
A debate organized by Village Soup between the three candidates for Knox County sheriff will be held Wednesday, September 29th at 7 p.m, in the council chambers at Rockland City Hall. The council chambers is located in the rear of city hall at 270 Park St.
The public is invited to attend the session and pose questions to the three candidates. There will be opening statements, followed by questions from the public, and then closing statements. The event will be broadcast live on government access Channel 22 and will be rebroadcast until Election Day, Nov. 2. People watching on television can also send in their questions during the debate by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Associate News Editor Stephen Betts will be the moderator.
Finally, please remember that Tuesday's Old-Fashioned Farm Picnic at Lee Webb's home (580 Sennebec Road, Union; 1 mile north of Rt 17) for Libby Mitchell and other candidates will go on rain or shine, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
- Sarah Ruef-Lindquist's opponent misleads voters. This letter in the Herald Gazette exposes Emery's record of poor decision-making as the incumbent Knox County Judge of Probate.
- Green Sneakers canvassing Sat, Oct 2: This is the weatherization project that brings households information about all the public agencies and local businesses that provide services and materials for weatherization at all levels of affordability. Canvassers receive training and give a reusable bag filled with information and energy-saving gifts to the households visited. Sign up with Carmen Lavertu 354-9556.
- More on weatherization: The Five-Town CSD is offering several classes (at Camden Hills Regional High School) in home energy saving:
Sep 27, Home Energy Audits; Oct 4: Home Weatherization; Oct 18: Ultra-high Efficiency Homes. 236-7800 ext 274.
- Status Report on National Health Care Reform:
The NYTimes (9/23) published this graphic to illustrate how we've fared in the first six months (overall grade: B).
President Obama's message to OFA (Organizing for America):
We're six weeks out from the November 2nd elections -- and the President is fired up.
Watch the video and be proud to be a Democrat, proud to have elected this man, and eager to work to elect Democrats to keep the "game on."
- Court upholds Maine's Clean Election law. We received this email from Attorney General Janet Mills(09/16/10):
I am pleased to report that federal District Court Judge George Singal today denied Republican Rep. Andre Cushing's request for a temporary restraining order to suspend significant portions of Maine's Clean Election law. Cushing and the "Respect Maine PAC" asked the court to enjoin the distribution of matching funds in the current elections, enjoin enforcement of the MCEA independent reporting requirements and enjoin enforcement of the $750 contribution limit for gubernatorial races.
Judge Singal noted that ten years have passed since the MCEA was implemented after the law was enacted by popular referendum. In 2008 alone, 303 legislative candidates (81%) took part in public financing, with 114 of them receiving matching funds. This past spring 280 candidates in 170 different races qualified for public financing.
The judge noted that Maine's law had already been found constitutional by the federal appeals court in the 2000 case of Daggett v. Comm'n on Ethics & Elections Practices. While the US Supreme Court has thrown out different provisions of federal campaign finance laws in recent years (e.g., Citizens United), Judge Singal was not convinced that those cases cast doubt on the constitutionality of Maine's law. He concluded that, based on precedent, "Plaintiffs have no chance of success on the merits" and therefore denied their motion for a temporary restraining order.
Plaintiffs will probably file an appeal in short order. In the meantime, Maine's Clean Election law remains fully enforceable, and we will continue to vigorously defend it against all challenges.
I want to thank Assistant Attorneys General Phyllis Gardiner and Tom Knowlton and the various candidates who submitted affidavits in support of our case.
- Libby Mitchell's Teabag/Republican opponent embarrassed over taxes. He knows how to cut property taxes, at least his own, by declaring both his Florida home and his Maine home as his primary residence. Oh, never mind, the homes are in his wife's name, and it's just a "paperwork error." (don't try this at your home, kids) More here...
Here's the video of his hot headed press conference to explain it.
Our fall campaign headquarters is up and running in Rockland at 193 Park St, Suite B. This is the second floor of the red building beside Rockland Food service. The telephone number is 594-0143. We are open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays; noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
If you are able to take 3 hours a week for the next 8 weeks to help elect Libby Mitchell, Chellie Pingree and all our great local candidates, use our website form, or call Bonnie Post at 542-0411.
We still need a few items at HQ, including:
- Paper shredder
- Padded or secretary chairs
- Pillow seats for those hard metal chairs
- Long Curtains for a sliding glass door
- Computer desks
- New Campaign Events are listed in the calendar. Note that we had the wrong date on Lee Webb's "Fun" Raiser for Libby Mitchell; the correct date is Tuesday, Sept 28th.
The September 12th 'Fun' Raiser at Mike Mayo's brought out Chellie Pingree and our local candidates to meet and greet. Good weather and good friends! Click on the image to see the gallery of pix by Peter Lindquist.
- Shelby Chadwick needs drivers to take her door-to-door in her campaign for the District 49 House seat. Hours are weekday mornings until 2:00 p.m., then evenings after 6:00 p.m. The goal is to keep the candidate moving and able to concentrate on the folks she meets. Email her at email@example.com
- James O'Haverty's health continues to improve after heart surgery earlier this year. Seen at Eric's barber shop the last week of August, he said he's looking forward to our September meeting.
- Chellie Pingree's campaign announced their re-scheduled fundraiser for September 6th. Details here.
Two Great Speakers for the Lobster Bake, Aug 22:
We are very pleased to announce that Democratic candidate for Governor, Libby Mitchell, and our good KCDC friend, Chris Appel, will speak at this year's annual John Syrett Lobster Bake to be held Sunday August 22nd. Representative Chellie Pingree will also attend and introduce Libby. Chris helped staff the Knox County Democratic headquarters in 2008, doing a great job and making many friends along the way. If you haven't already agreed to do so, please come and welcome them.
The Lobster Bake will be held at the oceanfront home of Ken and Barbara Wexler in Owls Head, beginning with a social hour at 4:00 pm. The dinner catered by Mike Mayo, 4M Productions, begins at 5:15. Tickets are $30 per person, and the meal includes a lobster, mussels, corn, coleslaw, potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, soft drinks and cookies. Wine and beer will also be available.
We hope you will consider adding your name to the list sponsors of the Bake or make a donation if you are not able to come. The money we raise will help fund the ambitious media, mailing and candidate support activities we have planned as well as the get out the vote efforts. We can only implement this plan if we are able to raise the money needed to do so.
To sign up as a sponsor, to buy tickets or to make a donation by credit card online, you may go to http://www.actblue.com/page/Lobsterbake2010. For information on becoming a sponsor, to pay by credit card or for questions, call Stu Thro at 594-8611 or Bonnie Post at 594-9263. Payment may also be mailed to the Knox County Democratic Committee, PO Box 452, Rockland, ME 04841. Prepayment must be received by August 18th to attend the event.
John Syrett Lobster Bake Committee
- Libby Mitchell in Rockland, Friday, August 13
We just received this information from Libby Mitchell's campaign:
I just wanted to touch base with to let you know Libby will be attending her first public candidates forum of the general election cycle, this Friday, August 13th. The Island Institute is hosting a candidates forum at The Strand Theater in downtown Rockland from 1 pm to 3 pm, this is free and open to the public, no tickets or RSVPs required.
Before the forum, at 12:30, I am working to gather a team of about 10-12 loyal volunteers to wave signs and cheer Libby on. This will be her first head-to-head with her opponents and it is particularly important that we show up in style, to show folks that Democrats are energized and ready to win this November.
Please let me know if you can join us at 12:30!
Libby Mitchell for Governor
- Andy O'Brien, our district 44 rep (Lincolnville, Islesboro, Hope, Appleton, Searsmont, Liberty, and Morrill), is having a Taiwanese/Korean BBQ party on Sunday, August 15 at 5 p.m. 217 Beach Rd, Lincolnville. Stop by and tell Andy what you think.
- Shelby Chadwick, our candidate for the Maine House, District 49 (Cushing, Friendship, Union and Warren), needs:
- Our Lobster Festival Parade turnout was excellent and loads of fun. Thanks to Amy Fischer and Diane Smith for organizing us and sending in the photos. Click the thumbnail to see them all.
- Our last KCDC meeting was Tuesay, August 10th, at Stella Maris House, Rockland. The agenda is here, and the Chair's message is here.
- Diana Beach, Diane Smith, Selina Martin with Tonka and Margaret Boyajian celebrate the President's birthday by telephoning supporters to march in the Rockland Lobster Parade and to volunteer for the Knox County Democrats. They ended the evening singing Happy Birthday to the President and enjoying delicious cupcakes made by Delia Gorham of Organizing for America.
- KCDC email issues? If you:
- want to get on our email distribution list,
- are on our list but don't get emails,
- want to get off our list,
have a look at our new email page.
- Green our Lobster Bake.
We are making a major effort to insure our annual John Syrett Lobster Bake becomes more "green," but we have not been able to find any single use, biodegradable adult lobster bibs. So far, other than the bibs (and the real forks that we are using), everything from our food line will be composted.
So can anyone help us out with bibs? If you have suggestions, call Bonnie Post at 594-9263.
- Show our strength at the Lobster Festival Parade, Saturday, August 7th. Amy Fischer (email or 236-0616) is organizing us. Give her your ideas for a float, theme, or attention-getter. We muster at Rockland High School at 8:30. More here...
- Our annual John Syrett Lobster Bake fundraiser is Sunday August 22nd. Save the date. Details here.
- Sarah Ruef-lindquist kicked off her campaign for Knox County Judge of Probate on Wednesday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. at Eric Hopkins Gallery, Rockland. Details on our calendar.
Get the latest on her website.
- Our last meeting was July 13th at Stella Maris House, Rockland.
Discussion (disclaimer) included:
- Introduction of Chris Johnson of Somerville, candidate for Maine Senate, District 20, and Shelby Chadwick of Warren, candidate for Maine House, District 49.
- Bonnie Post reported that our Lobster Bake will be greener this year with composting of almost all organic material. Sponsor the bake and buy tickets through Act Blue or Stu Thro.
- We will have no candidate for Maine Senate, District 22 (all of Knox County).
- Bonnie Post is organizing our Strategic Planning Committee.
- Thomaston 4th Celebration: Lysbeth Andrews reported a successful food booth despite a shortage of volunteers. If you're missing a cooler, call Lysbeth. Amy Fischer and Diane Smith recapped the parade, urging more and better for the Rockland Lobster Festival.
- We are still seeking someone to sit as Vice-Chair. Please call the Chair if your or someone you know will step up.
- Stu Thro was elected Recording Secretary by acclamation. Thank you Stu!
- Jean Tracy of Warren was elected to the State Committee, She joins Moira Paddock, Diana Beach, and the Chair (ex Officio).
- The Headquarters Committee is still at work trying to find us space for the fall campaign.
- Mike Mayo discussed plans for the Media & Mailing Committee, renamed Media, Mailing, and Candidate Support Committee (MM&CSC?) This committee does a lot of the heavy lifting, and could use additional members. Please give Mike a call if you can help.
- The Fund Raising Committee is sorely in need of leadership, volunteers, and ideas. Please call the Chair if you can help.
- The Union Fair runs eight days at the end of August. We will staff our political booth, but probably not full time.
- Several events have been added to our July/August Calendar
The meeting agenda is here.