Aroostook Watchmen with Guest Phil Merletti on Confirmation Hearing of William Schneider For Judgeship

Phil recaps the events of the hearing.

The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on the confirmation of William Schneider.

03/12/2014 08:00 AM EDT (1:00:04)
EPISODE1409 – AROOSTOOK WATCHMEN

Listen HERE.

The 5 Remonstrances, click here.

Maine Judiciary Committee – Confirmation Hearing – William J. Schneider to the Maine District Court, click here.

Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary

Senator Linda M. Valentino (D-York), Chair

Senator John L. Tuttle, Jr. (D-York)  (absent)

Senator David C. Burns (R-Washington)

Representative Charles R. Priest (D-Brunswick), Chair

Representative Kimberly J. Monaghan-Derrig (D-Cape Elizabeth)

Representative Jennifer DeChant (D-Bath)

Representative Matthew W. Moonen (D-Portland)

Representative Stephen W. Moriarty (D-Cumberland)

Representative Lisa Renee Villa (D-Harrison)

Representative Jarrod S. Crockett (R-Bethel)*

Representative Michael G. Beaulieu (R-Auburn)

Representative Anita Peavey Haskell (R-Milford)

Representative Stacey K. Guerin (R-Glenburn)

Representative Wayne T. Mitchell (Penobscot Nation)

Governor Paul LePage
207-287-3531
Fax 207-287-1034
E-mail, click here

Senate President Justin L. Alfond (D-Cumberland County)
Senate President’s Office (207) 287-1500
home: 232-4187
E-mail: justin@justinalfond.com

Senate Majority Leader Troy D. Jackson (D-Aroostook County)
Senate Majority Office (207) 287-1515
home: 398-4081
cell: 436-0763
E-mail: SenTroy.Jackson@legislature.maine.gov

Senate Minority Leader Michael D. Thibodeau (R-Waldo County)
Senate Minority Office (207) 287-1505
home: 223-5177
E-mail: SenatorThibodeau@aol.com

Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-North Berwick)
(207) 287-1300
E-mail RepMark.Eves@legislature.maine.gov

Rep. Seth A. Berry, Majority Leader D-Bowdoinham)
House Majority Office (207) 287-1430
E-Mail: RepSeth.Berry@legislature.maine.gov

Rep. Kenneth Wade Fredette, Minority Leader R-Newport)
House Minority Office (207) 287-1440
E-Mail: RepKenneth.Fredette@legislature.maine.gov

OPEGA MISSION
The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) exists to support the Legislature in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to improve the accountability, oversight and performance of State government for the benefit of Maine’s citizens.

Related:  (now former) Secretary of State Charlie Summers, click here.

Laws Pertaining To The Seal Of The State Of Maine

Courtesy of Lise from Maine.

Click here.

Maine Secretary of State Dunlap Talks Out Of Both Sides Of His Mouth

Each year, the Secretary of State solicits nominations for the Lorraine M. Fleury Award. “The award is intended to recognize and honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to the election process and who exemplifies the qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge and service.”

“The integrity and efficiency of the election process depends almost entirely on the devotion of municipal officials,” said Secretary Dunlap. “It’s tough to single folks out, but individuals who carry out their duties with extraordinary energy and commitment are recognized by their peers, neighbors, and many elected officials, who have acknowledged this work with nominations for the Lorraine M. Fleury Award.”

“Maine’s a national leader in the administration of elections,” said Dunlap.

Source: Maine Government News

In 2004 I ran as a clean election candidate in a special election held in Biddeford. People who helped out with my campaign worked their hearts out and we conducted a clean campaign. The events surrounding this election were not just mere “irregularities” or “mistakes”. A full investigation into the City of Biddeford, and clerk Clairma Matherne, was fully warranted.

My issues are:
1) The premature opening of absentee ballots
2) The failure of the Post Office to mail my first-class campaign flyers. This was paid with clean election funds by the taxpayers of Maine. These were not delivered and neither did the taxpayers receive their mail.

These are state and federal violations of law and a matter of public interest.

Sec. of State Dunlap ignored my complaint to his Deputy Secretary of State, Julie Flynn and Asst. A.G. Leanne Robbins.

Dunlap also viewed the physical evidence of campaign flyers not mailed by the Post Office. Click here.  Taxpayers funds paid for this! You should be outraged!

Evidence of cover up of violations of law within the Secretary of State’s Office (inc. DMV), dating back to Bill Diamond, were presented to Mr. Dunlap. He has the same generic answer used today…”there’s nothing I can do.”

When Charlie Summers took over Secretary Dunlap’s position, I requested to meet with him about Dunlap’s failure to act. Summers did not grant me the opportunity to meet with him. However, the following is what transpired. Click here.

Secretary Dunlap speaks of “the qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge, integrity and efficiency of the election process”, yet dismisses/ignores all of the above  with the City Clerk of Biddeford because it suits the Office of Secretary of State and its cohorts. Those who do not listen/read the media/press releases are uninformed, those who do…are misinformed. The people of Maine are being misled by one side of Mr. Dunlap’s mouth. (However, beware, this is the norm with public official announcements.)

There must be oversight and accountability within the office of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General’s office and the Ethics Commission. Unless, and until, there is accountability and oversight of state agencies, including constitutional officers, this is what can we expect from Augusta!

Maine is hardly “a national leader in the administration of elections.” Pay attention to Mr. Dunlap’s lips.

Related: click here.

 

 

Aroostook Watchmen – Emergency Meeting With Governor Paul LePage

Jack and Phil discuss the extraordinary meeting with Governor LePage.  To listen, click here.  (sound comes in at approx. 12 minutes into the broadcast)

Remonstrance For Maine Government, click here.

There is some concern that, should Governor LePage pursue the Remonstance, he might be “set up.” Should that happen it will expose “who” set him up and the people will back up Governor LePage.

Discussion is had on the wild goose chase by the Attorney General’s office and that Governor LePage will look into that. It’s hopeful that he will. However, at the beginning of his tenure, the Governor was apprised of the “less than poor” job performance of his constitutional officers, specifically William Schneider, A.G. and Charlie Summers, Secretary of State. Unfortunately, former Attorney General Janet Mills and former Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap have returned to their former positions…and nothing will change. Nothing was done about A.G. William Schneider, nor Secretary of State Charlie Summers and replacing them with “formers” will not yield a different result.

Additionally, unconstitutional bills go beyond the 2nd amendment.

Constitutional violations continue due to the uninformed, uneducated legislators which is in total conflict with their sworn oaths of office.

Whenever a constitutional violation is perpetrated against one of the people, they have a right to redress in the court.  However, much research has been done regarding our judicial system. (view this post – comments)

Whether one has an issue of foreclosure, thefts involving property, children, animals, etc. , you ultimately end up in court. Judges are paid state employees. If you file a complaint against a judge it goes before the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability. See members on this committee. Is this not a conflict of interest…a serious issue that Governor LePage can resolve…remove judges/attorneys judging judges.  These members are personal appointments by the governor.

Related: CORRUPTION AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST PERMEATES WITHIN THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND DISABILITY

This blog was started to educate and inform the public. There is much information and documentation to prove malfeasance of office, official corruption and oppression, violations of unalienable rights, cover up of violations of law by our elected officials …. and so much more.

For more info, type the name/agency in the “search engine.”  More info/documents will be added as time permits.

In the meantime, please support the efforts of the Aroostook Watchmen and forward the posts on this blog far and wide.

Do not be fooled by the wolves in sheep clothing!

Your comments and questions are more than welcome. Please feel free to post.

Points To Ponder As Maine’s 2012 Election Comes To An End

As the November election comes to an end, let’s take a look at the integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and character (or lack thereof) of Maine’s U.S. Senate candidates. Let’s see who ‘says one thing and does another’.

I’ve seen the candidates campaign ads on tv. The same message for decades with a different face. In my opinion, the following are points to ponder before you vote.

Candidate Charlie Summers (Maine’s Secretary of State)
In his tv ads he speaks of losing his wife, having to be mother and father to his children and laying awake at night wondering how he will pay his mortgage to the bank.

Well, Mr. Summers, I (as so many other Mainers) lay awake nights too. I lost a husband (his life taken, covered up), I lost my only child and had to bury her without insurance that I paid Metropolitan Life Insurance for. I lay awake wondering when the Bureau of Insurance will hold MetLife accountable. It’s been three years since they “are still looking into it.” I lay awake nights waiting for Saco Biddeford Savings Inst., and their coherts in Biddeford (inc. Atty. Jens-Peter Bergen on the Kennebunk prostitution “client list”) to be held accountable in the fraudulent taking of my business property and home. I lay awake nights waiting for you, (and former SOS Matt Dunlap), Attorney General William Schneider and Jonathan Wayne (Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices) to investigate election fraud in Biddeford. These are only a few examples of sleepless nights.

Summers wants us to know that we will have him to work for us in Washington. Why isn’t he working for us in Maine? Why is he not upholding his duties as Maine’s Secretary of State?

Candidate Kevin Raye – President of the Maine Senate.
Ignored requests to meet with him to present issues of fraud, waste and abuse. Worked for US Senator Olympia Snowe for 17 years. Birds of a feather….
Andrea Mitchell’s exclusive interview with Sen. Olympia Snowe when she ubruptly decided not to seek re-election and giving possible candidates approximately two weeks to gather signatures. “Having a milestone birthday helps you to focus about whether or not I was prepared to commit for another six years in the United States Senate.” I find it hard to believe that Senator Snowe didn’t know last year that she was coming up upon a “milestone birthday.”

Candidate Angus King
Angus King created 70,000 jobs. Were they generated from his 147 government appointments?

During the tenure of former governor Angus King, I received from a state legislator a list of the key “serve at the pleasure” of the governor positions. I learned from this legislator that he was chastised on the House floor for taking this public. Why the big secret? According to this document, there is a more comprehensive list than what is provided here and is kept within the Office of the Secretary of State. We the people have a right to know whose salaries we are paying! We also have a right to know who the “Confidential Employees” are. Additionally, King (and other state officials) was given the evidence of official corruption in Maine via Tom Dunn’s video which investigation initially began with the Attorney General seeking Tom’s assistance.

Candidate US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
Pingree runs her campaign on veterans issues. Her debate with Maine Senator John Courtney (another good ole boy network member) on Maine Watch she said she was there for individuals who need help with veteran issues. Well, not so. E-mails to her go unanswered and there is no getting past her aide (gatekeeper) Jim Pineau, despite his lies to the Maine Director of Veterans Services.

Candidate Danny Dalton
Republican Charlie Summers, independent Angus King and Democrat Cynthia Dill squared off in a three-way debate at the Franco-American Center. The three other independent candidates, Steve Woods of Yarmouth, Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell, and Danny Dalton of Brunswick, were not invited to the live debate.

Dalton, 56, is a former intelligence specialist with the Army and Air Force who went on to travel the world as a federal agent and civilian contractor chasing down terrorists and drug smugglers.
After Dalton left the security business, he continued to gather intelligence from his old contacts, at his own expense. When he tried to share the information with the federal government — including the specific location of Taliban commanders — he again got nowhere, he said.

Eventually, Dalton said, he tried to share some of his information and complaints with Maine’s senators, Snowe and Susan Collins. He met with their staff members but said his leads and complaints still went nowhere.

He decided to run against Snowe as a way to expose the waste and dysfunction and the failure of the two-party system.

And so much to be said about term limits. Maine Senator Barry Hobbins is termed out as senator, so now he runs for the House!

Will Maine’s history repeat itself in Washington? Will it be different this time around? I think NOT!

NOTE:  My attempts to send this to J. Scott Moody, Maine Heritage Policy Center comes up with “Error The address “J. Scott Moody” in the “To” field was not recognized.

This is not the first time I cc blogs to this agency. The e-mail address is the one noted on The Maine Heritage Policy Center website.  What’s up with this Scott Moody? The same happened with Lance Dutson prior to his move to campaign for Secretary of State Charlie Summers.

FRAUD CASE AGAINST FORMER MAINE GOV. MCKERNAN’S FOR-PROFIT EDUCATION BUSINESS

10.25.12 update

” McKernan, who is married to retiring U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, has been a director of EDMC since 1999 and served as its chairman of the board from June 2006 until August of this year. He served as the corporation’s CEO from September 2003 to February 2007. He originally was named personally as a defendant in the lawsuit, but has since been dropped as a defendant.”

If this were you or I would we get off the hook?  Is this not selective prosecution? Is this not a double standard of justice?

10.24.12

PPH reports “A federal judge has recommended that a fraud case against a for-profit university corporation once led by former Maine Gov. John McKernan can go forward. Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp. has been accused by a whistleblower of engaging in “a multi-faceted, corporate-wide scheme to enroll as many students as possible, and to keep them on the rolls for as long as possible, without regard to (their) qualifications or … likelihood of graduation or career placement, in order to maximize financial aid” from the federal government, according to court filings.”

“Education Management has a nonprofit based in Portland — The Education Foundation — that gives scholarships to students attending Education Management schools. Until earlier this year, the foundation was led by Ruth Summers, wife of Snowe’s former longtime aide Charlie Summers, who is running for Snowe’s seat.

“According to The New York Times, the company received $2.2 billion in federal student aid in the fiscal year ending in June 2010, nearly 90 percent of its net revenue.”

“McKernan is married to U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who is not seeking re-election this year.”

Related:

WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT TARGETS FORMER MAINE GOVERNOR /JOHN McKERNAN
IS THERE MORE THAN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH SENATOR OLYMPIA SNOWE AND EDMC?
U.S. SENATOR OLYMPIA SNOWE – CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS

[new post] Lunch And Reception With U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH) and Candidate Charlie Summers…Corporate Contributions Accepted…Connect The Dots!

Please join us for a luncheon and reception with

United States Senator Kelly Ayotte
Member of the U.S. Senate Ar+med Services, Budget, Commerce and
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees

with special guest

Charlie Summers
Candidate for the United States Senate

Wednesday, October 10th

12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Photo Opportunity
1:00 p.m. General Reception

The Regency
20 Milk Street
Portland

General Reception $250 per person

Luncheon and Photo Opportunity Sponsor Levels

Platinum: $5,000 (7 guests)
Gold: $2,500 (3 guests)
Silver: $1,000 (1 guest)

Corporate contributions accepted

Source: Maine Republican Party

Related: Investigation Into Presidential And Congressional Fundraising

 Kelly Ayotte Cayman Islands Connection and Backroom Meeting With Lobbyists

MITT ROMNEY AND U.S. SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH) HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON – THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

MAINE SECRETARY OF STATE CHARLIE SUMMERS WINS ELECTION AND JULIE FLYNN GETS TO COUNT HER BOSS’ VOTES

COMMISSION TO STUDY THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS IN MAINE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS   View Campaign flyers – U.S. Post Office failed to mail.

Connect the dots…….

[new post] U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE CHARLIE SUMMERS UNDERSTANDS?

Summers for Senate ad

The ad is touching especially to those of us who have experienced the same. Like a typical politician he talks out of both sides of his mouth….to get elected! Secretary Summers is following the same pattern of corruption that has been ongoing for years by both major parties.

He attempts to assure the voters that they will “always have someone to fight for them.” He has failed miserably in his duties and obligations as Secretary of State. Is it so difficult to do what’s right?

18 USC § 4 – MISPRISION OF FELONY

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

Does Charlie Summers really understand…..or just knows how to play the game?

I’m asking Mainers to seek accountability from Secretary Summers in the frauds perpetrated against Maine’s taxpayers.

Related: click here, click here.

Let’s start with the overall game plan of the Republican Super-PACs in Washington.

Published in: on September 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm  Comments (2)  

[new post] Maine U.S. Senate Candidate Angus King’s Involvement In The Wind Industry

Are wind farms saving or killing us? A provocative investigation claims thousands of people are falling sick because they live near them.
By JAMES DELINGPOLE

The symptoms they claim to have suffered may vary – including dizziness; increased blood pressure and depression – but the theme remains the same.
(Do not miss the comments)

PPH reports “King calls new wind ad false, asks TV stations to stop running it. The ad, purchased by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, features members of an anti-wind group that claims King made “millions” off the Record Hill wind project in Roxbury. The complaint comes as the King campaign appears to be weighing a new tack following recent polls reporting gains by Democrat Cynthia Dill and Republican Charlie Summers.”

Charlie Summers campaign says “King’s attack ad from 1994 shows he ‘says one thing, and does another.’

As the November election heats up, let’s take a look at the integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and character (or lack thereof) of Maine’s U.S. Senate candidates. Let’s see who ‘says one thing and does another’.

During the tenure of former governor Angus King, I received from a state legislator a list of the key “serve at the pleasure” of the governor positions. I learned from this legislator that he was chastised on the House floor for taking this public. Why the big secret? According to this document, there is a more comprehensive list than what is provided here and is kept within the Office of the Secretary of State. We the people have a right to know whose salaries we are paying! We also have a right to know who the “Confidential Employees” are.

Related:

Maine’s Corrupt 2012 Election Marches on….

Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers wins election and Julie Flynn Gets to Count Her Boss’ Votes.

This evidence speaks for itself and (former) Governor King’s threat to one of the people “shocks the conscience.”

Will Maine’s history repeat itself in Washington?

Published in: on September 25, 2012 at 12:05 am  Leave a Comment  

[new post] MAINE’S CORRUPT 2012 ELECTION MARCHES ON…….

Republican Charlie Summers, independent Angus King and Democrat Cynthia Dill squared off in a three-way debate at the Franco-American Center on Monday evening.

The top rivals hope to win the seat of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Andrea Mitchell’s exclusive interview with Sen. Olympia Snowe when she ubruptly decided not to seek re-election and giving possible candidates approximately two weeks to gather signatures. “Having a milestone birthday helps you to focus about whether or not I was prepared to commit for another six years in the United States Senate.” I find it hard to believe that Senator Snowe didn’t know last year that she was coming up upon a “milestone birthday.”

“Summers pitched his experience as a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Summers said he didn’t believe the government in the U.S. was broken, only without leadership.

“King pitched the things he accomplished during his eight years as Maine’s top executive, his independence and focused on trying to be a politician who would do things differently than the status quo of the two-party system. “The system isn’t working,” King said.

“Dill pitched her lifelong commitment to progressive values. Dill said neither Summers or King had it right. “You’ve got one candidate who says the system is broken. But let’s face it, it is broke, but it’s not broke for guys like him. It’s broke for the rest of us. Dill said she was the only candidate in the race standing up for working families and small businesses.”

The economy, job, taxes are the main themes for candidates. These Maine candidates are/have been in political positions. They speak as all other “has been” politicians who could have made a difference, but wouldn’t. Angus King was Maine’s governor, Charles Summers is a former member of the Maine State Legislature and Cynthia Dill currently sits in Maine’s legislature.

How do these people expect the economy to grow with such corruption under their control? They all have the same answer “there’s nothing I can do.” Well they are paid to do something! They didn’t do anything to help the abuses inflicted upon Mainer’s while in office then, do you expect they will when elected? Rather than listen to their scripted speeches, take a serious look at their honesty and trustworthiness. Their character speaks volumes!  Do you realize the votes in congress affect the entire country?

The three other independent candidates, Steve Woods of Yarmouth, Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell, and Danny Dalton of Brunswick, were not invited to the live debate. They were invited to participate in an online forum. Angus King is running as an independent. It’s unfair that these three independent candidates we not invited to the debate.

Mainers do have a choice!

Related, click here, click here.

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