Jonathan Courtney…..Justify Your Run For Maine Secretary of State

BDN reports “Split Legislature creates uncertain re-election path for Democrats in Maine constitutional offices.”

Matt Dunlap, another former Democratic lawmaker, was secretary of state from 2005 to 2011 and from 2013 through the present. Dunlap is running for re-election but faces a challenge from former Republican Sen. Jonathan Courtney of Springvale.

Courtney served one term in the House and four terms in the Senate — including one as Senate majority leader — before being termed out of office in 2012. He was the Republican nominee for the 1st Congressional District that year, but he lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Dunlap said he doesn’t see the secretary of state as a partisan position and hopes that lawmakers recognize he hasn’t operated that way.

“I have the track record to continue,” said Dunlap.”

The Department of the Secretary of State touches the lives of virtually every Maine resident. From safeguarding the original Maine State Constitution and preserving millions of precious historic documents, to conducting state elections….and takes its responsibilities in the area of elections and civic education very seriously.”

Let’s examine if Mr. Dunlap has the “track record to continue.”

Through personal experiences, the Secretary of State most certainly appears as a partisan position and documented evidence reveals a less than poor job performance within various divisions of this office. At this time we will focus on elections.

Secretary Dunlap speaks of “the qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge, integrity and efficiency of the election process”, yet dismissed/ignored election law violations and refused to investigate the City of Biddeford’s election fraud in 2004. The 1)premature opening of absentee ballots and 2)the failure of the Post Office to mail first-class campaign flyers are state and federal violations of law, a matter of public trust and interest and warranted a full investigation into the City of Biddeford. The general public had not heard about this as the media refused to report on this, unlike the recent reporting on the ballot recount in the Falmouth-area election. “Dunlap said a major swing in the recount happened when a bundle of 25 ballots from Long Island that were not counted on election night were discovered and other ballots that can’t be accounted for that have suddenly appeared.” BDN reports “Given the tight margin in the recount, these 21 untraceable ballots made the difference in deciding the winner. Efforts by the Bangor Daily News to obtain a copy of the voter manifest are ongoing, as both the Maine secretary of state’s office and the town of Long Island claim the list is in the other’s possession. The recount on Nov. 18 and Monday’s document review were both overseen by Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn. Efforts this week to contact Flynn and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap have been unsuccessful. Democrats feel burned by the fact that the GOP would not allow any additional investigation, and they say the senators must use all resources at their disposal to determine where the 21 Long Island ballots came from and pledge to explore all legal options available to ensure there was no voter fraud in Senate District 25.”

Now that the shoe is on the other foot…the Democrats cry “foul.”

Why didn’t the Democrats “say the senators must use all resources at their disposal” with the fraudulent election in Biddeford?

On the other hand, Republicans are not exempt from another “selective” process within this state. Former Republican Sen. Jonathan Courtney was presented with the documented evidence of crimes, attached in this post, and brushed aside. With his failure to act on criminal activity,  will he maintain the same “qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge, integrity and efficiency of the election process” as Mr. Dunlap?

With the refusal of those in authority to act, per their oaths, duties and obligations – whether constitutional officers or elected officials – are we to trust that future elections will be honest? Are we to trust the same people in office today who were there in the past?

Does Mr. Mr. Dunlap have the “track record to continue”?

Jonathan Courtney must justify his qualifications for position as Secretary of State.

Related: Maine Secretary of State Dunlap Talks Out Of Both Sides Of His Mouth, click here.

COMMISSION TO STUDY THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS IN MAINE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, click here.

Published in: on November 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

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.

Governor Paul LePage’s Comment During An Event Gets Him In Hot Water Again

Governor LePage attended an event Friday in North Berwick  set up for attendees of Pratt & Whitney’s annual employee appreciation day. His comment has sparked debate on both sides of the issue.

Anyone who has not been subjected to the lies, misinformation, demoniztion by the media will not understand Governor LePage’s comment.

BDN reports “As he strapped into the F-35 Lightning II demonstrator machine, Maine’s Republican governor joked to a nearby Lockheed Martin Corp. guide: “I want to find the Press Herald building and blow it up.”

“In July 2011, he scolded reporters, telling them “you folks tend to not like to write the truth,” and in March 2012, he told students at Waterville Junior High School that “ reading newspapers in the state of Maine is like paying someone to lie to you.”

“On other occasions, he’s made clear his preference for television reporting over print journalism and his disdain for newspapers. LePage rarely grants interviews to any print journalists, but partisan politics likely contributes to his special emphasis on the Press Herald and its sister papers, the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Sentinel. The newspapers are owned by S. Donald Sussman, a major donor to Democratic candidates and husband of 1st District U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat with whom LePage has often clashed.

“Television station WMTW reporter Paul Merrill later asked LePage if he had any targets. The governor said: The Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News.”

“In response media reports of the event, the governor’s Twitter account soon sent out a message: “Threatened? It was a joke, folks.”

“LePage has long had a frosty relationship with Maine newspapers.”

PPH reports “Adrienne Bennett, the governor’s spokeswoman, said in an email that LePage was clearly joking and was responding to a question. LePage has had a tense relationship with the media — newspapers in particular — since he took office in January 2011. At least twice, he has told students that his biggest fear is newspapers. He once said that buying a copy of a newspaper is like paying someone to lie to you. LePage has a long record of strong statements and jokes gone wrong.”

Per the media’s modus operendi they will twist, turn, inflate an issue to sell a newspaper. If they were sincere in bringing the truth to the public why have they neglected to do so with the following:

The cover up of election fraud by secretary of State Matt Dunlap/ Charlie Summers and the Attorney General’s office, as well as the Post Office’s complicity in this crime.  The general public has not heard about this as the media refused to report on this.

The refusal of our politicians taken action on the evidence presented to them regarding the fraud, waste and abuse of Medicaid funding and refusal of Attorney General to investigate.

The controlled media has harmed many Mainers by refusing to print the “other side of the story.” The official corruption and theft of homes and small businesses, fraudulent foreclosures, kidnapping of children…the list goes on! Victims are further victimized by our mainstream media!

Another issue that warrants investigation is HUD, City of Biddeford office.

This is just for starters….where is the public outrage on this?

Those who do not read the newspaper are uninformed, those who do…are misinformed.

Joshua Tardy’s “Double Vision” Wrong For Judicial Selection Committee

On Friday, April 29, 2011 Governor Paul LePage announced the members of his Judicial Selection Committee. “I am pleased to have a group of experienced attorneys to advise me on judicial appointments. One of a governor’s lasting legacies is his judicial appointments and I take my responsibility to nominate judges very seriously. I look forward to working closely with this distinguished group of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all parts of the State to ensure that Maine people continue to be served by a high quality judiciary,” said Governor LePage.

Joshua Tardy will serve as the committee’s chair.

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Governor Paul R. LePage performed the swearing in of two judges. “In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor, and integrity of the candidates, not politics.”

Judges are reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and confirmed by the full Senate.

You should research which republicans – under the Baldacci administration – are advisors/commissioners/committee members, etc. under the LePage administration. You might learn something. A good place to start is with Joshua Tardy!

Maine Governor Paul LePage has aligned himself with the wrong people, not only with the Judicial Selection  Committee.

Is he getting “advice” from the Baldacci left-overs? Although, Joshua Tardy is a Republican.

(Now former) Rep. Joshua Tardy(R), during the tenure of Governor John Baldacci (D), was contacted regarding a fraudulent election in Biddeford, Maine. He was  informed of  ballot tampering and tampering of first class mailings with the post office. His help was also sought with fraudulent confiscation of  properties.  He stated, quote “this has been hashed over.” When asked why the complaining party wasn’t included in the “hashing over” of this issue, he  declined to speak and hung up.  Now Governor LePage nominates him to the Judicial Selection Committee?

Related: JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS IN MAINE – SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON!

There is some talk of Joshua Tardy running for CD2 congressional seat.  Who wants a lobbyist as a rep? Would he be representing us or his special interests…once again!

Maine lobbyists.

Governor LePage must take into consideration his “lasting legacies is his judicial appointments”  and take his responsibility to nominate judges more seriously. He must work more closely “with the people” who have been so irreparably harmed  by this less than “distinguished group of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all parts of the State” who have not “ensured that Maine people continue to be served by a high quality judiciary.”

The people know the problems. One of the problems is colleagues covering each others butts! The longer they have covered up…they deeper the hole they have dug. Misprision of Felony is still on the books!

Help the people restore our republic, Governor LePage. The people will back you.

(update) Are Organizations Who Work To Monitor, Improve And Defend Maine’s Landmark Clean Election Law On Board?

update 4-16-13

No response or feedback from either organization.

What are your thoughts on this?

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After watching Maine PBS public hearings on the Maine’s Clean Elections Act and hearing the testimony and opposition on the proposal to gut clean elections, the following e-mail was sent to organizations in support of the Maine Clean Elections Act. No response has been received.

—–Original Message—–

To: andrew
Cc: lwvme
Sent: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 1:25 pm
Subject: Maine’s Clean Elections Act

Andrew Boisse, Executive Director
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
PO Box 18187
Portland ME 04112

Barbara McDade, President
The League of Women Voters of Maine
PO Box 863
Augusta, ME 04332-0863

I watched the public hearings on Maine’s Clean Elections Act. I heard the testimony and opposition on the proposal to gut clean elections.Whereas your organizations work to monitor, improve and defend Maine’s landmark Clean Election law, I must share the following with you. My attempts to bring this information/documentation to those in authority have been brushed under the rug. What I share with you goes beyond the “gutting” of clean elections. The general public has not heard about this as the media refused to report on this. It is imperative that you, and the public, are aware of the inside tactics used against the taxpayers. Should the Clean Election law remain in place, it will not matter if the violations of said law continue. When lawmakers/law enforcement turn a deaf ear to the violations, the Clean Election law does not allow more Mainers the opportunity to serve, it does not give Maine voters more choices and will continue with only the elite, powerful and rich able to run for office.

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 was fully warranted. No one was ever held accoutable and these are issues your organizations must be made aware of, especially where the same people involved are in office.

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.

On November 4, 2005 I spoke with Mr. Jonathan Wayne, Director of the Ethics Commission regarding my complaint and he danced around the issue.  https://unmasker4maine.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/are-maine-elections-politically-controlled/

Letter to Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State (during tenure of Matthew Dunlap) https://unmasker4maine.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/flynna-g-election-february-92004.pdf

Letter to Leanne Robbins, Asst. A.G. https://unmasker4maine.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/a-g-robinson-election-may-15-2005.pdf

Campaign flyers – not mailed https://unmasker4maine.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/campaign-flyers.jpg

There must be oversight and accountability within the office of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General’s office and the Ethics Commission.

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.

Letter to Secretary of State, Charlie Summers – August 1, 2011 https://unmasker4maine.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/summers-charles-sec-of-state-voter-fraud.pdf

Reply from the Secretary of State, November 7, 2011 https://unmasker4maine.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/summers-charles-sec-of-state-reply-11-7-11.pdf

FOIA Request to Secretary of State Summers, November 14, 2011
https://unmasker4maine.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/summers-c-sec-of-state-1-foa-11-14-11-odt.pdf

FOIA reply from Secretary Summers, December 1, 2011 https://unmasker4maine.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/summers-c-sec-of-state-foa-response-dec-1-2011.pdf

Secretary Summers did not find that there was significant evidence to support an investigation? Deputy Secretary of State, Julile Flynn, “thoroughly” examined the incident with the Attorney General’s Office and Summers was confident that she arrived at the proper outcome. His “office does not possess any documentation of Ms. Flynn’s review of the matter in question as the process was based on oral communication.” An “oral communication” does not constitute an investigation. Had a full and fair investigation been conducted by Ms. Flynn and Asst. A.G. Robbins, they would have viewed the Post Office’s role in this state’s scam against decent, honest people who run for office.

Are we to trust that future elections will be honest whether there are clean election funds or not? Are we to trust the same people in office today who were there in the past? Unless, and until, there is accountability within the offices which oversee elections, and investigations, positive change will never occur. Good, decent, honest people will chose not to run for public office.

I will appreciate your feedback.

Dorothy Lafortune

Are we to trust organizations who claim to be on the side of We The People anymore than we trust our elected officials?

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