Maine gets F grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

The Center for Public Integrity reports “Update, November 20, 2015, 5:48 p.m.: Due to updates to data in other states, Maine’s rank has changed to tied for 43rd overall.”

View HERE.

Related:

No Surprise Maine Gets A D+ Grade On Judicial Accountability

Have things changed for the better?

Published in: on January 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Maine Governor Joseph E. Brennan Archives To Be Dedicated In Portland

PPH reports “The newly created Governor Joseph E. Brennan Archives will be dedicated Wednesday evening during a ceremony at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., in Portland.

Brennan, 82, served as Maine’s 70th governor from 1979 to 1987.

Members of the Brennan Archives Committee have spent the past three years compiling more than 60 hours of filmed interviews with former staffers, colleagues, friends, family members, and state officials recalling Brennan’s long public service career.

The Brennan Archives will feature more than 144 television clips and stories about Brennan, digitized for the first time.

The archives will be stored at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, which is on the corner of Gray and State streets. They will be available to the public.

“We wanted scholars, researchers and visitors to the Archives to see and hear firsthand from those who worked with Governor Brennan what was accomplished from 1979 to 1987, how it was accomplished….”

“The interviews are fascinating and remind us of all that was accomplished during the Brennan years….”  Read more HERE.

For the sake of fairness to the public…. A MOST POWERFUL, REVEALING VIDEO BY TOM DUNN should be included in these archives during Governor Brennan’s tenure as Governor. View video HERE.

Related:

Tom Dunn credentials

Bridge 1

Bridge 2

Bridge 3

DOT Chief Resigns

Tom’s Summary – Brennan Criminal Legacy

Bus Trip To DC

Brennan timeline

Published in: on September 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm  Comments (3)  

In “Profound Loss For Maine’s Citizens,” Court OKs Sale Of Town’s Water To Nestle

TND reports “It was a win for corporate control of public water on Thursday for one Maine town. The winner in the case is Nestlé Waters of North America, which operates locally as Poland Spring. Fryeburg, Maine property owner Bruce Taylor and advocacy group Food & Water Watch had challenged the decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that afforded the company the right to bottle and sell off water from the aquifer.

Nisha Swinton, a senior organizer with Food & Water Watch issued a statement following the decision, calling it “a profound loss for Maine’s citizens” that “paves the way for a private corporation to profit from a vital public resource for decades to come.”

“Water is a basic right,” she added. “No private company should be allowed to rake in profits from water while leaving a local community high and dry. As we’ve seen in communities around the country, selling off Fryeburg’s water will do nothing to help the town’s residents.

“Nestlé has a long history of bullying communities into selling off public assets for private profit. Unfortunately, they’ve won this round,” Swinton said. Read more HERE.

More corporate control? When will people say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Published in: on May 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm  Comments (1)  

Talkshoe Live – Discussion of Representative Barry Hobbins’ LD 776 Legislation Relative to Deeds/Mortgages with Guest Mike Gill, Mortgage Specialist

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
8:00 PM EDT

Listen HERE.

Call in Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 27398#

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Does this law validate frauds regarding deeds/mortgages? Does this law cover up past “takings” of property by banks and municipal officials? Is this happening in other states? Is this a piece of the “bigger picture?”

LD 776 – An Act to Update the Validation of Miscellaneous Defects and Defective Acknowledgments in the Conveyance of Real Estate

Summary of LD 776

Roll-calls

Published in: on February 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mike Bond, Environmentalist And Author Of “Killing Maine”, Interview On Howie Carr Show Friday, September 4, 2015

” Mike Bond has written his second novel on the wind industry called “Killing Maine”. He is also an environmentalist that cares about the destruction that is happening in Maine. He has old roots in Maine, was an investment banker and consultant on worldwide energy issues. He was also CEO of CEnergy.

Mike will be interviewed on the Howie Carr Show this Friday at 6pm. Howie has said he will keep the discussion on this book and the wind scam in Maine going for as long as the calls keep coming in. His book is a novel but he has really nailed the corruption in Maine.

This is a great opportunity for us to expose the truth about the tactics of the developers, lobbyists and legislatures. I know that you can solicit many to call in. His show coverage is New  England and National.”

The following stations in Maine carry Howie’s show.

Maine

105.5 fm – Portland, ME

WVOM 103.9 fm – Bangor, ME

WVOM 1450 am – Rockland, ME

WVQM 101.3 fm – Augusta, ME

WGIN 1400 am – York, ME

Related:

www.SavingMaine.org
www.FriendsOfMainesMountains.org
www.WindTaskForce.org
Published in: on September 3, 2015 at 10:31 am  Comments (2)  

Talkshoe Radio – The Maine Supreme Court’s Advisory Opinion Over Disputed Governor Paul LePage Vetoes

Discussion on the advisory opinion released by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

Call in Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 27398#

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EPISODE 68  LISTEN HERE.

1826   Question of Law 

1831   Question of Law 

1857   Question of Law

1861   Question of Law 

1873  Question of Law

1891   Question of Law

1901   Question of Law  

1990   Question of Law

1993   Question of Law

EPISODE 67, LISTEN HERE. – – Talkshoe Radio – Maine Supreme Court Oral Arguments Over Disputed Governor Paul LePage Vetoes, click here.

EPISODE 66, LISTEN HERE. – Talkshoe Radio – Was Maine Governor Paul LePage Set Up? Click here.

EPISODE 65, LISTEN HERE. – Talkshoe Radio – Maine Exposed: Adjournment Fiasco Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and The Legislature, click here.

Published in: on August 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm  Comments (1)  

Talkshoe Radio – Was Maine Governor Paul LePage Set Up?

Discussion on the adjournment fiasco between Governor Paul LePage and the Legislature with Constitutional Researcher Phil Merletti.

This is NOT about liking or disliking Governor LePage, this is about the “rule of law.”

Please join in. Your questions or comments are welcome.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

Call in Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 27398#

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EPISODE 66, LISTEN HERE.

Related:

Maine Governor Paul LePage Requests Opinion of Maine Supreme Court Over Veto Dispute and the Legislature’s Adjournment, click here.

Talkshoe Radio – Maine Exposed: Adjournment Fiasco Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and The Legislature, listen HERE.

Published in: on July 27, 2015 at 2:15 pm  Comments (7)  

As The Fur Flies At The State Capital…Maine Governor Paul LePage And Legislators Clash Over Fate Of Bills Still On Governor’s Desk

PPH reports “In the latest twist of a historically bizarre legislative session, the LePage administration insisted Wednesday that lawmakers’ use of the word “adjourn” last week rather than “recess” gave the governor additional time to hold the 19 bills. Yet the nonpartisan state office responsible for publishing Maine statutes began writing the 19 bills into law on Wednesday despite the governor’s claims.

LePage’s maneuver, which is further fraying already tattered relations with some legislative leaders, appears to hinge on the question of whether the Legislature “adjourned” last week or “recessed.”

Under Maine’s Constitution, the governor has 10 days – excluding Sundays – to either sign or veto a bill passed by the Legislature. If he fails to act by the end of that 10-day period, the bill becomes law without the governor’s signature.

And here’s where the issue gets tricky.

The Constitution states that if the Legislature adjourns and then reconvenes, the governor has three days to send down a veto after lawmakers reconvene. Legislative leaders insist that they did not adjourn on June 30 but “recessed” until July 16 in order to take up a slew of vetoes expected to come from the governor.

But LePage’s office is pointing to an order passed by the Legislature on June 30 that states the Legislature will “Adjourn until the call of the Speaker and President.”

“As allowed by the Maine Constitution, the Governor will submit the vetoes when the Legislature meets again for three days,” LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said in an email to reporters.

In other words, LePage could wait until the Legislature has met for three days – officially, at least – before he sends the vetoed bills to the House and Senate chambers for reconsideration.

Paul Mills, a Maine political historian and the brother of Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills, told The Associated Press that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Maine Supreme Court is asked to weigh in on the issue, as it has in the past on similar procedural debates in the Legislature.

One opinion of the justices in 1981 may play into LePage’s favor. In that opinion, the justices argued that the Constitution requires that “the same Legislature must continuously be in session for three days before the period in which the governor may act on the pending bill expires.”

“It’s really kind of unexplainable,” said Lance Dutson, a longtime Republican strategist consultant who has been a vocal critics of LePage’s actions lately. “I can’t imagine that this is anything but a major screw up on the part of the administration. And their explanation today is absurd.”

Read more HERE.

BDN reports “LePage ups stakes in legal fight over adjournment. The next time the Legislature is in session for three days, he’ll deliver the bills he wants to veto,” LePage Communications Director Peter Steele said. Meanwhile, House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat from North Berwick, as well as Republican and Democratic senators, have asked Attorney General Janet Mills to weigh in on the issue. Read more HERE.

BDN Editorial – “Maine could end up in court to cover for LePage’s incompetence.

At this moment, LePage and his staff could choose to act with integrity. They could admit they erred and concede that the Constitution — as it has been applied throughout the state’s history — and rule of law do, in fact, apply.

Instead, they have raised an artificial legal question concerning what it means for the Legislature to adjourn — arguing for a definition no one with deep knowledge of Maine government (who isn’t working for LePage) accepts.” Read more HERE.

BDN reports “Attorney general rejects LePage’s argument for holding bills. Gov. Paul LePage’s contention that the Legislature is adjourned and that he has the right to hold 70 enacted bills until lawmakers reconvene was rebuffed on two fronts late Friday afternoon, including an opinion from Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills.

LePage argues that the Legislature adjourned on June 30, meaning that he does not have to submit bills for lawmakers’ consideration until three days after they have returned. Legislative leaders say they did not adjourn, they are in recess — meaning LePage missed the 10-day window to act on bills, which now would become law without his signature.

LePage also was rebuffed Friday afternoon by Grant Pennoyer, executive director of the Legislative Council, which oversees a range of legislative functions, including the Revisor of Statutes.

LePage, through his chief legal counsel, Cynthia Montgomery, asked Pennoyer on Friday that the revisor’s office stop chaptering 19 bills he is holding into law. The revisor’s office started moving the bills into law this week after LePage’s 10-day window to sign, veto or let bills go into law without his signature elapsed.

“The governor’s opponents wish to rush through the procedural hurdles associated with implementation of the laws and declare them valid,” wrote Montgomery. “Having the revisor’s office completely ignore the governor’s position is not only overtly partisan conduct on the part of the revisor’s office, it is also unnecessary as the governor intends to seek a legal solution to this matter.

The issue is whether the Legislature adjourned for the session on June 30. LePage argues that it did, despite the Legislature’s vote to adjourn “until the call of the chairs.” If the Legislature is technically adjourned, LePage has until three days after legislators reconvene to issue vetoes on some or all of the 70 bills that remain on his desk.

With Mills’ opinion buttressing legislative Democrats’ stance, LePage’s only remaining recourse seems to be the Law Court.” Read more HERE.

Rep. Fredette Urges Revisor’s Office To Stop Until Constitutional Issue Is Resolved By Law Court, click here.
Rep. Ken Fredette letter, click here.

Governor Paul LePage legal memo, click here.

A.G. Janet Mills’ Opinion, click here.

Legislative Council’s letter to Cynthia Montgomery, LePage’s Chief Legal Counsel, click here.

Letter from the Maine Office of the Revisor’s of Statutes, click here.

SP 556 “ADJOURN UNTIL THE CALL OF THE SPKR AND PRES”, click here.

To note: When you click “Bill Text” this comes up:
Cannot find requested paper, no information available at this time for Session 127, paper SP0556, LD 0. Also, there is NO Roll Call.

SP 556 – Bill Text, click here.

Related:  Do Maine Legislators Understand The Constitution? Click here.

Do Maine Legislators Understand The Constitution?

Courtesy of Lise from Maine – Researcher and Author of “Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?”

Lise DuPont is a former licensed clinician. She graduated from high school from Our Lady of the Mountains Academy in New Hampshire. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine, a Master’s degree from the University of New England, and completed two years of Post-Graduate training at the Center for the Awareness of Patterns.

“There has been a media frenzy regarding whether the legislature adjourned or not on June 30, 2015.

The legislative Joint Order states “On motion by Senator Mason of Androscoggin, following Joint Order: S.P. 556 – Ordered, the House concurring, that when the House and Senate adjourn they do so until the call of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, respectively, when there is a need to conduct business, or consider possible objections of the Governor.”

This order clearly shows that the legislature could meet again in the future to discuss issues of that session which would be a continuation of the issues. “Sine die” is not mentioned in the order, and this is a very significant piece to comprehend.

1843 Bouvier’s Law Dictionary:

NO word “adjourn” appears in the said dictionary.

Adjournment:

“Adjournment, is the dismissal by some court, legislative assembly (emphasis is mine), or properly authorized officer, of the business before them, either finally, which is called an adjournment sine die, without day; or, to meet again at another time which is appointed and ascertained, which is called a temporary adjournment.”

This definition shows that there are two ways to adjourn, and they are “opposite” of each other. The first definition is a finality (sine die), and the second definition leaves the “door” open to meet again, if need be.

Attorney General Janet Mills responded to an inquiry from Senators Hill and Saviello on July 10, 2015 regarding the “status of bills” presented to the Governor which he has neither signed nor vetoed. In the first paragraph she states “The Legislature has not adjourned sine die, and more than ten days have elapsed since certain bills were presented to the Governor.”

Why is she arguing something that is NOT in the Joint Order? Doesn’t she know that there are two (2) ways to adjourn or was that NOT taught in law
school?

Is she being clever and manipulative or is she ignorant?

Nowhere in the Joint Order does it say “sine die” which means “finality” meaning that the legislature will not be meeting again regarding those laws discussed and passed. In other words, “sine die” means that the session is over.

The Constitution of the State of Maine (statutory one of 2013) clearly spells it out regarding adjournment and more which is located in Article IV, Part Third, Section 2.

Since the legislature has been “adjourned” (the second definition in the 1843 Bouvier’s Law Dictionary) since June 30, 2015, then how can the Governor present these bills to the legislature since “no one is home” so to speak in the legislative chambers? In actuality, the Governor is being prevented from doing so, and his hands are “tied” at this time. He is waiting for them to return in session so he waits to do something with those bills.

This is NOT about liking or disliking Governor LePage, this is about the “rule of law.”

Thank you!

Constitution of Maine (1820)

SP 556 – Bill Text, click here.

Governor Paul LePage legal memo, click here.

A.G. Janet Mills’ Opinion, click here.

Legislative Council’s letter to Cynthia Montgomery, LePage’s Chief Legal Counsel, click here.

Related: As The Fur Flies At The State Capital…Maine Governor Paul LePage And Legislators Clash Over Fate Of Bills Still On Governor’s Desk, click here.

Overview of Ongoing Sexual Abuse Crisis in Maine, in Particular, Biddeford, Maine

“This video is my attempt to provide a 20 minute overview of the ongoing sexual abuse crisis in Maine, particularly in Biddeford. My hope is that this factual overview helps anyone interested get a high level understanding of what has happened in the past and what it happening now.”
– Matt Lauzon

View HERE.

Related:

Biddeford (ME) Police Department Exposed! Click here.

City of Biddeford (ME): Attorney Gene Libby’s Statements…Quite The Revelation! Click here.

Ready. Aim. Fire with host Andrew Ready:

Episode 1 – Child Sexual Abuse… Biddeford, etc. Click here.

Episode 2 – John Drake re: Dodd, Biddeford, more! Click here.

Episode 3 – Mr. Rick Alexander re: Teflon Dodd, Biddeford, abuse, etc. Click here.

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