Maine Senate BAR Member, Roger Katz, Proposing Per Diem Compensation For Active Retired Judges From $300 Per Day To $500 Per Day!

Note – the latest Judiciary Committee schedule states the hearing is at 2:00 p.m. Those attending the public hearing should be there at 1:00 p.m….just in case.

LD 731 Sponsor Sen. Roger Katz of Kennebec – Cosponsored by Representative Barry HOBBINS of Saco and Senators: David BURNS of Washington, Dawn HILL of York, Chris JOHNSON of Lincoln, Representative: Matthew MOONEN of Portland

Public hearing: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015, 1:00p Room 438 State House

Senator Roger Katz (attorney) (R-Kennebec)
Senator Dawn Hill (attorney-inactive) (D-York)
Rep. Barry Hobbins (attorney) (D-Saco) – House Chair of the Judiciary Committee
Senator David Burns (R-Washington) – Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee
Representative Matthew W. Moonen (D-Portland) – member of the Judiciary Committee
Senator Christopher K. Johnson (D-Lincoln) – member of the Judiciary Committee

This proposed legislation further proves the “double standards”, whose “interests” it serves and begs many questions.

Judges retire, receive a pension, return to the bench and get more compensation…as this bill raises the per diem compensation for active retired judges and justices from $300 per day to $500 per day!

BAR members proposing raises for their “club”members.

When judges return to work is there a reduction in their pensions?

What about people on social security (living on less than a livable wage) who go back and are subject to reduction?

How about judges who strip people of entitled pensions in their decisions/judgments, causing financial hardship?

How about the VA which delays veterans’ pension claims for years/decades, causing financial hardship?

Ask your representative for help with these issues and you’ll get the standard answer “there’s nothing I can do.” Yet they can do plenty when it comes to their buddies.

Wouldn’t this bill in itself be considered fraudulent legislation, since it’s presented by BAR card carrying attorneys? A conflict of interest? A vested interest which would constitute a racketeering enterprise (RICO)?

Could this be considered embezzlement from the taxpayers who paid their salaries, their pensions and are now paying retirement and salary? Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could do that?

Are they paying taxes on either one?

Public Hearing: Maine State and Local Government Committee – LD 641 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Elect 2 Senators from Each County, Sponsor Sen. Davis of Piscataquis

LD 641 – Cosponsored by Representative LONG of Sherman and Senators: BURNS of Washington, EDGECOMB of Aroostook, SAVIELLO of Franklin, WHITTEMORE of Somerset, WILLETTE of Aroostook, Representatives: McCABE of Skowhegan, SHERMAN of Hodgdon, SHORT of Pittsfield

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015, 1:00p Cross Building, Room 214

There are 16 counties in Maine.

There are 35 members in Maine State Senate. (List)

This bill would eliminate 3 paid positions.

Published in: on March 20, 2015 at 11:13 am  Comments (1)  

Public Hearings Monday, March 16, 2015 On Representative John Martin’s Bills: An Act To Eliminate Term Limits for Legislators and An Act To Increase the Salaries of the Governor and Legislators

Rep. John Martin of Eagle Lake began serving in Augusta in 1964 and is seeking to eliminate Maine’s term limit law.

The bills go before the state and local government committee on Monday.

Martin’s bill LD 406 would increase the governor’s salary from $70,000 a year to $120,000, and would increase legislative salaries from $24,000 every two years to $41,000. Read more HERE.

State and Local Government

Mar 16, 2015, 1:00p Cross Building, Room 214

LD 182 – An Act To Eliminate Term Limits for Legislators

LD 406 - An Act To Increase the Salaries of the Governor and Legislators

Published in: on March 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm  Comments (5)  

Maine Representative Ricky Long (R-Sherman)…A True Representative Of The People!

Representative Long was a guest on The Aroostook Watchmen Radio program on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. This interview is a must listen to.

Listen to interview, click here.

 

Published in: on February 26, 2015 at 12:46 am  Leave a Comment  

The Process Of Maine Government…This Is How It Works!

“Time Warner made its case to legislators at luxury resort.”

“Time Warner, the state’s largest internet provider, has wined and dined legislators at the opening of this year’s session in hopes of thwarting legislation that would make it easier for cities and towns who want faster internet connections to become broadband providers themselves. The wining and dining was done at an overnight event at a luxury Cape Elizabeth resort and takes place in the context of Time Warner’s nationwide battle against such local efforts to get faster internet.

Just as the legislative session was starting in January, Time Warner went on the offensive. It invited Maine lawmakers to an overnight “Winter Policy Conference” at a Cape Elizabeth resort, where the company tried to persuade legislators that government owned-broadband was a bad idea. The guests were served steak dinners and some were put up for the night in rooms that retail from $205 to $355 per night.

While lawmakers say they attended the event to become informed, others are not sure that legislators attending such an “educational forum,” as Time Warner called it, is in the public interest. Especially one at a resort described by its owners as designed to “surround you with every creature comfort.”

And the Time Warner event is not the only one of its type. Legislators are often invited to parties, dinners and multi-day tours paid for by interest groups.

An email from Melinda Poore, Time Warner’s chief Maine lobbyist and the event’s organizer, sent to members of the legislative leadership panel prior to the event, said “we … have maxed out the attendance.”

What’s also not clear is whether or how many legislators brought partners or spouses to the event. Poore’s lobbying disclosure for Jan. 2013 shows that at a previous Time Warner policy conference in 2013, several lawmakers brought partners or spouses. Poore did not respond to a request for details about the recent event. Instead, Scott Pryzwansky, Time Warner Cable’s director of public relations for the eastern U.S., responded by email, declining to answer any specific questions.

Sen. Andre Cushing, a Republican senator from Hampden, for whom Time Warner also paid the cost of meals and the room, said he thought “about a dozen” legislators attended the Thursday night dinner.

Rep. Barry Hobbins, D-Saco, who also attended. Hobbins’ meals and lodging were covered by Time Warner.

Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, who attended the event, did not stay overnight but was provided dinner and breakfast by Time Warner. Rep. Dion said “30 or 35” attended Friday’s sessions.

Rep. Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, for whom Time Warner paid the cost of meals and the overnight stay.

Rep. Sarah Gideon, D-Freeport, who only attended Friday’s sessions.

Since 2008, Time Warner has donated more than $240,000 to Maine politicians: $127,360 to Democrats and Democratic PACs, and $113,250 to Republicans and Republican PACs.

Read more Here.

Source: Pine Tree Watchdog

Published in: on February 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

TALKSHOE RADIO – The Destruction of the Governors Executive Council and the Fraudulent Evolution of Maine’s Legislative Council

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

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

Click here to join in online.

Archived Program -EPISODE 49, listen here.

Join us for this important information and learn how legislators were convinced that they have the ability to override the Maine Constitution just by statutory law.  In 1976, Article V – Part Second was abolished and removed in its entirety. A resolve was created and passed as an amendment; it stated: “RESOLUTION, Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to Abolish the Executive Council and to reassign its Constitutional powers to the Governor and the Legislature.” The language was removed from the Constitution and new public law was established to recognize the legislative power and to replace the Constitutional language with nothing more than mere statutory power.

Note: The Governor already had the Constitutional powers, it was the legislature that was fraudulently given the reassigned Constitutional power. This means that the legislature could now, by law, influence the Executive Department decisions and establish new laws according to the Legislative Department.

Published in: on January 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm  Comments (4)  

Have You Been Harmed By Maine’s Judicial System?

An Open Forum Community Meeting was held on Friday, May 2, 2014 in South Portland regarding Maine’s Courts particularly, but not exclusive to, Maine’s Family Courts and GAL Oversight.

Lori Handrahan organized Friday’s meeting as a response to Scott Dolan’s article in the PPH “Maine attorney general enters fray over divorce case.” Lori states that the article “made it look like I was the only one in the entire State of Maine who had problem with Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz.” The State of Maine was quoted in that article as saying there has never been a complaint against Moskowitz, or any other judge. Contrary to this statement, there have been complaints filed against other judges.

A real problem exists when the Senate chair of the Judiciary Committee, Linda Valentino, D-Saco, disagrees that legislators should be inquiring about judges’ qualifications.  The Judiciary Committee members’ task is to hear public testimony as to the honesty, integrity and qualifications of attorneys who are nominated by Governor LePage to be appointed and confirmed as Judges.

It is time for Maine people to see how the Legislators conduct their own actions of ignoring public presentations of written evidence and how they believe in their own favoritism of fellow legislators and Lawyers. Read more HERE.

Invited to attend this meeting, in order to learn, first hand, what is going on in Maine’s Courts were Governor Paul LePage, Mary Ann Lynch, Esq., Director of court information. A.G. Janet Mills, Linda Valentio, Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee and many legislators were cc’d the invitation to attend. Only two legislators attended, Senator David Dutremble and Rep. Lisa Villa.

Judge Moskowitz is not the only judge who has violated the Rule of Law or constitutional rights of victims. He is not the only judge who has irreparably harmed and totally devastated lives and families. This is no surprise to us as we have run into roadblocks at every level in seeking accountability. Augusta has all of its “bases” covered…to include the courtrooms… with its “revolving door policy.” All doors to remedy injustices are closed!

Are Judges engaging in conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts, inconsistent with constitutional requirements, statutes, rules of court, decisional law, and common sense and in non-compliance with the Code of judicial and ethical conduct? Is there a continuous pattern of improper activity, breach of duty, intentional harm upon litigants, official oppression and racketeering?

MAINE LAW DEFINING ’OFFICIAL OPPRESSION’: A person is guilty of official oppression if, being a public servant and acting with the intention to benefit himself or another or to harm another, he knowingly commits an unauthorized act which purports to be an act of his office, or knowingly refrains from performing a duty imposed on him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office.”

The Obstruction of Justice within Maine’s court system, to include key players involved in protecting Maine judges, attorneys, prosecutors, commands an investigation and accountability. This is long overdue. It is time for a probe of judicial/official misconduct ……and perhaps an audit too!

Pursuant to Title 4: Judiciary, Chapter 1 § 1 administrative responsibilities of the court and the Chief Justice, the Chief Justice, as the head of the judicial branch, shall, in accordance with the rules, regulations and orders of the Supreme Judicial Court, be responsible for the efficient operation of the judicial branch and for the expeditious dispatch of litigation therein and for the proper conduct of business in all courts and the prompt and proper administration of justice.

Pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 1 § 17, duties as State Court Administrator include, but are not limited to, the study of operation, condition of business, practice and procedure of the Judicial Department; making recommendations for the efficient administration of justice; examinations of the status of dockets of all courts so as to determine cases and other judicial business that have been unduly delayed; investigating complaints with respect to the operation of the courts.

Like Lori, there are many who know that such an investigation will not be commenced by Maine’s Attorney General, Maine’s US Attorney General, nor be initiated by our state legislators.

18 USC § 4
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.

In 2008, the Justice Department announced an agreement with administrative officials of the Maine judiciary which resolved an investigation of a complaint alleging that the Maine judicial branch, which receives federal funding,was not in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. However, under the terms of the agreement, the Justice Department monitored Maine’s compliance for a period of two years. Maine courts are still in non-compliance with Federal law and continue to accept federal funding. The Maine Supreme Court continually upholds lower court decisions which violate the rights of the people. Another investigation is in order.

The pattern of CORRUPTION AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST PERMEATES WITHIN Maine’s judicial system, click here.

When official corruption is not “nipped in the bud”, it yields greater exposure. Lori is in contact with Federal officials. Any victim of Maine’s judicial/governmental system, with documented evidence, is being requested by Lori to submit their evidence to the following agents with whom she is in contact with:  Kevin.Ohlson@usdoj.org, James.Comey@ic.fbi.gov. Inform these two people at DOJ  as to the crimes committed against you, or your family. Too many people have suffered at the hands of (in)justice whether it be the unlawful confiscation of your property, business, livelihoods, homes, children, animals, etc.  The revealing of a pattern of official oppression/obstruction of justice/violations of protected rights will yield results for victims on this state of Maine. It is crystal clear that there is more behind this “curtain” than meets the eye. It’s more than unfortunate that Maine’s elected officials/law enforcement chose to “turn a deaf ear.” It’s a public scandal.

Upholding the “Supreme Law of the State” is not a political, nor party, issue.  Years of attempts have been made to contact and connect with Maine’s Senators, Representatives, and law enforcement to investigate evidence of crimes committed against the people, to no avail. However, most recently, some Maine representatives have seen the light and with their help, we can make a positive change within Maine’s governmental and judicial systems. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

A door of opportunity has opened for those who seek the justice that Maine fails to uphold. You have an opportunity to stand up and be heard. Meanwhile, legislators with a heart, conscience, and common sense will be pursued to help restore our judicial system and our republic.

Related:  Request for meeting with state legislators, HERE, HERE.

Corruption on Maine has been ongoing for years…..and continues today. Some of the same people mentioned on this tape are still in positions of power today.  MOST POWERFUL, REVEALING VIDEO BY TOM DUNN, view HERE.

 

Maine Legislators/All Elected Officials…please listen and learn from this message – BUNDY RANCH: Meet the Coalition

Source: NextNewsNetwork

Published on Apr 17, 2014
“Meet the Coalition of Western States Legislators formed in reponse to the Bundy Ranch Standoff.”

View HERE.

Published in: on April 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm  Comments (3)  

AN ACT Redistributing the Powers of the Executive Council (1977)

Courtesy of Lise from Maine

PUBLIC LAWS OF THE STATE OF MAINE AS PASSED BY THE One Hundred and Seventh Legislature AT THE FIRST SPECIAL SESSION January 19, 1976 to April 29, 1976 AND THE SECOND SPECIAL SESSION June 14, 1976.

1977, Chap. 6 CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS – redistribution of powers to the Legislature to select or reject judges. View HERE.

Original Constitution of Maine (1820), click here.

Pursuant to the original constitution (1820) Art 5 sec 8, the governor shall nominate, and, with the advice and consent of the Council, appoint all judicial officers…..

This 1977 Act contradicts the original constitution.

The legislature (Judiciary Committee) has no authority to be involved in the acceptance or rejection of any nomination and appointment of judges.

Related:

Phil Merletti Commentary on “A System In Crisis” – Judicial Confirmation Hearing of William J. Schneider, click here.

“A System In Crisis”, view HERE.  (Judiciary Committee hearing)

“An Act To Ensure That Legislators Share the Sacrifice with Civil Servants in the Event of a State Government Shutdown” Sponsored by Representative Diane Russell

LD 1541 HERE.

Summary LD 1541 HERE.

BDN reports “Maine House debates bill to dock lawmakers’ pay if state shutdown occurs, puts off vote.”

“If the state can’t manage to avoid a shutdown, then lawmakers shouldn’t get paid. That was the argument made Tuesday by Portland Democrat Diane Russell on the floor of the House of Representatives.

In the event of a state government shutdown, state employees throughout Maine’s 16 counties would go without pay until the government opens again. Rep. Russell said it’s only fair that if thousands of employees are suddenly left in the lurch, lawmakers should feel a pinch as well.

The Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee voted 11-1 late in February that the bill “ought not to pass.” That recommendation hit the floor of the House [today].

House Majority Leader Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, tabled the bill to give his members a chance to discuss the bill in a caucus.

The bill could be taken up in the House again as soon as Wednesday.”

Read more HERE.

Published in: on March 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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