Maine Congressional Delegation Scores Low On The 2013 Liberty Index

The Lisbon Reports ” The Maine congressional delegation scored low on the 2013 Liberty Index compiled by a panel of libertarian scholars headed by Dr. Clifford F. Thies, Elden R. Lindsey Chair of Free Enterprise and Professor of Economics and Finance at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. The Index was released Monday by the national Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC), of which Thies is former National Chair.

House and Senate members were rated on a scale of zero to 100 on a series of 2013 roll call votes involving economic liberty issues and rate on the same scale on a series of roll call votes on personal liberty issues. The average of the two scores produced the Liberty Index.

“I was disturbed when I read the scores and learned how out of touch our Maine congressional delegation is with the will of the American people when it comes to free enterprise, smaller government, lower taxes and personal liberty without government intrusions. And it crossed party lines with disappointing scores whether Republican, Democrat or independent,” said Maine RLC State Chair Vic Berardelli.”

Republican Senator Susan Collins scored 40 on economic liberty and 50 on personal liberty for a Liberty Index of 45. The average Senate Republican scores were 86 and 81 for an average Liberty Index of 83 for Senate Republicans.

Independent Senator Angus King scored 5 on economic liberty and 11 on personal liberty for a Liberty Index of 8, giving him one of the lowest scores in the Senate but placing him close to the average Senate Democrat scores of 6 and 14 for an average Liberty index of 10 for Senate Democrats.

Rep. Chellie Pingree, Democrat of Maine’s 1st District, scored zero on economic liberty and 75 on personal liberty for a Liberty Index of 38.

Rep. Mike Michaud, Democrat of Maine’s 2nd District scored 10 on economic liberty and 68 on personal liberty for a Liberty Index of 39.

Read more HERE.

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Representatives Mike Michaud & Chellie Pingree and Senators Angus King and Susan Collins Still Support The President’s Signature Obama-Care Failure

Courtesy of Phil M.

“Have you noticed that every crisis or scandal that was created by the Obama administration, no one is ever responsible (it is always someone else’s fault)? Obama always claims that he never knew what his administration was doing or he did not know that his administration was out of control, but yet he never goes after those who were responsible. Even when a high-ranking person is targeted or questioned, vital information is hidden or lost. No one is ever held responsible, or they are removed from the limelight by giving them the choice to retire with a large retirement, or they are given a raise or promoted to a higher level. Another popular way to pass the hot potato is to blame President Bush, or the Republicans.

It now appears that the Obama Administration is running scared, their leaders are making ridiculous statements, obviously directed to the low information voters to hear. Cathleen Sebeleus, director for Health and Human Services, was quoted to say when she was asked to give testimony before the House energy and commerce committee: She responded: that she did not have to show up because she does not work for the people, but for the President. Harry Reed, President of the Senate said, that he doesn’t understand why some congressmen are making such a big deal of this issue, middle class and especially the rich people want to pay for Obama-Care (really?). Other Congressmen are blaming the Republicans, have they already forgotten that it was the Republicans that asked for Obama-Care to be unfunded by taxpayers money? Have the Senate Democrats and the people forgotten that it was the democrat Senate that was ultimately responsible for the government shutdown when they refused the bill(s) from the House?
Those who tried to defund Obama-Care warned the public that this socialist mandated health care program would not work. They told you that the young and the middle age and the families with children would pay the most for Obama-Care premiums. The elderly (especially those over 70) would not receive the care that they need because much of the current coverage would now have to go before non-medical government panels who would determine what procedures would be covered. The political panel’s decisions for medical coverage would be on a sliding scale as to how the elderly could benefit the community if the procedures were granted. Yes, Sara Palin was right, “Death Panels”!

Let’s approach the facts head on, the Obama Administration are classic bullies. They ignore our rights and do things their way. What free government creates a socialist law that force people to purchase a product that they can not afford or do not want? And what free government applies a fee/tax when the people do not accept socialism? Let’s look at the facts; all Democrats support Obama’s Administration and most of the Republicans are Rino’s and cowards. The Congress voted in this law, they think it is good for the commoners, so they want us to have Obama-Care, but they created law to not force them and their staff to not accept Obama-Care. What do they know that we do not (think about that for a while)?

Representatives Mike Mishaud & Charyle Pinagree and Senators Angus King and Susan Collins still support the President’s signature Obama-Care failure. During the recess break here in Maine, where are the voices from the Congress to support and protect you. Where are your local legislators on this issue? We know Emily Cain is for Obama-Care, where are the Representatives on this issue, why do you not here from them? Why are there no town hall meetings for you to question them (I hear crickets)? I have the answer; they are afraid of the truth and they know that there are many of us who have the real answers on this issue.

Three years ago, Nancy Pelosi said: “we will get this health care legislation though if we have to go around them, under them, over them or through them”; the Obama Administration has done just that while you sat back and watched!

My question to the readers of this article is; how many more crises are you willing to put up with? How many more times are you willing to allow your state and federal legislators to ignore and destroy your natural, GOD given, Constitutional rights; or do you even care?”

Spokesperson Phil Merletti
Related: “Affordable Care Act explained to the Lincoln Residents”, click here.

U.S. Reps. Michael Michaud, Chellie Pingree Join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) To Defeat Funding For Veterans Benefits

Michaud-Pingree

“WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amid the shutdown turmoil in the nation’s capital city, 33 House Democrats crossed party lines Tuesday night to support a GOP measure to restore funding for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014.

The resolution failed (264 – 164) to get the two-thirds vote threshold required for passage in the House under a suspension of the rules. Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to help defeat the resolution.

In response to Michaud’s vote against funding for veterans affairs, the Maine Republican Party questioned whether the Congressman’s loyalties lie with national Democrats or Maine’s veterans.”

Read more HERE.

Source: Maine Wire

View Press Release HERE .

Published in: on October 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm  Comments (3)  

And The B.S. Artist Of The Year Award Goes To….

BDN reports “With this week’s resurgent interest in royalty, here’s a sampling — not a comprehensive list — of Maine families and other combinations that qualify as their own brand of Maine dynasty.”

Baldacci: Brothers John, Gerry and Joe got their start on the Bangor City Council, following in the footsteps of their father, Robert, who was active in Democratic Party politics. John then served six terms in the state Senate, four in the U.S. House and two as governor. Now, current Councilor Joe Baldacci is eyeing a run for his brother’s old congressional seat. Meanwhile, brother Peter Baldacci has long served as a Penobscot County commissioner, and sister Rosemary made a bid for the Maine House in the early 1990s. Outside of elected office, brother Bob has chaired the Finance Authority of Maine, and sister Lisa has worked on Capitol Hill and as a Maine political operative. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell isn’t part of the Baldacci dynasty, but he’s a relative. Mitchell’s mother and Gov. Baldacci’s grandmother were sisters who immigrated from Lebanon.

Mills: Peter Mills is the third Sumner Peter Mills to serve in the Maine Legislature. His grandfather, from Stonington, served one term in the Maine House and two in the Senate between 1903 and 1908. Father Sumner P. Mills Jr. of Farmington, a Republican, served three terms in the House and two in the Senate between 1939 and 1970. And S. Peter Mills III of Cornville, a Republican, served seven Senate terms and one House term between 1995 and 2010. Democratic sister Janet served three terms in the Maine House and is serving her second term as attorney general. In 1994, she challenged John Baldacci in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District seat. Sister Dora Anne is former head of the Maine Center for Disease Control. Peter Mills’ wife, Nancy, is a Superior Court justice.

Pingree-Sussman: Before her election to the U.S. House in 2008, Democrat Chellie Pingree served four terms in the Maine Senate, including two as majority leader, between 1993 and 2000. She unsuccessfully challenged Republican Sen. Susan Collins for her seat in 2002. Meanwhile, her daughter Hannah served four terms in the Maine House, including one as majority leader and one as speaker. Both Pingrees’ names swirl in speculative circles when the focus turns to future statewide races. The Pingree family added fortune in 2011 when Chellie married Donald Sussman, a major Democratic donor in Maine and across the country.

Collins: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ two parents, Donald and Patricia, served as mayors of Caribou. Donald served one term in the Maine House and four in the Senate between 1971 and 1992. Susan Collins worked on Capitol Hill for former Sen. William Cohen, served as Gov. John McKernan’s commissioner of professional and financial regulation and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1994 before she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. Patricia Collins became the second woman to chair the University of Maine System board of trustees in the early 1990s.

King-King-King: It’s admittedly a stretch to call this a dynasty since there are no blood relations, but there’s no denying those with the last name King have played a major role in Maine politics. Maine’s first governor was William King, who held the office from 1820 to 1821. Unrelated Angus King became Maine’s 72nd governor and is now its newest senator. Meanwhile, Bangor author Stephen King and wife Tabitha are major Democratic donors.

Beliveau: One of the State House’s most influential lobbyists, Severin Beliveau served a term each in the Maine House and Senate in the late 1960s. He is a former Maine Democratic Party chairman, and he ran in the 1986 Democratic gubernatorial primary, losing to then-Attorney General James Tierney. Son Emmett is an aide in the Obama White House, and son Devin served a term in the Maine House (2010-2012). Severin’s father, Albert, was a Maine Supreme Court justice and grandfather Matthew McCarthy was the first municipal court judge in Rumford. Uncle William McCarthy was a Superior Court judge, and brother Albert was an Oxford County probate judge.

Snowe-McKernan: This special brand of Republican dynasty began with Peter Snowe, who was killed in a car accident during his second Maine House term. Olympia Snowe won the special election to replace her first husband, spawning a 40-year career in elective office. Snowe and John McKernan dated while they represented Maine in the U.S. House. They married in 1989, during McKernan’s first term as governor. Snowe was elected to the Senate in 1994, becoming the first woman in history to serve in both chambers of her state Legislature and both houses of Congress. Peter Snowe met Gov. Paul LePage as a teenager and persuaded Husson College to let LePage take the entrance exam in his native French.

Woodcock: Penobscot County Judge of Probate Allan Woodcock Jr. retired last year as the state’s longest serving probate judge. Nephew John A. Woodcock serves as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maine. John’s son, Patrick, is LePage’s energy director and a former Snowe aide. John’s brother Tim is a Bangor lawyer and a former Bangor mayor and councilor. Sister Elizabeth Woodcock is an assistant attorney general in New Hampshire.

Longley: Maine’s first independent governor, James Longley, served one term in the Blaine House (1975-1979). His son, Republican James Longley Jr., served a term in the U.S. House (1995-1997), representing Maine’s 1st District, and unsuccessfully challenged Angus King for governor in 1998.

Martin: While not part of a political family, John Martin became a major power broker in his 19 terms in the Maine House — including nine as speaker — and four in the Senate. Some called him the Earl of Eagle Lake.

But Martin himself proved Maine is no monarchy. He lost power last year when he came up short in his bid for re-election to the House.”

Related:

Maine’s Ruling Family – the Mitchell-Baldacci family.

Baldacci – Business As Usual.  Source: LANCE TAPLEY

Baldacci swears in judges with area roots.  ”The swearing-in ceremony for five Maine judges seemed more like a family reunionthan an official event.”

Of importance to “all in the family” is the creation of 147 positions in government by (former governor) Angus King.

ORESTIS-HARPER’S DEVELOPMENT (SACO ISLAND) …….. involves Senator (now Rep.) Barry “hobnobs” Hobbins.

There are a number of nominees that could be added to this list….do you know anyone?

On Maine…It’s Always After The Fact!

PPH reports “After Quebec disaster, feds to focus on Maine. At Maine representatives’ request, they will inspect train tracks of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. Maine Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree had requested the inspection in a letter sent Thursday to federal transportation officials as the Canadian investigation continued into the disaster which is believed to have killed at least 50 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Read more, click here.

Published in: on July 13, 2013 at 2:43 am  Comments (3)  
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