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Pat Riot
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2010 Maine Republican Party Platform

Has anyone heard about the status of the patform for the Maine Republican Party? I heard a rumor that there was a big battle between moderates and conservatives about the social issue planks. Is there any truth to this and if so what were the results?

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There is always a healthy

There is always a healthy debate at the platform committee meetings as I understand and as you would probably surmise. The platform is a draft document after the committee finishes its work and is ratified or altered at the convention which will happening in May in Portland.

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Thank you Henry. Part of the

Thank you Henry. Part of the rumor I heard is that constitutionalist/conservatives tried to strengthen the language on the social issues but were blocked by the progressives on the committee. Is that true? How does the platform compare to the one from 2 years ago?

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Couldn't tell you. I have not

Couldn't tell you. I have not seen minutes from the meeting and do not believe any exist. I would imagine that there are opinions from members of the committee on how things went down and that would likely vary from member to member. As with past platforms, what the committee approved is only a draft and will be accepted or altered at the convention. Typically there are things that come up from the floor and ultimately it is the delegates at the convention who will determine what the party platform looks like for the next two years.

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Are you serious? It's

Are you serious? It's suspicious that there are no minutes to such an important meeting. Who is in charge of this committee and what are they trying to hide?

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With so many great economic

With so many great economic issues to run on this year, why would the Maine GOP want to put more emphasis on social issues?

The 2008 platform included conservative positions on social issues.

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Chairman Webster selected

Chairman Webster selected Judy Foss as the chair of the committee. Every county got to select one represetative. There's no requirement in the party's rules that minutes have to be kept. Some years, the chair of the committee has appointed a secretary to keep minutes and other years they havent. I do not believe that any of the minutes from past platform committee meetings are maintained anywhere. Its not an open to the public meeting. However, there also is no requirement that those representatives sent by county's could not report back following the meeting. You may want to check with the person representing your county at the committee meeting.

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Who were the members?

Who were the members?

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Mary Adams repersented

Mary Adams repersented Penobscot County on platform committee. Get in contact with her and she can give you and excellent update on the platform.

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I don't know. Why don't you

I don't know. Why don't you give a call over to the Maine GOP and ask.

I just looked at the rules again (which the GOP makes available online) and I misspoke earlier. The party should be publicizing the draft document prior to the convention.

Link

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Dan asked why delve into the

Dan asked why delve into the social stuff when we have so many winning economic isses.
Agree with the thinking or not, the answer to that is an obvious and valid one: It's because, "when all is said and done, it's either principles or interest".

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Pat Riot, the Maine GOP has

Pat Riot, the Maine GOP has added the draft of the platform that will be presented at the convention to their website. Link

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Looks good to me. I would

Looks good to me. I would have included reservists along with active duty military and a couple of other language changes, but they hit all the high points.

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Thank you, Henry. The only

Thank you, Henry.

The only one I recognize on the committee as someone who posts here is Jim Cyr.

Maybe he can describe here what happened in the battle to strengthen the party's positions on the social issues.

Jim are there? Can you please share?

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Pat, are you satisfied with

Pat, are you satisfied with the platform on the issues that are important to you? If so, what's the point of bringing up any discussions that may or may not have come up during committee meetings?

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Here's the website address

Here's the website address for the Maine GOP, below. If anyone has questions, I suggest they contact the party leaders via email or telephone, and ask for the information.

http://www.mainegop.com/

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I am starting to think Pat is

I am starting to think Pat is a Democrat mole trying to create some sort of food fight..

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From a friend who is on the

From a friend who is on the committee:
The 2010 Maine GOP Platform [draft] protects the sanctity of life and the traditional definition of marriage. It was a feisty but respectable debate.

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No minutes. Second hand

No minutes. Second hand dismisals. It seems like there's an attempt to hide something. I'd like to hear from someone who was actually on the committee.

Is Jim Cyr willing to share his experiences?

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Pat, on the link I provided

Pat, on the link I provided is a list of the members of the committee. Some of them are lawmakers who have their information on the state website for contact purposes. Others are members of the State Committee and their information is on the Maine GOP website. Instead of making accusations of secrecy because what you want is not readily available, pick up a phone and give someone a call.

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Well said, Henry.

Well said, Henry.

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The platform the committee

The platform the committee voted on was the exact same platform from 2008.

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Jim Cyr wrote: wrote:Agree

[quote="Jim Cyr wrote:"]Agree with the thinking or not, the answer to that is an obvious and valid one: It's because, "when all is said and done, it's either principles or interest".[/quote]

Jim, I couldn't agree more! Please tell us what happened on these issues at the meeting.

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I agree with Dan - and Neal

I agree with Dan - and Neal Boortz - There are too many other issues.

Democrats love it when we put words like "sanctity" in our platform.

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There is still a place for

There is still a place for sanctity in Maine.

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Quote:Jim, I couldn't agree

[quote]Jim, I couldn't agree more! Please tell us what happened on these issues at the meeting.[/quote]

Pat: don't hold your breath waiting for an answer.

Jim Cyr was a NO SHOW at the platform committee according to the reader comments of this PinetreePolitics.com article.

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:) Isn't it fun to see the

:)

Isn't it fun to see the sudden interest in the Republican party?

Roger Ek
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The grass roots have been

The grass roots have been fertilized upon and are growing restless. It's a good thing.

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Democrats love it when we put

Democrats love it when we put words like "sanctity" in our platform.

Yes, they do not consider unborn babies to be living or worthy of protection under the Constitution, or life to be as sacred as their ideals, but readily include these words in the D∃mocrat platform:
1. Protects the full enjoyment of the Bill of Rights as a living document

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S.T. wrote:Jim Cyr was a NO

[quote="S.T."]Jim Cyr was a NO SHOW at the platform committee according to the reader comments of this PinetreePolitics.com article.[/quote]

Great! How many other members did not report to duty? Where is the accountability?

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The accountability is on the

The accountability is on the convention floor. Remember back a decade ago when an entire platform was replaced at the convention? The proposed platform was as empty as a bag of wind. A replacement platform was introduced. It was on salmon colored paper. It was adopted nearly unanimously.

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