Snowwalker can you give us any background on the connections between Independence Wind, MPBN, law firms, engineering firms for their projects, NRCM, Maine Audubon Society, etc...?
sure just run your cursor over the different companies and it shows them all.
Then-Gov. Angus King leaves office with Maine State Government $1.2 billion in the hole. The Huffington Post, nevertheless, dubs King a "fiscal conservative."
Angus King, Former Maine Independent Governor, Reshapes U.S. Senate Race
* Poll shows King could win three-way race
* Snowe had been expected to breeze to re-election
By Ros Krasny
It is unclear whether King, 67, known as a fiscal conservative and social moderate, would caucus with Democrats if elected senator. Democrats now hold a 53-47 U.S. Senate majority, which includes two independents who caucus with them, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
BUMP Repeat: For those who may have missed the listing of the posted files several posts ago, here is a repeat of the item. All three linked files are state provided data that spans the King years, and should provide ample insight into his "fiscal conservative" bona fides. Please take a look, if nothing else to see how remarkably state spending has grown.
Thanks to AMG's own 'editor', three files are now available to AMG'ers that provide historic background for Maine's fiscal circumstances going back as far as the 70's. And they span the Angus King years. I believe he was elected in 1994, or FY 95, which means his first budget year was FY 96.
The files include ones that show all Maine spending for a dozen or so years; one showing buget balances at the end of budget years for a dozen or so years, and a file showing budgeted expenditures and revenues dating back to the 70s.
Interested students can extract appropriate figures to characterize King's stewardship of Maine's fiscal house during his 8 years, and what might be inferred as to his fiscal discipline should he make it to the senate.
I hope this spurs some interesting insights and commentary, and some useful campaign fodder.
Angus King in 1994:
“I would propose a rainy day fund set at four to five percent of the annual General Fund budget. That would at least be a more realistic cushion and would certainly go a long way toward restoring confidence in the integrity of our governmental finances.
“...we should use excess revenues in good years to retire state debt faster than might otherwise be the case. Then, when hard times hit (as they always will), we would have something to fall back on. We don’t always have to spend all the money.”
More good ideas, completely contradicted by performance.
Sounds like it was a 'hope and change' campaign.
Angus King likes to talk about Joshua Chamberlain and quote him, but picture this:
Angus King and Joshua Chamberlain on Little Round Top...Hood's troops charging up the hill...
Chamberlain: "FIX BAYONETTS!!! CHARGE!!!"
Angus King: "So much hostility! I don't want to be spoiler or partisan. If I decide what to do right now, I'll be giving up alot of what I can sell down there. I think I proved that with civility, working with coalitions, and compromise, I can get things done. It doesn't make sense for me to decide what to do right now, but I'll do what's best for me, I mean Maine."
Who does Maine want to be our leader? A fighter? Or a compromiser?
Senate's 'I's: King will have to choose
Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Bernie Sanders say, if elected, the Maine independent would confront some limitations.
By Jonathan Riskind firstname.lastname@example.org
MaineToday Media Washington Bureau Chief
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate's only two independents have a message for Angus King: An independent senator still has to pick a side.
King said...his preference would be "not to caucus at all, but to caucus with either side on an issue-by-issue basis. I want to maintain as independent a status as I possibly can while still being an effective senator for Maine."
"[T]hat may not be possible," King said.
King's right when he says it won't be possible. He needs to be part of a party caucus if he wants commitee assignments.
Ah, DC Politics - for sale to the highest bidder.
Dems don't want to get too close to King because they dont want Obama's stink and muck to rub off on him and make it too obvious which side he's on.
Only after he wins the election, as I'm terribly concerned that he might, will the sheeple realize who really bought, paid for, and owns that Senate seat.
Since obama has polluted and stigmatized the democratic brand, until the Marxists and Fabian Socialists can re brand and disguise themselves again, they have to run their stealth democrats as "Independents". same ideological toxin; brand new label. Buyer beware. Consume at civilization's risk.
Angus has written an occasional blog for the Bowdoin Daily Sun, at the request of college president Barry Mills.
Readers will learn only what Angus wants them to learn, at least about Angus.
In this one, you'll see that image is everything.
You have to understand that the whole idea of blogging goes against every fiber of my legal, political and personal being. For someone who has made a career of carefully measuring each thought, idea, and (especially) word, the very concept of dashing off random thoughts on whatever topic comes to mind and then committing them to a searchable and semi-permanent medium is downright appalling.
Here Angus passes judgment on hatred of "the other." At the end, he gives some great advice; I wish Democrats would take it.
And my personal favorite, never vote for someone who seeks to divide and exploit us by demonizing others.
On Reagan's quip that “Government isn’t the solution, it’s the problem.” King's answer is to argue as if Reagan was advocating anarchy, which of course he wasn't.
Sometimes government is the problem—when nonsensical regulations constrain worthwhile activity, when taxes reach confiscatory levels, or when government officials are corrupt or just plain incompetent. But ... you don’t think the (government) ... is the problem [many examples] ... when a (government) police officer or judge puts away the bad guy who robbed your store...The point is that government is not by a long shot always the problem—and in many cases (admittedly, not in all) it is the only possible solution.
This one's an expression of King's frustration that the Tea Party won in 2010 because darn it, Obama didn't do a good enough job of communicating all his wonderful successes in his first two years. Read it all, and marvel at King's ability to strip facts of their context and reshape them into something else.
This one starts out as a defense of capitalism. Angus tells us of the great risks he took in order to become rich; he leaves out the part about the system being gamed in his favor because Maine law forced alternative power generation on the marketplace.
Anyway, Angus starts his criticism of the "free market" with differences among "reasonable people" over the scope of regulation, then switches the argument to regulation vs. no regulaton.
How can reasonable people work out their differences when any attempt to rein in regulation is portrayed as a move toward anarchy and sweat shops?
Of course, reasonable people can differ about the appropriate level of regulation—...There is no doubt that excessive regulation really can add unnecessary costs and impede competitiveness (especially in a globalized economy), so every new restriction—and some old ones—must be weighed in terms of both their costs as well as their benefits. But today we seem to be in a moment where the need for any regulation is in question
In this last installment (which may win him some protectionist votes), Angus is arguing that the US should sign free trade deals only with countries that are already rich and "first world" in the their environmental and labor regulations; basically he's condemning the world's poorest people to remaining poor. And meanwhile he is holding "the other" to a modern Western standard, a bias he would condemn us for if we were to apply it to say, an illegal immigrant to the US.
But as we talk about new deals and the renewal of old ones, I think we should be much more aggressive about the price of admission to our markets—some measurable progress on environmental laws (do you have clean air and water standards or not?), real labor protections, and respect for intellectual property would be a good place to start.
No doubt Angus is proud of every word he has written in the Daily Sun, and he does a nice job of portraying himself as the man of moderation and reason. It's what to do when "reasonable people" disagree that eludes the reader - and that's intentional.
Bravo, Mainemom. We so badly need this kind of information gathered in one spot. Thank you!
Mainemom, thanks for taking the time to compile this. Great info.
ON MAINE POLITICS: Election bragging in gear
By Susan M. Cover email@example.com
MaineToday Media State House Writer
King hires staff
Kay Rand of Hallowell, former chief of staff for Gov. Angus King, will serve as campaign manager for King's U.S. Senate race, King announced recently.
King also hired Crystal Canney, one of Democratic Gov. John Baldacci's spokeswomen, to serve as his campaign communications director.
You know it is ironic that in 95 Canney was a WGAN reporter and she did a good job of reporting and questioning what King was doing w/ his scam on budget.
I guess the dems. then saw a way to check that hire her!
Just found this on the MaineWire.
"Just piecing together the easy-to-find numbers, it appears Angus currently has plenty of part-time gigs.
His directorship at a troubled Maine bank is a good example. He’s been a member of the board of directors
of The Bank of Maine since 2010. Formerly The Savings Bank of Maine, this struggling financial institution
has about 80 million in troubled assets and the bank apparently lost a couple million bucks last year alone.
In 2010, after serving on the bank board for seven months, Angus took home $21,500 in cash plus stock options
worth $18,000. His compensation for 2011 hasn’t been released yet, but it’ll probably close to $50,000."
News item: Angus has sold his stake in the wind business, according to the PPH.
PORTLAND — Independent Senate candidate Angus King says he's sold his stake in a wind power company and that he'll go one step further to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest by placing his investments in a blind trust.
King said today that he completed the sale of Independence Wind to his business partner Sunday night. He declined to place a value on the transaction.
Angus King. Good Lord.
It's March in Maine and the sap is running again.
King sells stake in wind power business
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — .... sold his stake in a wind power company and .... placing ...investments in a blind trust.
... completed the sale of Independence Wind to his business partner Sunday night. He declined to place a value on the transaction.
Independence Wind operates a 22-turbine, 50-megawatt wind power project in Roxbury.
Yep Angus King @$25 million on the backs of the American Taxpayer and the Maine Ratepayer. Just a downpayment on the multiples of millions he is seeking.
Here is how I come up with the $25,000,000.
50 megawatts times $2,500,000 installed cost per turbine equals $125,000,000 (we know he got a Federally guaranteed loan for $122,000,000 for the project) so that number is approximately correct. He owned half of the project. Discounting that to account for the uncertainty, immediacy or the 'forced' sale $25,000,000 is about right.
Angus King Corporate Welfare Queen.
Maine GOP out to subvert independent King
Ex-governor in Senate bid called closet Democrat
By Sean Lengell
The Washington Times
Sunday, March 18, 2012
“I’ve seen some people say [Mr. King‘s] inevitable, and I wouldn’t go that far, because the Republicans have some relatively attractive people” running, UM political science professor Mark Brewer said.
“That being said, King’s clearly the front-runner....”
...King has the early momentum, boosted by his reputation for rising above partisan fray while serving as an independent governor.... — a plus in a state with a history of moderate politics and successful independent candidacies.
King's Making a Difference (1994), p. 91. "But all the setting of standards, goals, objectives or whatever we choose to call it will be wasted if don't take the next step: measuring the results."
Can anyone direct me to a study of the results and benefits of the Lap Top program? My liberal sisters were convinced that this would produce a horde of computer wizards in the state. Reasoning from my observation of the computer department at Middlesex County College I argued that if Maine wants computer-masters it needs to import more Hindus.
Two days ago I received this answer to a question I addressed to the long-time chairman of the MCC computer science department:
“I would say that over half my classes are foreign born, perhaps 50% Asian and 25% Latin American. Among Middlesex County College's "successes" that I know, likely the vast majority are foreign born and earned a college degree in their home country and are just getting "certified" at MCC with US credits and/or a degree. One of my great success stories is a woman with an MS in Engineering and an MS in International Relations from Poland who we trained as a programmer in six months. She was on an F1 Visa and has an application in for a Green Card.”
Sure we have anecdotal evidence about ingenious teachers and clever students using their laptops, but anecdotes about students spending their time studying "Sado-masochistic Cheerleaders from Hell" and suchlike may have been neglected---leaving us with incomplete information.
Angus King Corporate Welfare Queen:
Below is an interesting post from a comment on "The Hill" story from March 17th 2012.
Note all of the references to AsMaineGoes
"Angus King backs Obama for re-election, but that doesn’t mean he’d caucus with Democratshttp://bangordailynew... me explain a little here. King was an attorney and had past ties to the energy sector in Virginia. The law firm he was associated with also specializes in RICO law.While Governor, King used his position as governor to pick the winners, namely himself and stave off the competition until his second term was up. http://www.macalester.edu/wind... his term in office, King formed his own wind company that has received federal money (much like First Wind (which employs his son) as well as his PUC Commisioner (Kurt Adams) who got stock and a job at First Wind while he was a sitting member of the PUC.http://bangordailynews.com/2010/04/21... also were a lot of stay behind's in the next administration that moved Kings' efforts forward. Then guess what... He decided to get into the wind business http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... King was reaping the rewards of his efforts, the next administration really got things rolling for them...http://www.asmainegoes.com/content/ch... much so that Governor Baldacci stated that when his term was up he would be working for the wind industry... but then changed his mind after leaving office.http://www.asmainegoes.com/content/wi... who is Jay Cashman? His other company specializing in dredging just got a sweet contract cleaning up the PCB mess left by GE in the Hudson river and is gearing up to do work on the proposed offshore wind projects. (King is a big promoter of that folly).http://www.hudsondredging.com/2011/04... all know from my posting here that GE got stimulus money and then cancelled it's offshore efforts but never returned the money. http://dailybail.com/home/ge-d... also know that Jack Immelt, CEO of GE is also Obama's job czar. There is much more, but now you know why Angus King supports Obama."
US G, I am trying the find the article/post where this is on the Hill. The most recent Hill article on King I have found is from 3/14. Can you please supply the link?
UPDATE ON MY COMMENT: US G, sorry, disregard, I just found it after I posted this....
Here's the link to the article/comment US G was quoting from:
Pingree tried to get King to drop Maine Senate bid
By Molly K. Hooper - 03/17/12 02:08 PM ET
The post packed with links is from someone titled "dogonnit"
2012 Senate races: The year of the political comeback
Posted by Aaron Blake at 02:03 PM ET, 03/16/2012
...Democrats’ ability to hold their Senate majority may rest on three candidates [including] Angus King (I)....
2. Maine: The filing deadline passed.., leaving the race...a jumbled mess. King is the favorite with no big-name Democrats filing, but Republicans could salvage...Snowe’s seat if King and the Democratic nominee split...the vote.... If he wins, King is most likely to caucus with Democrats, but...suggested...he might caucus with Republicans if they're in the majority.
If he wins, King is most likely to caucus with Democrats, but...suggested...he might caucus with Republicans if they're in the majority.
But would the Republicans accept him into their caucus? Why would they trust him?
I begin to compile here things that are false about Angus King in order to begin to dispell the myths and ledgends:
"King is a fiscal conservative"
"King is a moderate"
Each one of these will be tested and bought to light in terms of his record, his connections and his actions, not his words.
Any other suggestions?
US Grant: Don't forget that he is no friend to private property rights or rural communities. Do research of the Compact for Maine's Forests which he crafted with Brownie Carson of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. It lost twice at referendum. Based on that stunt, King would appear to be the US Senator pushing for a North Woods National Park against the wishes of constituents above the Volvo Line!