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Democrats seem to think that if they keep Nader off of the ballot in all of these states, that his supporters will automatically vote for Kerry. That is not the case. I know some Nader supporters, some of which are former Howard Dean supporters, and they are angered and offended by the Democrats trying to shut them out. One person told me he will vote for the Green candidate before he voted for the "pro war" Kerry.

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AUGUSTA — Maine Democrats will go to court to challenge the state's decision to list Ralph Nader as an independent presidential candidate on the November ballot, the party chairwoman said Friday. Dorothy Melanson said the appeal of Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky's ruling will be filed in Kennebec County Superior Court.Melanson said she respects the decision of fellow Democrat Gwadosky but believes there are unresolved legal issues that require the court's attention."It is absolutely necessary that someone seeking the presidency of the United States follow the rule of law when seeking that office," she said. "It is my hope and expectation that the courts will provide all of us with a definitive answer as to whether Mr. Nader and his supporters here in Maine complied with the law."The secretary of state's office certified 4,128 voter petition signatures for Nader - 128 more than the minimum needed for ballot listing - on Aug. 16.Earlier this week, Gwadosky affirmed a staff hearing officer's recommendation and rejected challenges brought by Melanson and another Democratic activist.The challengers complained that the Nader campaign had failed to comply with some of Maine's ballot access requirements. The Nader campaign denied wrongdoing and maintained that any procedural failures were minor.Nader received 5.7 percent of Maine's presidential vote in 2000 when he was listed as a Green Independent. Democrat Al Gore carried the state with 49.1 percent to Republican George W. Bush's 44 percent.After this week's ruling by Gwadosky, Nader campaign spokesman Kevin Zeese said it would be "foolish" for Democrats to continue to try to take Nader off Maine ballots."They're looking so anti-democratic," he said, adding that Nader would "give voters in Maine a real choice."

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Meanwhile in Florida.....[url=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040913/pl_nm/campaig... on Florida Ballot[/url]

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Give me a break George. This is politics as expected.

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Why don't republicans just come out and say "Sure we want Nader on the ballot because we believe he will take votes away from Kerry, not Bush, and that's a legitimate campaign strategy", instead of spouting off about giving voters a choice?
Hmmm. The party of truth.
Never happen.
The sheeple can't handle the truth.

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The legacy of Al Gore: D: Dull
E: Embittered
M: Mean Spirited
O: Opposing
C: Crass
R: Ranting
A: Angry
T: Thoughtless

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Or months or years.

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The Democrats need to rename themselves the progressive or liberal party!!!!! This is getting WAY out of hand. (democrats) Democracy is about having choices is it not? You always talk about your 'democracy' and the democratic ways. Why would you try to take away some peoples choice for candidate? Is that what is done in a DEMOCRACY?? Do you have that little faith in your own candidate? We arent blocking the guys who will likely take some conservatives votes for themselves!!!
This is free advise for you from me. Its a gift.[ 09-13-2004: Message edited by: Erica N ]

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quote:Originally posted by George:
[b]Trying to keep people off the ballot is expected? I can't think of this ever happening before in Maine.[/b]

And you deny the Republicans had anything to do with getting Nader on the ballot?Brilliant move on their part, imho.

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I signed the petition.Steven Scharf
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Nope. No difference between the two. Both are guilty of manipulation.

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OK, wink,wink, the Republicans had nothing to do with Nader getting on the ballot. Sure, George. Sure. If not, they're dumber than I thought they were.

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Another example of Liberals using the courts to get what they can't get through the democratic process?

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[b]lamaine[/b]

quote: If not, they're dumber than I thought they were.

Well, yeah.How about the fact that they got shot down on every single point by the Sec. of State's office? Last time I checked that was a Democrat controlled office.The Dems bring in a couple of high priced Portland lawyers and get crushed....Frankly, if I were the Nader people I would sue them for a violation of the federal voting rights act.... using voter imtimidation to deny people the right to vote for whom they wish.

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MACHIAS — Ralph Nader's lawsuit accusing Democrats of conspiring to keep him off the ballot is going before a judge in Maine's Washington County.

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April 19, 2012

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MAINE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT UNANIMOUSLY RULES FOR NADER IN SUIT AGAINST DEMOCRATS

High Court Decision Reinstates Lawsuit Alleging Democrats Unlawfully Targeted Nader-Camejo 2004 Independent Presidential Campaign

PORTLAND, ME – Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (the “Law Court”) today unanimously ruled to reinstate a 2009 lawsuit filed by independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader and his 2004 Maine electors against the Democratic Party and several of its allies. The lawsuit, originally filed in Superior Court for Washington County, Maine, was dismissed in November 2010 pursuant to Maine’s anti-SLAPP statute, 14 M.R.S. § 556. The Law Court vacated the dismissal, ruling that the lower court erred by denying Nader and his electors the opportunity to establish their claims for abuse of process, malicious prosecution and civil conspiracy.

"We conclude that the Maine anti-SLAPP statute may not be invoked to achieve dismissal of claims alleging abuses of process without giving the plaintiff the opportunity to establish a prima facie case to support the claims,” the Law Court declared in a majority opinion by Justice Donald G. Alexander. Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley, Justice Jon D. Levy, Justice Andrew M. Mead and Justice Ellen A. Gorman joined the opinion.

"Accordingly, today we announce a change in the parties’ burdens at the preliminary anti-SLAPP dismissal stage,” Justice Alexander wrote.

Under the new standard, the Law Court ruled that the lawsuit filed by Nader and his electors “should be allowed to proceed,” unless they are unable to show that “any, rather than all,” of the Democrats’ litigation against the Nader-Camejo 2004 presidential campaign was “devoid of any reasonable factual support or arguable basis in law.”

Maine’s anti-SLAPP statute was enacted in 1995, with the intention of protecting activists who are sued by real estate developers for speaking out against proposed projects (such actions are known as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation). Typical SLAPP suits have no merit and are filed for improper purposes, such as imposing litigation costs – which, as defendant Toby Moffett admitted, was a primary purpose of the litigation that Democrats initiated against Nader’s 2004 independent presidential campaign with the late Peter Miguel Camejo.

In a concurring opinion joined by Justice Joseph M. Jabar, Justice Warren M. Silver wrote that the anti-SLAPP statute had been "used by different parties than those intended,” and that it had “served an entirely different purpose than the one intended.”

"The ‘Goliath’ who abuses other forms of petitioning to harass ‘David’ has now adopted the [anti-SLAPP statute] as another obstacle to throw in David’s path when he legitimately seeks to petition the court for redress,” Justice Silver wrote.

The lawsuit alleges that Democrats orchestrated a concerted, nationwide effort to interfere with the Nader-Camejo campaign, by filing 29 complaints in 19 states, including Maine, and that many of the complaints included groundless and demonstrably false allegations of fraud. According to Moffett, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist who helped recruit an estimated 95 lawyers from 53 law firms to join the effort, the purpose of the Democrats’ complaints was to “drain,” “distract” and “neutralize” the Nader-Camejo campaign, by “forcing [them] to spend money and resources defending these things.”

Other defendants named in the lawsuit include the Maine Democratic Party, its former Chair Dorothy Melanson, the Democratic National Committee, its former Chair Terry McAuliffe, the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign and a Section 527 political organization called The Ballot Project headed by Moffett.

As a result of the Law Court’s decision, the lawsuit will be remanded to the Superior Court for Washington County for further proceedings.

The Law Court also vacated a lower court order awarding Moffet $1 in attorneys’ fees.

Copies of the Law Court’s opinion are available by emailing oliverbhall@gmail.com.

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