Morning After: It's Summers, Dill, Raye, Courtney

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Morning After: It's Summers, Dill, Raye, Courtney

Summers, Dill, Raye,

The Press Herald
Summers, Dill win, join King as finalists for Snowe’s seat
The U.S. Senate race in Maine is expected to be expensive and have national ramifications.
By John Richardson jrichardson@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

Republican Charlie Summers (30%) and Democrat Cynthia Dill (45%) took a step toward becoming Maine’s next U.S. senator Tuesday, winning their parties’ nominations to be on the ballot in November.

Bennett (18%), Schneider (10%), Plowman 9%), D’Amboise (11%).

Dunlap (35%), Hinck (13%), Pollard (8%).

Summers...said Tuesday that he plans to keep working as secretary of state while running in the general election.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Summers-Dill-win-join-King-as-finalists-...

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Secretary of State Charlie Summers wins GOP Senate race
By Matthew Stone, BDN Staff
Posted June 12, 2012, at 9:47 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Summers...credited his victory to an active base of volunteers and a media campaign that were effective in getting his message to voters.

Summers said he expects to make spending during King’s two terms as governor a major general election issue.

http://bangor dailynews.com/2012/06/12/politics/elections/charlie-summers-leading-early-in-republican-senate-primary-rick-bennett-bruce-poliquin-trail/?ref=videos

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Dill wins Democratic Senate race
By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
Posted June 12, 2012, at 9:47 p.m.

Dill said she would campaign for the U.S. Senate seat vigorously and took aim directly at King.

“As the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party I will take so seriously my responsibility to you and our party,” she said. “There are better days ahead for Democrats in the U.S. Senate so join with me and let’s win this thing. And I say to Angus King, bring it on.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/06/12/politics/matt-dunlap-cynthia-dill-...

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U.S. House District 1:

U.S. House District 1: Courtney-Calder fight is a squeaker
By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

The race to choose a Republican nominee to challenge Democratic 1st Congressional District Rep. Chellie Pingree was too close to call at press time.

Political newcomer Patrick Calder of Portland held a slight lead over Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney of Springvale with a vote of 10,426 to 10,287, respectively, with 126 of 175 precincts reporting.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/US-House-District-1-Courtney-Calder-figh...

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Kevin Raye wins GOP

Kevin Raye wins GOP nomination in 2nd District, prepares for rematch against Mike Michaud
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted June 12, 2012, at 10:04 p.m.

As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Maine Senate President Kevin Raye held a wide lead over Blaine Richardson of Belfast, 16,049 votes to 10,453....

...Michaud and Raye faced each other in 2002....

Raye said he looks forward to the rematch.

“It will be a race,” Raye said, “where we will focus on issues — jobs and the economy, the performance of Obama administration and Mike Michaud’s solid support for the Obama administration.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/06/12/politics/kevin-raye-wins-gop-nomin...

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Courtney is leading by about

Courtney is leading by about 240 votes with 90% in. But I can't find any results anywhere on the last 10% - can anyone else? I can't believe how terrible some of the coverage is. The WMTW website doesn't even show any results for the race in it's "full results" and the Press Herald only shows it up to 90%. There are still a lot of towns out that would be strong for Calder. It seems like this is going to be recounted no matter what.

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All in all, a result I can

All in all, a result I can live with. Dill sucks away the moonbat vote from Angus, weakening him. Raye poses a good, credible challenge to Michaud in the 2nd district.

Pingree is so strong in the 1st that neither candidate had much of a chance; I personally would prefer that Calder takes it (currently trailing by a tetch) because he's a bright young guy with obviously strong leadership and communication skills and, potentially, a real future as an elected official. Even a losing race would bring him experience and visibility that would serve him well in the future.

Armed with the right message, Summers is a guy who could pull independent and moderate Democratic votes from Angus. His biggest weakness, IMO, is that he's not particularly dynamic - but he is affable and reasonably telegenic, which can offset those same qualities in Angus. Charlie has a decent resume to back him. He claims to want to run a "positive" campaign, but I hope he and his handlers realize that defeating King will require undermining him - reminding people of the explosion in government spending on his watch, pointing out his crony capital relationship to the wind industry and making clear that Angus is an IINO - an independent in name only, and that his positions and political donations reveal him as just another well-connected Democrat. Charlie is generally non-polarizing, and I think he's got a shot.

As a bonus, Mike Hein and Joanne Twomey lost their primary bids.

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Why is King listed as a

Why is King listed as a finalist when he is an independent? In that case whay are all of the independents not listed?

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Courtney Leads Calder by 101
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"Why is King listed as . .

"Why is King listed as . . ?"

I just checked the AID press releases. It appears that he isn't out of bed yet.

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Both King and Summers are

Both King and Summers are mentioned in my blog post about the hidden network of corporate instrumentalities of the state- hidden because they are not filed at the Bureau of Corporations, which administers general laws regarding corporations. Article IV part Third , Section 14 of the Maine State constitution states that all corporations , however formed, are subject to general law, but as I have discovered in my research, it appears that all corporations formed by special act of legislation for the purpose of serving as an instrumentality of the state, are stashed away at the legislature's library, where they appear to be escaping governance by general corporate law. I say this based on the latest year filed for the SEGF (signed into law by Angus King) being 2006, which when compared to the current list of board members of the SEGF website shows that they have all board members have changed. The requirements for what is in the annual reports are minimal but it does include an updated list of board members.

How can Charlie Summers- and all the Secretary of States that went before him, not know of the existence of the massive network of corporations that serve as instrumentalities of the state- and not know that the constitution makes those corporations subject to general law?

And Angus King, independent in name only, did nothing to repeal unconstitutional corporate instrumentalities of the state but instead advanced them.

See more on this subject http://americanpoliticalphilosophy.blogspot.com/2012/06/maines-hidden-ne...

There isn't anyone form the Augusta culture who is not complicit in the advancement and concealment of the massive network of unconstitutional corporate instrumentalities of the state- with the possible exception of Governor Lepage who may have intentionally opened the door on this hidden away sector when he vetoed the r&d bill for the reason that the money would just go the the government and non-profits. That would be the network of corporate instrumentalities of the state each with their own separate slush fund that needs filling.

Vote for an independent outside of the Augusta culture. Forget about the often repeated mantra that they can't win and won't get any votes- that is intended to be a self-fulfilling prophecy ! If there ever was an election when the time is right for real change that goes deeper than superficial- this is it. Hold candidates accountable to the constitution.

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TaxFoe :I just checked the

TaxFoe :I just checked the AID press releases. It appears that he isn't out of bed yet.

Your source? Or are you just mouthing off irresponsible gobbeldygook?

Andrew Ian Dodge told me that he already has the signatures to be on the ballot.

This radio interview is was published by Dodge yesterday.

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Michaud had an opponent in

Michaud had an opponent in the Democratic primary, Daniel Levesque of Ashland. What are the results of that race?
BTW, Dan is the son of J.Paul Levesque, the sawmill entrepeneur of Ashland, who ran a very successull business in Ashland and Masardis.

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This is an email conversation

This is an email conversation I had with Senate Majority Leader Jon Cortney when I wrote to the legislature and submitted that they must vote NO on LD 204 because they lacked the constitutional authority to amend the charter of a municipal corporation ( The MRRA_ LD 204 was an attempt to prohibit the Brunswick Town manager form being on the board of the MRRA)

Courtneys initial response was:

I would have to respectfully disagree. The premise of your argument is incorrect. The Redevelopment Authority is not a Municipal Authority as it was created by the Legislature.

I pointed out to Senator Courtney that the MRRA is stated to be a municipal corporation in the charter that the legislature wrote- to which Courtney had no comment.

His final contribution in this dialogue was:

I am sorry you are not convinced. Like any law it can be overturned if deemed unconstitutional, but I am sure this one will not. Thank you for sharing your position.

I would suggest the bigger picture is the future commitment from the state with regards to the redevelopment of the base. These little squabbles do not help foster future statewide interest and goodwill. For instance there are some in my community that would be happy to turn everything over to Brunswick and have the Authority return the $8 million bond issue and the additional state investment to the state.
I am hopeful we can get past this and create more opportunity for the people of Maine.

In the end LD 204 died in commitee as I was informed in this email from Speaker of the House Honorable Robert Nutting

Dear Ms. Anderson,

I am writing to update you on the status of LD 204, "An Act Regarding the Membership of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Board of Trustees." The House took up this bill on June 14, at which time we voted 76-69 to indefinitely postpone the bill, which would have killed the legislation. A Committee of Conference was subsequently convened, composed of three members from each Chamber. The Committee could not agree on an outcome. On June 28, 2011, the bill was placed in the Legislative Files and is now dead.

Sincerely,

Robert W. Nutting
Speaker of the House ~ 2 State House Station ~ Augusta, ME 04333-0002 ~ (207) 287-1300 ~ Fax: (207) 287-1308 ~ RepRobert.Nutting@legislature.maine.gov

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" . . irresponsible

" . . irresponsible gobbeldygook?"

I interpreted your original post as asking 'why is AID not mentioned' in the story you cited. I figured he might have something to say about that but, so far, no. I have no specific information as to his sleeping habits but he is reputed to be a ghoul or goblin or something like that.

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June 13, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE

June 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENATE CANDIDATE DODGE on Primary Day results:

“I want congratulate nominees Dill and Summers. Just goes to show that money can’t buy you a win in Maine. It is time now to excite the people of Maine about this important US Senate race. On to November and positive change for Maine and the country.”

—ENDS—

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BDN prediction: Courtney wins

[u]BDN prediction[/u]: Courtney wins by razor thin margin in 1st District Republican primary
By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff
Posted June 13, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine —...Courtney held off a surprisingly strong challenge by...Calder to win the Republican nomination... according to an analysis of unofficial results tabulated by the Bangor Daily News.

With one precinct remaining, Courtney leads Calder by 192 votes, according to the BDN’s unofficial results. The last town left to report its Chelsea, and with 1,880 registered voters there, voter turnout hovering around 10 percent and neighboring towns favoring Courtney, it is highly unlikely Calder will pull ahead.

BDN

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Now Playing:Raye Earns a

Now Playing:Raye Earns a Rematch with Michaud
From the MPBN story:Raye Earns a Rematch with Michaud, After a Decade Has Passed
06/13/2012 06:55 AM ET Reported By: Jay Field

Raye's opponent, [Blaine] Richardson, ...said he'll work to get Raye elected in November.

"I mean, this is about team play," Richardson said. "Too many things at stake here for the state of Maine. In the end, it's about getting conservatism to Washington."

To do that, Kevin Raye said he will make improving Maine's economy.., creating more jobs the centerpiece of his campaign, two areas he said have lagged in the 2nd district under Mike Michaud.

http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/22251/Def...

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There's got to be a morning

There's got to be a morning after
If we can hold on through the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let's keep on looking for the light

Oh, can't you see the morning after?
It's waiting right outside the storm
Why don't we cross the bridge together
And find a place that's safe and warm?
It's not too late, we should be giving
Only with love can we climb
It's not too late, not while we're living
Let's put our hands out in time

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Thanks Tom! (lmao)

Thanks Tom! (lmao)

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The problem is that Summers

The problem is that Summers doesn't really have a message and no real passion that's discernable. I've met him and he's a nice enough guy and I want to like him, but frankly, he isn't going to be able to do this. I heard someone today describe him as the Harold Stassen of Maine Federal politics and I think that's spot on: Good resume, great appearence and poise, evrything really that a candidate should be but totally lacking the ability to close the deal with the voters. He's already a three time loser. Think we could all agree when he tanks on this one, he's done and should never be taken seriously as a candidate again?

As far as Jon Courtney goes, I guess it's nice that someone stepped up to take on Pingree, but realistically, anyone who donates a dime to this campaign or spends an hour working on it is wasting both. Same problem as Summers really: In order to beat Pingree in this district in this election, he'd have to come at this race with a passion and set of principled beliefs that rivals the tenacity of a Ron Paul. He simply doesn't have those. Another solid Republican player taking one for the team.

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Posted at 02:30 PM ET,

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 06/13/2012 TheWashingtonPost
Cynthia Dill and Charlie Summers: Who are they? (And what do they think of Angus King?)
By Ed O'Keefe

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has said nothing – zilch, nada – about Dill’s win since last night and the silence is part of a strategy that Democrats privately concede is designed to hopefully win King’s support by playing nice with him.

Privately, Maine Democrats say Dill is unpolished and an unknown across most of the state. The state party is more focused on winning back the state legislature and state senate, which they lost in a landslide in 2010.

To national Democrats, Dill is potentially a nightmare:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/cynthia-dill-and-char...

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Think we could all agree when

Think we could all agree when he tanks on this one, he's done and should never be taken seriously as a candidate again?

Maybe we could start a pool. How long will it take before Apollo posts that it was all Ron Paul supporters fault?

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I don't know if it was Al

I don't know if it was Al Diamon or who it was, but back during the 1994 1st District primary, someone tagged Charlie Summers as "Jock Lite" after then-Governor John McKernan. Fit then, fits now.

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Trust me on this. At the King

Trust me on this. At the King campaign staff meeting this morning, the question wasn't "How do we hold off Summers" it was "How do we hold off Dill." Dill has gotten as far as she has on her ability to bring together an impassioned volunteer organization that is effective and on the strength of her opponents being willing to underestimate her. SHe's dangerous and NOT just because of her socialist inclinations.

Unlike Summers, she's not tainted by close assosciations with LePage and Webster (I know that doesn't bother most people here, but you have to be blind to know that puts 30% of the electorate in this state forever out of Charlie's reach) and in fact has the bragging rights that she took Paul on over his nepotism in hiring Lauren when no one else did. Summers had only silence about that. Moreover, unlike Charlie, she has a recent history of winning her elections.

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I won ld like to thank

I won ld like to thank CoyoteLiberty for enlightening me as to all the political goings on and totally eliminating the need to think independently in choosing a candidate !
Nothing says liberty like not having to burden oneself with individual thought!

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And by the way, Dan Levesque

And by the way, Dan Levesque ALSO successfully ran the family lumber operations in Masardis and Ashland for many years.

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Interesting WaPo article,

Interesting WaPo article, Thistle - thanks for linking it.

Of course, the WaPo either was ignorant of - or left out - the fact that Dill is an opportunist who jumps from one race to the next whenever it suits her personal agenda. And it soft soaps her stature in the legislature. I've heard from more than one connected source that Maine's Democratic leadership (I'll put this mildly) doesn't hold her in paticularly high regard.

But hey, as long as the moonbats are happy with their choice, I'm happy with it.

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If I was from her district I

If I was from her district I would be rather upset.

It is unlikey that I could ever afford her district. Hmmm, I wonder if she is in favor of that tax the rich more...you know that fair share thing where the rich already pay more but because they worked hard... she could drop more of her own bucks with a check box on her tax return to deduct more...I digress.

Evidently the majority of democrats in Maine either like playing patty cake with Senator Dill or they are buying the soundbites they are spoon fed from ta da, social media and the purchased old fashion media, newspapers.

When you are elected to do a job, I repeat, a job, you are expected to do it and not jump ship before that job is done, even if stuff ISNT going your way. However, as was mentioned here Ms. Dill appears indeed to be an opportunist...all this jumping from here to there keeps her name in the news...someone said and I'm pretty sure Melvin or Flammenpapa, and I paraphrase, the media is bought hook line and sinker. I have also heard said it is not if your liked, it is if you are known.
Change is never easy and one thing, much to my dismay, good governance is not a sound bite like some of our elected officials want it to be. Dill will be in a pickle come Novmber... King as an indepent in a 2 team game is useless, bottom line. I guess my point is everyone who cares about an economic recovery better take a good hard look at how Angus King governed...or not. 1 Billion up going in....1 Billion down going out...we can not afford him no matter how nice he may appear. Angus King and Cynthia Dill do one thing very well, spend other peoples money. Frankly, I can't afford them. The best we can do is link these two birds together.

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It will be interesting to

It will be interesting to watch them attack each other.

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Very funny, Tom C. A fitting

Very funny, Tom C. A fitting tribute to 'the morning after Dill' or RU4myCandid8C?.

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Subject: Thank You From: Rick

Subject: Thank You
From: Rick Bennett
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:02:52 +0000

Dear Friends,
 
As I think back over our extraordinary adventure of the past 15 weeks, one emotion supersedes them all – gratitude. I am humbled by the extraordinary generosity, commitment, and confidence you showed in me. Words fail to express how grateful I feel for your faith in me.
 
Our campaign for the U.S. Senate was more than just an effort to elect a candidate. It was a cause to take Washington back – and our party back – from special interest agendas, crony capitalism and political careerism. That cause continues, and I will continue to fight for it – and against a political class who has driven our nation to the brink of bankruptcy and shackled our children’s opportunity and liberty. I don’t know how, and I don’t know where, but I will stay in this fight, and I hope you will too.
 
Many have remarked to me about the very low voter turnout for the primary election. Like you, I worry that this may signal that many of our neighbors have given up, or that they do not believe that the U.S. Senate is relevant to their lives. But then I think of the thousands who, like you, are reading this email, and I am reminded of the wonderful quote from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” With your continued energy, we will restore common sense and fiscal discipline to government and, more importantly, the promise of America for the next generation.
 
On election night, I called Charlie Summers and offered my congratulations and my help in the important task of his winning in November. I wish him and his family well. And I wish my other former opponents – Bruce, Scott, Bill and Deb – all the best as they reconnect with their families and their businesses and continue the important work in building a better Maine.
 
Once again – from the bottom of my heart – thank you! 
 
Be well, and please keep in touch. 
 
All my best,

Rick Bennett

PS-- We have our volunteers around the state picking up our campaign signs.  However, if If you see any campaign signs we have missed could you please pick them up.

PAID FOR BY BENNETT FOR SENATE

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FOR IMMEDIATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Justin Brasell
June 12, 2012 207.831.5885 / jbrasell@gmail.com

Statement of Support for GOP Nominee Charlie Summers

"I want to congratulate Charlie Summers on winning the Republican Nomination for United States Senate.  Charlie ran a strong campaign based on issues we both care about and will be a unifying candidate in the general election.  He can count on my full support."

--  Bill Schneider

Paid for by Schneider for Maine

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