Sen. Nichi Farnham - Maine Law Should Ensure Low Movie Ticket Prices

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Naran
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Sen. Nichi Farnham - Maine Law Should Ensure Low Movie Ticket Prices

Bill aimed at lowering movie costs proposed
By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service
Posted April 10, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine – ...snip

“We are a poor state and movies are getting way too expensive... “ said Sen. Nichi Farnham, R-Bangor, sponsor ... She said many families... depend on...second-run theaters to watch movies on a big screen, but...those theaters are at a big competitive disadvantage.
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Farnham said ...Movie Magic Cinema... in Bangor, convinced her that the state needs to get involved to make sure small theaters survive and provide inexpensive options for Mainers to watch a movie on a big screen.

[url=http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/04/10/politics/bill-aimed-at-lowerin...

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What happens, when "we" become "them"?

Islander
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She is joking right?

She is joking right?

Naran
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Sadly, it doesn't appear that

Sadly, it doesn't appear that way. She wants Maine to pressure the large movie distribution companies, in order to protect small theaters.

According to the article, the small movie folks and Farnham believe the state can regulate the agreements.

"Should" and "can" are not the same critter.

Jon Reisman
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Pretty disappointing

Pretty disappointing legislative initiative from Senator Farnham. Meet the new boss, just like the old boss.

Naran
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Agreed. Her statement about

Agreed. Her statement about having "three children" and not being able to afford regular movie theaters sounds like something straight out of the Dem entitlement playbook.

I am very glad she doesn't represent my district.

Islander
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Cry me a river, if this keeps

Cry me a river, if this keeps up it will be a short lived R control and if this is the best they can do, whoopie pies, regulating ticket prices, then I see no difference , they are all the same. NH is looking better and better all the time.

Naran
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From over the AMG

From over the AMG transom:

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"What color was the KOOL AID? Did it come with POPCORN?"

Watcher
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The Republicans turn stupid

The Republicans turn stupid again. What a ditz. Get your movies from Netflix you dingbat.

Do the Republicans have ANY bright people in the Maine party beside Poliquin?

Economike
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Is there some sort of weird

Is there some sort of weird hallucinogen in Augusta's drinking water?

I can't afford single-malt Scotch for my three kids. Can you do something about that?

Islander
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She is one of the gang of 8

She is one of the gang of 8 isn't she? Nuff said, sorry to all you who got suckered into voting for her let alone contributed to her campaign. Look for her to change parties before her next election.

Naran
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According to some I've heard

According to some I've heard from, she'd be well-advised.

ConservativelyScott
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While her quote was very

While her quote was very "dem-like", her sponsoring of this bill should not be vilified. The Governor and Republican legislators spent the first months after being elected going around asking businesses what would allow them to do a better job. Mr. Simpson, a small business owner, went to Senator Farnham(after she asked businesses to tell her how the legislature could help) asking her to submit this legislation so that a discussion could be started surrounding the process of the movie industry and the overall fate of these small theaters in our state. Even if the bill is a little suspect, the act of giving a constituent, who is also a business owner, a voice is what we want our legislators doing.

FLNext
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Just wondering...Is there a

Just wondering...Is there a buggy-whip business in her district that needs protection?

Naran
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ConservativelyScott -- sorry,

ConservativelyScott -- sorry, but no ticket sale.

I've had legislators turn down initiatives, flat. This smacks entirely too much of interference in the private market.

Mainelion
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So we want our legislature to

So we want our legislature to reguate what a bussiness can charge for its product??? Do you have a mouse in your pocket?

I am now more firmly convinced than ever that there is lead in the drinking water in Augusta.

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I disagree with the bill, but

I disagree with the bill, but I think it would be dishonest for a representative of the people to go out and ask members of the business community how he/she can help and then blow off that constituent. Looking at the sponsors/cosponsors of the bill, we see members of both parties, but from areas with these small theaters whose owners were looking to have a discussion.

Reaganite
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Not every request can or

Not every request can or should find its way into a bill. This is a prime example.

Senator Farnham isn't really happy with me, I'm sure, for my comments to her when the gang-of-8 story broke. This is just more evidence that some folks who are registered as Rs are really Is or even Ds.

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Just make it so the theaters

Just make it so the theaters take EBT cards....problem solved!

ConservativelyScott
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So she should be a D or an I

So she should be a D or an I if she sponsors a bill that a local business owner wants? She should be a D or an I if (we don't know this yet) she votes with her Republican colleagues to pass the budget and pass other bills that help business and reduce the size of our government? Jeez, if we had D's or I's that did those things, I think our state would be in much better shape than it is right now. Telling someone to change to a D or an I because she helps give a business owner a voice, prefers respect from her governor, yet maintains her goal of lowering taxes, cutting spending, and improving the state's business climate is something I find to be quite ridiculous.

Islander
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I will say that I did e-mail

I will say that I did e-mail Nichi Farnham and had a response within a very short time, I thank her for that.

charlie neville
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Would someone explain to me

Would someone explain to me again the philosophical difference between a republican and a democrat. Maybe send her a copy.

charlie

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What kind of a world do we

What kind of a world do we live in when someone who self-identifies as a conservative, with a big "C" no less, is arguing for regulation of business? Where's the big picture point of view here? You're actually arguing that one business should be punished in support of another.

Here's the bottom line. If the owner of the second-run theater wanted to own a first run-theater, he should have opened a first-run theater.

Farnham should have been smart enough to run far, far away from this idea. The scary part is that she was not.

Naran
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ConservativelyScott - just

ConservativelyScott - just because a constituent says they want something, does a responsible, spineful legislator automatically grant their wish -- even if the legislator knows the basis of the request is wrong?

If you can't understand where some are coming from on this issue, let's change the participants.

Let's say a small chocolate company on Main St. can't compete with a big chocolate company at the mall.

Both stores buy from the same supplier, but the big chocolate company gets all the newest, best flavors first - and they have wider counters and display cases than the small company.

The bigger chocolate store charges more, and makes more, than the small chocolate company. The bigger store also gets more customers.

The small company isn't happy with this scenario, and asks his legislator to "level the nougat" field for him. He asks the legislator to try and make the state government "lean" on the chocolate supplier, in order to give him a better shot at getting the newest, best flavors at the same time as the larger company, for a cheaper price that he can afford.

Is this fair? Is this right? Does this sound like the way the free market should be operating?
Is this what a Republican legislator should be doing?

I'm sorry if this sounds harsh. I know you mean well, and I am sure that Senator Farnham means well. But the measure to try and make the state "lean" on the film distribution companies is wrong. It's this kind of thinking that has landed us in the "Percent for Art" nonsense (complete with $600K burbling toad statues), and all the other entitlements that are bankrupting the state, and the country.

Robert
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ConservativelyScott, with

ConservativelyScott, with your thought pattern, shouldn't the state go after Walmart to protect the smaller stores?

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Reaganite, Naran, and Robert-

Reaganite, Naran, and Robert- I've been posting on here for almost 2 years now and have come to know that you are all smart people who have common sense. If you go back and read what I have written, you will see that I disagree with this bill. With that said, we all need to look at ourselves in the mirror and understand where we want our state to go.

The reason our state has such a poor business climate is because the Democrat controlled legislature did not listen to our business community over the past 4 decades. For years, the Democrats have been saying, "We don't think this business' concerns are worthy of a bill" which is exactly what you are all saying. Regardless of what the overall outcome of this bill would do, we want our legislators listening to the businesses here and trying to help them have a discussion about practices that may or may not keep them open and employing people of this state. I think we all agree that this bill isn't the best. That is why the bills go to committee and are weeded out. But to vilify a Republican who is reaching out to businesses of this state(which is what they all ran on) isn't right.

Naran
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There is nothing wrong with

There is nothing wrong with reaching out to businesses, and trying to help Maine's economy. I understand your point about Ms. Farnham, and her efforts to help a business in her district. She is to be lauded for her efforts.

There is, however, a line in the sand that cannot be crossed.

I may be wrong (not the first time; won't be the last time), but an attempt to lean on the film distribution companies to level the playing field for a smaller operator just says "no way" on my "Sense of Fairness" meter.

To me, that is nothing more, or less, than plain common sense.

If I were Ms. Farnham, I would have said "Sorry - I will do anything else to help you that I can, but this measure just doesn't work for me."

After all - as you have admitted, you disagree with the bill, yourself.

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Listening for ideas from any

Listening for ideas from any and all business owners is a very good thing to do for a legislator. In fact listening to the thoughts and ideas of all citizens is a fine thing also.

But there are lots of things that government should NOT try to do and responsible legislators, who, if they are truly R's and believe in small (er) government, should make it clear to constituents who raise issues like this one, that the proper job of government is to make sure all have a level playing field and beyond that it is up to the business owners to determine who succeeds and who fails.

It very clearly is not the proper job of government to enact laws that favor one business owner over another. Any constituent who asked me about this, should I ever be in her shoes, would have gotten that for an answer right up front.

We cannot afford to go out and eat very often, but we would never dream of expecting the legislature to make a law that should make it more affordable for us to do so.

This legislator was wrong from the start to buy the argument that the smaller theaters should be given some competetive advantage by new laws. She made her own mess to stew in.

D would look fine after her name for sure.

WC

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WC- Again, if more D's stood

WC- Again, if more D's stood for what she stood for, then our state wouldn't be in the rough shape it's in. And, I doubt that it was an easy decision for her to sponsor this bill. If I were a betting man (which I am), I'd guess that there were numerous "back and forths" before the decision was made.

Naran
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Sadly, the amount of

Sadly, the amount of discussion doesn't change the mistaken decision to advocate for the bill.

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Conservatively Scott is not

Conservatively Scott is not giving full disclosure. That said, this is a stupid bill which defies free market economics and is unbecoming to honest conservative economic principles. She should be taken to the wood shed for this dangerous bill which opens the door to more govermentalism over the economy.

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In a Conservative free-market

In a Conservative free-market system, for a legislator to advocate the passing of a law which would help a non-competitive business take business from a competitive business means that that legislator forfeits her right to be considered a Republican and certainly not a Conservative. She has shown her colors and they are Liberal/Socialist.

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