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Showing posts with label State of Maine. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Saturday, July 25, 2015



Under the provisions of the “Home Rule” the state cannot interfere with the daily operations of a Municipality.  However, even under the “Home Rule” Municipalities cannot violate or ignore Maine law.  The Town Council has violated Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1:  General, Statute 405 Executive sessions.

According to the latest Agenda, July 21, 2015, Agenda Item 2015-218 Order – 1 MRSA Statute 405 (6)(e) Consultations with legal counsel but did not list the appropriate Agenda Items being discussed such as DEP Consent Agreement; Revaluation Decision or Interlocal Agreement for the Code Enforcement and Stormwater Services.  I understand the need to keep from placing the Municipality at a substantial disadvantage.  No one needs to know the specifics of what is said in Executive Session but the Public has a right to know what is going on in regards to these matters in accordance with Maine Statute 401.

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Tuesday night, Chairman Pesce requested a motion to move to Executive Session and it was moved and seconded.  At no time did anyone state why they were moving into an Executive Session except to consult with the attorney.  After approximately 45 minutes, the Council returned and continued on with the meeting.  No Councilor made any motions nor was there a vote taken.  Everyone thought they would tell the people what was going on when it came to the three Agenda Items.

When Agenda Item 2015-210 DEP Consent Agreement and 2015-211 Revaluation Decision came up there was a motion to accept as stated in Executive Session and it was seconded.  Both were approved by a vote of 6-0.  At no time were the people told what is going on or provided a summary of what just took place.  Under Maine Statute the people have a right to know what is going on but they do not have a right to know the specifics of what was said in Executive Session.  The third Agenda Item was tabled.

Maine Statute 405 outlines the procedures to be followed pertaining to Executive Sessions.  This statute was not followed and the people were denied the right to know what is going on with the DEP Consent Agreement and the Revaluation Decision.  

Where is the transparency when the people are denied the right to know what is going on and how their tax dollars are being spent?

Now we are going to look at the Council Working Rules, written by the Council, for the manner in which meeting are supposed to be conducted.   Paragraph d(2) Meeting Length states “All council meetings, workshops, or executive sessions shall be conducted, except in extraordinary circumstances within 2 ½ hours of the time the meeting is called to order.  At regularly scheduled meetings, this will call for adjournment on or before 9:30 P.M.   The council may, by waiving these rules, agree to extend the time for meetings if it is deemed appropriate.  The meeting on July 21st began at 7:30 P.M and was adjourned at approximately 11:30 P.M. and there was no motion to waive the time restriction; Chairman Pesce totally disregarded this provision and continued the meeting.  It was Chairman Pesce’s responsibility, along with the Town Manager, to create the Agenda to be accomplished within the 2 ½ hours time frame.  This was also ignored.  If you look at the Agenda above, you can tell it was too long and needed to be split.

These continued violations of Maine law and the Council’s own working rules need to be stopped immediately. 

The State needs to review the actions of Chairman Pesce and Town Manager, Diane Barnes to ensure that Maine law is being complied with at all times.

Larry Fillmore

Friday, July 10, 2015

MHPC: How Does New Hampshire Do It?‏

Dear Lisbon Reporter Readers,

As a supporter of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, I am pleased to share with you our latest research report, How Does New Hampshire Do It?

This comprehensive report compares and contrasts Maine with its only neighboring state, New Hampshire, and helps answer important questions as to how New Hampshire raises revenue and provides services without an individual income or general sales tax. 

While last month's budget was an endorsement of Maine's status quo high spending and over-taxation, it's important for us to show lawmakers that there are other options.  Our report shows how New Hampshire is able to spend less and tax less than Maine does, while still offering adequate services to residents.

I hope you'll help us spread the message, and show lawmakers that there's another path forward besides high taxes and high spending.  Please click the image above or click here to view the study online or download it at your convenience.
Best regards,

Patrick Marvin
Policy Analyst

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Maine Wire: Posik: Are Secret Negotiations The New Business As Usual?‏

The Maine Legislature approved a $6.7 billion biennial budget Tuesday morning, just in time to pass Governor LePage’s ten day veto period and avoid government shutdown before the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.While this would seem like a job well done, these legislators deserve no pat on the back. A select few secretly controlled negotiations while their peers were left in the dark until voting occurred.
The manner in which this budget was created; behind closed doors in “chairs and leads” meetings held throughout the preceding weeks, then ultimately finalized in private discussions between House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick; Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport; Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland; and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, flies in the face of Maine’s long held tradition of and commitment to transparency, and shouldn’t be tolerated by the people of Maine.

Read more here.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Y'ah Don't Say, Corruption or Misrepresentation Of The Facts? TUMAB:Maneuvers Of The State Of Maine To Remove The Spotlight From Their Corruption

BDN reports “A former Maine Center for Disease Control division director who has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services must hand over more than three years worth of her diaries, medical records and mental health records, as well as the names of any doctor or mental health professional she’s seen since 2011.
The department’s lawyers had sought medical information for Sharon Leahy-Lind from as far back as 2008, but a judge ruled that they were entitled to only the information gathered since 2011, the year before she started as division director with the CDC.
Leahy-Lind’s lawyer, Cynthia Dill, argued “From my perspective, it’s a fishing expedition to look for ways to undermine either my client’s credibility. I can’t recall another case where communication with a life insurance provider was requested or an itemization of every health-related expense.”
Leahy-Lind has alleged that her bosses at the Maine CDC ordered her to shred public documents and then harassed and discriminated against her when she refused. Her allegations came to light last year when she filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission. In October, she filed a federal whistle-blower suit against CDC Director Sheila Pinette and DHHS, which oversees the CDC.” Read more HERE.
The state’s investigation found a host of problems with the way the Maine Centers for Disease Control distributed millions of dollars to Healthy Maine Partnerships programs last year. Now they turn the table and shine the spotlight on one of their own. Easy task when you’re in bed with the media!

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Maine Wire: “Pro-abortion group endorses Michaud” plus 5 more‏

Pro-abortion group endorses Michaud
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 11:53 AM PDT
Abortion advocates with NARAL Pro-Choice America on Wednesday announced its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud’s gubernatorial campaign. Michaud, a Democrat, developed a pro-life reputation while representing the more conservative voters of northern Maine, but he earned the support of the pro-abortion super PAC as the result of his “evolution” on public policies regarding the […]
Robinson talks welfare reform with Howie Carr
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 09:35 AM PDT
Maine Wire Editor Steve Robinson joined Howie Carr on Wednesday to talk about Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s welfare reform bills. Robinson told Carr: “There’s no limit to the imagination of liberals when it comes to figuring out how welfare reform will hurt people.”
Bucklin: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 08:32 AM PDT
Last November, South Portland voters defeated the “Waterfront Protection Ordinance,” which aimed to stop the reversal of a pipeline that will carry Canadian tar sands oil from Montreal to South Portland harbor.  In response, defying voters, the city council passed a 6 month moratorium, and the debate continues.  If not for the actions of the […]
Frary: Jesus Christ in the Maine State House
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 08:22 AM PDT
Jesus wants Maine’s House of Representatives to expand Mainecare coverage. We know this because. Diane Russell (D-Portland) mounted her pulpit last week to preach the gospel according to Mathew 25-31-46. She prophesied salvation and eternal bliss for some of her colleagues; the fiery pit and eternal torment for others. More explicitly, she assigned places in […]
Lockman: Let’s Not Poison the Well of Civil Discourse in Augusta
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 08:12 AM PDT
The following op-ed originally appeared in the the Downeast Coastal Press, a weekly newspaper based in Cutler, Maine. By Rep. Larry Lockman By the time this column appears in print, the 126th Maine Legislature of 2013-2014 will be in the home stretch toward statutory adjournment on April 16. It’s crunch time in Augusta. The House […]
Maine Democrats gut welfare reform
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 08:01 AM PDT
AUGUSTA – Democrats on the Health and Human Services Committee gutted two of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s welfare reform proposals on Wednesday, voting against two of the bills and turning two others into study resolves. “It is incomprehensible that Democrats on the Health and Human Services Committee would vote to reject these common-sense proposals,” LePage […]

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

TUMAB:ACTION ALERT: Eight-dvd/cd Set “Exposing the Global Road to Ruin through Education” is FREE at You Tube and 3D websites

ACTION ALERT: Eight-dvd/cd Set “Exposing the Global Road to Ruin through Education” is FREE at You Tube and 3D websites

THE 8 DVD/1CD disc set is FREE, FREE. No one has an excuse anymore not to know what has happened over past 200 years, and how that relates to what is happening now.
You cannot fight a war without identifying the enemy. You cannot win a war without ammunition.

This Disc set identifies the enemy and gives you the ammunition to win the war. Disc Set includes a Tool Kit on how to turn things around. Tool Kit also calls for stopping Constitutional Convention.
Information included on videotaped presentations and in Written Submissions could be used as a legal brief which would stand up in court. No “fair” judge could say other than U.S. Government and our elected officials are “Guilty of Treason” (old dictionary definition of “treason”). Corporations in collusion with government “Guilty of Treason”.

All eight videotaped presentations and written submissions discs are FREE, click here or on Charlotte Iserbyt’s website HERE.
View Luke Rudkowski/Charlotte Iserbyt 8-minute You Tube interview HERE.

The carefully researched truth/evidence of how our children have been deliberately dumbed down, had their values destroyed, and how “they” are taking our constitutional, representative government “down” (through, amongst other things, tax-funded school choice/charters with unelected boards…taxation without representation) in order to merge the United States into one collectivized totalitarian world system (communist regional government) is finally available for everyone in the world FREE. (Same thing is happening worldwide. Charter schools for Soviet-style OBE, computerized Skinnerian work force training, brainwashing, and assessment are in Russia and elsewhere.) That is why title of disc set has word GLOBAL in it.

Eighteen hours of videotaped presentations by 15 of the nation’s finest education researchers, including teachers, some in the trenches for over 50 years, is at your finger tips.

All the conference videos are at Charlotte Iserbyt You Tube Channel, HERE, along with dynamite 3- minute trailer featuring Charlotte, Kelleigh Nelson, Anita Hoge, Sam Blumenfeld, Jane Aitken (teacher), and Rosa Koire (expert on UN Agenda 21).

Please focus on taking care of forwarding this alert, while there is still time.

WE STILL HAVE THE INTERNET to counteract the lies and disinformation put out by the internationalist corporate controlled media.

(Recent info re possibility of control of Internet being moved out of USA is very disturbing)
The video disc set and written submissions cd contain documented research information which the controlled media and those on the left and right, Democrats and Republicans, have kept under wraps for over 200 years.
Thank you and God Bless America!
Limited number of hard copy disc sets are available for sale at for $39.95 plus shipping.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of “the deliberate dumbing down of america”, it is available from 3D Research at

In the “search” engine, type in ” Charlotte Iserbyt” and get all of Charlotte’s postings.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Maine Wire: “LCRED Republicans Support LePage’s Open for Business Zone Proposal” plus 3 more‏

LCRED Republicans Support LePage’s Open for Business Zone Proposal
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 12:42 PM PDT
From House GOP Communications Director David Sorensen: AUGUSTA – The Maine Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee on Monday afternoon held a public hearing on LD 1835, Governor Paul Lepage’s proposal to create “Open for Business Zones” that offer tax incentives, reduced energy costs, right-to-work, and training programs to attract large employers to Maine. […]
Top 10 Biggest Overtime Pay Recipients on State Payroll
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 12:26 PM PDT
State payroll data for 2013 is now available to the public at Here are the top ten recipients of overtime pay last year: 10. Richard Reaser II – Department of Public Safety, State Police Trooper – Base Salary: $57,463.19, Overtime: $44,370.51 9. Lance M. McCleish – Department of Public Safety, State Police Corporal – […]
Maine to put photo ID on EBT cards
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 12:15 PM PDT
AUGUSTA – After heavy resistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last year, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with an initiative to curb welfare fraud and abuse. The USDA’s Associate Administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has told DHHS Commissioner Mary Hayhew that the state […]
GOP presses for welfare fix
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 10:42 AM PDT
AUGUSTA – Republican leaders gathered at the State House on Monday to call on Democrats to support an effort to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. Gov. Paul LePage and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) emphasized their own struggles with poverty as they introduced four bills aimed at reining […]

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Maine Wire: “Maine State Payroll Fun Facts: Recreation Therapists, Entomologists, Cartographers, and Potato Storage Consultants?” plus 3 more‏

Maine State Payroll Fun Facts: Recreation Therapists, Entomologists, Cartographers, and Potato Storage Consultants?
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 12:27 PM PDT
State payroll data for 2013 has been made public. Searching through the job titles yielded some interesting finds. The state of Maine employs 8 “cartographers” for a cost to taxpayers of more than $371,000. Departments with map makers include: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Public Safety, Economic and Community Development, Conservation, and Health and Human Services. […]
Top 10 Highest Paid Maine State Workers
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 12:14 PM PDT
The Maine State Controller’s office has released state payroll data for 2013. Here’s a list of the top ten highest paid state employees. Note: the dollar amount includes regular wages, stipends, overtime pay, and all benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, dental, and pension cost. - – - Top 10 Highest Paid State Employees 10. […]
Statutory Parenting: Liberals Deny Job Opportunities for Teens
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 09:36 AM PDT
From David Sorensen, House GOP Communications Director: Popular bill to let teens work in bowling alleys, theaters shot down by nanny-staters in House AUGUSTA – A bill introduced by the Department of Labor with the support of the Maine School Management Association to expand work opportunities for high school students was rejected with a party […]
Dems Agree to Pull Spending Amendment from Gov’s Rainy Day Fund Bill
Posted: 19 Mar 2014 09:13 AM PDT
From David Sorensen, House Republican Communications Director AUGUSTA – The Maine Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee agreed early Wednesday morning to approve L.D. 1807, the Governor’s bill to restore $21 million to the state’s rainy day fund, with a clean vote. Late last week, Democrats in a party line committee vote added an $18 million […]

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Maine Wire: “DOJ: More than 1/3 of new Medicaid eligibles have criminal history” plus 1 more‏

DOJ: More than 1/3 of new Medicaid eligibles have criminal history
Posted: 13 Mar 2014 12:14 PM PDT

More than one-third of individuals covered under the Affordable Care Act’s proposed expansion of Medicaid have criminal histories, according to U.S. Department of Justice. In 2011, President Barack Obama’s DoJ estimated that “at least 35 percent of new Medicaid eligibles under the Affordable Care Act have a history of criminal involvement.” According to Forbes writer […]
Democrats murder charge debunked by Obama appointee
Posted: 13 Mar 2014 09:55 AM PDT
A report from an Obama appointee puts the lie to Maine Democrats’ charge that Gov. Paul LePage and Republican lawmakers are killers for opposing a Medicaid expansion bill. “Adjusted for demographic, health status, and health behavior characteristics, the risk of subsequent mortality is no different for uninsured respondents than for those covered by employer-sponsored group […]

Thursday, March 13, 2014

TUMAB: A System in Crisis - Judicial Confirmation Hearing of William J. Schneider‏

Maine Judiciary Committee – Confirmation Hearing – William J. Schneider to the Maine District Court, Tuesday March 11, 2014.
The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on the confirmation of William Schneider.
View hearing, click here.
Judiciary Committee members.
Related, click here.
This committee and all attorneys in attendance now have personal knowledge of crimes committed.
Please forward to all of your contacts.

The Maine Wire: “Katz-Saviello Medicaid expansion passes senate, 22-13” plus 2 more‏

    Katz-Saviello Medicaid expansion passes senate, 22-13
    Posted: 12 Mar 2014 12:06 PM PDT
    AUGUSTA – The Maine Senate approved a Medicaid expansion proposal Wednesday, but the vote, 22-13, fell short of the two-thirds total needed to surmount an inevitable veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Absent something extraordinary, Medicaid expansion now has no path to become law. The bill under consideration, L.D. 1487, was introduced by Republican Sens. […]
    Maine Obamacare enrollment goal beat with help from Republicans
    Posted: 12 Mar 2014 07:21 AM PDT
    Maine has exceeded the Obama administration’s  enrollment goal for the insurance exchanges thanks, in part, to the Republican reluctance to expand Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Nationwide, a total of 4.2 million people have selected a plan on the Obamacare exchanges — a number which still significantly trails […]
    Maine Democrats: LePage is a murderer
    Posted: 12 Mar 2014 06:41 AM PDT
    PORTLAND, Maine – The Democratic activist group Maine People’s Alliance is calling Gov. Paul LePage and Republican lawmakers killers for opposing a bill to expand Medicaid. “157. Number of Mainers estimated to die this year if Gov. LePage and the Legislature fail to accept federal health care funds,” screams the landing page of a new […]

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    UFMB: Aroostook Watchmen with Guest Phil Merletti on Confirmation Hearing of William Schneider For Judgeship

    Aroostook Watchmen with Guest Phil Merletti on Confirmation Hearing of William Schneider For Judgeship

     "Condoms for Constituents"
    Phil recaps the events of the hearing.
    The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on the confirmation of William Schneider.
    03/12/2014 08:00 AM EDT (1:00:04)

    Listen HERE.
    The 5 Remonstrances, click here.
    Maine Judiciary Committee – Confirmation Hearing – William J. Schneider to the Maine District Court, click here.
    Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary
    Senator Linda M. Valentino (D-York), Chair
    Senator John L. Tuttle, Jr. (D-York)  (absent)
    Senator David C. Burns (R-Washington)
    Representative Charles R. Priest (D-Brunswick), Chair
    Representative Kimberly J. Monaghan-Derrig (D-Cape Elizabeth)
    Representative Jennifer DeChant (D-Bath)
    Representative Matthew W. Moonen (D-Portland)
    Representative Stephen W. Moriarty (D-Cumberland)
    Representative Lisa Renee Villa (D-Harrison)
    Representative Jarrod S. Crockett (R-Bethel)*
    Representative Michael G. Beaulieu (R-Auburn)
    Representative Anita Peavey Haskell (R-Milford)
    Representative Stacey K. Guerin (R-Glenburn)
    Representative Wayne T. Mitchell (Penobscot Nation)
    Governor Paul LePage
    Fax 207-287-1034
    E-mail, click here

    Senate President Justin L. Alfond (D-Cumberland County)
    Senate President’s Office (207) 287-1500
    home: 232-4187

    Senate Majority Leader Troy D. Jackson (D-Aroostook County)
    Senate Majority Office (207) 287-1515
    home: 398-4081
    cell: 436-0763

    Senate Minority Leader Michael D. Thibodeau (R-Waldo County)
    Senate Minority Office (207) 287-1505
    home: 223-5177

    Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-North Berwick)
    (207) 287-1300
    Rep. Seth A. Berry, Majority Leader D-Bowdoinham)
    House Majority Office (207) 287-1430

    Rep. Kenneth Wade Fredette, Minority Leader R-Newport)
    House Minority Office (207) 287-1440
    The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) exists to support the Legislature in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to improve the accountability, oversight and performance of State government for the benefit of Maine’s citizens.
    Related:  (now former) Secretary of State Charlie Summers, click here.

    Friday, March 7, 2014

    Maine's Circle of Corporational Corruption and Complexity Widens; Unmasking of Maine and Beyond:Maine Governor LePage Nominates Former AG William Schneider For Judgeship


    Maine Judiciary Committee – Confirmation Hearing – William J. Schneider to the Maine District Court

    Tuesday: March 11, 2014
    Room 438 of the State House

    1:00pm CONFIRMATION HEARING- Honorable Robert E. Mullen to the Maine Superior Court

    2:00pm CONFIRMATION HEARING- Honorable Daniel I. Billings to the Maine Superior Court

    3:00pm CONFIRMATION HEARING- Honorable William J. Schneider to the Maine District Court

    Now to follow all of this you must first be willing to educate yourself on the facts.  First, the State of Maine, is a Corporation.

    Next we are providing you with a whole lot of information based on facts not opinions.  So if you cannot follow along or do not care do not blame us for not trying.  And May God Help US All.

    States Gov. LePage “In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor, and integrity of the candidates, not politics.”

     William Schneider does not possess the qualifications, integrity, ethics, honesty nor trustworthiness of a judgeship.
    As former Attorney General, he failed in his duties and obligations as Maine’s top law enforcement officer. His Obstruction of Justice, malicious prosecutions and selective prosecutions have interfered with justice and the rule of law. As he was unable/refused to perform his duties and obligations as Attorney General, his lack of respect for law and justice and his lack of honor in a position of public trust will not enhance public confidence in the legal system with Mr. Schneider on the bench.  
    Additionally, this is contrary to the precepts upon which the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct is founded.
    Mr. Schneider will carry his bias, prejudicial and selective “web of deceit” into the courtroom.

    This nomination/confirmation must be opposed.

    Related:  Maine Governor LePage Nominates Former AG William Schneider For Judgeship, click here.

    An unrelated, but yet related happenings in another community: