Keith, Please excuse me for not understanding this post. I hope you will fill me in. Who is "the party of eight"?There were four Senators who voted against Dirigo and the budget.BLAIS of Kennebec
NASS of York
SHOREY of Washington
WESTON of WaldoThanks,Mary
Sam Adams 2...The strategy, as articulated by a number of people on this forum, is to let the Democrats hang on their own petard.Since they control the entire show, let them implement their programs. Give them no votes, unless of course you, the legislator, agree with the program.Thier policies are not grounded in sound economics and will result in continued dampening of Maine's economy. The last 30 years of hell for Maine are proof positive of the preceding sentence's veracity.While the Democrats are rampaging through Maine, Republicans are not merely sitting back and voting 'no'. They are very busy. They are:1. Formulating alternative programs and introducing them to the voters as options in an aggressive public relations campaign.2. Conducting an organized, full bore campaign of letter writing, op-eds, talk show shots pointing out the POSITIVE Republican alternatives.The Democrats use the "big lie" very effectively. Tell it enough and people will accept it as the truth. They are coordinated and organized.There is no evidence that we are coordinated. Just tak a look at the roll calls posted by George. We are in disarray, in a reaction mode. We need to function as a Party.
By "party of eight", I meant the eight republicans who voted against Dirigo Health.
SAMADAMS2 --Bob Stone is exactly right. And his message should be weighed carefully by those who say there's nothing wrong with the Maine GOP that being in the majority wouldn't cure.Look at the GOP DHP vote. The Senate R leader votes no; the House R leader votes yes. The Senate R leader votes no; the Assistant Senate Leader votes yes. The House R leader votes yes; the Assistant House R leader votes no.Can someone explain how majority status would unify the GOP caucuses into a real fighting force?skf[ 06-16-2003: Message edited by: Editor ]
Here's a case in point. Look at what the ALAM is planning for passage of LD 1612 in the Second Session.How many issues can the Maine GOP say it will be doing as much over the next 6-8 months to pass in the Second Session?skf
----------Date: 16 Jun 2003
Subject: Final Update on LD1612Dear _______, LD 1612 has been carried over to next session. This is
good news. You probably know, the House voted on LD1612 and we were
unable to get two-thirds of those present (the vote was
90-55). It became apparent that we weren't gaining the
momentum we needed and that other political issues were
taking priority over the Fund for a Healthy Maine. After a strategy session and discussions with the Governor's
office and the Speaker, it was decided that a carry-over
would result in the best outcome. We now have another 6-8 months to really stragetize and
work to educate the public and the legislature on the
importance of the permanent protection for the Fund for
a Healthy Maine. I will be in touch soon about our next
steps. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped out over the
past few weeks. I know that it has been crazy--but we
could not have gotten this far without you. Please call me if you have questions. Thanks again, Michelle A. Caliandro
The American Lung Association of Maine
Here's a fun experiment for everyone to try. I've done this myself several times, and can attest that it works, but it requires several co-conspirators.
Select a healthy, cheerful co-worker who comes to work in the morning feeling so good he's whistling. Approach him with a look of concern and say, "You look a little pale. Are you feeling alright?" He will reply that he's feeling terrific. Have a friend approach him and say, "You don't look so good. Rough night last night?" A few more of these suggestions and your perfectly healthy co-worker will be headed for home, feeling really ill.
This is what's happening to our Republican legislators. Suggestion after suggestion that they're being unreasonable, that a refusal to compromise is sick. Very few people are so solid in their beliefs that they can't be made to question them.
In my first example, if enough people told that healthy person, "You look healthy today. Are you taking vitamins, working out, what's your secret?", the attempt to send him home sick would fail. It's my contention that "pats on the back" stiffen the spine. I'll be the first to admit that it's not something I've been practicing up to now.
It's easy for me to get caught up in my day to day life. I can honestly say I'm busy. Most people who believe as I do work more than 40 hours [b]and[/b] are involved in their communities rather than their TV's. When my elected representatives are doing what I believe is right, I don't bother to contact them. [b]BUT[/b]. When they're doing what I believe is right they're deeply offending the other side, who are [b]very[/b] vocal in their displeasure.
Wouldn't it be nice if they got some positive reinforcement once in a while? Have you hugged your legislator today? I was speaking figuratively, Monica.[ 06-16-2003: Message edited by: Mike Travers ]
One of the architects of Dirigo joins Obama and Pingree at signing of new federal health insurance reform:
Rep. Sharon Treat, D-Hallowell, joined Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, at the White House Tuesday morning, March 23, when President Obama signed historic legislation making health insurance more secure and affordable.
“The legislation the president is going to sign this morning builds on many of the reforms we’ve made here in Maine,” Treat said. “And it helps level the playing field with other states who haven’t made those reforms.”Link
One of the architects of Dirigo health was on hand as Obama signed the new health insurance reform law:
“The legislation the president is going to sign this morning builds on many of the reforms we’ve made here in Maine,” Sharon Treat said. “And it helps level the playing field with other states who haven’t made those reforms.”