Abbott on our side
I am going to vote for Steve Abbott on June 8. He understands government. He knows how to make it work for us and how to stop it from working against us. We need someone on our side in Augusta. Steve Abbott is the one.
Kathryn W. Hicks
Paul LePage is an exceptional man.
Paul LePage is an exceptional leader.
Paul LePage will make an exceptional governor.
What Maine deserves
Many of my friends are supporting Steve Rowe because of his victories over the Bush administration while he was attorney general. Others support him because of his defense of Mainers’ traditional rights and values during that same tenure. And many of my colleagues and fellow young people are supporting him because of his noble and successful battles with the pharmaceutical companies to lower prescription drug costs while speaker of the House.
I’m supporting him because of his integrity, honesty and work ethic.
Steve grew up in a rural community and graduated in a class of 12 students, not so different from my parents’ high school experience in northwestern Aroostook County. He has an understanding and sense of commitment to rural towns that no other candidate on either ticket displays.
He is known throughout Maine politics as a sincere, honest man who has no personal agenda and hedges no bets. The only interest group he pays heed to are the people of Maine: the middle-class, the disadvantaged and disenfranchised and small-business owners.
I am confident and certain that should we elect Steve Rowe as our next governor he shall be the most humble, fierce and diligent individual ever to hold the office. On June 8, vote for Steve Rowe, the governor Maine needs, the governor Maine deserves.
Chace Joe Jackson
Libby a negotiator
Libby Mitchell will be a great governor for Maine. Her knowledge of state government is unsurpassed, and she has the skills to bring people together and get the job done.
Libby has made history already, as the first woman in the U.S. elected by her colleagues as both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. By supporting her to become Maine’s first woman governor, I am doing so not just because of her gender, but more so because of her experience and abilities.
A week before adjournment in early April, the Legislature reached an impasse over bonds. Most Democrats wanted a package of bonds on the June 8 ballot, and most Republicans did not. Legislators had passed a bipartisan, two-thirds biennial budget in 2009 and a bipartisan, two-thirds supplemental budget in 2010, a major achievement by the Appropriations Committee and leaders in both parties.
But they could not agree on bonds, and the pundits said it couldn’t be done.
The next morning, I heard Libby Mitchell say rank-and-file legislators would go home for the weekend, and legislative leaders in both parties would meet and seek a compromise. After a weekend of intense negotiations, both parties supported a compromise bond proposal that topped a two-thirds vote in House and Senate.
Libby Mitchell accomplishes what most others cannot. She is a skillful negotiator, a good listener, and she knows when to compromise. As governor, Libby will work with legislators from both sides of the aisle to get things done for the people of Maine.
LePage is genuine
You only have to follow casually the news to know that there is an anti-Democratic, anti-establishment vibe in the American electorate right now. After eight years of Baldacci and a generation of failed Democratic Party policies, Mainers are even more ready for a change.
Paul LePage is the only candidate from either party that is in touch with the kitchen table issues facing a majority of regular Maine voters. A growing majority of Mainers recognizes that the federal and state governments are spending away our children’s futures with unfunded mandates.
With his desire to reform Maine’s overly generous welfare state, and reduce Maine’s overly zealous tax burden, LePage speaks to personal responsibility and fiscal conservatism that are uniting issues for every Mainer.
I promise, if you set aside sound bites and stereotypes, take the time to meet Paul LePage, talk to one of his many supporters who are regular people like you and me, or just research more about him, you will see how genuine this man is in his belief that he can make Maine a better place to live for this and future generations of Mainers.
Vote no on 1
The Legislature has worked tirelessly for years — largely in a bipartisan effort — to bring true reform to the antiquated tax code of our state. Their efforts passed last year, but now a misleading and self-serving campaign is mounting an attack on this historic legislation.
Make no mistake — this law will lower the tax burden for more than 95 percent of Mainers, even after the new sales taxes are taken into consideration. The slight rise and extension of the sales taxes will fall mostly on visitors to our state, who already are used to higher sales taxes at home.
We will be brought into the mainstream of sales taxes and allow our residents to reap the benefit of lower overall taxes, a reduction in the top tax rate to 6.5 percent or less, and a far more stable revenue stream to conduct the people’s business.
There are even refunds for those whose incomes are so low that they don’t pay any state taxes at all. This is a major boon to the elderly and young families. This reform will also make Maine more attractive to out-of-state business.
Maine’s tax reform is under attack from outside our borders by forces that don’t care what is good for Maine residents, who want to make sure Democrats are not seen as reducing taxes in an election year, and are looking for any failure to a progressive agenda.
Do not let them win. Vote for lower taxes for yourself and your neighbors. Vote no on Question 1.
Rev. Diana L. Beach
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