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  • Anonymous

    Kinda confused at the AG saying they need to do more research… Poliquin owsn the Popham Beach Club which charges members and some sort of real estate LLC which is developing real estate to sell.

    The Maine Constitution apparently says “The treasurer shall not, during the treasurer’s continuance in office, engage in any business of trade or commerce, or as a broker, nor as an agent or factor for any merchant or trader.”

    That would seem to be a pretty clear unconstitutional act by the current Treasurer of the State of Maine.

    What’s the hold-up by the AG??? Can’t figure out how to do a ROBthePUBLICan spin job on this? Probably just cop out and go for the “no crime has been committed…no further comment” just like they did with ROBert Nutting and his MaineCare scam.

    Can’t wait for the LIEpage partisans to do EVERYTHING but demand to know why their boy’s treasurer is violating the Constitution of the State of Maine… Lemme guess:

    They’ll start with how this is nothing more than partisanship…and evolve to pointing fingers at a Dem involved in illegal/unconstitutional behavior…somehow they’ll drag god into it…and of course patriotism…probably Obama…and then talk about how the state has bigger problems than this so we should all stop crying…

    Everything but demand answers to unconstitutional acts by the current sitting Treasurer of the State of Maine.

    Next.

    • Anonymous

       AG has a solution for the problem of prescription drug abuse for the whole state and all the physicians and people in it just waiting to be implemented. One would think this  straight forward matter of malfeasance wouldn’t entail any heavy lifting worth speaking of.  Unless of course weighty matter is flowing freely out of this AG’s ears.

      • Nothing can flow from a vacuum.

        • Anonymous

           Yup, that works.

    • That was good!

    • Guest

      Wish you would aim that ferocity against the thieving Dems that bankrupted this state after 35 years

      • StillRelaxin

        Oops, see Uncledrinky you forgot to mention the old standby, “It’s all about the last 35 years of Democratic popularity” defense. Do you suppose that popularity could have been due to Mainers knowing very well all those years about the type of people drawn to the GOP? Thanks for reminding us Bruce, Paul, and Robert. Now we remember. Just waiting for November.

        • Anonymous

          Imagine if you hired a private attorney to render an opinion and after almost two months you were still waiting. 

          • StillRelaxin

            In that case they’d be only one thing left to do, call Paul LePage and recommend my do nothing lawyer for a position in his do nothing cabinet. 

          • Anonymous

            You mean the do nothing cabinet that is constantly changing? Of course he did appoint a Commissioner of DHHS who seems to have a problem adding and subtracting.

          • AG’s office is full of incompetent lawyers who can’t cut the mustard in the real world. We’ve become accustomed to the incompetence that eminates from that office.

          • Anonymous

             

            We need to elect the AG instead of it being an appointed
            post.  Presently it is like placing a fox
            guarding the chicken coop.

          • Very much in agreement.

        • Anonymous

          The dems in Maine went on a tax and  spending spree kind of like the Italians and Greeks. Someone has to bail us out, so don’t shoot the messenger. Wake up to the binge spending we have been on for all these years and get over “the kind of people the GOP attracts”. That isn’t the problem.

      • Anonymous

        At least they never rolled into Augusta  saying we are now open for business
        … (so bring cash) .

      • Anonymous

        Another sleazy GOP member, Peloquin, Burns, Nutting, LePage. Rules don’t apply to Republicans and they’ll do anything to make money and get elected, ANYTHING…..jamming Dem phone lines, disenfranchising votes, etc

        • Anonymous

          Don’t forget  good ole Darryl Brown, the man who would have been site contractor and King of the DEP at the same time.

          • Anonymous

            Clearly one of LePage’s (Or was that lobbyist Anne Robinson, or Severin Belevieu fame?) least vetted appointment!

      • You CANT bankrupt the State !
         
        Their is NO provision in the Constitution for that!
         
        Their IS however a Provision that says that ; The legislature will not in any manner surrender its power of taxation!
         
        Go talk to these people about revenue suppression!
         
        http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/State%20Taxpayer%20Protection%20Pledge%20List_CURRENT_2012(1).pdf

        • Anonymous

          Yes, let’s roll back government spending to the 1900 level.  But don’t forget that means little higher education, no research spending, few high schools, unpaved roads, no interstate highways, poor public water supplies, no trash collection, no emergency response system, a very limited fire and public safety net, no social security of any kind, no protection for the wilderness/fisheries/soil etc.   Almost all of the rules and programs that have been enacted in the last 100 years have been in response to citizens need or citizens abuse.  You need roads for commerce, you got roads.  Hotels burned without fire escapes, fire escapes were required.  Child labor laws were enacted which meant a need for high schools to keep these youth busy (don’t believe me, read the history books).  If your only goal is to reduce taxation, then it will come at a cost to services needed to maintain a good economy and a safe way of life.  Shouldn’t the pledge read “I want to get rid of the highway system; I want poor folks to die for lack of medicine; I want my children to be uneducated”, it means the same thing.

      • Yawn…………sigh.

    • Rules?

      Those are for the common folks!

      • Anonymous

        And, you can bet… they’d have us no matter what!

      • StillRelaxin

        Without doubt he’s engaged commerce prohibited by Constitution and that same source of commerce (Popham Beach Club) also has led him to engage in several attempts to scam the tax code. A triple whammy of stupid. Sad in a way that a man that had so much and was always given the best of everything all his life seems here to have gone out of his way to bring himself down. And what was the reason for the very questionable ethical lapses? For the simplest of all reasons, he’s a massive cheapskate who wanted more-more-more for himself. Is there any wonder he’s a leader of conservatives in this State? Nope.

    • Anonymous

      The AG wants to be verrrrry careful.
       
      This matter will probably be decided by the Maine Supremes.
       
      What the AG writes now will in all likelihood need to be backed up later.
       
      If a Maine citizen shows an interest in conducting business with Mr. Poliquin by, say, looking at or even making a low ball offer on some of his Phippsburg property, couldn’t that citizen sue and take it to the Supreme Court?
       
      Couldn’t the Supremes kick him out of office?
       
      What side will the AG take in that suit?
       
      If the Treasurer has made decisions as Treasurer while serving unconstitutionally, will those decisions have to be negated/reversed?  Will his votes on the Housing Authority and other boards need to be discounted?  Will the office of the Treasurer need to come to a halt until this is resolved?

    • Anonymous

      Hey, give the guy a break! He’s too busy trying to find voter fraud!Can’t expect him to multi-task now, can we?

    • Anonymous

      One crook watching the others back.

  • StillRelaxin

    Dear Mr. Schnieder here’s something for you to ponder regarding Mr. Poliquin’s Popham Beach Club. Could it be that his entire “Club” project was, is, and always shall be nothing but a not so elaborate or well carried out scheme set up to intentionally avoid paying his fair share of taxes like the rest of us do simply because it’s the right thing for honest citizens to do? Hmm… ya think?

    Looks like our State Treasurer isn’t the most honest person in the world. Will he now do the honorable thing and resign? Not holding my breath on that one. Will our State Attorney General move rapidly to resolve this issue? If we were holding our breath on that to happen we’d all have died of asphyxiation a few months back. Why is a decision on this taking so long?! I am however still anxiously waiting to hear what Mr. “I’ve never paid property taxes in the State of Maine LePage” thinks about this tax evasion scheme. My guess, he’s probably very angry and jealous that he didn’t think of it himself.

    • One day At A Time!
       
      After All he is a Schnieder!
       
      http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/harrington-725920.jpg

      • StillRelaxin

        Ha! I wasn’t expecting that. You know, they have more than the name in common. Both are great actors and both keep busy looking like they know what they’re doing, yet sadly never seem to get a darn thing done! Someone wake up Mr. Schnieder, there’s an ethics leak in the State Treasurer’s Office! Time to put that tool belt on.

  • Anonymous

    Gettin harder, man, for me to believe that anyone elected to, working for or involved with the Government are working towards my interest.

    • Anonymous

      Who said we “get the Government we deserve”?

  • Anonymous

    Just where is the AG doing this research,China?? How could it possibly take that long? This one is so clear,even us regular tax paying folk can figure this one out. IT IS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION!  Resign already.

  • Go Getem Dion!

    • Guest

       Dion i am proud of you to stand up for the people of Maine, stand tall for us. Poliquin must be remove from his position, we have enough issue to work on before the Governor bans Free Speech etc.

  • Anonymous

    Pitiful.  This story isn’t even newsworthy.  Liberal DEM accuses Poliquin of wrong doing?  Your prior accusation was thrown out because it was baseless.  And now this.  With all due respect Mr. Dion, the Maine people deserve better than this. 

    • Anonymous

      Obviously you are not happy that a Republican is getting his comeuppance in the press for bending the rules.  This is just Act 1.  Act 2 is the tree growth tax rate. 

      • Anonymous

        Maybe the AG spokeswoman is trying give a hint to the Treasurer.  “We want to make sure the law is thoroughly researched and correct before we do so,…”   Maybe they don’t want this to end up in front of the Maine Human Rights Commission?

    • Guest

       YES, we deserve to have the Governor due the right thing and fire Poliquin. Poliquin – has a smell ring to it. Governor you always want action, well, here is the time for you to take action and fire Poliquin. Show us your courage Governor. Also while you are at it please return our Mural out of the closet on Civic Center drive. Action Governor!

    • Guest

       Nixon said the same response – remember – He said – I am not a correct and you know the rest of the story, so don’t be fooled by the standard response used every day by the Republicans:)

      • Anonymous

        Nixon said, I am not a correct?  When did he say that???

        • Millicent

           “spell check” one should always check what is on the screen before hitting that “send” button, lol…many people post from cell phones and they tend to automatically replace a word that the phone thinks is not correct. 

    • Anonymous

      Fools defending sleazeballs end up looking like sleazeballs themselves.

    • Anonymous

      Better than Poliquin?    absolutely!   His AG is scrambling to get him out of this,  but what goes around comes around Secretary.    Even the town thought you ought not to be involved with this.

    • Anonymous

      pathetic. those like maineMINORITY would defend anyone with an R after their name

    • Anonymous

      Funny, if the parties were reversed you’d want it in giant type,front page with photos.Don’t lie.I’m a proud member of Maine’s REAL majority of more than 3/5ths that didn’t vote for LePage.

      • Anonymous

        Are you also part of the 49% that pay no Income Tax?

        • Anonymous

          No,I’m not as lucky as you to be in that group.

    • Poliquin is under the microscope. Maine people do deserve better than this, obviously. Perhaps he let his ambition get ahead of his ethics. An average Mainer would know better than this.

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t going to end wel for the Treasurer;  still haven’t gotten to the tree growth tax-rate yet.

  • Anonymous

    It was not long ago that Democrats lined up to accuse Mr. Polloquin and others of political motivations behind their scrutiny of Maine Housing. These attacks are pure politics, plain and simple.

    All Mainers should call Rep. Dion and Minority Leader Cain tonight and express their disgust at such utter hypocrasy.

    • Anonymous

       Then they can call Mr. Nutting to see if his check back to the state is in the mail……

    • Anonymous

       Indeed. It’s funny how these charges were not raised until recently.  It was only after Poliquin
      started noticing what seems to be irregularities in the Housing
      Authority’s budget that Dion started asking questions.

      Interesting
      timing, no?

      • Millicent

        it’s possible it was being looked into prior to that, and some of the findings are being released, or perhaps you are correct. Either way, it doesn’t excuse him just because the Dems may be using it as a strategy. Politics is a nasty game, and both sides know how to play it. Too bad that neither side realize/cares that it’s our lives they’re playing with. As long as their pockets are being lined, it doesn’t matter to them.

      • Anonymous

        At one of Da Gov’s regional PR meetings with businesses, I was in a small (20+/-) group with LePage. He indicated discomfort with various state-related boards and commission having “too much” autonomy, saying with a laugh that he got to appoint at least one member on such bodies, and that he hoped those appointees would act in such a way that would “encourage” other members to resign. This seems to be his playbook, and amply demonstrates why these entities were designed (by both parties in the Leg) to be independent of partisan political control.

    • Anonymous

      At one of Da Gov’s regional PR meetings with businesses, I was in a small (20+/-) groups with LePage. He indicated discomfort with various state-related boards and commission having too much autonomy, saying with a laugh that he got to appoint at least one member on such bodies, and that he hoped those appointees would act in such a way that would “encourage” other members to resign. This seems to be his playbook, and amply demonstrates why these entities were designed (by both parties in the Leg) to be independent of partisan political control.

    • I am calling him and congradulating him!

      I also have to recommend at  least 1/2 dozen more crooks to watch!

  • Anonymous

    State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin is a most honorable man who makes certain his i’s are dotten and t’s crossed before engaging in business practices or in his current position.  The liberals need a scapegoat during this election year to keep the voters’ minds off the sleazy way they will be campaigning and getting the dead and non-residents to vote.

    • Anonymous

      Honorable? Maybe…  Ethical? No.  See tree-growth tax rate in BDN.

    • Anonymous


      State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin is a most honorable man who makes certain his i’s are dotten and t’s crossed before engaging in business practices or in his current position.” 

      Really? Then how do you explain Mr. Poliquin  in his letter to The State of Maine, Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices saying he forgot to include income on his disclosure form?  Why was it necessary for this honorable man who makes certain his “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed to have to file an amended Statement of Sources of Income? 

      • Anonymous

        The only “income” that was omitted from the disclosure form was an intern stipend paid to his son who is away at college and a share of undistributed income from a partnership that was reported to him as a limited partner.  Poliquin did not receive any distribution of that income  from that partnership.  Poliquin also disclosed that he had interests in a Maine LLC and  that did not generate any income and a private beach club that likewise did not generate any income.  If you look at the Ethics Commission form that Poliquin completed, he was only required to list sources of income in excess of $1,000.  He did not have to list the LLC or the Beach Club but added them to satisfy the inquiries of the Ethics Commission.

    • Anonymous

      You guys will defend anybody if they have an R next to their name. Get real!

    • Anonymous

      when your boy gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar you get a little sour don’t you?

    • A most honorable man does not find himself in Poliquin’s predicament.

    • Anonymous

      thank you so very much I needed a good laugh today

  • Anonymous

    Poliquin is unfit for public office, and EVERYBODY knows it … Are you trying to tell me that the AG cannot make a determination on this issue within a month’s time ? Seriously?

  • Anonymous

    The Denocrats controlled it all for 40 years. No one ever questioned or examined their social engineering corrupt spending policies. Now that the adults are in charge and someone actually is looking at the books and seeing huge and longterm fraud, waste and corruption, it’s interrupting the Dems fun little party.  The Dems were the Occupiers for 40 years, and just like the unwashed occupiers around the country, the hot water and soap of Lepage and Polliquin are hitting them and they don’t like it.  Come on, stinky corrupt Maine Dems, come on Emily Cain, let go of the socialist utopian ideas, come out where truth matters. Maybe Maine might actually survive and prosper instead of being last in the country under the Demmy’s rules.  Not my opinion – sheer undisputable facts. Dems have driven Maine into last place.

    • Anonymous

      What about the facts of the issue at hand? Or do you just want to change the topic and talk about something else?

      • Anonymous

         You mean the fact’s that Poliquin , a know businessman, looked to everyone he could think of  for advice on how to  comply with these laws and guidelines , including the then  A.G, before he took his current position? Or do you mean the fact that  the then  sitting A.G refused to offer an opinion or offer guidance on the matter? Or do you mean that  the Liberal machine  used this  as a threat to hang over his head  to make him “play ball”. Or do you mean the Fact that once  he started  finding corruption  and waste  and exposing them the Lib’s  acted on threat’s? Is that what you meant  by “the facts of the issue at hand”?

    • Anonymous

      I seem to recall at least three governors who were Republican or independent over those 40 years.  And those who have been in the Blaine House or Legislature were there by the vote of the people within the framework of the Maine Constitution…

      And your final sentences are on the whole, opinion.

      • Anonymous

        While your statement about our Gov’s is accurate, there’s hardly any debate that our Legislature has been dominated not only by Democrats for such a long time; but also absolutely dominated by the likes of Prince John Baldacci and King John Martin over the very same period of time.

        While the O’Man likes to blame Bush for so many mistakes, it was Madam Pelosi who controlled the Democrat House for the last few years of Bush’s term as President.

        Don’t ya’ think she deserves any blame over the housing crisis as well as Good Old George?

    • Anonymous

      Your rhetoric is repulsive. You could make the same points without the vitriol. One of the greatest problems we face today in government is the inability to articulate ideas in a civil manner.

    • For 40 years the republican party couldn’t get elected to a majority. Please excuse me for pointing out that there are no facts in your comments other than your first sentence. Thank you, though, for displaying your typical repugnican opinion. You represent your party well.

    • Anonymous

      it’s interesting how people get sour when their boy gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

  • Anonymous

    The language is straight forward and clear. It’s also telling that Poliquin only disclosed pertinent and required information after being pressed.

  • Anonymous

    Send the culprit to the slammer.  He’s guilty as charged.  Take his property by eminent domain and sell it to pay down the Retirement Unfunded Liability.

  • Anonymous

    Impeach Dion…this is slander

    • Anonymous

      you get really really sour when your boys hand is in the cookie jar don’t you?

    • Anonymous

      1. Poliquin is a “public figure” which essentially removes the potential for such suits, &
      2. the truth is aways a defense in these situations

    • Anonymous

      The truth is slander?

  • Partisan politics aside, the Law is quite clear. It was also written, for those that seem to think it’s written for Sunday morning funnie’s, to be applicable to all, more so for elected official’s. That there was, even before Poliquin was in office, a written opinion by the Ethics Commission regarding just such a situation is all the more reason for this situation to be dealt with quickly. Conflict’s such as these are, and should have been, dealt with by Poliquin before he even thought of running for the office. That’s called responsible foresight. That the State GOP didn’t catch this, frankly, is not just sad but also more than a little disturbing. This type of stuff should have been found and dealt with in the ‘vetting’ process by the Nominating Committee. Now that the Confilct has been revealed, and it’s as about as revealed as it’s gonna get, it’s time for it to be dealt with. Poliquin’ position requires it, as is made quite clear under Maine Law. But even moreso it needs to dealt with for the good of Maine’s voter’s.

    Conflict of Interest has fast become, courtesy of the current GOP Primary’s,  a kind of magic show. ‘Now you see it, now you don’t’ has become a sad staetment regarding the Candidate’s position’s and their record’s. The continual flip-flopping of position’s is being seen as both a lack of mature character and a lack of sound and decisive judgement in that if the Candidate can’t stake out a position and stick to it unless they are shown, and demonstrated to, that the position is not defensible, either legally or morally, then how are they going to be able to make a decision and stick to it in the face of either some outside threat or on Capitol Hill in the face of a increasingly dysfunctional House, not to mention the Senate.  The Law, written as it is, provides for that judgement and standard to be applied to. It’s up to the the officeholder, and the Ethics Commission, to be held accountable, unpleasent as it may be. And it needs to be done soon. The longer this stays out on the ‘laundry line’, the longer it’s going to be seen as an issue that the Ethics Commission won’t, or can’t, deal with. As the Law is clear, if it isin’t dealt with one way then it’s going to be dealt with another way. And given the current mish-mash that the Governor has Maine in right now, this is not the time to go poking a stick into the voter’s eye. Such poking has been known more than once to come back and haunt the ‘poke’r’.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t disagree with your statement that, “‘Now you see it, now you don’t’ has become a sad staetment regarding the Candidate’s position’s and their record’s. The continual flip-flopping of position’s is being seen as both a lack of mature character and a lack of sound and decisive judgement in that if the Candidate can’t stake out a position and stick to it unless they are shown, and demonstrated to, that the position is not defensible…”

      At the same time, it’ll be fascinating to watch all those videos of Obama as State Senator, US Senator, and CIC having made statement after statement & promise after promise, that whomever the Republican candidate for President will be… will be run like newsreels night after night on our TV’s.

      That’s why he took a coward’s way out when voting “present” so many times in the IL State Senate rather than fulfill his oath of office and serve the interests of his constituents.

      Oh, you’re probably right on regarding the Ol’ Treasurer as well…

  • The actions of Poliquin seem to violate the law but I take offense to Dion’s comments.  I will say that a lot of accountants and “bookkeepers” are more qualified to run a business than its owner, in spite of Dion’s disdain for the accounting profession.

    • Anonymous

      is he engaged in business or is he not?

      if not you evidently think the bookkeeper owns the business

      is that right?

  • But if we leave him alone he could become a job creator. Think of all the service jobs at the club that would pay minimum wage unless he hires youth for sub minimum wage, or illegal immigrants like Romney, or LePage gives him prisoners. Getting pretty slimy in Discusta.

  • Anonymous

    New rule:

    Unless you turn a profit you are not in business.

    You are simply engaged in a hobby.

    New rule:

    Growing trees that cannot be cut in fact sustains them (along with a tax exemption).

    Are we clear on this now? let’s move along, nothing to see here

    • Sorry, scotpenob, but you ignore that some businesses take years to turn a profit. You leave forestry out of your response to the requirement required to take part in the tree growth program.
      When you say “nothing to see here”, it’s obvious that you are making reference to your own comments.
      Were you being sarcastic? Tough to tell. Your comments could easily be percieved as typical republican illogic, if not.

      • Anonymous

        anybody taking that post of mine seriously doesn’t have a sense of humor

        • Look up Poes law!

          • Anonymous

            Oh. So sorry. : (

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to November.

  • Anonymous

    Every day this drags on makes LePage and his band of merry men look more dishonest.

  • Anonymous

    HERE WE GO AGAIN ! I AM CONVINCED THAT THERE ARE NO MORE ETHICAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD !

  • Anonymous

    The Attorney General’s office has for many years taken a pick and choose stance in enforcing our laws, as it is insulated from the public. It should enlighten the public more so in how that this office handles this matter. Possibly it is time that we the Maine citizens elected our Attorney General?

  • Anonymous

    If the “shoe” fits… wear it!

  • Anonymous

    If Poliquin violated the constitution then let’s get rid of him and move on.

  • Guest

    Poliquin? Greedy yuppie scumbag.

    Oh, sorry, I mean ” job creator” hahahahaha!!!!

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