Comments for: Dems choose familiar faces for secretary of state, attorney general

Posted Dec. 04, 2012, at 5:51 p.m.
Last modified July 10, 2013, at 5 p.m.

AUGUSTA | Legislative Democrats on Tuesday turned to their former secretary of state and attorney general to take over the jobs they left behind two years ago when Republicans took control of the House and Senate. Back in the majority this year, Democrats nominated Matt Dunlap of Old Town …

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  • StillRelaxin

    On Wednesday we can all say, “Let the healing begin.”

    • Anonymous

      What healing? Are you kidding me? You make it sound like the Democrats are at no fault with anything. You liberals up here and around the country need a freakin clue!

      • Anonymous

        Up here?

        • Anonymous

          What about up here?

      • Anonymous

        Your post name is certainly, not intended to be an oxymoron, but it is. Please, take a look at what you have posted. “Need a freakin clue” ? So, the whole electorate needs a “freakin clue”? Therefore, you are right and the voter’s are wrong?

    • Anonymous

      Just think 30 days after the new legislature is sworn in then the investigations of The Governor’s Office can begin.

      • Anonymous

        And what are they going to investigate?

        • Anonymous

          only time will tell jd.

          • Anonymous

            Are you suggesting a witch hunt? Just investigate and see what they turn up? Talk about gridlock.

        • Anonymous

          I think that the investigation will be about how Maine voters can be so ignorant in electing democrats but it will never find the reason why.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe we’ll find out where the mural went and who stole the open for business sign . . .

          • Anonymous

            I have the mural and the sign heating my house tonight. Gonna sit here in front of the fireplace while I eat the last of the twinkies.

    • Anonymous

      Same ole, same ole, no change. Nothing new.

    • Anonymous

      “Tracker” hired by the Dems. a great way to start the healing.

    • Anonymous

      What is that supposed to mean? Maintain the welfare state the Democrats have kept Maine in? No growth? Increased welfare benefits? More methadone clinics? Stop paying the hospitals back. Exactly what have the Democrats done for this state?

      • Anonymous

        you understand that “helping others” is a christian notion and we are a christian nation, right??

        • Anonymous

          We are not a Christian nation. We are a nation with freedom to worship as we please.

        • Anonymous

          You understand that businesses have to want to be here to enable that “helping others” thing.

  • Anonymous

    Hey – does Douglas have a calculator this time? Last time she needed classes.

  • Anonymous

    matt dunlap is a good qualified choice. neria douglas is a horrible choice. she is totally incompetent

  • Anonymous

    Some good choices from the Democrats. Glad to see Matt Dunlap in that position again.
    As for the Republicans. Debra Plowman?! Figures!

    • Anonymous

      Debra Plowman couldn’t figure out legislative diplomacy……she couldn’t figure out how to work with anyone other than the majority……..Debra Plowman needs to worry about money, that’s what she is best at.

      • Anonymous

        You described her to a “t”.

        • Anonymous

          Do you honestly think Matt Dunlap is any less partisan? You’re joking, right? Driver’s licenses for illegals – one of whom, as you’ve conveniently forgotten, went on to rent a car, buy a firearm, and rob a bank. He was aided by an official in the bureau of motor vehicles, Bob O’Connell (‘membah?) in obtaining the license. And Dunlap backed him up. O’Connell is still in place. No repercussions. He’ll retire and pull down his cushy state pension. It is just soul-deadening to watch these leeches prop each other up year after year after year.

          • Anonymous

            So sad and regrettably true. The concept of a legislature comprised of regular, hard working citizens essentially volunteering a portion of their time and energy towards the public good is cashiered by perennial political hacks like Dunlap who appear to feed at the public trough at every opportunity. “Careerism” at its worst.

      • Anonymous

        What?
        Familiar faces?
        More like the usual suspects.
        How does repeating the same patterns of mismanagement offer hope for change?

        • Givrsum

          i agree, maybe the end of the world is closer

    • Guest

      Posting Test.

      The humble Farmer

  • BigPaw

    BOOM goes the dynamite !

    • Anonymous

      Next comes the VETO.

  • Anonymous

    janet mills claimed it was OK for George hales radio show to sell ads to the Slots parlor while he was sitting as chairman of the gambling board.

    • Anonymous

      Actually what she ruled was that it was ok for the station that George Hale worked for to sell advertising time to Hollywood Slots. It was further noted that Hollywood Slots didn’t specifically buy time on Hale’s show but bought what is called run of station time which could be placed anytime during the broadcast day. I suppose that using your reasoning that if Hale had driven a truck for Dead River and Hollywood Slots happened to buy heating oil from Dead River that would have been wrong as well.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, the revolving door. Might have been interesting for the Dems to have picked some fresher brains for the constitutional offices, but the old crowd can’t seem to move over. Oh, well, no harm done – they’re competent enough, and after all, ambition dictates keeping a fairly high profile for a higher reach in two years’ time.

    • Anonymous

      EXPERIENCE matters. No on the job training needed.

      • Anonymous

        Fair enough, As I commented, they’re competent enough.

  • Well…one thing is for sure….higher taxes are on the way…thank a democrat for that gift!

    • James Klowning

      Do you think anyone is going to believe you here anymore? I hope you see higher taxes and hopefully you pay a hefty use tax like I did under LePage Marry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa

      • Anonymous

        Um, LePage didn’t invent the use tax, he’s just trying to get you to pay it. Are you saying you prefer Dems because you can cheat on your taxes more easily? Klown.

    • The countries in this world with the highest standard of living have the highest taxes. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Holland and so on. You know the list.

      In countries with the lowest standard of living (where only foreign corporations have the money to pay taxes) the natives cook their food over rubber tires on street corners. Plastic garbage fills their waterways and canals. In some of these areas, machine gun toting guards escort Americans who work there to their jobs. I spoke with one of them two days ago.

      Most rational people would rather live in countries where there is no poverty, excellent education, the best of healthcare, nice homes and new cars. And the reason there are no unpainted buildings or falling down barns is because taxes are high. Everyone pays his share. Nobody wiggles out of it by tax loopholes.

      All these good things cost money. Here, some Maine people buy another home in Florida and change their residence to get out of paying the Maine state taxes that the rest of us pay to repair Maine roads.

      People who have been to Africa and Europe — as well as Maine — have a fairly decent comprehension of the purpose of taxation and why it is necessary.

      A woman in Rockport wrote to me today and said that her son wants to move to Finland. My father moved here from Sweden over 80 years ago thinking he’d find a better job. Most of us are only here because our ancestors thought the same way. Now that the economic situation has turned 180 degrees it might be time for young people who are looking for opportunity to move to Sweden or Finland where incomes and taxes are very high.

      The humble Farmer

      • Anonymous

        TLDR

    • Do you get the impression that neighbor Bill espouses that radical totalitarian political philosophy that combines elements of corporatism, extreme nationalism, anti-liberalism, militarism and authoritarianism?

      The humble Farmer

      • Hey…I just want the US to get back to the Constitution!

    • Anonymous

      Well of course Lepage will be needing more tax cash, he still has at least 2 family members not on the dole yet.

    • Guest

      Higher taxes for the wealthy! Yes indeed! It’s about time.

  • Anonymous

    Great! The Democrats elect the same people who never exposed the corruption at the MTA or the MHA. Just what we need.

    • PabMainer

      Spot on assessment……going backwards instead of moving forward…..

    • Anonymous

      The MTA investigatoin started under Baldacci. Were you living in Maine then?

      • Anonymous

        After all the attacks from the spend and pocket crowd.Now they are taking credit for outing the thieves in MTA and MHA.What a bunch of ideologue hypocrites..

        • Anonymous

          Nope. Wrong again. No one is taking credit. It is the FACTS that are there that the investigation started then.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, the good old boys back in power. Pat my back and pass the champagne.

  • “This nomination is somewhat symbolic, but it does demonstrate that we, as Republicans, intend to stand by our principles of limited government,”

    Limited government is another way of saying the removal of regulations which is another
    way of saying a license to steal.

    We have friends and relatives who lost their homes when the removal of regulations permitted financial institutions to operate irresponsibly and without oversight.

    The humble Farmer

    • Anonymous

      The only way your friends and relatives could have lost their homes is if they stopped paying their mortgages.

      • Bob Johnson

        Because the payments skyrocketed due to clauses worked into contracts by a platoons of the best lawyers in the country…. yeah, that’s just the kind of predatory business we need.
        That and a vulture capitalist in the WH.

        • Anonymous

          ummm let me see buy a $300K house pay $600 a month in mortgage payements, then act surprised when the payments balloon after 5 years! Didn’t see that coming!

    • Anonymous

      The removal of regulations permitted borrowers to borrow irresponsibly. Don’t borrow if you can’t pay it back.

    • Anonymous

      The repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act was signed into Law by President Bill Clinton. Last time I checked he was a Democrat. Roosevelt, Kennedy and Johnson would have kicked his butt back to Arkansas.

  • Anonymous

    Goodbye Poliquin and Schneider. Idealogues lose. Maine people win.

  • Was our neighbor Bill relegated to the memory hole? Aren’t stimulating comments from people like Bill the only reason some of us read these pages?

    If any letters were to come under the editor’s knife, should it perhaps be those excellent letters that are somewhat soiled by name calling?

    “The P….” ?

    Astute commentary stands on its own feet.

    The humble Farmer

  • Posting Test.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God sanity and normalcy is back !!!

  • Anonymous

    Bye Bye Charlie Summers – no more stupid Voter Fraud Snipe Hunts from you.

    Bye Bye William Sneider – no more wasting taxpayer money tilting at Obamacare windmillls.

    Bye Bye Brucie Poliquin – no more breathless self-aggrandizing blogs from you tax cheat.

    Good riddance to bad trash.

    Yessah

  • Anonymous

    retread city

  • Anonymous

    So the Democrats learned absolutely nothing from their trip to the desert? The people spoke in 2010. They rejected the Baldacci Mills Dunlap leadership in favor of ANYTHING else. So now the Dems are given a second chance, and they believe that the voters made a mistake?

    The party’s rejection in 2010 was NOT a mistake. It was a message that the Donkeys obviously did not hear. Didn’t you finally get the point when Democratic loyalists threw John Martin on the scrap heap?

    The people of Maine want CHANGE! Not your same-ole crooked back-room shenanigans.

    • Anonymous

      The people came and took their state back in 2012.

      2010 was a fluke – and the GOP will lose the Blaine House and another Senate seat in 2014.

      Yessah

      • Anonymous

        So your thesis is that the majority of voters in 2010 from widely diverse communities like the potato farms in Aroostook to the liberal bedroom communities around Portland accidentally voted for Republicans?

        Also I am interested in “the second district senate seat” Is that the one held by Angus King, or the one held by Susan Collins? I had no idea that Maine apportioned Senate seats. Imagine that.

        • Anonymous

          We had two years of Tea Party/LePage misrule.

          We have seen their stripes – and we sent them packing.

          And will again in 2014.

          Yessah

        • Anonymous

          But what is your thesis? That 2010 is meaningful and that 2012 isn’t? That diverse communities didn’t vote this past election?

    • Anonymous

      LOL, the people spoke in 2010, but they didn’t speak in 2012? Come on.

    • Guest

      2010 will never happen again. It was a fluke and people have seen how dangerous the Tparty is.

  • Anonymous

    just wait out two years if we do not get the bunch out before that.The graveyard and college vote got the extortionist’s back in.Their spend and pocket policies will get them out.

    • Anonymous

      Why can’t you accept that you lost? Do these obviously false conspiracy theories really help you feel better?

      • Anonymous

        30 years of job decline, MTA and MHA are theory’s?Delusional maybe.Did the marriage vote push the Dems over the top?I know the popular thing for the party of presents for votes like to think not.As usual reality is not a place progressive extort their neighbors ever visit.

        • Guest

          You are delusional.

    • Anonymous

      Wow – the GOP is still delusional.

      You forgot the hordes of rampaging black people stealing votes in rural Maine.

      lol

    • Guest

      You ‘guys’ are oblivious to what hit you all in the face in the election.
      Your message stinks and people voted your message down.

      • Anonymous

        The college students should start seeing just what they voted for.When they graduate from indoctrination high with 30 grand of bills.The only jobs the dems spend and pocket programs produce is part time welcome mat at wally world.The selfish culture Obama has created is spending their parents legacy and financing their laziness with their childrens future.

        • Bob Johnson

          Indoctrination high?
          Is that what the koolaid drinkers are calling it now?

    • Bob Johnson

      You forgot all the black people, who I’m sure you also play basketball with but don’t want voting.

  • Anonymous

    Headline: “Dems go back to everybody that led Maine to this democratic led Fiscal and welfare mess for 40 years”…hey, I should be a reporter….

    • Anonymous

      You would be forced to quit.No reporting reality a reporter must carry the progressives water.If the media would do their job the president would have been gone in his first two years.When news organizations wait for the White house to get their marching orders the latest election is what happens.They gave up journalism for partisanship.

      • Bob Johnson

        The only ones carrying water are the Bagger party, just carrying it long enough to load it onto the backs of the poor.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe republicans should take a lesson from the Dems.Time to wade in the gutter with personal attacks.It must work the inmates are back in Augusta.

  • Mason? The LePage marionette who just barely eeked out a win in a contest (30 votes I think was the difference) in which he was heavily favored…interesting choice.

  • Guest

    People of Maine can breathe again and feel relief.

  • Anonymous

    Just watch the lack of media over sight on this bunch of crooks.Time this bunch gets a few trackers.Republicans need to use the dems own game.anything they say publicize it and use it against them.Personal attacks seem to work.Just look what these scumbags did to nickki.Seems a good part of Maine just do not want to hear the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Good way to address the state’s problems, just recycle the same old, same old back into their positions again. What could (continue to) go wrong?

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