Archive for October, 2014

SoPo council: District 1 race a study in contrasts

October 31st, 2014

Candidate name: Michael Pock
Age: 67
Address: 86 Grand St.
City residency: 41 years.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Westbrook
College (now University of New England).
Occupation: Self-employed carpenter.
Political experience: 17 months on city council
(2013-present).

Candidate Name: Claude Morgan

Age: 53
Address: 75 School St.
City residency: 32 years
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts
University.
Occupation: Collections manager at Ocean
Community Federal Credit Union.
Political experience: One term on city council (2005-
2008); South Portland mayor (2006-2007).

SOUTH PORTLAND — Of all the political races on the local docket this election cycle, there may be no greater study in contrasts than the fight to represent District 1 on the South Portland City Council.

That contest pits incumbent City Councilor Michael Pock against former councilor Claude Morgan. The two candidates are diametrically opposed on almost every issue, with Pock focused on “business, taxes and city services,” while Morgan lists his top three issues as “the environment, the environment and the environment.”

Nebraska-born and Wyoming-raised, Pock, 67, logged seven years aboard a nuclear submarine after joining the Navy in 1966. Upon meeting his wife 46 years ago in Charleston, South Carolina, he moved to South Portland in 1973 because, he notes with a laugh, “When your wife’s from Maine, you move to Maine.” He subsequently served 14 years in the military. Since 1985 he’s worked as a selfemployed carpenter and handyman. It’s only in recent years, Pock said, that he’s begun to engage politically.

“Until about four years ago, I

Article source: http://sentry.mainelymediallc.com/news/2014-10-31/Front_Page/SoPo_council_District_1_race_a_study_in_contrasts.html

Newport man accused of torching mother’s house, alleged medical pot thieves …

October 29th, 2014

BANGOR, Maine — A Newport man accused of burning his mother’s home down and killing her dogs was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Kenneth Goodrich, 44, was indicted on two counts each of arson and aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of criminal use of explosives in connection with an Aug. 8 fire that gutted his mother’s home at 146 Rutland Road in Newport.

Goodrich remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Wednesday. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the Class A charge of arson.

Sandra Goodrich, who was not home when the fire began, called 911 to report that her son had set the fire and killed two of her dogs, Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said at the time.

She hid in the nearby woods until firefighters and police arrived, Macdaid said.

Kenneth Goodrich was found walking a short distance from the house not long after, and he was taken into custody and brought to a medical facility for evaluation, the chief said. He was charged with arson in early September.

According to a court affidavit filed by Sgt. Kenneth MacMaster of the state fire marshal’s office, Goodrich intentionally started the fire. He reportedly had a lighter in his pocket when police took him into custody.

The affidavit stated that Sandra Goodrich had gone to the Newport police station the day of the fire requesting that they stand by because of previous problems with her son’s verbal abuse. Kenneth Goodrich had been

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/29/news/penobscot/newport-man-accused-of-torching-mothers-house-alleged-medical-pot-thieves-on-penobscot-county-indictment-list/

Maine House District 69

October 29th, 2014

Name:

Republican candidate Phyllis Ginzler of Bridgton did not respond to the Sun Journal’s questionnaire.

Lisa Villa

Lisa Villa

Email address

replisavilla@hotmail.com

Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

69

Occupation or primary source of income

Flight attendant/legislator

Community organizations

Greater Portland Council of Governments, Executive Committee Ladies Aux. St. Johns Post

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Two children Brandon (30) and Taylor (17). Honor Flight, Maine Veteran Affairs, skiing, snowmobiling, fly fishing, remodeling my farmhouse.

Family status

Single

Years in Legislature

2

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

No

Committee assignments you want

Judiciary; Appropriations and Financial Affairs.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

Yes. There are over 3,000 veterans in need of medical care who have not yet had their diagnosis qualified as “service related.” Also, basic preventative care eliminates costs for emergency-related services that come when diagnoses are not detected early.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

I am not in favor of legalization. I am in favor of reducing the sentence for simple possession of marijuana from a felony to a misdemeanor charge.

Should the state of Maine continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert or diversify energy sources to those considered renewable, like solar, wind and geothermal?

Yes. It helps to reduce costs for the homeowner and reduces our

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/election-2014/2014/10/28/maine-house-district-69/1596141

Maine House District 113

October 29th, 2014

Name:

Our Campaign 2014 section has more information on the candidates and issues in the Nov. 4 election.

Edward David

Republican candidate Andrew Buckland of Farmington did not respond to the Sun Journal’s questionnaire.

Edward David

Email address

eddavid@aol.com

Party affiliation

Democratic

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

113

Occupation or primary source of income

Attorney

Community organizations

Greater Franklin Development Corp; UMF Community Chorus; numerous church committees

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Sailing, hiking, birdwatching, flying (computer simulation)

Family status

Married

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Judiciary; Appropriations and Financial Affairs; Energy, Utilities and Technology; Environment and Natural Resources.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

Yes. It is substantial money for our hospitals and health care industries; over 1,000 jobs; better health for our citizens; $10 million for my local hospital; it is the right thing to do.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

Not yet. We should see how that experiment goes. Simple possession was decriminalized 40 years ago. There are clearly legitimate medical uses that should be freely allowed. I worry about easy access by children.

Should the state of Maine continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/election-2014/2014/10/28/maine-house-district-113/1596146

Maine House District 74

October 28th, 2014

Name:

Our Campaign 2014 section has more information on the candidates and issues in the Nov. 4 election.

Republican candidate C. Calden of Jay did not respond to the Sun Journal’s questionnaire.

Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert

Email address

pegilbert@hotmail.com

Party affiliation

Democratic

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

74

Occupation or primary source of income

Retired

Community organizations

American Legion, George Bunton Post 10; AMVETs, Lane-Dube Post 33; Knights of Columbus, Council 320; North Jay Grange Western Maine Community Action Board of Directors; Jay-Niles Memorial Library Board of Directors; Good Neighbors Emergency Fuel Fund Committee; MSEA/SEIU Local 1989 Retirees

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Reading, walks, movies, camp

Family status

Married

Years in Legislature

6

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development; Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

Definitely, yes. This would provide medical coverage for 70,000 uninsured Maine residents, would provide hundreds of additional job opportunities in Maine and would improve Maine’s economy statewide; 100 percent of the cost would be borne by the federal government and reducing to 90 percent by the Feds in future years.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

Although legalization

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/election-2014/2014/10/28/maine-house-district-74/1592285

Marijuana legalization supporters look to South Portland, Lewiston for …

October 28th, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Advocates for recreational use of marijuana could have picked easier places to seek legalization ordinances than South Portland and Lewiston. But the second- and fourth-largest cities in Maine were chosen, in part, because they provide bigger stages upon which to make a statement.

The national Marijuana Policy Project started its campaign toward a 2016 statewide legalization referendum in Maine last fall, convincing nearly 67 percent of those who voted in Portland, the state’s largest city, to approve an ordinance allowing possession of the drug.

David Boyer, Maine director of the organization, said his group will pursue the statewide vote in two years “win, lose or draw” in Lewiston and South Portland. But make no mistake, he’d rather be going into 2016 on a three-city winning streak.

“Having three of Maine’s four largest cities voting to make pot legal sends a strong message to the rest of the state, and it sends a strong message to legislators that this is what the people want,” he said. “It would definitely be a big boost to momentum.”

On the flipside, opponents see the South Portland and Lewiston votes as opportunities to show that pot legalization is unpopular and unlikely to be successful statewide.

Opponents of the measure already have blocked legalization’s advance in one community, York, where Boyer and his supporters gathered enough petition signatures to trigger a vote, but selectmen refused to place the referendum on the ballot.

A superior court judge supported the selectmen’s decision, and with little time

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/28/politics/marijuana-legalization-supporters-look-to-south-portland-lewiston-for-momentum-in-quest-for-2016-statewide-vote/

Henry Beck faces Mark Andre in rematch for Maine House District 110

October 27th, 2014

Democratic House District 110 Rep. Henry E. Murphy Beck, of Waterville, faces Oakland Republican Mark Richard Andre in a rematch of the 2012 election.

District 110, which was formerly House District 76, covers part of Waterville and Oakland.

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House District 110

Name: Henry E. Murphy Beck

Age: 28

Town: Waterville

Political party: Democrat

Profession: Attorney, Jabar LaLiberty, Waterville

Education: Graduate, Waterville Senior High School, 2005; bachelor’s degree in government, Colby College, 2009; Muskie School of Public Service, Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy and Management, 2011; University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 2014

Political experience: State representative, 2008-present; Waterville City Council, 2006-09

Name: Mark Richard Andre

Age: 44

Town: Oakland

Political party: Republican

Profession: Self employed, owner of Thornridge Farms Nursery LLC, Fairfield Center

Education: Graduate, Central Bucks West High School, Doylestown, Pa., 1988; bachelor’s degree in history and political science with minor in education, Ursinus College, 1992

Political experience: Member of Monroe County Tourist Development Council District Advisory Committee

Beck, 28, of Waterville, has held the seat for six years. He earned a law degree this year from University of Maine School of Law and is an attorney at Jabar LaLiberty in Waterville.

Andre, 44, of Oakland, owns and operates Thornridge Farms Nursery LLC in Fairfield Center.

Beck says his family came to the community nearly a century ago to put down roots and start a business. He grew up and graduated from college in Waterville, and he has made his life in the city.

“Thus, I know personally that Maine people deserve an economy that

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2014/10/27/henry-beck-faces-mark-andre-in-rematch-for-maine-house-district-110/

What other states can learn from Maine’s health transformation

October 27th, 2014

There used to be saying in American politics to describe an important bellwether state: “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”

For the past half-century, the phrase has often been applied to California’s progressive policies and its impact on the nation, growing and often exporting such things as citizen ballot initiatives, disability rights, managed care, vehicle emission controls and medical marijuana. But Maine is still an important indicator for the country, especially in healthcare.

From urban teaching hospitals and critical access facilities to rural family clinics, as well as naturopaths and concierge primary care, outdoor enthusiasts and vegans, obese Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured lobsterman who smoke a pack a day — Maine’s healthcare system and its patient populations run the gamut.

Like health organizations in other parts of the country, Maine’s providers and insurers are facing the same demand for more affordability, more access, higher quality and better experiences, at home, in the hospital, or at retail clinics.

There is a sometimes fractious debate, however, among Maine’s leading healthcare organizations about how to get to that future — and how to measure affordability and quality in the first place.

Pre-Affordable Care Act, Maine had the fifth-highest per capita healthcare costs in the nation, $8,521, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent data, from 2009.

That’s more than 25 percent higher than the national average at the same time that Maine’s per capita income is about 10 percent below the

Article source: http://www.govhealthit.com/news/maine-goes-transforming-health-vacationland

In memoriam: Remembering Don Gellers

October 26th, 2014

He had become, for those who remembered his feats of courage on behalf of Maine Indians a half-century ago, a mythic figure.

Passamaquoddy of a certain age remembered a young lawyer who stood with the tribe when nobody else would. Mainers who were involved in the Maine tribes’ historic 1980 land claims settlement recalled the guy who got the process going, only to be convicted on a questionable marijuana charge. The history books, when they mentioned him at all, hinted at a quixotic character, an eccentric warm-up act for the real stars of the campaign for Indian justice, who were these books’ only sources.

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Don Gellers. File photo from an article published by the Press Herald on March 14, 1966.

Don Gellers as pictured on his Israeli military ID

Don Gellers had been carefully, consciously airbrushed out of a story he did so much to create, an epic civil and human rights struggle of the Passamaquoddy who, when he arrived here in the mid-1960s, were oppressed and abused in ways almost shocking to Mainers today. By challenging and, often, outwitting authorities long accustomed to free rein over Washington County’s blighted reservations, he earned their ire and provoked powerful, autocratic retribution.

Gellers paid a terrible price for taking up the cause of Maine’s Indians, becoming the victim of a state-sponsored conspiracy to drive him out of Maine or into prison, one orchestrated by the Attorney General’s Office, zealously executed by the state police and rubber stamped by judges. The

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/26/in-memoriam-remembering-don-gellers/

Police ID 3rd suspect in Winterport pot robbery

October 24th, 2014

WINTERPORT, Maine (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the third man they allege posed as a police officer to steal medical marijuana from a licensed growing operation in Winterport.

State police have issued an arrest warrant for 45-year-old Kerry Hurd of Bangor. He faces charges of robbery, theft and impersonating a police officer.

Three men were caught on surveillance video during the robbery last month dressed in clothing that included dark SWAT-style vests and a shirt that said “sheriff’ on the front. One had a gun.

The homeowner challenged the intruders, who left with an armful of mature marijuana plants. No shots were fired.

Two other men — Hurd’s brother Jeffrey Hurd, and Scott Roberts — have already turned themselves in.

Anyone who knows of Kerry Hurd’s whereabouts is asked to call police.

Article source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Police-ID-3rd-suspect-in-Winterport-pot-robbery-5811055.php