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Rep. Mike Michaud speaks to veterans during a Memorial Day service in 2014.
Rep. Mike Michaud, also next governor of Maine.
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Once upon a time, in 2010, reliably Democratic Maine elected a crazy tea party wingnut to the governorship. It had nothing to do with popularity. Republican Paul LePage received only 38 percent of the vote. The Democrat and an independent candidate split the rest of the vote.

So how did LePage govern in a state President Barack Obama had won by 17 points in 2008? Well, like a tea party Republican. It might be the biggest mismatch between governor and constituency in the entire country. Headlines like this one genuinely apply:

How Did Mild-Mannered Maine Get America’s Craziest Governor?
If it wasn't for the state's strong tradition of independent candidates, we wouldn't even be talking about this race. LePage is certainly not popular, still mired in the 30s in polling. But once again, a third-party challenger is splitting the anti-GOP vote, and once again we face the possibility of another four years of an unrepresentative governor.

We have a great candidate in Michael Michaud, who would be the nation's first openly LGBT governor. He is a champion of environmental issues, wants to expand Medicaid, and is solid down the line on labor and women's issues.

The polling is neck-and-neck, so every dollar will count. And in a small media-market state like Maine, your dollars go a long way.

So if you want to get rid of a guy who says things like this:

[A]s your governor, you're gonna be seeing a lot of me on the front page saying ‘Gov. LePage tells Obama to go to hell."
Or this:
LePage told reporters that state Sen. Troy Jackson 'claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.
Or this:
Gov. Paul LePage is once again stirring controversy with his off-the-cuff and sometimes off-color statements, this time telling National Association for the Advancement of Colored People leaders and other critics to “kiss my butt” over his decision to decline several invitations from the organization.
You get the picture. He's America's craziest governor and has no business holding office in Maine. So give $3 to help retire him early. I'm definitely contributing.

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  •  "Human bowling jacket."CharlesPierce says it best. (14+ / 0-)

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 01:34:33 PM PDT

  •  Split the republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, G2geek, Mannie

    Are there two candidates out there who can split the republican vote to even things out?  It seems like the rest of the states have repubes fighting to see whose craziest.  Surely someone has a cookie uncle or aunt full of hate to help stir the masses.  

  •  I chpped in (6+ / 0-)

    and no problems using my AmEx card this time.

  •   Jackson was the candidate who gave a very strong (5+ / 0-)
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    JBL55, Onomastic, Matt Z, commonmass, Mannie

    speech at the Dem convention, and i think he;ll win his race. if not for Cutler. we;d have a similar situation to whats happening in Pa with a incumbent getting his ass kicked by a huge margin.

    •  Troy Jackson is running for CD2 (1+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus

      in the Dem primary - that is, he's running for the seat Michaud is giving up to run for Governor.
      Despite his great convention speech, and solid populist appeal, he's running far behind Emily Cain in the most recent polling. She's been endorsed by Emily's List, and has built a reputation as a consensus builder in the State House and Senate.
      Both are good candidates.
      And the Dem primary winner should be helped some by the presence of Independent "Liberty Party" candidate Blaine Richardson on the ballot in the general election.

      Support a Progressive Dem from Maine for US Senate! Bellows for Senate

      by Illegitimi non carborundum on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 03:29:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Who is this "independent" that splits the anti- (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, G2geek, Mannie

    GOP vote?

    Your very own version of Ralph?

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 01:46:31 PM PDT

    •  Not even vaguely Naderish (9+ / 0-)

      Rich centrist former Dem who plays well to the wealthy Seacoast population centers. He strikes me as kind of  narcissistic and used to buying what he wants. Even he's allowing his supporters to hedge their bets.

      Not a fan, though I know a handful of people who are supporting him.

      "We are the sum of our experiences, plus a bit of biology tossed in." © grover

      by Vacationland on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 01:53:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Fingers crossed ... (5+ / 0-)
        “If I were to wake up on Election Day convinced that I have no chance of winning, I would tell my supporters that they should no longer feel an obligation to vote for me.”
        ... that he doesn't wait until November 4th.  
        [Cutler] said, “What I’ve discovered ... (is) the half-life of political name recognition is (snapping his fingers) like that.”

        Meaning, maintains Cutler, a surprising number of voters have forgotten all about him, need to be reintroduced to him and, upon getting comfy again, will escort him to victory “in a walk.”

        Call him crazy. Call him egotistic, narcissistic and wildly optimistic. Call him so obsessed with what could be that he can’t bear to face what is.

        I call him delusional.  He is one of the most reviled men in the state.
      •  Exactly. (6+ / 0-)

        His sense of entitlement is stunning. It would not even occur to the man that he is not helping Maine's people in the least.

        Fortunately, I think more people are beginning to see that.

        He's not polling well, something the odious LePage desperately hopes will change as that is his only hope of re-election.

        LePage was even building up Cutler yesterday as a viable candidate and real contender.

        It was so transparent, well, to me anyway.

        There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

        by Onomastic on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:21:48 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  But, but... (7+ / 0-)

        ...Cutler didn't leave the party! The party left him!

        Third way!
        New thinking!
        High tech!
        Not a politician!

        (Hey, it worked for Angus...)

        He's not a candidate, he's a fashion accessory -- or an MPBN membership premium.

         In the towns where the only seagulls are at the dump, Cutler won't draw flies.

        Trouble is, there may not be enough voters in those towns.

        The superfluous goods of the rich are necessary to the poor, and when you possess the superfluous you possess what is not yours." St. Augustine

        by Davis X Machina on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:24:06 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry (2+ / 0-)
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        Vacationland, polecat

        but he is Naderish in the sense he's narcissistic.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:29:24 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  The "moderate" Republicans I know are voting... (1+ / 0-)
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        RandomNonviolence

        for him…. They're totally embarrassed by LePage but can't bring themselves to vote for a blue-collar Dem, which is what Mike Michaud is. So they pretend Cutler is the answer. We even have good friends, who are liberal Dems, who are planning to vote for Cutler because they think Michaud isn't smart enough. Personally I'll be delighted if Mike wins--- he's seemed genuine and thoughtful when I've met him or heard him speak, and he's spent enough time in the Maine Legislature and Congress to have an idea how to get some things done, unlike Cutler. And I'd love for Maine to be the state that elects the first openly gay governor--one more barrier down!

        •  Mike is smart and works hard (0+ / 0-)

          That's what I've been told by more than a handful of current and former Maine legislators who served with him.
          The strongest endorsement I've heard is that he knows how to attract the best & brightest to his administration.

          Unfortunately, he is never going to be glib or totally comfortable on the stump, and that is going to be interpreted as "dumb".  It would be interesting to hear how some of our more liberal & well-off Dems process those class issues, which they would never even broach if it were a matter of race.

          I've not been over the moon at Michaud's candidacy, but have come to believe he would do a very good job in Augusta.  I'll be working as hard as I can for his election.

  •  The most recent idiocy from LePlague is (12+ / 0-)

    him telling the Democrats in the Legislature to not stick their noses into the business of the Executive Branch. This was in response to the Dems objecting to having taxpayer dollars going to pay for a "study" that turned out to be a massive work of plagiarism. The man is deranged. And apparently never took a civics class.

    Please help us get rid of this idiot. Maine is a great place, and it's embarrassing to have this as the face of our state.

    When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt

    by seefleur on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 01:53:25 PM PDT

    •  OMG you have *no* idea... (8+ / 0-)

      ...how much I want to comment on stuff like that in public forums. Unfortunately, for professional reasons, it's out of the question. But...DAMN.

      "We are the sum of our experiences, plus a bit of biology tossed in." © grover

      by Vacationland on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:01:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah - I work in state government (2+ / 0-)
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        northerntier, Vacationland

        so I have to be very circumspect when listening to morons who think LePlague is the best thing since sliced bread. And I deal with a LOT of citizens in Hancock and Washington counties - so very red conservatism with NO clue whatsoever about who is really f'ing with their state benefits and increasing their mill rates.  Oh, and Obamacare is the work of evul soshilists from away...

        When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt

        by seefleur on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:39:51 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •   one thing i hope Michuad does upon becoming (11+ / 0-)

    Governor is ask for the North Woods to be set aside as a national monument.  LePage tried to open it up for development, and Maine is one of 22 state without a national monument. as  other monuments have shown, they are great economic engines, and Mainers are very fond of their woods. protecting them permanently is in everyone's best interests.

    •  YES. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      BobBlueMass, northerntier

      SPES MEA IN DEO EST.

      by commonmass on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:35:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  i'll drop a suggestion in michuads Website (4+ / 0-)

        telling him to set it aside. Its a Huge area, but bold vision is what we ask of our leaders. Thoreau wrote extensively about the Woods and its beauty, and it belongs to all Americans, but particularly to the fine people of Maine. established it as a monument would bring jobs to thousands of people in the state, as happened during the Depression. it likely would becpme a big source of revenue as folks from acrosss New England, the country and indeed the world come to walk on its trails, see the wildlife and reconnect with nature.Like the redwoods , it is a cathedral of nature, of the divine. it is fragment of the woods that once stretched over most of the country.

        •  heres is the message I Left (1+ / 0-)
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          RandomNonviolence

          Hello Mr Michuad
           my name is MorrellWI1983 and i am a Democrat from Wisconsin. I have been following the progress of your campaign on the political website Daily Kos, and I want to request that, once you win election as governor in November. that you move quickly to permanently protect the North Woods. Maine does not have much public land, only 1.1% of the state is owned by the feds, and only 4% is publicly owned. the North Woods is the largest intact forest east of the Mississippi, at 10.5 million acres. yet hardly any of the forest is protected.  setting aside 10 million acres would create the largest national monument in the lower 48, 1.5 times bigger than Adirondack State Park in New York state or Denali National Park in Alaska, and 3 times bigger than Death Valley National Park in California. Currently Maine has no national monuments, one of 22 states that don't have any. i know you have brought a bill in Congress to set aside areas in the Coastal Islands Refuge Complex as Wilderness,. so I know you love Maine and want to see its special places protected. the Woods are without question a very special place, and deserve to take their place alongside Devils Tower, the Statue of Liberty and other national monuments. during the Depression Acadia was developed thanks to the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of the many national parks and 800 state parks the Corps created during its 9 year run. establishing the North Woods will require thousands upon thousands of workers due to its size, and a modern CCC could be created in Maine to put people to work setting up trails, campsites, ranger stations etc. within the monument. National parks and monuments have a long history of being very popular with the public and becoming great economic engines, the National Park Service had a economic impact of 31 billion in 2012, a return of 16 fold based on its 2 billion dollar budget. the North Woods would likely become a multi-million dollar annual revenue producer. currently the Woods is designated as unincorporated territory so the state receives little money from that area, while with national parks, monuments and forests, the state receives payments in lieu of taxes(PILT) from the feds, which likely would exceed the money the state receives now from the region. as for hunting fishing and snowmobiling, you can grandfather them in as existing uses. in Alaska those activities are permitted due to the remoteness of the monuments and parks, and the North Woods is Alaskan in scale and remoteness.  While people may grumble at first, a federal designation would ensure the Woods protection virtually forever.  state areas can be ruined by unscrupulous governors like LePage, who tried to rezone the Woods so much of it would be open for development. As A  national monument,  a state governor couldn't mess with the area, and national monuments are virtually impossible to undesignate, as a bill unmaking it would have to get the Presidents OK. the few that were undesignated were either poorly maintained, were vandalized, or some combination that made them unsuitable to continue as a monument. i doubt that would happen with the Woods. setting it aside would be a high mark of leadership, the kind Americans are starved for on the national level and from what i've read  about your campaign, you have that leadership that Maine needs. Be bold, be visionary. Protect the Woods, and put your name into history. you have my support Mr Michuad, and hopefully come November 5th we can call you Governor-elect.
          Regards
          MorrellWI1983

  •  have her swearing-in ceremony in front of this (9+ / 0-)
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) MONDAY, JAN 14, 2013 03:26 PM EST — A mural depicting scenes from Maine’s labor history returned to public display  Monday, 22 months after the governor set off a political firestorm and spawned a federal lawsuit by ordering it removed.

    Gov. Paul LePage caused an uproar in March 2011 when he ordered the mural removed from the Labor Department lobby, claiming it presented a one-sided view that bowed to organized labor and overlooked the contributions of job-creating entrepreneurs.

    Beginning Monday, the mural was back on public view in an atrium that serves as the entryway to the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library and Maine State Archives. The space is open to the public six days a week.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:00:41 PM PDT

  •  Of course your real problem is the voting system (8+ / 0-)

    It's absurd that the least-favored candidate of three can win when the other two split his opposition.  ABSURD.  I can forgive the Founding Fathers for not incorporating modern voting tally systems like instant runoffs and preferential voting and approval voting, since electoral science was not well developed at the time, but there's no excuse for continuing the absurd system we use now.

    •  Couldn't agree more. (4+ / 0-)

      There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      by Onomastic on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:23:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  This is the result of plurality voting (3+ / 0-)

      It is why third parties never amount to much and are flash in the pans oriented around a personality.  Many, perhaps most  who might have voted for Nader did not because we were afraid we would help Bush. Mainers were not so fortunate.

      There is a solution, and it would help on many other issues.  Shift to majority elections with instant run offs.  Then third parties would be credible if they addressed popular issues, and main parties would have to address them if they wanted second choice status that might win them in a run off where no one got a majority.

      It would also weaken corporate domination of the parties.  They can't fund them all.

      Maine has voter initiatives and so can do an end run around a legislature that benefits from the current system. Of all the state in the nation, Maine is in the best place to enact such a reform, and once enacted it would likely spread.  It would help the progressive wing of the democrats and hinder the corporatist wing because they currently have the money and know we have no where else to go.

      •  I agree but (0+ / 0-)

        It could be difficult to counter the inevitable attacks that instant runoffs violate the principle of "one person, one vote".

        •  There are ways around this (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          RandomNonviolence

          They have been successfully adopted in a number of cities, and appear to have worked well. Further, LePage demonstrates that a small minority can elect a governor under plurality rules- something VASTLY less in keeping with one person one vote than an instant run off.

          But if the issue seemed serious enough the initiative could simply state that upon its adoption the state legislature was responsible for devising a run off in cases where there was no majority winner within X months, and if they did not, instant runoff was the default position.

          The point is to break the two party monopoly, thereby strengthening progressives. LePage opens an opportunity for this in a way that does not exist elsewhere- and in a basically blue state.

  •  I am loving all these Governor endorsements! Will (3+ / 0-)
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    JBL55, Aquarius40, commonmass

    Mary Burke, Fred DuVal, Vincent Sheheen, Tom Wolf and Paul Davis make the official DKos endorsement list?

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:06:17 PM PDT

  •  Oh, this Mainer can't thank you enough! (11+ / 0-)

    I was desperately hoping the site would stand behind Mike and we have!

    You just made my day, week, month, and hopefully year, when all of us have helped elect Mike, Governor.

    Thank you, thank you!

    And you bet I donated and shared this.

    There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    by Onomastic on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:17:51 PM PDT

  •  Also crossing my fingers that Charlie Crist gets (6+ / 0-)

    your endorsement.  I for one have long been over the party switch and it took an ex-Republican to tell Democrats to run on Obamacare and Crist has been enthusiastically campaigning on this issue.

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:25:29 PM PDT

  •  Markos, that was a five way race, actually. (5+ / 0-)

    However, we still have the perennial narcissistic spoiler Eliot Cutler in the race this year. It's a three way race this time.

    Thanks for giving our gubenatorial race a front page platform. We like Mike!

    By the way, if elected, he will be the first openly gay man to win a governor's race in the entire nation.

    WE LIKE MIKE!

    Signed,

    A Mainer.

    SPES MEA IN DEO EST.

    by commonmass on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:30:17 PM PDT

  •  "The polling is neck and neck"... (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, northerntier

    I mean, honest to God, LePaige is an absolute embarrassment to this state! and it's neck and neck, I'm dumbfounded!

  •  sorry i just do not feel compelled (0+ / 0-)

    if maine wants crazy or if new jersey wants a corrupt thief, they can have them, let kansas go bankrupt, etc. until these lunatic conservatives see the damage they are doing to themselves we just have to sit back and let them do it

  •  Had me, and my money, at (4+ / 0-)

    Union man. Working man.

    I have met him twice, hope to see him again this Sunday.

    Very nice guy. Smart. Obviously cares about Maine and working people. Will be a helluva governor.

    If you live in York County (or nearby) you can meet Mike:

    Sunday, June 8th
    2-4 PM

    At the

    Seacoast Democrats office in
    Meadowbrook Plaza
    647 US Rte One
    York, ME  03909  
    Office: 207.351.8495

    Join us!

    A man does as he is when he can do what he wants

    by BobBlueMass on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 03:18:47 PM PDT

  •  Can't SOMEONE get 'Ralph' Cutler out of this? (1+ / 0-)
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    GussieFN

    What possesses this asshole?

    Nader Disease?  One carrier was enough.

    What a fucking disgrace.

  •  I'm sorry, you think this guy is (0+ / 0-)

    America's craziest governor?  Have you met my governor, Rick "oops" Perry?

  •  LePage and Plurality voting (2+ / 0-)
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    northerntier, RandomNonviolence

    I am amazed that progressives in Maine have not taken advantage of the chaos LePage has caused to have an initiative for majority vote elections instead of plurality vote elections.  It would make sure his likes would never be governor, make far more certain that Democrats of all stripes had to discuss progressive issues, and empower third parties, weakening corporate domination.

    Maine has an initiative system, a relatively small population and so a smaller media market, and is decisively anti-LePage.  It's a golden opportunity with legs that could impact the rest of the country- at least states with initiatives.

    •   i would favor adding a runoff if a candidate does (1+ / 0-)
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      RandomNonviolence

      not get say 45%. in 2010 that would have meant a Cutler-LePage runoff which likely would have resulted in Cutler winning. now, he'll be lucky to get 10% come election day.

      •  Fine but (1+ / 0-)
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        RandomNonviolence

        That idea addresses the immediate problem of preventing a LePage, but it does not go far in empowering third parties, which is necessary if we are to weaken the role of big money.  Further, in many states or cities where the Democrats are a secure dominant party they tend to become corrupt.  Making serious electoral challenges more feasible is a good way to rejuvenate overly secure parties as well as ensure that important issues are addressed in campaigns.

        •  there really never has been a third party that (0+ / 0-)

          had the potential of being a major party on par with the Rs or Ds the closest was the populist party in the 1890s. and that faded away when the dems under bryan co-opted all their ideas,. the bull moose party was basically TR flipping taft the bird and didnt produce much on the federal or state level. perot got more votes than any other third party candidate in history and like;y would have done better had he not dropped out in August, he could have gotten close to a third of the vote.

          •  Not quite right (1+ / 0-)
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            RandomNonviolence

            Third parties have been organized around personalities and have not had legs to last because of the electoral rules that basically push voters towards one of two.  The progressives were the closest to an alternative, and fell victim to plurality rules.

            Once Democrats started adopting some Progressive measures, many voters voted strategically for the more established Democrats rather than risking splitting the vote and letting Republicans in. With majority elections the Progressives might well still be a viable force today, and shaping the content of political debate.

            The pattern results from the rules, and today the rules make a viable progressive political movement far more difficult to organize than would be the case with majoritarian elections.

  •  ME also purge establishment intimidation of Dems? (1+ / 0-)
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    RandomNonviolence

    Maine seems to have a history of “moderate” candidates having easy access to big financial support from the local establishment in order to prevent Progressive Democrats from winning one-on-one runs against Republicans. Angus King’s 2012 Senate election seems to have fit this mold, and to have been assisted by the increased impact of big contributors under the circumstances of the relatively late and abrupt retirement announcement by “moderate” Republican Senator Olympia Snowe.

    Establishment funding of Cutler’s 2010 independent candidacy seems to signaled the beginning of the end of this pattern, because.

    the establishment failed:

    1.    to appreciate how willing Republicans had become to elect an extreme tea-partier,

    and

    2.    to intimidate enough Democrats to abandon their 2010 nominee.

    As we approach the 2014 election, in which Cutler is running a repeat independent candidacy, it is difficult to tell from a distance
    whether:

    1.    Cutler has simply become detached from reality,

    or

    2.    Michaud is a sufficiently Progressive candidate for the local establishment to feel that they need to continue supporting Cutler in order to drive home the desired lesson that Democrats cannot win by nominating Progressive candidates.

    Under either scenario, it appears that  
    the 2014 lesson which can be taught to the local establishment, that:

    1.    Democrats will continue to nominate Progressive candidates,

    and

    2.    The local establishment is going to have to live with wins either by these candidates or their Republican opponents.

    Hopefully,
    the following lessons can be learned by the electorate this year:

    1.    If Cutler splits the 2014 sane vote sufficiently to again enable the hardcore insane Republican voter to elect LePage, the sane majority should be angry not only at Cutler but also at the establishment contributors who originally enabled strong independent campaigns by Cutler and by Angus Kine.

    2.    Those establishment contributors are never acting in the interests of the economically stressed majority of Mainers, not when they enable the election of LePage, and not when they fund Cutler, King or “moderate” Republican Susan Collins.

    3.    If Mainers ever want to pick their own US Senator, who is concerned about the interests of the economically stressed majority, instead of whatever new “moderate” is groomed and funded by the establishment to replace Susan Collins in 2020, then the best chance do so is by voting for Collins’ 2014 challenger Progressive Libertarian outsider Shenna Bellows.

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