No meeting 2/18

Snow! That’s a nice change, isn’t it?

But with a parking ban in place for tonight, it doesn’t make sense for us to try to hold a Portland Dems meeting. Stay warm and safe.

Also plan on being at the East End School at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2 for caucus! We’ll be electing delegates to the state convention, which is May 30-31 in Bangor, and we’ll also get to hear from awesome Maine Democrats including Chellie Pingree, Mike Michaud, and Shenna Bellows!

We definitely will need help setting up before the caucus begins — if you can be there at 12:30, please come early and lend a hand.

Posted February 18, 2014 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

Caucus Planning

Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 18) for our monthly meeting 5:30 at the Maine Dems Office in Portland, located at 401 Cumberland Avenue.

The whole purpose of this meeting is to review the caucus rules and plan. People who are interested in volunteering to help with the caucus should attend.

The Portland Democratic Caucus will be held on Sunday, March 2nd at the East End School in Portland, located at 195 North Street.

Doors will open to the public at 1:30 p.m. , we will begin to caucus at 2:00 p.m.

Come to caucus and hear from candidates for local, statewide and national office.

Volunteers should plan to arrive at 12:30 to help with set up and sign in.

Posted February 17, 2014 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

New Events for 2014

Welcome to a new year! The Portland Democrats are gearing up for a caucus and some exciting races. We need your voice and your energy! Please make a note of the following events:

Portland Democratic City Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Democrats Office, 401 Cumberland Ave.

Portland Democratic City Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.
Democrats Office, 401 Cumberland Ave.

Portland Democratic Caucus
March 2; time and location TBA
Save the date!

Posted January 13, 2014 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.! We’ve got lots on the agenda:

  • Learning about the local marijuana initiative
  • Start planning for next year’s Truman Dinner
  •  Update on the Michaud campaign
  • Meeting local Dem candidates and their teams, and find out how you can help get good Democrats elected to the City Council and School Board!

We will be at 401 Cumberland Ave. in Portland. After the meeting, stay and make some phone calls for Mike Michaud!

A reminder also that Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5! Check your registration and make a commitment to vote, either absentee or in person.

Posted October 2, 2013 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

Barbecue and Phone Banking

Join us on the huge, gorgeous patio at the Maine Democratic Party office Thursday, Sept. 19, for a fun barbecue followed by phone banking to celebrate the end of Summer and help keep the Mike-mentum going!

Right now polls are showing Mike in the lead at 40% with LePage at 34% and Eliot Cutler a distant third with only 17%. This is the best time to make a difference by having conversations with undecided voters and become part of one of the top 3 highest profile Governor’s races in the country!

We will provide burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and lemonade. Please feel free to bring any additional food or beverages of your choice for yourself or to share.

Barbecue will be 5:00 to 6:00 then phone bank will go until 8:00.

Please bring a laptop and cell phone if you are able. Let us know if you can’t bring a laptop so we can make sure we have enough computers.

We will be at 401 Cumberland Avenue in Portland. Please RSVP to Greg Pierce at 207-314-5571

Posted September 12, 2013 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

School Budget Election Sept. 4

Don’t forget about the special school budget election Sept. 4. The unusual vote is to accept extra money made available through state legislative decisions, and will not affect Portland property taxpayers, but it must be approved by voters. More information in Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk’s column here.

If you need an absentee ballot or need to find your polling place, visit the city’s Elections and Voter Registration Web page.


Posted August 19, 2013 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

“They Heard the Dream”


Posted August 19, 2013 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

Momentum for Mike

mikemichaudThanks to everyone who showed up Saturday to help canvass and phonebank and meet Mike Michaud! Mike impressed a lot of Portlanders with his genuine manner and hard-driving schedule. He’s in it to win!

Now it’s time to keep the momentum going. The Maine Democrats office in Portland is at 401 Cumberland Ave., and they need volunteers. Here’s the schedule:


5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Door-to-door canvassing:

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays

1-5 p.m. Sundays

If you have questions or want to sign up for a volunteer shift, contact Greg Pierce, 207-314-5571 or Hope we’ll see you there!

Posted August 19, 2013 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

Meeting and Officer Election DATE CHANGED

As Portlanders, we join in mourning the loss of Amanda Rowe, nurse and advocate for children’s health, and extending our warmest sympathy to her husband, family and friends for this grievous loss.

In order not to conflict with services for Mrs. Rowe, we are moving our meeting up a week. The meeting and officer election will be Wednesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room 5 on the lower level of the Portland Public Library. 

Open positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All nominees must be members of the PDCC — that is, they must have attended two regular meetings OR participated in the 2012 caucus. While we welcome all registered Democrats to participate and discuss, only official members can vote. (This is mandated by our bylaws, and we realize that it may be an issue f0r some people; it may well be that the new officers will recommend changes to those bylaws, but we need to elect them first.)

After new officers are elected, we’ll have a brief discussion of upcoming elections, campaigns and events. We hope you can attend!

Posted July 13, 2013 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized

Democratic Senate Candidates Debate

On Saturday evening, March 31, from 5:30 to 7:30, the Portland Club will be hosting a debate between the Democratic primary candidates for the U.S. Senate. All four candidates who will be on the Democratic primary ballot have communicated their attention to take part in the debate.

The Democratic primary candidates are: Cynthia Dill, current State Senator from Cape Elizabeth; Matt Dunlap, of Old Town, a former State legislator and Secretary of State; Jon Hinck, current State senator from Portland; and Benjamin Pollard, a Portland businessman and educator.

The moderator for the Democratic event will be former Democratic State Legislator from Portland , Herb Adams.

This event is open to the public at no charge and there is free parking in back of the building.

The Portland Club is located at 156 state Street, just down from the Longfellow statue on the right, right before Mercy Hospital. There is a big American flag hanging from the front of the building.

Posted March 30, 2012 by Patricia Washburn in Uncategorized