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.
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.
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.
Thanks 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope we’ll see you there!
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!
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.
Jill Barkley called the caucus to order at 2 p.m.
Voters elected Pat Washburn caucus secretary. She then presided over the election of Ms. Barkley as caucus chair.
Ms. Barkley recognized the Portland Democratic Executive Committee, including Matt Moonen, James Romer, and Ms. Washburn. She also welcomed new people and encouraged those present to attend meetings of the city committee.
COUNTY COMMITTEE: Portland gets 46 members. Those who wish to participate may attend the next meeting March 18 in Brunswick. In the unlikely event that more than 46 people seek to represent Portland, an election will be held at that meeting.
PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE: The meeting unanimously affirmed President Barack Obama as our choice for another term in office.
STATE CONVENTION: Will be held in Augusta June 1-3 (more info). Delegates are asked to pay a registration fee of $40, but if anyone wants to be a delegate from Portland and cannot afford this, speak to an officer and we will make arrangements.
Portland has 269 delegates to the state convention, and can also name 269 alternates.
Ms. Barkley asked for a motion to suspend the rules to allow the caucus to vote as a committe of the whole to nominate anyone present who wishes to be a delegate to the state convention. The motion passed, as did the subsequent motion to name all volunteers as delegates.
ELECTION CLERKS: If you are interested in being an election clerk see Pat or Jill after we adjourn.
RAFFLE: Herb Adams presided over a raffle of a print of the S.S. Portland, to benefit the City Committee. This plus Mr. Romer’s passing of a stylish hat raised more than the meeting cost to put on! Added to the treasury to help support Dem candidates.
Ms. Barkley concluded the business meeting by encouraging participants to give $5 contributions to Clean Elections candidates.
SPEAKERS (note that this was before Sen. Snowe’s decision not to run for re-election, so the landscape has changed considerably):
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree
U.S. Senate candidates
* Matt Dunlap
* Cynthia Dill
* Simon Thompson for Jon Hinck
Ms. Barkley recognized the following state and local elected officials present:
Sen. Justin Alfond
Sen. Joe Brannigan
Rep. Diane Russell
Rep. Jon Hinck
Rep. Peter Stuckey
Rep. Mark Dion
Rep. Steve Lovejoy
Rep. Denise Harlow
Rep. Anne Haskell
Mayor Michael Brennan
County Commissioner: Jim Cloutier
Ms. Barkley recognized the following candidates
Anne Haskell, Senate District 9
Herb Adams, House District 119
Muhammad Dini, House District 119
Matt Moonen, House District 118
Dillon Bates, House District 118
Anthony Donovan, House District 117
Dick Farnsworth, House District 117
Donna Binder, House District 117
Denise Harlow, House District 116
Mallory Shaughnessy, House District 115
Eric Jorgensen, House District 115
Peter Stuckey, House District 114
Register of Probate:
Obama for America:
Jeremy Fisher encouraged those present to attend the event March 30 with President Obama at Sable Oaks.
Jacob Walton encouraged those present to attend a community meeting Feb. 29, and to vote for marriage equality in November.
Dick Spencer was the raffle winner.
Attendees were invited to join the afterparty at Slainte.
Join us for the Portland Democratic Caucus at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Ocean Gateway! We’ll affirm our support for Democratic principles and get a chance to learn more about state and local candidates.
Michael Brennan, a Portland Democrat, was elected in the city’s first test of ranked-choice voting. We’re glad to see the race go to a Democrat, and also to see Yes on 1 triumph, preserving our right to same-day voter registration!