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Republican Party in Maine looses 13 key members
http://maineinsights.com ^ | august 20, 2013 | Ramona Du Houx

Posted on 08/25/2013 2:51:04 PM PDT by lowbridge

In a letter dated August 18, 2013, 13 members of the Maine Republican Party have resigned and/or unenrolled from their political party.

The letter outlines many grievances.

“Therefore, for the above-stated reasons, we can no longer allow ourselves to be called nor enrolled as Republicans; we can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets.”

Full text of letter:

August 18, 2013

To Maine State GOP Secretary Chuck Mahaleris:

There are times in your life when you must choose between two paths.

The first path, if taken, would require us to remain within the Republican Party despite the fact that we know without a doubt that Republican ideas of more freedom and less taxes — while sounding good and repeated by any and all candidates – are in fact, worth no more than the paper that they are written on.

The second path leads to a principled preservation of our individual integrity, helping out our fellow citizens at the local level, and doing our level best for our Creator, our families, and our friends.

We have therefore chosen to follow the path of the latter.

(Excerpt) Read more at maineinsights.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: gop; lepage; maine; me; paulbots; paulbotslepage
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1 posted on 08/25/2013 2:51:04 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

I will repeat the question I made on this subject earlier today:

What is the issue those who dropped out, had with the GOP?

Were they (legitimately) saying the GOP was too much like the Democrats?

What was their basis for leaving?

Thanks.


2 posted on 08/25/2013 2:53:55 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: lowbridge
I wish folks would learn the difference between "loose" and "lose".

It's not that difficult.

It's not your fault, lowbridge, it's the original article.

3 posted on 08/25/2013 2:53:58 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
What is the issue those who dropped out,

Did you read the article?

Seems clear enough to me.

Basically Boehner is a Boehn-head, and the RNC is going along to get along ("maybe they'll like us if we...").

4 posted on 08/25/2013 2:56:28 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

http://downtrend.com/james/13-maine-republicans-flee-the-party/


5 posted on 08/25/2013 2:56:59 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
AT SITE:

Well folks, finally someone gets it.

6 posted on 08/25/2013 2:57:59 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“What is the issue those who dropped out, had with the GOP?”

Same reasons I changed my party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated after 40 years.

1) No principles
2) Poor leadership
3) Unwillingness to serve the people who elect them.


7 posted on 08/25/2013 3:00:30 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Go Read their Letter! It is VERY SPECIFIC!


8 posted on 08/25/2013 3:00:32 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Izzy Dunne

That is my question.

I’ll repeat it, because it seems less than clear.

I (think) this says a handful of GOP people who actually stood for something, stood up.

Is that what I am reading?

That this is 13 Republicans, who actually want to be Republicans but found the GOP to be too milquetoast for them?


9 posted on 08/25/2013 3:00:56 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Izzy Dunne

See also http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3058657/posts

The person at the center of this article (Gregory Hodge) is very conservative. The Maine GOP has a history of pushing conservatives to the side. Governor LePage, while quite conservative, has made some unfortunate decisions also.


10 posted on 08/25/2013 3:01:38 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Izzy Dunne

typical of what passes for journalism today.


11 posted on 08/25/2013 3:04:03 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: lowbridge

So basically these people quit the GOP because the GOP has become too much like the Democrats.

Wow.

Hooray for the Maine 13.

This could be real bit, real fast...


12 posted on 08/25/2013 3:07:15 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Spelling snafu:

This could get “real big”, real fast.

:D


13 posted on 08/25/2013 3:08:17 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Soul of the South

I’ll bet the group of freepers who delighted in screaming PURIST!!! as the cause of all our evils a short while back are about in a full case of the vapors over this.

Bummer.


14 posted on 08/25/2013 3:08:47 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: lowbridge

Just for personal piece of mind, I’d really like to leave the Republicrat Party.

However, I’m not going to give them the satisfaction—despite open primaries in my state for all offices, the presidency is the exception and those primaries are closed.

I refuse to let the elite wing of GOP anger me to the point of where I can no longer participate in primary elections.

So, I guess my advice would be not to allow the RINOS to tempt you into changing your party registration-especially if your state has closed primaries. Conservatives *have* to participate in the primary process if we have any hope .


15 posted on 08/25/2013 3:11:28 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: lowbridge
we can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets.

Someone is confused.

16 posted on 08/25/2013 3:13:30 PM PDT by South40
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To: lowbridge

Thank you! Great link!

Now THAT was a message to the ME GOP, for all the right reasons. When fully cooked, it’s generally the time to leave the boiling pot.


17 posted on 08/25/2013 3:14:03 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I wonder where they let them loose ? I hope the area is safe.


18 posted on 08/25/2013 3:14:52 PM PDT by liege (America 180)
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To: lowbridge

“looses” ?????

Gimme a break. Learn English.


19 posted on 08/25/2013 3:30:56 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: lowbridge

I (believe) what the above article implies anyway, is that there is a section of Republicans in Maine who are unhappy with the current focus of the party, in that the party seems to be for a series of things which the GOP has traditionally been opposed to.

To make it simple, the 13 are for traditional GOP positions.

They are leaving the GOP because they do not like the new big-government big-brother positions which have been taken, and want to return to the traditional GOP positions.

They feel their ability to support what (had) been traditional GOP positions has been lost in the current GOP, so they are quitting the GOP.

In effect, they are throwing off their GOP stripes in protest against a state GOP which is too much like democrats?

Is that what is happening here?


20 posted on 08/25/2013 3:31:01 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Izzy Dunne

“I wish folks would learn the difference between “loose” and “lose”.”

Try the ESPN and Youtube forums, the level of literacy approaches Arab-level stupidity. And don’t get me started on the idiots who couldn’t get the different between “Your” and “you’re”...


21 posted on 08/25/2013 3:47:53 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

The Maine GOP stole Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential primary victory.


22 posted on 08/25/2013 3:54:21 PM PDT by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: lowbridge

My,Oh My.I’m actually impressed with that letter to the Maine GOP.

Now if a lot more Republicans do the same thing,Just maybe the Republican Party and the Speaker of the House will wake up and start fighting this dictator who’s trying to bankrupt us while at the same time strip away or Constitutional Rights.


23 posted on 08/25/2013 3:56:14 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: bigbob
"typical of what passes for journalism today."

We watch our local news so we can play "spot the misspellings." There's at least one every night.

24 posted on 08/25/2013 3:58:57 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: South40
Someone is confused.

If you don't see the Gutless Obsolete Pretenders fitting this description these days, it may be you who is confused.

25 posted on 08/25/2013 4:02:31 PM PDT by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: lowbridge
People send folks to Washington DC to fight the other party, not join it!

We send them to fight FOR us and our issues, not AGAINST them and us.

Most have been pretending that the GOP is the opposition since Bush the elder was elected and began dismantling the Reagan Revolution and legacy.

That's worked well, hasn't it?

Sarcasm aside, lying to oneself and others, the basic tenants of the marxist progressive demonrats and french rino GOPe, usually gets the predictable results and we're ninety percent of the way there.

26 posted on 08/25/2013 4:09:46 PM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Romans 1:18-32)
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To: liege

Grand Old Pigeons ?


27 posted on 08/25/2013 4:11:16 PM PDT by mikrofon (Sunday BUMP)
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To: Norm Lenhart
As long as it hastens the demise of the GOP...

/johnny

28 posted on 08/25/2013 4:13:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Izzy Dunne

You’ve pointed out why journalism majors are the lowest eschelon of college degree holders. (in a dead heat with education, of course)


29 posted on 08/25/2013 4:15:10 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: GBA
The GOP, playing a supporting role in the evil subjected on America since Reagan....

/johnny

30 posted on 08/25/2013 4:18:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: All

This is fantastic : But the biggest question is, “What now?”

A lot of ex-patriated members are moving to Libertarian parties, while the Democrats are only forming alliances with Communist parties (Which we KNEW would happen when the mask came off) So we’re getting weaker, and the Dems are getting FAR MORE powerful.

The key is not to abandon Republican values. It’s to abandon to the idea of “Compromise”.

We are now 2 generations into the compromises of the GOP. Now their legacy compromises are what the Republicans are defending as a core value. Compromise is NOT core. The Constitution is Core.

I pop a blood vessel everytime I hear a so-called Republican talk about “Reasonable gun control” or “Mental Health” issues.

They are defending a conservative ideal from THEIR view-point: But the viewpoint has lost so much damned ground from “Compromise” with the Dems (Who are now Communists) that the GOP isn’t constitutional at all. We lost a republic. The GOP isn’t pushing for a return of the Republic, only for the preservation of an awkward post-republic democracy rife with corruption and socialism.

End result? We lose the constitution. The republic is gone. Replaced by a democracy through “Meeting in the middle” and “Compromise”.

I know what I can do. I know what my constitution does. The days of Compromise didn’t work, so lets roll back to what DID work. Leaving the GOP won’t do it, Joining the libertarians won’t do it, and allowing the RATS to join forces with Commies CERTAINLY will win.

Up to a point. And heaven help them when the lights go off or a dinner for my family costs $100.


31 posted on 08/25/2013 4:31:53 PM PDT by Celerity
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Flush them out!
Please Contribute Today!

32 posted on 08/25/2013 4:35:47 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

These people took over the Maine state party committee ... then they found out that the RNC didn’t want to agree with all ... that they couldn’t take over the RNC.

So they quit. As soon as they were frustrated in part, they would have copped a resentment and run off.

Do they have delusions of grandeur? Regardless, whatever they try next, they will crash and burn.


33 posted on 08/25/2013 4:45:59 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: lowbridge
I quote:
"For much of the 20th century, Republicans operated as a minority in the U.S. House and Senate. The party's leaders took the approach that, instead of trying to obstruct the majority, the party would try to water down, cut back or reshape the Democrats' proposals into less obnoxious or more favorable bills." This is the reason the Republicans stopped being my party of choice. No guts and no firm beliefs. No defending the constitution. The party of compromise.

Today, obstruction rather than compromise is more likely the order of the day in Congress. No change is generally better for tea party backers than another law, which might expand government somehow, as Obamacare has done.

34 posted on 08/25/2013 4:50:59 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: lowbridge

Lord, I HOPE that wasn’t the headline! If it was, some editor needs to be FIRED. The word in this case is LOSES, not looses!


35 posted on 08/25/2013 4:54:55 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: campaignPete R-CT
If the GOP keeps it up, they will have gone the way of the Whigs.

That would be a GoodThing(tm).

/johnny

36 posted on 08/25/2013 4:57:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lowbridge

Can’t loosen anything if an appendange is not in tent .


37 posted on 08/25/2013 4:58:20 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
The Maine GOP has a history of pushing conservatives to the side.

That's been obvious for years, considering Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have been Senators from ME for so long.

38 posted on 08/25/2013 4:59:33 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: lowbridge

Is there still a Republican Party?


39 posted on 08/25/2013 4:59:45 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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gradiosity. Vain Glory.

The charge of the Light Brigade!
The 13 Amigos charging off into battle! To get lost somewhere in the Maine northwoods.


40 posted on 08/25/2013 5:00:05 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: SuziQ

Back around 2009, one county GOP group moderator banned negative comments about Collins and Snowe because the members had lots of negative comments about Collins and Snowe.


41 posted on 08/25/2013 5:03:06 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: lowbridge
"...looses 13 key members"

Really? This is what passes for journalism and editor's acceptance these days? Where were they "loosed" to, and why were they tied up to begin with?

Stopped reading right there. Not your fault, lowbridge, just not interested in finding out why Big Rachel J thinks she should be writing about anything.

42 posted on 08/25/2013 5:06:28 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: lowbridge

Lay it at the feet of the buzzard behind it, John Boehner.


43 posted on 08/25/2013 5:11:51 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: campaignPete R-CT
You can snark all you want, but that won't stop the flood of people leaving the liberal GOP.

/johnny

44 posted on 08/25/2013 5:21:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lowbridge
I left the GOP years ago. In summary, I vote like this:

I will NEVER vote for a Democrat or a Libertarian. I vote for those who among other things are at least pro-life, pro gun rights and fiscally conservative.

There are not many people who get on the ballot that satisfy all of my requirements.

I stopped going straight GOP on the ballot when I saw how badly they used the new Republicans elected on the 1994 ballot. They rode into power on their coattails and did....... virtually nothing to set big government back, and continue down that path.

This article, although not written well, does actually show that the thirteen citizens had guts. They may be late in getting to the truth, but they did.

45 posted on 08/25/2013 5:24:07 PM PDT by Preachin' (I stand with many voters who will never vote for a pro abortion candidate.)
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To: bmwcyle

“Is there still a Republican Party?”

I dunno. We still hear some whining from under their desks from time to time, but it could be the dog.


46 posted on 08/25/2013 5:32:59 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Thinking the same thing!


47 posted on 08/25/2013 5:36:49 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
The second path leads to a principled preservation of our individual integrity, helping out our fellow citizens at the local level, and doing our level best for our Creator, our families, and our friends.

Yes, they rejected the GOP for being too liberal.

48 posted on 08/25/2013 5:37:41 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

“So they quit. As soon as they were frustrated in part, they would have copped a resentment and run off.”

Naaah. Sounds to me like they got a bad case of “the ethics” and decided to take a hike. Smart move. It’s not like being on a state committee is particularly rewarding: lots of work for no recognition and increasingly the scorn of your friends and neighbors.

Not to worry. I’m sure the gop faction of the uniparty in Maine will find more reliable quislings to take their place.


49 posted on 08/25/2013 5:38:00 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: max americana

True!


50 posted on 08/25/2013 5:39:49 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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