Maine’s 2014 Gubernatorial Race

As a 16-year-old in the state of Maine I cannot vote for another two years but there is no age limit on opinions.
So far there are two declared candidates for the job. The first is the residing Paul LePage whose career as governor has been tainted by his blunt wording and stout opposition to anything less than conservative. Second is the Millinocket resident and federal House Representative Mike Michaud.
While both are technically qualified for the job, only one really stands as a leader who is truly invested in Maine’s past and in-the-making history. That would be Mr. Michaud.

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Veazie Dam Removal 2013

Let me tell you a story that illustrates my stance a little better. It all started this summer with my group project leader at Trio Upward Bound. He told us about the removal of the Veazie dam which aside from its historical impact, was perfect for us as we were designing a modern (Eco-friendly) dam. As soon as I arrived at the event I was immediately hit with a sense of the warm Maine community. Everyone was talking and making connections when the facilitator of the event came and ushered the crowd’s attention to the stage.

After enjoying a Native American drum circle performing traditional music, various speakers fulfill their title and talk about the event, it’s importance and the countless hours that went into the project. What really struck me here was Mike Michaud was the only powerful Maine politician who gave a speech, not from within a letter one of his staff read on stage, but in person. Now I’m not saying the other politicians are lazy or un-dedicated but Mr. Michaud really exemplified his love for everything Maine, by making time in his complex and demanding schedule for the event.
Take away – Michaud 2014!

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LD 730, Interesting Bill for Maine Fishermen and Enviromentalists

MPBN covering the LD 730 bill hearing, banning deadly lead sinkers of a certain size, I was one of the featured speakers near the end, along with a few other concerned citizens – and one VERY concerned fisherman/constitutionalist.

Speaking In Augusta to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on behalf of LD 730 - Banning lead sinkers to save our Loons. Its law now!

Speaking In Augusta to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on behalf of LD 730 – Banning lead sinkers to save our Loons. Its law now!

Maine Sportsmen and Conservationists at Odds Over Loon Protection Bill.

History of the Senate Page Program

It all started in the year 1829 CE with Daniel Webster’s first Senate Page appointment, to put this in context, some thirty years prior the Civil War. Back then pages could range in age from 10-18, while today it is restricted to 16&17 year olds, or juniors in high school. Other than this refinement of requirements, the page program has remained largely intact since its early beginnings, adding to the sense of tradition. The first female page was appointed in 1964, thanks to the Senators Javits & Percy.

The duty of a Senate page historically has been to serve our states elected senators through various means. The service includes primarily exchanging bills and messages, servicing  the floor during Senate sessions, and assisting the senator whenever possible (which I am thrilled to delve into come September). Along with job experience the pages take classes, and are given a great first hand look at politics here in the United States. The senate accepts 30 pages from across the country, 16 for the majority and 14 for the minority party. The ability to grant a pageship is applied for by the senator and is limited to one at any given time.