Congratulations to Gov. Baldacci on his re-election, and congratulations to all of the candidates, who used the gubernatorial campaign to raise issues of importance to Maine. This is what a robust democracy should be about, and the people of Maine deserve the credit for supporting Clean Elections and an electoral system where more than two points of view can be heard.
Thanks to everyone who gave their support this year, and especially to our hard-working staff, endorsers and volunteers. The campaign for governor is over, but the campaign for universal healthcare and a better life for every Mainer will continue.
Join Pat's Homestretch Hospital Tour
In the final days of the campaign, Pat will bring the focus back to where she started and where it belongs: on the healthcare needs of every Mainer. It also will focus on the people in northern Maine and rural Maine. She will visit 34 small rural towns with hospitals, and encourage Mainers to vote for the one candidate with a plan to lower taxes and provide universal heathcare for all Maine people. See the complete schedule for details.
[UPDATE Nov. 4] Read Pat's Homestretch Hospital Tour Blog
8. Fort Kent
10. Presque Isle
15. Bar Harbor
16. Blue Hill
Pat's Marathon Homestretch Hospital Tour begins in Rumford Falls
LaMarche supporters Joe and Bob on Congress Street in Rumford Falls
Pat with Mary Behn, co-owner of Mac's Taxi in Skowhegan
Pat with LaMarche supporter Staff Sgt. Fayelene Genness
"This Tour reminds us that universal healthcare will do more than improve the quality of health for Mainers across the entire state," said Pat LaMarche. "It will lower taxes, improve the economy, and make sure that no senior will have to choose between medicine and heating oil this winter." more
Excerpt from the Courier Gazette: "Take a closer look at LaMarche's positions and you might agree that she makes more sense than any of the other candidates. While Mainers would likely be served adequately with a second Baldacci administration, ... LaMarche would be the activist needed to best steer the ship of state."
In a recent Bangor Daily News article, John Buell wrote: "Why business leaders both here and nationally tolerate the world's most costly and inefficient health care system is beyond me. GM and Ford are dying in part because of healthcare costs foreign competitors do not bear. If Maine were to enact its own Medicare for all, it would reduce costs, keep more health dollars in Maine, and gain an immense competitive advantage. The strongest argument against LaMarche's proposal seems to be that it is "unrealistic." It is unrealistic only as long as most of us fail to give it serious consideration."
Monday, November 6, 2006
During the final four days of her gubernatorial campaign, Pat LaMarche will focus attention where it belongs: on the healthcare needs of every Mainer. Starting in Rumford, Maine, Pat will visit small rural towns with hospitals in 34 towns to emphasize her support for universal heath care and tax relief for all Maine people.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
At 7 PM on Election Night at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Pat LaMarche welcomes her staff, volunteers, supporters, and their families to a celebration of a strong team effort. Dave Wooley's band and guest musicians will be playing, lots of good food will be available, and a good time will be had by all.
November 3, 2006: During the final four days of her gubernatorial campaign, Pat LaMarche will focus attention where it belongs: on the healthcare needs of every Mainer. Starting in Rumford, Maine, Pat will visit small rural towns with hospitals in 34 towns to emphasize her support for universal heath care and tax relief for all Maine people.
November 3, 2006: In a preview of how a LaMarche Administration would include the brightest and best from all across the political spectrum, several prominent Democrats and Republicans have stepped across party lines to endorse Green-Independent Pat LaMarche for governor, among them a former Democratic candidate for governor.
November 1, 2006, Portland Phoenix
Excerpt: "It is time for real change, and Pat LaMarche will brighten the future of Maine. LaMarche would bring good people into her cabinet — including talented Republicans and Democrats with specialized expertise — to forge a multi-partisan approach based on what the best ideas are, without worrying about which party the brainstorm came from."
October 31, 2006, Boston Globe
Excerpt: "The state supreme court on Tuesday heard Green Independent candidate Pat LaMarche's expedited appeal of an ethics commission ruling that denied her extra Clean Elections funding. LaMarche contends she is due more money to offset spending by the Maine Democratic Party and the Republican Governors Association for TV ads that appear to promote Democratic Gov. John Baldacci and Republican challenger Chandler Woodcock."
By Associated Press
November 4, 2006, Team LaMarche
Excerpt: "In Skowhegan Pat was treated like royalty on Water Street. Mary Behn and her husband, owners of Mac's Taxi, rushed out to greet Pat. Then we went to the Empire Grill, an old-style diner, where Sgt. Genness had questions for Pat. Sgt. Genness started out as an undecided voter. When we left, she was sporting a LaMarche for Governor button and offered to volunteer!"
November 1, 2006, LaMarche Bangor Office
Excerpt: "Having no health insurance creates a complicated situation, because you need to get back to work to pay the medical bills that will be arriving shortly. But, if you go back too soon and have a relapse, then you risk being out of work even longer."