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
October 31, 2006, Courier Gazette
Excerpt: "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."
October 31, 2006, SMS Text News (United Kingdom)
Excerpt: "I haven't seen anything like this level of true engagement yet in either America or the United Kingdom. I can't understand why the politicians and political minds I spoke to weren't up for doing what Pat's doing. You see, given that she's able to get a few thousand subscribers, she can stand there, thumping the podium at the University of Maine, and rather accurately state that she's listening. And reacting. This is the future of politics."
By Ewan MacLeod
October 30, 2006, Personal Democracy Forum
Excerpt: "In what I view as the first serious use of mobile technology in an American election (Edwards, Ford and Schwarzenegger have the technology but have really not used it to any great extent), Green Independent candidate for Governor Pat LaMarche has launched a major mobile campaign a week before the election."
By Justin Oberman
October 30, 2006, Kennebec Journal
Excerpt: "UM-Farmington students barnstorm for local and state candidates as part of the college's practical politics course. Alliance with a candidate's beliefs is how students select who they'll campaign for, said Chelsea Goulart, a student working on Green Independent Party candidate Pat LaMarche's campaign for governor."
By Samantha Depoy
October 28, 2006, Morning Sentinel
Excerpt: "While the Democrats and Republicans are throwing mud at each other and laying blame about what the other hasn't done, LaMarche is quietly telling us what should and can be done, but it won't happen unless we elect her. Do you want a future of the same old broken promises, or do you want to shake things up?"
By Sharon Houle
October 27, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "If there is no candidate that you can trust, skip that particular race or write in the name of someone who will do justice to your conscience and vision of the future. The lesser of two evils still bears evil. Be courageous. I will proudly cast my vote for Pat LaMarche for governor on Nov. 7."
By Jenny Tibbetts
October 25, 2006, Maine Coast Now
Excerpt: "We must take bold, courageous steps and provide 'healthcare' to everybody. It is important that we do this for our children and for the economic viability of the state. It is so important that I have decided to work for Pat LaMarche to get her elected."
By Roy Ulrickson III
October 24, 2006, KeepMECurrent.com
Excerpt: "Pat LaMarche, the Green Party candidate for governor, believes the key to fixing what ails the state — from high taxes to the loss of good-paying jobs — is universal health care."
By Victoria Wallack
October 23, 2006, Morning Sentinel
Excerpt: "LaMarche believes she can beat the incumbent Democratic governor and three other opponents. Her top issue is health care, something she believes resonates with voters of all political persuasions."
By Susan M. Cover
October 19, 2006, Times Record
Excerpt: "Her idea is to create a universal health care system
that she says would save money. Employers would no
longer have to foot premium costs for their employees
and those businesses that don't offer health insurance
would be required to kick in to stop the cost-shifting
to those that do."
By Victoria Wallack
October 19, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "The Green Independent Party of Maine was built on an environmental foundation, but this year its gubernatorial candidate has made health care the centerpiece of her campaign. In addition to providing less expensive health care, LaMarche said her plan would increase state tax revenue because the new system would encourage more employers to locate in Maine, attracting more workers and increasing corporate and income tax collections."
By A. J. Higgoins
October 17, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "If LaMarche wins the Nov. 7 election and becomes Maine's governor, and if she convinces the Legislature to go along — and those are two big ifs — Maine would be the first state to provide all its citizens health care through a single-payer system. And, according to LaMarche, taxes would drop and businesses would expand."
By John Richardson
October 17, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "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."
By John Buell
October 15, 2006, Sun Journal
Excerpt: "There are five people running for governor of Maine. All of them are serious, four of them are legitimate contenders..."It takes a lot more courage to be an elderly woman who cuts her pills in half so she can afford food and heat than it does to get a health-care plan through," LaMarche said. "If only we had half the courage of the people who are living under our broken system.""
By David Farmer
October 15, 2006, Kennebec Journal
Excerpt: "Doug Grosso hasn't decided whom he will support in the governor's race this year, but it won't be either of the major candidates. Grosso, 52, isn't the only person in Vassalboro who is undecided about whom he will support for governor with less than four weeks to go until the Nov. 7 election."
By Susan M. Cover
October 11, 2006, Lewiston Sun Journal
Excerpt: "Pat LaMarche says, as governor, she would provide day care at the State House as a way to encourage women to run for the Legislature. Her remarks at the Women's Policy Center "Breakfast of Champions" drew a round of applause and general agreement from the other candidates."
October 4, 2006, Seacoast Online
Excerpt: "Pat LaMarche said she wants to lead Maine into the kind of prosperity that derives from a universal health care plan enjoyed by virtually every other industrialized nation in the world. LaMarche's proposal, which would be the first in the nation, is based on the recommendations of two Maine Blue Ribbon Commissions on Health Care, in 1995 and 2002."
By Deborah McDermott
September 30, 2006, Kennebec Journal
Excerpt: "Each of the candidates, meeting at the Preble Street social service agency in Portland, pledged more help for Maine's least fortunate families and individuals."
By Trevor Maxwell
September 28, 2006, The Community Leader
Excerpt: "Businesswoman Nancy Gray hopes Pat LaMarche wins this November's gubernatorial race. "It would be the best thing that ever happened to this state" said Gray, who owns the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport."
By Avery Yale Kamila
September 27, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "'I'd have to say it was common sense,' Friedman said when asked why he broke ranks with the two Democrats and two Republicans in his first vote as the Maine ethics commission's Lone Independent."
By Bill Nemitz
September 22, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "Speaking to reporters and supporters, including a handful of supportive small-business owners, LaMarche said the United States is compassionate and wealthy yet it does not treat health care as a basic human right, so Maine must take the initiative to protect its citizens."
By Paul Carrier
September 21, 2006, WMTW, Channel 8
Excerpt: "LaMarche's plan envisions having the state petition for the release of federal Medicaid funds for incorporation into the new system and direct billing of the federal government for expenses incurred by federal employees living in Maine. Tax rates would be lowered if the fund reaches $500 million."
September 21, 2006, Maine Today
Excerpt: "Green Independent gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche called Thursday for the creation of a Maine Healthcare Authority that would administer a lifetime health care system for all Mainers. The LaMarche plan asserts that most businesses would reap "enormous savings" compared to current expenditures on employee health care insurance premiums. "
September 21, 2006, WABI TV5 (Bangor)
Excerpt: "Candidate for governor Pat LaMarche Thursday called for the creation of a Maine healthcare authority. The Independent Green Party's candidate says it could provide a lifetime of health care coverage for all Mainers."
September 15, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "Republican gubernatorial candidate Chandler Woodcock broke from the pack on key issues Thursday while independent Barbara Merrill took aim at Democratic Gov. John Baldacci during a four-way debate at the University of Southern Maine that also featured Green Independent Pat LaMarche."
By Paul Carrier
September 15, 2006, Maine Today
Excerpt: "Maine's major gubernatorial candidates agreed Thursday that global warming is a problem and that the state needs more diverse energy sources in the future. The forum, held at the University of Southern Maine, was sponsored by the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine."
September 13, 2006, KeepMECurrent.com
Excerpt: "The state Ethics Commission will be looking at two ads produced by a national Republican group on behalf of Chandler Woodcock to see if they should trigger matching funds for the two other publicly funded candidates running for governor."
September 12, 2006, The Boston Globe
Excerpt: "At a State House news conference, LaMarche called Dirigo Health — with its emphasis on public-private partnering — an inevitable failure due to its design. LaMarche also criticized a Dirigo Health advertising campaign that she said spent public money that could be better used for direct services. Dirigo Health promoters said an eight-week ad campaign presenting testimonials for the program had been mounted for about $211,000."
By Francis X. Quinn, Associated Press Writer
September 12, 2006, Maine Today
Excerpt: "Green Independent Party candidate for governor Pat LaMarche partly spelled out that argument Tuesday at a State House news conference, calling Dirigo Health — with its emphasis on public-private partnering — an inevitable failure due to its design."
September 9, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "Four of the five gubernatorial candidates appearing on this fall's ballot staked out their views on the state's economy and tax policy Friday during the Maine Development Foundation's annual meeting... Republican candidate Chandler Woodcock, Green Independent Party nominee Pat LaMarche and independent candidate Barbara Merrill rarely missed an opportunity to point out what they perceived as Baldacci's shortcomings on taxes and the economy."
By A. J. Higgins
September 7, 2006, Kennebec Journal
Excerpt: "The ad raises troubling issues. It's entirely possible that clever lawyers advising the Republicans have figured out a way to skirt the restrictions of the law...But barely legal seems an incredibly poor foundation for any candidate or any campaign for governor. Maine deserves better. Maine voters should not have to choose among degrees of integrity; integrity is an absolute. Woodcock is a candidate who claimed the moral high ground for going the Clean Elections route. He should have stayed on the high ground and chosen to just say no."
September 6, 2006, Morning Sentinel
Excerpt: "Patricia LaMarche, the Green Independent candidate for governor, is asking the state ethics agency whether a TV ad paid for by the Republican Governors Association complies with Maine's Clean Election laws. Gubernatorial candidates who receive money through the Clean Election Fund are limited to $500 in private contributions per election. That could pose a problem for Woodcock if the ad falls in the category of a campaign contribution."
By Ann S. Kim
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September 4, 2006, Sun Journal
Excerpt: "Volunteers for Green Independent Pat LaMarche are working the streets around the state. The troupe of sign wavers have been standing at busy intersections from Portland to Bangor. On Friday, they showed up outside Central Maine Medical Center to waive at motorists and talk with people who might be dealing with medical issues."
September 2, 2006, SunJournal.com
Excerpt: "As the Labor Day weekend arrives and the fall elections draw closer, Maine's political campaigns are shifting into a more intense phase. LaMarche said her campaign was in an intense phase well before Labor Day weekend. "We've been at 18-7 for three months," LaMarche said Friday. LaMarche has already aired ads outlining her stand on environmental and other issues."
August 25, 2006, KeepMeCurrent.com
Excerpt: "Chris Miller, the Gray Democrat who won almost 25 percent of the vote in the June primary elections against incumbent Governor John Baldacci, has thrown his political weight behind Green Party nominee Pat LaMarche. 'We need a governor that can stand up for Maine,' Miller said. 'It's no longer a choice between the lesser of two evils, which is really the evil of two lessers. We've gotten to the point where we can't vote Democrat and can't vote Republican. LaMarche is the obvious solution.'"
By John Schoen
August 23, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "In an AD WATCH analysis, the accuracy and effectiveness of Pat LaMarche's "Fair Return" ad (calling for a 1% tax on profits from companies that sell the clean water whose purity was paid for by Mainers), is described this way: 'LaMarche's summation of the issue is plainspoken and straightforward and her message should appeal to tax-conscious Mainers who remain committed to adequate education funding.'"
By Paul Carrier
August 21, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "Three gubernatorial candidates generally concurred on issues involving the future of families, education and jobs within Maine in a debate Friday evening at the University of Maine at Machias. But they sharply diverged on the prospect of liquefied natural gas coming to the Washington County coast."
August 11, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "Three of the top four contenders for the Blaine House outlined how they would send more Maine kids to college during a Thursday forum at the University of Maine in Orono."
By Jeff Tuttle
August 11, 2006, WCSH (Portland), Channel 6
Excerpt: "Governor John Baldacci met face to face for the first time with Green candidate Pat LaMarche and Independent candidate Barbara Merrill. The 3 were at a symposium at the University of Maine in Orono organized by the Maine COMPACT for Higher Education."
By Miranda Grossman, Reporter
July 30, 2006, Associated Press
Excerpt: "Most candidates for governor are open to having a liquefied natural gas facility Down East if it clears regulatory hurdles
[Only] Green Independent candidate Pat LaMarche dismissed liquefied natural gas as "not a long-term solution" and said a terminal in Maine has more to do with supplying other states than keeping Maine homes warm and lighted."
By Glenn Adams
July 18, 2006, Morning Sentinel
Excerpt: "The Board of Selectmen voted to extend a moratorium that is intended to prevent construction of a biomass power-generating plant. Pat LaMarche was one of about 70 people who packed the room for the highly-charged meeting."
By Larry Grard
July 17, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "LaMarche said Maine has state-sanctioned gambling in the form of lottery games and that gambling is widely accessible in other forms. Out-of-state casinos are a few hours away, and "every Mainer with access to a computer has access to e-gambling," LaMarche said. She believes that a casino, which would create jobs and generate revenue for state programs, would be even more helpful if it were required to purchase a minimum amount of products — anything from Maine-made soaps to Maine-grown cabbage — from Maine businesses."
By Glenn Adams
July 17, 2006, Kennebec Journal
Excerpt: "Also among the crowd Sunday, gubernatorial Green Independent party candidate Pat LaMarche wove in and out of cars and chairs, passing out campaign fliers. The fliers, both in French and English, became handy fans for the paradegoers."
By Elizabeth Carr
July 7, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "Blaine House hopeful Pat LaMarche on Thursday called for the creation of a Bangor-area medical school as part of a plan to increase access to health care in the state. "This isn't a new idea; it's just a good idea," LaMarche said at a news conference at Husson College, where she was joined by several supporters dressed in hospital scrubs emblazoned with the candidate's name."
By Jeff Tuttle
July 5, 2006, Morning Sentinel
Excerpt: "About 40,000 spectators sweated beneath clouds that loomed over, but never dampened, Winslow's famed 4th of July parade. Parade-goers found creative ways to keep cool in the 78-degree, 83-percent humidity, fanning themselves with hats, newspapers and "Pat LaMarche for Governor" brochures."
By Christina Sobran
June 21, 2006, Portland Phoenix
Excerpt: "Among the five Big Things about the recent primary election (and a recent Critical Insights poll) that were missed or underemphasized by what we old-timers of the alternative press tenderly call the "straight" press: Pat LaMarche potentially has broad support."
By Lance Tapley
May 21, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche took aim at wasteful spending in Augusta, and Green Independent Party members voted in favor of an internal shake-up at the party's annual convention. The two-day event, held at the Center for Cultural Exchange in Portland, ended on Saturday afternoon."
By Elbert Aull
May 13, 2006, The (Falmouth) Forecaster
Excerpt: "The event centered around 'Who Wants to be a Governor?' — a forum modeled after 'The Dating Game.' The winner would be the gubernatorial candidate who best represented the interests of young voters. LaMarche was the audience's clear choice."
May 8, 2006, SeacoastOnline.com
Excerpt: "A conference, "Building an Effective Third Party in Maine," will be held Saturday, May 13, in Bath. Sponsored by the Merrymeeting Greens, the lead speakers will be Pat LaMarche of Yarmouth, Green candidate for governor; Green independent legislative incumbent John Eder, re-election candidate for the Legislature from Portlands West End; and John Frans, Green candidate for the Legislature in Brunswicks District 66."
April 8, 2006, Kennebec Journal
Excerpt: "Maine governor candidates at a breakfast forum Friday spoke to more than 60 community members about issues such as tax reform, Poland Spring, Dirigo Health and funding for higher education. Those attending the Western Maine Legislative Caucus at the University of Maine at Farmington were Republican David Emery; State Sen. Peter Mills, R-Cornville; Green Party candidate Patricia LaMarche; and Democrat Christopher Miller of Gray. All candidates were invited."
By Betty Jespersen
April 6, 2006, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "David Emery's two Republican primary challengers, state Sens. Peter Mills of Cornville and Chandler Woodcock of Farmington, are also online as is incumbent Democratic Gov. John Baldacci and his primary opponent, Christopher Miller of Gray. So is Pat LaMarche of the Maine Green Independent Party as well as four of the eight independent candidates vying for the office."
By Jeff Tuttle
April 3, 2006, Morning Sentinel
Excerpt: "While celebrating the 87th anniversary of the Legislature's vote to approve women's suffrage, several elected women talked about how they got into politics during a Statehouse press conference last week. Sen. Elizabeth Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, said she became involved in politics while working for the League of Women Voters, which was lobbying lawmakers to pass the Equal Rights Amendment."
By Susan M. Cover (Statehouse Notes)
Monday, March 6, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "Maine's gubernatorial race has become a minor stampede of more than a dozen candidates, a large field for a race in which an incumbent is seeking re-election but not an unprecedented expression of interest in the state's highest office. Political observers say the wave of interest stems from a variety of factors, including the ... perceived vulnerability of incumbent Democratic Gov. John Baldacci..."
By Glenn Adams (AP)
Thursday, January 19, 2006, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "Gov. John Baldacci's State of the State address amounted to an upbeat campaign speech filled with vague promises that can't be kept, according to several candidates who want to become Maine's chief executive. "It was a rah, rah for us speech," said Pat LaMarche, a Green party candidate who plans to be on the ballot in November and watched Wednesday's address on television from her home in Yarmouth."
By Tom Bell
Wednesday, January 18, 2006, Magic City Morning Star
Excerpt: "Governors need to listen. Our neighbors, fellow co-workers, students, educators, healthcare providers and recipients, travelers, children, elders, and every other subdivision of Mainer have ideas and wishes and dreams for this state. And no one should be Governor without at least attempting to learn what those wishes and dreams are. No Governor should ignore the solutions that are housed in the minds of those facing some of Maine's greatest challenges and experiencing Maine's greatest successes."
By Pat LaMarche
Wednesday, December 14, 2005, Editorial
Excerpt: "Patricia H. LaMarche of the Green Party is the eighth candidate to announce plans to oppose Democratic Gov. John E. Baldacci in 2006, making the outcome of next November's election all the more unpredictable. It is good to see LaMarche, 45, participating strongly and aggressively in the democratic process."
Central Maine Morning Sentinel
Monday, December 12, 2005, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "Gov. Baldacci's health-care plan, Dirigo Health, is drawing fire from Baldacci's opponents, who describe it as a failure. The attacks are coming from both the right and the left, with Green Independent Pat LaMarche joining the three leading Republican candidates for governor in criticizing the program."
By Paul Carrier
Friday, December 9, 2005, Bangor Daily News
Excerpt: "Seven years since her previous run for governor, LaMarche maintained that Maine's political landscape has changed and that the Green Independent Party is here to stay. She also perceives the 2006 race as winnable."
Friday, December 9, 2005, Portland Press Herald
Excerpt: "If LaMarche qualifies for money from the state's Clean Election Fund and wins her party's nomination, she could get more than $1 million to take on Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, and anyone else who runs next November. That's a far cry from the $20,000 she spent on her privately funded 1998 campaign."
By Paul Carrier
Friday, December 9, 2005, Maine Morning Sentinel
Excerpt: "LaMarche, known to many in central Maine as radio personality Genny Judge, said jobs, education, health care and taxes will be some of the issues she will stress during the campaign."
By Susan M. Cover, Staff Writer
Friday, December 9, 2005, Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)
Excerpt: "Pat LaMarche, who ran on the national Green Party ticket for vice president in 2004, announced her candidacy for Maine governor on Thursday. At a news conference in the State House, LaMarche said she has started the process to qualify for public financing for her Blaine House campaign under the state's Clean Elections Act."
Thursday, December 8, 2005, Boston Globe
Excerpt: "At a news conference in the State House, LaMarche said she has started the process to qualify for public financing for her Blaine House campaign under the state's Clean Elections Act."
By Glenn Adams, AP Writer