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 2, 2006: Pat LaMarche won 54% of the votes in the first instantaneous mobile voter poll taken after a televised political debate using 'American Idol' style voting techniques. Based on the high volume of traffic on www.pat2006.com, word on the street, and now this cell phone poll, Pat LaMarche is on course to be the next governor of Maine.
October 31, 2006: With only a week left in the race, Maine's newspapers have split their gubernatorial endorsements between two candidates: two for Baldacci and two for LaMarche.
October 31, 2006: The LaMarche Campaign will present its case before the Maine Supreme Court today (Tuesday, October 31) at 2:00 pm in Court Room 12 of the Cumberland County Court House in Portland, Maine. At issue are a series of advertisements in support of the Republican candidate for Governor, Chandler Woodcock that were paid for the the RGA.
October 30, 2006: Pat LaMarche, Green Independent candidate for governor, is reaching out to Maine's cell phone users to see what they view as the priorities facing Maine. Current polling models are based on reaching land line users, but students, younger voters, those without land lines, and workers who are out of the home a lot tend to get underrepresented in those polls.
October 25, 2006: Pat LaMarche is thrilled but not surprised by Husson College's October 25th announcement to bring a pharmacy school to Bangor, Maine. "President Beardsley and Husson's initiative should not take place in a vacuum. With strong new leadership, Maine will pave the road for economic growth through education and innovation," said LaMarche.
October 25, 2006: Team LaMarche got the same warm reception in Fort Fairfield (or "the fort," as it is known). People up north are very enthusiastic about Pat's campaign and those who have not made up their minds about who to vote for are very open to hearing about what a LaMarche administration in Augusta would look like.
October 23, 2006: Over the last week, the LaMarche campaign has received scores of calls and emails from irate voters, expressing their disdain for the scare tactics and desperate measures of Woodcock and Baldacci. These approaches say only one thing, but say it loud and clear: neither party is representing what the people want. Both Baldacci and Woodcock are WRONG for the state, wrong for families, and counter-productive for our business and economic priorities.
October 18, 2006: On Wednesday, October 18, 2006, Pat LaMarche continued her online outreach to her fellow Mainers with an early morning "Online Townhall" chat from 7:00 to 8:00 AM. Tell your friends and family to get online and be part of history with a candidate who welcomes every chance to hear from the public and answer their questions.
October 13, 2006: On Friday, October 13, 2006, Pat LaMarche became the first Maine gubernatorial candidate in the 2006 campaign cycle to complete three one-hour online townhall chats in one day. Sitting in front of her keyboard from noon to 1:00PM, 4:00 to 5:00PM, and 9:30 to 10:30PM, Pat chatted with in-state Mainers and even one who is temporarily located in North Carolina.
October 7, 2006: On October 2, the LaMarche for Governor campaign was contacted by the Library of Congress and told that its www.pat2006.com website was being archived in the LOC's official 2006 Election archive. The LOC has archived campaign websites of historical importance during the 2000, 2002 and 2004 election campaigns.
October 5, 2006: Pat LaMarche announced her plan to provide daycare at the state capital to encourage women to run for the legislature. More than half the people in Maine are women, yet many younger women with children are effectively shut out of running for higher office because they do not have available daycare.
October 3, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche's appeal of the recent Ethics Commission decision allowing an out-of-state special interest group to run television ads on behalf of the Republican gubernatorial candidate is on the fast track. Superior Court Justice S. Kirk Studstrup agreed on Tuesday to expedite the appeal process, setting a hearing date of October 18.
September 28, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche announced that she will appeal a recent Ethics Commission decision which held that ads promoting the candidacy of the Republican gubernatorial candidate did not "expressly advocate" for his election. The decision came last Friday, with the Commission's two Democratic and two Republican members voting to overrule the recommendation of the Commission's professional staff.
September 27, 2006: Pat LaMarche answered questions yesterday from people from all parts of Maine in the first Online Town Hall Meeting of the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. LaMarche, the Green Independent candidate, fielded a range of questions in the hour long "chat" hosted on her www.pat2006.com website.
September 26, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche said today the current governor is turning Maine into a toxic waste dumping ground and that he is continuing his practice of deliberately hiding plans to burn more toxic material at the Old Town biomass boiler. At a press conference yesterday, the incumbent pointedly avoided answering questions about what would be burned in the biomass boiler.
September 25, 2006: Inundated by information requests about her recently released healthcare plan, gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche today announced a series of statewide Town Hall meetings — in cyberspace — as a way to meet the rising demand for information. The first Town Hall meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, at 8 p.m. The schedule and chat sites are posted at www.pat2006.com.
September 22, 2006: The Ethics Commission ruled today that ads promoting the candidacy of the Republican gubernatorial candidate did not "expressly advocate" for his election. The Commission's vote overrode and rejected a recommendation by the Commission's professional staff that one of the ads crossed the line into express advocacy.
September 21, 2006: On Thursday, September 21, at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Pat LaMarche, Green Independent candidate for Governor, released her "LaMarche Healthcare Plan," which builds on the recommendations of the Maine Health Care Reform Commission report, which was issued in November 1995.
September 15, 2006: On Friday, September 15, 2006, the LaMarche for Governor Campaign launches a 30-second ad that pays tribute to Maine's brave soldiers, and promises to place the security of Maine people first and foremost in the war against terrorism and poverty.
September 12, 2006: Pat LaMarche said today that the growing number of people without health insurance in Maine is proof that the Dirigo program is "a failure." According to recently released information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Mainers without health insurance rose to 141,000 last year, up from 130,000 the year before.
September 4, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche has asked the Ethics Commission to look into the special interests providing campaign funding of the Republican gubernatorial candidate. "Mr. Woodcock took tax dollars — 600,000 of them — as a card-carrying clean candidate, pledging not to take special interest money, PAC money, lobby money, or any contribution greater than $100. Now 200,000 dollars from an out-of-state special interest group has poured into Maine with the express purpose of helping him in his campaign, and it is hypocritical for Mr. Woodcock to allow such a lopsided contribution." LaMarche said.
August 28, 2006: Maine's leading animal protection organization, Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA), which lead the 2004 referendum to end the hunting of Maine black bears with the use for bait, hounds and traps, today announced its endorsement of Green Independent candidate for governor, Pat LaMarche. The organization cited, amongst other issues, LaMarche as a strong candidate for Governor who believes that Maine's wildlife decisions belong to all its citizens, not just to Maine's hunting lobby.
August 14, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche voiced disappointment at the latest in a series of clandestine moves by the incumbent governor. The latest act was the governor's secret rescinding of a protective and equal rights law for immigrant residents of Maine.
August 11, 2006: Democrat Chris Miller, who opposed Gov. Baldacci in the primary, said: "I am endorsing Pat LaMarche for Governor this November 7th. I am asking all of the people who share my integrity and commitment to Maine and the people who hope to live here for generations to come to do the same. This year, have the courage and the commitment to Maine and vote for a candidate not a party — Vote for Pat LaMarche."
August 10, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche urged the state Public Utility Commission to continue its investigation into whether Verizon violated the privacy rights of Mainers by turning over customer information to the National Security Agency. LaMarche said the PUC should continue the investigation regardless of threats by the federal government to sue if the PUC pursues the matter.
July 6, 2006: Pat LaMarche today called for Maine to manufacture M.D.s, Dentists and Pharmacists as the cornerstone of better healthcare and economic recovery. Calling upon the recommendations put forth by the 1995 Maine Healthcare Reform Commission, LaMarche cited the need for Maine to steward the education of its own healthcare providers.
June 17, 2006: LaMarche was contacted by numerous health care providers who knew the Baldacci plan would be a disaster and knew they could count on her to help. Pat LaMarche was able to expose the plan, call for action, and for now it has worked!
June 14, 2006: Congratulations to Gov. Baldacci and Mr. Woodcock for winning their respective primaries. I look forward to an exciting race to the finish line in November. I also want to thank Chris Miller, Peter Mills, and David Emery, who spent considerable time and energy over the past few months to make the democratic process work in our state.
June 7, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche today called the current administration's plan to privatize mental health services for the poor "discriminatory and dangerous." "The administration's mental health plan is going to hurt families, communities, children, the elderly, and the most vulnerable among us," said LaMarche.
May 30, 2006: "Babies living in poverty without a roof over their heads is a tragedy. I hope all Mainers will join me in helping make life a little bit easier for these little ones," said LaMarche.
May 27, 2006: It is with a heavy heart that Maine bids farewell to two of her most ardent protectors. On Wednesday, May 24, 2006, both Hal Weisbein and Al Philbrook died. Hal Weisbein died when a driver with a suspended license hit his vehicle. Al Philbrook died of cancer just a few hours, geographically as well as literally, away in Pittston.
May 24, 2006: Well known Morning Show host Genny Judge called on all her fans across Maine to vote for Pat LaMarche for Governor. Genny Judge believes so strongly in LaMarche and her platform that she has taken a sabbatical from her work in radio to work on the LaMarche for Governor Campaign...as the Candidate. That's right folks. Genny Judge is the stage name of Pat LaMarche.
May 20, 2006: On Saturday, May 20 Gubernatorial Candidate Pat LaMarche was the keynote speaker at the Green Party Convention in Portland. She delivered a "State of the State" speech which addressed healthcare, education, jobs, taxes, the environment, and wasteful government spending.
May 19, 2006: On Saturday, May 20 at 11:00am, Gubernatorial Candidate, Pat LaMarche will be the keynote speaker at the Green Party Convention, where she will give her "State of the State" speech. The event will be held at the Center for Cultural Affairs at 1 Longfellow Square in Portland.
May 12, 2006: It is International Nurses Day and Pat LaMarche, Green-Independent candidate for governor has taken time out of campaigning to salute nurses. "Nurses are clearly our front line in healthcare," said LaMarche, "when you go to a doctor's office, the emergency room, or the hospital, the first healthcare provider you encounter is usually a nurse."
May 8, 2006: While The League made a point of stating that the results were not an official endorsement, the applause LaMarche received was overwhelming and the roar of the crowd deafening. It left no doubt that, with primary season in the air, the thoughts of Maines young voters are on one candidate — Pat LaMarche.
April 14, 2006: Candidate for Governor Patricia LaMarche today handed in more than 2500 qualifying checks to the Maine State Ethics Commission. The checks, accompanied by thousands of corresponding signatures, qualify the LaMarche campaign for Clean Election funds.
March 16, 2006: "As we pass this first milestone in the campaign," said Pat LaMarche, "I'd like to take a moment to thank the many volunteers who worked so hard for so many weeks to make this happen. I'd also like to thank the hard-working town clerks, who went out of their way, as they do in every election, to make democracy work in our state."
Wednesday, March 15, 2006: Pat LaMarche, a business manager, journalist, educator, and broadcaster who has spent her adult life working to improve the lives of her fellow Mainers, today became an official candidate for Governor of Maine. She submitted close to 3,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office, far more than the 2,000 required under law.
January 30, 2006: Gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche continues her campaign to serve as Maine's next governor with participation at community events, signature-gathering, house parties, and campus outreach. She also has launched an email newsletter to keep her supporters updated on campaign activities.
January 14, 2006: This past week, Pat LaMarche sent an open letter to the editors of all of the local media outlets in Maine asking them to find out how their readers would respond to a simple question: "If I were Governor of Maine, I would......" All Mainers are welcome to send their response to this question, along with a photo, for posting on Pat's website.
January 14, 2006: Pat LaMarche, running in the Maine gubernatorial campaign, spent the first two weeks of the 2006 campaign cycle gathering signatures, holding house parties, meeting with supporters, and participating in activities around the state.
Thursday, December 15, 2005: In the week since her announcement that she will be running to serve as Maine's next governor, Pat LaMarche has appeared on several of Maine's television and radio stations to discuss her candidacy and the issues she hopes to highlight with her campaign. On December 8, Pat appeared as a guest on TV station WCSH Channel 6 in Portland. On December 14, she went live on talk radio today at Portland's WLOB, and the following day she spoke on Bangor's WVOM 103.9FM.
Sunday, December 11, 2005: In the first of many expected House Parties for Pat during the campaign, Stacey Wentworth, an independent businessman and farmer in Arundal, Maine, hosted a breakfast for area residents to meet Pat and share ideas for the upcoming year.
Thursday, December 8, 2005: Patricia LaMarche announced today her intention to run for Governor in 2006 as a Clean Elections candidate. "Maine is losing young people to better jobs outside of Maine," says LaMarche. "We are losing WHOLE Industries not just businesses due to the unacceptable business and tax climate in Maine, and we are losing the ability to keep families healthy and well fed. The old ideals are not realistic and the old political machine is no longer well oiled. It is no longer a solution."
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