Derogatory editorial

The Sun Journal’s editorial, “Measuring ME residency in different doses,” went after Secretary of State Charlie Summers for simply doing his job (Oct. 4). It was derogatory, ill-informed and irresponsible.

In a letter sent to some college students, Secretary Summers reminded them that if they register to vote in this state, they are considered residents and thus are subject to the same laws residents must abide by. This is the conclusion that Attorney General Richard Cohen reached when this issue was last addressed in 1980. I believe it is also the opinion of the current attorney general, William Schneider.

The Sun Journal considered that notification bullying and intimidating — even though the secretary of state oversees both elections and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The editorial goes off on a tangent and tries to calculate how much tuition would be lost if all of those out-of-state students were allowed in-state tuition, even though the University of Maine uses a different set of rules to determine residence for tuition purposes than the state does for tax and voting purposes.

The piece also referenced an “investigative reporter” named Ernest A. Canning, a blogger who disparages all things Republican and works tirelessly against any kind of election reform. Using his opinions on Maine’s election reform is the equivalent of using Rush Limbaugh’s opinion on Dirigo Health. You know the opinion before you ask.

This irresponsible and ill-informed editorial flaunts the newspaper’s liberal bias using ridicule, insults and mean-spiritedness. It is profoundly disrespectful to the secretary of state as well as the chairman of the Maine Republican Party. We expect something better from one of Maine’s largest newspapers.

Rep. Jonathan McKane, R-Newcastle, represents District 51

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Derogatory editorial By Rep. Jonathan McKane

. . ..We beg to differ . It was a good editorial , per usual • You wanna' see poorly crafted editorials ? Here --> <-- please cross post your letter to them , also . /s, steve dosh , democrat 11.10.12 14:44 hst

 's picture

I wonder how...

...the good representative from Newcastle would replace the approximately $15,000 per student (approximately $3,000,000) in tuition the state would lose by making out-of-state students residents.

Jason Theriault's picture

Remember when....

Remember when LePage was campaigning, and message #1 was jobs.

I wonder what happened to that LePgage...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The parrot sez if you were a

The parrot sez if you were a republican you'd probably be saying the same things about democrats.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That does not sound like a

That does not sound like a very moderate point of view to me. Even the parrot, your greatest fan, thinks it's a bit over the top.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And knowing everything isn't

And knowing everything isn't necessarily a sign of intelligence, but we try to tolerate those who are "that way".

Jason Theriault's picture

You know who you two remind me of?


Megamind: Over here, old friend! In case you've noticed, you've fallen right into my trap!
Metro Man: You can't trap justice! It's an idea, a BELIEF!
Megamind: Even the most heartfelt belief can get corroded over time!
Metro Man: Justice is a non-corrosive metal!
Megamind: But metals can be melted, by the heat of revanche!
Metro Man: It's REVENGE, and it's best served cold!
Megamind: But it can be easily reheated, in the microwave of evil!
Metro Man: Well, I think your warranty's about to expire!
Megamind: Maybe I got an extended warranty!
Metro Man: Warranties are invalid, if used beyond their intended purpose!
Roxanne Ritchi: [exasperated] Girls, girls, you're both pretty! Can I go home now?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That's funny...have you ever

That's funny...have you ever read any of your own stuff?
Just out of curiosity; which one is he?

Jason Theriault's picture

I dunno

Your call. You can be anything you wanna be.

And I know I'm an insufferable twit. But I'll also admit it. =)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The parrot sez that to

The parrot sez that to himself while standing in front of the mirror every morning. "You can be anything you wanna be,you handsome bird,you.", sez he.

Don't sweat the twit part; we've all got part of that gene in us somewhere. Some, worse than others, as you may have noticed. I come here for the entertainment factor. Could that be your impetus as well?


Thou dost protest too much

All this might be believable if the secretary was putting as much effort into finding all the folks living in Maine who are driving with out of state licenses or voting while registered in two different places. But it seems he only cares about people he perceives as being democrats. Adding to the preposterousness is the coincidental pursuit of all this truth in voting going on in 19 other states. People suddenly have to come up with picture IDs, and all other matter of inconvenience in order to vote. One lady, widowed for years, had to come up with her marriage license! In one state they decided not to send absentee ballots to military personnel! The bottom line is that Republicans are trying to disenfranchise voters, by the latest estimate over a million of them, by every trick and inconvenience they can find. It is organized, dishonest and Maine should not stand for it.

Joe Morin's picture

Just a few things...

"People suddenly have to come up with picture IDs, and all other matter of inconvenience in order to vote." Maybe the other matter of inconvenience but a picture ID is not an inconvenience, it is required to drive, to fly, to buy cigarettes & alcohol and oh yeah, vote.

"One lady, widowed for years, had to come up with her marriage license! In one state they decided not to send absentee ballots to military personnel! The bottom line is that Republicans are trying to disenfranchise voters, by the latest estimate over a million of them, by every trick and inconvenience they can find. It is organized, dishonest and Maine should not stand for it." Claire your examples come from other doesn't have to stand for it. Military personel typically vote Republican so that argument just doesn't sound reasonable. Claire your "Bottom Line" is your conclusion that sounds like it was decided before you pasted together supporting evidence. I support same day registration but what you present is apples & oranges. It's not like you have to walk on your hands up three flights of stairs while covered in honey to vote. The melodrama is frequent, often & phony.

JUDY MEYER's picture


I deleted a couple of comments that referred to an error in the letter above. It was an editing error and no fault of the author. The letter has been edited to correct the error.

JUDY MEYER's picture


It was hardly censorship. I corrected an editing error in the original letter, which I take full responsibility for. So, never mind that your comment pointing out the error just didn't make sense any more, leaving your disparaging comment against the letter's author would have been irresponsible since he carries no fault. Are you suggesting that I should have left your hurtful and incorrect accusation stand? That doesn't seem very nice, or at all fair.

Joe Morin's picture


You're crazy!! You make your own reality, which is real just to you, and then run a train down those tracks and blast anyone who doesn't see the crazy stuff you make up. Grow up, get a life or a hobby. Try to build/ make something good instead of tearing everything apart. YOU ARE AWFUL

David  Cote's picture

Grow up, Dan

You rant like a spoiled seven year old. No one on this site takes you seriously. Why don't you take a couple of hundred anger management classes and wash your brain out with soap. And I wish Judy could add an "ignore" button to the kudo lineup.

JUDY MEYER's picture

I'm not going to argue with you.

You are incorrect in your assumption about the error. It was mine and not Rep. McKane's. If you can't accept that truth, I don't believe there's anything I can say to convince you. I will acknowledge skewing public discourse here in support of truth over innuendo. I apologize if that fact upsets you.

 's picture

Our resident insomniacs again

Our resident insomniacs again have nothing of substance to contribute. One pounces on a mistake and calls it a lie, a deliberate act to deceive. Why would a real Republican want to draw attention to RINO Bill to support his position.

The other makes another ad-hominem wrapped in a silly comparison. By the way, Veritas, the letter mentions Charlie Summers, not Charlie Webster. It was probably just an innocent mistake. As Dan can verify, when you're in a rush at midnight, your fingers can get all tangled.

I have seen a copy of the letter. The only way someone can take it as bullying or threatening is if that someone knows he's guilty, or makes a living out of pandering to the guilty.

RONALD RIML's picture

So you can't shift gears????

I know exactly who the letter mentions.

And who do you think eventually cause Charlie Summers to perform his investigation with his cacophony of fast and loose allegations?

Charlie Summers.

 's picture

When you make a mistake ...

... with names, even twice, you're just shifting gears. When a Republican does it, he's a lying idiot.

You need some transmission work, Ronnie. Your hypocrisy gear, like its owner, has lost several teeth.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Moderate? You call yourself a

Moderate? You call yourself a moderate? You're so far to the left, you should be in Hawaii by now.
By definition, a moderate is liberal who won't admit to being a liberal to themselves or anyone else.
Moderate...I'll heard it all, now.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The parrot wants to know if

The parrot wants to know if Kublai and Gengis were brothers or just cousins. "Them Kahns had quite a Klan", sez he.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Are you aware that pirates

Are you aware that pirates have a strong distaste for white sheets? I read once that Klansmen who were bedwetters were required to wear rubber sheets to the Klan meetings. Suppose there's any truth to that?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Well....I did live in the

Well....I did live in the South for a few years.

Mark Elliott's picture

Dan? A moderate?? and you

Dan? A moderate?? and you want to be taken seriously after publishing a LIE like that??

RONALD RIML's picture

Correct the above.....

Charlie Webster's actions caused Charlie Summers to perform the investigation.....

So many 'Charlies,' so little integrity.....

RONALD RIML's picture

Tit for Tat


Likewise - Using Charlie Webster's opinions on Maine’s election reform is the equivalent of using Pontius Pilate to judge the Christ Jesus.

Mike Lachance's picture

John 18:38 “What is truth?”

John 18:38
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

Mike Lachance's picture

FYI: Pilate actually deemed

FYI: Pilate actually deemed Christ innocent.

RONALD RIML's picture

There you go

Trying to think 'A' in a 'B' world

Pilate had no real knowledge of the Rabbinical Law under which Christ had been judged

Like Charlie Webster had no knowledge of Election Law

Mike Lachance's picture

The reality of it was that

The reality of it was that Christ was not guilty. Rabbinical "law" or not.
"Forgive them for they know not what they do"

And Pilate didnt need to know Rabbinnacal law to know Christ was innocent. To his credit and fault, he let "the people" decide, which is actually an excellent analogy here.

RONALD RIML's picture

As you say

The people decided

And Charlie Webster's (along with Charlie Summers') BS allegations of fraud were soundly rejected.


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