Frank Donatelli, Ronald Reagan political advisor spoke. He stated that there were four things we needed to do to turn Maine back into a Red Sate. He doesn't think Maine is as Blue as we think it is.
1) Bold Colors vs. Pale Pastels. Our party needs to state what it believes in. When Reagen was elected, only 20% of the American population was registered as Republican. About 45% was Democrat and that would mean 35% was unenrolled. So not only did he win all the Republican and unenrolled, but he also won over some Democrats. But he did not waver in what the party believed in. In fact, I was to write this Reagen quote.
"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs, which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell numbers..... And if there are those that cannot subscribe to these principals, then let them go their way." - Ronald Reagan
I think this is an important message because there are a lot of Republican legislators that do not vote with the platform and we need to hold them accoutable.
2) Organize, organize, organize
3) We need more personal contact. Especially here in Maine because the State Legislatures took our right to collect signatures at polling places.
4) We need to reach out the new groups that may be made up of Conservative Democrats and educate them. Let them know they are really Republican.
Mary Adams talked about the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) The Maine Legislature keeps it's finances in the red and keeps raising taxes. The TABOR is much better than Baldacci's LD 1. It was stressed that we need at least 20,000 more signatures and we can get it on the referendum ballot. Maine is also up for gubernatorial election in '06 and if we can get stuff on the referendum, it automatically becomes an election issue. If we hold Baldacci accountable for taxes, then he is screwed.
Also, last night I got to meet Bob Emrich, Chief of Staff of the State's Minority Leaders. He stressed the importance of calling and emailing your legislatures. And not just your own. I guess that even though state senators and reps have districts, they technically are supposed to represent the whole state. So if you feel that a bill is important and other senators have your view, feel free to send a phone call and email stating your support.
Cross-posted in bluestategop