Bernie Sanders Should Rescind His Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

July 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential Pick is a Disaster

I posted something to Bernie Sander’s Facebook page yesterday which I’d like to publish here, with minor changes.

BERNIE SANDERS — there is no other place for me to post so I will post here. I’m an attorney from NY and now I live in Maine. What the DNC did to you was disgraceful! Immoral, not to mention illegal. Now it makes sense — you win a state and somehow Hillary Clinton gets more delegates than you do? This has happened throughout the primary season.

We are intelligent progressives and we want you to fight at the DNC in Philly. We don’t want you to roll over. We believe you can win. We believe you were scammed out of delegates and that Clinton was picked, courted and given money from SuperPACs for before you ever entered the race and before ONE vote was cast! Please retract your support for her for now — she should have made you VP. Guess what she did? She picked someone who is a really “nice guy” and a “good politician” but will do NOTHING to get her into the White House! I tweeted to her every day to add you as VP or Elizabeth Warren.

Tim Kaine is not progressive and never was. He’s too moderate for me. He previously opposed abortion. He said he would uphold the law, but that means he won’t put pro-abortion people on SCOTUS if he were to run for president. He’s too conservative from a progressive point of view.

Clinton’s Pick of Tim Kaine Ignores Millennials and Progressives

Hillary has ignored millennials and progressives by picking him. I’m a Baby Boomer but my daughter and her generation are a larger demographic than Baby Boomers are now. Hillary did not think about the millennials when she made her pick, and it was a BAD, BAD move. She will lose this election because of it, and also because she is unpopular. She thinks she can win on her own, and she can’t. She needs help.

No, It’s Not Pie in the Sky —Bernie Can Still Win With a Fight on the DNC Floor

YOU, however, can win. You can energize people to vote for you and you have done that sir. People will go to the polls begrudgingly to vote for her, while people will race to the polls to vote for you. I have heard more people say they will vote for the Green Party candidate or stay home than vote for Hillary. YOU are the one who can beat TRUMP. Hillary will get TRUMPED.

So here’s what you need to do — take the fight to the floor of the DNC in Philly. There are delegates there who will be passionate for you and they will back you. They didn’t go there to see you capitulate. Don’t back her — retract it and rethink this. She’s not going to appoint you anytime soon, so who cares what she thinks? We want you to win, and we want the Democratic Party to win. It cannot win without you. Please reconsider and please take this fight to the floor.

I hope you read this and think this through. What’s important is that I believe in you, we all do, and we want you to take the fight to the floor. YOU can beat Trump. She can’t, not with a ticket that 1) is boring and 2) includes her without someone progressive. Do you KNOW WHY she wants someone who as VP can take over as Pres immediately? Sure you do — you are super intelligent and so insightful. You know she’s worried about getting indicted and if she does, voila, she has her VP who can fill right in. You could have done it, Elizabeth Warren could have done it, but Hillary’s ego wouldn’t allow you, and her ego wouldn’t allow Elizabeth Warren who would upstage Hillary in a heartbeat. Nope, Hillary (and now Bill) is all ego and that will cost her the election.

Michael Moore Sadly (He Says) Predicts a Trump Victory

Michael Moore is already predicting that Donald Trump will win, especially now that Hillary picked Kaine. No disrespect to Tim Kaine, but he isn’t what we were looking for. It’s a slap in the face to the 13+ million of us who supported you. It’s like she thinks she can get to Pennsylvania Avenue without us. SHE CAN’T! PLEASE TAKE THIS FIGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE DNC AND LET THEM HAVE IT FOR WHAT THEY DID TO YOU. THEY WILL SUPPORT YOU AND THE SUPERDELEGATES WILL FLIP TO YOU.

Thank you for your years of service and I hope you will take this to heart. You can reach me by first name, last name on gmail or here. I’ll be happy to talk to you at any time. Thank you for considering this! THE RNC was nothing — as Dustin Hoffman said in Wag the Dog, “This is nothing, this is nothing.” Wait till they see the DNC and the floor fight. IT MUST HAPPEN or we will LOSE.

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The Democratic Party’s Nominating Process is Unfair and Should be Overhauled

April 20, 2016

New York’s primary is behind us and I hope it’s an anomaly in Bernie Sander’s quest for the Democratic Party nomination. There’s just one thing standing in the way, absent an indictment of Hillary Clinton—the Superdelegates.

Hillary Clinton had Hundreds of Superdelegates Before Anyone Voted

Hillary Clinton got 15% of the delegates needed to win the nomination before the first Democrat had even cast a vote. How is this fair? Her name recognition is one thing but she actually started wooing them early. Then include CNN, or as I call it, Corporate Nepotism Network, which insists on adding Superdelegates to the total amount of delegates and it shows that Bernie Sanders has a deep hole to climb out of. Can it be done?

Statistically it can. Momentum shows it can. New York may have been just a temporary setback and hopefully he can gain momentum back as other Northeast and Western states vote soon. However, you’d have to be on another planet not to notice the back-pocket deals that were made before one single person cast a vote for a Democrat. This is inherently unfair and the Democratic Party should do something immediately to revamp their system or they’re going to be the cause of creating a strong third-party.

Not that that’s a bad thing. We need a strong third-party. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party is going to create one from its inherently unfair system which awards Superdelegates based on back-room deals, corporate promises and other shady dealings. This shouldn’t be the way to the White House. Our Democracy should be better than that.

Time for a New Three-Party System

Unless the Democratic Party does away with Superdelegates–which Republicans barely have—there will be so many write-in votes for Bernie Sanders that it could erode any chance of Hillary getting into the White House. However, caveat emptor—it also may play right into the hands of the Republicans and allow a Trump or some other hatemonger to get elected. Is that what the Democratic Party wants?

The Democratic Party Better Rethink the Superdelegate System Immediately

If having so many Superdelegates is the reason Hillary Clinton gets the required amount of delegates, then the Democratic Party had better figure out what it’s going to do because it’s going to lose a lot of grassroots Democrat support. Many Bernie supporters are prepared to support him as a write-in or Third Party candidate.

It’s time for a three-party system anyway, and Superdelegates may be the impetus for it.

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New York District Court Judge Denies Emergency Order for Open Primary But Allows Lawsuit to Continue

April 19, 2016

A lawsuit was brought in a New York Federal District Court in Long Island seeking an order which would allow Independents to vote by affidavit or by provisional ballot. The lawsuit sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) challenging New York’s closed primary. The presiding judge is a George W. Bush appointee. Most of the challengers are Democrats, so the random selection of the judge doesn’t bode well for the challengers.

Judge Denied Temporary Restraining Order and Emergency Order

The judge denied the TRO but did not dismiss the lawsuit. In allowing the lawsuit to continue, the judge noted that the defendant was improperly designated as the New York State Board of Elections. Instead, the judge said that each county’s Board of Elections should be defendants in this lawsuit.

The judge’s decision is ludicrous and is going to make it more difficult to get results. As a New York lawyer and a former New Yorker for 50 years, I have never seen so many voting issues in the state.

If this suit were in Maine, where I live now, there wouldn’t be a problem–there are only 16 counties, and while it wouldn’t be prohibitive, each county’s Board of Elections could be served. New York has 62–not a typo, sixty-two–counties. This is going to make the lawsuit prohibitive, time-consuming, expensive, and it’s unknown what impact the lawsuit will have on the New York Primary, if any.

New York Voters Were Encouraged to Vote by Affidavit or Provisional Ballot

New York is one of the states which has a closed primary. Unless you are a registered Democrat or Republican, you cannot vote in New York’s primary. The problem with this is that many other states have open primaries or caucuses and there are many Independents in New York who cannot and could not vote in the primary. Likewise, there were monumental issues of disenfranchisement this time around. Somehow, election officials can’t explain it.

Many of the disenfranchised voters are in Brooklyn. One explanation is that when people voted after Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo allowed voting by affidavit because of the chaos that ensued after the storm. Brooklyn was one of the boroughs that was hit hard by Sandy. The mayor, Bill de Blasio,  stated there were more than 120,000 people who were unable to vote or who suddenly found that their names were missing from the voting rolls. He called for an investigation into this massive disenfranchisement. Actually, there were more than 126,000 people disenfranchised.

Others simply could not vote because they are Independents, and unless they signed up as a Democrat or Republican in October, they could not vote in the New York primary. However, there were many Democrats who couldn’t vote because their names were nowhere to be found.

New York’s Voting Registration Laws are Outdated

New York’s voting registration laws are not only outdated but they’re unfair. For a primary that is held in April, people would have to register to vote the previous October. As we all know, a lot has happened since October 2015. A little-known Bernie Sanders has suddenly arrived on the scene and he’s got to be taken seriously. His campaign has more momentum than any other candidates’ campaign. He went from a complete underdog to a possible contender in just a few months.

Most other states allow either open primaries, same-day voter registration or voter registration within weeks of the primary. Not so in New York. New York, the last state to convert to no-fault divorce, is surprisingly behind-the-times for such a progressive state.

During Primary Day, Voters Were Encouraged to Vote by Affidavit or by Provisional Ballot

Because of the uncertainty of the lawsuit, Election Justice USA urged voters to vote by either affidavit or by provisional ballot. Voters were urged to stick to their guns and stay at their polling places, refusing to leave until they were able to fill out a ballot of some sort.

The court proceeding was scheduled earlier but was moved to 2:00 p.m. Because the outcome was unknown, Independents and disenfranchised voters were told to vote anyway because their ballots might be counted.

Now it’s possible that we may not have accurate results from New York for a while.

Why Did it Take so Long for a Lawsuit to be Filed?

This is the question of the day and nobody seems to be able to answer it. An earlier-filed lawsuit might have made a big difference in the outcome of the New York Democratic primary. After all, many of Bernie Sanders’ supporters are Independents and a positive outcome would have favored him.

During today’s primary, there were issues of voter irregularities such as voting lists which have been purged, broken ballot machines, lost ballots, and more. The New York Attorney General’s Office normally gets about 150 complaints by voters during elections. Within the last few days, the AG’s Office received more than 702 complaints.

It remains to be seen if the provisional ballots and affidavits filled out by disenfranchised people will count. Stay tuned for the latest on this developing story. The takeaway is, of course, that the results of the Democratic primary in New York do not, at this time, accurately reflect the will of the New York voting public.

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Merrymeeting’s Closing in Maine May Not be Related to Section 17

April 7, 2016

An abrupt end to the company known as Merrymeeting Behavioral Health in Maine happened on April 1, 2016. That’s when the company, which offered in-home services by case managers and daily living support (DLS) workers, closed its doors. It was originally scheduled to close on April 8, 2016 but it abruptly closed after the owner, Jim Talbott, said that DHHS’s health care cuts and a media frenzy were responsible for the early closing.

Not so fast, Mr. Talbott. Questions are being raised by DHHS and Merrymeeting employees about the true reason for the closing. Closing such an agency had to be done with at least 30 days’ written notice but it was closed with little notice to its employees and almost no notice to the people they serve. DLS workers had to either tell their clients, lie to their clients, or were told to avoid the subject entirely.

Clients Still Unaware of Merrymeeting’s Closing

As of April 6, 2016, some of the clients were still unaware that Merrymeeting had closed. Closing the agency in this manner was a breach of contract with DHHS. The more troublesome issues are:

  • How the clients will deal with the closing
  • How some clients will be able to transition to new providers
  • How some clients will be able to cope
  • If the employees will ever be paid for their last few weeks plus unused vacation time.

Former Employees Concerned About Their Clients and About Getting Paid

Former employees are of course concerned about their clients. The employees are also concerned they will never be paid. Some of them are owed several weeks’ pay. Jim Talbott, the owner, in a letter to team leaders, also cited the following reason for closing:

This extraordinary media coverage caused the bank with which we do business to become alarmed. By this time I had secured the services of an attorney…but even his interventions were not sufficient to keep the bank from freezing all our assets and essentially draining all monies from the corporate bank account which we used to fund payroll.

The letter goes on to say things such as, “(H)ad the bank not seized our money” we would have made next weeks’ payroll. It also states that he has no idea if the employees would be paid because the people who do billing are no longer employed and, as Mr. Talbott said, “I am not able to do it myself.” The letter is not dated.

Talbott Able to Afford Recent Trip to Greece

A Merrymeeting employee indicated that Mr. Talbott had recently taken trips to Greece and to Spain. Other employees concurred that they were aware of his recent trips.

DHHS also stated that Mr. Talbott had never reached out to them for assistance. DHHS and Merrymeeting employees are doubting that Section 17 had anything to do with the loss of their jobs. In fact, on Friday, April 8, the date the company was supposed to close, there were meetings in Augusta to protest the changes to Section 17. This resulted in extensions of 120 days, with the possibility of further extensions to June 30, 2017.

Talbott said that this will not affect Merrymeeting and that Merrymeeting is closed. If Section 17 was truly the reason for the closing, the extension should have caused Talbott to do an about-face.

Court Order Required for Bank to Freeze Assets

When assets are frozen, a court order is usually required. That means Mr. Talbott knew that one or more creditors were going after him for money. This author is a licensed attorney in another state and is aware of court procedure.

When a bank freezes assets, it’s often because a creditor–which could be the bank itself–has brought an action in court to have the assets frozen. Perhaps the speculation that the company was already in financial trouble or was considering bankruptcy has merit.

That would mean that Section 17 may not have had anything to do with Merrymeeting’s closing its doors. If that’s the case, it would also mean that much of Talbott’s letter may not be true.

Former Employees Invited to Job Fair

Former employees were invited to a job fair in Brunswick on April 11, 2016. Many have filed for unemployment, wondering how they’re going to pay their bills. Without advance warning of losing their job, employees didn’t have time to prepare for it.

Some employees have contacted the Department of Labor and the Maine Attorney General’s office to investigate the closing.

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Maine’s Implementation of Section 17 Mental Health Cuts is Unjust and DHHS Head Mary Mayhew Should Resign

 

March 28, 2016

Maine will go down in history for having the worst record for mental health care in the country. This will be a terrible legacy for Mary Mayhew, DHHS’s head. Prior calls for her resignation should be stepped up. She should indeed resign. It’s fair to say she has no idea what she is doing. The people no longer covered by Maine Care’s Section 17 will be in the thousands. Thousands of people will no longer get coverage because they don’t have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders.

Section 17 does not allow for thousands of people with other mental health illnesses and issues, such as bipolar disorder, depression, agoraphobia, anxiety, and a host of other issues to get coverage. They will be on their own as of April 8. This has already been implemented and unless someone can get Governor LePage to change his mind, the mental health care industry will suffer a severe blow.

DHHS Head Mary Mayhew Should Resign

Section 17 is already causing one big mental health care company in the state to close its doors in a few weeks. As I indicated previously, my daughter is a DLS worker. She and her co-workers just learned that they are out of jobs. I advised her over the weekend to send out her resume, which she did. She is lucky she has a college degree to fall back on. Not everyone is in that position. She still has to get another job and still has to wonder how her rent will be paid.

Thank you, DHHS head Mary Mayhew for adding thousands of trained people–people who spent 2-4 years of their lives getting mental health certifications–to the newly unemployed. Thank you for taking vital services away from the people who need it most. We’ll call on you when the hospitals are filled to capacity with mentally ill people or people with depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues such as agoraphobia and severe anxiety. Hopefully they won’t add to the criminal activity in the state. Hopefully they won’t add to the state’s homelessness. Maybe when these inevitable things happen you’ll realize what you did.

Governor LePage Should be Impeached or Resign

The blame also falls upon Governor LePage, who has shown time after time that he doesn’t care about the people of this state. The people who need help the most–people with mental illnesses who rely upon health care workers to help them with daily chores and routines, who rely upon workers to help improve their moods and keep them out of hospitals so they can stay home–are always affected by this governor.

It’s time for LePage to either resign or be impeached, and I’m not the only one calling for this. Impeachment has been brought up before. Now it’s time to revisit the issue. LePage’s nonsensical and cruel treatment for some mentally ill patients is to house them in the Windham Correctional Facility. Let’s face it–he has no clue what he’s doing, and he’s affecting thousands of people in the state. 

State mental health care cuts is part of a national crisis. People claim that violent acts, such as the ones committed in Newtown, upon Gabby Giffords in Arizona, and the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, to name a few, would not have happened if the mental health care system was working. It’s not, and LePage is creating more dangerous situations right here in Maine.

LePage will have the blood of people who have lost their mental health services on his hands should they commit suicide. He will be responsible for a rapidly growing unemployment rate and thereby increasing the depression rate among Maine citizens. He is creating an environment where horrible acts of violence  could happen here, right in Maine.

Remember These Cuts Next Time You Vote

Republicans seem to enjoy cutting out vital services. They pat themselves on the back for saving money. Their short-sighted ideas usually backfire. The changes to Section 17 are going to create a situation where:

  • Thousands of skilled workers lose their jobs 
  • Companies all around the state will be forced to close
  • Hospitals will be filled to capacity
  • Ridiculous scenarios such as housing mentally ill patients in Windham Correctional will happen
  • Homelessness will increase
  • Depression will become rampant
  • The suicide rate will increase
  • The crime rate will increase
  • People’s lives will be destroyed

Both Governor LePage and DHHS Head Mary Mayhew Should Resign

If you want to point fingers, Governor LePage and Mary Mayhew deserve the blame. LePage should be impeached or should resign. Democrats should take up the call to start impeachment proceedings again. 

My daughter’s company has hundreds of patients who will be without care. That’s just one company. There are many such companies in the state. The patients will all be without their DSL workers and case managers. How are these people supposed to survive? How can we tell them that we care when the state government doesn’t care?

Remember this next time you think about voting Republican. Make sure Mary Mayhew doesn’t get near the State House as she is hoping to do after LePage’s term is up. Let’s all make sure that never happens.

The government in this state is a disgrace and an embarrassment when it comes to labor, mental health, education and so many other issues. In the name of saving money, it takes away services from the most needy. LePage and Mayhew will have the blood of these people on their hands. As John Lennon wrote, How do you sleep?

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Maine’s Section 17 Will Cost Mental Health Workers Their Jobs and People With Mental Health Issues Will Lose Vital Services

 

March 26, 2015

Any loss of mental health care is going to impact the people who need it most–people who are able to stay home and avoid hospitalization because they have dedicated workers helping them with daily living and with achieving goals to become more self-sufficient.

My daughter is one such worker. She is a DLS worker–which stands for Daily Living Support. It is unknown how many of these workers are in Maine, but the estimate is anywhere from several hundred to over a thousand. She is luckier than most DLS workers–she also has a B.A.in English to fall back on if she needs it. Let’s hope she doesn’t.

DLS Workers May be Out of a Job

She’s going to need it the way things are going. According to the Beacon, Governor LePage, the trash-talking governor who said he would tell Obama to kiss his ass if he won the race for governor, blamed proposed cuts to mental health services in Maine on the federal government .To which my daughter replied, if that’s true, why aren’t other states doing this? Well said. A twenty-something with more brains than the governor apparently. Then again, LePage is probably counting on many of us to not rise up against him. Think again, gov.

The Ever-Unpopular Governor LePage

Keep in mind that LePage won the state with approximately 1/3 of the vote. That’s because someone named Eliot Cutler decided to run as an Independent, twice, which split the Democratic vote. That means approximately 2/3 of the people in the state do not like or are vehemently opposed to the governor and anything he stands for. Need I remind everyone that no sooner did he take office, he took down the mural at the Statehouse depicting laborers, those very people who built Maine from the ground up. The mural had been there for decades. That’s why our governor, who is an embarrassment to rational people everywhere, is #Notmygovernor. 

According to news reports from Maine, Section 17 is this nasty section in the law which is going to take away health care for mental health patients except for those who have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders. This leaves out patients or clients who have depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, and other mental health issues. The clients (for lack of a better word, as they are somewhere in-between clients and patients) look forward to their DLS worker coming to help them. DLS workers are specially trained and some have received post-graduate certifications, such as my daughter. Others have other types of certifications to allow them to work with these clients.

When my daughter is afraid that she will be losing her job because of health care cuts, something is terribly wrong with our system. She is one of hundreds of workers who are affected. There are thousands of clients who are affected. It’s possible many of these health care companies will go out of business. Whose idea was this anyway? These clients need cheering up, need help with daily chores, and need assistance getting out of their apartments or houses. DLS workers are not glorified babysitters. They perform vital services to the people who need it most, and that is what is on the chopping block.

What is Proposed?

Section 17 is the legislation that was proposed by Governor LePage and his alter-ego, DHHS head Mary Mayhew. Ms. Mayhew was once a Democrat. She is now supposedly expressing an interest in running as a Republican when LePage’s term is up. She helped propose the cuts to mental health clients. As reported in the Beacon dated March 25, 2016:

Early this year, Mayhew attempted to change the rules for determining the level of mental disability of a client and the amount of corresponding benefits they are eligible for from an individual centered assessment to a simple standardized test. While Mayhew spoke of efficiency, this test had the potential to throw thousands of severely mentally handicapped Mainers out of needed support systems.

The proposal is that only clients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders will continue to receive DLS services. Where my daughter works, there are approximately 7 out of 70 clients who will still be eligible for services. The remaining 63 people will be on their own. The company probably will not need many DLS workers on its staff. The company could be in jeopardy of closing, along with other mental health-related businesses in Maine.

What Will Happen to the Mental Health Industry in Maine?

This is going to backfire on the governor who is not thinking this through. Many of these companies will go under. Many of the people who can no longer receive services will flood the hospitals and will not be able to stay at home. Most of the DLS workers and case workers will be out of jobs. The unemployment rate will skyrocket.

The governor, the most anti-labor governor I have ever witnessed, doesn’t care. He’s made that abundantly clear time after time. He’s blaming the federal government? We’re not that gullible. In fact, most of us are more educated than the governor, such as the undersigned. Yet he’s counting on the uninformed and the poor to just take it. Maybe he didn’t count on things like this blog or on the citizens of Maine who are really passionate about issues. Just look at the huge turnout for Bernie Sanders at the caucus and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Likewise, his crony DHHS head Mary Mayhew is just as responsible. There have been many calls for her resignation. She is running DHHS in an irresponsible way, cutting and cutting for people who need it the most. Maybe that is why she is now a Republican. In fact, as indicated in news stories, not one Republican in the Statehouse was in favor of keeping the mental health services intact. Only the Democrats are opposing this disastrous Section 17.

Five Democrats have petitioned the governor to review his decision to make these cuts. It would seem that the Democrats are the ones who care about this and how it affects their constituents. Maybe the GOP needs to be renamed. Don’t get me started. 

What Will Happen to the Mental Health Workers?

These proposed cuts are a tragedy in that they affect so many people–mental health clients the most, DLS and case managers, and the mental health industry and companies in Maine which could go out of business.

What was the point of the workers getting their additional degrees or certifications only to be told they can’t use them? The situation is disgraceful. I expect no less of Mary Mayhew or of Governor LePage. They’ve shown time and time again that the well-being of Mainers is not their concern. #Notmygovernor. #NewDHHSHeadNeeded.

Mental Health Clients, DLS Workers and Case Managers Will all Lose

When my daughter, who wants to help these people, tells me her clients are going to be devastated, she knows what she’s talking about. Not all the clients know that the axe is about to fall. She is not allowed to say anything. Her company is having emergency meetings next week. Who will be there to pick up the pieces of the mental health clients when they are without crucial services?

Civil Protests Needed

What will happen to the workers? Those with college degrees will be in better shape than those who don’t have them, but then there are also older workers. Don’t tell me there isn’t age discrimination in this state. I’m an attorney licensed in another state, and I have seen it in Maine more than in other states. In fact, the entire employment situation in this state is pitiful.

All we can do is hope LePage comes to his senses. I would call upon DLS workers and case managers, the mental health companies and concerned citizens to protest at the Statehouse. A civil protest. Let LePage and his Republican army know what we think of them.

Some of them will be up for re-election. Time to vote them out. Time to get rid of DHHS head Mary Mayhew now before she makes a bigger mess of this state. LePage has already done his share. At this juncture, he will be adding to it if he doesn’t do an about-face. Let’s hope the decision to review Section 17 doesn’t fall on deaf ears and that the governor really listens to the will of the people. 

What are your thoughts on this? Please comment. Please keep it clean so I can publish it. Thank you.

Ronna Lambiasi DeLoe   
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