July 23, 2019

SAM Won’t Endorse Candidates Instead Offers Grades

According to the Bangor Daily News, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) has decided not to endorse any of the candidates for governor and U.S. Congress. Instead, citing a need to keep together a “fragile” coalition of partners fighting against The Humane Society of the United States’ efforts to effectively ban bear hunting, SAM will, instead offer those candidates willing to fill out a SAM questionnaire a letter grade.

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Montana Senate Hopeful Curtis and Guns

An email sent to members of the Montana Shooting Sports Association from Gary Marbut:

Dear MSSA Friends,

A Missoulian story about aspirant for the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate (to replace withdrawn Walsh), Amanda Curtis of Butte, has her portraying herself as a supporter of the Second Amendment. The article says, “Curtis said she’s a strong supporter of the Second Amendment of the Constitution and that she and her husband own firearms.”

That’s not what her record says, not by a long shot.

MSSA tracked 24 gun-related votes cast by Curtis in the Montana House last session. Curtis voted anti-gun on 23 of 24 opportunities. For that, she scored a miserable 2.6%. A 59% score would have earned her an “F” on gun issues. She is well below F-, if there is such a thing.

Curtis voted:

NO on a bill to encourage manufacturers to move to Montana and create new jobs if those manufacturers make firearms (HR5).

NO on two bills to protect hunters’ hearing by allowing sound reduction for hunting (HB205 & HB27).

NO on a bill to prohibit the university system from suspending the Montana Constitution (HB240).

NO on a bill to allow investigators working for public defenders to carry firearms for self defense (SB133).

NO on a bill to exempt from criminal “disorderly conduct” charges a hunter who fires a shot at a deer or elk (even the Governor disagreed with her on this bill) (HB446).

NO on a bill to allow people located inside city limits the same ability for self defense as those outside city limits (HB304).

NO on a bill to allow a person eating at a restaurant that serves beer to provide for his or her self defense (HB358).

NO to medical privacy for gun owners (even the Governor disagreed with her on this bill) (HB459).

NO to preventing newspapers from publishing the private information about people who have been issued a concealed weapon permit by the local sheriff (the Governor disagreed with her on this bill too) (SB145).

Curtis is virulently anti-gun. Her claim to support the right to keep and bear arms sounds like the beginning of another Walsh thesis.

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
http://www.mtssa.org
Author, Gun Laws of Montana
http://www.MTPublish.com

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All Three Candidates for Maine Governor Oppose HSUS’s Anti Hunting Referendum

Excerpts from the Sun Journal:

“The campaigns of all three candidates said they don’t support changing Maine law and are in opposition to a citizen-backed ballot measure asking voters to do just that.

“Maine has one of the best, scientifically sound bear management programs in the nation,” 2nd District U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud, the Democrat in the race, said. “I firmly believe that decisions about method of take should be left to the experts at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife who have been properly managing our bear population for decades.””

“Eliot Cutler, the independent candidate in the race, seemed to agree.”

“LePage also supports maintaining the status quo and not disrupting a wildlife management practice that has served the state well for decades.”<<<Read More>>>

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Maine’s George Smith Under Scrutiny Over His Rant About Gov. LePage and Claims Made About Political Intentions

For me, it began sort of innocently enough when George Smith, writer, blogger, activist, and former executive director for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM), published a not very nice blog in his Bangor Daily News safe haven. Smith stated that sportsmen in Maine should not support or vote for incumbent Governor Paul LePage mostly because he says LePage failed in his promises to sportsmen in the last election.

Nothing that Smith wrote took me by surprise. Smith typically writes about himself, reliving his days at SAM and wishing to perpetuate the thoughts that these were his glory days. Many have not been able to understand why, after having been absent from his job at SAM for several years, he continues to present himself as a mouth piece for the organization. However, Smith has made no bones about the fact that he dislikes LePage and perhaps it is only coincidental that it appears his dislike for the Governor grew when his sister was fired from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW). Smith has in subsequent writings denied that any love lost with the governor has anything to do with that incident.

Therefore, Smith’s rant in the Bangor Daily News really should not have come as any big surprise. Personally, I thought the article was a lot of whining and what credibility Smith might have had with Maine sportsmen in his perspectives and positions on Gov. Paul LePage, were caught up in the swirl as the toilet bowl emptied into the septic tank.

But one thing that caught my eye appeared in the comments section when a reader wrote:

George, You should probably disclose that you and your sister are advising LePage’s opponents in this race. This is pretty dishonest.

I have not been able to confirm whether this statement was true and have decided up to this point to remain quiet on this issue because, one, I don’t really care what George Smith thinks about Paul LePage, and two, until I can find confirmation that Smith is working, for pay, for Eliot Cutler and/or Mike Michaud, then I would continue to remain silent. If this is true, not only is Smith wrong to not reveal this but the Bangor Daily News is culpable as well.

To the criticisms Smith received from his first rant, he rebuts many of the claims on his own website and does very little to smooth the water or add back any sort of credibility. I wonder if anyone has ever told Smith that readers, generally, don’t find much interest in reading a person so full of himself?

Today, the Maine Wire provides evidence, from emails, that Smith is working as an adviser to Mike Michaud and Eliot Cutler.

In the July email exchange provided by SAM, Smith attempted to procure LePage’s SAM survey for use in a blog post. The survey would have provided Smith with LePage’s positions on various sportsman’s issues.

Cherly[SIC] C. Timberlake, the chair of SAM’s board of directors, declined to provide Smith with the information and raised questions about his work on behalf of candidates for statewide offices.

“I am helping both Michaud and Cutler and have made no secret of it,” Smith wrote in response.

In Smith’s I-am-the-greatest-of-all-time rebuttal, he states that he is not getting paid to advise either Michaud or Cutler:

I have given free advice (not paid as some charged) to Mike Michaud and Eliot Cutler and any other politician who asked…

If Smith is “advising” without pay, it lessens the degree of dishonesty in not disclosing his agenda, but it still appears dishonest and heaps troubles on a man who may be suffering from the lack of credibility, at least credibility when it comes to Paul LePage issues.

Some have asked why SAM allows, if that would be the correct terminology, Smith to continue falling back on and presenting himself as a representative of SAM. To that question I have no idea the answer. There is no need to make enemies between Smith and SAM but when certain claims by Smith go unanswered by SAM, people begin to assume that SAM must agree. It would best handled, in my opinion, if Smith would move beyond his SAM “glory days” and let the present personality of SAM do its thing.

I’m not sure that we have heard the end of this issue. However, now that a few Maine sportsmen have woken up, Gov. LePage would benefit by stepping up to the batters box and taking a swing. He’s gotten a sign, now he should swing away and see if he can drive in some runs for the Maine sportsmen. If not, perhaps Michaud and Cutler will do his pinch hitting.

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Government Needs to Regulate and Control Internet More

Hidden behind some cloud of fair elections nonsense, the FEC (Federal Election Commission) is saying the Internet and specifically sites like “Drudge” need to be regulated in order that no Internet media outlet can favor one candidate over another.

Non thinking Americans, the majority, probably think this is a good idea. After all, fair is a four letter word that means about the same as the other four letter word.

The fear here is that the FEC, i.e. the media…i.e. CIA/CFR….i.e. Black Pope, cannot run the risk that an overpowering and under regulated Internet would expose and/or disrupt their corrupt election and campaign dog and pony shows in which they have successfully convinced the brain dead, non thinking Americans that our election process is “fair” (damn, there’s that word again) and honest.

It is the Council on Foreign Relations who decides who will be president and what you and I think about that matters little. The media orchestrates the entire campaign, under the direction of the CFR and CIA. I believe that the FEC (wink), the media (wink, wink), the CFR (wink, wink, wink) and CIA (wink, wink, wink, wink) have had a few too many “interesting” things happen via the utilization of a powerful and instantaneous, relatively free (by today’s standards) Internet. They simply cannot run the risk of not being able to place their puppet in the White House. Therefore, the need for more Internet regulation.

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Maine Bear Campaign Video

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Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Position Toxic in Elections

Candidates backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in political campaigns across the country, seemed to have been hurt by that support and that of Bloomberg’s opposition to Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. More information can be found at the Free Beacon.

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Guns Save Lives – Billboard Campaign

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Explanation: December 15th, 2013 is National Guns Save Lives Day. We want interested organizations, clubs and people across the U.S. to get this image up on billboards. Your local outdoor advertising company can work with the image file linked above. We suggest covering at least the month of December. Your local outdoor advertising company may offer a discount for multiple billboards, or for multiple months for one billboard location. Your choice.

Raise funds locally. Get the image up locally. We only provide the image (in cooperation with the Second Amendment Foundation and GunsSaveLivesDay.com). Billboard space cost will vary widely, depending on where you live, and from location to location within your community. However, an average cost might be in the range of $500 per month; affordable by most gun, hunting and shooting clubs.

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Day 20 – No Executive Orders

SONG and DANCE

Now that President Obama has put his campaign machine back in order and taken to the streets to push his Second Amendment destruction, some in the media are backing away from any reference to Obama’s dog and pony show, used to incite violence and further divide the country, of signing 23 executive orders on gun control and confiscation, while exploiting children.

I’m not holding my breath that any orders will ever be published, because I knew the day Obama lied about signing 23 executive orders, he had not written them and there were no details concerning any of the orders. Obama does not want Americans to know about details. If any executive orders are ever published it will be in the cover of darkness. But, the point is he deceived the people, lied to them and using Adolf Hitler-like tactics drove another wedge to divide the people and incite violence; something he has yet to be able to accomplish, with the exception of individuals who have, against many odds, died of late. The latest victim being Chris Kyle.

In the meantime, while Obama and his band of True Believers are working feverishly to disarm Americans, Homeland Security continues to arm itself and are buying and stockpiling assault weapons and ammunition. Why would Homeland Security need to do that? Isn’t defense up to the Department of Defense?

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Has Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Endorsed Angus King or Not?

It appears there’s much confusion in the last couple of days as to whether the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine is endorsing independent Angus King for the U.S. Senate or not. I was the recipient of an email that listed some exchanges and a photograph of what appears to be an endorsement of King by David Trahan, Executive Director of SAM. I’ll share those below, including the photo.

October 16, 2012 – The following email was sent to Becky at Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine:

Hi Becky, I received a political card from Angus King with an endorsement from SAM. I find it a little perplexing to learn that David Trahan, as Executive Director of a 14,000 member organization, is supporting an independent instead of a Republican for U.S. Senate when it is imperative to the survival of our country that we have a majority in the U.S. Senate so we can kick Harry Reid out of his majority leadership seat & get our country back under Mitt Romney.

Disappointed ___________

Assuming the above email went to a number of undisclosed recipients, here is a response to this topic by Rep. Jonathan McKane, House District 51:

Not true – SAM did not endorse Angus or any candidate. SAM said that all of the candidates were good candidates. It appears that Angus changed the quote.

And Rep. McKane posted the following news article which can be found in the Kennebec Journal for verification. The Kennebec Journal article is dated September 24, 2012:

Maine sportsman’s group endorses Courtney

September 24, 2012, 1:57 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The largest hunting and fishing advocacy group in Maine is endorsing Republican Jon Courtney in the 1st Congressional District race, but isn’t endorsing anybody in the 2nd District or Senate races.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine interviewed Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and his 2nd District Republican challenger, Kevin Raye, as well as Republican Charlie Summers and independent Angus King in the Senate race.

SAM Executive Director David Trahan said the alliance’s board of directors decided that Michaud, Raye, Summers and King were all “friends” of the alliance and decided to not give an endorsement in those races.

For the 1st District race, the board endorsed GOP candidate Jon Courtney, who is running against Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree. Trahan said Pingree did not respond to the alliance’s questionnaire.

In addition, on the 17th of October another email goes out asking someone, who’s name I will not show, to seek a retraction of the endorsement by SAM from Angus King, shown in the photo above.

______, please see attached PDF showing SAM endorsement of Angus King. David [Trahan] needs to have Angus do a retraction before the Nov. 6th election. The stakes are too high.

Sportsmen might like to know if, in fact, SAM or David Trahan personally, is endorsing Angus King for U.S. Senate. In addition, did Angus King take liberties with something Trahan might have said, and present it as an endorsement by SAM?

The photo shows other so-called “Outdoor Leader Endorsements”, that I take as personal endorsements, even though who each person might be affiliated with or represent is shown. The question becomes, is this shown endorsement an official endorsing of Angus King by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine or is it a personal endorsement of David Trahan’s?…..or neither? I think clarification on this would be imperative heading into an election in less than 3 weeks.

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