Eliot Cutler on Government Reform



North Carolina retooled strategically: Maine should do same

North Carolina became a poster child for economic transformation, and Research Triangle Park remains an oft-cited example of big-picture economic development thinking that works, [since its] leaders a half-century ago said, "This thing is broken, and we have to fix it." N.C. is not a paradigm for Maine. Nonetheless, there are two important aspects of the N.C. that deserve our attention.
  1. The same industries that left Maine later left N.C.; N.C. consciously and strategically retooled, but we still haven't.
  2. The N.C. experience illustrates how elected officials can inspire and lead the kind of long-range thinking and investment that harnesses business, labor, academia and government to accomplish change.
Leaders in N.C. saw the writing on the wall. Yet even as the country and Maine in recent years have confronted exceptional economic challenges not seen since the Great Depression, since 2002 there has been no articulation at the state level of an economic development strategy.
Source: A State of Opportunity, by Eliot Cutler, p. 28-29 , Dec 31, 2013

Office of The Grim Repealer: remove outdated regulations

Maine has thousands of rules promulgated over many decades. Taken together they are complicated, conŞfusing, and--due to the law of unintended consequences--often counterproductive. Many of these regulations were drafted to serve a narrow purpose that no longer exists, and many have been rendered out of date by changes in the world around us.

Maine's governor could establish a small, one or two-person Office of Regulatory ReŞview and Repeal (ORRR). The head of the ORRR--(call her or him The Grim Repealer)--would report directly to the governor and would have two principal responsibiliŞties: first, review Maine rules and regulations to identify those that are unnecessary, or counterproductive--or just don't work the way they should; and second, review rules and regulations that agencies and departments propose, before they take effect, to ensure that they will accomplish their purposes in the most efficient and least costly and disruptive ways.

Source: A State of Opportunity, by Eliot Cutler, p. 66-67 , Dec 31, 2013

Citizens United opened floodgates to corrupt politics

The way we finance politics today has made both political parties smaller, narrower and more highly partisan, leading our legislature to behave like a parliament, where members ALWAYS vote the party line and where compromise is a dirty word. Even "real solutions to big problems" that were endorsed by voters after vigorous campaigns become impossible to implement. It didn't used to be that way in way in Maine, and it doesn't need to be any longer.

The Supreme Court decision in the "Citizens United" case opened the floodgates to excessive amounts of money in politics, and its most deeply dangerous impact has not been the anonymity and negativity of campaign attack ads, nor even the diminished and increasingly uncivil daily political dialogue, but rather what it has done to our political parties & our legislative bodies.

Corporations, unions and incredibly wealthy individuals have found that their money can wield enormous, unregulated and anonymous influence in the post-Citizens United world.

Source: A State of Opportunity, by Eliot Cutler, p. 89-90 , Dec 31, 2013

Oppose all efforts to restrict access to the ballot box

Q: Will you oppose any obstacle to voting and support promotion of greater voter participation?

A: I oppose all efforts to restrict access to the ballot box, and have been appalled to see the changes taking place across the country, moving us away from increased citizen participation in our democracy. I also believe that greater voter participation is achieved by providing voters with a political process that belongs to all of us, not just the two political parties. Our electoral process should give us broad and good choices among candidates--choices that appeal not only to the few of us who stand on the left and right ends of the spectrum, but also to most of us who occupy the center. Voters can have the kind of choices that they want and deserve, and consensus at the end of the electoral process, if we have run-offs, open primaries, or ranked choice voting. Fewer and fewer Americans identify themselves as a Republic or Democrat these days and fewer people vote in party primaries.

Source: AFL-CIO Questionnaire on 2014 Maine Gubernatorial race , Oct 16, 2013

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ME Gubernatorial:
Michael Michaud
Paul LePage
ME Senatorial:
Angus King
Scott D`Amboise
Susan Collins

Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Guadagno(R) vs.Phil Murphy(D, won 2017 primary) vs.Ray Lesniak(D, lost 2017 primary) vs.Mayor Steve Fulop(declined Dem. primary, Sept. 2016) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Rullo(R)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Perriello(D) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.(no opponent yet)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.David Carrington (R) vs.Tommy Battle (R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I)
CO: Ed Perlmutter (D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.George Brauchler (R) vs.Doug Robinson (R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Drew(D) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R)
FL: Gillum(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Mike Huckabee (R) vs.Adam Putnam (R)
GA: Kemp(R) vs.Casey Cagle (R) vs.Hunter Hill (R) vs.Stacey Abrams (R)
HI: Ige(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.Leopold(D) vs.Andy McGuire (D) vs.Nate Boulton (D)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D) vs.Daniel Biss (D) vs.J.B. Pritzker (D)
KS: Brewer(D) vs.Wink Hartman (R)
MA: Baker(R) vs.Gonzalez(D) vs.Setti Warren (D) vs.Bob Massie (R)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.Alec Ross (D) vs.Richard Madaleno (D)
ME: (no candidate yet)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.El-Sayed(D) vs.Tim Walz (D)
MN: Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D) vs.Tina Liebling (DFL) vs.Tim Walz (DFL) vs.Matt Dean (R)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.Steve Marchand (D, Portsmouth Mayor)
NM: Grisham(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
NV: Jared Fisher (R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NY: Cuomo(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.Schiavoni(D) vs.Sutton(D) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Jim Renacci (R) vs.Jon Husted (R) vs.Connie Pillich (D)
OK: Gary Richardson (R) vs.Connie Johnson (D)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Scott Inman (D)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Wagner(R)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.McGill(R) vs.Pope(R)
SD: Noem(R) vs.Jackley(R)
TN: Green(R) vs.Dean(D)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
VT: Scott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
WI: Walker(R) vs.Harlow(D)
WY: (no candidate yet)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2017):
DE-D: Carney
IN-R: Holcomb
MO-R: Greitens
NH-R: Sununu
NC-D: Cooper
ND-R: Burgum
VT-R: Scott
WV-D: Justice

Retiring 2017-18:
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
(term-limited 2018)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
(term-limited 2018)
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
(term-limited 2018)
FL-R: Rick Scott
(term-limited 2018)
GA-R: Nathan Deal
(term-limited 2018)
IA-R: Terry Branstad
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
ID-R: Butch Otter
(retiring 2018)
KS-R: Sam Brownback
(term-limited 2018)
ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
(term-limited 2018)
MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
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