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Angus King on Government Reform

Independent Former ME Governor


Unaffiliated super PACs exist only in fevered imaginations

Mr. King said he would be on guard for attacks from opponents who use outside groups that are nominally independent to deflect responsibility. "The idea of an unaffiliated 'super PAC' exists only in the fevered imagination of Nino Scalia," he said, spitt
Source: New York Times, "Senate Control Could Hinge on Angus" , May 6, 2012

States Rights: code for 1840s slavery; & 1950s segregation

In the 1840s, you'll find passages eerily similar to what we're hearing today, complete with references to the Second and Tenth Amendments, enumerated powers, the right of secession, and even the Boston Tea Party. I came of age in the South in the 1950s, when exactly the same (and I mean EXACTLY THE SAME) arguments and impassioned rhetoric poured forth in response to the rising tide of the civil rights movement. Yes, the Civil War was about "states' rights," but not as an abstract principle, as some woul argue. It was about a state's right to maintain slavery. Period. If you don't believe me, google "South Carolina Secession Declaration."

By the same token, everyone (on both sides of the civil rights debate) understood that all the state's rights-Tenth Amendment-tyranny of the 1950s federal government rhetoric wasn't being deployed in the service of some abstract principle of federalism: it was all about a state's right to maintain segregation. Period.

And now we're hearing it all again.

Source: Governor`s Travels, by Gov. Angus King, p. 47 , Aug 16, 2011

Restrict and disclose all campaign donations & spending

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates: Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes. King adds, "I hope to increase education funding, subject to revenue limitations."

Source: Maine Governor 1998 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1998

Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors.

King adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

In the wake of the United States presidential election in Florida, the Congress and the administration has expressed interest in federal standards for elections. Recognizing that Articles I and II of the United States Constitution grants states, not Congress, the authority to determine the manner of selecting presidential electors and conducting elections generally, most legislative proposals do not mandate federal standards. Rather, current proposals direct federal agencies or commissions to study and make recommendations concerning the election system. Nonetheless, the possibility of legislation in the 107th Congress requiring states to implement federal election standards remains. If enacted without adequate funding by the federal government, such legislation could also result in an unfunded mandate to the states.

NGAís Position

Articles I and II of the United States Constitution grant states the authority to determine the manner of selecting presidential electors and provide that states are responsible for establishing election procedures generally. However, in the wake of the 2000 presidential election, the nationís Governors recognize the need for election reform. NGA will continue to monitor federal legislation addressing this issue, but has not taken a position in support of or opposition to election reform efforts.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA11 on Aug 1, 2001

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