Aug 122010

The Rockland area is mourning the loss of the man who had hoped to make the city the heart of a new energy industry. Matthew Simmons, a longtime summer resident of Rockport, died Sunday night at a summer house on North Haven island. He was 67 years old. According to the Medical Examiner’s office, Simmons drowned. A statement earlier in the day from the Ocean Energy institute in Rockland, which Simmons created, said Simmons suffered a heart attack while using his hot tub. The Medical Examiner’s office says Simmons was suffering from heart disease, which may have been a contributing factor in the drowning.

Simmons spent his career as a leading investment banker for the energy industry. In recent years he had become prominent in Maine as well, and was a leading proponent of building large, offshore wind turbines to generate electricity for the state. Simmons had founded the Ocean energy Institute (OEI) in Rockland to pursue research into a variety of ways to produce energy from the ocean. Just three weeks ago, he announced plans to also start a for-profit side of the institute, and said he planned to raise a billion dollars in capital from investors to push the development and construction of offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine.

Through his energy work, Simmons had become an advisory to Sen. Susan Collins, Gov. John Baldacci and other state leaders. But his contributions were also local. Most notably, Simmons, his wife, Ellen and two daughters bought and rebuilt the old Strand Theater in downtown Rockland. They also created the non-profit organization that runs the theater, which has become a center of the city’s business and cultural district. He had also been closely involved with the Island Institute and the Farnsworth Art Museum, among other causes. Retired Prof. Wickham Skinner of St. George, who was Simmons’ professor at Harvard Business School, called Simmons a “born leader”. Skinner is a member of the board of the OEI, and told News center the work of the Institute should continue: “The idea of the Ocean Energy Institute is so good and so strong, I’m hoping we’ll pick it up and keep it going and find not another Matt Simmons but somebody who can do it.”


Aug 122010

By The Scribe GOPUSA

It’s a simple matter of numbers. Colorado voters are roughly split between the parties with maybe a slight edge for Republicans at this time. Even that is uncertain. Denver Mayor Hickenlooper is very popular along the Front Range of Colorado which is where the majority of Colorado voters live.

Any votes that Tancredo siphons off from Dan Maes will help Hickenlooper win. Certainly, you could argue it the other way around for Tancredo, although Maes is likely to get far more votes than Tancredo with the backing of an established party behind him.

From The Hill :
“Tom Tancredo makes it unwinnable if he remains a third-party candidate,” Wadhams said. “That’s the way the race stands right now.”
The bombastic former congressman fired back Wednesday accusing Wadhams of trying to blame him for the state party’s woes.

Note: – Tancredo chose not to compete with other candidates in the primary. Instead, he waited until a few weeks before the primary election and announced he was leaving the Republican Party and would run on the platform of a third party.

Some patriots are tempted to launch a third political party or back one of the existing small parties that never attract more than one or two percent of the vote in state races. I strongly believe that such a course is suicidal and would only result in splitting the conservative vote and guaranteeing the re-election of liberals and socialists. I believe the Republican Party is the natural home of conservatives and that the road back to constitutional government lies in taking control of the Republican Party from top to bottom, from county committee to the statehouse and all the way to Washington, D.C.