The viability and constitutionality of Maine's centrally managed economy, which I have called Maine State Inc- is perpetually kept out of the political dialogue by politicians and the Maine media alike, but these programs serve the interests of the few at the expense of the many. All of the candidates in the gubernatorial race are co-conspirators in "targeted sector economics". The last accountability on Maine's "economic development" programs was in 2006 which concluded that there was no evidence that these programs create jobs and that they do invite corruption. See Pine Tree Watch Dog article http://pinetreewatchdog.org/tax-break-deals-studied-and-studied-but-questions-remain-unresolved.
If Independent candidates emerge taking on the issue of Maine State Inc, all of their opposition will be part of the singular force of the political oligarchy, which has intentionally excluded discussion and awareness of these programs from public dialogue.
More than ever we need this topic to be a part of our state dialogue. A candidate running on this issue will be taking on the odds as he/she takes this subject out of the darkness where only the political elite know what is going on and into the light of public awareness.
I have heard rumblings across the state in places like Franklin and Washington Counties that people do not feel they are being served by the political establishment. The entire retail sector, which includes all of Main Street is excluded from benefits and services one of central managements primary "instrumentalities of the state" - The Department of Economic and Community Development - but when ever the state is looking for revenue they hit on the retail sector. Central economic management has two sectors- those who are taxed but not represented and those who are represented and not taxed. The former group is larger and if it can be mobilized can be a major factor in state elections.
Now is the Time to Come to The Aid Of the People!