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In anticipation of Susan Collins inevitable PR offensive to mitigate the reputational damage of Roe getting reversed after she set herself out as a reliable last line of defense for abortion rights...some thoughts. #mepolitics 1/X
Though media reflexively called Collins "pro-choice" till recently, her abortion record has actually always been pretty mixed.

E.g. in 2000s she voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and was silent re: a Bush admin rule meant to limit contraception access. #mepolitics 2/X
Collins also voted to put Alito on the Supreme Court even after it emerged he'd written a memo explicitly affirming that he didn't believe the Constitution protected the right to an abortion and that he was super proud of his efforts to kill Roe under Reagan. #mepolitics 3/X
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Last week (6/10) @PaulLePage2022 was on the Ray Richardson show and he made a series of bizarre and untrue claims about relief checks, immigration and Medicaid expansion. He’s either totally misinformed or happily spreading lies.

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LePage says funding for the $850 relief checks is “based on a forecast” and that “the money is never going to come in” because the economy will go into recession. It’s true that all budgets are made on forecasts. But a big drop is very unlikely…
There would need to be a big spike in unemployment to cause a big revenue dent. In the short term, Maine’s summer season, which brings in a lot of sales taxes, looks strong.

What’s more, the relief payments will go out regardless. Any shortfall would manifest later in the year
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Shawn McBreairty's got me blocked but he still can't resist checking in. Its official McBreairty is adamant in supporting convicted child molester, David Arthur Kendall. #meopolitics
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Can tell by the grammar that someone else obviously wrote this apology for Heather Anne Sprague. Did you help her with this @JustinDavis207? LOL #mepolitics
Compare the grammar #mepolitics
"Reliability" LOL #mepolitics
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This week I’ve heard from 3,500+ constituents who are outraged that millions of Americans are poised to lose control of their own bodies after nearly 50 years.

82% of them said loud + clear: Congress must pass a bill to protect #RoevWade.
I was moved that so many Mainers shared stories about their own abortions, complicated pregnancies, and miscarriages. Like Cathie from @CityPortland.

Their stories are no one’s business, but they felt compelled to speak up b/c abortion is health care, not a political football.
While we are fortunate to have a Governor who has pledged to uphold abortion access in Maine, our reproductive rights should not be at risk every election year. #PassWHPA
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Shawn McBreairty got kicked out of a school board meeting for playing a recording of himself repeatedly saying "hardcore anal sex" in front of a room full of parents, young children, and teenagers. #mepolitics
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Some context. There were dozens of children in the room when McBreairty subjected the crowd to listening to him talk about "hardcore anal sex" #mepolitics ImageImage
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McBreairty is now banned from attending meetings. #mepolitics Image
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Northrup thread starting here.
1. Christiane Northrup has successfully started a Christian cult in Maine. Mostly upper middle class, very monied, and extremely politically motivated. #mepolitics
2. Standing at the pulpit in a church, explaining to her followers that the Right is literally a spiritual path rooted in love as opposed to the Left rooted in fear.
3. "Now I'm going to tell you what to do every morning'. Giving her followers instruction on a morning prayer ritual unbinding all that isn't "goodly" inside of them.
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1/Paul LePage just officially began crying wolf about election fraud in Maine. Says people from Massachusetts & college students in the urban parts of Maine are illegally voting. We need to be prepared NOW. He won't accept the results if he loses. #mepolitics
2/Paul Lepage says he knows people who came from Massachusetts to illegally vote for gay marriage in 2012. #mepolitics
3/LePage goes onto to say that the election integrity in rural areas is in good shape because the clerks know everyone in towns but Portland, Bangor, and Rockland all have problems. Audience members brag about having election workers in crowd. #mepolitics
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Let's all take a journey and see what ARPA funds are being used for in some of the States for K-12 education according to plans submitted by each State's Department of Education.

@DrKarlynB @insomnochick

1/24
Highlights from Alabama's educational use of ARPA funds...

Social Emotional Needs

#alpolitics

2/24
Highlights from Alaska's educational use of ARPA funds...

Social Emotional Supports

#AKLeg #akpol

3/24
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During the pandemic, unintentional shootings by children in the US increased significantly: between March and December 2020, there was a 31% increase in unintentional shooting deaths, and an 18% increase in unintentional injuries, compared in 2019. cbsnews.com/news/unintenti…
According to our #NotAnAccident Index, there have been nearly 200 unintentional shootings by children in 2021 alone. Research shows that to protect children and teens, gun owners should store guns unloaded, locked, and separate from ammunition.
To combat this tragic rise in unintentional shootings, @MomsDemand and @StudentsDemand volunteers are working to get the message out about the need for secure gun storage in partnership with schools, teachers and gun owners. The innovative steps volunteers have taken include:
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An #antivax anti-mask, Covid-denier #Maine State Rep and his wife both have contracted COVID-19. Chris Johansen (R-Monticello) was one of 7 GOP lawmakers who refused to wear masks during the 2021 leg session and subsequently lost their committee assignments. #mepolitics
This morning, during a brief interview, Johansen, who isn’t vaccinated, acknowledged his illness. “Listen up,” he said. “I have #COVID and I’m really really sick and don’t have time to talk to you today.” Here's a recent post by the state rep. Image
Johansen’s wife Cindy, treasurer for the Aroostook County GOP, said in a FB post she’s unvaccinated & been hospitalized with “Covid and asthma.” She is under quarantine in the ICU at Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital, but a nurse there said she’s NOT in critical condition. ImageImageImage
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We've reached the point in the Tax Committee hearing where the Chamber of Commerce rolls up with the same fake talking points they use every time anyone proposes asking the wealthy to pay their fair share.

Here's some facts 🧵 #mepolitics
1. Tax flight is a myth. Wealthy people have deep roots, and study after study prove that taxes don't drive interstate relocation. Here's one from Maine. #mepolitics mecep.org/wp-content/upl…
2. Trickle-down economics don't work. They never have. There's dozens of studies on this. Here's a story on one, from LSE. #mepolitics washingtonpost.com/business/2020/…
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Looks like the workers at the Dollar General in Eliot, Maine have had enough! #Solidarity
I’m told by one of the employees that the manager & three workers all quit yesterday with only one employee left.
"My coworkers were tired of putting up with being treated like garbage. My manager that quit yesterday was working over 70 hours a week for 40 salaried, no days off. So we finally got tired of it." - DG Employee

Time to fix overtime laws for salaried employees! #mepolitics
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#NEW: @mainegop leaders pen letter condemning @SenatorCollins for her vote to convict former Pres. Donald Trump. @newscentermaine ImageImageImageImage
.@SenatorCollins has previously defended her position, telling @newscentermaine ‘I think that we need to send a message that you can be a good Republicans and not necessarily agree with every position taken by the party.’ #mepolitics
MORE: @SenatorCollins responds with a letter of her own saying, 'I understand the emotions behind this issue' but emphasizes need to 'improve electoral results' for Republicans in the future. #NEWSCENTERmaine ImageImage
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1/ It's tax conformity season again. Here's some info and context.

First, and most important: What is conformity? It's a question every state must tackle, about whether to adopt changes to federal tax law in their own, state-level tax codes. #mepolitics
2/ Some states have "rolling conformity," in which federal changes are automatically made to state taxes unless the Legislature votes not to make them. Maine doesn't do this. We have purposefully chosen to make our own decisions about our own tax code, every year.
3/ We assess federal changes, debate whether they make sense for Maine, and only adopt those changes to our own tax laws (or "conform") if a majority of the Legislature votes to. This is a good approach, because ...
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Sen. Susan Collins, in a column for @bangordailynews recounting her POV of the Capitol breach, says her first thought was D.C. might be under attack by Iran. bangordailynews.com/2021/01/11/opi… #mepolitics Image
Collins credited Sen. Todd Young of Indiana with positioning himself to defend her and Murkowski as rioters neared senators inside the Capitol. bangordailynews.com/2021/01/11/opi… Image
Collins — who hasn't publicly called on Trump to resign, hasn't publicly urged @VP & cabinet to consider 25th Am., & has declined to say where she stands on impeachment, citing her role as a juror — said clearly that Trump incited the rioters. bangordailynews.com/2021/01/11/opi… Image
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This is a former Republican Senator from Maine, whose role as a bipartisan collaborator has been echoed by @SenatorCollins. #mepolitics
Collins told us last fall she’s pushing for an ethos of moderate leadership, like that of Snowe and former GOP Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, to rebalance the divisive political dynamics in Washington. amp.seacoastonline.com/amp/42785027
Quite a few Democratic congresspeople and even one Republican governor are among the New England leaders who’ve called for President Trump to be removed from office, as @hbarndollar reported: seacoastonline.com/story/news/loc… @seacoastonline
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Holiday shopping from home? Support #Maine #Wabanaki businesses. The Wabanaki are the Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Mi'kmaq, and Abenki People of the Dawn. #mepolitics #indigenous <thread>

#Passamaquoddy handmade moccasins facebook.com/PassamaquoddyF…
Who doesn't love a little syrup in their stockings? #Passamaquoddy maple syrup from #Maine. passamaquoddymaple.com/?fbclid=IwAR1V…
Meherrin Outpost is owned & operated by a Mi'kmaq (#Maine) & #Mehrrin (NC) couple. They make jewelry & sell a wide range of products from sage & sweetgrass to hand drums and (aw!) baby moccasins. facebook.com/meherrin/
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Fascinating that the survey also found that ~80% thought RCV was easy to use; similar number understood the process; 76% thought a majority winner was important. Yet the numbers supporting RCV in general much lower, and just 36% wanted to expand its use #mepolitics
Those details can be found here

surveyusa.com/client/PollRep…
I do wonder how many people actually know which races RCV applies to. In my experience, even some folks fairly active in politics don’t know that it’s not used for the gubernatorial election, for example. Next time @fairvote should ask if ppl know that before asking abt expanding
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.@SenSusanCollins, if there’s no systemic racism in Maine, please answer these questions #mepolitics

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Why have Black Mainers been so much more likely to contract COVID-19 than white Mainers?

blog.mecep.org/2020/06/black-…
Why are Black Mainers more than twice as likely to have lost their jobs in the current recession than white Mainers?

blog.mecep.org/2020/10/maines…
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THREAD - Paid sick leave helped reduce COVID-19 infections in the United States by 400 per day. All the more reason for Maine to ensure that its new paid leave law (which comes online in January) is accessible & robustly enforced #mepolitics
The underlying study on which this is based found that paid sick time reduced Covid cases by 1 per day for every 1,300 workers who didn’t have paid sick time before. Based on the period 3/8-5/11. The reduction is about 56% compared to control

healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hl…
Maine’s new PTO law would have a roughly similar coverage rate to the sick leave in Families First Act, so at least in very broad terms, the new paid leave law should help curb Coronavirus in Maine quite a bit.
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Just in: Trump will be visiting Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant on trip to Maine today, per source familiar. #mepolitics
This is a popular regional family spot with large orchard and a corn maze.

It also saw a political controversy in 2012 when the family’s patriarch put up a sign opposing a same-sex marriage referendum that passed. bangordailynews.com/2012/10/26/new… #mepolitics
Finally on the ground here in Levant. The place is mobbed with many more in line.

Sort of a county fair atmosphere with people packed in up front, most maskless. #mepolitics
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We could see Trump at the airport or a few miles away, I’m hearing. Pretty late advance work going on here. bangordailynews.com/2020/10/25/pol… #mepolitics via @bangordailynews
The Senate has votes scheduled today, so @SenatorCollins is in DC as Trump prepares to land in her home city. #mepolitics
Here’s how one conservative activist is discussing the visit on Facebook. Trump supporters should start showing up soon. #mepolitics
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