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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

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Yup, Even in Maine

Got a fundraising letter over the weekend from the campaign of our fabulous Democratic governor Janet Mills. She has a lot to boast about, and that's how she could've started it. But following two very brief paragraphs of "this is a competitive race…we simply can't afford to lose" boilerplate, guess what the first issue is?

With the news that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the stakes of this race for governor have never been higher.

Let me be clear: I will not allow an extreme political agenda to roll back access to reproductive health care. Maine will not go backward on abortion rights—not now, not ever.


(Their bold, below.)

Both as attorney general and as governor, I have fought to protect the reproductive rights of Maine people, but one election can change the course of history in this state, and if we don't win here, my opponent Paul LePage could join his Republican colleagues across the country in dismantling reproductive rights.

In 2018, when asked about overturning Roe, Paul LePage said, "Let's do it."

And before going into the final donation ask, Gov. Mills' final appeal circles back:

Remember, abortion rights are on the line. LePage confirmed he is staunchly anti-choice and suggested that if lawmakers sent him a bill restricting or eliminating access to safe and legal abortion, he would support it.

Let me say it plainly: Reproductive rights for Maine people and hanging in the balance if we don't win this election.

Other issues mentioned include climate change, health care costs, education, and LGBTQ rights. But abortion is front and center, as I expect it will be in campaign and fundraising messaging across the country over the next three months.

For what it's worth, everyone in my sphere up here believes Janet Mills has had a more-than-solid first term. Lots of accomplishments, no scandals, and a welcome no-drama style...the exact opposite of her pig-headed challenger, who left Maine after his second term, became an official Florida resident, and now wants to be a Mainer again. I think I can safely rate this race: Likely D.

And now, our feature presentation...


Cheers and Jeers for Monday, August 8, 2022

Note: Today is World Cat Day. Here...open your gifs and purr.

By the Numbers:

Days 'til the midterm elections: 92

Days 'til the Iowa State Fair in The Moines: 3

Minimum amount by which U.S. carbon emissions would be cut, relative to 2005 levels, by 2030 under provisions in the Schumer-Manchin Inflation Reduction Act: 40%

Per-barrel price of crude oil as of Friday: $90

Number of current or........

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