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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: This week in Augusta

The Legislature is just a few weeks away from adjournment and bills we’ve tracked for months are getting final votes. This week in our Legislature Roundup, you’ll find details on imminent votes on bills on expanding dental care to low-income Mainers, gun safety, expanding tax credits to working families, creating a state Equal Rights Amendment, and restoring the social safety net to asylum seekers. QUICK ACTION: Review these briefs on these and other bills and tell your legislators how you’d like them to vote!

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Journal From the Southern Border

A member of our admin team is volunteering for two weeks at Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, one of the organizations running respite shelters for people seeking entry and asylum at the southern border. Read an account of her time there for an up-close view of this humanitarian crisis and the organizations and volunteers working to address it.

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GUN REFORM: Maine’s New Gun Bills Need Your Support

Only one of 11 new gun reform bills remains alive in the Maine legislature, the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (also known as “red flag”). It now faces an imminent vote in the senate.
QUICK ACTION: Email Democratic senators and leave a message for your own TODAY at 1-800-423-6900, telling them to pass LD 1312, and make sure to hold them accountable if they participated in any of these legislative defeats. 

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ABORTION RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK: How You Can Stand Up and Fight Back

Extreme abortion bans have passed in Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi, and more are pending in several state legislatures. All are designed to take advantage of the the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority in an attempt to overturn Roe v Wade.
QUICK ACTION: Find out how YOU can help support, protect, and expand abortion access.

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THE MUELLER REPORT: Reset the Narrative

The Mueller Report is finally available. Why haven’t you read it yet? There is nothing more dangerous to Trump’s re-election chances than an informed electorate.
QUICK ACTION: Turn off the pundits, put away the editorial page, and read the report as Mueller intended it to be read. Find links to versions for all platforms and print here, and plan your own book club gathering to discuss it with your friends.

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BLOCK EXTREMIST & UNQUALIFIED JUDGES: No Zealots in Lifetime Positions

We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Because Mitch McConnell slashed the time frame for reviewing nominees, many highly objectionable have been rushed through to confirmation, and others now face IMMINENT votes.
QUICK ACTION: Call Collins and King and tell them to voice their opposition to these extremist nominees facing imminent confirmation votes.

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Speed Dial Congress

Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I):
(202) 224-5344
Sen. Susan Collins (R):
(202) 224-2523
Chellie Pingree (D):
(202) 225-6116
Rep. Jared Golden (D):
(202) 225-6306

For full contact info, including numbers for district offices in Maine, visit the Civic Dashboard.

Speed Dial Maine Legislature

Maine House:
1-800-423-2900 
Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900
TTY: Use Maine Relay 711

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