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The following testimony was submitted in support of LD 2, An Act To Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process.
Maine passed the nation’s first ban on Indian-themed mascots in all public schools two years ago. Despite this progress, the upcoming Super Bowl match-up featuring the Kansas City “Chiefs” is a stark reminder that much work remains to retire Indian-themed mascots from all schools and sports teams. In collaboration with representatives from the Penobscot Nation, we’ve compiled the most common arguments made by those who want to keep these offensive mascots, with suggestions for ways to respond.
An early adjournment due to COVID-19 meant that many bills we were tracking in the second session of the 129th Maine Legislature were left on the table, eventually dying when efforts to reconvene for a special session were unsuccessful. Our Legislature Roundup will reconvene with the Legislature in January 2021, with dozens of bills to track in the coming session. For now, see what passed in 2020 and what was left behind.
This election season was unlike any the country has seen. Despite a global pandemic, more Americans cast ballots this year than ever before and there is much good news to report from the polls. We’ve captured some of the brightest victories in our Victories & Good News Roundup.
Flipping Maine’s Senate seat would have helped break McConnell’s log jam of obstructionism. Now that work falls to Susan Collins.
Mainers have voting questions. We have answers. This FAQ guide was created by and for Maine’s 2020 voters, with answers informed by Maine’s Secretary of State. Get all the information you need to cast your ballot safely and securely in the 2020 election.
Trump’s attacks on the press are escalating and now a conservative group with ties to the White House is ramping up a pre-election effort to discredit reporters—and their families—at news outlets whose reporting has uncovered unflattering, unethical, and potentially illegal actions by the president, his administration, and associates.
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Trump admitted that he is sabotaging the U.S. Postal Service in order to suppress the vote.
QUICK ACTION: Learn how we got here, how Susan Collins laid the groundwork for this crisis, and what you can do to help protect our mail service and our votes.