Statements, Op-Eds, and Testimony

Suit Up Maine’s leaders frequently write guest editorials and letters to the editor, issue statements, and submit public testimony in favor or opposition to bills before the Maine Legislature. You can find them below. 

Statement: It’s been a year. And we still remember.

One year ago, Sen. Susan Collins stood on the Senate floor, offered a 45-minute long defense of Brett Kavanaugh, and announced she would vote to confirm him for the Supreme Court. In doing so, she denied credible accusations of sexual assault, disregarded evidence of his extremist views, and ignored the majority of her constituents, who had plead with her for months to deny Kavanaugh that seat.

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Op-Ed: New ‘red flag’ bill is no better than the original. What happened?

While all Mainers should be pleased to see that groups such as the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Gun Owners of Maine now recognize that the deadly combination of people in crisis and guns is deserving of legislative action, they also should have serious concerns about the process involved in crafting a new alternative “red flag” bill and the impact that process is having on other bills before the Legislature.

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Statement: Settling the First Amendment Case Against Gov. Paul LePage

Suit Up Maine’s co-leaders Karin Leuthy and Kelli Whitlock Burton agreed to a settlement in their First Amendment censorship case against Governor Paul LePage. The terms of the settlement required administrators of the governor’s Facebook page to unblock all Maine constituents, create a process allowing others who have been blocked to request that their posting privileges be restored, and agree not to censor or block other constituents during Gov. LePage’s remaining time in office.

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Op-Ed: We’re done wasting breath on the likes of Collins and Poliquin

Many Mainers are done wasting their time on lawmakers who refuse to engage authentically with their constituents, who vote against their interests, then falsely paint dissatisfied constituents with valid concerns as an “angry mob.” We are done begging them to perform their sworn duties to provide checks and balances and uphold ethical standards. We don’t have time for that.

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