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Maine GOP Statement on conclusion of the Mueller Investigation

AUGUSTA – Maine GOP Chair Dr. Demi Kouzounas issued the following statement on the conclusion of the special investigation led by Robert Mueller.

“This is a great day for our nation,” said Chair Kouzounas. “President Trump has been exonerated after standing fearlessly against a coordinated effort to smear and destroy him and his family.”

“As many of us already knew, there was no collusion and no obstruction, but now there is a mountain of work to do for the American people. Democrats should stop with their political witch hunt and move forward working with our great President for the good of the American people.”

Taxpayer-funded abortions are back

They’re at it again! Taxpayer funded abortions are on the horizon, brought to you courtesy of Janet Mills and 79 Democrats in the Maine Legislature!

Fellow Republicans,

Earlier this year you rose up and said NO to your tax dollars paying for abortions in a bill
sponsored by Rep. Lois Reckitt-D of South Portland. Rep. Reckitt pulled that bill, but guess what?

It wasn’t because you said no – it was because a bill that is even worse and goes much further, was in the shadows, waiting to make it’s appearance.

On Wednesday, March 28th at 1:00 pm there will be a public hearing in the Joint Standing
Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services for LD 820 “An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine.”

LD 820, sponsored by Rep. McCreight of Harpswell, and co-sponsored by 78 Democrats in the Maine State Legislature, is not only asking you to pay for elective abortion services with 100 percent state funding through Maine’s Medicaid program, they are also trying to mandate that all private insurance policies cover abortions.

The bill is Orwellian – they say they are ‘preventing discrimination’ but this has nothing to do with discrimination. It has everything to do with Janet Mills and her allies owing Planned Parenthood a major political debt for all the funding and support that put them in office.

The bill’s discrimination argument is so complex, and so contrived, no common sense Mainer could buy what Janet Mills and the bill’s sponsors are selling.

Not only will this proposal add costs and drive your insurance premiums even higher, but is also in violation of the federal government’s Hyde Amendment. They’re coming after your tax dollars to pay for abortion two different ways, both expensive and one in violation of the federal law that protects the moral conscience of our nation.

As the Ranking Republican member of the Health and Human Services Committee for the last six years, I’ve worked hard to find funding for Maine’s seniors, children and disabled.

Maine nursing homes and assisted living facilities are on the edge of closure, thousands of
disabled people are stuck on a waiting list for vital services, and children aging out of the school system, are being added to those lists every single year.

Prioritizing Maine’s most vulnerable and providing vital services is where we should be putting more funding, NOT taxpayer funding for abortions.

I ask you to please reach out the members of the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

Tell them NO, you do not want your money paying for abortions under Medicaid.

Tell them NO, your do not want your private health insurance premiums to increase in order
to cover this mandate.

We need your help! Raise your voices and be heard. Push back against the insanity being
pushed by liberal Democrats with Janet Mills in Augusta.

Unless they hear from you directly, they take your silence for consent!

You can send each member of the committee an email or better yet…call them directly. Take
it from me, as a previous legislator, an email is much easier to ignore than a phone call and ignore you they will do. Reach out!! Committee members can be found here:
http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/HCIFS

And, don’t stop there! Reach out to your local legislators. Their contact information can be
found here:

Find your local Senator:
http://legislature.maine.gov/senate-home-page/find-your-state-senator

Find your local Representative:
http://legislature.maine.gov/house/house/MemberProfiles/ListAlpha

Reach out! Speak out! Tell Maine Democrat lawmakers NO.

There will also be an opportunity to testify to the committee on Wednesday, and if you are so
inclined to come stand up for your principles in person, please email me and I will connect you with someone who can help with what you need.

Last week Gov. Mills’ ‘abortion without doctors’ showed us Democrats no longer believe in
just ‘safe, rare and legal’ abortions. Next week, they will prove that their old talking point about ‘no government interference’ has been replaced with ‘100% government funded’ and only you, along with hundreds of others, can stop it.

Sincerely,
Hon. Deb Sanderson

Thank President Trump For Protecting Free Speech on Campus!

President Trump signed an Executive Order that will withhold federal funding from colleges and universities that do not protect the First Amendment rights of their students and faculty.

Biased college professors and school bureaucrats will be held accountable for silencing and censoring those with differing opinions!

Thank President Trump for protecting #FreeSpeech on college campuses!

Presidential RCV Action Alert

Tomorrow, March 20th, there will be an attempt to turn Maine’s Presidential elections over to the ranked-choice voting process in the 2020 election.

The bill is L.D. 1083 “An Act To Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine ” and you can read it here: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0315&item=1&snum=129

The bill, sponsored by Sen. President Troy Jackson, would make Maine’s Presidential election subject to ranked-choice voting.

We are asking you, right now, to email the committee clerk of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee at vla@legislature.maine.gov and express your desire to leave Maine’s Presidential elections the way they are, and not expand ranked-choice voting.

Time and again, Democrats in Augusta are trying to change the rules of elections – even though our elections have worked just fine for decades.

So please, email the committee clerk for the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee at vla@legislature.maine.gov and ask her to share your email with the committee, and urge them to leave our Presidential elections alone.

There are a host of reasons this is a bad idea. From the cost, to unnecessary delays, to legal problems, we just need to say no please oppose this bill and move forward using the traditional method we have always used in Presidential elections.

Thank you for your time, and please don’t wait, send that email now.

P.S. – If you want to email the members of the VLA Committee directly, you can use this handy form from Maine People Before Politics. Just make sure to select Veterans and Legal Affairs in the drop down menu on the form. https://www.mainepeoplebeforepolitics.com/contactcenter/


3/22/2019: Oxford County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner

This is the Oxford County Republican Committee’s end of winter celebration. Lose those winter blues! Come out and join us for an enjoyable evening of visiting with friends and neighbors. We are hosted at the histroric Bethel Inn and Resort in Bethel Maine. Meal and snacks are included. We will hear from our elected officials, with special comments by former Congressman Bruce Poliquin.

The Bethel Inn Resort 21 Broad Street Bethel, ME 04217

Start: 5:00:00 PM
Ends: 9:00:00 PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oxford-county-republican-lincoln-day-dinner-tickets-41957531105

Mills misleading media on abortions by non-physician proposal

Below is a memo that the Maine GOP sent to the press following up on misleading statements made to the Maine press about her new abortion bill.

Members of the press,

Governor Janet Mills and Speaker Sara Gideon appear to have spent a lot of time misleading you on the proposal to allow non-physicians to perform abortions in Maine yesterday.

Governor Mills said in a statement, quoted by numerous media outlets, “Allowing advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform medication-administered abortions, which are already permitted in other states, will ensure Maine women, especially in rural areas of our state, can access reproductive health care services.”

But the bill Governor Mills is putting forward with the support of Speaker Sara Gideon doesn’t just allow medication-administered abortions. It allows nurse practitioners and physicians assistants to perform any abortion procedure up until viability that a physician would previously only have been allowed to perform.
We have now had Gov. Mills’ proposed legislation reviewed by three former lawmakers familiar with abortion law and policy and they concur, there is no restriction on what types of abortions can be performed if this law passes.

It appears Governor Mills thinks she can garner public support by misleading people into thinking this will only be medication-administered abortions, when in fact she would be making wholesale changes to who is allowed to perform all types of abortion procedures.

These changes would create one of the loosest regulatory frameworks around abortion in the country. We have deep concerns for the vulnerable women who will now seek abortions in clinics without a physician present and we have a lot of questions about the safety and oversight of the dozen or more new locations where abortions would be performed under this new law.

This is not the Janet Mills who promised on the campaign trail to get right to work on the issues that would make Maine grow and prosper and improve the lives of all Maine people. This is a Governor increasingly focused on liberal fringe issues to please her political base.

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