Senate Democrats have threatened to pull their support from a bipartisan anti-trafficking bill this week. The reason? They just found out that anti-abortion provisions were slipped into the bill language without their knowledge.
Hugging the shore of the St. John River, just a short Tom Brady pass away from Canada, the beautiful little community of Madawaska proudly proclaims itself as the most northeastern town in the United States and one of America’s “four corners.”
Perched at the very top of our state, it is not a short drive from our ACLU office in Portland. Still, despite representing the most expansive state in New England, we have kept our focus on visiting all corners of Maine to converse with people young and old about their civil liberties.
The last two weeks in the legislature have brought challenges to two of our most cherished values: the right of all qualified citizens to cast a ballot, and the right to fair treatment for all people, regardless of where they were born.
Last year I blogged about two State-of-the-State addresses: one by Maine's Governor LePage and the other given by Governor Shumlin of Vermont. Both Maine and Vermont have seen a drastic rise in heroin use rates; while Governor LePage trotted out disproven and antiquated drug war rhetoric, Governor Shumlin garnered national attention for calling for a new progressive health-based approach to combating addiction and pledged state money to expanding treatment options.