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Update on the Delay of the Maine Marijuana Law – Committee Members Need to Hear From You

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I plan to address the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee today, January 17, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Regarding L.D. #88, “An Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act.”

The Committee members need to hear from you throughout the next few days.

Take Action: Please contact every member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee and ask them to support L.D. #88.

Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), Chair, phone: 207-577-1521, e-mail: Garrett.Mason@legislature.maine.gov
Senator Michael Carpenter (D-Aroostook), – – Chaire-mail: Michael.Carpenter@Legislature.Maine.gov
Senator Ronald Collins (R-York),- – Chair e-mail: Ronald.Collins@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth),  Chair e-mail: Louis.Luchini@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Owen Casás (I-Rockport),- – Chair e-mail: Owen.Casas@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Kathleen Dillingham(R-Oxford), – – Chaire-mail: Kathleen.Dillingham@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Bradlee Farrin (R-Norridgewock), e-mail: Bradlee.Farrin@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Sheldon Hanington (R-Lincoln),- – Chair e-mail: Sheldon.Hanington@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop), – – Chaire-mail: Craig.Hickman@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Thomas Longstaff (D-Waterville),- – Chair e-mail: Thomas.Longstaff@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Kimberly Monaghan (D-Cape Elizabeth),- – Chair e-mail: Kimberly.Monaghan@legislature.maine.gov
Representative John Schneck (D-Bangor), – – Chaire-mail: John.Schneck@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Dustin White (R-Washburn), e-mail: Dustin.White@legislature.maine.gov

Talking points:

  • This referendum was passed by a razor-thin margin of just a few thousand votes last November.
  • This bill would delay retail sales until February 2018.
  • Although this bill does not close two problematic loopholes by ensuring marijuana is not legal for youth and prohibiting edibles, which have led to a skyrocketing increase in hospital and ER admissions in states like Colorado, we believe it to be a step in the right direction to delay the implementation of the citizen-initiated and passed law.

Please pray:

Pray for each Committee member by name.  Pray they will exercise wisdom by voting for L.D. #88.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org

State Director Penny Morrell Testifies Before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the “Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act”

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs

Regarding L.D. #88, “An Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act”

January 17, 2017

Hello, and thank you, Chairmen Mason and Luchini, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, for the opportunity to appear before you today.  I’m Penny Morrell, State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

Because this referendum was passed by a razor thin margin of just a few thousand votes last November, CWA of Maine supports this bill that would delay retail sales until a later date.   We want to ensure we protect every Maine citizen and make sound public health decisions.

Although this bill does not close two problematic loopholes by ensuring marijuana is not legal for youth and prohibiting edibles, which have led to a skyrocketing increase in hospital and ER admissions in states like Colorado, we believe this may be corrected in other legislation before you this session or in an amendment to this bill.

We also believe a select committee made up of members from every committee in the Maine Legislature except Marine Fisheries, would be helpful moving forward to implement the marijuana law, and ask that it would ensue.  This law effects every branch of government barring one, so in order to ensure outcomes from all the proposals currently in the legislature are good for everyone, a select committee should and must be established.

We are thankful for the leadership of President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon in drafting this legislation and to Rep. Luchini for sponsoring it.

CWA of Maine urges this committee to amend as suggested and then support L.D. 88.

 

 

Stand With Sen. Collins (R-Maine) as She Courageously Stands With Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General

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Yesterday, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-Alabama) nomination for U.S. Attorney General, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) had nothing but kind words for her colleague, stating:

“Jeff Sessions and I were first sworn into the United States Senate on the very same day. In the 20 years since, we have worked closely on some issues and on opposite sides on others. In fact, it would be fair to say that we have had our share of vigorous debates and policy disagreements.

“Through these experiences, I have come to know Senator Sessions professionally as a trusted colleague and personally as a good friend. I can vouch confidently for the fact that Jeff Sessions is a person of integrity, a principled leader, and a dedicated public servant …

“In 1980, long before he ran for the Senate or even dreamed of being Attorney General, Jeff Sessions sponsored the first African-American member of the Mobile Lions Club.  As U.S. Attorney, he provided leadership in the successful convictions of two Ku Klux Klan members who had murdered an African-American teenager.  As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009, he appointed the first African-American to serve as Chief Counsel to the Republican members.  These are not the actions of an individual who is motivated by racial animus.”

Sen. Collins’ endorsement of Sen. Sessions for U.S. Attorney General carries significant weight. She didn’t have to voice her opinion, but she did.  By doing so, she has fallen under vicious attacks from ethically-challenged people here at home.  (See Susan Collins’ Support for Jeff Sessions Sparks Protests in Maine, Washington)

Though we don’t always agree with Sen. Collins, it is exciting for Concerned Women for America of Maine to stand with Sen. Collins in her support of President-Elect Trump’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Stand with us! It is imperative that we support Sen. Collins at this time. 

Please contact Senator Collins’ offices and thank her for her strong support:

Portland Office: (207) 780-3575
Augusta Office: (207) 622-8414
Bangor Office: (207) 945-0417
Washington D.C.: (202) 224-2523

Contact the Governor and Senate President TODAY and Urge a Delay in Implementing Recreational Marijuana

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Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-District 11) want to delay the implementation of recreational marijuana as passed by referendum vote on November 8.  This is necessary in order to provide more time to hash out this legislation and do everything we can to minimize risks and harms to youth and communities.

Take Action: Please call and/or e-mail both Gov. LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau without delay to let them know that as a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, you support their effort to put a one-year moratorium on the implementation of recreational marijuana.  The proponents of the law are making their voices heard loud and clear, so we must do the same; hopefully, we’ll be even  louder.

  1. E-mail Senate President Thibodeau and/or call his office at (207) 287-1500.
  2. E-mail LePage and/or call his office at (207) 287-3531.
  3. Forward this e-mail to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action on this important issue.

Pray: Ask the Lord to give Gov. LePage and Sen. Thibodeau the wisdom and strength to do what they know to be right.

Thank you for being such an important part of CWA of Maine!

CWA of Maine Participates in “No to 1” Coalition Press Conference

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After a hard-fought battle against legalizing marijuana in Maine, Concerned Women for America of Maine, along with the coalition partners in the fight, held a press conference in the Hall of Flags in the State House in Augusta.  We had just called off the remainder of the recount of ballots and wanted the people of Maine to know we would work with the Maine Legislature to make rules and implement the new law in a way that minimizes the damage in the most effective way possible.  Perhaps the only committee in the Legislature not affected by this law is the Marine Resources Committee.  Therefore, we are urging that a select committee of all affected branches of the Maine government be established to work together for the best outcomes in implementing the law.

Click here to view the comments made by the CWA of Maine State Director, Penny Morrell.

 

CWA of Maine’s Year in Review and Christmas Wishes

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2016-christmas“So wrap our injured flesh around You. Breathe our air and walk our sod. Rob our sin and make us holy, Perfect Son of God. Welcome to our world.” ~Chris Rice

Dear faithful members and supporters,christmas-letter-pics-2016-b

As we come to the end of another busy year, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine thanks you for the many accomplishments and blessings of 2016.

Because of you, CWA of Maine was a voice for Biblical values throughout 2016. Via e-mail, we alerted members to state and national legislative concerns for you to pray and take action on; we covered all 185 state legislators in prayer with our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign, started a new Prayer/Action Chapter in Levant and participated in the leadership conference in Washington, D.C.  I was honored to represent you in a variety of venues.  On your behalf, I lobbied our Maine Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., concerning the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; met with a staffer in U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ (R-Maine) office in Augusta regarding a provision that would force women to register for the Selective Service, and just got word that it has been shelved, praise the Lord; I represented you as a speaker at the 40 Days for Life Kick-off Event in Augusta while the national tour bus was here, and was a guest prayer at the National Day of Prayer event at the State Capitol.  I was part of the Stop Marijuana Expansion in Maine coalition this year, and I just joined the Maine Life coalition to stop assisted-suicide which is already gearing up for the 2017 legislative session. We exhibited CWA of Maine materials at various state events, and as the November 8 election drew near we held an informational meeting on five of the referendum issues on the Maine ballot; CWA of Maine printed and distributed informational materials on the five referendum issues as well as materials concerning the differences between the Republican and Democratic platforms and led a prayer meeting in Waterville the week before the election.

We have one more event this year that you don’t want to miss if you can make a trip to our state Capitol. We will be collaborating with the National Day of Prayer and a church in Windham for Christmas carol singing at the Capitol on December 8. Go to our webpage for more information.  I hope you can make it!  Be sure to invite friends and family.

As we go forth into 2017 together, we ask you to consider the several ways you can participate in the ministry of CWA of Maine. You are needed.

  • Please regularly pray with us for CWA’s role in Maine.
  • Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community. We would like to develop chapters across the state to educate attendees about the issues so that they will pray and take action. “Prayer/Action Chapters are the backbone of Concerned Women for America.” – Beverly LaHaye
  • Join our E-Alert Response Team. Commit to faithfully pray and act on the e-alerts we send out and forward them on to friends and family. Encourage others to sign up by e-mailing me at director@maine.cwfa.org.
  • Regularly visit our state webpage to read about our activities, projects, programs, legislative updates, and more.
  • Be an Encourager. Sign up for the 2017 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign and minister to our state legislators with both your prayers and encouragement.  Go to our state webpage to find out more.
  • Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. Because CWA of Maine is run by volunteers, all donations go straight into the work at hand. There are two ways to contribute your tax-deductible gift. Donate online or send a check written out to CWA of Maine to the address below. When you give to the state, all funds are used in the state.  When you give to CWA National, all funds are used on a national level.

Know that your involvement, financial gifts and prayers could not be more appreciated. It is a joy to serve with you. Together we can be that steady force of prayerful people who are unwavering in our assurance that God reigns and through Him all is achieved.

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Penny Morrell
State Director
director@maine.cwfa.org
207-465-6015
864 Manchester Road
Belgrade, ME 04917
me.cwfa.org

Referendum Questions on the Maine Ballot – Marijuana, Education, Gun Control, Minimum Wage and Ranked Choice Voting – Be Informed!

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) held an informational event at the North Belgrade Community Center last Wednesday.  We are concerned about the referendum questions that will appear on the November 8 Maine ballot and it was our desire to inform as many voters as possible on the ramifications of the outcome of the vote.

If you missed the event and haven’t had a chance to read up on the issues at hand, please read on.  Plus, check out our brochure, Be an Informed Voter, on our webpage for more information.

Questions 1, 2 and 5 are CWA core issues and we recommend a “NO” vote on them.  Questions 3 and 4 are not reflected in our core issues, but we strongly encourage the voters to read the information out there on those issues and make an informed vote on November 8.

Question 1: “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under State law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to State regulation, taxation, and local ordinance?”

1012161914b-cropedThis act will legalize marijuana, making it more accessible to children and raising the cost of our justice system, but Sheriff Mark Dion falsely claimed the act will lower it.  Scott Gagnon presented his case against the passage of Question 1.  He is the leader of the “No on 1” campaign and is the substance abuse prevention manager for Healthy Androscoggin, the Drug Free Communities coalition serving Androscoggin County.  He also serves as the Chairman for the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse Steering Committee.

Vote “NO”.

Question 2: “Do you want to add a 3% tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to create a state fund that would provide direct support for student learning in kindergarten through 12th grade public education?”

meg2This act will make a particular portion of our population pay more than the rest in income taxes.  That is unconstitutional and unfair.  Megan Sanborn was our presenter on this question.  She is the Government Relations Specialist at Pierce Atwood and Campaign Coordinator for Question 2.  She has worked in Maine politics for nearly eight years.  She has worked on the campaign side for candidates and referendums with fundraising, event coordinating and PAC management.  She has developed relationships with Maine legislators as well as Maine’s Congressional Delegation and their staff through her work at the Maine Association of Realtors and at the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.

Vote “NO”.

Question 3: “Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?”

1012161943-cropedWe were fortunate to have Jeff Zimba present the facts of this question.  Jeff is the Maine Firearms Policy Specialist for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.  He is the author of “The Evolution of the Black Rifle” and a master registered Maine guide specializing in veterans’ outreach programs.  Zimba is an award winning author with several hundred published articles and videos to his credit.

Question 4: “Do you want to raise the minimum hourly wage of $7.50 to $9 in 2017, with annual $1 increases up to $12 in 2020, and annual cost-of-living increases thereafter, and do you want to raise the direct wage for service workers who receive tips from half the minimum wage to $5 in 2017, with annual $1 increases until it reaches the adjusted minimum wage?”

We were unable to obtain a speaker on this issue.

Question 5: “Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the State level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority?”

1012161829-cropedRanked-choice voting has been tried in other states and municipalities, but has ceased because it’s unconstitutional and unfair.  It invalidates votes and can make losers winners.  Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) presented why this is bad policy.  Because this question is so egregious and bad for Maine, she’s traveling all over the state to make voters aware of its implications.

Vote “NO”.

Please continue to pray for the presidential, state and local races and these referendum questions.  May we seek the Lord in all these matters.

Penny Morrell
State Director
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee
director@maine.cwfa.org

Maine’s Marijuana Vote – Watch WGME 13 Town Hall Meeting – TONIGHT!

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Please tune in live to watch tonight’s WGME 13 Town Hall event on the topic of Maine’s Marijuana Vote at wgme.com.   Look for “TOWN HALL” or “LIVE EVENT” in the rotating banner in the upper right area of their website.

This will assist all of us in being educated voters.

The event is scheduled to go from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The panelists are Alysia Melnick (“Yes” on 1), and State Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland) (“Yes” on 1), Scott Gagnon (“No” on 1) and District Attorney Stephanie Anderson (“No” on 1).  The moderator will be Mark Hyman, host of “Behind the Headlines.”

Join in the discussion!  It’s important that the conservative voice be heard.  Simply post comments and questions to the Facebook page: Facebook.com/wgme13 or through Twitter using the hashtag #YourVoiceYourFuture.

Please pass this on to friends, associates and others that you think may be interested.

Pray that the information presented will help the viewers see the detriment of passing such an act into law.

If you haven’t already, consider attending one of our upcoming events, read our Be An Informed Voter brochure about the ballot initiatives and our 2016 Party Platform Comparison.  Go to our webpage for all of this information.

Be an informed voter on November 8! Attend the Town Hall event at 7:00 p.m. tonight on wgme.com.

I’ll be in the audience.  Look for me!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org

Penny Morrell’s Speech Given at the 40 Days for Life Rally on October 1 – Watch or Read

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40-days-for-life-2016-bus-tour-b(Click here to watch video. Search for October 6 post.)

Hello Everyone!  Thank you for having me here to join you in kicking off this successful nationwide project that is saving babies from the horrors of abortion.   Our prayers are being answered by our Holy and loving God.  They are far more powerful than all the weapons of warfare we could wage otherwise, because His ways are higher than ours, He is Sovereign, and we are praying according to His will.

Janet asked me to speak to you on unity this evening.  The Bible is full of references to unity and I’d like to share just a few with you in the moments we have to share together.  Those of you who have your Bibles with you please open up to John 14:6.

We start with that because there is no unity apart from Jesus Christ.  Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father but by Me.”

What!  Get to heaven on your own strength?  Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!  …George Whitefield.

Franklin Graham said it most eloquently when he was here in Capitol Park: “Mohammed didn’t die for our sins, Buddha didn’t die for our sins, JESUS CHRIST died for our sins.  He arose again and ever makes intercession for us before the Father when the enemy accuses us.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior from our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  We become the church, the body of Christ, unified in one mission to bring honor and glory to Him by our faith, actions, and attitudes.

In so doing, we know that it is His will to protect little babies in the womb from the practice of abortion, so abhorrent and within the law in our land.  We are unified in our endeavor here across the street from the place in Augusta where abortion is happening.  Each of us is necessary and plays a role in 40 Days for Life, praying and seeking God’s intervention on behalf of these mothers and babies to save lives and regrets.

Please turn to 1 Corinthians 12:12. The Bible says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

So it goes with us.  Each of us is necessary for the success of 40 Days for Life and saving babies’ lives.  We are all different with different gifts, and all necessary working together.  A project the size of 40 Days for Life must have multi-faceted talents with multi-faceted people working together in unity to the glory of God with His calling.

And then Paul goes on to talk of love, the greatest gift of all.  We are here today to kick-off 40 Days for Life.  May we be unified in Jesus Christ, loving the unborn, those who would sacrifice their unborn, and those who perform abortions, all the while seeking God’s intervention to end abortion altogether.

Let’s pray.  Heavenly Father, thank you for 40 Days for Life, for those who were called and given the vision for this ministry, and all who take part in it, praying to You for the protection of the unborn.  Please hear our prayers here and all over the world as we unite in this one objective throughout the 40 days, to save babies’ lives.  We will be careful to give You all the glory and praise for what you will do as a result of our prayers.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.