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More Federal Control Over Maine Education Proposed — Let’s Speak up Against it!

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Stop the government from interfering with your child’s freedom to inquire and disseminate ideas in science and engineering education!

Yesterday,  I testified on behalf of Concerned Women for America of Maine at a hearing before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on L.D. #49, grossly misnamed “An Act to Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine Students.” There was no “improvement” in this proposal.

This is a federal government overreach. This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for students in kindergarten to grade 12 in the state’s system of learning results and assessment.  NGSS is part of Common Core, which puts more control in the hands of the federal government and out of the hands of our capable state.

NGSS programs young minds toward a particular philosophical viewpoint, rather than experimental observation, with the aim of promoting social activism.  Theory is taught as fact.

Maine students should have the freedom to explore and do research in science.  No boundaries should be placed on where the research takes the student, especially if it is politically, religiously or instructionally oriented.

Committee members need to hear from you!

Status: The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is expected to schedule a work session concerning L.D. #49 sometime within this legislative session and then vote on it soon after.

Click here to read the bill, track its status and more.

Take Action:

  • Please encourage each member of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee to vote “ought not to pass” on L.D. #49. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. This increases my influence as a Director when I make contact with their offices. Click here for each committee member’s contact information. If one of these members represents your district, make an extra effort to contact them and be sure to let them know that you live within their district.  Click here to find out who represents you.
  • Please pass this information on to friends and family.

Pray: Please pray that this bill does not pass. “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”  (Psalm 127:3)

More information:

 A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and our children deserve the best education possible.  We must keep education local and in the hands of those who know our children best and desire to have them succeed freely, not be brainwashed.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
(207) 465-6015
me.cwfa.org

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State Director Penny Morrell Testifies Before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on the “An Act to Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine Students”

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Statement by Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine
To Members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee
Regarding L.D. #49, “An Act to Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine Students”
January 25, 2017

Hello, and thank you, Chairs Senator Langley and Representative Kornfield, and distinguished members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, for the opportunity to appear before you today.  I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

We believe this is a government overreach into the lives of our kids in Maine.  Maine students should have the freedom to explore and do research in science.  After all, isn’t that the goal of science?  No boundaries should be placed on where the research takes the student, especially if it is politically, religiously or instructionally oriented.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) programs young minds toward a particular philosophical viewpoint, rather than experimental observation, with the aim of promoting social activism.  Theory is taught as fact:

  • Earth System – Man is bad for the planet
  • Man causes global warming – The Science surrounding this theory is highly debatable and any causation should be presented as such, i.e., theory
  • Focus on only sustainable energy; wind/solar power to the exclusion of other forms of energy is not balanced science
  • Political biases guide these principles; this is not science.

Science taught only with philosophically biased information reflects only the author’s viewpoint and desire to dominate the topic and has no value in science education or as proof in empirical science!

Maine Learning Results in Science should only be replaced with proven, tested, high-achieving results, not privately owned and unalterable results.

CWA of Maine urges this committee to vote “ought not to pass” on L.D. #49.  Thank you.

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: [email protected]
Senator Michael Carpenter (D-Aroostook), – – Chaire-mail: [email protected]
Senator Ronald Collins (R-York),- – Chair e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth),  Chair e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Owen Casás (I-Rockport),- – Chair e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Kathleen Dillingham(R-Oxford), – – Chaire-mail: [email protected]
Representative Bradlee Farrin (R-Norridgewock), e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Sheldon Hanington (R-Lincoln),- – Chair e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop), – – Chaire-mail: [email protected]
Representative Thomas Longstaff (D-Waterville),- – Chair e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Kimberly Monaghan (D-Cape Elizabeth),- – Chair e-mail: [email protected]
Representative John Schneck (D-Bangor), – – Chaire-mail: [email protected]
Representative Dustin White (R-Washburn), e-mail: [email protected]

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
[email protected]
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.

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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org