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Vote “NO” On Question 1 ~ Stop the Scam

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As you may know by now, the referendum process in our state has been overtaken by radical left wing and Democrat party bad actors.

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).

If you haven’t already voted early, which you can do at your municipality’s town office, please be sure to vote “No” on Q-1 on November 6.

Question 1 on the November 2018 ballot would increase income taxes by more than $300 million annually in order to fund a new government program of home care services. 

  • This would be the largest tax increase in Maine’s history.
  • All seniors over the age of 65 and those with disabilities would be eligible for the new program.  There is no income eligibility test; millionaires could receive services.
  • A quasi-privatized new board would be created to run the program; most of the program’s structure is not created by the referendum and is delegated to this new board.
  • It is highly unlikely that the taxes raised would meet all the demands and so new waitlists are contemplated by the referendum.
  • There is a significant forced-unionization component for some of the homecare workforce as well.

Because we are a small state, out-of-state players know that if they can get legislation like this through Maine, it can then sweep the country.  Mainers need to say “No.”

Take Action:

  • Vote “No” on Question 1 on the Maine ballot November 6.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and act on this issue.

Please pray with me: “Dear Father, protect the state of Maine from out-of-state players that use our referendum process to ask us to vote on far-left proposals that hurt our citizens and are not in the best interests of Maine. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son.  Amen.”

Summary Of Q-1: 

Household income tax.  At its most basic, the referendum requires a new 3.8% payroll tax on Maine “adjusted gross income” above $128,400 on all individual and joint filers in Maine.  Each of these provisions requires further explanation.

Employer Tax.  Contained within this 3.8% tax is an obligation on certain employers of certain wage earners to pay half of the tax (1.9%).  When these employees file their personal income taxes, they can count the tax paid by the employer as a credit against their 3.8% tax obligation.

Read more about this issue on the Maine State Chamber of Commerce website. 

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

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of ME. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of ME, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, CWA of ME to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Thank Sen. Collins For Voting to Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh!

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Many on the left are still up to their Saul Alinsky tactics of abuse, threats, and protesting U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and her staff.  Remember in the New York Times how, amongst several things, it was reported that one call came in to a staff member saying he hoped she was raped and impregnated?!  Well, they are still up to it, as they were outside her home on Sunday demanding to meet with her.

We Maine women are so proud of Sen. Collins and the historic, brave, and concise speech she gave on the floor of the U. S. Senate when she told America that she would be supporting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Let’s stand and give an offering of thanks to the senator.

Take Action:

  • Vote in the Bangor Daily News poll to show that Mainers appreciate Sen. Collin’s decision. This morning the poll showed 48% in support of her decision.
  • Write a note of appreciation to Sen. Collins via email and/or snail mail.  Be sure to let her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please pray with me, “Father, please protect Sen. Susan Collins, her family and her staff from those who so vehemently oppose her right now.  Without Your protection, we are not protected.  Not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.  Amen.”

Our lawmakers rarely receive thanks for the work they do.  We are quick to criticize, but slow to empathize or be thankful.  Sen. Susan Collins is more than worthy of our thanks for her work done to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  May we not be slack in well doing.  Thank you. 

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16 ). 

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

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Time to Sign up for the 2019-2020 Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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Dear friends,

We thank God for our wonderful volunteers who facilitate our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project every year. Some of you have been with us from the beginning.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators. Starting the second week in January of 2019 our EAL participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day that they are in session and send a postcard once a month to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators. Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent, or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.

Each year, we recruit over 186 volunteers to help us out with our EAL program, and this year we are asking if they will be willing to keep and pray for their Legislator for the entire legislative session. The 129th session runs from January through June 2019 and reconvenes January through April 2020. Will you volunteer for this inspiring ministry?

Once signed up, participants receive a packet near the end of December. The packet includes instructions, the name, and biography of their assigned legislator, and 10 CWA of Maine EAL postcards.

Year after year, we receive many letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement they received.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at [email protected] or call me at (207) 212-9394. I will need your name, address, phone number, and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Please forward this on to friends and family whom you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Catherine Carsley
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Maine

Sen. Collins Deserves Better!

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Our Senator, Susan Collins (R-Maine), and her staff have been under attack from the far left regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  My op-ed regarding this issue was published in the Kennebec Journal recently, Senator Collins Deserves Better.

Since that time, the accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh has been the left’s latest last-ditch effort to delay and ultimately destroy the candidate’s chances for confirmation.

Both Sens. Collins and King (D-Maine) need to hear from you again.  The other side has made their message clear. It is imperative that our Senators know where we stand.

We would never want to overlook, diminish, or accept the abuse of women in any form. Yet, the evidence before us suggests this accusation just does not fit with the well-attested character of this man.

During his 25 years of public service, Judge Kavanaugh has been vetted by the FBI six times and never has a red flag been raised. Sen. Feinstein (D-California) kept this information to herself from late July until just now. The timing is not coincidental.

Unlike Sen. King (D-Maine), Sen. Collins voted to confirm President Trump’s last nominee, Judge Gorsuch.  Our hope is that she will vote for Judge Kavanaugh.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and email both your senators, even if you contacted them recently. With this new development, it is important for them to know that you still support Judge Kavanaugh.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Sen. Collins’ contact information is here and Sen. King’s is here.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and take action on Judge Kavanaugh’s behalf.

Please Pray: Redouble your efforts in prayer for truth and justice in this matter.  Pray with me, “Father, we pray You will protect Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family with Your presence in a strong and recognizable way during these days of extreme pressure.  We ask for truth to prevail and for the ultimate confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

For more information and help with calling or writing to your senators, please visit Concerned Women for America’s Women for Kavanaugh web page.  

Unless there is more to this charge, we simply should not — cannot — abandon Judge Kavanaugh at this important hour.  You are called for such a time as this.  Thank you! 

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

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Encourage Sen. Susan Collins to Confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

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If our senator doesn’t hear from us and only hears from the left, she will be able to say that we don’t care. Please do not give her reason to oppose President Trump’s second nominee to our highest court in the land. She needs to hear from you in order to justify a confirmation vote!

If you don’t do it, who will?

With the confirmation hearings concluding today, it’s important that she hear from you as soon as possible.

Take Action:

  • Call, text, e-mail and write Sen. Susan Collins (R) and politely ask her to confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Click here for all of Sen. Collins’ contact information.
  • Please send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and act.

Please Pray: “Dear Father, thank You for Your mercy on our nation. We pray right now that You will move Sen. Collins to support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to continue that mercy. Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., has thoroughly vetted Judge Kavanaugh and is pleased that President Trump nominated him to this important position. We must stand with them and their families and make our voices heard supporting them.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

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

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated. Thank you!

128th Legislature Wrap-Up Wins and Losses

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I promised I would tell you the end of the story with the current legislature.  However, this legislature seems to never end!  Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) called lawmakers back earlier this month to act on unfinished business.  They were scheduled to be in session July 9 for three days but ended 7/9 at 8:30 p.m. with unfinished business remaining.  They were called back for July 23 only to cancel that for the time being, and it’s wholly unclear when they will be back.  The only issues remaining at this date are clean elections funding and conforming to the federal tax code.

Physician-Assisted Suicide – Win
I told you last year that physician-assisted suicide was defeated for which we are so grateful.  That was the good news for the first year of the 128th.

Proficiency-Based Diploma – Win
You may be encouraged to learn that this year the legislature wanted to extend the experiment of proficiency-based diplomas on our kids, but Rep. Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred) turned the tables to the bill and made it a local option for schools to implement or not.  “We now can let teachers teach,” she said. “And the students can learn. Because the teachers, who are closest to the kids, know what they need. And they can meet those needs now.”  After more than five years of forcing this unworkable program on our schools, finally we have those in this legislature who stood up and said enough.  Now students will receive a diploma based on achievement rather than proficiency.  Gov. LePage signed the bill into law last Friday.

Female Genital Mutilation Ban – Loss
We lost the female genital mutilation (FGM) ban effort.  However, I am happy to report that conservatives supporting the ban have launched a bid to place this question on the ballot next June. 

Conversion Therapy Ban – Win
The other victory we enjoyed this year was the hard-fought battle over the conversion therapy ban that was also debated in many other states.  We are so thankful that even though the issue passed in the legislature, our governor vetoed it, and we had enough conservatives to sustain his veto.  Maine kids under the age of 18 are still allowed to get help when dealing with unwanted homosexual tendencies.  The ban would have been pure unadulterated child abuse. 

Please Pray: “Thank You Father, for the Godly men and women who are serving You and us in the Maine Legislature.  They not only stand up to egregious leftist legislation and defeat it but promote Judeo-Christian values in the bills they sponsor.  Thank You for the victories we sustained and ask for victory to ban FGM by the people next June.”

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

To God be the glory for great things He has done!  May we continue to stand for righteousness and justice and trust Him for the outcome in our great State of Maine.

FMI: Legislature, PBD, FGM, and Conversion Therapy Ban

In closing, may I encourage each of you to work for our state and nation like it all depends on you and pray knowing it all depends on God. 

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Conversion Therapy Bill DEAD

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Praise!  Maine House Upheld Governor LePage’s Veto of L.D. 912

L.D. 912 is Rep. Ryan Fecteau’s (D-Biddeford) bill silencing parents and counselors from helping our young people under the age of 18 with unwanted homosexual tendencies.  It was child abuse and wrongheaded from the start, but somehow passed in the Legislature, only to be rejected by the governor’s veto.  Thankfully, the House of Representatives sustained the veto by 15 votes Monday.  The Legislature came back into session yesterday to act on the bills the governor vetoed and other matters.  Click here to watch yesterday’s L.D. 912 proceedings. Move the cursor to 13:02:13.

Take Action:

  • Please thank your representative if he/she sustained the veto. And express your displeasure if he/she didn’t.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. The roll call vote to sustain the veto is here.  All “no” votes are with us, “yes” votes against us, and an “x” vote means the legislator was absent for the vote.  Click here to find out who your representative is, based on the town in which you live.
  • Please also thank Gov. Paul LePage for his veto of this bill. His mailing address is: 1 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333.  Or email his office. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

Please Pray: “Thank You, Father, for victory over this bill and that our Maine Legislature didn’t go the way of other states but protected our children’s rights to secure information they desire in their lean years when going through the maize of life’s different pathways.  Amen”

Children are vulnerable to cultural mores of their time.  What they observe in others’ behaviors and what ideas are spoken to them and placed in their minds, aren’t necessarily healthy for them.  This bill, L.D. 912 would have banned conversion therapy for these young minds and stopped them from getting the help they needed to lead the life they desire.

For more information click here to read Gov. LaPages excellent veto letter.

To God be the glory! 

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

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!