Tonight is the second debate between Shenna Bellows and Republican Susan Collins, hosted by MPBN. The details for how you can watch are below. The Bellows for Senate campaign is also hosting debate watching parties around the state, with opportunities to volunteer at several of them. For any questions, contact Field Director Debbie Atwood at email@example.com or at 207-504-1918. We look forward to seeing you there!
Debate season is here! Republican Susan Collins refused to debate Shenna until just two weeks before Election Day, but we do have five debates scheduled over the next seven days. Be sure to watch on tv as all five debates are televised, and check back often to see how you can follow along via livestream otherwise. If you're on twitter, we encourage you to join in the conversation at #TeamShenna and #MEPolitics.
Today, the United States recognizes Christopher Columbus Day, a day on which we celebrate the “discovery of America.” But it is widely known that Columbus brought disease, death and destruction to the Indigenous peoples, both of Maine and of the greater United States, and that they have suffered tremendous and horrific losses to their populations and to their culture in the centuries since.
What we see in those communities today – the high rate of youth suicide, the devastating health disparities – are linked to the historical trauma of European oppression that traces back hundreds of years.
The four federally recognized tribes within Maine – the Penobscot, MicMac, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy – have embarked on a journey to unpack that historical trauma and revive their culture. Through language revitalization efforts, cultural study and documentation, truth and reconciliation efforts and sustainable living, Maine's native communities are working to restore their traditional structures and ways of being.
I support renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day, so that we can appropriately honor those who deserve our respect.
This week, a little over 16 years ago, a student at the University of Wyoming accepted a ride home from a bar with two men. Because he was gay, they drove him to a remote field, brutally assaulted him, then tied him to a fence.
Matthew Shepard’s torture on that freezing night lasted for hours, and he was found the following morning by a cyclist who at first mistook him for a scarecrow. He died in a hospital several days later.
During the days that Matthew lay in the hospital – not once awakening from his coma – supporters and allies held candlelight vigils around the world. In the time that followed, legislation would be introduced and a national conversation started about intolerance, hatred and violence in our country.
Now, sixteen years later, we’ve come a long way in terms of tolerance and respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. As of just a few days ago, more than 60% of Americans live in a state with marriage equality, and I’m proud that Mainers were among the first.
Shenna spoke at today's Americans United for Change bus tour stop in Portland with Rep. Mike Michaud, Mayor Michael Brennan and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on the need to increase the minimum wage, pass equal pay for equal work, invest in working families again, protect Social Security and Medicare from Republican cuts and make college affordable again. Shenna is running strong on helping Maine's working families, students and retirees who need a break from Washington, and today's event was a big reminder of why those issues are the most important in this race.
The differences between the Democratic and Republican visions for Maine's economy are striking.
- Shenna supports a federal $10.10 minimum wage. Susan Collins not only voted against an increase to $10.10 an hour earlier this year, she endorsed Gov. Paul LePage despite his veto of a state minimum wage increase that would have helped thousands of Mainers.
- Shenna supports scrapping the cap on Social Security contributions to make sure millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. Susan Collins has been silent on scrapping the cap, and Gov. LePage has called Social Security "welfare."