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Statement by Eliza Townsend, Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby: We are relieved to see the Governor’s harmful TANF proposals defeated, but frustrated that the legislature wasted so much time in debating bills that were nothing more than an attempt to score political points on the backs of Maine people living in poverty – […]

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Last month the Maine Legislature voted in support of LD 1487 – the compromise bill to allow Maine to accept federal funds to provide health care coverage to nearly 70,000 Maine people. Governor LePage promised to veto this bill. Today he did. Now the bill goes back to the Maine Senate and House where two-thirds […]

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Yesterday the Maine House of Representatives voted on accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. We’ve written before about why accepting these funds is a good deal for Maine and you can learn more at  www.covermainenow.com. But this post isn’t about the importance of expanding coverage for Mainers. It’s about the astounding […]

Earlier this month, women, physicians, advocates, and many others testified at public hearings to support Maine women’s reproductive rights in the face of three anti-choice bills. The Judiciary Committee then voted ‘Ought Not to Pass’ on those bills: LD 760, LD 1339, and LD 1193. There is still work to be done before the floor […]

It’s been almost two months since I began my position here at the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Women’s Policy Center. Although it feels like I have lots to learn, I am proud to say that we have been a part of some very important work on behalf of Maine women in the past […]


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