10.3.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends,

As is our new tradition, let’s kick things off today with our new ad aptly called LIES. As you will see, the goal of this ad is to highlight a sampling of the many lies CMP and its front groups are spewing in their desperate attempt to defeat your referendum, Question 1.

Featured Ad of the Week

Lies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3UrW1KRcto

Friends, as Election Day approaches, CMP will become that much more desperate, and it’s lies that much bigger. That’s why today, I’m asking for your help. No CMP Corridor’s PAC budget is small, especially compared with the deep pockets of Spain’s Iberdrola and Canada’s Hydro-Quebec. To put things simply, we cannot afford to even come close to spending a fraction of what they currently are to get our word out to voters. 

Would you consider making a donation today to help us reach as many voters with this digital ad as possible? Even small donations can really add up. Together, I know that we can make a huge difference. The fact that we are here today, 30 days from voting on a referendum that you initiated is proof that together, we can and we will stop the CMP Corridor. 

So please consider donating today! Let’s get this ad in front of every voter before November 2.

To donate securely online, click below. To donate by check, mail a check payable to No CMP Corridor to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.


Early Voting/Absentee Voting

While there’s 30 days until Election Day, absentee ballots will be available at town offices as early as tomorrow, October 4th! If you would like more information on early voting, or absentee voting, please text YESON1 to 474747 or visit yestorejectcmpcorridor.com/votetoday.

Please, don’t wait until November 2 to vote! Maine allows voters to cast their votes early for any reason. Let’s get as many votes as we can in the bank before Election Day!


In addition to voting early yourself, we’re asking for your help to get as many others to the polls early to VOTE Yes on 1. Please consider signing up today to help us call supporters to remind them to vote! Making calls is an easy way that you can make a real impact from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace when it’s convenient for you. If everyone on this list were to make just five calls every day for the next 30 days, we would get a whole lot of supporters out to the polls. Personally, I pledge to make 250 calls between now and November 2nd. 

How many calls can you make? 

Reach out to Joel Small, our volunteer coordinator in charge of our phone effort today to sign up: [email protected]

We are also asking Yes on 1 voters to help spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to your friends and family with a personalized note explaining why you are passionate about voting Yes on Question 1 to stop the CMP Corridor. 


Upcoming Events

Register here to join BDN editorial page editor Susan Young and assistant editorial page editor Matt Junker for a digital debate with panelists from both sides of Question 1, the transmission line corridor referendum. This event will help bring clarity and insight into the vote and what you need to know to make an informed decision in November.


DEP Public Hearing

On Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 pm, the Maine DEP will hold a public hearing to receive evidence on whether the license issued by DEP to CMP and NECEC for the corridor should be suspended in light of the recent Superior Court decision to vacate the lease.

WE NEED YOU ALL TO PARTICIPATE by either signing up to speak or submitting comments in advance. 

I've posted on our website the testimony I submitted. Click here to view it.

For instructions on submitting testimony, check out our September 12 newsletter where we gave a detailed explanation on it. In short, if you wish to speak, you must register with Ruth Ann Burke at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2021. Individuals who do not register to speak in advance will be allowed to testify, time permitting.

I hope it is helpful to you in drafting your own either to submit before the meeting or share live on during the hearing. If we can answer any questions for you, please email us at [email protected].


Featured Story of the Week:

‘Yes on 1’ campaign explains question origin and intentions

Adam Cote, the lawyer representing the 'Yes on 1' campaign says the referendum's goal is narrow, stopping the New England Clean Energy Connect.

"The only project that I'm aware of in the state of Maine that this referendum would apply to is the CMP corridor," said Cote. 

In terms of whether this law would impact any private project, Cote said, "The two-thirds vote [by the Maine Legislature] is strictly on public land. The majority vote is if there is a massive construction project that goes over 50 miles, the legislature needs to vote majority on it."


When asked by News Center Maine for an example of another project that would be impacted by Question 1, CMP failed to respond. The very next day, however, CMP came up with two rinky dink leases for uses of public land which predate the constitutional amendment and are obviously not substantial alterations of public land. CMP and HQ are grasping for straws because they are desperate to confuse Maine voters into thinking Question 1 does anything other than stop their terrible, unpopular for-profit project.


Featured Interviews - In Case You Missed It:

1. Campaign update from attorney Adam Cote

2. Adam Cote on WVOM

3. Representative Jennifer Poirier on WSKW


First Featured Letter of the Week

CMP’s shifty, shifting tactics

By Sandi Howard


Second Featured Letter of the Week

Vote Yes on Question 1 to halt CMP project
By Cathy Whorf

Need I go on? Vote Yes on Question 1 to stop CMP and their constant disregard for the good people of Maine.”


Finally, I would be remiss to not mention the fact that this week, the PUC voted to launch a probe of CMP’s management structure because it doesn’t believe that recent improvements are real, or lasting. This investigation is in addition to the ongoing investigation into CMP’s complete failure to connect Maine-based renewables to the grid in a timely or professional manner. TWO current PUC investigations, and the company wants us to now trust it with the heart of the western Maine forest? Need I say more?


Second Featured Story of the Week

PUC orders probe of CMP management structure


Activist of the Week

This week, please join us in thanking Elly Daniels, owner of The Green Store in Belfast. Elly has graciously opened up her doors not one, but two winters in a row to help us collect signatures, and she’s featured our swag for years to her customers. Now, she is serving as a sign captain and a hub for Belfast area materials. Please join us in thanking Elly for going above and beyond to help our cause in such a meaningful way. If you’re in the Belfast area and you’re in need of a sign or bumper sticker, please visit The Green Store, and while you’re there, please send Elly our best.


That’s all for this week, folks. I hope you will all consider a donation to help us promote our newest ad, and I challenge each of you to pledge a certain number of calls today to help us get as many supporters to vote as possible.

To donate securely online, click below. To donate by check, mail a check payable to No CMP Corridor to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.

This is it, folks. Let’s make these last 30 days really count.

Best,

Sandi





 

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  • John Meagher
    commented 2021-10-05 09:52:20 -0400
    Vote Yes on 1