Maxmin discusses Question 1 with constituents at coffee chat

Penobscot Bay Pilot As a state representative and now as a state senator, Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro, has hosted several “Coffees with Chloe” around her district. With Election Day a month away, the latest chat was Oct. 4 at Cupacity in Damariscotta with the main topic being Question 1. Other topics included mandatory vaccinations, the right whale and bipartisanship. Maxmin is a two-term legislator. She was elected to the state senate in 2020 defeating incumbent Dana Dow, a Waldoboro Republican. She told a dozen participants at her coffee chat about her opposition to Question 1. “It’s confusing and the No side is misleading voters with their advertising,” she said.  Continue reading

Maine primed for energetic referendum fueled by CMP corridor

Bangor Daily News Absentee voting kicks off today ahead of the November referendum on the Central Maine Power corridor, along with two other ballot questions and local races. The controversial $1 billion project could drive higher turnout for an odd-year election, although that has not shown up yet with absentee voting just kicking off today. Continue reading

Keith LTE: Question 1 ‘retroactive’ in only the best way

Kennebec Journal When I received a tax refund, the government was implicitly telling me that they made a mistake: “Too much money was withheld from your income, Thomas. Here is the rest of it back.” Yes, to return that money to me was “retroactive.” It involved reversing an earlier decision. But I am sure we would both agree that, retroactive or not, my tax refund was not an evil or nefarious plot to take away my rights. Ballot Question 1 is indeed “retroactive.” It gives the Legislature (a superior body) the opportunity to alter an earlier mistake made by the agency (an inferior body) that issued Central Maine Power its permit. It is “retroactive” in a deeply American sense. It is “retroactive” like a tax refund. It seems then that the only dangerous precedent at stake is the one being advanced by CMP’s multimillion-dollar advertisement campaign: a precedent that lumps the good retroactivity in with the bad. Thomas Keith Manchester

Morris LTE: Don’t allow CMP corridor to ruin our state

Kennebec Journal This is just a friendly common-sense reminder to all of you that claim to be true Maine people. If you truly care about this beautiful state you call home you will not allow Central Maine Power and the foreign company that owns them destroy it. You will vote yes on Question 1 this November if you care. Continue reading

Whorf LTE: Vote ‘yes’ on 1 to preserve Maine’s forests

Portland Press Herald Central Maine Power has been trying to buy Mainers’ approval of their wildly unpopular corridor project by spouting claims that the retroactivity provision of the November referendum question isn’t legal or fair. However, CMP knowingly entered into an illegal lease, crossing public lands before having all of their permits. That lease has now been revoked. So, retroactively requiring a two-thirds vote from the Legislature on a new public lands lease and on construction of any high-impact electric transmission lines is the right thing to do. Any construction done now is at their own risk. Continue reading

Diamon OpEd: Politics & Other Mistakes: Firing the retro rockets

Daily Bulldog I wasn’t listening too closely, but I was pretty sure I heard that the latest TV spot from Central Maine Power’s cronies supporting the transmission line through western Maine to deliver Canadian electricity to Massachusetts said the referendum to stop that project is “radioactive.” If that was true, it was serious, because we all know radioactivity causes cancer, the Incredible Hulk and Ted Cruz. On the other hand, lots of stuff is mildly radioactive, so it might not be a big deal. It’s not as if the Pentagon planned to nuke Wytopitlock or something. Oh wait, I just heard the ad again (it runs about every six minutes because CMP is spending a zillion bucks on it). It’s not “radioactivity,” after all. It’s “retroactivity,” which has less to do with H-bombs and more to inspire F-bombs. Continue reading

What Mainers need to know about voting absentee in November’s referendum election

Bangor Daily News AUGUSTA, Maine — Absentee ballots begin going out to Maine voters Monday [October 4, 2021]  ahead of the November referendum and municipal elections dominated by a question looking to overturn the $1 billion hydropower corridor through western Maine. Continue reading

Bilancia LTE: Maine should not be Massachusetts’ extension cord

Portland Press Herald Central Maine Power’s electricity corridor is a bad deal for Maine for many reasons, and I believe that is why CMP, which has been ranked as the worst-run U.S. company for customer satisfaction, is spending millions of dollars on deceptive ads trying to confuse people and convince them to support something they know has been very unpopular across the state. CMP’s latest line of deception is about “retroactive laws.” Voting yes on Question 1 on the upcoming ballot stops the CMP power corridor from going forward, and it’s retroactivity provisions are focused on this issue, not some broad attempt to prevent any other kind of project or to hurt Maine’s economy. It merely enforces existing law and requires these kinds of high-impact power projects to be approved by the legislature. Continue reading

WATCH: Truth Tracker: Analyzing Political Ads of Question 1

Click HERE to watch on WGME-13 PORTLAND (WGME) With election say just around the corner, most of us have seen the dueling television ads over Question 1 -- The CMP Corridor referendum. On the “Vote No on 1” side, the ads focus almost exclusively on one thing, and one word, “retroactivity.” What does that mean? It comes down to the permits CMP received to build the corridor. Continue reading

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. Continue reading