Maine high court’s CMP corridor decision will change referendum politics for good

Bangor Daily News Maine’s high court checked Mainers’ right to legislate after an explosion in the use of referendums in recent years. The seismic decision by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday to effectively prevent a question that would kill Central Maine Power’s $1 billion corridor proposal from going on the November ballot will have repercussions for years, but not just around the controversial project and perhaps not how you think. Continue reading

8.16 Newsletter

Friends --  As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Maine’s highest court ruled this week that our referendum should not be included on this November’s ballot. It’s a very sad day when our court sides with foreign corporations over the people of Maine. The fact that CMP’s parent company sued the State of Maine to silence their customers, and it worked, is astounding.  Mainers feel very strongly that this project will do irreparable damage to our natural resources, hurt rural our economy and threaten our way of life. That’s why hundreds of you stood outside, during the height of the winter, to collect signatures from more than 66,000 voters who want the opportunity to weigh in on this deeply unpopular project. Continue reading

Rick Bennett August 14

Check out Rick Bennett's recent interview reacting to the Supreme Court's decision! Click HERE to listen.

LTE: CMP corridor is bad for Maine

Sun Journal Hydro-Quebec is a Crown Corporation owned exclusively by the Province of Quebec. Hydro-Quebec stands to make $12.4 billion in profits off of the proposed CMP corridor project by rerouting power they already sell to the Northeast on existing power lines, and charging Massachusetts more for it. Hydro-Quebec will return much of its profit from this project to the government, directly benefiting Canadian residents while Mainers see only pennies. Continue reading

LTE: A propaganda campaign

Daily Bulldog Are you okay with Hydro-Quebec throwing record sums of money behind a political action committee to influence an election in Maine? Considering the fact that they’re owned by the government, and the people of Quebec have a vested interest in the outcome of the upcoming referendum, I sure am not! Continue reading

LTE: Yes this November

Daily Bulldog Hydro-Quebec is a Crown Corporation owned exclusively by the Province of Quebec. Hydro-Quebec stands to make $12.4 billion in profits off of the CMP Corridor by rerouting power they already sell to the Northeast on existing power lines, and charging Massachusetts more for it. Hydro-Quebec will return much of their profit off this project to their government, directly benefiting their residents while Mainers see only pennies. Continue reading

Maine Supreme Judicial Court hears arguments about the role of ballot referenda in overturning state administrative agency decisions

Ballotpedia News On August 5, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments in a case about whether voters may use the ballot referendum process to reverse actions taken by a state administrative agency. At issue is a ballot referendum set to appear on the November 2020 ballot that would overturn a state agency decision giving a power company permission to build a high-voltage power line. Continue reading

Maine Voices: Power line would disrupt commercial forest

Press Herald Imported Canadian hydropower would crowd out biomass generation, hurting the state's forest economy. Some have suggested the proposed project to build CMP’s New England Clean Energy Connect would be good for Maine’s forests. As a small woodlot owner and winner of multiple forest management awards, I say that is far from the truth because they ignored what biomass management does to improve the forest. Simply stated, the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) would damage Maine’s forests by harming the biomass sector. Let me explain. Continue reading

LTE: Vote ‘YES’ to protected Maine environment

Daily Bulldog Maine is a beautiful state full of many great people and natural wonders. We all know and recognize that. However, two foreign corporations continue to fail to recognize that. Central Maine Power Company, the most disliked public utility in the country, is one of those corporations, and it is attempting to construct a new electrical transmission line to deliver power to Massachusetts, and doing so will put all of Maine’s iconic wilderness at risk. Continue reading

8.9 Newsletter

Friends -- Last week, I told you about how a bipartisan group of legislators, both past and present, banded together to send a letter to Hydro-Quebec, requesting that they stop exploiting a loophole in Maine’s election law to funnel millions into a flashy PR campaign to sway Maine voters. Well, Hydro-Quebec has responded with a promise to continue pumping as much money as it takes into this race to greenwash CMP’s terrible project with ongoing “information efforts.” As a reminder, Hydro-Quebec, solely owned by the Canadian government, stands to make $12.4 billion in profit, and they’ve already spent more than $6 million on an aggressive ad campaign against our effort. Continue reading