We had a big victory yesterday --- but the fight isn't won yet.
Two days ago, I wrote about Senate President Troy Jackson's effort to subvert our Constitution and give Maine’s presidential vote to New York and Chicago under a so-called "National Popular Vote" (NPV).
I gave you the bad news that the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee had just voted 6 to 3 along party lines to endorse this radical legislation.
When that vote took place, however, four committee members were absent.
Under legislative rules, those absent members each had 48 hour to register their votes.
Thank to our efforts at the Free Maine Campaign --- including everyone who contacted the committee and signed our petition --- all 4 absent members have since voted "No."
This included 2 Democrat legislators who (bombarded with emails and phone calls from constituents) broke party ranks to vote against this unconstitutional proposal.
The final vote in committee, as of yesterday afternoon, was 7 to 6 "Ought Not To Pass."
This is a good lesson for us all: when we speak up and tell our legislators clearly what we expect of them, we do have the power to influence their votes.
Why do we, as their constituents, have this ability?
Because we are the ones invested with the constitutional power to fire them in election season if they vote badly.
This was a big victory yesterday, but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels and think the battle is won.
If you haven't yet done so, be sure to Sign the Petition to #SaveMainesVoice and Oppose a National Popular Vote.
Despite winning in committee, NPV now moves forward to the Senate where Senate President Troy Jackson (D), the man leading this effort to give our Presidential votes away to New York and Chicago, runs the show.
Despite its failure in committee, VLA Senate Chairman Louis Luchini (D) will likely call for passage of the minority "Ought To Pass" report.
And once this legislation leaves the Senate, VLA House Chairman John Schneck (D) will do the same in the Maine House of Representatives.
If we don't continue contacting our legislators and urging them to "Vote 'No!' on National Popular Vote," then Democrat majorities in both chambers could override the committee majority report and impose NPV on the Maine people.
Now more than ever, its vitally important for you to take action to Save Maine's Voice against this scheme to give our presidential votes away to New York and Chicago.
Take Action Today:
Sign the Petition to Save Maine's Voice and Oppose the so-called "National Popular Vote."
Tell Your State Senator to "Vote 'NO!' on National Popular Vote."
Tell Your State Representative to "Vote NO!" on National Popular Vote."
- Forward this email to 5 friends and ask them to take acton to #SaveMainesVoice.
Thank you for all your work.
Together, we are making a difference.
Let's Free Maine!
Founder, Free Maine Campaign
P.S. Democrat Senate President Troy Jackson is attacking the very foundation of our electoral system by pushing radical legislation that would bind the votes of Maine people to the so-called "National Popular Vote" for all future Presidential elections.
This would diminish Maine's voice and give more power to big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to pick future US Presidents.
Please take a moment now to Save Maine's Voice and Sign the petition AGAINST a "National Popular Vote."
And if you have already signed the petition, please chip in $50, $25 or even $5 to help the Free Maine Campaign fight back to protect the freedoms and paychecks of all Maine people.