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A few weeks ago, Gov. LePage told a conservative women’s group that 47% of able-bodied Mainers do not work. The statistic has since been revealed to be completely untrue.[i]  Less than a week later, the Portland Press Herald has now reported that Portland’s homeless population has hit a new all-time high.[ii] The timing of these incidents is not coincidental.

I heard the title statement several times and in a couple of different contexts during my first weekend of Emerge training. 

These days I often have conversations featuring my nearly four-year-old daughter, Lila May and I animate on her latest negotiation tactics, one of her hilarious statements or I maybe reenact the most recent performance she has put on.  My mother likes to remind me that I’m raising myself and she quite disturbingly is glowing from the joy of watching these moments unfold before her.

Emerge Maine is the premier political training program in Maine for Democratic women interested in running for and serving in political office. Emerge Maine is seeking a candidate for the Executive Director position who can develop and implement a strategic plan to increase our fundraising, raise our profile in Maine Democratic politics, and continue to oversee our six month training program.

 

About 150 people converged on the Senator Inn in Augusta June 20th to congratulate Emerge Maine honorees Attorney General Janet Mills and state Democratic Party secretary Heidi Brooks for their Woman of the Year and Rising Star awards.

 

The crowd

 

Right now, too many Mainers are unemployed or underemployed because they are not equipped with the skills businesses need. Hard work is built into Maine people, but workers need access to an education that will allow them to compete in the modern economy.

The number of available jobs is rising as our economy continues recovering from the recent recession. Unfortunately, too many Maine workers do not have the skills necessary to fill these positions. An estimated 3,863 Maine jobs will go unfilled between now and 2018, according to a report by Southern Maine Community College.

There is no doubt that Emerge Maine board member Andrew Roth-Wells has done his fair share of jumping around in the political world.From running a congressional campaign in New York to working on Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s 2002 U.S. Senate campaign to working on various economic and social justice issues with advocacy organizations, Roth-Wells has seen all sides of progressive politics.

A Harvard University study notes that medical expenses are one of the most common reasons cited when a person files for bankruptcy. In fact, 62 percent of all personal bankruptcies are filed because of huge medical debt.

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