It seems like perhaps the candidates have been waffle-y or a bit unclear on this.

Russia never stopped having a cold war with us.

Maybe you don't remember getting under your desk in drills? (as if a desk would stop a bomb) I'm old like that.

Russia is not an ally.

#mepolitics
This is not a partisan issue. This is a patriot issue.

We should never lose sight that there is one country on this planet more than any other that would love nothing more than to disrupt our peace, destroy our trade relations, and decimate our economy.

Russia.

#mepolitics
We are not friends.

We are not frenemies.

They are directly, actively at war with our nation and have been for decades.

It is a congressional duty to be aware of such enemies engaging in active hostile acts and behave accordingly.

#mepolitics
If our "leaders" are not taking action,
If they pander and sow distrust in our institutions,
If they use the term fake news for information that is unpleasant but true,
If they ever tell you a US opponent is an enemy...

Rip them out of office.

Every. Single. One.

#mepolitics
Replace our leadership with those who put Maine and our country first; those who recognize political differences as an opportunity to work together, not cause division to win an election or get a bazinga!

Demand better. Demand people who will stop this circus.

#mepolitics
The *only* way we stop this is to:

✔️ acknowledge it
✔️ address it
✔️ collaborate with parties
✔️ stop EVER considering a different political opinion as an enemy equivalent

Vote for patriotic, competent people who are not distracted by shiny things.

#mepolitics
Any candidate who is telling you to see the other major political party as an enemy out to destroy your way of life, unfollow them immediately.

Snap your wallet shut.

Make a conscious choice to be done with Russian reindeer games, and demand candidates follow suit.

#mepolitics
Here is your duty - yell at your party loudest. They will listen to you.

If your candidate says "fake news" call him or her out.

If your news source is being ridiculous, demand objective reality.

Demand and reward collaboration, competency and ethics.

#mepolitics
Hold every single leader and wanna be leader to the same standard for ethics, morals, competency - regardless of party.

If a candidate is silent when they should not be, hides, misrepresents their votes or views, speak out.

#mepolitics
If you are an Independent, get off your rump. You are the silent majority and there are more of us.

The unenrolled single-handedly determine the outcomes in many elections. Flex that power and demand the parties behave better, support candidates that demand better.

#mepolitics
There are many issues that we are all pissed off about.

There is one that is a cancer provoking all the rest and tearing us apart.

Russia.

Call, write, stop by your legislators particularly your own party, and demand action on Russia. Not a trivial vote. Action.

#
#mepolitics
PS - you all are now responsible for keeping the Russian bots away from my social media.
cc: @RepPoliquin make some REAL noise
@golden4congress dude, you were a marine, SPEAK UP.
@willhoar ?

This is more important than any of the other issues. The silence is deafening.

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Oct 7, 2018
Hey twitter -

I'd like to take my regularly scheduled #SundaySoapbox and do a last minute swap to focus on Susan Collins.

Let me preface by reminding you I am not running against Susan at this time, but I do have an election in a month that I could use support for.

#mepolitics
I am a constituent of Susan's. Ever since I have moved here I am astonished at how incredibly effective she is at harnessing people's hope and her words like a damn magician.

Though she is a consistent conservative vote, she is able to focus all eyes on her.

#SundaySoapbox
Let's be clear, Susan is a troll.

Susan is truly brilliant. Absolutely amazing. She captures the hearts and minds of moderates repeatedly despite pulling the football every time.

It's horrific for most constituents, and a blasphemy to representative government.

#SundaySoapbox
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Sep 21, 2018
It's not very frequent that I comment on a presidential tweet, but this is not ok.

Sexual assault is traumatic. For many the thought of even admitting it has happened to them keeps them from reporting.

Then the worry about having to beg to be believed.

#mepolitics
Then your family and community will look at you different.

Your behavior will be questioned, and even if you has zero responsibility, many will blame you for being a tease, wanting it, being irresponsible for choosing what should be a totally innocuous setting.

#mepolitics
Since folks have posting yearbook photos, here is one of mine.

Take a moment to contemplate how many unwanted sexual advances and sexual assaults I had to fend off in the school-sanctioned athletic uniform.

#mepolitics
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Sep 5, 2018
Hey #mepolitcs...Since I'm stuck for a bit, want to go with me on a journey?

Let's picture what the job and future elections looks like if I win.

Aka, what can you expect from a rep who does not perma-campaign.

#TWPSB
In this hypo traditional campaigning requires around $1+ million per year to get and/or keep a house seat (plus all the other energy you have to expend to keep the peanut gallery PACs happy).

Let's assume they're at it 5 days/week and take a couple weeks off per year.

#TWPSB
$1,000,000/50/5 = $4,000/day

Whew, that's a fundraising nut!

How much energy do you think it takes to rake in an extra $500 each work hour while doing important stuff like making laws?

That's more per hour than you make for the actual job. How would you prioritize?

#TWPSB
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Sep 3, 2018
Hey #mepolitics, I found my inspiration for a #SundaySoapbox a day late. It's a holiday, right?

I had someone compare me to @BarackObama last week and minutes ago I had someone reference hope and change.

Let's talk about hope and change.
Change I'm all for, we'll get back to that.

Let's start with hope.

I have to confess, I don't love hope.

Hope...can be kind of a dick.

It teases you.

You *think* something maybe, kind of can happen.

If you just hope enough it'll be right?

MUST. HOPE.

#SundaySoapbox
It's probably my family law background.

Too many really lovely people hoping for their partner, child, parent, etc to be the person they could be if that partner, child, parent, etc if they only changed, which of course they have no desire and/or resources to do.

#SundaySoapbox
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Sep 1, 2018
Hey #mepolitics - Ready for another round of #SeeMaineWithTiffany?

Who wants to guess where I was today?
There were many apples, a wagon ride and delighted bees.

#SeeMaineWithTiffany
The views were amazing!

#SeeMaineWithTiffany
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Aug 28, 2018
I've been asked this a lot - what is the benefit of ranked choice voting?

If you feel like politics keeps pushing far left or far right as candidates differentiate, RCV lets you pick the moderate with the back-up of "not the other one".

I made you a chart.

#mepolitics
Maybe you think of yourself as an independent, moderate, etc, and really don't love either party (but probably like one party less) - you can select me as your first choice, and still have the back up of another candidate if not enough people agree with you.
#mepolitics
In this race, folks who like Bruce probably don't like Jared, folks who prefer Jared probably aren't keen on Bruce.

A lot of folks would like (or find less annoying) someone who really isn't a party. With RCV, you can do that! It removes the risk of vote-splitting.

#mepolitics
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