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Hey #mepolitics -

Ready for a #SundaySoapbox?

Tonight I'd like to discuss "career politicians", and how we should maybe rethink that term.

It gets treated like a bad phrase. We're doing it wrong.

I *want* people in politics to see legislation as a career. Let's discuss.
How do we treat careers if we are serious about them?

We strive for proficiency, keep up on continuing education and try to do a good job...even when no one else is looking, because it is satisfying to be competent and well-respected at your career.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
I regularly hear people advocate for term limits. For some elected roles? Sure.

For Congress? No.

But whyyyyyyy? Won't it get out the crummy reps? No. It will get us *more* crummy reps that are crummier.

Huh? Let me explain.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
Congress is a goldilocks job.

If you start too young? Not enough life experience.

If you start too old? Might be incredibly detached from current events and technologies.
(see: most of the hearings on CSPAN involving *any* sort of technology)

That leaves mid-career as our best options.

In case you are wondering...I've just turned 42 last week, right in the zone of perfect for first term.

BUT there is a problem with asking people in their 40s to ding dong ditch their careers for 8 years.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
Those are prime earning years. I don't know about you, but I might like to retire someday. If I dump career for 8 of my best career retirement.

Who would that leave us with?

#mepolitics #SundaySoapbox
It leaves us with independently wealthy and/or those who are in careers that don't provide retirement (which probably aren't the best qualifiers for writing legislation). Is that the Congress you want?

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
It encourages a culture of cashing out. I definitely DO NOT want that. Do you want that?

We should pay a fair wage for a well-done job, and provide performance reviews every 2-6 years for Congress.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
When you hear someone running for office complaining about "career politicians", pop an eyebrow and ask why.

After all, they are interviewing to make that job their career, right?

Why is it ok to be a career for them but not who they want to replace?

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
Treat legislators for federal office like they are seeking a career. You *want* this to be their career, their day job.

Make them demonstrate the skills required for the job.

Wonder what nonsense you are being sold when "career politician" is bad.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
If it's ok with you all, I'm applying to change careers and work on improving our body of law.

The salary meets my needs, I can perform the duties of the job, and I plan to continue to walk the talk in supporting communities by #MaineRaising.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
If you are up for it, I'm not going to pretend I'll go there and get things all fixed up in a couple of years. That's not how it works.

I'm happy to accept being a career politician (though I prefer legislator) with a 2 year performance review.


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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

$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?

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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?


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.

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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.

The views were amazing!

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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.

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.
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.

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