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  •  Republican Sen.Collins voted against an increase. (3+ / 0-)
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    her Democratic opponent Shenna Bellows  had this to say.

    “I know what it's like to grow up in poverty, struggling to break into the middle class,” said Bellows. “In the minimum wage debate, the guiding principle should be that mothers and fathers who work 2 or 3 jobs should not be living in poverty. The guiding principle should not be: What will out-of-touch Republican politicians, many of whom are millionaires, agree to in order to keep their corporate funders happy.

    “Instead of fighting to give American workers a $10.10 living wage, Senator Collins is joining with corporate interests and national Republicans to water down the bare minimum that workers need to stay out of poverty. She is fighting to reduce wages for thousands of Mainers and millions of Americans. If I were in the Senate, I'd be leading the fight to rally the public and get out-of-touch Republican politicians to do the will of the people on this issue.”  Shenna Bellows (D-ME)

    One of her many endorsements had this to say about Shenna-
    “Congress today is made up of millionaires who are far removed from the lives of ordinary, working-class Americans. Shenna grew up working-class, the daughter of a carpenter. She understands the value of hard work and what it takes to get ahead. We need people like her – who understand the needs of working families – to fight for us in Congress.”

    Tim Doughty, President of the American Postal Workers Union Local 458

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      she voted to continue debating the issue.  She will likely follow that up with some breathtakingly disingenuous and very heavily publicized 'compromise negotiations.'  This will then be billed as taking the lead to raise the minimum wage for Mainers, even though the minimum wage will not have been raised due to 'Democratic intransigence.'  

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 01:02:11 PM PDT

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