ACLU Sues Maine Governor for Deleting Critical Comments from His Facebook Page

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Maine Governor Paul LePage over his practice of deleting comments and blocking people from his official Facebook page in order to censor dissent. The ACLU says, “Free speech must be protected from government censorship on Facebook just as is it in any other public forum.”

South Portland lawmaker Scott Hamann interviewed by Secret Service for anti-Trump rant on Facebook! Right on, Scott!

U.S. Secret Service agents met with a Democratic lawmaker from South Portland who posted a Facebook rant against President Trump that included a threat against the president, the lawmaker said Friday.

Rep. Scott Hamann said he met with agents Thursday at his home.

But Hamann, who said he has received hundreds of threatening calls, is still facing blowback from the post, which he has since deleted.

On Friday, House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, said Hamann had been kicked off two legislative committees on which he served: Health and Human Services and the Marijuana Legalization Committee.

In a statement Friday, Gideon said the repercussions for Hamann should send a signal to other lawmakers that such comments will be met with swift action. Gideon notified Hamann of her decision Thursday evening, she said.

In the Facebook post, Hamann criticized Trump on several fronts, particularly his treatment of women, and wrote, “Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that (vulgar term).”

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After Election Day, lawmakers treated the will of Maine voters as silly suggestions. Do our representatives really represent us anymore? WTF?

AUGUSTA — The will of the people took a beating at the State House this year.

Laws approved at the ballot box were discarded or altered in the session that just ended, actions that lawmakers defend but which may have political repercussions.

Several laws that voters passed at referendum in November were repealed, amended, delayed or left in legal limbo, including recreational use of marijuana, ranked-choice voting, the minimum wage and an income tax surcharge to fund education. The Legislature also approved changes in the initiative process that will make it harder and more costly to get a question on the ballot in the future.

Maine is one of 24 states that allows citizens to make laws by bringing ballot questions to voters. Often the campaigns are sparked by proposals that legislators have rejected or refused to consider. In two other states, voters can only go to the ballot box to veto laws they disagree with.

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