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Rep. John Andrews: National Popular Vote scheme still needs to be fought in Legislature

Rep. John Andrews (R-Paris) says the National Popular Vote scheme must still be fought in the Maine Legislature and Mainers who want to protect the electoral college should contact their Representatives and Senators to make their voices heard.

Following is the weekly Republican Radio Address, delivered by Rep. John Andrews of Paris, Maine. The audio version of the address is available following the text.

Our founders established a system of checks and balances designed to
protect everyone, especially minorities, from the tyranny of the majority.
It is a result of compromise that brings people together for the good of the
whole.

The Legislature’s Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, of which I
am a member, recently held a public hearing on two bills designed to
subvert the Electoral College in electing the President of the United
States.

Rather than amend the Constitution, which requires overwhelming
agreement, supporters of this approach are seeking to get around the
Constitution by committing Maine into entering an interstate compact
with other willing states to award their electoral votes to the winner of
the national popular vote across 50 states. This would be done at the
expense of other states not in the compact and the current Constitutional
system that utilizes the Electoral College.

Wisely, the committee in a bipartisan manner, voted to move the
measure Ought-Not-to-Pass. That recommendation now goes to the full
legislature.

There is much at stake. Vigilance is needed to protect our liberty.

There is much at stake. Vigilance is needed to protect our liberty.

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If this scheme succeeds, I have no doubt that it will result in a
Constitutional Crisis that requires a ruling by the United States Supreme
Court.


If this scheme succeeds, I have no doubt that it will result in a
Constitutional Crisis that requires a ruling by the United States Supreme
Court.

rep. john andrews

We are Mainers not New Yorkers or Californians. We drink moxie and
eat whoopie pies and while we share many values with citizens in other
states we have a culture and an identity all our own. It is why we are
proudly Mainers.

The current system favors Maine and the influence of our citizens to
impact the selection of a President. To abandon this system is to cede
Maine’s voice to New York and California. In 2016, Maine had an
unprecedented three visits from a presidential candidate and many visits from both candidates’ top surrogates. To have Maine just agree with the
popular vote regardless of how the people of Maine vote would
subjugate us to the will of Texans, New Yorkers, Californians, and
Floridians. It would mean that while Mainers wanted John Kerry for
President in 2004 Maine would have voted for George W. Bush, the
winner of the popular vote.

Our founders divided government to protect the diverse perspectives of
individuals and the different ideas of different states. That diversity is
valuable to us as a whole by providing divergent view points and
ensures that in a country of over 300 million people we are able to
provide opportunities for people to live in communities that best suit
them.

As a member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs committee, I applaud the
Democrats who joined all Republican members to do the right thing by
voting to protect Maine’s independence and sovereignty. W will work in
a bipartisan effort to ensure Maine has a loud voice on the national
stage. Virginia is for lovers, Texas doesn’t want to be messed with and in New Hampshire they live free or die. I want to keep Maine the way
life should be and not lose ourselves to states that maybe don’t share the
same outlook that we have here in Maine.

Passage of this anti-constitutional scheme is likely unless citizens like
you contact your elected representatives. You have the power to
influence this vote.


I encourage all of you to reach out to your representatives and senators
to support our voice and way of doing things.

Rep. john andrews

I encourage all of you to reach out to your representatives and senators
to support our voice and way of doing things.

This is Representative John Andrews from Paris thank you for listening.

Audio of Weekly Republican Radio Address from Rep. John Andrews

Representative John Andrews (R-Paris) represents House District 73, the towns of Buckfield, Hebron and Paris. He also serves as a member of the Paris Select Board, Paris Economic Development Committee, Norway Paris Fish and Game, Waterford Fish and Game, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the Gun Owners of Maine.

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