Ranked Choice Voting Beer Elections at Local Breweries Around Maine This September

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“Yes on 5” invites you to sample and rank your favorite Maine craft beers

PORTLAND, ME | August 31, 2016 – The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting today announced unique demonstrations for voters to learn about Question 5 to enact Ranked Choice Voting, which will appear on the November ballot. Voters will sample and rank their favorite craft beers at Beer Elections happening across the state beginning in September.

“This is a fun way to demonstrate how Ranked Choice Voting works, and an opportunity to support Maine’s vibrant craft beer industry,” said campaign manager Kyle Bailey. “We rank choices every day of our lives. Ranking candidates for public office is no different.”

Beer Elections are slated at craft breweries from Kittery to Brewer throughout September beginning on Friday, September 2nd at Oxbow Brewing in Newcastle. Nearly 20 breweries are taking part. (Full listing of Beer Elections.)

If approved by voters, Question 5 would give voters the power to rank candidates for public office. You never have to vote for the “lesser of two evils” when there is another candidate you really like. If your first choice can’t win, your vote is instantly counted for your second choice, so you never feel like their vote is “wasted.”

“By voting “Yes” on Question 5, voters will have more choice and more voice in electing our leaders,” Bailey added. “Ranking candidates is empowering. Ranking beer is just fun.”

Reputation Management and Why Words Matter, Even (More) in a Digital Age

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, there are roughly 228,132 words in the English language. This includes about 47,000 that are no longer in widespread use.

With so many to choose from, you’d think those in the public eye would choose more carefully. Especially considering the forever-ness of anything uttered or written in this digital age.

If you think there’s no longevity in poorly chosen words, we invite you to Google “Depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” and see how 17 years later, the most famous words of her husband’s presidency were used—rightly or wrongly—against Hillary Clinton. (Who has had her own trouble with parsing and verbal coyness.)

Some might argue that is the careful choice and over parsing of words, the excessive message development that has led to the rise of a new crop of blunt-speaking politicians. Straight talk is certainly preferable to obfuscation, but there’s a difference between being plain spoken and being irresponsible.

The natural progression here is to now take Donald Trump to task for everything from overtly racist comments to casually inciting violence but his poorly chosen words—and there are many—are hardly the only ones out there.

This isn’t a plea for political correctness. It’s a call to choose wisely, lest your poor choices haunt you for months and years to come via Google, YouTube, and the myriad social media channels that haven’t been invented yet. Reputation management isn’t always on the minds of public—or private—citizens. But it should be.

Ten years ago, Sen. George Allen’s 2006 campaign imploded thanks to a video that was shot just months after the founding of YouTube. Yet, as the digital age unfolded, promising there would be lasting records of everything, people still seemed inclined to choose the wrong words and share them publicly.

From a clueless Fox Sports reporter who mistakenly believed she was an adult to a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who should have kept her counsel, the casualties of poorly chosen words are everywhere.

Despite riding to the Republican Presidential nomination on a conflagration of inappropriate words, Donald Trump is now seeing his poll numbers suffer. Sixty-nine percent of people in a recent Fox News poll said his comments criticizing Khizr Khan and his wife were “out of bounds.”

Free speech is protected by the Constitution and there are no laws against poor judgment or having a poor vocabulary. But the law of averages says that poorly chosen words eventually will come back to masticate you in the gluteus maximus.


2016 Data from Annual Kids Count Survey Shows Need to Stand Up For Students Greater Than Ever

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Maine drops 5 places from last year to 17th in the overall rankings,

15th in education rankings

AUGUSTA, ME | June 21, 2016 – Stand Up for Students, the campaign working to bring tax fairness and equal educational opportunity to all Maine students is urging Mainers to look at the latest figures for Maine in the annual Kids Count Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Nationally, many states are doing better, thanks to federal and state programs aimed at increasing child wellbeing. Maine is not one of them. As illustrated on Maine Children’s Alliance website, of the top five states, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, three of them are in New England. (And Vermont is in the top 10.)

Maine ranks 17th overall, falling five places from last year. The overall rank is a composite index derived from the combined data across the four domains: (1) Economic Well-Being, (2) Education, (3) Health and (4) Family and Community.

Maine places 15th in the nation in education rankings, 24th in 4th grade reading scores and 18th in 8th grade math scores. Perhaps worst of all, Maine ranks 26th in the nation in young children not attending school.

“We know young children benefit from high-quality pre-K programs and research has consistently told us that pre-K programs help kids and save society money in the long run, but Maine has fallen woefully behind other nearby states in the number of kids enrolled in such programs,” said John Kosinski, Campaign Manager for Stand Up for Students. “This campaign will provide schools the resources they need to start or expand pre-K programs for more students.”



Felicia Knight


(207) 831 5676

Stand Up For Students Announces New Communications Team

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AUGUSTA, ME | June 13, 2016 – Stand Up for Students, the campaign for the November 2016 ballot initiative to adequately fund Maine’s public schools, announces a change in its campaign communications team.

Please be advised that effective immediately, all media relations regarding Stand Up for Students will be handled through The Knight Canney Group.

“We’re pleased to have the campaign communications expertise of The Knight Canney Group helping us as we move forward to give all Maine public school children the full and equal opportunities they deserve in the classroom,” said Campaign Manager, John Kosinski. “In the course of your reporting on any aspect of the Stand Up for Students campaign, we encourage you to contact us for clarifications, fact checking, or interview requests.”


Primary Contact:

Felicia Knight


(207) 831 5676

Secondary Contact:

Jill Valley-Orlando


(808) 271-3624


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