• Grayson Hoffman

Women on the Issues: Gideon vs. Collins for Maine's Senate Seat

Updated: Aug 13


Left image: https://speakergideon.com Right image: collins.senate.gov

As with last week’s article comparing Iowa’s Senate candidates, Maine is similarly faced with two female candidates: Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon and four-term incumbent Senator Susan Collins. And still, some might ask why women are running against each other in such a male dominated field. Again, I urge you to look where these women stand on issues that are important to you. Gideon and Collins view policy and politics very differently. Here is where each candidate stands on some controversial issues impacting Mainers. 


REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Gideon

  • Led the Maine legislature to pass laws ensuring all Mainers have affordable access to reproductive care and wants to expand and protect access for all Americans (1)

  • Will fight back against attacks to defund Planned Parenthood, roll back the Title X Gag Rule (which , and work to end Senate confirmation of anti-choice judicial nominees (1)

  • Endorsed by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List (2)

Collins

  • Voted to appoint Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, despite his record of anti-abortion rulings and the testiomy of Dr. Blasey Ford, who alleged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school (3)

  • Has previously voted to defund Planned Parenthood 


GUN CONTROL

Gideon

  • Sees gun violence as “one of the biggest issues that we face in this nation” (4)

  • Wants to pass smart gun safety measures including universal background checks (4) 

  • Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety (5)

Collins

  • Helped re-introduce a “red flag” law to give law enforcement or family members the power to prevent individuals posing a threat from possessing firearms (6)

  • She believes this act would “enhance gun safety while… preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens” (6)


ENVIRONMENT

Gideon

  • As Speaker, she passed the most aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy production in Maine’s history (7)

  • Will take immediate action on climate change nationally: rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, setting goals to move to a completely clean energy system, setting strict carbon emissions reduction targets, and investing in clean energy (7)

  • Endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund (8) 

Collins 

  • Wants to advance “reasonable and effective policies… to protect the environment” (9)

  • Worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on foreign oil (9)


OPIOID CRISIS

Gideon

  • Passed legislation in ME to expand addiction, treatment and prevention programs; brought both parties together to override Governor LePage’s veto of bills addressing the epidemic (10)

  • Will fight to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role, expand access to affordable addiction treatment, and fund education and prevention efforts (10)

Collins

  • Fought to include provisions to combat Maine’s opioid epidemic in the fiscal year 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies funding bill (11)

  • Voted against an amendment to the Opioid Crisis Response Act that would have imposed fines on companies and executives that illegally marketed or distributed opioids (12)


LGTBQ+ EQUALITY

Gideon

  • As Maine Speaker, she led passage of legislation banning conversion therapy and the “gay and trans” panic defense; she also wrote and passed legislation putting health care protections for transgender Mainers into state law (13)

  • Supports the Equality Act, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, and the Every Child Deserves a Family Act; additionally, she will work to outlaw conversion therapy nationally and remove recent anti-LGTBQ+ regulations in healthcare (13)

  • Endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign (14)

Collins

  • One of the lead sponsors of the Equality Act, but Collins-approved Justice Kavanaugh dissented against the Court’s ruling that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender employees from being fired (15) 

  • Has supported certain LGTBQ issues, but continues to support the agendas of President Trump, Leader McConnell, and Justice Kavanaugh (16)


So there it is, a quick overview of Gideon vs. Collins on issues that are deeply important to so many. Even though more women must be in politics and have a seat at the table, it is also important to decide who will best represent your views at that table. This November, Mainers will have to choose between a new voice who will fight for one set of values or a four-term senator who has shown what she will and will not fight for in Congress. 


For further information on Sara Gideon and what she cares about, visit her campaign website. You can check out what she’s already done for Maine as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives right here. For more information on Chellie Pingree, who is running for re-election to the House of Representatives in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, click here


Sources:

  1. https://saragideon.com/issue/reproductive-rights/

  2. https://saragideon.com/category/press-releases/

  3. https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/elections/pressroom/very-disappointed-susan-collins-no-longer-protects-mainers-repro

  4. https://www.mainepublic.org/post/maine-moms-demand-action-advocates-gun-control-legislation

  5. https://saragideon.com/category/press-releases/

  6. https://www.collins.senate.gov/newsroom/senators-collins-king-reintroduce-“red-flag”-bill-prevent-gun-violence-while-protecting

  7. https://saragideon.com/issue/climate-environment/

  8. https://saragideon.com/category/press-releases/

  9. https://www.collins.senate.gov/issues/environment

  10. https://saragideon.com/issue/opioid-crisis/

  11. https://www.collins.senate.gov/newsroom/senator-collins-champions-provisions-help-combat-maine’s-opioid-epidemic

  12. https://mainebeacon.com/collins-took-opioid-linked-contributions-opposed-corporate-accountability/

  13. https://saragideon.com/issue/lgbtq-rights/

  14. https://saragideon.com/category/press-releases/

  15. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sen-susan-collins-faces-criticism-for-kavanaugh-vote-after-supreme-court-ruling-protecting-gay-transgender-workers/2020/06/15/687cdda6-af4b-11ea-856d-5054296735e5_story.html

  16. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/507462-major-lgbtq-rights-group-endorses-collins-opponent-for-the-first-time

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