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Fri Apr 4, 2014, 09:00 AM

Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA… and Running for Senate

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Meet Shenna Bellows, Maine’s former ACLU chief who’s looking to unseat Susan Collins with a mix of left and right issues that might appeal to millennials.
The baby boomers had John F. Kennedy—young, charismatic, and TV ready.

Forty years later, Barack Obama was supposed to herald in a new generation, one globalized and beyond the narrow box-checking racial and ethnic categories, and, as he put it, beyond the cultural-war campus debates from the ’60s.

Now those hashtag lovin’, meme generatin’, self-obsessin’ millennials may have found a political candidate of their own.

Shenna Bellows is 39. “I just look 18,” she says. She spent the last eight years as executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, and, prior to that, ran up a résumé familiar to many community-minded millennials: Middlebury College, Peace Corps in Panama, Vista Corps in a housing project in Nashville.

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Reply Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA… and Running for Senate (Original post)
n2doc Apr 2014 OP
rhett o rick Apr 2014 #1
KittyWampus Apr 2014 #2
hootinholler Apr 2014 #17
Enthusiast Apr 2014 #20
muriel_volestrangler Apr 2014 #3
rhett o rick Apr 2014 #5
Blue_Tires Apr 2014 #4
n2doc Apr 2014 #6
Auntie Bush Apr 2014 #10
Voice for Peace Apr 2014 #11
Auntie Bush Apr 2014 #13
WhiteTara Apr 2014 #19
sabrina 1 Apr 2014 #7
PragmaticLiberal Apr 2014 #8
Autumn Apr 2014 #23
99Forever Apr 2014 #24
sabrina 1 Apr 2014 #26
Comrade Grumpy Apr 2014 #9
Jesus Malverde Apr 2014 #12
Zorra Apr 2014 #14
Enthusiast Apr 2014 #22
Jesus Malverde Apr 2014 #25
TheKentuckian Apr 2014 #15
Jesus Malverde Apr 2014 #16
Enthusiast Apr 2014 #21
SidDithers Apr 2014 #18
sabrina 1 Apr 2014 #27
WillyT Apr 2014 #28

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:22 AM

1. It should be interesting to see if those among us that are "anti-leftist"

 

will support her or look for a Blue-Dog to challenge her in the primary.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:24 AM

2. she sounds good to me. And it's curious you use "anti-leftist"

 

The overwhelming majority of DU'ers are definitely left of center.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 01:49 PM

17. While I can accept that

The ones who aren't that left are loud and shrill, as authoritarians usually are.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #17)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 09:00 AM

20. Definitely loud and shrill.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:30 AM

3. Deadline for the primary was March 17th, so she's the Democratic candidate

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:37 AM

5. Great. Thanks for the info. nm

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:31 AM

4. Interesting...

Saw the thread title and thought this would be another one of DU's Rand Paul lovefests...

Thanks for not subjecting us to that again...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:48 AM

6. I can't stand Senator Aqua Buddah

Anyone who thinks that he is anything more than a shill for the 1% is delusional. Just like his racist dad.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:47 AM

10. May I ask who is Aqua Buddah without sounding too naive?

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:01 PM

11. "who is aqua buddha?"

 

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2010/08/who-is-aqua-buddha.html


The strangest episode of Paul’s time at Baylor occurred one afternoon in 1983 (although memories about all of these events are understandably a bit hazy, so the date might be slightly off), when he and a NoZe brother paid a visit to a female student who was one of Paul’s teammates on the Baylor swim team. According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, “He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They’d been smoking pot.” After the woman refused to smoke with them, Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, where they stopped near a creek. “They told me their god was ‘Aqua Buddha’ and that I needed to bow down and worship him,” the woman recalls. “They blindfolded me and made me bow down to ‘Aqua Buddha’ in the creek. I had to say, ‘I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.’ At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no.”

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:06 PM

13. Thanks, Voice of Peace

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #13)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 12:21 AM

19. Creepy, isn't he? nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:54 AM

7. Pro Civil Liberties, that makes her worth supporting right there. The country so badly needs

Representatives who respect the Civil Rights of all human beings.

Anti NSA, hopefully anti CIA also. Those institutions need to go, their criminal records demonstrate that they are out of control and appear to be operating as a separate 'branch' of this government.

Thanks for the link, this will be an exciting race to watch.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:39 AM

8. I can understand wanting to reign in the NSA/CIA but you honestly want to eliminate them?

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Response to PragmaticLiberal (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 09:24 AM

23. Not only rein them in but put a stake in the heart of those agency's, decapitate them

and burn and scatter the ashes.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #23)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 09:36 AM

24. I'll second that!

May the gawddamned authoritarian scum rot and burn. ALL of them.

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Response to PragmaticLiberal (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 6, 2014, 02:05 AM

26. The CIA? Definitely. And the NSA needs to be better controlled by Congress and get rid of the

Private Security Contractors. It is insane that our national security has been privatized. The incentive that a for profit Security Contractor has to create phony threats is so enormous, it is astounding this was ever allowed to happen.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:41 AM

9. She would be a great way to add a "D" seat in the Senate. Go, Shenna!

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:05 PM

12. Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA can be all those things and "Pro-Rich"

We need pro working person, pro jobs, pro america first, pro individual over global corporation.

Abortion, POT, Gay Marriage, the NSA, etc are all sideshows in the class war.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:19 PM

14. +1. While all those social issues are extremely important, we need to elect candidates

who will work diligently in the best interests of the 99% as well, in all areas.

Third Way neoliberals will use social issues as a "carrot on a stick" to maintain the status quo of rule by the 1%, and continue the polarization of wealth and power so that the wealth, power, and control of the 1% can continue to grow at obscene rates.

While a Third Way neoliberal is better than a republican, it is imperative that we nominate and elect sincere progressive FDR type Democrats in unprecedented numbers.

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Response to Zorra (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 09:03 AM

22. +1 an entire shit load!

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Response to Zorra (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 11:10 AM

25. bang bang bang

Nailed it.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:20 PM

15. True dat but just in the article there are hopeful hints

The Peace Corps, blasting Collins on slow walking increasing minimum wage, speaking of environmental and economic crisis on Collins' watch and doing nothing, government not doing its job and investing in infrastructure.

At worst, way better than Susan Collins and potentially way better than most that we have now.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #15)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:24 PM

16. I was being a little flip at the focus on "dog whistle" issues.

Anyone can be better than the status quo, I would like the turn focus to the class war which is being wage by the RICH fighting on all fronts.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 09:03 AM

21. +1 a whole bunch!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 01:56 PM

18. She's the Democratic candidate, so she'll be supported at DU...

Until the perpetually outraged find something they don't like about her.

Then, only DU's "cheerleaders" and "Yay Team!!" posters will continue to support her.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #18)

Sun Apr 6, 2014, 02:11 AM

27. Will you be voting in the election? And speaking of 'perpetually outraged'

Did you support the Democratic Candidate in the NJ Governor's election by any chance? I didn't notice too many 'cheerleaders or the yay team' objecting to the Dem Party supporting the Republican Christie, going so far as almost the entire elected Dem Party in NJ endorsing him despite the outcry from the 'perpetually outraged'. Not the first either the Party supported a Republican. Don't remember much 'cheerleading' for the Dem in those races, here on DU as a matter of fact, EXCEPT from the PERPETUALLY OUTRAGED.

When there is some consistency on this matter of 'cheerleading' and the 'perpetually outraged' who supported BOTH Democrats in both of those races, feel free to offer your advice, until then we of a the perpetually outraged class will continue to replace Republicans and Dinos wherever we can.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Apr 6, 2014, 02:13 AM

28. K & R !!!

 




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