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About Me

Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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FLIPPABLE: Laura Liegois for IA-HD91

Laura Liegois, community leader, mother of two, former Muscatine Solid Waste Manager, and small business owner announced her candidacy to represent Iowa’s 91st House District, which includes Muscatine, Fruitland, Stockton, and Walcott.

Liegois is the owner of Municipal Connections, a business that works with government organizations, non-profits, and small businesses on numerous government projects to improve communities. She is also an educator at Eastern Iowa Community College. Previously, Laura was the Muscatine Solid Waste Manager, where she helped Muscatine and surrounding communities with numerous environmental programs.

Laura is married to Jason, an educator, with two children, Jacob and Madeline. She was born and raised in Muscatine and has been an active volunteer and leader there her whole life. Laura serves the community through her involvement with the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, Muscatine Community College Alumni, Muscatine Diabetes Project, and the Muscatine Boxing Club. She also volunteers with the Vineyard Church and Muscatine High School. Laura was named as One of 50 Faces of Volunteerism by the Governor and the Greater Chamber of Commerce of Muscatine’s Volunteer of Year in 2016.


FLIPPABLE: Laura Fortman for ME-SD13

Growing up as the oldest child in a working-class family, Laura experienced first-hand how critically important it is for everyone to have access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.

Laura has spent her life making sure people have a voice on the issues that impact their lives. She has served at the helm of the Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine Women’s Policy Center, the Maine Department of Labor, and the United States Department of Labor (wages and hours division). Laura also held the role of director of the Frances Perkins’ Center – a personally meaningful role for her as Perkins has long been a hero of Laura’s.

She has led efforts to end sexual assault, domestic violence, and discrimination, and to expand access to healthcare and better jobs in our communities.

Laura has built coalitions, created programs, and brought funds to Maine that are making a real difference in the lives of hard-working Maine people.

In 1996, Laura fought to help pass Maine's first clean elections laws. In her campaign for Maine Senate, she refuses to take a dime from lobbyists, PACs or other special interests. Thanks to the support of nearly 600 Senate District 13 residents, Laura is no longer seeking clean elections qualifying $5 contributions for this race and is focused on listening to the concerns of people in her district.

Senate District 13 includes the towns of Alna, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Hibberts Gore, Jefferson, Louds Island, Monhegan Island Plantation, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Somerville, South Bristol, Southport, Waldoboro, Washington, Westport Island, Whitefield, Windsor, and Wiscasset


FLIPPABLE: Louis Luchini for ME-SD07

Louie Luchini was born and raised in Ellsworth, graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1999 where he was a state champion runner. He attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in human biology and was an all-American runner. After graduating, Louie signed a contract to run professionally for Nike and has competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in both 2004 and 2008.

Louie lives in Ellsworth and coaches the Ellsworth High School cross country team. He has served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing Ellsworth and Trenton, including three as House Chairman of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, and the Chair of the House Ethics Committee. His work with veterans earned him a “Legislator of the Year” award from the American Legion in 2017.


FLIPPABLE: Mary Lightbody for OH-HD19

My name is Mary Lightbody. I have an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a doctorate in science education from Ohio State. For the last 25 years I have been in K-12 and university classrooms in central Ohio teaching science and the gifted in the Columbus, Hilliard, and Westerville schools. For the last 12 years, I have taught future teachers at Otterbein and Ohio State Newark how to teach science to their students in Ohio schools.

I started out as a country girl – grew up in Pepper Pike, east of Cleveland when there were fewer houses and far more open land than are there now, and graduated from Orange High School. My Dad was a Republican and businessman. My Mom, now 99 years old, is a Democrat, an educator and author, and former school board member. I am the 6th of 7 children, and we remain close although we are scattered from Maine to Alaska. Our Family Motto is “Doing does it.”; which really meant that we each developed a work ethic that has stayed with us.

I married a guy from Tiffin, OH whom I met at college. While Rick was enrolled in a PhD program in environmental engineering at MIT he learned during a routine physical that his kidneys were failing, and that he would be on dialysis within the next 18 months. It was the week before Christmas, and I was two months pregnant with our second child. The news was devastating, but a diagnosis of a serious medical issue was not unique to us; I am sure many of you either have or know someone close to you who faces a medical challenge.

We addressed the issue by arranging to do Rick’s hemodialysis treatments at home, which meant our three children grew up with their father hooked to a dialysis machine in the family room three nights a week. We never let the machines dictate our lives, but took them with us on vacation, doing dialysis runs at our parents’ homes and even at a family cabin in Canada where there was neither running water nor electricity. Rick eventually got a kidney transplant but after 16 years his immune system was no longer able to defend him from infections, and after a serious but brief illness and hospitalization in the fall of 2009 he came home, and died a few days later in his sleep.

I was absolutely not prepared for his death. But when I emerged from the fog, I realized that we only get one chance at life. Although I have been in public service through my teaching for years, I wanted to find a way to move into a larger public service opportunity. I continue to teach full time at Ohio State Newark, but I have taken on new roles as a member of the Westerville Public Library Board of Trustees, as a deacon at First Congregational church in Columbus and now as a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives. That same “Doing does it.” spirit I learned from my family helped me all the years we managed Rick’s medical regimes, our family, and our work, and is surely going to help me now as I seek to move into a leadership position to represent you, and to make a difference in our community and state.

I have leadership experience with the state and national science teachers’ professional associations, the Westerville Public Library as a member of the board of Trustees, and the First Congregational Church in Columbus as a deacon. Every year I taught in public schools I was a member of the teachers’ union, and I was an active volunteer in the schools my children attended. For example, I was very active with the Westerville North Academic Boosters for many years. I was elected as the president of the student government in college and as captain of my field hockey teams in high school and college.

I have a varied background, including an undergraduate major from Harvard in Asian Studies (specializing in China and Chinese); international experience in Thailand (1969-70), China (June 1990), and Indonesia (July 2008); 25 years in public education (including eight years with the Columbus City Schools and ten at Ohio State); and a lifetime of living on small farms with horses. I grew up in Pepper Pike, Ohio, and graduated from Orange High School. My late husband, Richard Noss, grew up in Ohio (Tiffin), went to Harvard, and had a doctorate from MIT in environmental engineering. We moved from Massachusetts to our current location in Plain Township in 1988 so our children could grow up knowing their grandparents, all 4 of whom still lived in our childhood homes. Our children, now grown and living out of state, all graduated from Westerville North High School as National Merit Finalists; all three majored in a science in college. My two granddaughters are delightful and treasured.

I stayed home with my children for ten years while my husband was starting his career as a university professor. We carried three mortgages to pay for our first home, a small house in a small town near Amherst, Massachusetts. I learned how to cook dinner for 35, to make bread, to sew, and to knit. In the lean years that followed our move, I made all the children’s clothes, kept a large garden, and “put food by” to reduce on the grocery bill. I think we could not survive on one salary these days, as many others in our community know all too well.

Send me to the State House to fight for a living wage and fair policies that support working families.


FLIPPABLE: Rachel Hunt for NC-HD103

North Carolina can and must do better for our collective futures and economic well-being. Consequently, Hunt is running for the North Carolina Legislature, House Seat 103. Hunt is running for YOU and the values of respect, that have made NC thrive in the past and will enable all of us to come together as North Carolinians.

Hunt is known as a savvy mediator that can bring the best out of parties. As a lawyer, she chose mediation as a means to respectively solve issues and not succumb to common approaches to conquer and divide. As a result, Hunt will take a sensible and practical approach to the task of legislating with respect to YOUR interests.

Hunt is known as a good listener and a leader, willing to take the time to listen to ways YOU think NC can do better. As a sensible and practical problem solver, she will dedicate her unbounded passion and love for NC to solving problems in a way that makes us move forward and with respect for all North Carolinians.

Hunt is known as an education advocate for all of North Carolina's children and has worked as a volunteer in public and charter schools and owns two educational consulting companies. One helps parents find the best fit for their K-12 children and the other helps students find the best colleges.

Hunt is known as an entrepreneur and innovator in business and started the first educational consulting business for K-12 students in Charlotte in 2015.

Most important is….Hunt is known as a leader who works hard and brings people together.


SC-01: Sanford's Open Seat Moves to Lean Republican

One private poll conducted by a reputable pollster depicts a single digit race, with Arrington short of 50 percent. Arrington self-funded $400,000 in the primary and will likely spend more on ads calling her opponent "Pelosi Joe." But Charleston is a fairly efficient market and Cunningham had a respectable $318,000 on hand to Arrington's $61,000 at the end of June. Arrington still has an advantage, but it's a real race.


Georgia lawmaker says he would have no problem if Trump used n-word in the past

(CNN) A Georgia state lawmaker said he would not have an issue if President Donald Trump used the n-word in the past and argued that holding a president accountable for mistakes made before entering office would "set a bad precedent."

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Williams said it is "always wrong to use that word," but that Trump, as President, has not used that word.

He added, "To hold somebody accountable for something he did years ago as our president today, I think it sets a bad precedent."

The question of whether Trump used the racial epithet arose this month from a claim former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman made in her book "Unhinged," which was released this week, that Trump used the racial slur on the set of "The Apprentice" and that a recording of it exists. The alleged existence of the tape has not been verified.


Legislator apologizes on Twitter for racial slurs toward her election opponent

As intense pressure mounted for a legislator to apologize for the racial slurs she unleashed Election Day on her opponent, one has been issued — on Twitter.

State Rep. Bettie Cook-Scott (D-Detroit), was heard by many telling voters, among other things, not to vote for the “ching chong,” referring to her Asian-American opponent state Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).

Both were running in the Aug. 7 election for State Senate District 1.

The number of groups calling for an apology from Cook-Scott had grown to about 20 when an apology was issued Thursday through her attorney, Bill Noakes.

The apology is on Noakes’ Twitter account and it tags a few news outlets and reporters, but not Chang or any of the outlets calling for the apology.

According to Aamina Ahmed, executive director of APIAVote — Michigan, a supporter told them about the apology.


GOP Fundraiser Broidy Under Investigation

“The Justice Department is investigating whether longtime Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy sought to sell his influence with the Trump administration by offering to deliver U.S. government actions for foreign officials in exchange for tens of millions of dollars” the Washington Post reports.

“As part of the investigation, prosecutors are scrutinizing a plan that Broidy allegedly developed to try to persuade the Trump government to extradite a Chinese dissident back to his home country, a move sought by Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

“They are also investigating claims that Broidy sought $75 million from a Malaysian business official if the Justice Department ended its investigation of a development fund run by the Malaysian government.”


I predict the Manafort jury will deliver a mixed bag for Manafort

Guilty on some counts, not guilty on others.
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