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Cynthia Dill
Cynthia Dill is an award-winning civil rights lawyer, former state senator and writer from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where she lives with her husband, two kids and a yellow lab. She writes a regular column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and regularly comments on politics for WGME13/FOX 23 television and Maine Public Radio.

In 2012 Dill was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, after serving in the Maine Legislature from 2006 - 2012 as State Representative and Senator.

Dill earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. She works at the law firm Troubh Heisler in Portland, Maine, in addition to writing and commentating on world and national news.

At the national level, Dill has worked with members of Congress and advocacy groups to reform the military justice system, and represents individuals, businesses and veterans in complex civil litigation in Washington, DC and New England.

As a legislator, Dill was appointed Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Communication, Financial Affairs and Interstate Commerce Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce. Dill also has been a panelist at numerous national conferences on broadband and net neutrality.

In addition to her legislative and public policy work, Dill worked as the Director of the Common Cause Digital Democracy Project in Washington, DC, founded the Friends of the Maine Woods, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Maine Community College.

Entries by Cynthia Dill

To Fight Extremism Abroad Americans Must Deploy Weapons of Democracy Here at Home

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 11:41 AM

What's in a name? That which we call Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh by any other name would be as evil.

Radical extremism is the enemy, and those eager to fight it abroad must name and confront it here at home.

"We are in a fight for our principles,...

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One Thing That Is Worse Than Guns

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 1:54 PM

I met Jeff at the Woodfords Congregational Church, a polling place in Portland, Maine, on Election Day. He was videotaping people collecting and providing signatures to put a citizens referendum question on the ballot.

Jeff was nice. He's from Appleton and answered most of my questions politely, and didn't...

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Republican Interrogations on Camera: Better Than Sex

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 4:35 PM

Remember when centerfolds used to be the source of fiery dreams? And juries decided cases in trials that took place in courtrooms?

Remember when Congress passed laws?

If you do, you know times have changed.

Salacious photos are so ubiquitous now that Playboy Magazine has canned bunnies,...

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Donors and Loners -- Separate But Equal All Over Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 3:48 PM

It's hard to believe we used to openly segregate people by race. Separate schools, railroad cars and drinking fountains for blacks and whites were justified for decades because the Supreme Court condoned a "separate but equal" argument pushed by those who wanted legalized discrimination.

Today we segregate people by...

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No Room for NRA Appeasers Under Democratic Party Tent

(87) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 2:43 PM

There is some comfort in our remoteness, but Maine is not far enough away from gun violence to be apathetic or to tolerate cowards elected to represent us. Seeing and hearing about mass shootings in Oregon, Seattle, California, Colorado, Connecticut -- all across the country -- is making families sick...

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House Republicans Hate When Women Make Decisions

(238) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 3:59 PM

"It's not a good sign when the pilot aborts the takeoff," said the woman sitting next to me on a recent flight east from Denver. Herself a pilot, she told me to settle in for a long delay and popped a Gummi Bear in her mouth as we taxied back...

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Girl Meets Stupid in Maine

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Okay, let's get this straight. When it comes to Question 1 on the ballot next Tuesday, Maine voters are supposed to "trust the scientists" paid by the LePage administration, and vote "no" to banning the cruel practice of baiting, trapping and hounding bears.

Bear torture is the price...

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Getting Good and Old

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Serenity might be too strong a word, but forgive me. My mind is foggy from heavy injections of sugar, butter, and tryptophan. Just two helpings of potatoes short of Thanksgiving nirvana, I count my blessings and reflect.

As a kid growing up in Rhode Island, Thanksgiving was somewhat ambiguous. My...

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Gasbags in Maine

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 10:11 PM

The "liberal media" in conspiracy with the Census Bureau reported this week that women earn 80% of what men earn, on average.

Research explains roughly 60% of the problem: Women pull out of the fast lane to care for children or enter professions that pay less, for...

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Double Standard for Women: Democrats and Republicans on Common Ground

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 11:53 AM

As one Christian woman to another, I fully support Maine Republican House member Amy's Volk's legislation to erase prostitution convictions from the records of human trafficking victims. My God, what if Mary Magdalane had a rap sheet? We might not know He is risen.

But let's put aside...

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More Than a Few Good Men in Maine Media

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:00 AM

It's harder than ever to get unbiased reporting. Every ideology has its own channel, every bully their own pulpit. Social media gives anyone with a device a voice, and reduces complexity to a sound-bite. The Center for Public Interest Reporting disrupts this frenetic pace just in time for the 2014...

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It's a Soap Opera Running an Airbnb With My Thrifty New England Husband

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:29 AM

No one likes to lose and nobody wants their losses hung out to dry. Last November, I did both when I ran for the United States Senate.

It wasn't just losing the election. That was no surprise. It was losing by so much. The magnitude was sobering.

Worse was...

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Justice for Veterans Sexually Assaulted in the Military

(23) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 8:30 PM

With so many victims coming forward, and so much heartbreaking evidence of sexual assault and rape in the military, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the U.S. Congress must take urgent action to address this epidemic of violence to women, and to many men, in uniform.

These are not...

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It's Time to Smash the Brass Ceiling

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 7:12 PM

The staggering number of sexual assaults committed against American women serving in the military is estimated at 19,000 per year. Only when the law recognizes women who fight as warriors will this number be reduced.

That's why both a lawsuit recently filed in U.S. District Court in...

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Gun Violence Hurts Everybody, As It Should

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 7:28 PM

Children should not live in fear of famine, neglect, abuse or homicide.

But today, in 21st Century America, we have entered a terrifying new reality where monsters have slipped through the cracks of our open society and have taken us hostage. And we, as the adults and leaders, must do...

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The Loss of a Mother

(13) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 6:12 PM

There is losing. And there is loss. In November, in the space of a few days, I learned that harsh life lesson.

I lost my bid as U.S. Senate Democratic nominee from Maine on Nov. 6. One of my biggest supporters, a woman named Carol, died on Nov. 17.

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A Good Incentive to End Corporate Welfare: Maine's Kids

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 5:06 PM

When more than one fifth of Maine's kids are living in poverty, why are its taxpayers handing out nearly one-fifth of their money to companies such as Verso Paper, Bath Iron Works, Katahdin Paper, S.D. Warren and Nestle?

Maine's projected $100 million shortfall...

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Dear Mr. Mourdock, You Do Not Speak for God

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 11:46 AM

It is difficult to believe, but another GOP Extremist for the U.S. Senate is attacking the rights, privacy and dignity of women.

But perhaps we should not be surprised at all. There is an orchestrated war against women being conducted here, and the ongoing skirmishes are not accidental. They are...

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The Taliban Attack: Why Women's Issues Are a Top Global Concern

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:16 PM

How far will the Taliban go to silence the voices of women and girls?

How far will its hatred extend to destroy any advances given to women and girls under the banner of freedom and liberty, in the name of basic human rights?

The world learned the...

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Women Must Vote Their Values in 2012

(7) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 1:43 PM

I recently met with Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. It was a sobering conversation.

As women, we know how fragile our economic security is. We know how uneven the playing field is. We know how formidable the glass ceiling remains. We know what...

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