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Update: Former Professor Says Southern Maine IS Funding Kavanaugh Protest Trip, Contradicting School’s Statement

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Earlier Wednesday, Big League Politics wrote a story about the University of Southern Maine offering a “pop-up” course to students that would give them a free credit hour at the taxpayers expense to protest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington D.C.

Shortly after publication a statement from the university president Glenn Cummings was relayed to BLP denying that a free credit hour would be given to the students:

“This pop-up course was hastily arranged in the past 24 hours, without the knowledge of the Provost or myself. It was not appropriately reviewed nor went through proper channels. As soon as the Provost and I were apprised of the course, we immediately pulled the one-credit offering. We also made sure that no USM monies were being used for the trip. University policy makes it absolutely clear that our public, taxpayer funded institutions must be non-partisan in terms of political activity and institutionally impartial in all political, religious and social matters that are unrelated to our universities’ core mission of education, research, and public service.”

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Now, a former professor at the school is contradicting Cummings, saying that “pop-up” courses are specifically funded by the university for events like the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

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“Yes, that credit hour was being offered for participating in an absolutely historical moment in United States history for women to get a full and just hearing around allegations of sexual violence,” said former USM Women’s and Gender Studies professor Susan Feiner on local news in Maine.

When the news anchor asked about the university’s statement above, which distanced itself from the event, Feiner said the school’s statement was “not 100 percent correct.”

“The social justice pop-up program at USM has been fully endorsed by the University, [the university] has been more than happy to take the more than $500,000 to fund the social justice program – we have a minor now – and this course is called a ‘pop-up’ on purpose,” Feiner said. “History unfolds rapidly and so when an event like this happens we marshaled all our resources to be able to give students a wonderful learning opportunity.”

So Feiner says the “pop-up” course is for credit, meaning that it is paid for by the taxpayers of the state of Maine, which the USM explicitly denied earlier.

The university did not comment for this story.

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Rand Paul Warns Third Party Will Rise if Republican Senators Vote with Democrats to Convict President Trump

The GOP is crumbling.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is warning that at least one-third of GOP senators will revolt and leave the party if Republicans join Democrats to convict the president.

This would potentially create the most viable third party in recent political history if Republican leadership is foolish enough to go down this path. Even though he refused to oppose the vote steal last week, Paul claims he and many of his colleagues intend to leave the party forever if the Senate goes through with impeachment.

“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said while appearing on FOX News on Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”

“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul added. “This isn’t about, anymore, about the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”

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Paul made these responses after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly flirted with the idea of voting to convict President Trump.

“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.

Paul is putting McConnell and the rest of the GOP leadership on notice. This is the line in the sand as far as he is concerned.

“They will destroy the Republican Party. If leadership is complicit with an impeachment or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” Paul said. 

“Like I say, I have opposed President Trump when I thought he was wrong, I’ve been for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency, and impeachment is purely a partisan thing,” he added.

The full segment with Paul and host Laura Ingraham can be seen here:

Big League Politics has reported on the division within the GOP since 10 Republican turncoats in the House join Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time:

Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, was one of ten GOP House members to vote “yes” on President Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Then when some were calling on Cheney to resign over her disgraceful vote, Dan Crenshaw, who voted against impeachment, quickly came to her defense and announced his “full support” for her.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”

“We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he added…

Cheney’s vote comes as no surprise. Big League Politics reported on her recent statement in support of Trump’s second impeachment, part of which read: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.” For this CNN laughably called her the “conscience of Republicans.”

The realignment that is happening within the conservative movement might result in the destruction of the Republican Party. President Trump may ultimately destroy the GOP swamp.

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