Portland lawmaker gets recognition in liberal D.C. magazine

Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, recently got some love from The Nation, a D.C.-based liberal weekly magazine that focuses on politics and culture.

In its “Progressive Honor Roll,” The Nation named Russell the “Most Valuable State Representative in the county.

Here’s what the magazine wrote about the Portland lawmaker:

   “A good case can be made that the most extreme of the new crop of radical right-wing Republican governors is Maine’s Paul LePage. An equally good case can be made that no one has caused LePage more frustration than Portland Democrat Russell. With deep roots in Maine and a record of agitating for progressive causes, Russell battled to block a right-wing move to eliminate Maine’s election-day-registration law. After Republicans rammed the change through, she became a leading advocate for the referendum that restored the law. Active with the Progressive States Network, Russell joined the protests in Wisconsin and returned to Maine with a renewed determination to pass pro-worker legislation. She succeeded with her work-sharing bill, which allows employers to avoid layoffs by making the state unemployment insurance program more flexible. Even Tea Party Republicans backed it.”