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    2014 Democratic State of the State Address

    2014 Democratic State of the State Address

    Hello. I’m Senate President Justin Alfond. Tonight, Governor Paul LePage will deliver the State of the State to the Legislature and to the people of Maine. For those of you who listen tonight, you may agree with what the Governor has outlined. Or you may not. But one thing all...
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    Weekly Radio Address: Hill says, “Lawmakers need to put process ahead of politics.”

    For most folks, the 2014 election is in the rear view mirror. But for the candidates and residents of Senate District 25—-and for the Maine Senate, this election wasn’t resolved until just days ago.   Good Morning. This is State Senator Dawn Hill, the Assistant Democratic Leader.   It all started on election day, when...

    DAVID DUTREMBLE SWORN IN FOR SECOND TERM IN MAINE SENATE

    AUGUSTA— Last week, Democratic Senator David Dutremble of Biddeford was sworn in to office for his second term in the Maine State Senate for the 127th Legislative session. He will be representing Senate District 32, which includes the municipalities of Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Kennebunkport and Lyman.   “It’s an honor to continue to serve...

    STAN GERZOFSKY SWORN IN TO MAINE SENATE

    AUGUSTA— Last week, Democratic Senator Stan Gerzofsky of Brunswick was sworn in to the Maine State Senate for the 127th Legislative session. Senator Gerzofsky is serving his fourth term representing Senate District 24, which includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, Pownal, and North Yarmouth.   “I am so proud to continue to represent the great people of...

    JUSTIN ALFOND SWORN IN FOR FOURTH TERM IN MAINE SENATE

    AUGUSTA— Last week, Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond was sworn in to the Maine State Senate for the 127th Legislative session. Senator Alfond is serving his fourth term representing Senate District 27, part of Portland.   “I am very grateful  to have the support of the people of Portland and to have been elected Democratic...

    ANNE HASKELL SWORN IN FOR SECOND TERM IN MAINE SENATE

    AUGUSTA—Last Wednesday, Democratic Senator Anne Haskell of Portland was sworn in to office for her second term in the Maine State Senate for the 127th Legislative session. She will be representing Senate District 28, which includes part of Portland and part of Westbrook.   “I am looking forward to beginning another term, representing the great...

    LINDA VALENTINO SWORN IN FOR SECOND TERM IN MAINE SENATE

    AUGUSTA— Last week, Democratic Senator Linda Valentino of Saco was sworn in to office for her second term in the Maine State Senate for the 127th Legislative session. She will be representing Senate District 31, which includes Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington, and part of Buxton.   “I am thrilled to be serving another...

    DAWN HILL SWORN IN FOR THIRD TERM IN MAINE SENATE

    AUGUSTA – State Senator Dawn Hill (D-York County) was sworn in on December 3, 2014 as Senator of the 127th Legislature. This will be her third term in the Maine Senate representing Senate District 35, which includes the communities of Eliot, Kittery, Ogunquit, South Berwick, York, and part of Berwick.   “I am grateful for...

    WLBZ: Commission releases findings on college affordability

    Read more here. PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — In Maine, the average college student will graduate with roughly $29,000 in student debt, an amount higher than the national average. A state created commission spent the last few months studying college affordability and completion in Maine and their findings were released Tuesday. “We all understand that...

    SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIRST MEETING IN UNRAVELING LONG ISLAND PHANTOM BALLOT MYSTERY

    Long Island elections clerk to testify before 7-member panel   AUGUSTA–The special legislative committee will hold its first substantive meeting tomorrow in pursuit of what happened in the Senate District 25 race that led to 21 phantom ballots and a host of other voting irregularities.   Democrats have been calling for an investigation since 21...

    Radio Address: Millett says we must do more to make college affordable to Mainers

      Good Morning. This is State Senator Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth. As a mother of two teenagers, I can tell you that there are many things that I worry about–not the least of which is what opportunities will be available for my children when they graduate from high school. Of course, like many parents,...

    COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY COMMISSION RECOMMENDS AN INCREASE IN MAINE STATE GRANT PROGRAM

    Commission finalizes recommendations to be submitted to 127th Legislature’s Education Committee   AUGUSTA — The Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion held its final meeting today in Augusta to finalize its recommendation on ways to make college more affordable for Maine students and help more Maine people get degrees.   The Commission recommended...

    PPH: Panel offers findings on making college affordable

    A special state commission calls for more funding through the needs-based Maine State Grant program. By Noel Gallagher. You can read more here. A special college affordability commission in Augusta is recommending that state officials increase the amount of state college grant funds, expand early college programs and hire more community college counselors to help...