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    Weekly Radio Address: Alfond says, “As we consider the issues the new legislature has to tackle, it’s clear that the stakes are too high for us not to listen to one another.”

    Weekly Radio Address: Alfond says, “As we consider the issues the new legislature has to tackle, it’s clear that the stakes are too high for us not to listen to one another.”

    As 2014 draws to a close and we look upon the new year, it is a natural opportunity to evaluate—what we can do better, differently, and our successes. Welcoming a new year is an obvious marker of new beginnings.   Good Morning. This is Justin Alfond, the Senate Democratic Leader....
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    Senator Diamond Recognizes Windham High School Girls Soccer Team

    AUGUSTA – The Windham High School Girls Soccer Team visited the State House earlier this week to receive a special recognition from the Maine Legislature. State Senator Bill Diamond, Representative Mark Bryant, and Representative Patrick Corey invited the team to Augusta where they could be recognized for winning the 2014 Class A State Championship. The...

    SENATOR LIBBY TO HOST CONSTITUENT OFFICE HOURS IN LEWISTON

    LEWISTON – State Senator Nate Libby of Lewiston will be holding constituent office hours on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lewiston Public Library’s Couture Room. He will be joined by members of Lewiston’s State House delegation: Representatives Michel Lajoie, Jared Golden, and Heidi Brooks. The office hours are...

    Senator Diamond Highlights MDOT Work Plan and What It Means for Senate District 26

    The Maine Department of Transportation recently released its Work Plan for 2015-2017. As a member of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, I am pleased to see the list of anticipated work throughout the state and our Senate District. Click on each municipality in Senate District 26 to view the local projects: Baldwin (MDOT Work Plan) 2015-2017...

    ALFOND TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR TO PITCH CO-LOCATION WORKSPACE TO WATERVILLE AREA LEADERS

    AUGUSTA–Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond and ThinkTank’s Pat Roche will be leading in Waterville’s first strategic meeting to create co-location workspace in downtown Waterville. Sen. Alfond will also detail his bill to create statewide incentive for entrepreneurs to choose Maine as a place to start their business.   Sen. Alfond is sponsoring a measure, LR...

    Weekly Dem Message: Valentino says, “The stakes are just too high for Maine women. We simply can’t afford to roll back the clock on women’s health.”

      This week marked the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade–a decision that affirmed a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. A right to constitutional privacy–so that every woman can make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians.   Now, more than four decades after...

    STATEMENT ON PASSING OF HON. JOE BRANNIGAN

    AUGUSTA—State Senators Justin Alfond and Anne Haskell  issued the following statements on the passing of the Hon. Joe Brannigan, former state lawmaker from Portland.   Brannigan passed away last night after courageously battling cancer.   “Joe Brannigan touched thousands of lives through his work and commitment at the Shalom House and his public service in...

    Statement on President Fitzsimmons Resignation

    “President Fitzsimmons has directly and indirectly touched the lives of thousands of students and families across Maine. Through his vision, leadership, and perseverance he guided Maine’s technical schools through a major transformation–creating a diverse and vital community college system,” said Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland. “In recent years, President Fitzsimmons was instrumental in...

    Democrats Launch “Good Jobs, Strong Wages” Focus

    Dems call for unified focus on job and wage growth   Augusta , Me. — Initiatives to create good jobs and strong wages will be among the top priorities for Democratic lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session.   State Democratic leaders on Tuesday said a number of lawmakers’ bills will be focused on job training,...

    Weekly Radio Address: Gerzofsky says, “Economy is improving but Mainers still feel insecure. Lawmakers need to challenge the status quo.”

    Good morning. This is state Senator Stan Gerzofsky from Brunswick.   Earlier this week, Americans got some good news: under President Obama’s watch, more jobs have been created in the past year than since 1999—15 years ago. After a hard fought battle during the recession, a lagging recovery, and, escalating cost of living, it seems...

    BREEN: MAINE’S NEWEST STATE SENATOR

    Cathy Breen sworn in to represent Senate District 25 AUGUSTA—Democrat Cathy Breen was sworn in as State Senator today by Governor Paul LePage today. Senator Breen was joined by her husband, her children, and members of Democratic leadership as she took her oath of office as required by the Constitution. “I am greatly honored to...

    New Year Brings New Investment Opportunities for Mainers

    Crowdfunding law expands access to capital for Maine business AUGUSTA –As of January 1st, Maine businesses now have an additional avenue to access capital through crowdfunding. The new law, sponsored by Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, allows any Maine-based business interested in crowd-investing to sell small amounts of equity to individual investors, with a maximum investment...

    BREEN TO BE SWORN IN TO MAINE SENATE ON THURSDAY

    AUGUSTA—Democrat Cathy Breen will be sworn in as State Senator on Thursday, January 8th at 10:30a.m. During tomorrow’s first full day of session for the 127th Legislature, Senator-elect Breen will be provisionally seated. On Thursday, Governor Lepage will administer the oath office to Breen as required by the Maine Constitution. Senator-elect Breen defeated Republican Cathy...