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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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    Sen. Haskell and Rep. Dion on drug summit

    Lawmakers call for comprehensive approach to address Maine’s drug crisis       AUGUSTA –  Rep. Mark Dion and Sen. Anne Haskell on Wednesday  released the following statements on Gov. Paul LePage’s drug summit Wednesday.   “I’m glad to see that these law enforcement professionals understand that we need a comprehensive approach to Maine’s drug crisis....

    Democratic Weekly Address: Gerzofsky says, “If we are truly committed to defeating this scourge, it will take more than throwing dealers in jail. ”

    For some time now, Maine and the rest of New England has been battling a serious opiate epidemic. In cities and towns across the state, a deadly addiction problem is claiming lives and devastating families. The surge in heroin and opiate overdoses – including the 14 we had in Portland earlier this month- demands a...

    Democratic Weekly Address: Alfond says, “Democrats–and even many Republican lawmakers–are calling for an end to such divisive behavior and irresponsible governing”

    On Thursday, in a unanimous advisory opinion, Maine’s highest court sent a strong message to Governor LePage: no Governor can tell a Legislature what to do. The separation of powers between the two is defined, separate, and clear.   And to that end, the 65 laws that Governor LePage tried to veto, are in fact...

    SENATE DEMOCRATS END SESSION WITH NEAR PERFECT VOTING ATTENDANCE RECORDS

    AUGUSTA– Senate Democrats closed out the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature with nearly all Senators receiving a perfect attendance score.   Eleven out of the fifteen Democratic Senators received a 100% voting record, meaning they voted on, or were excused from, all roll call votes, while four Senators received a 99% voting record....

    ALFOND INVITED TO SPEAK BEFORE NATIONAL HUNGER COMMISSION

      PORTLAND–Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond will testify before the National Commission on Hunger on Thursday, July 30th in Portland as part of a national effort to ensure Americans have access to sufficient, healthy food. Testimony will inform the Commission’s recommendations to Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The National Commission on Hunger...

    SENATOR BREEN SELECTED FOR AND COMPLETES EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

    National program prepares legislators to work across the aisle on important issues CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – Democratic Senator Cathy Breen of Falmouth was selected for and completed the Emerging Leaders program sponsored by the State Legislative Leadership Foundation (SLLF), July 6-9, 2015.  The mission of SLLF is “to educate and inspire our nation’s current and future...

    Dem Weekly Message: Hill says, “Gov. LePage has become the monkey wrench in government that he purports to despise.”

    These days, working in Maine politics is a bit like living with Alice – Alice in Wonderland that is. What is up is down and what is down is up. Logic is lost and nonsense rules the day.   In our Wonderland, the governor tosses the Constitution aside to make up his own rules.  ...

    LAWMAKERS REJECT OBSTRUCTION AND SHUTDOWN: BUDGET NOW LAW

    Senate overrides veto   AUGUSTA – The Maine Senate voted 25 to 10 to override Gov. LePage’s veto of the state’s $6.7 billion bipartisan budget. The House overrode the veto earlier this morning with a vote of 109 to 37.   “Today the Legislature remained united and found ways to see beyond our differences,” said...

    Democratic Weekly Radio Address: Gratwick says, Maine has a tradition of respect and the Legislature continues that tradition by rejecting the governor’s threats, name-calling and abuse of power.

    Demagoguery. Antics and political theater that rival the Roman gladiator shows. Irrationality.   Good Morning. This is Democratic State Senator Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor.   In Maine, we’ve all seen the headlines.  But what’s really happening in Augusta? It’s not the the governor’s antics which are hijacking the headlines; rather, it’s lawmakers of all stripes,...

    LEPAGE CROSSED ‘SACRED LINE’ WITH ABUSE OF POWER THREATS

    AUGUSTA –  Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland, released the following statement in response to Governor LePage’s interference in Goodwill Hinkley’s hiring of House Speaker Mark Eves. “It is unconscionable that Governor LePage would interfere with Speaker Eves–or any lawmaker’s personal, professional, or family life,” said Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland. “This...

    VETO OVERRIDDEN ON BILL TO REDUCE ALCOHOL TAX ON KOMBUCHA

    Senator Alfond’s bill to reduce excise tax on kombucha becomes law   AUGUSTA–The Senate unanimously voted 34 to 0 to override a veto of a bill aimed at reducing the alcohol excise tax on kombucha.   “This fix to the excise tax will support the kombucha industry and keep Maine’s momentum in the craft beverage...

    SENATE GOP VOTE AGAINST BILL TO SAFEGUARD TAXPAYER DOLLARS

    Measure seeks to recoup taxpayer funds abused under New Markets Tax Credit program AUGUSTA – In a party-line vote of 19 to 15, Senate Republicans tanked a bill that would safeguard taxpayer dollars meant to spur job growth and allow the state to recoup taxpayer funds abused under the New Markets Capital Investment Program. Democrats...