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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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    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...

    HOUSE AND SENATE OVERRIDE VETO OF MEASURE ADDRESSING CHALLENGES FOR MAINECARE CHILDREN

    AUGUSTA – In a final step to override Gov. LePage’s veto of a measure to develop a comprehensive strategy addressing inequities with quality of and access to dental, hearing, and vision care for MaineCare-eligible children, the House voted 118 to 21 to override.   Earlier this week, the Senate voted 24 to 10 to override...

    SENATE DEMS AND GOP REJECT LEPAGE’S BUDGET VETO SPREE

    Bipartisan support for budget uninterrupted   AUGUSTA –Democrats and Republicans stood together to override each of Governor LePage’s 64 vetoes to the bipartisan $6.7 billion state budget.   “This is affirmation of the good work that gets done in the Legislature by Democrats and Republicans alike. When we we all work together, we get things...

    BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO LEGAL NON-CITIZENS FOR BASIC LIVING NEEDS

    AUGUSTA–The Maine Senate voted 29 to 5 for a measure that would allow legal non-citizens, including asylum seekers, to receive general assistance for basic living requirements such as shelter, food, and clothing for up to 24 months.   “What would you do if one-thousand people in your community were going to be homeless,” asked Senate...

    BILL TO STRENGTHEN CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY ENACTED BY SENATE

    “Silent Killer” could be prevented with more detectors   AUGUSTA – A bill that would require more buildings to have carbon monoxide detectors was enacted in the Maine Senate today with a vote of 22 to 13.   “It comes down to this, smoke detectors are required everywhere and this bill would ask the same...