ME Republican Party; Maine Wire Call Out 126th Dem Leaders- for Doing What 125th GOP & Others Before Them Did
(Since the admonitions given in this earlier post “Hey Dave- Thanks Bunches For Illustrating Again Why Maine Dems Won BIG In November. Now, Shush!” were ignored and wonkiness/ out-and out, bald-faced lying seem to be the modus operandi of the Right this year, I decided to channel some GOP flavor for this post. ~AP)
Gasp and swoon!!
Via Maine Wire:
State Democratic leaders have suspended a rule providing for transparency in the proceedings of the Legislature.
Senate President Justin L. Alfond (D-Cumberland) and Speaker of the House Mark W. Eves (D-North Berwick) informed lawmakers in an email Wednesday that they are suspending the public notice requirement for advertising public hearings.
“Effective today, the notice requirement for advertising public hearings for bills that are referred to committee after May 3rd is waived entirely,” the Democratic leaders wrote in an email to state lawmakers.
Suspending the public notice requirement will make it difficult for Maine citizens to monitor the progress of bills in Augusta and attend public hearings to voice their concerns.
House Minority Leader Ken Fredette had the following reaction:
- “This is symptomatic of some of the problems we’ve been seeing in committees,” said House Republican Leader Kenneth Fredette (R-Newport). “Add to that Democrats continuing to use the one big thing we all agree on, the hospital bill, as a bargaining chip and a lack of credible solutions coming from them on balancing the budget, and we’re bound to have a very rushed final two months of session,” Fredette said.
Assistant Minority Leader Alec Willette concurred:
Assistant House Republican Leader Alexander Willette (R-Mapelton) said the Democrat’s decision does not bode well for the creation of sound public policy.
“Anytime you stop advertising public hearings, you’re hindering the public’s ability to weigh in on important issues and, as a result, hindering our ability to craft good public policy,” he said.
As both Fredette and Willette are on their second term in the House, they KNOW what this is about; they know what has happened in the past. This is such a marked difference from the transparency and procedure of the past GOP-led 125th Legislature!
So it was no WONDER that a fuming Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage this week shot off a quick response in the form of an email blast, to alert the public of these shameless shenanigans, complete with quotes from equally shocked and horrified former Maine Legislative member Rich Cebra.
Here is their press release:
MAINE GOP: DEMOCRATS SUSPEND TRANSPARENCY, TIP HAND FOR REST OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Back-loaded session now ripe for Dems to ram contentious bills through while denying Maine people a voice
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party is speaking out about a dangerous and disrespectful situation created by Democratic leadership in the Maine Legislature.
Yesterday, a memo from Senate President Justin Alfond and Speaker of the House Mark Eves notified legislators that the Maine Legislature would be suspending rules requiring public notification for public hearings.
The memo also indicated that the Democratic majority had only voted 50% of their bills out of committee with about 2 weeks to go until the deadline.
“Democrats took time to try to sell the Governor’s house, ban teenage girls from going tanning for prom, and a host of other petty and low priority bills, but they have failed to do the work they were sent to Augusta to do,” said Maine GOP Chairman Richard M. Cebra.
“With just a few weeks remaining in the session, it is now clear that Democrat leadership has either completely failed to lead, or has intentionally back-loaded the session to ram through bad and extreme public policy,” said Cebra.
“The public deserves to know what their government is up to, and this action denies them that ability. The people of Maine are now in the dangerous position of being denied transparency on a back-loaded legislative session ripe for those who would ram bad and extreme policy down the throats of Maine people under the cloak of darkness. This political malpractice is unacceptable,” concluded Cebra.
Oh, that is terrible! Awful! How dare they?!?
Hey, wait a minute… what? Could it be that the Maine Wire/ GOP is trying to score cheap political points out of nothing at all?
Nah… couldn’t be. Not those bastions of honesty and truth!
But, then how does one explain today’s media advisory?
Via Maine House Democrats:
Enclosed please find a notice from the 125th Republican Legislature waiving the two-week time period for public hearing notices for bills referenced after a certain date. This week, Speaker Eves and President Alfond sent committee chairs a similar memo. This is a routine time-management tool used by past legislative leaders — Republicans and Democrats. Similar notices waiving the two-week notification period have occurred in the 125th, 124th, 123rd, 122, and 121st Legislatures. I’d be happy to provide a back log of those memos.
Please note that public hearing notices are still required. They must be posted on the Legislature’s web site and in the committee room.
Sure; sounds like a party operative/ apologist, just trying to cover up for the Dems. One would like to remind the majority party that Maine Republican Party chair Rich Cebra was himself a member of those same 122, 123, 124 and 125th Legislatures.
So it stands to reason that if such notifications HAD been issued, he would certainly know about it!
Well, unless he were unethical, duplicitous or something really gawdawful like that. And goodness knows, that is NOT the case!
Where is your proof, Democrats?
Hmm… well, this is awkward!
Waiting for Ken Fredette, Alex Willette, Jason Savage, Rich Cebra and Steve Robinson to respond/ issue heart-felt apologies in 3… 2… 1…