Incoming 127th Maine Legislature Picks Leaders (UPDATED w/ Statements)

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Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Majority Leader Garrett Mason and Asst Majority Leader Andre Cushing

Senate President Mike Thibodeau (Waldo), Majority Leader Garrett Mason (Androscoggin) and Asst Majority Leader Andre Cushing (Penobscot)

Last week, the Republicans in both legislative chambers of the Maine State House selected their leadership.

With Friday’s recount of Senate District 11 between Sen. Mike Thibodeau of Waldo and challenger Jonathan Fulford of Monroe concluding that the district re-elected the incumbent by a 135 vote margin, the make-up of the Senate Majority leadership team selected last week will be: Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Majority Leader Garrett Mason and Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing. Each issued statements:

Senate President Mike Thibodeau:“I cannot begin to express what this means to me. It is a true honor to be chosen by such an outstanding group of people to lead not only them, but the entire Maine Senate.

“At the same time, I recognize it is an awesome responsibility. The people of Maine spoke very clearly in this week’s election. They are demanding action on critical issues such as job creation, energy costs, and welfare reform. We cannot let them down. Delivering real results will take the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats to put their partisan differences aside and work in a collaborative manner on behalf of the people of Maine. It is what we were elected to do and we must rise to the challenge.”

Majority Leader Garrett Mason: “I am very honored to have earned the trust of my Republican colleagues who chose me to be the majority leader. I look forward to working with my fellow senators, members of the House of Representatives, and Governor LePage to find real solutions for the people of Maine.”

Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to go to work on the agenda items that are most important to the citizens of Maine.”

As has been noted in the past, both Thibodeau and Cushing have long-standing ties to ALEC, as do a number of other returning Maine GOP senators and incoming Kim Rosen, wife of former State Senator Richard Rosen of Bucksport.

Over in the House, Republicans chose to retain 126th Minority Leader Ken Fredette of Newport to serve again in the 127th in that office and replace outgoing Alex Willette, who resigned to take a position with the LePage re-election campaign, with Rep. Eleanor Espling of New Gloucester.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves, , Majority Leader Jeff McCabe and Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House Mark Eves (N. Berwick), Majority Leader Jeff McCabe (Skowhegan) and Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon (Freeport)

On Wednesday, Democrats held separate caucuses to select their leaders. The House Democrats had lost a few seats in the recently concluded elections, but managed to retain their majority.

While Speaker of the House Mark Eves was not challenged for his seat, the other two leadership positions went up to votes by the caucus, with Rep. Barry Hobbins going up against Assistant Majority Leader Jeff McCabe for the Majority Leader spot last held by termed-out Rep. Seth Berry (Bowdoinham), and 126th freshmen Rep. Lori Lister Fowle (Vassalboro) taking on Rep. Sara Gideon (Freeport) for McCabe’s chair. Ultimately the body selected McCabe and Gideon to join Eves as their 127th Legislative leaders.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves: “It is an honor and privilege to lead our strong and historic 83 seat majority. With Election Day behind us, now is the time govern. We must come together with Governor LePage and our Republican colleagues to address the challenges we face as a state. We cannot allow the partisan battles of the past dictate our future.

“Too much is at stake for leaders to put their party ideology ahead of common sense solutions. Democrats and Republicans can see eye to eye on smart and strategic investments in our state, on property tax relief, on lowering energy costs and helping seniors and veterans. We must focus on areas of common ground, not conflict.”

Majority Leader Jeff McCabe: “We need to move Maine forward and do everything we can to improve the lives of Mainers. We must establish an economic message and policy that works statewide. The voters sent us a message on Election Day. They don’t care about party labels or partisan ideology. They care about government that works.”

Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon: “Now that these long and divisive campaigns are over, it’s time to show the people of Maine that we are about action, that Democrats will deliver while holding steadfast to our values, that Democrats own the idea of prosperity for everyone. We will work with all our strength to protect the values of Maine people: women’s economic security and basic rights, workers’ ability to organize, a clean and sustainable environment and the integrity of excellent public school systems.”

The Senate-elect Democrats, who saw their 18 majority shrink to a 15 seat minority last week, held a caucus Wednesday evening in Hallowell.

Democratic Senators congratulate Dawn Hill as being selected as Assistant Minority Leader. To her right is Senator Justin Alfond, who will be moving from the podium as exiting Senate President to serve as Minority Leader for the upcoming 127th legislative session.

Democratic Senators congratulate Dawn Hill as being selected as Assistant Minority Leader. To her right is Senator Justin Alfond, who will be moving from the podium as exiting Senate President to serve as Minority Leader for the upcoming 127th legislative session.

They chose outgoing Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland to serve as their Minority Leader in the upcoming 127th legislative session. Alfond is in his final term and served in the 125th Legislature as Assistant Minority Leader to then-Senator Barry Hobbins’ Minority Leader.

Senator Dawn Hill of Cape Neddick, who chaired the 126th Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and was honored as Emerge Maine’s Woman of the Year along with fellow AFA Chair Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston, was chosen to serve as Assistant Minority Leader for the next two years.

Minority Leader Senator Justin Alfond:“Even though, as Democrats, our political beliefs may be different from Paul LePage and Republicans in the Legislature, there are areas in which we agree–and we must build off of that common ground in order to serve the Maine people. I will extend my hand with to Governor LePage, Senate President-elect Thibodeau and others to find that common ground and forge the relationships needed to move ideas forward that work for Maine people.”

Asst Minority Leader Dawn Hill: (sent a message of listening to her fellow lawmakers to ensure that) “we all carry the distinct stories and values of our districts. Listening is how we define our plan and our purpose going forward.”

The 127th Legislature will be sworn into office on December 3 by Governor Paul LePage.

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Maine House Testimony on LD 1066, Medicaid Expansion Bill (VIDEO)- Part 2

Posted on June 4, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Videos in chronological order of speaker of the Maine House floor debate on LD 1066 (HP 759), “An Act To Increase Access to Health Coverage and Qualify Maine for Federal Funding”, sponsored by Representative Linda Sanborn (D-Gorham), June 3, 2013. The House passed the bill as amended 89-51 (11 absent) on Monday and faces the Senate for its first reading and vote tomorrow.

*Related: Maine House Testimony On LD 1066, Medicaid Expansion Bill (VIDEO)- Part 1

10. Rep. Josh Plante (D-Berwick) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

11. Rep. Ann Dorney (D-Norridgewock) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

12. Rep. Linda Sanborn (D-Gorham) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

13. Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)- Part 2

14. Rep. Erin Herbig (D-Belfast) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

15. Rep. Anne Graham (D-N Yarmouth) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

16. Rep. Henry Bear (Maliseet) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

17. Asst Majority Leader Jeff McCabe (D-Skowhegan) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

18. Rep. Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

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Maine House Testimony on LD 1066, Medicaid Expansion Bill (VIDEO)- Part 1

Posted on June 4, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Videos in chronological order of speaker of the Maine House floor debate on LD 1066 (HP 759), “An Act To Increase Access to Health Coverage and Qualify Maine for Federal Funding”, sponsored by Representative Linda Sanborn (D-Gorham), June 3, 2013. The House passed the bill as amended 89-51 (11 absent) on Monday and faces the Senate for its first reading and vote tomorrow.

1. Rep. Richard Malaby (R-Hancock) Speaks in Opposition of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

2. Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)- Part 1

3. Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) Speaks in Opposition of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

4. Rep. James Campbell (I-Newfield) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

5. Rep. Jane Pringle (D-Windham) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

6. Rep. Deb Sanderson (R-Chelsea) Speaks in Opposition of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

7. Rep. Paul McGowan (D-York) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

8. Rep. Lawrence Lochman (R-Amherst) Speaks in Opposition of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

9. Rep. Gay Grant (D-Gardiner) Speaks in Support of LD 1066 (Medicaid Expansion)

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Maine House LD 1546 Floor Speeches (VIDEO), Part 2

Posted on May 29, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

(NOTE FROM ANDI: All of these clips were recorded the evening of May 21, 2013 in the House chamber and being shared unedited in chronological order. In the instances where a post has previously been written, a link to that write-up is being shared as well, as some lawmakers were kind enough to share their prepared statements.)


8. Rep Henry Bear (Maliseet) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

9. Rep Katherine Cassidy (D- Lubec) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

10. Rep Amy Volk (R-Scarborough) Speaks in Opposition to LD 1546

11. Rep. James Campbell (I-Newfield) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

12. Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) Speaks in Opposition to LD 1546

13. Rep Janice Cooper (D-Yarmouth) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

14. Minority Leader Fredette, then Rep Wayne Parry (R-Arundel) Speak in Opposition to LD 1546

15. Rep Jane Pringle (D-Windham) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

16. Rep Richard Malaby (R-Hancock) Speaks in Opposition of LD 1546

17. Rep Adam Goode (D-Bangor) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

18. Rep Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

19. Rep Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) Speaks in Opposition of LD 1546

20. Rep Dennis Keschl (R-Belgrade) Speaks in Opposition of LD 1546


Additional related links:

1. Maine Senate Passes Historic Medicare Expansion, Hospital Repayment Bill LD 1546 Along Party Lines

2. Maine Senate Republicans Floor Speeches Opposing LD 1546: “Washington Politics” And Mixed Messaging On Medicaid Expansion

3. Maine Governor Paul LePage Vetoes LD 1546, Medicaid Expansion Bill (Video)

4. Maine House LD 1546 Floor Speeches (VIDEO), Part 1

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Maine House LD 1546 Floor Speeches (VIDEO), Part 1

Posted on May 29, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

(NOTE FROM ANDI: All of these clips were recorded the evening of May 21, 2013 in the House chamber and being shared unedited in chronological order. In the instances where a post has previously been written, a link to that write-up is being shared as well, as some lawmakers were kind enough to share their prepared statements.)

1. Maine Speaker Of The House Mark Eves Urges Passage Of Medicaid Expansion Bill LD 1546 (Video; Text)

2. Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) Proposes Dividing LD 1546

3. House Speaker Mark Eves (D-N Berwick) Rules on Division of LD 1546

4. Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport): “Die Has Been Cast; False Choice by Democrats”

5. Maine State Rep. Dr. Linda Sanborn (D- Gorham) Speaks in Support of LD 1546

6. Rep. Deb Sanderson (R-Chelsea) Speaks in Opposition to LD 1546 (Part 1)

7. Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) Speaks in Support of LD 1546 (Part 1)

Additional related links:

1. Maine Senate Passes Historic Medicare Expansion, Hospital Repayment Bill LD 1546 Along Party Lines

2. Maine Senate Republicans Floor Speeches Opposing LD 1546: “Washington Politics” And Mixed Messaging On Medicaid Expansion

3. Maine Governor Paul LePage Vetoes LD 1546, Medicaid Expansion Bill (Video)

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