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Democratic Radio Address by Sen. Geoff Gratwick (Penobscot): LePage War on Poor A Cyincal Political Campaign Strategy, Witch Hunt

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DEMOCRATIC RADIO ADDRESS
Gratwick says: The Governor’s war on the poor is a cynical political campaign strategy, a witch hunt

gratwick in senateIn his office, Governor LePage rings alarm bells on a daily basis about fraud and abuse. But his choice of when to sound the alarm is selective. He does not ring the alarm for all fraud and abuse, only when he talks about the poor.

Good Morning. This is…

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Maine Senate Takes Up EBT- TANF- GA Bills LDs 1829, 1822, 1820, 1842, 1815 and 1844 (VIDEOS)

Maine Senate Takes Up EBT, TANF, GA Bills LDs 1829, 1820, 1842, 1815 and 1844 (44 VIDEOS) #mepolitics

(All of these will be separated and written up over the rest of the week. In the meanwhile, for the sake of sharing quickly, here are all 44 video clips taken during the Monday afternoon/ evening second session in order of debate.

1. LD 1829,“An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Report Annually on Investigations and Prosecutions of False Claims Made under the…

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"Put Up or Shut Up" Time! Maine Legislature Takes Up LD 1829, Directing DHHS to Report EBT/ TANF Fraud

“Put Up or Shut Up” Time! Maine Legislature Takes Up LD 1829, Directing DHHS to Report EBT/ TANF Fraud

Gov. Paul LePage discusses his EBT/ TANF reform bills LDs 1815, 1820, 1822 and 1842 at a press conference.

Gov. Paul LePage discusses his EBT/ TANF reform bills LDs 1815, 1820, 1822 and 1842 at a press conference.

When Governor LePage and others in March held a press conference in the governor’s cabinet room and rolled out a slew of EBT/ TANF welfare reform bills, they were widely seen as election year politicized moves and characterized as a “bait and switch”tactic by LePage:
    “The governor maintains…

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Democratic Radio Address by Rep. Matt Moonen (Portland): LePage’s lagging job creation hits younger Mainers hard

Democratic Address by Rep. Moonen (Portland): LePage’s lagging job creation hits younger Mainers hard #mepolitics

Audio link here.

    Rep. Moonen: LePage’s lagging job creation hits younger Mainers hard
    Governor styles self as “turnaround specialist” but fails to deliver

Maine has so many good things going for it, particularly for young people establishing families. Quality of life, engaged communities, vibrant schools and amazing outdoor opportunities – just to name a few. But it’s getting harder for…

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Tweets from ME Workers’ Comp Board ED Sighnolfi LCRED Legislative Committee Hearing

Tweets from ME Workers’ Comp Board ED Sighnolfi LCRED Legislative Committee Hearing

The LCRED committeetoday questioned Workers’ Comp Board ED Paul Sighnolfi on his removal of an impartial hearing officer from cases involving the New Page mill after management at the New Page mill complained to Sighnolfi. This was an unprecedented move, unilaterally decided and made without the notice or input from the WC Board, nor was the hearing officer allowed to speak with Sighnolfi before…

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Paul LePage Sets New Maine Veto Record (LIST)

Paul LePage Sets New Maine Veto Record (LIST)

lepage sots angry selfContinuing on his message of “My Way Or The Highway”, Maine Governor Paul LePage set a rather dubious benchmark for future governors by vetoing now 122 pieces of legislation. No doubt that the current number of vetoes will increase before the end of the current legislative session. The previous veto record was 118, set by independent Gov. James Longley (1975-1979).

Earlier today, 3 of his vetoes

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Governor LePage EBT/ TANF Reform Bills LDs 1815, 1820, 1822 & 1842 Get Public Hearing (VIDEOS)

Governor LePage EBT/ TANF Reform Bills LDs 1815, 1820, 1822 & 1842 Presented at HHS Cmte Public Hearing (VIDEOS)

DSC_0044One day after Governor LePage, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and others held a press conferencein the governor’s cabinet room to roll out multiple EBT/ TANF reform measures, the bills were presented to the Legislature’s HHS COmmittee at a public hearing. After hearing the bills presented and discussed by supporters and opponents at a public hearing, the committee met again for a work session on…

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(VIDEOS) Governor LePage, DHHS Commissioner Mayhew Unveil TANF, EBT Program Reform Bills

(VIDEOS) Governor LePage, DHHS Commissioner Mayhew Unveil TANF, EBT Program Reform Bills #mepolitics

Earlier this week, a press conference was held in the governor’s cabinet room as Maine Governor Paul LePage, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) and Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald spoke on 4 bills restricting usage of EBT/ TANF benefits. From the media advisory:

Rep. Fredette addresses media during press conference.

Rep. Fredette addresses media during press conference.

As he announced in his State of the State…

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Democratic Radio Address of Rep. Jane Pringle (Windham): Provide Access to Life-Saving Care to 70,000 Mainers

Democratic Address of Rep. Jane Pringle (Windham): Provide Access to Life-Saving Care to 70,000 Mainers #mepolitics

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    REP. PRINGLE: PROVIDE ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING CARE TO 70,000 MAINERS
    Expansion would create 4,400 jobs, more than a half billion dollars in economic activity

jane pringleOur state has the opportunity to expand the security of health care coverage to 70,000 Mainers. It’s an opportunity that we can’t afford to pass up.

Good morning. I’m Representative Jane Pringle of Windham. Thank you for…

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Rep. Anne Graham (D- N Yarmouth) in support of LD 1487: Health Care Coverage a Life or Death Matter

Rep. Anne Graham (D- N Yarmouth) in support of LD 1487: Health Care Coverage a Life or Death Matter #mepolitics #coverMEnow

Here is the floor speech of Rep. Anne Graham (D- N Yarmouth) supporting LD 1487, “An Act To Implement Managed Care in the MaineCare Program”.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, what would you do if you have lied awake for countless nights because you feared you would lose your life or your loved ones’ life?…

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