Hello, this is Representative Fran Head of Bethel with the Weekly Republican Radio Address. It’s no secret that 2020 is a year like no other, and COVID-19 has challenged “the way life should be” here in Maine. We have small businesses in our community that closed in March and will not be reopening, friends and family members who have put everything on hold this year due to the virus, and neighbors who… Read More

Here we are, Labor Day 2020. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, “is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Maine House Republicans celebrate those contributions, as we recognize the precarious positions that many workers and their families are in this first Monday of September… Read More

Governor’s arbitrary decisions will haunt Maine for years to come Hello, this is State Representative Sue Austin from Gray with the Republican Weekly Radio Address.  We are quickly approaching Labor Day and the end to the Summer Season here in Maine.  When it comes to weather I cannot think of a summer more generous in sunshine and warmth.  Unfortunately it is also a summer of missed opportunities.   We have now been… Read More

After a month with no communications, Democrats conduct another show poll with the same result – Legislative Republicans will not support an open-ended session that fails to focus on amending 37B and specifically addressing coronavirus related legislation STATEHOUSE/REMOTELY – Closely following the provisions in Maine’s Constitution, Legislative Republicans conducted another poll of their membership in response to calls from the Presiding Officers to reconvene a special session of the Legislature. The result… Read More

Authoritarian Governor promoting fear and control  Hello, this is State Representative Shelley Rudnicki from Fairfield with the Republican Weekly Radio Address.  Back in March, Maine people faced an uncertain coronavirus threat. Some projections had 2.2 million people dying, meaning thousands in Maine. Maine’s Chief Executive was able to act quickly to lock down Maine and bend what we thought was going to be a COVID-19 curve. Republicans supported the steps taken in… Read More

BREAKING: Legislative Republicans do not support an open-ended session that fails to focus on amending the Governor’s emergency powers and addressing coronavirus related legislation STATEHOUSE/REMOTELY – Closely following the provisions in Maine’s Constitution, Legislative Republicans conducted a poll of their membership in response to calls from the Presiding Officers to reconvene a special session of the Legislature. Legislative Republicans have repeatedly and publicly called for a return of the Legislature in order… Read More

Hello, this is State Representative Kathleen Dillingham from Oxford with the Republican Weekly Radio Address.  Much has happened since I last delivered one of our radio addresses where I reminded Mainers that we are in this together.  Maine’s Chief Executive was able to act quickly to address the pandemic and House Republicans supported the steps taken in the first few weeks by our Governor and President when our state and nation was… Read More

July 8, 2020 President Troy Jackson 3 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333 Speaker Sara Gideon 2 State House Station August, ME 04333 Dear President Jackson and Speaker Gideon, Recently you issued instructions to committees to begin work on bills still before them in anticipation of the Legislature convening for a Special Session.  This was done without agreement on the scope of such a session. Legislative Republicans have repeatedly asked for the… Read More

Under 50 legislative Republicans met on the Statehouse stairs this week to call upon the Governor and Democrat leaders to allow the Legislature to meet, in session, to focus only on COVID-19 matters. Republicans want a narrowly defined, limited agenda, focused only on addressing COVID-19.That includes:Passing legislation to amend the Governor’s emergency powers, ensuring that both branches of government are involved in decision-making going forward.Making sure the opinions and expertise of all… Read More

Emergency powers in the Maine statute expressly delegate the authority to “Control the ingress and egress of persons and occupancy of premises within the State pursuant to the movement of persons within the State.” This is Representative Kathy Javner from Chester and that is the language cited in the Governor’s most recent Executive Order, in which she attempts to restrict visitors to the state of Maine.The new plan entitled “Keep Maine Healthy,”… Read More