For Immediate Release: April 21, 2017
Contact: Jason Savage, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine GOP Statement on Maine’s Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 1976
AUGUSTA: Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas released the following statement on Maine’s historic unemployment rate, "Governor LePage and Republican leaders have led Maine to a time of unprecedented economic growth.
"Maine's unemployment levels are at a sustained low with the current unemployment rate at an ALL-TIME LOW of 3.0%! The pro-growth policies of the LePage administration and pro-growth Republican legislators are doing exactly what they promised,” said Chair Kouzounas.
"Not only has unemployment decreased, but private sector employment has skyrocketed to an all time high for our great state. Additionally, employment in government jobs is at it's lowest percentage in history. Governor LePage and pro-growth Republicans are leading the way to fostering a more prosperous state.”
AUGUSTA- Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas issued the following statement ahead of the Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez event in Portland:
“After their party suffered historic losses in Maine’s 2nd District and across the country, Sanders and Perez should focus on offering real solutions to work with Republicans instead of doubling down on obstructionist tactics and far-left rhetoric. Today’s stop in Portland is nothing more than a dog and pony show that fails to address the deep divisions in the Democrat Party.”
AUGUSTA- Maine GOP Executive Director Jason Savage issued the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch:
“Despite the efforts of newly-minted liberal Democrat Angus King, the American people have a ninth Supreme Court Justice who will protect the Constitution and the rights of the American people.
“I would also like to commend Senator Susan Collins for her thoughtful support of Judge Gorsuch and her steadfast opposition to Senator Schumer’s filibuster.
“I am beyond pleased with the actions of the Senate in this past week. Judge Neil Gorsuch is a highly qualified individual who will uphold the law while respecting and defending the Constitution. Today, we saw a successful effort to maintain the integrity of the U.S. Senate and proof that extreme liberals cannot bully Americans and our government.
"Lastly, I would like to congratulate President Trump for choosing such a respected and qualified individual for the Supreme Court."
AUGUSTA- This past week Senator King announced that he will not support Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court and that he will aid Senator Chuck Schumer in his unethical filibuster.
Maine GOP Executive Director Jason Savage reiterated his disappointment with Maine’s newly-minted liberal Democrat Senator, "I find it to be incredibly sad and insulting that Senator King is playing liberal Democrat Partisan games with New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer."
"Senator King has shown his true colors, he is not an independent in the least, whether that be an independent thinker or independent legislator," Savage continued. "By siding with liberal Democrats, Senator King has placed himself far to the left of moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate supporting Judge Gorsuch."
AUGUSTA- Today Senator King announced that he will not support Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court.
Maine GOP Executive Director Jason Savage expressed his deep disappointment, "Today, Senator King abandoned his so called 'Independent' label by siding with New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer."
"Senator King's statement opposing Judge Gorsuch is laced with partisan Democrat talking points and lacking in honesty," Savage continued. "With this position, Senator King has placed himself far to the left of moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate supporting Judge Gorsuch."
Maine GOP Thanks Senator Susan Collins For Support Of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Against Fillibuster On Senate Floor
AUGUSTA- This Tuesday, Senator Susan Collins took to the Senate floor to speak in favor of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination.
Maine Republican Party Chair, Demi Kouzounas shared her thoughts on Senator Collins’ speech, “I commend Senator Collins for her support of Judge Neil Gorsuch and her opposition to Senator Chuck Schumer’s proposed filibuster. Senator Collins is an independent thinker, who never hesitates to do what she believes is right.
“I can only hope that Senator King follows Senator Collins’ stellar example and supports Judge Gorsuch’s nomination”
Senator Collins recognized Judge Gorsuch’s outstanding credentials and character saying, “Judge Gorsuch’s ability as a legal scholar and judge has earned him the respect of members of the bar. The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has unanimously given him its highest possible rating of “well-qualified.”
Senator Collins continued with criticism of Senator Chuck Schumer’s call to filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, “This nomination deserves to move forward. As the dozens of distinguished Maine attorneys who wrote to me in support of his nomination said: “In sum, during his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Judge Gorsuch distinguished himself as a judge who follows the law with no regard for politics or outside influence. We could not ask for more in an Associate Justice….” Mr. President, I agree, and I look forward to the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Justice of the United States Supreme Court."
Maine Republican Party Political Director Joe Turcotte added, “Judge Neil Gorsuch is an originalist who will uphold the law and follow the Constitution. We could not be more excited about his nomination and Senator Collins’ support. We look forward to Judge Gorsuch’s nomination going to vote and can only hope that Senator King follows in Senator Collins’ footsteps and supports this nomination.”
Maine House Corruption Problems Grow: Former House Taxation Committee Chair Faces Investigation For Illegal Lobbying For Union In Maine State House
Former Maine People's Alliance operative and Democrat Tax Committee
Chair Adam Goode Under Ethics Investigation After Serious & Clear
Violations of State Lobbying Laws
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is calling upon Speaker Sara Gideon to take action to protect the integrity of the Maine House of Representatives after news that another Democrat involved in recent tax policy issues and associated with Maine's union interests will be investigated by the Maine Ethics Commission, this time for illegal lobbying in violation of recently passed ethics reforms.
The law, passed unanimously by the Maine Legislature and signed by Governor Paul LePage, prohibits former State Legislators from serving as paid lobbyists for one-year after their service in the Legislature ends.
Former State Representative, and organizer for the Maine People's Alliance Adam Goode, of Bangor, has been serving as a paid lobbyist and 'Legislative Director' for the AFL-CIO for much of this legislative session, as shown by documents outlining his regular testimony and first-hand accounts of his constant presence in the state house.
“The facts will show that Adam Goode has been illegally lobbying for the AFL-CIO for weeks,” said Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas. “Maine Ethics disclosure shows that in the past, the AFL-CIO has consistently registered three lobbyists for budget sessions, but this year has only registered two – due to the fact that Mr. Goode cannot legally register for the work he is actually doing.”
“Just this past week, Mr. Goode was in the state house lobbying for nearly seven hours in just one day, and admitted on mic that he was being paid to lobby specific bills – how can he say with a straight face that he did not exceed eight hours in a month?” asked Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP.
Mr. Goode comes from the same line of Maine People's Alliance organizers that have controlled state government to the detriment of the people of Maine for years. In fact, Goode is Rep. Ryan Tipping's predecessor on the taxation committee, and is known to have appeared on left-wing podcasts with Rep. Tipping in support of the destructive referendums threatening Maine's economy.
“Mr. Goode seems to think he is above the law, but preventing situations such as this is exactly why Maine undertook bipartisan ethics reform – the integrity of the people's government must be protected,” said Dr. Kouzounas.
“Simply refusing to register as a lobbyist, and not putting the lobbyist name tag on his chest does not mean Mr. Goode is not a lobbyist,” said Dr. Kouzounas. “In fact, it makes him the worst kind of lobbyist, one that thinks he is beyond the law and can do as he wishes.”
“We are confident that when the Maine Ethics Commission sees the piles of testimony Mr. Goode has filed with the legislature, and hears first-hand how Mr. Goode has been in the State House day after day all session, that he will be held accountable,” said Mr. Savage.
“Representative Goode's disdain for the law and deflection of poor behavior is yet another reason we need to hold Speaker Sara Gideon accountable," said Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas. “Speaker Gideon now has three close allies under various levels of ethics investigation.”
“Adam Goode's actions violate both the spirit and the letter of the law. As Speaker of the House, Sara Gideon needs to decide whether she will lead with integrity or continue as her allies undermine the integrity of the Maine House of Representatives,” said Dr. Kouzounas. “Thankfully, the people of Maine have public servants like Rep. Sheldon Hanington willing to stand for integrity when Speaker Gideon is attempting to turn a blind eye.”
“The people's government is not meant to play out as a sequel of the movie “Catch Me If You Can”, and if Speaker Gideon does not act, she will be declaring that she is Speaker of the Swamp, not Speaker of the House,” concluded Dr. Kouzounas.
The Bangor Daily News recently reported on this story, but missed much of the nuance in a Friday news dump quoting Mr. Goode.
Three times in recent history, (Speaker Eves at Goodwill Hinckley, Rep Ryan Tipping on conflict of interest, and now Adam Goode on illegal lobbying) Maine Democrats have claimed to have been “cleared” by the Maine Ethics Commission when caught doing something they should not have been doing, each time citing conversations with a member of the Maine Ethics Commisson staff, when they were not, in fact, cleared by any member of the Maine Ethics Commission.
At best, these conversations with Ethics Commission staff should be viewed as informal guidance – not approval to move forward with impunity.
It may be necessary for lawmakers to undertake a reform of the processes that lawmakers must use to get approval for certain activities if Democrats continue to dishonestly hide behind informal conversations with staff at the Ethics Commission as if they were carte-blanche approval of whatever they wish to do.
IN RADIO INTERVIEW, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT STATE SENATOR DECLINES TO SAY HE WOULD REPEAL A LAW LEGALIZING SLAVERY IF PASSED BY VOTERS IN A REFERENDUM
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today released a statement highlighting a shocking revelation from a prominent Democrat State Senator representing Maine's largest city in a morning interview on WGAN radio.
In the audio, Senator Chipman is asked if a referendum to legalize slavery were passed by popular vote of Maine people, if he would work to repeal it. Chipman simply says “I might” as he continues to explain that he respects the will of the voters and believes their votes should stand in all matters.
“This is the face of the current Maine Democratic Party,” said Maine GOP Communications Director Nina McLaughlin. “There is such a devotion to 'democracy' by popular vote, they are in danger of completely abandoning the rights of the minority and our Representative Republic.”
“The State Senator representing our largest city is so devoted to the principle of mob rule by popular vote, he can't even go on the record to oppose the legalization of slavery if it was passed by a referendum,” McLaughlin continued. “While the Senator’s colleagues are actively working to fight modern day slavery in situations such as sex-trafficking, he can’t even say whether he would oppose slavery if it were passed by a majority vote. If that doesn’t scare you, we have a problem”
“Chants of 'this is what democracy looks like' might energize the liberal base, but what Senator Chipman just revealed is the danger of unrestrained referendums with people like him in charge,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP.
“The rights and dignity of the people of Maine should not be subject to popular vote,” continued Mr. Savage. “We are calling on Senate and House Democrats to denounce Senator Chipman's statement and take appropriate action. The referendum process should not be a tool to infringe the rights and prosperity of Maine people. Any elected official who cannot rule out legalizing slavery by popular vote is not suitable to hold office in the state of Maine,” concluded Mr. Savage.
Since the creation of the referendum process in Maine, well over 50% of laws passed by Maine people through the referendum process have been revised or amended by the Maine Legislature.
State Senator Eric Brakey, R-Androscoggin, introduced draft legislation (LR 949) earlier this session which seeks to address the problem of referendums which may violate the Constitutional rights of Maine citizens. Senator Brakey's bill seeks to institute a system where referendum language of questionable Constitutionality can be challenged in the Maine Supreme Court before being voted on by the people of Maine.
Given Sen. Chipman's shocking statement Sen. Brakey's proposal looks almost prophetic in its wisdom.
We hope Senator Chipman's admission pushes lawmakers of both parties to pass reforms that protect Maine people from the danger of unconstitutional actions via popular vote referendum. With lawmakers like Sen. Chipman lacking the fundamental belief that people's rights are not subject to popular vote, action must be taken.
Full Interview Here:
For Immediate Release: March 21, 2017
Contact: Nina McLaughlin, email@example.com
Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas issued the following statement regarding Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s work as a new ACA replacement Healthcare plan works its way through Congress:
“Congressman Bruce Poliquin and Governor Paul LePage have both been active in urging Members of Congress to improve the ACA replacement plan which is working its way through the House. I commend both of these Maine leaders for working to improve the plan.
It is critical that Maine not be penalized for not expanding welfare, in the form of Medicaid, to non-disabled people. Maine faced a massive hospital debt left behind by the last Governor as a result of expanded welfare which was not funded. It took a creative plan put forward by Governor LePage to pay off that debt.
News from Washington is that Maine and other states could benefit from block grants which will allow State leaders, not bureaucrats in Washington, to make more decisions on how best to use Medicaid funds within our state to benefit the most needy. Furthermore the successes seen in Maine’s welfare reforms may be applied to the nation in urging work provisions for those who are not disabled and do not have children if they are to receive welfare benefits under Medicaid. These are positive steps.
I couldn’t be more proud of Maine Republicans. Our leaders embody what it means to be a Mainer: hard work leads to success.”