For Immediate Release: October 17, 2017
Contact: Garrett Murch, email@example.com
MAINE GOP CALLS OUT FALSE CLAIM FROM PRO-WELFARE EXPANSION GROUP
AUGUSTA – Today, Maine Republican Party Chair Demi Kouzounas responded to a false claim by Mainers for Health Care that expanding Medicaid would save Maine taxpayers money by reducing emergency room visits. A top study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the emergency room savings claim is just plain not true.
"This claim flies in the face of research showing Medicaid expansion does not cut down on costly emergency room visits paid for by hardworking Mainers. No question about it, we have to debate expanding taxpayer-funded healthcare (including for able-bodied adults without children under Question 2). Still, everyone should be honest.
The forces trying to expand welfare in Maine are saying we would save money where the evidence clearly shows we would not. I encourage everyone to look at the research and ask, if Mainers for Health Care is not being straight with you on this, what else might they be misleading you about?"
In 2016, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study examining the effect of Oregon's Medicaid expansion on emergency room use. As National Public Radio reported at the time, "The study of Medicaid patients in Oregon who got Medicaid in 2008 found their ER use stayed high two years after they gained the health insurance coverage — even as they also increased their visits to doctors' offices."
MAINE GOP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STATEMENT ON KING AND PINGREE HIDING THEIR OBSTRUCTIONISM WITH A NATIONAL DEMOCRAT TALKING POINT
AUGUSTA – Today, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, Jason Savage, released the following statement on Senator Angus King's and Representative Chellie Pingree's taking orders from national Democrats to attack Republicans and distract from their obstructionism on healthcare:
"Mainers are independent and they expect their representatives in Congress to be, too. Unfortunately, on healthcare, instead of offering constructive solutions to the crisis caused by Obamacare, Senator King and Representative Pingreeare hiding their obstructionism by using national Democrat talking points dictated by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, falsely claiming Republicans are seeking to 'sabotage' healthcare.
But if Schumer, Pelosi, King, and Pingree want to talk about sabotage, let's talk about sabotage. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' right to keep their doctors. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' right to keep their health insurance plans. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' 1st Amendment right to freedom of conscience. Obamacare sabotaged Americans' wallets with skyrocketing premiums and deductibles. And now politicians like Schumer, Pelosi, King, and Pingree are sabotaging bipartisanship, obstructing any and all efforts to replace or even improve this fatally flawed law.
This law is not being sabotaged; it is failing and crumbling under its own weight. Doing nothing is not an option, and funneling even more money to giant, profitable, corporate insurance companies is not only wrong, but unaffordable.
Mainers expect and deserve better. We call on King and Pingree to exercise the independence Maine is known for and is proud of by rejecting national Democrat talking points that distract from the harm that is being inflicted on Americans by Obamacare, and to work with Republicans offering constructive solutions."
AUGUSTA – Today, the Maine Republican Party announced the hiring of a new Political/Communications Director, Garrett Murch. "We are thrilled to have someone of Garrett's experience join the Maine GOP,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP. “As we look forward to the 2018 election, Garrett brings a wealth of talent and a deep respect and understanding of the Maine First principles that will continue to move Maine's economy forward and help Maine people thrive.”
Murch, a native of Windsor, Maine and a 1997 graduate of Cony High School, recently returned to live in his home state after more than a decade gaining extensive political and communications experience in Washington, D.C. Having begun his career working for then-Senator Olympia J. Snowe, he went on to spend the next five years working at the Heritage Foundation and the conservative website, Townhall.com. In 2010, Murch returned to Maine and helped then-gubernatorial candidate and current Congressman Bruce Poliquin before managing the final months of the campaign of Jason Levesque for Maine’s Second Congressional District seat. In 2011, Murch began more than five years working as Communications Advisor to then-Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions before being hired as Senior Editor of conservative talk radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham’s website, LifeZette. Upon returning home to Maine earlier this year, Murch began serving in Governor LePage’s Office of Policy and Management as a senior advisor.
“I am so blessed to have been able to return to my beautiful home state I love,” Murch said. "Throughout my time in Washington, I was always homesick but at the same time saddened watching the harm that decades of Maine Democrats’ rule had inflicted—the stifling economic climate created that has separated countless Maine families by forcing children to leave their parents and their state to find good work. I am thrilled and deeply honored to help build on the great work of Governor Paul LePage and Republicans in the legislature as we continue to change our great state’s course."
EXPOSED: DOCUMENTS SHOW LUCAS ST. CLAIR STILL REGISTERED IN PORTLAND, CAME BACK TO MAINE BY WAY OF SEATTLE, WA JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO
- Documents show that during most insensitive, out-of-touch campaign launch in Maine history, St. Clair still registered to vote outside district he claims he wants to represent
- Previously, St. Clair was registered in Seattle, WA
- Voter data suggests St. Clair may have never even voted in Maine's Second Congressional District
- Maine GOP was at Portland City Clerk's Office Last Friday To Confirm
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is releasing documents showing that Lucas St. Clair, infamous for jamming the national monument into existence despite local objections, is not even a registered voter in the Second Congressional District.
As of the end of the day on Friday, September 29th, 2017, St. Clair was still a registered Democrat in Portland, Maine, the heart of Maine's liberal First Congressional District, according to a document obtained from the city of Portland by the Maine Republican Party.
St. Clair's announcement today comes as the entire nation sits shocked by the horrific attack in Las Vegas, NV.
“This is without a doubt the most insensitive and out-of-touch campaign kick-off in Maine history,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP. “While our nation is just trying to come to grips with the horror of what just happened, Lucas St. Clair is launching a political campaign that shows how out-of-touch he is.”
“Even worse is that Mr. St. Clair could not even be bothered to actually register to vote in the district before launching his campaign,” said Mr. Savage. “A Seattle liberal by way of Portland, Maine is not a good fit for the people of Maine's Second Congressional District, and Mr. St. Clair's insensitive, out-of-touch announcement proves it.”
“Looking at voter data showing Mr. St. Clair's current and previous voter registration, combined with publicly available voter history, there is no evidence Mr. St. Clair has ever actually voted from the Second District,” concluded Mr. Savage.
“It appears his focus in the district has been forcing his opinion on rural Mainers, not living and voting among them. All signs point to Mr. St. Clair functioning as an outsider with his own agenda, completely out of touch with voters in the district."
Below you will find a copy of Mr. St. Clair's current Portland, Maine voter registration card as of the end of the day last Friday.
The Honorable David Burns, Chairman of The Standing Resolutions Committee for the Maine Republican Party, announced the completion of the first draft of the Platform for the 2018 Republican State Convention.
“The Committee has met over the past several months for the purpose of presenting a Draft of the 2018 Maine Republican Party Platform and I am pleased to announce that the results are now posted on the Maine Republican Party website at http://www.mainegop.com/news/maine-gop-publishes-draft-2018-party-platform-provides-amendment-information ."
In accordance with the Rules, any amendments must be submitted using the Platform Amendment Request using the email address provided. Any Maine voter enrolled in the Republican Party is invited to present proposed amendments to this document using the Platform Amendment Request found on the Website.
All suggested amendments must be submitted to Michelle Dale at Republican Headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 15th.
The Committee will meet again on March 20th to discuss and possibly amend the existing Draft. The final document proposed by the Standing Resolutions Committee will be on the Website no later than April 1st.
Delegates to the Convention will have one more opportunity to propose further amendments to the Platform, to be debated during the Convention. These proposed amendments must be submitted to Michelle Dale no later than 11:00 AM on April 24th.
“We have worked hard on this document, reaching consensus“ Burns said, “and we look forward to hearing from our fellow Republicans in the coming months.”
Following is the draft 2018 Maine Republican Platform, as presented by the Maine Republican Party Platform Committee. Following the Draft Platform is a link to the form which should be used to propose amendments.
DRAFT 2018 Maine GOP Platform
Maine Republican Party Platform
Generations of Americans have valiantly fought to preserve the Republic, our freedoms, and the American way of life. We appreciate and honor the service of active duty and reserve military, veterans, fire fighters, law enforcement, first responders and EMTs, and all those who serve our state and nation. It is only by restoring the three primary core values of the United States of America, which are Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum, that we can ensure moral and economic Recovery.
I. This platform embraces principles and identifies actions to implement them.
In order to define the specific policies encompassed by said constitutional principles, be it resolved:
II. The government of Maine exists to preserve and protect certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights endowed by our Creator for the benefit, protection and security of all citizens and future generations. To maintain these rights, we therefore pledge to:
III. Because the strength of Maine and the United States lies with the rights and responsibilities of the individual, we affirm that:
V. The most effective government is closest to the people and the least intrusive, therefore:
VI. Education is the cornerstone to building a lasting prosperity within our future, therefore:
VII. The family is the foundation and strength of a stable society; therefore, the government must not interfere, but rather support and protect the integrity and rights of the family, therefore:
VIII. Fiscal restraint and accountability for all levels of government is paramount through:
IX. Moving forward Maine Republicans support the following initiatives, therefore:
Persistent vigilance by the people is necessary to preserve our American values. It is therefore incumbent on all of us to stay informed and involved in the American experience of self-governance. Those of us who have united behind the Republican banner invite you to join us in this task and support the Republican candidates for office that uphold these principles.
May God Bless America!
Please use the document below to propose revisions to the 2018 Maine Republican Party Platform. All proposed amendments must be received no later than 5:00 PM on March 15, 2018.
Chair Kouzounas says “better jobs & bigger paychecks” for Maine
people will result
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party released the following statement from Party Chair Dr. Demi Kouzounas today in response to the release of the Republican framework for Federal tax reform.
“President Trump's leadership in pushing for tax reform to benefit Maine's middle class is exactly the right approach,” said Dr. Kouzounas. “This proposal will create better jobs and bigger paychecks for middle-class Mainers, and help communities struggling with weaker economies rise above the obstacles they face.”
“President Trump promised reform that was simple and fair, and Republicans have delivered,” continued Dr. Kouzounas. “The Maine people have struggled with a complicated and rigged tax code for far too long. The time for reform is now, the plan to grow our economy, un-rig the system, and make sure Mainers keep more of their hard-earned money is this one.”
Learn more about the plan here: https://fairandsimple.gop/
Governor directs Maine County Sheriffs to comply with ICE illegal alien detention requests
AUGUSTA – Maine Republican Party Chair Dr. Demi Kouzounas released the following statement today in appreciation of Governor LePage's directive to Maine's county sheriffs directing them to comply with detention requests from ICE.
“We appreciate Governor LePage's expectation and directive that Maine's county sheriffs work with the federal government to comply with detention requests for individuals who are not in the United States legally,” said Chair Kouzounas.
“The Governor's letter makes clear that he has the authority to issue this directive, and it is the right thing to do,” added Dr. Kouzounas. “As a party, we have deep respect for our county sheriffs, who keep Maine people safe across Maine, and we hope that all sixteen sheriffs across Maine will work with ICE and the federal government to comply with these requests.”
“Let us not forget, we are talking about individuals who are not in our country legally, and who are currently being detained by law enforcement after breaking our laws,” said Dr. Kouzounas.
“This is about keeping our streets safe for the people of Maine,” continued Dr. Kouzounas. “One or two Maine sheriffs should not put our system in peril because they wish to not obey our laws and constitution, and instead put illegal immigrants who are in custody ahead of safety and the rule of law.”
“Our team stands ready to support the sheriffs who work to protect Maine people, and to make sure that the rare sheriff who refuses to comply has to find a new line of work.”
You can read the Governor's letter to Maine County Sheriffs here: www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=767392&an=1
AUGUSTA- Maine GOP Chair Kouzounas issued the following statement on DACA being rescinded:
"DACA was an unconstitutional executive action from the beginning.
"We are a nation of laws, this is an unavoidable truth.
"Maine GOP is pro immigration, so long as the proper steps are taken to obtain legal citizenship.
We hope that Congress will assist President Trump's goal of securing our nation's borders as any immigration legislation is considered."
AUGUSTA- Today, the Maine GOP is excited to announce the hiring of Rebecca Telega and Justin Davis as Regional Field Directors for the upcoming 2018 Cycle due to the historic partnership with the Republican National Committee.
“We are living in historic times in our country, and that’s why it’s so important for us to keep the Blaine House in November and compete for new seats up and down the ticket, and Rebecca and Justin will help us do just that,” said Jason Savage, Executive Director of the Maine GOP. “Maine is moving in the right direction thanks to Governor LePage and the Republican reform agenda which has led to record unemployment, higher wages, and less government.”
“With Rebecca and Justin, we’ve not only hired two people that bring a fire and passion for politics, but also, and perhaps most importantly, a deep-rooted love for Maine and our people.”
BACKGROUND ON REBECCA TELEGA
Rebecca Telega started as an academic intern for the Maine Republican Party and quickly became a rising star in the party due to her work ethic and skills as an organizer. This experience helped pave her success as a Field Representative for the Maine GOP Freedom 14’ Damariscotta Office in 2014 and as Field Director for the Maine Republican Party in the highly successful 2016 Cycle.
“I feel honored to have been given such a great new opportunity. The staff of the Maine GOP work tirelessly in their efforts to benefit the people of Maine, and I’m so happy that I get to continue to be a part of that alongside Chair Kouzounas, Jason, and the rest Maine GOP staff,” said Telega.
BACKGROUND ON JUSTIN DAVIS
Justin Davis brings loads of experience though his work with Senator Susan Collins. As a former Caseworker and Staff Assistant to the Senator and a Field Representative for Senator Collins’ 2014 re-election campaign, Justin demonstrated a work ethic and energy matched by few. Prior to joining the GOP, Justin served as Clerk on the House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington D.C.
“I’m excited to come home and be a part of Maine’s success by working with Republican activists and candidates across Maine. Chair Kouzounas and Jason have brought real leadership that’s easy for all of us at the Maine GOP to get behind because of their commitment to winning and improving the lives of the hard-working Maine people,” said Davis.
Justin and Rebecca will both assume their new positions on September 1st, 2017.
AUGUSTA- Maine GOP Chair Kouzounas issued the following statement following Mark Eves' speech at a Maine People's Alliance event:
"This is yet another revelation that Maine Democrats are sadly more focused on the color of people's skin than the content of their character.
"Maine people are looking for answers on issues such as jobs, taxes, the state budget, energy costs and welfare reform, and Mark Eves is instead focusing on the color of our resident's skin and identity politics.
"Maine voters see through the cynical identity politics of liberal Democrats like Mark Eves."
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