Maine Democrats Take a Sharp Partisan Turn

(Augusta, ME) – At a time when people are looking for their elected officials to work together, Democrats in Maine took a sharp partisan turn today, making it clear they have no intention of working with Republicans in the state legislature.

In today’s Legislative Council meeting to consider proposed bills for the next session Democrats, who hold a 6-4 voting majority, approved 125 of their own bills while approving just eight Republican proposals. For every Republican bill approved, Democrats approved 17 of their own.

This will result in a huge number of bills during the traditionally shorter Second Session. Prior to today, there were 485 bills on the docket for next year.

Adding the 135 new bills that Democrats allowed to go forward today brings the total that must be considered in the Second Session—so far—to 620 bills, with more proposals to consider in the weeks ahead.

Two years ago, that number was 453 and two years prior to that, it was 287.

Senate Republican Leader Dana Dow: “Today’s result is that people across Maine lost.”

Assistant Republican Leader Jeff Timberlake: “Today’s actions signified a whole new level of ruthless, one-party rule in Augusta. Democrats have thrown down the gauntlet and told the people across Maine that their opinions no longer matter.

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2 thoughts on “Maine Democrats Take a Sharp Partisan Turn

  1. This to me just divides the state more. We see what’s going on in Washington dc and I thought the politicians in Maine were better than that. But observing in the last year how the democrats voted to by-pass the electoral college by going with the popular vote, not taking into consideration the size of our state as we are jioning the liberal states of New York and California, nothing surprises me anymore. We are now run by those states. We have lost our voice. This amount of bills by the democrats that we know the republicans don’t agree with will do great damage to the state. Just look how Obama care , one sided bill worked. It was the start of one sided politics and it’s not a good thing.

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