Maine Senate President

Michael B. Thibodeau

127 Maine Legislature

Maine Senate Republicans Choose Leadership for 128th Legislature

AUGUSTA – Newly elected Republican state senators have unanimously chosen Senator Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) to serve as Senate President for the 128th Maine Legislature. Following Tuesday’s vote, Republicans will once again hold the majority in the Maine Senate by an 18-17 margin. The entire Maine Senate will formally vote for senate president on Swearing-In Day, which is scheduled for December 7, 2016. It will mark the first time a Republican has served as senate president for consecutive terms since 1980. Republicans also chose Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) to serve again as senate majority leader and Senator Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) as assistant majority leader. Senate President Thibodeau said, “I am extremely grateful to my fellow senators for once again expressing their confidence in me by choosing me to be not only their leader, but the leader of the entire Maine Senate. There are some who doubted our ability to maintain the majority in this election, but I believe the voters have validated our efforts to reform welfare and to make Maine a better place to work and live. “We are interested in working with all willing and interested parties to take on the state’s biggest challenges, and I am looking forward to the next two years.” Senator Garrett Mason said, “I am very proud to be the first Republican leader to serve back to back terms since 1970, and I would like to thank my fellow senators for trusting me to serve as their leader once again. I am looking forward to the next two years and can’t wait to get back to work.” Senator Andre Cushing said, “It is...

Bangor Daily News: Senate Democrats should be embarrassed by their ethics charade

By The BDN Editorial Board Posted Nov. 03, 2016, at 12:24 p.m.  Lawmakers have tried and failed over the years to clarify how politicians can use the money they raise through political action committees they operate. The failure to enact needed reforms, however, does not excuse Democrats in the state Senate from grandstanding on the issue recently and pressing for unnecessary investigations of activities that clearly are allowed. Certainly, there’s cause for concern when a sitting legislator operates a PAC and much of the money the committee raises ends up in the legislator’s pocket. It’s happened repeatedly through the years, and it raises serious questions about why legislator-run leadership PACs exist. Is it to pay for political campaign activity or to supplement lawmakers’ income directly from special interest campaign contributions? In 2012, for example, the Current newspapers in southern Maine reported that the PAC run by former state Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, paid Dill $4,000 to maintain a blog. In 2014, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting reported that more than half the money spent since 2008 by the PAC run by then-state Sen. John Tuttle, a Sanford Democrat, went to Tuttle, to family members, and to cover some of their everyday expenses. Story continues below advertisement. Earlier this year, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting reported on another Democratic legislator, Rep. Diane Russell of Portland, who paid herself from funds raised by her PAC and spent a small portion of the PAC’s money on its stated mission. It’s disturbing, but there’s nothing illegal about a lawmaker raising money for a PAC, then directing the money...

Senate President Statement on Polling of the Legislature

“There is universal agreement in Maine that the governor has crossed several lines that should never be approached ever again. His behavior has created headlines across the nation for all of the wrong reasons. “For many, his apology on Wednesday was sufficient. But more people were interested in results. The governor, and the governor, alone, is responsible for his behavior and I believe there is no doubt he would benefit from additional help to address his explosive behavior. “Many Senate Republicans have expressed a desire to return to the State House for a special session to hold the governor accountable.  “I find myself disappointed with the decision by the House Speaker to initiate a poll of his caucus regarding the governor’s recent actions without specific language for the question. “It is clear to me that Democratic leadership is not interested in holding the governor accountable for his actions but is more focused on the political advantage this situation presents. With Democratic leadership favoring impeachment, and the House Minority Office unwilling to call back legislators for any reason, I see no path for the Legislature to reconvene. “At yesterday’s meeting among Democrat and Republican leaders, we agreed to meet again to find a path forward to address the situation with the governor. No sooner had it ended that Democrat leadership went to the media and called for the resignation of the governor. They said one thing behind closed doors and quite another to the TV cameras. “Many members of the Senate Republican caucus had expressed a desire to come back into session to consider a narrowly defined resolution to force...

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Senator Mike Thibodeau
3 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 287-1500
mike@mainesenatepresident.com

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