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November 30, 2011

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Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate...

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Rep. Cushing Prevails in Federal Court on Clean Elections Matching Funds Lawsuit

July 20, 2011

AUGUSTA - The United States District Court for the District of Maine today ruled that the matching funds portion of Maine's Clean Elections Act violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The order, signed by U.S. District Judge George Singal, represents a major victory for the plaintiffs, including Rep. Andre Cushing, assistant leader of the House Republicans.'

The ruling did not come as a surprise. Last month, the U.S, Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that the matching fun...

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Public pension changes to save taxpayers $3.155 billion

June 21, 2011

AUGUSTA - Maine taxpayers will save $3.155 billion in paying off the public pension debt as a result of changes made in the new biennial budget. The calculation, made by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), reflects taxpayer savings from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2028, the constitutional deadline for repaying the debt.

"These huge savings will effectively put money in the wallets of Maine residents," said House Majority Leader Phil Curtis (R-Madison). "This is money th...

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House GOP Leaders Decry 'Venomous' Attacks on Health Insurance Bill

May 10, 2011

AUGUSTA - House Republican leaders said today they are disturbed by the intense criticism of the health insurance reform bill now moving through the Legislature. They are particularly troubled by the extent of the scare tactics and outright falsehoods appearing in newspapers around the state.

"To say that this bill has been misrepresented is a gross understatement," said Rep. Phil Curtis (R-Madison), leader of the House Republicans. "Never before have I seen this level of distortion surroundin...

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Health insurance reform clears initial hurdle in Maine House

May 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - Landmark legislation to revamp Maine's health insurance market cleared a critical hurdle today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 76-72. The measure, designed to generate more competition and bring rates closer to national norms, now moves to the Senate. Final enactment votes in both bodies could come as early as next week.

"The people of our state are the winners today," said House Speaker Robert Nutting. "For years, reasonable proposals to fix a dysfunctional health insur...

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House Republicans Commend Gov. LePage for 'Sanctuary State' Repeal

January 7, 2011

AUGUSTA - House Republicans today commended Gov. Paul LePage for rescinding a policy that barred state employees from inquiring about the citizenship status of individuals applying for welfare benefits. In repealing the policy, which dates back to 2004, the governor said he wants to take care of Mainers first.

The executive order creating the policy effectively made Maine the only so-called "sanctuary state" in the nation, where people in the country illegally could apply for welfare on an ...

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Legislature's Rules Committee Agrees on Merger of Business and Labor Committees

December 15, 2010

AUGUSTA - The legislative Rules Committee today reached an accord to merge two committees and bring the interests of business and labor under one roof. The plan, to be voted on Friday by the entire Legislature, will join components of the Labor Committee and the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee into a new entity to be named the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development.

"The voters of Maine sent us here to produce results in terms of...

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GOP House leaders praise Sen. Susan Collins for truck limit extension

December 14, 2010

AUGUSTA - House Speaker Bob Nutting and Reps. Phil Curtis and Andre Cushing today thanked Sen. Susan Collins for her work to extend the federal truck weight limit project in Maine.

Sen. Collins announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has agreed to support a one-year extension to allow trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds continued use of Maine's federal interstates. The measure still must pass the full Senate and House before taking effect. The pilot project is set to e...

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GOP House leaders praise Sen. Susan Collins for truck limit extension

December 14, 2010

AUGUSTA - House Speaker Bob Nutting and Reps. Phil Curtis and Andre Cushing today thanked Sen. Susan Collins for her work to extend the federal truck weight limit project in Maine.

Sen. Collins announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has agreed to support a one-year extension to allow trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds continued use of Maine's federal interstates. The measure still must pass the full Senate and House before taking effect. The pilot project is set to e...

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Republican response to the governor's weekly address

December 5, 2010

Greetings, this is Andre Cushing, state representative from Hampden and assistant leader of the majority party in the Maine House.

It was a big week in Augusta, with the swearing-in of the 125th Legislature, the election of a new House Speaker and Senate President and the election by both bodies of a new Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer. Less than a month after the historic election of November 2, a new but experienced team is in place to guide our state through the diffic...

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