Civility should not be overcome by politics

Civility should not be overcome by politics

The following is an editorial that I wrote for the Times Record. It ran on May 30th, 2014:

Participation in politics is not for the faint of heart. There will always be issues that divide the major parties. Throughout the history of our democracy, politicians have brawled (both literally and figuratively) over the issues. It is essential for our democracy that we always have a healthy debate and exchange of ideas. But the days of Burr and Hamilton, Brooks and Sumner, are long gone. In the 21st century, we …

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Opinion Piece: Governor’s poor management of Maine economy has hindered recovery

Opinion Piece: Governor’s poor management of Maine economy has hindered recovery

The following is an opinion piece that I wrote for the Kennebec Journal. It was published on April 23, 2014:

Governor’s poor management of Maine economy has hindered recovery

Recently Governor Paul LePage complained that term limits enabled too many “young people with firm agendas” to serve in the Legislature, supposedly dragging down the quality of the bills that get passed.

As one of those young people he referred to, I would respond that the governor ought to be grateful that any young people have stayed in Maine …

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Help me kickstart my campaign! (It only takes $5)

Help me kickstart my campaign! (It only takes $5)

Spring is almost here (I promise this cold weather today is a lie!) and with it comes the beginning of campaign season!  I am running for my second term in the Maine Legislature. Due to re-districting I am running to represent the newly formed District 49.*  Just like last time, I’m running as a Clean Elections candidate because I believe big money should stay out of politics. In order to qualify as a Clean Elections candidate, I need to collect a quota of $5 donations from …

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Youth Caucus Testimony on the College Affordability Bills

Youth Caucus Testimony on the College Affordability Bills

Today the Education Committee heard two bills regarding college affordability: Senator Justin Alfond’s LD 1703 “An Act To Increase College Affordability and the Rate of Degree Completion” and Senator Roger Katz’s LD 1702 “Resolve, Directing the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System To Study the Establishment of a Pilot Program Based on Oregon’s “Pay Forward, Pay Back” Model of Funding Public Postsecondary Education.”

Both bills seek to address the epidemic of college debt in Maine and also directed the state to look …

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PRESS: Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

PRESS: Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

Bangor Daily News, January 29, 2014

By Mario Moretto (Photo by Troy Bennett)

AUGUSTA, Maine — College is expensive, and many Mainers, like students around the country, have to borrow a lot of money to earn a degree.

But imagine attending a two- or four-year college or university in Maine without having to pay any tuition costs up-front. Instead, you sign a deal to pay a fixed rate of your income for a predetermined amount …

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Legislative Update: Office Hours this Saturday at Wild Oats Bakery from 10 am to noon!

Legislative Update: Office Hours this Saturday at Wild Oats Bakery from 10 am to noon!

Happy 2014 to all of you. As this year’s legislative session kicks off, I wanted to make sure that I have a chance to hear from you in person and learn what’s on your mind. Please join me this Saturday Jan. 25th, from 10 a.m. to noon, for public office hours at the Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe in the Tontine Mall downtown. Come with your questions, concerns, ideas and opinions.

I have several top legislative priorities this year. Here is a small sample:

Supporting job creation bills, especially …

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Come testify before the Appropriations Committee!

Come testify before the Appropriations Committee!

The Office of Policy and Management was charged with finding savings in the budget and throughout state government. They released a set of wide ranging proposals that contain significant cuts to our education system from funding to charter schools to technology. These cuts could have a dire impact on our state while not creating any real long term savings.

On Friday the 17th at 10 am the Appropriations Committee will be having a public hearing on the proposal. Please take a look at the report and …

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The 126th Maine Legislature is back in session!

The 126th Maine Legislature is back in session!

The Legislature is back in session today! I’m looking forward to the work ahead and I’m excited to start!

You can follow us online at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/

You can also watch us live through MPBN’s Capital Connection: http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx

 

 

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Health Insurance Exchanges open today in Maine

Health Insurance Exchanges open today in Maine

Today, the Health Insurance Exchanges begin operations in Maine. If you need to sign-up for health insurance under the Exchange, please visit www.enroll207.com for more information, or call 1-800-965-7476. There will be financial assistance available to many Mainers through the Affordable Care Act. Also I will be organizing a forum for later in the month where folks can come and learn more and get all of their health care questions answered.

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Maine Conservation Voters gives Rep. Daughtry a perfect score

Maine Conservation Voters gives Rep. Daughtry a perfect score

I am pleased to announce that I have received a perfect scorecard from Maine Conservation Voters for my first session as a legislator!

AUGUSTA – Reps. Seth Berry, Mattie Daughtry, Jennifer DeChant, Andrew Mason, and Charlie Priest, received perfect ratings for 2013 from Maine Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy group.

“When I ran for this seat, I made a commitment to keep Maine a safe and healthy place to raise our children,” said Daughtry, D-Brunswick. “Maine’s quality of place is one of our greatest strengths. It …

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