My late start high school bill is featured on WGME 13

My late start high school bill is featured on WGME 13

WGME 13 interviewed me about LD 711, my late start high school bill.

You can see the interview here:

http://www.wgme.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/brunswick-lawmaker-proposes-later-start-high-school-day-26291.shtml#.VQGqbWR4odU

 

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Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 26, 2015

Contact: Ann Kim [Daughtry], 287-1488

Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

Bill would make college more affordable

AUGUSTA – Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, has submitted legislation that would make it easier for students in the University of Maine system to avoid a student health fee that is often unnecessary.

Daughtry’s measure would allow students to choose whether or not they want to purchase the services covered by the fee.

“Right now, students automatically get charged each semester …

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NEWS: Daughtry Appointed to be House Chair of College Affordability Commission

NEWS: Daughtry Appointed to be House Chair of College Affordability Commission

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been appointed to be the House Chair of the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion!

The thirteen-member commission was created with the passage of LD 1849, “Resolve, To Establish the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion.” College Affordability was a key issue for the Youth Caucus this past session. I drafted and gave testimony for the Youth Caucus on the two affordability bills that were before the Education Committee. You can read that testimony by clicking here. If you …

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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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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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Dan Demerrit features me in his Maine Sunday Telegram column!

Dan Demerrit features me in his Maine Sunday Telegram column!

Dan Demerrit, a Republican political consultant, featured me today in his Maine Sunday Telegram column. Dan wrote about my campaign and Matt Pouliot’s campaign in an article that talks about why we should thank those who run for office. Thank you for your wonderful piece Dan!

Dan Demeritt: Two young candidates for the State House offer hope for a new start in politics.

An Augusta Republican and a Brunswick Democrat show why we should thank those who run for office. 

Maine Sunday Telegram, November 4th, 2012

Despite the tactics, tantrums, …

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With Hurricane Sandy approaching fast please take all campaign signs inside

With Hurricane Sandy approaching fast please take all campaign signs inside

With Hurricane Sandy approaching fast I just wanted to remind everyone to take down all of your campaign signs today. I will be going around town and taking down some of my signs today too. We are expecting gusts up to 60 mph and our poor campaign signs are definitely not strong enough to handle a Hurricane. They can also become a hazard when flying around in high winds!

More importantly make sure you are prepared for the storm. Maine is not supposed to take a …

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The Clean Water Act turns 40!

The Clean Water Act turns 40!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. This bill was a monumental piece of legislation that helped put in place crucial environmental protections. I consider it one of our most important bills. Check out this great article from the Huffington Post that details what the Clean Water Act has accomplished in the past 40 years and the threats it faces today: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-yaggi/the-clean-water-act-at-40_b_1972270.html. Our very own Senator Ed Muskie was a key player in helping to get it passed. This bill would never have …

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Article about the race in The Forecaster

Article about the race in The Forecaster

Today the Forecaster published a piece profiling the three-way race here in District 66:

Three-way race in Brunswick for House District 66 seat

The Forecaster, September 27, 2012

BRUNSWICK — A former corporate lawyer and business owner, a retired science teacher, and an artist and nonprofit business consultant are the three candidates vying for the state House District 66 seat.

The seat is being vacated by Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick,who agreed to not seek re-election in late June.

Fred Horch, 42, is a Green Independent and the only …

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