Quiet battle being waged to control Legislature

6:39 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It isn't making as much noise as the U.S. Senate and Presidential campaigns, but there is a fierce battle going on to control the Maine Legislature.

With less than a month until Election Day, that race is finally generating some heat. Republican leaders on Tuesday called a press conference to "set the record straight" they said.

Republicans took over the Legislature in 2010 for the first time in nearly 40 years, and party leaders say they've delivered on promises, and helped make bi-partisan decisions on key issues.

GOP legislative leaders cited work on regulatory reform, health insurance reform and five of the six budget votes over the two year session as proof that they delivered bipartisan votes. But Democratic leaders say Maine's economy is no better than it was two years ago, and say Republicans haven't helped middle class households. Republicans showed off a campaign booklet they're sending out to business leaders and other groups around the state during the fall campaign, to tout their claim that Maine is better because of GOP control of the Legislature. But Democrats say that only tells part of the story, and that Maine has not gained more jobs or solved other key problems.

Republicans currently hold a seven vote majority in the House of Representatives, and a 3-vote edge in the Senate. Both parties have intense campaigns for those 186 local legislative races. Not surprisingly, Republican leaders are predicting they will retain majority control of both houses, while Democratic leaders say voters will put them back in charge.


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