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Richard Rosen

Looking Back

Some of the work of the 2009 session of the 124th Maine legislature is still underway, as the appropriations committee works to cut an additional $30 million in state spending. Some of the biggest bills passed this session are still in limbo, as well, as religious groups work to repeal equal marriage and the Maine Republican Party seeks to repeal the tax reform legislation.

The major work of the session, however, has been over for several weeks and most of Maine's citizen legislators are now back at their real jobs.

WVII looks back:

So does Sarah Standiford, the Executive Director of the Maine Women's Lobby.

Republicans Dump Senate Leadership

The AP and PolitickerME are reporting that the Republican state senate caucus has chosen not to re-elect Sens. Carol Weston and Richard Rosen as their leader and assistant leader in the chamber. Instead, the caucus has turned to Sens. Kevin Raye and Jonathan Courtney to fill the positions.

This change is no doubt a result of the two-seat loss the caucus suffered in the recent election, which dashed hopes that they might retake the chamber.

Raye is a former chief of staff for Senator Snowe and ran for the open 2nd district congressional seat in 2002, losing to Mike Michaud. He His wife has until recently served as one of Maine's representatives on the Republican National Committee.