Republican Youth in Maine Earn National Recognition · 13 February 2006

Filed under: Maine, Press Coverage

February 8, 2006
Contact: Dan Shuberth (207) 622-6247

Republican Youth in Maine Earn National Recognition

Augusta- This week, the Maine College Republicans announced two significant milestone accomplishments in their mission to deliver sweeping electoral victories for Republican candidates in the 2006 elections. Both of these accomplishments are evidence that the nationally recognized youth political organization is preparing for another historic victory effort this November.

First, College Republican State Chairman Nathaniel Walton (Bates '08) announced that 104 Republican students representing 19 Maine colleges and high schools are scheduled to attend the 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week in Washington, DC. This represents the largest state delegation out of the 50 states that are sending participants to the convention, and is unprecedented in the recent history of the Maine Republican Party.

Second, continuing the fight for academic freedom, the Bowdoin College Republicans spearheaded a successful effort to convince the Bowdoin Student Government to officially endorse a version of the Academic Bill of Rights on Wednesday, February 1st. The legislation, endorsed by a vote of 12-10 states that the College should be a place of learning and pursuit of excellence, rather than a forum for ideological indoctrination. Additionally, the bill supports the creation of an Academic Bias Incident Group. This group will be one of the first of its kind in American Higher Education and will highlight incidents of academic bias at Bowdoin.

This marks the second successful attempt at passing the Academic Bill of Rights on a college campus in Maine. Bates College passed similar legislation in the spring of 2005. Versions of the Bill have been proposed at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Maine at Orono. Representative Stephen Bowen (R-Rockport) lead an effort at pass "LD 1194: A Bill to Create an Academic Bill of Rights for Maine's College Campuses" in March of 2005, but received no support for his bill from majority Democrats.

"These two accomplishments by the College Republicans are truly remarkable, and speak directly to young Mainers' desire to promote significant change in our state government," stated Maine Republican Party Vice Chairman Dan Schuberth, the youngest elected State Party officer in America.

"No one understands the importance of electing responsible Republicans legislators to serve Maine's citizens than young people. The entrenched Democratic majority in Augusta has made it almost impossible for young people to stay in Maine after graduation, due their support of Maine's crushing tax burden, skyrocketing healthcare costs and hostile business climate. The elections this November offer Mainers a clear choice between the failed policies of the majority Democrats and a hopeful future of energy and new ideas of fered by the Republican Party."