AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Democratic Party has announced a statewide tour to get ideas from the public on what policies to pursue during next year’s legislative session.

Democratic leaders held a news conference Thursday in front of the State House to announce their Get Real Maine tour, which begins Saturday in Aroostook County.

Democrats are the minority party in the Legislature this year for the first time in decades. They say Republican rule in Augusta has failed Maine’s people.

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said stops in Fort Fairfield and Lewiston are planned, and the rest of the schedule is taking shape. Grant said 20 to 25 meetings will be held.

Republicans said the Get Real tour is a copy of Gov. Paul LePage’s Red Tape tour earlier this year.