LePage Finds No Job For Mills, Plus Other Updates
Governor Paul LePage has now announced his choices for commissioner for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor, and he seems to have made his choice for the Department of Education. According to the criteria former gubernatorial candidate Peter Mills laid out when I spoke to him in January, that means that he won't have a place in the LePage administration.
Hospital lobbyist Mary Mayhew will helm DHHS, Cheryl Russell, a business expert and former executive director of the American Loggers Council, will fill the labor post, and LePage has reportedly forwarded the name of Steven Bowen, a former staffer for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, to head the Department of Education.
All three seem to be more ideologically in-line with LePage than Mills, who disagrees with the governor on issues including health care and environmental protection.
More updates to recent posts:
New documents were released by the Ethics Commission in the Cutler Files case, showing how the investigation was conducted and how it was discovered that Thom Rhoads and Dennis Bailey were the authors of the site.
Investigation into LePage's proposed environmental rollbacks has exposed the role of lobbyists for out-of-state corporations in the drafting of the proposals and within the LePage administration as a whole.
Tea Party spokesperson Andrew Ian Dodge announced his primary challenge to Olympia Snowe. Politico linked to my post here pooh-poohing his potential campaign. I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say about this race soon.