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By Michael Shepherd, BDN Employees •
November 15, 2018 9:00 am
Up to date: November 15, 2018 9:46 am
Good morning from Augusta. With Attorney General Janet Mills shifting from the state workplace constructing to the Blaine Home after final week’s election, legislative Democrats are dealing with a five-way intraparty race to exchange her, that includes candidates with a broad vary of experiences.
They embrace a state senator and former attorney general, two different sitting legislators, a prime patent lawyer from certainly one of Maine’s main companies and a district attorney for 2 counties. That roster hasn’t modified since we checked on the race in June. What has modified is that we all know that Mills will want a alternative.
Democrats already maintain two of Maine’s three constitutional workplaces. Candidates are nominated by their events and elected by a majority of the 2 legislative chambers mixed. After the election, Democrats will maintain 110 of 186 seats, placing them able to management the workplaces.
That may occur in early December, however these races for statewide positions are months and years within the making, regardless that voters don’t actually get to weigh in on them. Right here’s the place these under-the-radar races stand now.
A lot of the candidates — in several methods — want to push the attorney general’s workplace in a extra aggressive path. The 5 Democratic candidates for the place are state Sen. Mike Carpenter of Houlton, a former attorney general, Rep. Aaron Frey of Bangor, Sen. Mark Dion of Portland, Tim Shannon of Yarmouth, a companion at Verrill Dana, and Maeghan Maloney of Augusta, the district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties.
The construction of the workplace is exclusive. Whereas the attorney general’s spot has traditionally been held by politicians with a prosecutorial background, the workplace runs on the backs of profession legal professionals and is essentially nonpartisan. It prosecutes homicides and different main crimes, however most of its work is in civil regulation.
Democrats are buoyed now by Mills’ election and their robust majorities within the Legislature. However a lot of Mills’ main bid for governor was dominated by her opponents pushing her from the left on her document as attorney general.
In the course of the marketing campaign, Indian tribes and progressives assailed Mills for her position in authorized fights over tribal water rights. Three candidates — Carpenter, Frey and Dion — talked about enhancing relations with tribes in interviews this week. You possibly can anticipate to hear others subtly delve into methods they differ from Mills.
Carpenter, Frey and Maloney would be probably the most conventional picks for the workplace. Dion and Shannon are pitching totally different instructions. Having held the workplace from 1991 to 1995, Carpenter would be an old-school decide for the workplace. Frey runs a solo apply in Bangor, however he’s within the Maine Home of Representatives, the place 89 of the 110 Democratic votes lie. Maloney is a former legislator with ties to Emerge Maine, an influential group in Democratic circles that helps ladies get elected.
Mills’ workplace has joined many authorized fights towards the administration of President Donald Trump and these Democratic candidates largely anticipate that to proceed, making the job probably extra politically seen than it has been prior to now.
Carpenter famous that most of the legal professionals that he labored with within the workplace are nonetheless there and stated Mills has accomplished “a first-rate job.” Frey stated he wouldn’t anticipate “a radical departure” from Mills, however that he would attempt to take extra aggressive roles in preventing opioid habit and shopper safety. We couldn’t hyperlink up with Maloney for an interview, however she stated in a voicemail that she’d “be honored to serve.”
Dion, a former Cumberland County sheriff, was the primary to announce his run for attorney general earlier this yr. He has pitched legal justice reform and stated taking about “suing Trump” isn’t adequate and “there’s enough work to do in our own yard first.”
Shannon, a prime patent lawyer who ran towards Mills in 2012 for the place, stated he envisioned “a active, forward-looking and professional” workplace beneath his watch, saying it might broaden its position in preventing Trump and the pharmaceutical business.
Home Republicans decide leaders
A smaller Republican caucus within the Maine Home of Representatives has a brand new management workforce. The incoming 57 Home Republicans elected Rep. Kathleen Dillingham of Oxford to function minority chief. Rep. Trey Stewart of Presque Isle will take over as assistant minority chief. It’s no coincidence that they hail from a few of Maine’s most rural, reddest areas.
Dillingham, who will be serving her third time period representing District 72, succeeds Ken Fredette, the termed-out consultant from Newport who led Home Republican for six years during which the caucus usually aligned with Republican Gov. Paul LePage to frustrate majority Democrats within the Home and sometimes stall laws that Home Democrats and the Senate had backed. With fewer Home Republicans and the lack of most of the caucus’ extra outstanding members to time period limits or Senate runs, Dillingham will lead a regrouping effort. As Mills prepares to transfer into the Blaine Home and Democrats management each branches of the Legislature, Dillingham gained’t have an ally within the government department, so she is going to face the problem of wielding drastically diminished energy.
Stewart, who will be serving his second time period representing District 147, will exchange Rep. Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, who served 4 years as assistant minority chief earlier than dropping a Maine Senate bid final week. Stewart has been perceived to be a possible Republican chief since he was first elected two years in the past. Nonetheless solely 24, he epitomizes a brand new era of rural conservatives upon whom Maine Republicans should rely to offset the growing political may of Democrats from Portland and the state’s southern and coastal progressive enclaves.
Mills names chief of employees
A Democratic Social gathering insider will turn out to be the chief of employees for Maine’s next governor. In her first vital appointment since profitable the Nov. 6 election, Mills introduced Wednesday that Jeremy Kennedy will function chief of employees for her administration when she takes workplace in early 2019.
Kennedy, a Portland resident, took over as Mills’ marketing campaign supervisor in September. A former government director of the Maine Democratic Celebration who led Hillary Clinton’s marketing campaign in Maine in 2008, he has accomplished advocacy work for Deliberate Parenthood and Emerge Maine.
Mills will maintain a information convention this afternoon to announce the formation of an government search committee to assist her discover candidates to fill Cupboard positions and different executive-level state jobs. There are about 150 political appointments to be made.
A winner may lastly be declared at the moment in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District election. Although a decide’s ruling that would alter the result of the 2nd Congressional District election is predicted right now, Maine’s secretary of state stated his staff will proceed counting ranked-choice ballots within the meantime. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, at a Dirigo Speaks occasion Wednesday night time hosted by the BDN, stated his goal — finishing the tally — hasn’t modified regardless of the lawsuit Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin filed towards him earlier this week. Dunlap, who stated getting sued is a part of his job, expects his staff to end counting ballots round midday right now, with the entire race outcomes coming shortly after. Right here is your soundtrack.
A improvement growth in Brunswick has unfold past the boundaries of its former Navy base. Previously vacant downtown storefronts have been crammed as new business improvement takes place on the previous base, which the Navy left in 2011, and elsewhere on the town. Lately, new residential improvement plans have been hatched to increase the conversion of former Navy housing to civilian use.
Police consider a Bangor man’s demise was a murder. Detectives are in search of Donald Galleck, 29, for questioning in reference to the demise of Jason Moody, 40, of Bangor. Moody was discovered unconscious at about 10:40 p.m. Sunday on the intersection of Middle and Cumberland streets. He died from his accidents Tuesday afternoon.
Disgusting gelatinous creatures are displaying up in Maine waters. Add sea squirts — quite a lot of small, tube-like marine creatures that reside bunched collectively in colonies — to the record of species that appear to be thriving within the warming waters off the Maine coast. Marine scientists say that the gelatinous animals have been rising in quantity in shallow waters alongside the coast and will be creating issues for native organisms which might be getting squeezed out of their conventional habitat on the underside.
The Ides of November
It’s Nov. 15 and individuals are already getting right into a lather as a result of forecasters predict Maine will get blasted with a bunch of snow on Friday.
There’s no want to panic. In case you are out of form, make a cup of cocoa, settle into a cushty chair and let our favourite climate individual on the planet, Frankie MacDonald of Sydney, Nova Scotia, run by means of the drill for you. Then add an incredible massive swig of your favourite rest agent to the cocoa and switch up the quantity on this public-service soundtrack from our favourite banjournalist on the planet, Troy R. Bennett. [Yes, we know that’s not a banjo.] — Robert Lengthy
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