Bruce Poliquin, Emily Cain Win Primary Races For Congressional District 2
Former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin won Tuesday's Republican primary and will face the Democrat winner, State Senator Emily Cain, in the November election to represent Maine's Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives. That race was one of many primaries and other ballot issues that were decided by Maine voters on Primary Tuesday. The Portland Press Herald has results at this link: http://www.pressherald.com/primary-results/
Senator Thibodeau: Michaud's Call for More Government Not the Solution to Maine's Welfare Abuse Problems
"What Mike Michaud is proposing here is an expansion of government. The answer can’t be just to grow government. What he’s proposed here is almost a co-commissioner. That’s not the answer."
“It was Republicans, led by the Governor, who came forward with serious proposals (last session) to reform some of the waste, fraud and abuse and put into place policies that protect Maine taxpayers, and they were rejected overwhelmingly by Maine Democrats.
“Every morning when I go and buy a cup of coffee at the 'On the Run' in Winterport, I can’t get to the checkout line without someone coming up to me, wanting to talk about the welfare abuse and the fact that Maine Democrats rejected all of the commonsense proposals that were brought to them. People are incensed. They want this fixed.”
Governor LePage Appoints Richard Rosen as Acting Finance Commissioner
AUGUSTA — Governor Paul R. LePage announced the appointment of the Honorable Richard W. Rosen as Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) effective June 1, 2014. Current DAFS Commissioner H. Sawin Millett, Jr. will retire on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
“I am pleased to appoint Richard Rosen as acting commissioner,” said Govenor LePage. “Richard has served the people of Maine well in every position he has held. While there are big shoes to fill with the retirement of Sawin Millett, I am confident DAFS is in very capable hands.”
Rosen, a native of Bucksport, joined the Department in February as Deputy Commissioner of Finance. He takes the helm of the Department with extensive legislative expertise in budget, tax, energy, and health and human services.
Prior to joining DAFS, Rosen served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management. During the 125th Legislature, he served as the Senate Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. He served as a senator from Senate District 31 for four terms and as a member of the Maine House of Representatives for three terms.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Governor LePage and the talented team at DAFS. Commissioner Millett has put together a remarkable team of individuals that will ensure a smooth transition,” said Deputy Commissioner Rosen. “DAFS will continue to be a proactive and innovative service organization that provides leadership and accountability to executive branch departments.”
In addition to his public service, Rosen owned and operated Rosen’s, a department store located in Bucksport, with his wife, Kimberley, for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and serves on the boards of the Retail Association of Maine, Bucksport Regional Health Center, Acadia Hospital and Northeast Historic Film.
Bangor Daily News: Maine transportation commissioner OKs higher speed limits on select stretches of interstate system
AUGUSTA, Maine — Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt announced Tuesday that he has approved raising speed limits on portions of the state’s interstate highways, including Interstate 295, Interstate 95, Interstate 395 and Route 1, by five miles per hour.
Motorists traveling on those routes Tuesday might have already noticed Department of Transportation crews posting signs reflecting the new speed limits. Bernhardt said during a news conference Tuesday in Augusta that he decided to raise the speed limits after a study of crash statistics and the speeds most travelers are already driving.
“It’s much safer if the operating speed and the posted speed are the same,” said Bernhardt.
Under the changes, the speed limit on Interstate 295 from Tukey’s Bridge in Portland all the way to Gardiner has increased from 65 to 70 miles per hour. The limit on the Scarborough Connector will go from 55 to 60 miles per hour and Interstate 195 in the Saco area will go from 55 to 60 miles per hour.
The top speed on a four-lane, divided portion of Route 1 between Brunswick and Bath has also been raised, from 55 to 60 miles per hour.