Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House.

Governor LePage Names Richard Rosen Acting DAFS Commissioner

On May 29th, Governor LePage announced that he is appointing Deputy Commissioner of Finance Richard Rosen as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.  This appointment is effective June 1st, the day after the retirement of current Commissioner, Sawin Millett. 

Rosen has served in a number of capacities in State government, mostly centered on the State budget, which is helpful preparation for this new position.  Rosen served in the Legislature for a number of years, serving his last term as Senate Chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee.  From there, he held the role of Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management, an office devoted to identifying cross-agency efficiencies and budget savings.  Most recently, Rosen joined the Department of Administrative and Financial Services as Deputy Commissioner of Finance.

Rosen’s appointment did not come as a major surprise, given his recent move to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and Commissioner Millett’s announced retirement.  The Governor’s announcement, however, makes this speculation official. 

June 10th Elections Less Than Two Weeks Away

June 10th is a state-wide Election Day in Maine.  This is largely a chance for party members to pick their candidates for the general election in closed party primaries.  The biggest contests on the 10th are the primary elections of candidates for the open second congressional district seat.  State Senators Troy Jackson and Emily Cain are challenging each other to be the Democratic nominee in this election and former Senate President Kevin Raye and former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin are squaring off in the Republican primary.  There are five contested primaries for State Senate seats and almost twenty contested primaries for State House seats that will also be decided that day.  Additionally, there are some bottom of the ballot primary contests for county offices and municipal elections and local ballot questions to be decided on June 10th.       

Eliot Cutler Submits Signatures to Gain Access to November’s Ballot

On May 29th, Independent Candidate for Governor Eliot Cutler delivered signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office in order to qualify for November’s ballot.  As an Independent Candidate, Cutler does not face a primary election.  The Secretary of State’s Office will now review the signatures presented by Cutler, and upon verifying sufficient valid signatures, will place him on November’s ballot. 

Alexander Group Contract Suspended

Last fall, the LePage Administration awarded a $925,000 contract to the Alexander Group to study and recommend improvements to Maine’s human services laws.  This contract was quite controversial due to the lack of a competitive bidding process to select the research firm, the reputation of the Alexander Group, the scope of the research and the amount of the contract.  Additionally, this contract was awarded during the highly contentious legislative debate on Medicaid expansion and was seen as an effort to shore up the opposition to expansion efforts, which were opposed by the Governor.  During this year’s session, legislation was introduced to cancel this contract, though it did not become law.  In any event, this contract remained very controversial and when the Alexander Group delivered its final report, last week, the controversy escalated due to allegations of plagiarism by the Alexander Group.  In light of these allegations, the Governor canceled this contract and said he would withhold unpaid sums to the Alexander Group.  Moreover, the State is exploring recovery of sums already paid.  This is likely not the end of this issue, as it continues to receive considerable attention in the media.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Pierce Atwood LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Pierce Atwood LLP

Pierce Atwood LLP on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.


JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.