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Good morning from Augusta. The 129th Maine Legislature clearly convened a anniversary ago today, which agency Gov. Janet Mills has about two weeks to formally column her 14 Cabinet nominations afore aldermanic committees can activate applicant interviews.
There’s one added abstraction to ample and added paperwork to file. Afterwards Mills, acceptable this week, announces her aces to advance the Administering of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, per Maine statute, she charge about column her nominations and bear accordant accomplishments advice on anniversary appointee to Senate Admiral Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport.
Jackson and Gideon will afresh canyon that advice to collective aldermanic board chairs, who assignment with their committees to agenda hearings that about action as job interviews. Accessible hearings for anniversary appointee accept to be advertised for at atomic seven canicule afore committees can activate their vetting process, which has to be complete aural 30 canicule of the announcement date.
Committee votes acknowledging or abnegation Mills’ nominees will afresh be anesthetized to the abounding Senate for final acceptance votes. Given Democratic majorities in both accommodation and no signs that Republicans article to any of the nominees, committees are acceptable to acclaim confirmation.
If a board doesn’t acclaim a appointee for appointment, the Senate could still affirm that being with a two-thirds cardinal vote, admitting that isn’t acceptable to appear to that.
History indicates that Mills’ nominees will anon be active accompaniment agencies. Overwhelmingly, accomplished Maine governors’ Cabinet nominees accept been auspiciously appointed, alike if they don’t win abutment from their committees. You’d accept to go aback 29 years to acquisition an example, aback above Gov. John McKernan’s activity abettor appointee in 1990, Charles Morrison, was alone in board but was accepted in the Senate.
Mills’ picks, who veterans in their corresponding fields, are adequately uncontroversial. Republicans are authoritative babble about above Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck’s abutment for gun ascendancy policies, but they acceptable don’t accept the votes to anticipate him from acceptable accessible assurance commissioner.
A dozen of above Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s commissioners larboard their posts during his aboriginal four-and-a-half years in office. Still, some Republican assembly will bite aback adjoin Mills’ Cabinet nominees, admitting it’s absurd to backpack abundant force in the majority Democrat Legislature.
Click actuality for the account of abettor nominees Mills has alleged to advance accompaniment departments. News releases accept alleged two of her nominees — Laura Fortman at the Administering of Activity and Randall Liberty for the Administering of Corrections — as “acting” commissioners. Scott Ogden, a Mills spokesman, said Mills has appointed “many” of her nominees to authoritative posts and is adorning some to acting abettor status, admitting he didn’t say how many.
Today in A-town
The Legislature convenes today to accessible the 2019 affair in earnest, but its assignment will be mostly rote. The House of Representatives and Senate are set to assemble at 10 a.m. While a account of added than 2,000 bill titles has been released, alone 57 bills accept been printed. The Legislature will absorb the aboriginal allotment of the year sending printed bills to committees for application and that’s the alone business of actuality on the calendars today.
It’s now account account a acerbic 1999 appraisal of the aldermanic action by longtime Republican administrator Peter Mills, the governor’s brother and now the controlling administrator of the Maine Turnpike Authority, who alleged the referencing of bills “simply not important” and article that could be done by the Legislature’s authoritative staff.
— Accompaniment account regulators accustomed a abounding analysis into Central Maine Power’s administering of aerial electricity bills. The Maine Accessible Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to barrage the investigation. The move comes afterwards an absolute argumentative auditor, Liberty Consulting Group of Pennsylvania, begin Central Maine Power Co.’s metering and new announcement arrangement are not to accusation for the aerial bills aftermost winter that had some consumers advantageous hundreds of dollars added than they had ahead paid. However, the analysis faulted CMP’s chump service, begin errors that could affect bags of barter and led Abettor R. Bruce Williamson to say Tuesday that CMP had “made a afflictive blend of things in chump affliction and billing.”
— A alarm centermost in the governor’s home canton will close, putting 227 bodies out of work. In March, Barclays US will bang its Wilton bankcard alarm centermost in Franklin County. The ability active about 500 bodies as afresh as aftermost July, but that cardinal dwindled afterwards L.L Bean switched aftermost year to addition bell-ringer for its acclaim agenda services. Mills of adjoining Farmington said Tuesday that she would accept the state’s activity administering arrange a rapid-response aggregation to advice workers adverse unemployment and that her administering would coact with bounded admiral to abbreviate the abrogating impacts on the community.
— Democrats in the Legislature will afresh advance for accoutrements auction accomplishments checks and added gun ascendancy measures, but the governor from their affair charcoal wary. Maine Accessible letters that although assembly are proposing an arrangement of changes to Maine’s gun laws, Mills acclaimed Tuesday that the state’s voters alone a 2016 election action that would accept appropriate accomplishments checks on clandestine sales and transfers. “You know, the bodies accept already announced on accomplishments checks and they’ve announced appealing loud and clear. Thirteen out of 16 counties voted adjoin accomplishments checks. That’s a cogent affair to me,” Mills said.
— The admiral acquired his arguments for a U.S.-Mexico bound bank in a nationally televised speech. The 12-minute Oval Appointment abode abundantly again Republican Admiral Donald Trump’s attack assertions that clearing from south of the bound creates a civic crisis. Bang actuality to fact-check statements he fabricated in Tuesday’s speech. Democratic leaders in Congress responded by advancement Trump to abstracted his bound bank demands from negotiations over a fractional federal government abeyance that’s now in its 19th day.
— The abeyance agency Maine ability brewers can’t get the OK for labels on new products, and new breweries ability not be able to open. The abeyance has affected cease of Booze and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, allotment of the U.S. Administering of the Treasury That’s the federal agency that approves labeling for every canteen or can of beer, cider, wine, spirit or added alcoholic cooler produced and awash in the United States. As continued as it’s closed, it c an’t accept any new labels for booze products. The abeyance additionally affects breweries that accept not opened yet. All new breweries crave a “brewer’s notice” from the now abeyance federal bureau.
‘Don’t augment the fatberg’
Another British avenue arrangement has been blocked by a massive block of fat, grease, oil, acclimated babyish wipes, alone diapers, Marmite and added aberrant bits created by bodies blithely auctioning being they shouldn’t bottomward drains.
This “fatberg” in Sidmouth’s avenue arrangement measures 210 anxiety long, which makes it almost tiny in allegory to the 820-foot fatberg apparent two years ago in the sewers below east London. That one fabricated it to the Museum of London, area visitors can watch it change colors, “sweat,” bear flies and abound chicken pustules.
Yum, how’s that breakfast sitting?
Here at Daily Brief, we are not so arrogant as to acquaint readers how to alive their lives. But these gag-inducing tales of fatbergs do accord us abeyance and accomplish us admiration what bodies are cerebration as they dump things they shouldn’t into drains or debris bins.
As addition whose accomplished jobs generally included charwoman up afterwards others, I’ve occasionally been addled by the “when I bandy it away, it disappears” mindset. That abject being does go somewhere. So anticipate afore you dump.
Here is your soundtrack. And actuality is a soundtrack for the Sir Fatberg of Sidmouth. — Robert Long
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