My latest story in the Portland Phoenix is on how Maine Gov. Paul LePage is outsourcing the writing of his much-touted regulatory reform package to corporate lobbyists. They, not surprisingly, have the interests of their out-of-state corporate clients first in mind, the suffering small businessman: maybe not so much.
MPBN's Susan Sharon beat me into "print" on how the governor's official "Phase 1" regulatory reform document has PretiFlaherty document numbers stamped on it. In this story, the governor's communications director confirms Preti lobbyist's role in the drafting of the regulations, and I show what their clients have gotten out of it so far.
And its not just Preti. Pierce Atwood's managing partner was in on the act, and their clients wishes made the list as well. Will be interesting to see who benefits from "phase two" and beyond.
(Cross-posted from World Wide Woodard)
While there doesn't seem to be full a recording or transcript of the forum online anywhere, AG candidate John Brautigam did bring his personal camcorder to the debate and has posted clips of most of the opening and closing statements to his youtube channel. Here's the opening:
Representative Sean Faircloth, another AG candidate, hasn't been youtubing as much, but (as I mentioned in my recent Down East column) he has been emailing information about his experience and plans for all aspects of the office to his fellow Democratic lawmakers. I've uploaded the material he sent me and you can grab it here in a zip archive.