Tag Archives: Mary Mayhew

LePage administration taps 2 bureaucrats to lead Maine CDC

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has promoted two employees to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a memo to staff obtained by the Bangor Daily News. It said Sheryl Peavey is the CDC’s new chief operating officer in charge of “day-to-day operational decision-making” and Dr. Chris Pezzullo will “inform decisions affecting public health” as […]

Poliquin, Cain divide on North Woods park could be key to 2016 race

Good morning from Gardiner, a southern enclave of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where a national monument proposal in the North Woods region is emerging as a key wedge issue in a nationally targeted 2016 House race. The proposal from the family of entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby drew packed forums on Monday in East Millinocket and Orono with […]

Maine CDC: Focus public health efforts to fight opiates, smoking

Maine’s public health system will look different under a road map released Friday by Gov. Paul LePage’s administration, which aims to use tobacco settlement money in a more focused way to fight opiate abuse and smoking. Advocates were still digesting a 75-page request for proposals released by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday afternoon. But it’s […]

Mayhew to address Legislature’s watchdog committee on Riverview

Good morning from Augusta, where the story of the day will be long-awaited testimony from Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew on staffing concerns at Riverview Psychiatric Center. The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted last month to ask Mayhew and Jay Harper, the superintendent of the state-run psychiatric hospital on Augusta’s […]

Maine again looks to ban soda, candy purchases with food stamps

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has called a Monday news conference to announce another proposal to ban soda and candy purchases with food stamps, a long-standing goal of the governor, who has floated similar changes since 2013. It’s an uphill battle: Federal law doesn’t allow states to regulate purchases under the federal and state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so Maine has to ask the […]

LePage, Mayhew tout bond rating as proof welfare cuts have worked

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow continues to melt around the State House and the stack of bills awaiting their first day in the sun is similarly shrinking. Two high-profile bills are up for work sessions in the Health and Human Services Committee. The first, but Rep. Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, would expand Medicaid coverage […]

Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally make their way there, the […]