In the wake of a late-2010 state study confirming Phoenix reporting from 2008, comes a new state report "revealing" what Phoenix readers knew in 2006: the Maine Turnpike Authority has ethical and spending problems to beat the band.
Remember that $1300 dinner private consultants bought Turnpike officials? Did you really think that problem was fixed by new rules? The Bangor Daily News, citing a just-released state report, disclosed over the weekend that - surprise! - with no oversight, the Turnpike Authority has continued to spend ridiculous amounts of money, at times on ethically questionable purchases.
What he said in his inaugural address: “The word ‘people’ appears in the Maine Constitution 49
times. You cannot find a single mention of the words, ‘politics,’ ‘Republican,’
‘Democrat,’ ‘Green,’ or ‘independent’
in 37 pages of preambles, articles, and sections of our state constitution.”
While his context was about political affiliation, and he’s
right about the first four items on his list, the basic simple truth is that
the word “independent” appears three times — in the Preamble, Article I, and