All posts by Michael Cianchette

Michael Cianchette

About Michael Cianchette

Michael Cianchette was the chief counsel to Gov. Paul LePage from 2012-2013 and deputy counsel from 2011-2012. A Navy reservist, he was deployed to Afghanistan from 2013-2014 as a trainer and adviser to the Afghan National Police. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Maine program and holds a BA in economics and political science from Boston College along with a JD and an MBA from Suffolk University. He works as in-house counsel and financial manager for a number of affiliated companies in southern Maine.

Drugs are bad. ‘Mkay?

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Mike: Cynthia, drugs are bad, ‘mkay? I remember that line from Mr. Mackey on South Park growing up, and now it seems to be the one tenet on which Janet Mills and Paul LePage agree. Is drug enforcement ripe for bipartisan cooperation? Cynthia: Enforcing the law is not bipartisan cooperation. It’s the constitutional duty of […]

Boy toys and Donald Trump

Mike: Cynthia, was Target missing the mark differentiating between boys’ and girls’ toys? Or do hurried shoppers like having aisles sorted by age and sex? Cynthia: Hurried shoppers in Target are usually mothers who feel old and don’t have time for sex. Toys are either fun or not fun, but signs about the ratio of […]

The LePage legal lookback from LePage’s former lawyer

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The legal arguments in Augusta are flying fast and furious. Mark Eves purportedly has a (1) lawsuit in the offing, the constitutional contest between the Legislature and executive is playing out over (2) investigations and (3) bonding, while the governor and attorney general have each made their arguments on (4) the proper treatment of 51 bills. I […]

Are Mainers feeling the Bern?

Cynthia: Maine sure loves independent guys in their 70s, Mike! Bernie Sanders drew thousands in Portland this week. Are you ready for a political revolution? Mike: Bernie, like Ron Paul, is the example that breaks the false “left-right” construct. Sanders joined mostly Republicans in opposing the bank bailouts, while Hillary supported the payout. Bernie is […]