GOC Co-Chairs Katz, Kruger Detail Support for OPEGA’s Report on LePage/ Good Will-Hinckley

Posted on December 4, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

After months of examinations, interviews, subpoenas and more, the Maine Government Oversight Committee (GOC) yesterday got closer to ending their part of the ongoing LePage/ Good Will-Hinckley/ Speaker Eves saga by finally accepting the Office of Program Evaluation & Government Accountability (OPEGA) report (more to be written on this later).

More videos will be released later on, but it is well worth focusing on the statements of the committee co-chairs, GOP Senator Roger Katz of Augusta and Democratic Representative Chuck Kruger of Thomaston, as they detailed for fellow committee members why they were accepting the exhaustively and thoroughly prepared investigative analysis by OPEGA director Beth Ashcroft and her team.

Statements (as prepared and read to the Government Oversight Committee, 12/3/15)

Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec):(Outline)

Our job – to get facts out on table for all to see – for everyone to draw own conclusions.

Done that.

Thank Beth and her staff for a fine job.

Committee’s job is done. Now up to others if anything happens from here.

Few comments:

Speak for myself on few points– I think my colleagues agree:

1. As we look at what happened it should make no difference at all whether each of us is a Republican or a Democrat. Unique nature of committee– Bipartisan – six and six.

2. Should make no difference in how review the facts whether this governor is a Republican or Democrat. Whether his name is Bakdacci or LePage or any other name.

3. We are talking about the facts of these events only involving Goodwill Hinckley. Others have suggested that we view these events in a larger context of an alleged PATTERN of conduct by the chief executive– – but this is clearly not our mandate….and we have not done so.

4. We should view these events in the context of “politics” a sometimes rough and tumble sport. We cannot be naïve about this.

5. Many people will ask “were any laws broken?” But that analysis is beyond the scope of our work. We haven’t looked at that question nor have we sought any legal opinions on that question. This is not the forum to answer the question.

So, what have we learned after a rather exhaustive process involving numerous interviews, review of many documents, and a full day of testimony taking under oath?

GOC Co-Chair Roger Katz (R-Augusta) gives his reasons for full acceptance of the OPEGA report investigating allegations of wrongdoing by Governor Paul LePage

GOC Co-Chair Roger Katz (R-Augusta) gives his reasons for full acceptance of the OPEGA report investigating allegations of wrongdoing by Governor Paul LePage

Here is what I think we have learned:

Goodwill Hinckley needed a new president.

Their Board undertook a recruitment and application process.

As a result of that process, the Board decided it was in the best interest of the school to hire a Mark Eves….and they voted unanimously to do so.

The Board offered the job to Mark Eves and he accepted.

The governor learned of the hiring and was upset by the hiring. The governor believed that goodwill Hinckley was making a mistake – the Governor believed that Mark Eves lacked the credentials to be an effective leader of school.

At that point, a number of the ministration officials, including, the acting Education Commissioner, a senior aide, and the Governor himself–all communicated to Goodwill Hinckley that if Mark Eves were hired, discretionary state funding of approximately $500,000 per year would be withdrawn….that money that the school was depending on would be pulled.

Learning of this, the Harold Alfond Foundation became concerned about its own investment. The President of the Foundation worried that if state funding was withdrawn, the school might not be able to expand its student population and meet other performance goals. Based on this, the Foundation decided to reevaluate its own multi-million dollar financial commitment to the school and communicated that to school officials.

Good Will-Hinckley now found itself in a terrible position. The school now faced the loss of state funding and possible loss of Alfond Foundation funding – both of which could cause the school to default on a bank loan and lead to potential foreclosure on some of its school real estate.

In the face of these facts, the board decided to fire Mark Eves.

Did members of the Administration actually threatened to draw the funds? On this question, we have the key testimony of four people:

    Jack Moore – Chair of the Board
    Rich Abramson, acting President of Good Will-Hinckley
    Sara Vanderwood – lobbyist for Good Will-Hinckley, and
    Greg Powell – President of the Alfond Foundation

All four are skilled in the use of the English language. All four of them of them could not have been more clear in their testimony to our committee. All four of them reached exactly the same conclusion – that members of the Administration conveyed to them that if Mark Eves were hired that state funding would likely be pulled at the direction of the Governor.. I reach this conclusion myself beyond a reasonable doubt. It quacks like a duck, it walks like a duck – I think it’s a duck.

On top of that, the most compelling evidence from comes from the Governor himself who stated in no uncertain terms on camera that he threatened the funding withdrawal.

There are those who will say “you are right – that is exactly what happened but that the governor was completely justified in what he did. That it is perfectly appropriate to step in because of his belief that Mark Eves was unqualified for the job.

I don’t agree myself, for a couple of reasons:

First of all, Good Will-Hinckley is a private non-profit institution. It may receive some government funding, but it is still a private organization. As such, I believe they have a right to make their own hiring decisions without fear of interference by anyone on the outside – especially something from the government. There are literally hundreds of similar private entities that receive state funding of one kind or another. I worry about the precedent this case sets if this kind of executive action becomes the new normal. Are we entering an era when private institutions will feel a need to give politicians a veto power over their internal hiring decisions? I certainly hope that is not the road we are going down. This is hardly speculative thinking. I have already heard in the last few months about one private organization that had exactly this concern as it went through a hiring process of its own.

The second concern I have is with respect to my colleagues in the legislature – present and a future….and the First Amendment. We are a Citizen Legislature—most of us have other jobs. I hope we will not get to the point where legislators start weighing their votes–worrying that if they push the wrong button their own present or future employment might be in jeopardy. We can’t do our job if every vote, every floor speech, is viewed through the lens of “what if”.

Again, this is one person’s view—one of twelve. As I said earlier, I am proud of the work of OPEGA and I am proud of the work of this committee and respect the views of each and every one of my colleagues, all of who are also struggling to do the right thing.

Representative Chuck Kruger (D-Thomaston):

The role of this committee is to shine a light.

The actions of Governor LePage as they relate to Good Will-Hinckley and Speaker Eves raised serious questions about our government and political system. We had before us questions about the abuse of public office and taxpayer dollars and allegations that threats were made – and carried out – against an organization for at-risk youth to exact retribution against a political rival.

These are questions that could shake the faith of Maine people in their government. We owe it to them to get to the bottom of this matter.

Representative Chuck Kruger (D-Thomaston) reads his

Representative Chuck Kruger (D-Thomaston) reads his statement, urging support for the OPEGA report.

If an elected official is able to use the power of his office to punish a lawmaker for his voting record, who among us is safe?

Are any of us as lawmakers?

What about everyday Mainers or independent organizations?

They need to be able to go about their business without worrying about crossing the wrong person in power. As elected officials, our consciences and constituents– not the fear of intimidation and retribution – must guide our actions.

These serious concerns moved some of our legislative colleagues – Republican, Democratic and independent – to request an investigation.

We, as a committee, unanimously determined that OPEGA should investigate. That strong bipartisan vote showed how seriously we take our duties. We remained just as committed to them when others tried to undermine this effort and even attacked our work and our mission.

OPEGA produced an excellent, impartial report that spelled out what happened.

We now know with complete certainty that the governor used state dollars to threaten Good Will-Hinckley because it hired Speaker Eves and that funds were withheld and restored only after Speaker Eves was fired from his new post.

Now, with our fact-finding mission drawing to a close, it’s up to others outside this committee room to decide what comes next.

I believe that this investigation and this report can be valuable tools, and I urge the Legislature to take action so nothing of this sort ever happens again. This is what’s needed to ensure the people of Maine can have confidence in our system of government.

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Governor LePage Staff Testify Before Maine Gov’t Oversight Committee (VIDEOS)

Posted on November 23, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Testimony given under oath to the GOC over the course over almost eight hours relating to the ongoing investigations into allegations of the governor’s actions against Good Will-Hinckley school in their hiring of Speaker of the House Mark Eves. Recorded 11/12/15. In order:

Aaron Chadbourne
Cynthia Montgomery
Tom Desjardins
Suzan Beaudoin
Rich Abramson
Sara Vanderwood
Jay Nutting
Bill Brown
Gregory Powell

 

Committee next meets on December 3.

Via a second camera, the testimonies of the three LePage staffers and administration officials subpoenaed to testify are available separately.

Link here to the published OPEGA report on LePage/ Eves/ Good Will-Hinckley: Information Brief on State Funding for Good Will-Hinckley

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Maine Gov’t Oversight Cmte (GOC), Gov. LePage/ Good Will Hinckley Public Hearing (ALL VIDEOS)

Posted on October 17, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pt 1

Pt 2

Pt 3

Jack Moore, Chair of Good Will-Hinckley Executive Board

GOC Chairs Senator Roger Katz, Representative Chuck Kruger meet with press

Senator Katz speaks with WMTW at end of hearing

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Maine Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee Unanimously Votes to Investigate Governor Paul LePage

Posted on July 1, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the heels of yesterday’s citizen rally at the State House (LePage Admits To Threatening Good Will-Hinckley Re: Eves Hiring, Denies Actions Were “Blackmail”) came news late in the afternoon that the Maine Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee (GOC) would be meeting today to take up the investigation requests by Republican State Senator Tom Saviello of Wilton and a trio of Representatives, Independents Jeff Evangelos of Friendship, Ben Chipman of Portland and Democrat Charlotte Warren of Hallowell.

DSC_0019Committee Members

Senate: Roger J. Katz, Chair (R-Kennebec)
David C. Burns (R-Washington)
Paul T. Davis, Sr. (R-Piscataquis)
Christopher K. Johnson (D-Lincoln)
Stan Gerzofsky (D-Cumberland)
G. William Diamond (D-Cumberland)

House: Chuck Kruger, Chair (D-Thomaston)
Robert S. Duchesne (D-Hudson)
Anne-Marie Mastraccio (D-Sanford)
Michael D. McClellan (R-Raymond)
Richard H. Campbell (R-Orrington)
Deborah J. Sanderson (R-Chelsea)

Governor LePage through his legal counsel Cynthia Montgomery sent a letter to the committee, questioning their authority to conduct any sort of investigation into the chief executive officer.

The 12 GOC members met with Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) Director Bath Ashcroft for almost an hour, decided that they did indeed have sufficient authority to look into the serious allegations, and proceeded to discuss the scope of the investigations to be conducted by OPEGA.

Here is video of the meeting, with the sole agenda item for GOC being “NEW BUSINESS- Requests for an OPEGA Review of Matters Relating to Funding for the Goodwill- Hinckley School”.

After almost an hour of discussion, the committee agreed by an unanimous 12-0 vote to have OPEGA look into the concerns. Specific goals and parameters were set by the committee as to the scope.

Afterwards, some of those involved were willing to issue quick statements.

The committee will meet again at 9 am on Friday, July 17.

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Live Tweets from Maine Government Oversight Committee CDC Shredding Hearing (Pt 1)

Posted on March 14, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Live tweets from within the Maine Government Oversight Committee’s probe into alleged document shredding by ME Center for Disease Control officials. (part 1)

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The GOC live feed has started. Questioning CDC officials is on the agenda http://bit.ly/1kQSbJm  #mepolitics

 

Want to know about CDC questioning? @cwilliams55 will be tweeting from the GOC meeting.

 

Government Oversight Committee starting. Subpoenaed CDC employees are here flanked by lawyers. #mepolitics

 

Bill Nemitz: #Maine CDC officials’ request for secrecy mocks good #government http://www.pressherald.com/news/newscolumnists/billnemitz/Bill_Nemiz__Will_CDC_scandal_end_up_behind_closed_doors_.html … via @pressherald #mepolitics

 

Government Oversight Committee awaiting testimony on CDC doc shredding case. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/WSG6hSOmAG

 

Committee deciding whether to take testimony in executive session. If so all testimony would be confidential. #mepolitics

 

GOC talking about going behind closed doors . . . to talk about CDC document shred? #irony #mepolitics

 

Gov. Oversight meeting debating whether to go into executive session to hear testimony from CDC officials. #mepolitics

 

Sen Craven: This problem arose out of a lack of transparency which is why she opposes going into executive session. #mepolitics

Debating about whether to take testimony on CDC shredding probe in a private executive session. #mepolitics

Beth Ashcroft outlines process and statutes around exec. session at GOC. #mepolitics

 

Sen. Burns says committee should be trusted to take testimony behind closed doors; don’t want to be used as forum for civil litigation…

 

Burns arguing for going into executive session cuz were all elected officials that should be trusted by public or disband #GOC #mepolitics

Sen Burns favors going into executive session: “To suggest this process is not transparent is absurd.” #mepolitics

Burns arguing for executive session now. “I don’t want to be used as a forum to settle someone’s litigation.” #mepolitics

 

Sen. Katz: It would be “beyond ironic” if we were to do our work in secret. #mepolitics

 

Katz says open session goes core of why the committee exists. Ironic if committee responsible for sunshine goes into the dark. #mepolitics

 

Craven and Katz prefer open session; Burns opposed. #mepolitics

 

Katz says he has confidence they will get truthful answers. #mepolitics

 

If the Democrats stick together with Katz they have the votes to keep it open. #mepolitics

@SenRogerKatz “I think it would be wrong for committee responsible for sunshine in government should do so in the dark” #mepolitics

 

I wonder if the media present will get to weigh in on the executive session debate? #mepolitics

 

Johnson speaks for open session. Davis sees as deposition, should be private. #mepolitics

 

Davis says testimony is like a deposition and it should be handled in private #mepolitics

 

Cotta brings up the issue of timing with ongoing litigation. #mepolitics

 

Cotta: either exec. session or wait until after lawsuit complete. #mepolitics

 

Cain says this is a “new space” for Government Oversight. and at a “precedent-setting moment.” #mepolitics

 

Accountability is at the heart of Cain’s personal opinion that the work be done in open session. #mepolitics

Sen. Cain in Gov. Oversight Cmt: Making the case for transparency, oversight and accountability in CDC hearing now #mepolitics

 

Cain: keep discussion in public. Kruger agrees with Cain. Makes motion to keep open session. #mepolitics

Tie vote means GOC testimony from CDC officials will be in exec session. Looking now like votes are there for public session #mepolitics

Motion is to take the testimony in public session by Kruger. #mepolitics

It is possible to go in on a case-by-case basis — but they will need a clear motion on why and must take that vote in public. #mepolitics

 

“Depositions are almost always handled in private.” Davis says. #mepolitics

@thisdog Aren’t depositions turned over to attorneys on the other side?

 

Rep. Kruger calls for sunlight in oversight cmt despite LePage admin request to block public review of CDC doc shredding case #mepolitics

 

“We have a lot of attorneys in the room today.” No kidding. #mepolitics

Attorney for DHHS trying to address committee before vote on executive session; Cain, co-chair, wants the vote first #mepolitics

 

Cain says she doesn’t want a “free-for-all” from the audience. #mepolitics

 

Government Oversight Committee votes to conduct CDC document shredding probe in public. #mepolitics

Government Oversight Committee votes 7-3 not to go behind closed doors for testimony in document shredding case@WCSH6

 

GOC votes to take testimony in public 7-3 the vote #mepolitics

GOC votes 7-3 to keep testimony in public #mepolitics

 

Vote: 7-3 to remain in public session. #mepolitics

 

Bipartisan oversight cmt votes 7-3 in favor of public session to discuss LePage’s CDC document shredding scandal #mepolitics

 

Question now: How many of CDC witnesses take 5th, to avoid self-incrimination. That’s what Paul Violette did in 2011 #mepolitics

 

If you’re allergic to lawyers the GOC meeting this morning is a hazardous environment to be in. #mepolitics

 

@Robb1239 any space at all up there?

@thisdog There’s room behind us if you get tired of standing

 

BREAKING: The Maine Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee just denied a request by Gov. LePage’s managers… http://fb.me/6unxKDcM5 

 

Cain: order of testimony – Wigand, Finch, Leahy-Lind, Sockabasin, Pinette, Zukas. #mepolitics

 

Watching Government Oversight on my phone at Logan Airport, just because. #timetogetalife

@aedurkin *waves*

 

Cain: no questioning of witnesses by other witnesses or their attorneys will be allowed.#mepolitics

 

Legislative panel mulls allowing secret testimony in shredding scandal http://on.wmtw.com/1dZgnES 

 

All those testifying today can have their lawyer with them. Most will likely take the 5th. #mepolitics

 

Lawyer objecting to broadcasting or televising these proceedings. #mepolitics

 

Attorney asks that public hearing not be broadcast. #mepolitics

 

Deb Wigand, first up. Her Attorney requests to turn off live cameras, MPBN. Dep. AG says that won’t comply with FOAA #mepolitics

 

Attorney for the state says they will allow the broadcast to continue. #mepolitics

 

Weigand attorney trying to prevent us from recording testimony. AG’s office slams the door on that. Win #2 for the media. #mepolitics

 

TV cameras can stay. #mepolitics #thankyou

 

LePage’s CDC lawyers continue to try to block public testimony with legal maneuvers; Oversight cmt says no #mepolitics

 

They are swearing in witnesses now. #mepolitics

 

I apologize for the rogue “e” it’s Wigand

 

Sen. Cain upholds transparency in CDC hearing #mepolitics

 

Katz starts questions. First on decision to use RFP. #mepolitics

 

Wigand with attorney. Direction division of population health. Katz asks her about use of RFPs for lead agency. #mepolitics

 

Wigand is answering first question, so this won’t be a complete stonewalling. #mepolitics

 

@PaulMerrillWMTW: First up: CDC Director of Division of Population Health Deb Wigand. She’s joined by her lawyer. #mepolitics

 

Sen. Katz opens the questioning of Wigand who’s been at the CDC since 1999 #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/LXFWjMYrCn

 

Wigand, dir. of public health, not a defendant in civil suit, BTW. Three of the 5 CDC people here are. #mepolitics

 

Wigand: Finch told her he was asked to destroy grant docs. He wasn’t comfortable w/it. She defends reason not 2 make it an issue #mepolitics

 

Wigand said she told Finch to do what he felt comfortable doing.#mepolitics

 

Retweeted by Sun Journal

@cwilliams55 Will Katz ask if she was intimidated by Craven’s demands for explanations why her organization wasn’t lead agency? #mepolitics

 

Background on CDC shred, grant manipulation here: http://ow.ly/uAxIK 

Maine legislators vote to keep testimony public today in CDC probe. http://tinyurl.com/qfw38v9 

 

Wigand: funding cut for healthy Maine partnerships.#mepolitics

 

The view from the cheap seats. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/t9MHlAY6Om

 

Katz line of questions why not even cut instead of reduction in HMPs. #mepolitics

 

Katz asks about scoring criteria for Healthy Maine partnership. Which ones will be designated leads. #mepolitics

 

Question now on the scoring criteria that was created to judge HMPs. Notes first round were not weighted? #mepolitics

 

Katz ?s aimed @ reason for funding change amid cuts to health program. Key issue b/c report found evidence of grant manipulation #mepolitics

 

GOC hears details on CDC document shred case. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/5tapQh2fwj

 

Wigand: recalls no discussion about criteria, including weighting. #mepolitics

 

GOC meeting on CDC doc shred case #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/2HES36cxl9

 

Wigand denies destroying or asking anyone to destroy documents #mepolitics

 

Wigand testifies that CDC workers were asked to destroy documents. #mepolitics

Wigand says she was not asked to shred documents but did hear that somebody was asked to destroy documents. #mepolitics

 

Wigand: “I have not been asked to destroy any documents.” Also denies asking anyone else to destroy documents. #mepolitics

 

Wigand says she talked to Finch, who said he was asked to destroy documents and wasn’t comfortable about that. #mepolitics

 

CDC worker testifies she was aware people in the agency were asked to destroy documents@WCSH6

 

Maine CDC worker didn’t think destroying document request was for concealment but to cut down on multiple versions of documents@WCSH6

 

Wigand said she told Finch to do what he felt comfortable doing.#mepolitics

 

Katz: did you become aware thT Bangor had been second place, then became in first place.#mepolitics

Wigand didn’t recall #mepolitics

 

Sharon Leahy-Lind with attorney Cynthia Dill pic.twitter.com/O03lBie9fG

Wigand stays on the record and candidly answers. #mepolitics

 

Wigand: Finch told her he was asked to destroy grant docs. He wasn’t comfortable w/it. She defends reason not 2 make it an issue #mepolitics

 

Wigand: I was involved in reviewing ideas around criteria, but not ratings.#mepolitics

 

Cain picks up where Katz left off on why criteria changed. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/49Vu98c4nK

 

Wigand: “I saw that as a version control issue.” Attempt at concealment “never occurred to me.” #mepolitics

 

Wigand on hearing her subordinate saying he was asked to destroy documents: didn’t think this was an effort at concealment. #mepolitics

 

Wigand says “shred” was a media term but doc destruction was more an issue of “version control” #mepolitics

 

In #mepolitics today, a win for transparency in the Maine CDC document-shredding case. http://bit.ly/1m3CiiY  via @stevemistler

 

Why was Finch uncomfortable destroying documents? If it was simply “version control”? #mepolitics

 

Wigand: defunding was a new thing. #mepolitics

 

Wigand: I was not involved in scoring HMPs. #mepolitics

 

Wigand: I don’t remember a discussion about destroying things or keeping things.#mepolitics

 

Wigand indicating there’s confusion about when to keep working documents. #mepolitics

 

Wigand says it’s still not clear to her who’s in charge of records retention at the CDC. Wow. #mepolitics

 

Cain goes back to why Finch was uncomfortable with destruction order. #mepolitics

 

Wigand: Christine Zukas, defendant in whistleblower suit, asked my subordinate to destroy grant docs #mepolitics

 

Wigand says it was Zukas who gave the order to destroy documents. #mepolitics

 

Wigand: “I know it was Christine Zukas” who asked Finch to destroy the documents.#mepolitics

 

Wigand steps down#mepolitics

 

Wigand done for now. She answered every question. She is not part of the civil suit. #mepolitics

Finch takes seat before GOC

 

Finch, senior program manager for community based programs#mepolitics

Finch now up before GOC on CDC doc shred case. #mepolitics

 

Up next: CDC Senior Program Manager for Community-based Programming Andrew Finch. #mepolitics

 

Andrew Finch of CDC who reported being asked to shred documents now testifying #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/HZpTJi661e

 

Finch: told Wigand he’d been told to purge files of all development criteria for HMPs.#mepolitics

 

Finch: Christine Zukas told him to purge documents. #mepolitics

Finch: Christine Zukas asked him to purge files. #mepolitics

 

Finch says CDC Deputy Director Christine Zukas asked him to destroy documents. Told superior he wasn’t comfortable with that. #mepolitics

 

Maine CDC worker says Christine Zukas told another employee to destroy documents @WCSH6

Maine CDC worker Andy Finch says Christine Zukas asked him to purge his files @wcsh6

Finch: was member of working group that created criteria for HMPs. #mepolitics

 

Maine CDC worker Andy Finch says Chistine Zukas told him to purge his files @WCSH6

Finch: development of criteria was a process, criteria were considered and discarded along the way.#mepolitics

 

Cain: consider how HMPs would fare under new criteria? Finch: Absolutely not. #mepolitics

 

Rob Poindexter ‏@Robb1239  was more of an instruction or a request?” Finch: “Bit of both.” #mepolitics

Finch, not a defendant in civil suit, up now. Was part of scoring criteria drafting, also says he was asked to destroy docs #mepolitics

 

BREAKING: CDC official testifies he was ordered to destroy documents http://bit.ly/1fXvssQ  #mepolitics

 

Finch: Sharon, Deb and myself came up with initial criteria for scoring 27 HMPs. #mepolitics

 

CDC worker Andy Finch says instruction to destroy documents was so that previous versions wouldn’t be confused with final documents

 

Finch: “I have no such sheet in my possession” that had Bangor in second place. #mepolitics

 

Finch: discussion that it would be ironic if Bangor was not a lead HMPS.#mepolitics

 

Finch: weighting was changed to scoring. #mepolitics

 

Finch: CDC group changed weighting of criteria for outcome of funding decisions to show clearer leaders. #mepolitics

Finch: group made decision to change weightings in criteria to achieve greater difference in scores, but not outcome.#mepolitics

 

@stevemistler is livetweeting from the CDC document shredding GOC meeting. Follow him to get regular updates. #mepolitics

 

Maine lawmakers vote to keep testimony public in CDC probe: The Government Oversight Committee is taking… http://dlvr.it/587TDY 

 

Just how the scoring for HMPs was manipulated to reach results becomes more clear. #mepolitics

 

Finch: don’t know why scoring info. not released at time winners announced. #mepolitics

 

Finch: Zukas told him to destroy documents after she had met with CDC Director Pinnette. #mepolitics

Finch says he had never been asked to destroy, purge, shred etc documents in his 18 years as a state employee #mepolitics

 

Finch says in 18 years in state gov’t he had never before ordered to destroy documents. #mepolitics

Finch: Never in 18 years asked to destroy docs until 2012. Says Zukas requested it after meeting CDC dir. Pinette #mepolitics

 

Finch: “I have never been instructed to do that (destroy documents) in my 18 years as an employee”#mepolitics

 

Employees testify CDC docs were ordered to be destroyed. Has anyone asked @lepage2014 about his knowledge of scandal? #mepress #mepolitics

 

Finch: “I burned (documents asked to be destroyed)to a disc and removed from my computer.” Gave to OPEGA.#mepolitics

 

Finch didn’t destroy docs. He burned them to a disc and later turned them over to watchdog agency #mepolitics

 

Bigger picture here is that it sounds like CDC folks don’t know what public information to keep, who is in charge of it, etc. #mepolitics

 

Finch says he’s had no training on public document retention. Did not know whon#foaa point was at CDC.#mepolitics

 

Rep Harvell said he wanted to embrace his “inner-Jack McCoy” here. Looking forward 2 it. He’s legendarily feared in House floor debates.

@Robb1239 Yet he dressed like he was going to a holiday party?

 

http://SunJournal.com  has livestream: CDC officials testify there were orders to “purge” documents. #mepolitics

 

Maine lawmakers vote to keep testimony public in CDC probe: The Government Oversight Committee is taking… http://dlvr.it/587ntS 

 

The way the CDC scored this “competition” seems eerily similar to the figure skating judges in Sochi

 

Maine lawmakers vote to keep testimony public in CDC probe . http://bit.ly/1npEaUL 

 

Finch: In central district three of coalitions tied. Was suggested we use kit data that was … used ti break tie.#mepolitics

 

Let’s remember that we’re talking about steering $4.7 million in taxpayer dollars. #mepolitics

 

From @sunjournal : Maine CDC officials say they were told to destroy documents http://bdn.to/maqc  #mepolitics

 

@SenRogerKatz: How is this different from changing what field goals are worth after a game? Finch: I don’t know that it is. #mepolitics

 

Finch: “it appears that way.” In answer to Katz ? about Bangor moving into 1st after scores were weighted.#mepolitics

 

Katz compares grant scoring change to making football field goals 4 points after game is settled. Finch doesn’t disagree #mepolitics

Change to making football field goals 4 points after game is settled. Finch doesn’t disagree

Katz: How is what you did different from changing the rules in football after the game? Finch: It isn’t. #mepolitics

 

Finch: re: destruction request”I had been given this directive and I had not followed through with it.” #mepolitics

 

Finch: re: destruction request”I had been given this directive and I had not followed through with it.” #mepolitics

 

Finch: “the director was not involved in the (criteria)development group.” #mepolitics

 

GREAT football analogy by Katz compares CDC scoring 2 changing rules after a game is over awarding 4 points for FG changing the outcome

 

Finch: “I presented the different weighting scenarios to Christine Zukas.” #mepolitics

 

GOC breaks #mepolitics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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