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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.

Guns! Terrorism! This week has been a ______ Mad Lib.

Remember Mad Libs? Here is a topical one: A small group of Americans, calling themselves ________________, took to publicly owned _____________ in protest. They declared they would not leave until their demands were met, specifically _______________________. These are some options: “Occupy Wall Street,” parks, bank CEOs were arrested. “Black Lives Matter,” streets, police officers were […]

My Festivus grievances? Muslim ban is un-American; supporting it isn’t racist

This time of year brings countless holidays — some of the ancient vintage and others modern creations. Seinfeld’s Festivus falls firmly in that latter camp, and its traditions are highly relevant to this year’s political season. Presidential candidates, for example, loudly proclaim the “Feats of Strength” they will unleash on their enemies, be they Republicans […]