AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) After a lengthy debate that included references to the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, the Maine Senate on Thursday finalized the appointment of former college president William Beardsley for a state Board of Education seat.
Senators confirmed all 70 of Republican Gov. Paul LePage's nominees for judicial, cabinet and board posts, and Beardsley's was the only one to draw serious debate. But the 13 votes to overturn a committee recommendation for his appointment fell far short of the two-thirds majority needed to deny him the seat. Nineteen voted to accept the committee's recommendation. . .