Maine Lawmakers to Weigh 72 nominations by LePage 

A judicial appointment for a top aide to Gov. Paul LePage is among more than 70 nominations by the governor that lawmakers are set to take up this week. Daniel Billings is a longtime Republican activist and chief legal counsel to LePage. He faces a review by the Judiciary Committee and a confirmation vote by the Senate to be a District Court judge. Committees will review 72 nominees for judicial appointments and reappointments and other state boards, commissions and executive posts on Tuesday and Wednesday before making recommendations to the Senate, which will hold confirmation votes Thursday. Also among the nominees are Col. James Campbell as defense, veterans and emergency management commissioner, and former Conservation Commissioner William Beardsley to the Board of Education.