Tag Archives: LePage

LePage should note what Bill Clinton did with his impeachment time State of the Union Address

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Gov. Paul LePage told a radio station that he might not give a State of the State Address in person — and that’s because the Legislature might be in the middle of impeaching him. LePage said: I don’t know. It’s going to be some time but it’s probably going to go back to the 1800s […]

LePage’s racist remarks make it harder to solve Maine’s most pressing problem

When Gov. Paul LePage made comments last week that caused a national uproar, he was sincerely addressing Maine’s grave problems with heroin addiction and deaths. But sincerity is not enough. When combined with defensiveness, it’s counterproductive. The governor has a tendency to portray himself as the only one who cares and has the right answers. […]

LePage is wrong to say impeachment requires prior court action

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In speaking on WVOM this morning, Gov. LePage talked about a potential impeachment action. After first saying impeachment should go forward “so the truth can get out,” the governor changed his position and tied an impeachment action to court action he’s facing regarding withholding funds to thwart a private organization’s hiring of Speaker of the House […]

GOP comment to Strimling shows why Legislature must at least censure LePage

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Just this morning, a tweet from the Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party suggested that LearningWorks, a Portland-based service agency recently headed by the city’s new mayor, Ethan Strimling, should watch who it hires. This sort of comment, in light of recent events, raises the possibility that Gov. LePage may try to exert some […]

Why LePage and Legislature will definitely clash on land bonds in January

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While Gov. LePage refuses to sell Land for Maine Future bonds supported by the Maine people, he’s freed a much smaller amount of funds currently on hand. But let’s not forget that the Legislature’s effort to force him to do his duty — to issue the bonds Maine people want issued — is not yet […]

LePage claims school funding is unconstitutional

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Gov. LePage has, you might say, some unusual views about the Maine Constitution. In July 2015 the governor neglected to veto a whole slew of bills he wanted to veto. After the Maine Supreme Judicial Court received arguments (including a brief by three Maine citizens who claimed the Legislature and Attorney General Mills were traitors), […]

Fewer than a third approve of LePage. Does that matter?

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Photo credit: Gabor Degre | BDN

The day that the Government Oversight Committee voted to subpoena LePage staffers, a new poll from Critical Insights showed that in late September only 32% of Mainers approved of the job the governor is doing. 55% disapproved. Does LePage’s very low approval matter? Gov. LePage may not think so. The governor has stopped working with […]

Now that the Court decided, will LePage enforce the laws he didn’t veto?

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Update below The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. LePage lost the chance to veto dozens of bills. If they were emergency legislation, they are indubitably in effect. If they were not, they will go into effect 90 days after adjournment. The governor’s claims were always a manifestly weak case and the court […]