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  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • Maine governor refuses to swear-in newly elected senator

    04/01/2016 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 1, 2016 11:45 AM EDT
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage is so angry at Democrats for rejecting one of his nominees that he canceled the swearing-in ceremony for a newly elected senator. […] The election was won by Democrat Susan Deschambault, of Biddeford. She arrived at the Statehouse on Friday for a scheduled ceremony at LePage’s office. But she was told it had been canceled. …
  • Maine: New England's 1st 'right to try' experimental drugs

    03/30/2016 6:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 7:50 PM EDT
    Maine is the first state in New England to give dying patients the right to use experimental drugs. Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed legislation Wednesday that allows terminally ill patients to use treatments that have not received final approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. […] The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Thomas Longstaff, a Waterville Democrat who had worked as a hospital chaplain. …
  • Cruz projected winner in Kansas, Maine, as five states vote

    03/05/2016 4:16:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | March 5, 2016 | John Whitesides and Amanda Becker, Reuters
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz gained momentum on Saturday, projected as the winner of the nominating contests in Kansas and Maine and the winner of a "straw poll" of conservative activists. Cruz, currently in second place in a Republican field that has been winnowed to just four, is seeking to dent the lead of brash New York billionaire Donald Trump. Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are each looking to strengthen their front-runner status as five states hold presidential nominating contests on Saturday. Trump has a substantial lead in the delegates needed to secure the nomination at the Republican National Convention...
  • Abortion Biz Opens 16 New Abortions Clinics in This State All at the Same Time, Here’s How

    03/01/2016 9:35:05 PM PST · by kathsua · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | Mar 1, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Maine abortion clinic chain plans to begin selling chemical abortion drugs via webcam, making Maine the third state to allow the dangerous procedure. The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Family Planning abortion group, based in Augusta, announced plans Monday to begin offering the webcam abortions at 16 regional clinics in the state. The abortion clinic said women would consult with a doctor on a webcam at one of the regional clinics before being given the first of two chemical abortion drugs, according to the report. The woman would take the first drug at the clinic and the second...
  • Maine Republican Caucus Live Results: Cruz Takes Surprising Lead Over Trump

    03/05/2016 4:01:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Patch ^ | March 5, 2016 | Feroze Dhanoa
    Republican voters in Maine are gathering Saturday to participate in the presidential nominating caucus where pundits picked Donald Trump to win riding on the momentum he picked up on Super Tuesday and the endorsement from Maine Gov. Paul LePage. While there is a lack of polling for Saturday's elections, the results could be unpredictable as both Trump and Clinton have been weaker in caucus states that in primary states, as reported by the New York Times. Results from Saturday's caucus will be announced by the party in Lewiston at 7 p.m. Unofficial results from Maine show Texas Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • LIVE THREAD: Maine caucus results

    03/05/2016 2:11:21 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 247 replies
    Maine · 23 delegates 5% reporting Votes Ted Cruz 48.0% 662 Donald Trump 35.0% 482 Marco Rubio 8.6% 118 John Kasich 7.4% 102
  • Trump feeling confident ahead of Maine GOP caucus

    03/05/2016 10:57:07 AM PST · by Morgana · 48 replies
    wmtw.com ^ | March 5, 2016 | Fred Placey
    PORTLAND, Maine —The Maine Republican Party is expecting a record-breaking turnout for Saturday's caucus. So much so that the party has printed 80,000 ballots for caucuses throughout the state. Donald Trump's campaign hopes that excitement pays off for them with a win. Donald Trump's son Eric Trump sayid there is lots of excitement for his dad's campaign in Maine. Eric Trump joined his father for a campaign rally Thursday and said he felt lots of energy from Maine supporters.
  • Maine gun control proposal meets threshold for ballot(Maine)

    02/19/2016 10:48:03 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    wmtw.com ^ | 2/19/2016 | unknown
    Maine election officials have cleared a firearm background check proposal for the November ballot. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Thursday that the referendum supporters obtained 65,821 valid signatures, exceeding the minimum threshold by more than 4,500. The proposal would require a background check before a firearm sale or transfer between individuals. The parties would be required to meet at a licensed firearm dealer, who would conduct a background check on the gun recipient and complete the sale. There are exceptions, including transfers between family members. The proposal will go to voters unless Maine lawmakers approve it.
  • Gov. Christie campaigns in NH with Gov. LePage of Maine (videos)

    02/07/2016 1:31:12 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 7, 2016
    Christie's ground game doesn't match his aggressive debate style. His volunteer effort it rather tame. The NJ crowd didn't make the 4-hour drive north to New Hampshire.
  • Maine Gov. LePage, my Canadian-born daughters "had to be naturalized, they couldn't be natural"

    Governor LePage "I also have two daughters born in Canada, and they had to be naturalized, they couldn't be natural." Howie Carr: "Really? You don't think your daughters could run for President?" Governor LePage: "They can't. I know they can't. I've already looked into it." Audio at link
  • Trump Backer LePage: Cruz Is Ineligible To Be President Because So Are My Daughters

    03/02/2016 7:26:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 200 replies
    http://www.buzzfeed.com ^ | Christopher Massie
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who endorsed Donald Trump for president last Friday, claimed on Wednesday that Ted Cruz, like his Canadian-born daughters, is ineligible to be the president. Asked on The Howie Carr Show why he endorsed Trump over Ted Cruz, LePage replied, “Very simple. It’s very simple. I am the most conservative governor that there is. He’s a first time senator. He’s not ready. Number one. Number two is I also have two daughters who were born in Canada. They had to be naturalized. They couldn’t be natural. And so, I have a question there.”
  • Maine Governor Endorses Donald Trump: 'He Could Be One Of The Greatest Presidents'

    02/27/2016 9:16:01 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/26/2016 | Scott Greer
    Republican Maine Governor Paul LePage officially endorsed Donald Trump for president Friday. ... "He's the only candidate who's showing a vision for the future," he said. "He's a businessman. I'm a businessman… I think he could be one of the greatest presidents if he sits down and puts together a good team."
  • BREAKING: @Governor_LePage endorses @realDonaldTrump.

    02/26/2016 3:23:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 60 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1:36 PM - 26 Feb 2016 | Follow Michael Shepherd
    Bangor Daily News ‏@bangordailynews 1h1 hour ago BREAKING: LePage, Christie endorse @realDonaldTrump for president http://bdn.to/xzxr #mepolitics Michael Shepherd ‏@mikeshepherdME 2h2 hours ago LePage calls Rubio and Cruz "two of the people who create the gridlock" in Washington. #mepolitics 23 retweets 14 likes
  • Maine governor LePage joins Christie in endorsing Trump – campaign live

    02/26/2016 2:09:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    The guardian ^ | February 26,2016
    Maine governor LePage joins Christie in endorsing Trump – campaign live
  • Maine governor endorses Trump

    02/26/2016 2:02:54 PM PST · by TontoKowalski · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/16 | Jesse Byrnes
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage has endorsed Donald Trump, becoming the second Republican governor on Friday to back the GOP presidential candidate.
  • Maine governor LePage joins Christie in endorsing Trump – campaign live

    02/26/2016 2:07:26 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 26, 2016 | Scott Bixby
    Hours after New Jersey governor and former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie endorsed frontrunner Donald Trump's campaign for the White House, Maine's governor, Paul LePage, has thrown his support behind the real estate tycoon... "The one thing I like about Donald Trump, I'm not gonna say I agree with everything he's saying... he's showing a vision for the future," LePage said. "He wants to make America great again, and he's the only person doing that right now."
  • Effort to impeach Maine Gov. Paul LePage falls short

    01/14/2016 11:07:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2016 1:59 PM EST | Patrick Whittle
    Critics of Maine Gov. Paul LePage failed to muster enough support to require a vote Thursday on an independent investigation that could have led to impeachment for alleged abuse of power. Instead, House lawmakers voted 96-52 to indefinitely postpone debate after Republican leader Ken Fredette introduced a motion to pre-empt any action on the impeachment order. A group led by Democratic Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland wanted to punish the brash and outspoken Republican governor for pressuring a school operator into rescinding a job offer to Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves. ...
  • Maine legislators to introduce impeachment bill Thursday

    01/11/2016 9:33:28 AM PST · by Bob434 · 37 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | January 10 | Beth Quimby
    Not sure about the press herald's policy for copywrite, so I'll just sum up here- Democrats in Maine are going after Gov Paul Lepage for 8 charges- mostly to do with what they call "abuse of power"- and for his comment a bit ago that out of state drug dealers were impregnating "Young White Girls" in Maine. The are calling for a special house committee to investigate "allegations of misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance and other misconduct"
  • Some Maine Democrats to press for impeachment of Gov. LePage

    01/10/2016 4:40:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2016 6:26 PM EST | David Sharp
    The furor over Gov. Paul LePage's comment about "young white" girls being impregnated by out-of-state drug dealers is last week's news. This week could bring an impeachment order calling for an investigation into the Republican's alleged abuse of power. A group of lawmakers led by Rep. Ben Chipman, a Portland Democrat, submitted the order, and Chipman said it's due to be debated on the House floor on Thursday. But House Democrats are divided, and the situation remains fluid. ...
  • Maine Drops 9000 From Food Stamps After They Refuse To Comply With Work Requirement

    12/22/2015 3:41:25 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 36 replies
    Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently began enforcing Maine’s volunteer and work requirements for food stamp SNAP recipients to keep their benefits. The end result was more than 9,000 non-disabled adults getting dropped from the program. The rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months, unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program, or meet volunteer guidelines for 24 hours out of the month. Any one of those three getting met will not result in the loss of their SNAP food benefits.
  • ME: Constitutional Carry Bill Goes to Governor Paul Le Page

    07/04/2015 5:52:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 July, | Dean Weingarten
    LD 652/SP 245, known as the constitutional carry bill, has been passed out of the special appropriations table, been  approved of in the Senate (again) by a 23 to 12 vote, and will now go to Governor Paul Le Page for signature or veto.   It does not appear that the legislature will be in session for three consecutive days in July, so if Governor Le Page does not sign the bill, it will not become law. Governor Le Page said that he would not sign the bill if it required Maine residents under the age of 21, on active...
  • Chris Christie wins an endorsement: Maine Gov. Paul LePage(endorses least conservative Governor)

    07/01/2015 3:32:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Kyle Cheney
    Maine’s Paul LePage became the first sitting governor to endorse a candidate in the 2016 GOP nomination race, throwing his support behind Christie Christie’s fledgling bid for president. Mr. LePage said that the New Jersey governor has been an inspiration to him over his career and said Mr. Christie, as the head of the Republican Governors Association, played an instrumental role in helping him win re-election last year. (SNIP) LePage refused to criticize Christie for accepting Obamacare’s huge Medicaid expansion, a program LePage has derided as “welfare expansion” and that he repeatedly vetoed when the Maine Legislature sent it to...
  • LePage says he wants Maine income tax gone by 2020

    06/01/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by Cowman · 5 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | March 12 | By Scott Thistle
    AUBURN, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage pitched his plan to reform Maine’s tax system and realign the state’s spending priorities in a “town hall” forum at Edward Little High School on Wednesday. LePage announced he intends to put a statewide ballot measure before voters in 2016 that would ask them to amend the Maine Constitution to eliminate the state’s income tax for good. He told Eileen Heidrich of Turner that that way he would be sure his goal to end the state’s income tax completely could not be undone by politicians in Augusta. “We are working on the language; we’ve...
  • LePage vows to veto Democratic bills until tax plan passes

    05/29/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Alanna Durkin
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Republican Gov. Paul LePage vowed Friday to veto every Democratic-sponsored bill that gets to his desk for the rest of the time he's in office unless the Legislature agrees to let residents weigh in on whether to get rid of the income tax. "The Maine people deserve to have a say on the income tax and until they lift it, that's my leverage," LePage said during a wide-ranging and spirited news conference at the Blaine House. "And yes, is that politics? I'm playing their game. I'm finally learning to play the game of the politician." LePage...
  • Maine’s Paul LePage: Conservative Kicking Butt

    04/26/2015 12:08:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    In a previous column, Towhall.com highlighted the upset and ascendancy of Republican Larry Hogan to Governor of Maryland.Today, conservatives frustrated with Washington bickering, pandering, and inaction should look to another governor, in an otherwise overlooked part of the country: Maine’s Paul LePage.Born into deep poverty in Lewiston Maine, LePage was the first of eighteen children in a traditional Catholic family. His father beat him repeatedly, and the impoverished mother could only look on. Once LePage’s father abused him so thoroughly, Paul ended up in the hospital, where the father attempted to bribe him into lying about his brutal beating. The...
  • Maine's Republican governor renews welfare-reform push

    04/10/2015 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Leep · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 6, 2015 | leep
    Maine Governor Paul LePage on Monday revived legislation to crack down on welfare fraud, making good on a 2014 campaign promise to tighten restrictions on the state's public assistance programs and help speed the transition from "welfare to work." LePage's bill would require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to apply for three jobs before receiving state aid, while prohibiting use of electronic benefit cards to purchase tobacco, liquor, tattoos, lottery tickets or to pay for bail.
  • Liberal Democrat ex-Mayor Hurls Large Jar of Vaseline at Governor of Maine

    04/02/2015 6:05:29 PM PDT · by bogeybob · 35 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 2, 2015 | Staff
    Maine's Governor was quickly escorted off stage at a forum in Saco, Maine, after a former Mayor and ex-Democrat legislator threw a large bottle of petroleum jelly at Lepage. The Governor's Security staff immediately escorted the perp out of the auditorium.
  • LePage town hall ends abruptly when ex-lawmaker reportedly throws ‘jar of Vaseline’

    04/02/2015 7:40:44 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 16 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | 4-2-2015 | News Staff
    SACO, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s budget presentation at Thornton Academy in Saco came to an abrupt end when former Democratic state Rep. Joanne T. Twomey of Biddeford confronted the governor, according to multiple social media reports. According to social media reports, Twomey “threw a jar of Vaseline” toward the governor. Twomey reportedly was escorted from the meeting by security. A CBS 13 video shows Twomey throwing something on the stage, which did not strike LePage, as she was escorted from the building. The item was quickly retrieved by what appeared to be security personnel. In an Instagram video posted...
  • [Maine] LePage official fires back over food stamp photo policy

    01/01/2015 11:03:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2014 | ALANNA DURKIN
    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul Le-Page’s administration is firing back at the federal government over its policy of putting welfare recipients’ photos on the cards used to access food stamps, which federal officials have warned could cause Maine to lose some program funding. In a Dec. 18 letter to the Food and Nutrition Service obtained by The Associated Press, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew responded to several concerns raised by the agency last month and blasted officials for consistently putting up “roadblocks and barriers” in the state’s effort to prevent fraud and abuse.
  • Obama amnesty in jeopardy with Bush judicial appointee hearing states’ challenge

    12/07/2014 7:08:10 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-7-2014 | Stephan Dinan
    The states challenging President Obama’s deportation amnesty have already won the first round in court after the case landed in the lap of Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a Bush appointee who issued a scorching rebuke to the Department of Homeland Security last year, accusing it of refusing to follow border security laws. It could hardly have been a worse outcome for Mr. Obama, who, in order to preserve his policy, will now have to convince a judge who is on record calling his previous, less-extensive nondeportation policies “dangerous and unconscionable.” Led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the 20 states...
  • Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy (welfare photo ID)

    11/21/2014 12:19:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2014 2:09 PM EST | Alanna Durkin
    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about state’s decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits. Federal officials said in a letter to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday that recipients are being given information that makes it seem like they’re required to have their photos placed electronic benefit transfer cards, even though the program is voluntary. The Republican governor’s administration must make it clear to recipients that their decision to not have their photo placed on the card...
  • Kaci Hickox Boyfriend Bets 'You Can Guess Who We Voted For'

    11/04/2014 1:51:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/4/2014 | By SYDNEY LUPKIN and LINZIE JANIS
    Kaci Hickox didn't go to the polls. She instead opted to vote via absentee ballot on Monday, her lawyer told ABC News. Hickox's boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, told ABC News today, "We voted yesterday in absentia, and you can guess who we voted for. We encourage all the good people of Maine to join us in returning decency to Blaine house." Blaine House is where the Maine governor, now Paul LePage, has traditionally resided for nearly 100 years. The incumbent Republican who's in a competitive race for re-election had tried to force Hickox to take a blood test. LePage has polled...
  • Maine Could Elect The Country's First Gay Governor – But LGBT Activists Are Split

    11/01/2014 5:57:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 01, 2014 | Jon Swaine
    Maine Could Elect The Country's First Gay Governor – But LGBT Activists Are Split Democrat Mike Michaud is in a neck-and-neck race with incumbent Paul LePage but he persistently voted against gay rights legislation before coming out Jon Swaine 1 November 2014 The man who may soon be the first openly gay person elected as a governor in the US sat silently in Maine’s house of representatives as an older colleague embarked on a homophobic tirade against the anti-discrimination proposal that they were considering. “I don’t see them as gay because they never smile, they have got that withdrawn look,”...
  • Why America needs more politicians like Maine Gov. Paul LePage

    10/11/2014 6:58:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 10/8/14 | Michael Brendan Doughterty
    Ever since Mitt Romney's "47 percent" disaster-gaffe in 2012, national Republicans have tried to shirk their image as welfare-hating, green eyeshade–wearing budget choppers. Even Paul Ryan, the former head of the congressional Ayn Rand fan club, now talks about expanding the scope of welfare programs to return more of their dependents into productive workers. But Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), himself the product of a poor and disordered childhood, is not following the national herd. He's promising more cuts, and not exactly masking his rationale. Last year, he even took up the 47 percent number, saying "about 47 percent of...
  • Maine Governor: LePage (R) 41%, Michaud (D) 40%, Cutler (I) 16%

    10/11/2014 6:55:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    Republican Governor Paul LePage has pulled ahead of Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud by one point in Maine's gubernatorial race. LePage picks up 41% of the vote to Michaud's 40% in a new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Maine Voters. Independent Eliot Cutler is in a distant third with 16% of the vote. One percent (1%) prefer another candidate in the race, while three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or...
  • Maine is for Paul Lepage!

    09/03/2014 1:53:16 PM PDT · by Atomic Vomit · 22 replies
    self | 9/3/14 | self
    My Aroostook County Maine field sign for 2014.Maine is all in for our Tea Party Guvnah, Paul Lepage! Have a look-see.
  • Maine Governor to "Boycott NFL" Following Weak Punishment of Ray Rice

    08/09/2014 1:20:21 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 45 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Christine Rousselle
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage is not thrilled with the way the NFL has handled the suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, and said today on a radio show that he intends on boycotting the NFL and will be sending NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell a letter criticizing the relatively light punishment Rice received for beating his fiancé unconscious. "They care so little about our women and our children that they’re going to hire these barbarians who go and hit their wives and their kids and they’re gonna get a slap on the hand? And some guy got a year...
  • Dems blast Maine governor for "Gestapo" comment

    07/08/2012 11:28:18 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 8, 2012
    AUGUSTA, Maine—Democratic lawmakers are calling on Maine Gov. Paul LePage to apologize for his remarks comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo. The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate issued a statement Sunday calling LePage's language "intentionally offensive." Rep. Emily Cain and Sen. Justin Alfond said Holocaust survivors and Word War II veterans who witnessed the terror of the Adolph Hitler's secret police "should not be trivialized for political shock."
  • Maine’s governor wants to make it easier for children to work

    01/11/2014 6:41:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 8 at 10:41 am | Niraj Chokshi
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday that state regulations governing child labor are hurting the state’s economy, according to the Portland Press Herald. “We don’t allow children to work until they’re 16, but two years later, when they’re 18, they can go to war and fight for us,” LePage said at an agricultural trade show, according to the paper. “That’s causing damage to our economy. I started working far earlier than that, and it didn’t hurt me at all. There is nothing wrong with being a paperboy at 12 years old, or at a store sorting bottles at 12...
  • Republican lawmakers: LePage said Obama 'hates white people'

    08/20/2013 8:36:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 8/20/13 | Eric Russell
    Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans last week that President Obama "hates white people," according to two state lawmakers who say they heard the remark directly. The governor made the comment during a Maine Republican Party fundraiser on Aug. 12 at the home of John and Linda Fortier in Belgrade. According to the invitation, the fundraiser was a "meet and greet" for LePage and first lady Ann LePage, and an opportunity to meet Rick Bennett, the new party chairman. The lawmakers, both Republicans, confirmed the comment when asked by a Portland Press Herald reporter but asked that their...
  • Maine governor offers crude metaphor involving Vaseline

    06/22/2013 10:46:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Thursday went after a Democratic state senator by using a vulgar metaphor involving lubricant. LePage told reporters that state Sen. Troy Jackson “claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”LePage then walked away, later returning to explain his comment.“That comment is not politically correct,” he said. “But we gotta understand who this man is. This man is a bad person. He doesn’t only have no brains; he has a black heart.”(Full audio can be found here, starting at about the 2:25 mark.)....
  • Maine governor makes vulgar remark about lawmaker

    06/21/2013 4:53:18 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | June 20, 2013 | ALANNA DURKIN
    AUGUSTA, Maine — The often-brash governor of Maine used crude language Thursday to express his frustration over the state budget, targeting a Democratic opponent with a sexually vulgar phrase to describe how he believes he is taking advantage of the people. Gov. Paul LePage made the remark about Sen. Troy Jackson to journalists from two television stations and one newspaper Thursday.
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Maine Governor LePage Hints At Special Session

    08/16/2012 10:12:40 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 58 replies
    Gov. Paul LePage is hinting that he'll call a special legislative session this fall to bring up an undisclosed issue, but says it will "push the envelope." The Republican governor's comments were recorded at a GOP event in Bangor on Wednesday night and appeared Thursday in political columnist Mike Tipping's blog. In it, LePage says he has a plan to call lawmakers into special session but said the legislation he's looking at is being reviewed by the attorney general. While not divulging the topic, LePage says it's what a lot of other Republican states have done. “I think we can...
  • Have Republicans No Sympathy For the Jobless?

    05/12/2012 7:59:16 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 54 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 12, 2012 | JP
    I’m a Republican. I’m also a compassionate conservative. That’s why I’m troubled by remarks this week by Maine Gov. Paul LePage suggesting that the unemployed are jobless by choice. “To all you able-bodied people out there,” he said, during a speech at his state party convention, “Get off the couch, and get yourself a job.” Well, I understand that the cost of providing unemployment benefits to Maine’s 51,000 jobless is taxing the state’s treasury. But, I simply don’t believe that most of those out of work in the Pine Tree State– including the able-bodied of whom LePage spoke – prefer...
  • Governor LePage To Crackdown On Benefits Fraud

    08/27/2011 11:46:39 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 18 replies
    LePage wants benefits fraud crackdown PRESQUE ISLE -- Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that he wants to more than double the number of fraud investigators in the state to crack down on those who abuse the benefits provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. "The last administration did not want to prosecute fraud," he said during a town hall meeting in Presque Isle. "We do." LePage said there are only 11 fraud investigators across the state now, but he thinks there should be two per county -- which would total 32. The comments came as LePage and members...
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage Discusses His Life and Government Reforms [Heritage Foundation]

    08/02/2011 9:15:06 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 1, 2011 | Heritage Foundation
    He left home at 11 after a rough childhood, spending time on the streets, yet managed to finish both high school and college. He later went on to work as a Pepsi-Cola truck driver, at a meat-packing plant and as a short-order cook. YouTube
  • Pension Reform Saves Maine Taxpayers $1.7 Billion [A Stunning 41%!Largest Tax Cut In ME History]

    07/14/2011 8:49:33 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 20 replies
    Maine.gov ^ | 07.14.11 10:24 AM EDT | Office of State Treasurer
    One of the big victories for Maine taxpayers were the pension reforms included in the recently passed state budget. The changes limit the growth of retirement benefits for 75,000 teachers and state employees. This reduces the stifling $4.1 billion pension debt to $2.4 billion, a stunning 41%.
  • Maine governor removes pro-union mural

    04/03/2011 11:28:06 AM PDT · by massmike · 34 replies
    http://articles.cnn.com ^ | 04/03/2011 | n/a
    Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage followed through with his decision to remove a mural depicting the history of the workers' movement from the state's labor department lobby, a spokeswoman said Monday. "The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue," said LePage press secretary Adrienne Bennett in a prepared statement. "We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand."