Tag Archives: Gov. Paul LePage

Lame ducks quack loudest after defeat

I know why the lame duck quacks. The sun is setting on Gov. Paul LePage. He is in the twilight of his administration and he’s making plenty of noise to mark the beginning of that end. When he was elected, there was talk on the right that he would remake the state and remake politics, […]

Maine voters call the bet on casino gamble

Question 1 – the casino question – is all about the Benjamins. Never mind the attacks and the dodgy language and the financial shenanigans that have prompted two investigations into the dealings of people and corporations behind the referendum question. And pay no attention to the claims of new jobs, boosts in spending for education […]

Only one remedy for LePage’s threats to sheriffs — impeachment

Gov. Paul LePage – much like his counterpart in the White House – consistently violates the norms of governance. His disregard for the law and for civil, appropriate behavior are dangerous. The Legislature has reacted by contorting itself into a legalistic pretzel. The governor’s recent threats to depose sheriffs based on his flawed interpretation of […]

Political actions give permission to haters

The hatred and bigotry on display in Charlottesville and its aftermath are shocking to the system and, for most people, they create a straightforward choice between right and wrong. White supremacy, Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan are wrong. Theirs is an ideology built upon hatred and destruction. There are no “fine people” marching with swastikas; […]

LePage fails the test of Charlottesville

Saturday. Nothing. Sunday. Nothing. Monday. Nothing. Tuesday. It’s bad. It’s not my problem. That was Gov. Paul LePage’s reaction to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. For LePage, his silence speaks as loud as his usual bluster. Speaking on the radio Tuesday morning, LePage broke his silence when questioned by the hosts. “My […]

Government secrecy destroys even the best ideas

Earlier this year, The Washington Post added a new slogan to its flag: “Democracy dies in darkness.” It’s an expression that the paper, and one of its most famous journalists, Bob Woodward, started using regularly during the campaign for the presidency last year. The sentiment has been mocked and there’s been speculation that it was […]

No heroes in pitiful, unnecessary shutdown

There are no heroes in a government shutdown. No bravery involved. No courage. The pitiful display we saw this weekend may have been cloaked in the language of a virtuous stand, but the men and women who talked of themselves like they are heroes for shutting down state government surely aren’t. Early in the morning […]

If elections don’t matter, can we reconsider a few others?

Augusta politicians have decided that they know better than the voters. As the Maine Public headline says, “All Voter-Approved Initiatives From 2016 Ballot in Flux in the Legislature.” Since the Legislature – and particularly Republican leaders – and the governor so comfortably ignore the outcome of elections, I’d like to suggest a few others that […]

Everyone deserves to eat. No exceptions.

Everyone should have enough food to eat. Period. Everyone. Every single person. Every child. Every mother. Every father. Every grandmother. Every worker. Every person who doesn’t work. Every person with a disability. Every person fighting addiction. The convicted criminal. The saint. The loving. The mean. The forgiving. The spiteful. The thoughtful. The vindictive. Everyone. During […]