Tag Archives: LePage

LePage court challenge keeps Democrats and Republicans united

The leadership of the Maine Legislature is remaining united in opposition to an unconstitutional power grab by Gov. Paul LePage. The governor has pushed the limits of executive power to the breaking point. And now the conservative president of the Senate and the liberal speaker of the House are standing together to argue against him […]

LePage headed for a legal smackdown

Gov. Paul LePage is going to lose. And the 71 bills that he refused to take action on will remain law. Attorney General Janet Mills left little doubt with a blisteringly effective opinion that destroys the governor’s legal argument about his ability to hold legislation beyond 10 days (not counting Sundays). After a lengthy legal […]

Playing the victim, LePage adds evidence that he’s abusing power

Gov. Paul LePage is the most powerful person in Maine. He oversees a government that can directly impact every one of Maine’s more than 1.3 million residents, if he is so inclined. With a whispered word, a phone call or handwritten letter, he has the power to turn the state against someone, costing them their […]

There’s a hole in his pocket; LePage’s folly lets bills become law

There’s a huge hole in Gov. Paul LePage’s pocket, and a bunch of bills just fell through, handing his opponents and the Legislature huge victories. LePage has made a major mistake in his understanding of the legislative process and the Maine Constitution that has allowed at least 19 bills to become law without his signature. […]

How to hold LePage accountable

Gov. Paul LePage has used the power of his office to punish a political opponent and has threatened to withhold funding from a school that serves at-risk kids. According to the Bangor Daily News and by his own admission, he has threatened to withhold significant funding for Good Will-Hinckley because they hired Speaker of the House […]

LePage’s politics abandon the human instinct to help

It’s a good thing Mark Watney is white. Watney is the protagonist of Andy Weir’s best selling novel, “The Martian,” which has been turned into what’s sure to be a major summer movie starring Matt Damon in the lead role. Astronaut Watney becomes stranded on Mars and is presumed dead after a freak storm and […]

The ugly, the vain and the dangerous from LePage

Twice this week, Gov. Paul LePage has been rebuked by courts. But there’s no evidence, even when met with the limits of his power, that it has had any impact on him. First, the U.S. Supreme Court, controlled by conservatives, refused to take up an appeal by the state regarding an inappropriate attempt to deny […]

LePage’s war trades headlines for progress

With Gov. Paul LePage’s theatric meltdown last week and a full-blown shutdown showdown looming, there’s no wonder that the media coverage this week has focused on the fracas and Republican infighting. But lost in the dust of the melee are the details of what’s at stake. And those details are a lot more than numbers […]

Outrage on a budget, just add ‘welfare’

If a kid stole $1.20, would a newspaper cover it? What if an accountant embezzled $42, would it make the evening news? What if it happened a handful of times? Would there be outrage, and press releases and public policy solutions? Of course not. While there’s no question that stealing a buck is wrong or […]