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  • Anonymous

    I don’t wonder why, do you?

  • Anonymous

    Let’s imagine what Governor LePage would say if any state employee or teacher went to the national conference of her or his profession and just did not bother to go to all the available critical sessions, refused to network with persons who might be vital resources, and skipped out early after getting fed at the big banquet with her or his spouse.

  • Anonymous

    Why is this newsworthy? Lepage probably did not want to expose himself to Democratic ridicule when he can get tons of it here.

    • A real man can take it!

    • Anonymous

      he gets it because he deserves it. Even his own party don’t know what to do with him. He continous to destroy his own party, the reputation of the Blaine House and the people of this state’

      • Anonymous

        Interesting how he finally admits how the feds are not going to approve his cuts on Mainecare. Then he decides he can’t stay for the entire conference.

    • Anonymous

      exactly maybe he is tired of the democratic sandbox

      • Anonymous

        he better get used to it, he deserves it totally!!!

    • Anonymous

      plays to the children on the left.Got to keep the slime attack going. thats what happens when you take away there corruption they attack.

  • Guest

    You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. 
    You can please some of the people some of the time, but you
    can`t please all the people all of the time….

    • Anonymous

      you can not please people that do not have the guts to come out of their basement and do something.They hide behind a computer and insult real working men like mr lepage.

      • Anonymous

        So, you drink lotsa beer too?  Is that what you mean?  Is that what makes him a man?

  • Anonymous

    What a blow hard, looks like we paid to send him to dinner. Eat and run. What an insult to the state of Maine to have someone like this represent us. Shameful.

    • What a Blow Hard is Correct!

      The Chicken cut and ran instead of telling Obama where to go like he promised!

      The only Match for Lepage is Little Children on Halloween!

      • StillRelaxin

        Let’s face it, unless it has something to do with getting his way on something (Like harming the poor or giving tax brakes for the wealthy who donate to his party) there’s really no reason to speculate on anything Paul does.  You’re never going to make sense of it.  Why did Paul waste our tax money traveling to Washington just to skip out early?  You might as well ask, why did the chicken/TURKEY cross the road?  That’s really the level of thinking you’re dealing with here.

        • jimbobhol

          Yawn!!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            good thing the governor doesn’t do that “yawn” thing in public…….he would be caught with his foot in his mouth,   again!        OH WAIT,    he’s already done that numerous times without yawning,   he just opens it to speak.

        • Anonymous

          Good luck in November. GO LEPAGE!!

          • Anonymous

            Better to be Go!,Go! GONE! LePage!

          • Anonymous

            Going, going, gone for a penny!

        •  The Federal Gov’t WILL NOT let LePage get away with his poor/elderly “cuts” anyway….so all he is doing is making himself look stupid….as always.

        • Anonymous

          Again the liberals controled Maine for the past 40 years!!! They are the ones who drove the large busniess out of the state. They are responcible for the extreme welfare state we live in. How many years would you let them continue to do what they where doing knowing it will continue to fail. O wait thats what liberlas do ignore facts and continue on.

          • Anonymous

            What large business was driven from the state of Maine?

        • Anonymous

          Incredibly, at least he had the courtesy to leave rather than eat at the home of someone he disdains.  This is the only polite thing I’ve ever heard of LePaige doing.  One less soiled plate setting at the White House.

      • Anonymous

        You mean democrats.there no match for Mr lepage but they are little children.

        • Anonymous

          Tim, come November, kiss your dirty little tea baggers good bye.   The Dems will come back and make this govenor sqirm for every peiece of legislation that he wants to veto.

          • Anonymous

            Hopefully the people in Maine have had enough of the past thirty years of pocket filling democrats .Can not wait to see the response here when the rest of those left leaning crooks are gone. 

      • Anonymous

        It ain’t polite to tell a man to “Go to hell.” in his own dining room. Maybe LePage has better manners than he has common sense.

        • Anonymous

          maybe lepage will invite obama to augusta for a “beer summit”

          • Anonymous

            Maybe Le Page should not have said what he told everyone he was going to say,   and then bolt like he did?     Obama would have chewed him up.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe obama would apologize to him.No thats right lepage is an american obama would not to an american.

          •  LePage is a big bag of wind…

          • Anonymous

            Yes, he has plenty of unprofound words.

        • It’s not polite to EAT, cut and run!

          • Anonymous

            Who ever said he was polite?

      • Anonymous

        hopefully he never does anything to satify you. look where that got us.

        • Anonymous

          What in the world is “satfy”?      I’m sure that you meant satisfy,   but Tim,   the thing is when you say look where that got us……….take a look?   What is it that you see him doing? I don’t think that you see what you wish you could.
          What is it that you see that he is not doing?    What is it that he IS doing?      He’s kissing business butt,  and playing all of us.   2/3rds of us on here are smarter than he is (and I include you in that)    What IS he doing?

          • Anonymous

            Saving the taxpayers $120 million in just one battle. Can’t wait to see what’s next. GO LEPAGE!!

          • Anonymous

            A victory over the poor, disabled, and elderly is a victory for Mainers……. Very classy.

          • Anonymous

            A victory over unfunded programs that the dems started and as usual can not finish.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not interested in ending all of those programs though. Let’s figure out a way to make them sustainable. I enjoy helping people, even if they don’t fully appreciate it. I’m amazed at how many ‘Christians’ want to let their ‘neighbors’ go without. I don’t believe in ‘The Jesus’, but I do believe in helping anyone that needs it. 

          • Anonymous

            Other than cleanup the corruption in every department his admin has looked into.Helped put millinocket back to work.Start discussion on cleaning up the nanny state.I will agree one thing he has not done is a complete overhaul in augusta.He should have made everyone reapply right down to the janitors.Time to flush augusta out.

          •  You support LePage well….almost like a smelly jockstrap…..take a BIG whiff up the Guvnah’s butt timjy….ain’t gonna help YOUR bank acct any…..sucker !

          • Anonymous

            My mom always advised me that it’s a waste of time and energy to argue with the ignorant, so I won’t argue with you.  But I will say that you are clearly a victim of baseless radical-conservative propaganda and tea party rhetoric.

          • Anonymous

            Looks like Mr lepage listened to your mother.Maybe you should have listened more.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe he should stay home from the Gov’s conference next year? He can stay home and “work in his home state” the entire time. Save the state of Maine the costs of the entire conference.

      • And then the media will accuse him of being a racist because he boycotted the NAACP and a conference hosted by a African American President!  Better to get the free dinner and fart at the table.

        • Anonymous

          Careful. The BDN will cut fart comments.

      •  I was wondering WHEN he’s gonna start working here ? Sitting at a desk cutting everyone with no way to fight back isn’t work….it’s bullying.

        • Anonymous

          He would collapse and need another vacation. We don’t want his little brain to get hurt by thinking.

    • Anonymous

       You are soooo right on target. Yes, an insult to the state of Maine to say the least! Maine is trying to put out the welcome mat to business and that is good. But LePage is cutting off his own (you name the appendage) by being such an a – – .

    • Anonymous

      He probably wanted a Big Mac… So off he went to McDonald’s…

    • Anonymous

      Well now……Maybe what he ate gave him the runs and he just had to get up and go……

      • Anonymous

        he is a run
        run of the mouth

    • Anonymous

       What’s it really matter what Obama had to say to the Governors? Obama is a lame duck president and will be out of office soon!

      • Anonymous

        One can only hope. We voted for hope and change. So far the only change we have received is what LePage has promised. Good luck on your future endeavors. Mr. governor. GO LEPAGE!

        • Anonymous

          bite lepages big but

          • Anonymous

            Typical liberal. Don’t have a good argument, so you resort to personal attacks. To think we have seven more years to listen to you whine. GO LEPAGE!

          • Anonymous

            I don’t argue with fools, fool.

          • Anonymous

            That’s what I said, You can only resort to name calling. GO LEPAGE!!

          •  RECALL LePage…..!!!! Signed….the 61 %

          • Guest

            Shouldn’t you be in your tent?

          • Anonymous

            I thought they kicked the 61% brain less out of the park in Augusta.

          • Anonymous

            61%? You only have one person agreeing with you. GO LEPAGE!!

      • Millicent

        lol, good luck with that. The republicans can’t even come up with an electable candidate. They’re all more concerned about birth control, abortions, religion and gays….again, they’re not getting the message. It’s the economy they need to be focusing on.  

        • Anonymous

          They can’t concentrate on the economy because they don’t have a plan. Well, I guess they do, they want to make sure it stays in the tank so they can get elected. They are so easily distracted by their social agenda which they really feel is more important than helping this country economy by voting for anything that might improve the job market. They are the party of NO,NOTHING! They really don’t want more people employed. They want just to be reelected and to win the White House .Nothing else really matters.
           

        • Anonymous

           wait until the primary is over you will see all the economy battles you want.I guarantee

      • Anonymous

        Not with the idots you repugs have running for President.

      • Guest

        Plus Nobama would just be reading from a teleprompter anyway.

    • Anonymous

      ya the leftys from the past did such a great job.thats why we are in this mess.

      • Anonymous

        You mean a couple of trillion dollar wars, foolish tax-breaks for the rich, shipping all our jobs overseas, deregulation of the banking industry and other stuff like that?  Damn lefties!!

      •  Funny the real mess started when Fatboy got in office….

        • Anonymous

          Yep! finally someone outed the crooks.Go Lepage.

    • Anonymous

       I’d rather have Penguin eat and run than say something obnoxious at the White House.  Sadly, I think Maine is better represented when he is absent then we are when he’s in the room.

    • Anonymous

      What are you talking about I think Michelle Obama is trying to kill the governors with her 2,000 calorie dinner: Garden salad, Bread and butter, Ribeye steak 12 oz, Creamed spinach, Crab mac and cheese, Pear tart with ice cream, White wine

      • Anonymous

        can you blame her
        he is archie bunker but we like him less

        • Anonymous

          Yes, her true side is actually coming out, she wants to eliminate  anyone who opposes her husband.  The plot thickens behind the fake smiling face.

      • Anonymous

        Honestly, if the attack dogs are so desperate as to go after the wife of a political candidate, then they are certainly a sorry bunch.

        In life you need either inspiration or desperation.
        Tony Robbins

      •  Hmmm…light snack for our OBESE Governor…..maybe he was scared the First Lady would put him on a diet ? Maybe Maine will get lucky and the fat sow will have a coronary….Bring him more red meat !!!

    • Anonymous

      Look what we have representing the United States? And you complain about LePage? yea right

      • Anonymous

        yes we do, follower of napolean

        • Anonymous

          tell me that when you are paying $5.00- $6.00 a gallon of gas.

          •  Another moron….Tell me numnuts….if Obama could raise and lower gas prices…why would he raise them before an election ? Your Republican masters that run BIG oil are responsible and it’s for one reason,,,,Keystone XL pipeline. Once the Republicans get their way we’ll see how it effects YOUR gas prices….fool…price will go up to pay for the pipeline. Mark my words.

          • Anonymous

            My Liberal Democrats get testy. What I read prizes will rise in the Mid-West. Obama is the one that paid 1 billion to Brazil to drill. The U.S. has some of the biggest oil reserves. Why, probably to pasify his Arab friends. IF a Republican was in office and this was going on, you would be all over them. Maybe Obama and Michelle are due for another vacation in Hawaii.

          • Anonymous

            I know like everything else he’s over his head.

          • Anonymous

            Obama is not for the average citizen, however, LePage even less so.

    • Anonymous

       you can touch,  you can play, can say am always yours.  But  you can’t make me bow to a dictator           the bangor news must be happy with your responses, sheep.

    •  Worst Governor in the history of America….and we’re stuck with him.

    • Anonymous

      Wait until you hear about the fund raiser Maine’s 1% and PPH owners are throwing for Obama in Portland’s ART MUSEUM.  Tix are $2,500

      If you supported the themes of OCCUPY MAINE, then get ready for a major protest.  Wouldn’t be surprised if the Governor showed up with free P.J.’s for protesters. 

  • Lord Whiteman

     Lepage found time to meet with the prime minister of Quebec when he went to Canada  but he doesn’t have the integrity to sit down with the president and state Governors of the USA .

    • Anonymous

      The man is simply out of his league–I doubt he would have had any idea as to what to say. It’s good he didn’t show up, as we don’t need anything else foolish to lump the rest of us with  the same mentality

    • Superuser23

      He was looking for someone to buy the section of the state that starts north of Waterville.

      • Anonymous

        hopefully so up north can get rid of 3/4 of the entitlement payments

        • Anonymous

          can we auction off lewiston and points south? Assachusetts is drooling over Portlands pretentious progressivism.

          • Anonymous

            27 likes for that one!

          • Anonymous

            I give VeazieDavid 5 stars for comment of the day.

          • Anonymous

            I give you minus 100 for being what you prove you are.

        • Anonymous

          wrong….most welfare recipients live up north.  i am not agreeing that we should split the state but i think a lot of people up here don’t realize a lot about their neighbors.

          http://www.fixwelfare.com/  

          link to map of welfare recipients brought to you by the republican leaning Maine Heritage Policy Center

          • Anonymous

            “most welfare recipients live up north”

            Technically you are wrong by a large margin. The percentage of people on welfare may be higher in the rural counties BUT total number of persons is much higher in the southern more populated counties. For example, Cumberland county has almost as many people on welfare as Aroostook,  Washington, and Piscataquis counties. Do the math. Population by county times the percentage on welfare.

          •  Now see….MOST people that really wanted to “fix” welfare would start there wouldn’t they ? I live in Piscataquis and the job market is non-existent. Gas prices make it impossible to commute more than a few miles and as a result everyone is poor and needy. Instead of looking at the problem LePage has taken the first step to Civil War in Maine as most of his cuts will take effect there. The Governor ignores my area HOWEVER, he is more than happy to stick his fat hand out for my property tax each year. I wonder what the budget gap would be if everyone North of Waterville stopped paying property tax ? Is he gonna come take our land ? I wanna see that…..I really, really do…..

        • Do the right thing!

          Dont be a Hypocrite,

          Turn in Your Social Security Card!

          • Anonymous

            What good is an SS card.The lefty’s are going to just give everything free.Until of course they run out of everyone Else’s money.

        • I thought you said in an earlier comment that he “put Millinocket back to work” ? Which is it ? You know where you’re talking out of right ?

    • poormaniac

      The president isn’t even in Washington today , he ate and ran last night !

      • Lord Whiteman

          Whats your best guess as to why Lepage left early. Don’t  you think Lepage owes us an explanation?

        • Anonymous

           I think he had to hurry home to make sure the mural was still under lock and key.

          • Anonymous

            Thank God it still is.  Hopefully the mice have been nibbling at it.

          • Anonymous

             Hope they leave enough for the 4th of july bonfire.

        • poormaniac

          My first thought was that he left to take care of something more important than exchanging niceities with a bunch of politicians who really don’t give a crap about Maine ! If you want to nail someone for leaving his post early check out the voting records of our politicians in Washington. I believe Susan Collins is the only one that actually does what we pay her to do.

          • Lord Whiteman

              I think Lepage was told to leave by the Republican party leadership.  Not only did Lepage  insult all the current nominees he doesn’t even seem to understand that a floor fight would only lead to a Romney/Santorum  ticket which would cost the Republicans Florida.

          • poormaniac

            Wow ! now there’s a thought I had overlooked ” a Romney/Santorum ticket”, how sad after all this infighting. I guess I’ll have to reconsider backing Ron Paul !

          • Lord Whiteman

             In a floor fight the top two delegate winners would share the ticket. 
             Lepage seems to think it would lead to a completely new candidate coming in and sweeping the floor.  That would only happen is the delegates where evenly split and the top two  agreed to give their votes to a third person… They only other way that might happen is if Fox news had pictures of Romney and Santorum  naked in bed together with Castro.

          • poormaniac

            Be careful what you ask for , I believe everyone has a skeleton or two in the closet.

          • Lord Whiteman

              Tell that to Poliquin and Lepage. haha……………. I don’t think anything scandalous will come out about Romney or Santorum  I was just using that as an example of what it would take for the GOP to nominate someone completely new at the convention.

          • Anonymous

            I could vote for that.

        •  He’s afraid of Obama is why….he ran his mouth and can’t back it up !

          • Lord Whiteman

              What you said is probably  true but Lepage meet with Obama last year.   Unlike that sadistic lair Paul Lepage,Obama is a very gracious man who understands he is everyone’s president even those people who don’t support him.

          • Anonymous

            Not mine ,has done nothing but divide this country.Hopefully we can elect a real occupant to the whitehouse.

      • Anonymous

        Is he hiding under Mrs Clinton skirt again.

    • Guest

      Why would “ANYONE’ give mr obama any respect when it is clear of his discust for America is clear..

      • Anonymous

        discust?, what kind of word is discust?

        • Anonymous

           He may not speil korectly, but he gut the piont across.

      • Lord Whiteman

        Obama got Bin Laden and Gaddafi. That alone makes him a better man than anyone running for the Republican side.

        • Anonymous

          WRONG!  Our S.E.A.L.S  Got Bin Laden & they were on the job long before the “Empty Suit” got elected.  When at a time he  his Mrs had and still do detest the MILITARY.  The suit was only their because now its the “nature of the beast”…merely there at the time the wheel went around.
          Great job SEALS but, GO ARMY! 

          • Lord Whiteman

            Obama deserves some of the credit. He took a huge risk when he gave to green light to attack Bin Laden inside Pakistan.  If the mission had failed it would have defined his presidency.  
              Obama also deserves credit for taking our Gaddafy. Most Republicans opposed even trying and yet Obama got Gaddafy without  having to invade North Africa.

    •  He ran his mouth about Obama and is AFRAID to face him now. Even LePage knows himself enough to know he’s an idiot.

    •  Because he’s afraid of Obama after bad-mouthing him….

  • Anonymous

    Who does he think he is? Tim Thomas.

    • Anonymous

      No, his identical twin governor, Chris Christie

  • Lord Whiteman

      Lepage isn’t the kind of guy who would miss out on a free meal and a chance to play the class clown on the national stage. Lepage must have done something beyond the pail and got booted off the guest list. Since no one is complaining it must have been a bi-partisan decision.  I suppose Bennett will have some lame excuse to give us in the next day or so.

    • Anonymous

      “beyond the pail” , huh? My, my, such a witty remark from someone with such profound mastery of the English language. Is that like “Thinking outside the bucket”?

      • Lord Whiteman

           Thanks for reading my post.  Why do you think Lepage left the conference early, hermit.

        • Anonymous

          Beat the traffic

          • Lord Whiteman

             I’ll bet their is more to this story then Lepage wants us to know.  I could be innocent but with Lepage that would be a first.

      • Anonymous

        Hey Hoss, check out tim timjy’s grammar, spelling etc.   Just saying.

  • Anonymous

    Critical sessions when it comes to listening to this president?  I think not.  Governor LePage had been to other sessions which most likely had more meaning. 

  • Otis B. Driftwood

    lapudge is a waste of time

  • Anonymous

    Well, maybe he will get in the Presidential race. They need someone just like him to keep the ta baggers happy.

    • Anonymous

      That is the answer! He run off to become another “lame runner” for the GOP…

  • Anonymous

    You fools voted for this? Another Maine stain…

    • Anonymous

      You fools voted for this? Another American stain….

      obamas stain is bigger than lepages

      • Anonymous

        LePage is Not the dictator of Maine. He might want to think about working with the people he needs to work with and use a few Qtips before hand.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing worth hearing from nobama.

    • Anonymous

      That was deep.

      Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    And he even refused to meet with the DHHS head to talk about what Maine could legally do to rein in Maine Care costs. According the article in the Kennebec Journal, he said he would makethe cuts and then worry about what will happen!!! Maybe an impeachable act like breaking the law. One can only hope…….

    http://www.kjonline.com/news/LePage-skipping-meeting-with-Obama.html

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes, the fed is where I would go so they could help teach me save money, get a dam clue, go to the biggest spending administration America has ever had to learn where to save.  

  • Guest

    We always knew this guy was a buffoon, this just confirms it.  This guy has no conception of what a real leader is.

    • April Rainfrette

      Which one? Obama or LePage?

      • Guest

        Obama of course

      • Anonymous

        Neither of them particularly impress me.

    • Anonymous

      Is your real leader the one that said there’s 57 states….. Your leader has no concept.

  • Anonymous

    I guess he didn’t have anything to talk about, just like the Secretary of Human Services.  It’s his way or nothing. Period.

  • Anonymous

    Joke of a story, but hey –you gotta try to catch him doing SOMETHING wrong every day, right AP, “doing your job”….LOL

  • Anonymous

    He had to come home to address a state of emergency.
     
    The Dunkin Donuts near the Blaine House is having a thirteen-to-the-dozen sale!

  • Anonymous

    Remember 61% did not vote for LePage. He continues to act like a stubborn fool and king of the world…but his time is coming. No second term for this man.

    • Guest

      Your useless and often repeated fact {61%} is only valid if 100 % of the population voted.Which did not happen.
      LePage won the others did not. Get over it.

    • Anonymous

      just like Mr baldacci

      • Anonymous

        To add Angus King only got 35% of the vote in 1994. Liberals like to  claim that King , Baldacci , Brennan and Ken Curtis were Maine’s best Governors.

    • Anonymous

      lets make a deal, I will drop the obama birth certificate issue if you drop the 61% nonsense.

      capeesh?

      • Lord Whiteman

        Not until we see Lepage’s US citizenship papers and birth certificate.

    • jimbobhol

      61% didn’t vote for Clinton either.

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t seen any  poll lately on his approval rating, must be high or else it would be in the paper daily.

    • Anonymous

      61% did not vote for Baldacci either.

  • Anonymous

    Simple facts for relgious conservatives………..the most religous states are also the most conservative, have the lowest IQ, most health issues, the highest crime rates and the highest unemployment.  See the connection?  FYI, I am not some left wing liberal.  Just a concerned American who hates the roll that religion plays in politics within this country!

    • Anonymous

      Hey UV, I hear you.  This fact escapes a lot of ‘patriots’.  God help us!  hehe

      • Anonymous

        Patriots dems are not, did you catch them on 5 news last night, only one person was showing the Pledge and out Flag the respect it deserves, if you are not going to do it right, then do not do it at all.

    • Anonymous

      And where do you get your info CNN

      • Anonymous

        Better CNN than Fox News or the chain of made-up crazy emails.

    • jimbobhol

      I’ve done and said some dumb things, but I believe you just beat me for first place. Man I feel better.

    • Anonymous

      Why don’t you try to learn how to spell RELIGIOUS.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps he was scared of embarrassing Maine if he stayed so he just left and embarrassed Maine anyway.

    Heckuva job Penguin!

  • Anonymous

    There is nothing moral about the moral majority in this country!

    • Anonymous

      what does that have to do with this story?

  • Anonymous

    This Clown Represents Maine? Afraid to see the President?  Guess LePage is getting ready to secede from the United States. Forget Canada LePage, they want American Dollars, NOT YOU and Maine’s Welfare State.

  • Anonymous

    What’s with this the Fed’s “track record” hooha.  I thought all this time he was confident that his “welfare” cutting plan was so air tight the Fed would grant him a waiver.  It’s only now that he’s familiarizing himself with their “track record”.

    I’m sorry but at first I thought he had some spine backing up all of his actions and comments, however audacious.  But in recent weeks he’s really shown how little support there is holding up that loud melon resting on his pressed collar.  He crows about veto, then says it’s the media forcing the megaphone to his lips when he feels the pressure.  He talks about the importance of job growth and networking, then bails on one of the most prized networking events of the year for someone in his position.  I don’t care how many stale dinner rolls you have to wolf down, if only to save face, army up and finish out what you committed to.

    His integrity and commitment should be featured on, Where Are They Now?

  • Anonymous

    I think the Republicans probably threw him out of D.C. after his presidential comments.  In addition, it looks like we paid for him to go to D.C. to get national coverage and to attend a dinner at the White House.  It probably makes him feel important.

  • Anonymous

    The entire get together was a dog and pony show, a waste of everyone’s time – The governor recognized this and left.  Some people workers.  Some people are professional meeting attenders.  Good Job.

    • Anonymous

      49 Govenors stayed. Who left. omg it was LePage.

      • Anonymous

        46 attended to begin with. Lepage did attend some of the events, therefore, he would be included in that 46. Gov. Cuomo from NY did not go at all, neither did Gov. Rick Perry from Texas. Many skipped out on the social events.

  • Anonymous

    State funds paid for him to go, and he doesn’t attend? Maybe it was “like” the NAACP moment!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll try again.  penguin is bone dumb and proud of it.

  • Anonymous

    What a great man LePage is! He missed the opportunity to tell the president of the United States to kiss his butt in person. I am sure it was just a scheduling conflict. Ms. Bennet will “clarify” what the governor was thinking.

  • Anonymous

    good thanks for not wasting your time

  • Anonymous

    Since most of these meetings are a colossal waste of time I think he was right to come home and get back to work.   We sure have enough problems for him to fix.  Let’s give the guy credit for not sitting on his butt listening to a bunch of blowhards take up air space.  I, for one,applaud him for getting back here to try to get the job done.

    • Anonymous

       Seems to me that attending meetings is 99% of a politician’s job.  But you are right, LePage is not up to the other 1% of the job either.

      • Guest

        Where did you read that? Does Obama meet with the voters other then to talk down to them? It’s his job to talk to the public Right?? 

    • Anonymous

      I would look for ANY excuse to get out of a meeting with the prez.

      “Uh, I ate too much cretons and poutine, I need to get back to the gubernatorial washroom in Augusta like RIGHT NOW”

    • Anonymous

       thank you Bennett for explaining:)

  • Guest

    LePage is a nut job who reflects very poorly on our state. A total embarassment.

    • Anonymous

      Other states envy us, we elected a governor who could careless about what the so called liberal/progressives think.   

  • Anonymous

    The good thing is, that by him not going he didn’t have the chance to make comments that would have embarrassed the State further. Its only 11 more months until the next legislature is sworn in. The Republicans will lose the Senate and probably the House in the State Legislature, with much of the credit attributed to him, and he will be a lame duck for the next two years. Survey says he will resign before the end of the term.

    • Anonymous

      If only….

    • Anonymous

      Ya, the dems have run Maine so well for the last 40 years

      • Lord Whiteman

        The last Dems state budget was 5.8 billion. Lepage and the Republican budget is 6.3 billion and it still isn’t balanced.

      • Anonymous

        been a great 40 years for me. Made me rich

  • Anonymous

    Another miss by the BDN editors who could have inserted the subject of the meeting. If all the blowhards in the commentary below knew that, perhaps we would have some light and less heat.  The Gov. probably made a good decision.

    • Anonymous

      Ya, snubbing the president of the usa is a good decision.

      • Anonymous

         Dumb comment, any schooling:)

        • Anonymous

          ummm, I’m not sure what you are saying.  Could you clarify?

      • Anonymous

        Snubbing socialism is always a good decision

  • Anonymous

    According to Ms Bennett — Mr LePage wanted  …. ” …. to get home before the end of the business day. ”  Question for Ms Bennett  — Since when has the governor’s job been 9 to 5 ?   I work in a management position and I can tell you my time is 24/7 if needed.

    Question for Mr LePage — What part of  …. ” the State of Maine is not going to get a waiver for that ” — did you not understand ?

    Many of the other governors went to Washington early or stayed late to meet with the Secretary’s of differrent departments to discuss issues they had. Perhaps you should have extended yourself to meet with the Secretary of DHHS to discuss our issues. If I remember correctly she offered her and her staff’s assistance with our issues.

    Remember they play by the golden rule — He who has the money makes the rules — perhaps it would be benefical to the state for you to sit down and work with these people because we do not have the gold so we can not make the rules. 

    • Anonymous

      they don’t have the gold either.

      • Anonymous

        Him not wanting to meet with Kathleen Sebalius is a further symptom of fedphobia that seems to exist in rural Maine…that’s any phobia of  what they perceive as control but certainly not phobia of any money they can get their hands on from the feds.  He wants to see what he can get away with before meeting with her.  And anyone knows that if you stay and go to the meetings it would be to learn something and he LePage is insecure about his intellect and afraid it will show. 

        • Anonymous

          How does that have any thing to do with my comment?

        • Anonymous

          Oh good another made up phobia, to label the right comming from the lets all sing together left

        • Anonymous

          Aren’t you a snob towards rural folks.  

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. I being in managment get those 2am phone calls now and then. In leadership, there is no such thing as 9-5.

      To give LePage benefit of the doubt, perhaps there was a cashier at the Waterville Mardens who called in sick and nobody else could cover…

  • Anonymous

    The Governor  goes your mad he leaves your mad. Get a life and watch what happens. Given Hell Paul

    • It sounds better if you say, “Give ’em hell, Paul.”

  • Anonymous

    Too bad they could not keep him there or maybe send him to Canada if he is able to get across the border:)

  • Anonymous

    Good for the Gov, who wants to waste time listening to a lame duck blabbering idiot like Obama!

  • Anonymous

    If he skipped the dinner he would have been called racist..
    Sounds like he didn’t miss much at the Monday mtg, hearing
    Obama’s policy rhetoric.

  • Guest

    The whole proscess is a waste of time, why would he stay just to be talked down to by Mr. Obama.. Obama cost every State in the union tons more money with mandates then States can afford….

    • The easiest people to ignore are the ones who are not in the room.

  • Anonymous

    So Mr Lepage went back to Florida?

  • Anonymous

    The best argument all you guys have is to insult, which I see comes from the left way more then it comes from the right.  Looking from the outside in, this is easy to see the double standard.

    Registered Veteran’s Party

  • Anonymous

    Now tell me Maine republicans, a few of you must have enough sense to be ashamed by this? Mr. Obama is the President of the United States. When you are invited to the white house to represent your state,  you go. Once again he makes all Mainers look bad. If he isn’t shooting his mouth off about something, or skipping important meetings, he is offending his own citizens. Someone with some power needs to put him in place. We all know who that is. At least we know that a second term for Lepage is not going to come easy!

    • Anonymous

      Governor LePage is not the only Governor who did not attend.  There were a total of 46 governors at this convention. Two of the 4 governors which did not attend included Gov. Cuomo from NY, and Gov. Rick Perry from Texas. Gov. Brewer from Arizona did not attend the dinner on Sunday .  There were probably others as well.

      • Anonymous

        That’s certain a foursome you want to be a part of. Rick Perry, another mental giant, and Jan Brewer, who wagged her finger at the President when he visited her state.

        • Anonymous

          What about Democrat Gov. Cuomo from NY?  HOw about Boston Bruins goal tender Tim Thomas who refused the President’s invitation, or various NASCAR drivers?

          • Anonymous

            I didn’t single out Cuomo because I am not that familiar with him. But, because of the debates I know what an intellectual lightweight Perry is. And because of the picture of Brewer wagging her finger, I know about her. If I remember Thomas took heat for not going to the White House. I don’t keep up with NASCAR, so I can’t comment on that.

  • Before I start digging (and that’s a lot of work), could some of you LePage supporters provide specifics about Governor LePage’s “boost” for funding education?  My school district saw its state aid for education cut by, well, a boatload.  

  • If Mr. Lepage had any respect for the people of the State of Maine, he would not have cut and run. He would of stayed and represented us, but this proves beyond a reasonable doubt that he has no desire to work with anybody that might have a different view than his.  He lacks the ability to work with anyone. His leadership is showing some serious signs of a mental problem, in fact his mode of operation is more dictatorship than leadership.
    he will flush himself out as time moves on.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Oh Pleeeze.  These events are beauty contests and a waste of time and taxpayer funds.  I’m glad he didn’t go.

  • Anonymous

    Well, Security wouldn’t have let him in.  Afraid he’d drop his trousers and tell the Prez to kiss it . . .

    • Harry H Snyder III

      I’d make a huge campaign contribution to see that!

  • Anonymous

    So many comments, so few intelligent things to say. Tomorrow’s BDN headline “Sun Rises in the East”  Disqus commenters: “Penguin is an idiot”  This board needs an enema.

  • Anonymous

    So many comments, so few intelligent comments. Tomorrow’s BDN Headline : “Sun Rises in the East” Discus commenter’s response: “Penguin is fat.”

  • Anonymous

    what else is NEW!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The only place in the world where Paul could find a liberal more deranged than here in Maine would probably be in our White House, so I dont blame him one bit for not going. No sense showing up to listen to Oblamer tell you that an ATM or kiosk is responsible for his foolish mistakes, its just a broken record. “_________ did it..not ahhhh..my fault” is permanently labeled on the teleprompter that currently runs our nation. Along with something about algae and inflating your tires.

    • Anonymous

      Let the air out of your tires and tell us how that helped your mileage please.

  • Anonymous

    What a class act…again.  Thanks, Mr. Webster.

  • Another couple hundred of jobs lost this month, what can the President offer to help?   The same as he has in the past three years…..NOTHING!

  • Jazz11

    Ignorant!

  • hey-I’m-your-man

    Is their any better picture of Lepage – he  looks like such a fruit in this picture

    • Anonymous

      That toupe thing does not help his appearance at all.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      So the BDN is OK with “fruit” (when applied to Lepage,) but f@g is a no no?

  • Stay Classy, Paulie!

  • Guest

    This creep obviously has severe opositional defiance disorder!!! I can understand why his mother gave him away at birth!!!!!

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Nice post.  My posts get yanked if I have the gall to suggest, that a mother of some reprehensible cretin, get an abortion, but giving babies away at birth passes muster. 

      No real comment, just thinking online, and trying to get the BDN’s byzantine rules straight.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t like the man and I disagree with him on many fronts. Maybe you can edit your comment and leave out the last sentence? You can make your point without such hurtful  insults.

    • Anonymous

      Bad call.

  • Lord Whiteman

    It isn’t like Lepage to miss a free meal and an opportunity to play the clown on a national stage.  There is more to this story then Bennett is telling us.   Did Lepage over stay his welcome with the Republican leadership he  publicly insulted on Saturday?  

  • Guest

    LePage Timmy Thomas.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure he wasn’t missed.

  • Anonymous

    I would leave too, rather than listen to more hallow bs from obama. GO GET EM PAUL

    • Anonymous

      Tough thing to do, “go get ‘ em” when you run away.

      • Anonymous

        He wasn’t running, maybe he simply realized it was a waste of time to sit there and listen to rhetoric. Maybe he chose to use his time more productively.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks. Your postulations are so insightful. Their depth is astounding. Truly astounding. God bless you.

  • Guest

    According to the morning news there is the potential for an asteroid to hit earth in 28 years. LePage went home to Waterville to start digging a hole. Everyone knows there are no cellars in Florida.

  • Anonymous

    His idea of policy discussion is to push his own ideas, whether half-baked or not, by bullying and invective. We Mainers may have dodged even more embarrassment by his departure.

  • Anonymous

    BDN does not even come close to following their own rules, when it comes to this article.Keep it civil and stay on topicNo vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks.People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.

  • Anonymous

    finally a governor that does not waste tax payer money listening to idiots.

    • Anonymous

      A  bunch of “idiots” and he knows it all!!!! I find what he did in leaving early is just another show of his arrogance and insulting attitude! 

    • Doesn’t waste taxpayer money? How do you think he got to Washington?

  • Fat slob sticks around for dinner then skips the business end of everything. Why should he stick around and listen to a Democratic President right ? This is the attitude that causes the class war problems and it’s a direct result of the Tea Party’s radical agenda, of which LePage is so loyal to. Maine will be stuck in a worse rut than before until this loser is recalled or forced out in the next election. I think we should send LePage a message an RECALL him before our name is ruined any further.

    • Anonymous

      So much for sticking to the rules again, no Personal attacks, or name calling, BDN DO YOUR DAM JOB.

  • Anonymous

    When the Governor of California, Jerry Brown(D) and Pat Quinn(D) of Illinois both come to Sebelius looking for the same waivers for their financially strapped health care systems as Le Page and get stonewalled;  were I governor I would have this reaction:

    >>Not only would I have to wait in line behind the Democratic governors; but if they aren’t getting their’s what chance do I have?

    >>Obama desperately needs the votes from these two big states to win re-election and still hold the line for his core of socialized health care backers; so it’s ‘let’s make a deal’ in private….you help me win and I find money to pay for your expanded coverage or we make the problem go away or ‘kick the can up the street’ until after I’m re-elected.

    Sebelius is doing a ‘bob & weave’ denial, but the dead give away is her ‘there are other ways beside the waiver’ …..huh?    

    Here’s the ‘other side’ of this story:

    “January 9, 2012

    Huelskamp: Sebelius Gives Unions Waivers, Ignores Kansas

    (DODGE CITY, KAN.) – Since ObamaCare became law in 2010, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius has issued 1,231 compliance waivers to select unions and businesses as well as to politically-connected states. These waivers provide exemptions from having to comply with the burdensome requirements of ObamaCare. When Kansas Congressman Huelskamp gave his first speech on the House floor last January, he decried the favoritism being shown to labor unions and businesses with the resources to receive special “Annual Limit” exemptions from the law that is supposed to apply to everyone. Later in 2011, Congressman Huelskamp led the effort on Capitol Hill to force HHS to reveal the factors that go into the waiver process.

    In addition to the waivers for labor unions and businesses, HHS has issued waivers to states, exempting them from having to meet the 80/20 Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Standard. This rule states that insurance companies must spend 80% or 85% of premium dollars on medical procedures. The State of Kansas was denied its MLR waiver last week. It is the eighth state to be denied; six states have been awarded their requested waivers.”

    KUDOS LePage for avoiding this total waste of your time!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s beginning to be revealed that Maine State Housing squandered a lot of money that ‘could’ have been applied to tightening up the safety net;  i.e. free clinics in public housing projects could have been started but were ignored in favor of huge advertising contracts, etc. 

  • Anonymous

    Great for him. Why bother to show and be called names by the pres. Look at what he did to scotus at the state of the union. I am pround to see our state leader ignore the liberal and get back here to Maine and cut more spending.

    • Anonymous

      Birds of a feather: You do realize it is people like you fueling his ego. That isn’t a huge percent thank goodness. Just the same though, don’t help him make us all look poorly. 

  • Anonymous

    This guy wants to cut people off of MaineCare, but he won’t meet with the President or the Secretary of Health to find out what they say.

  • Anonymous

    It would be nice to think he was in a hurry to get back to stop the bleeding of jobs here, since Maine is among the worst states for per capita job loss this past year.  I doubt it, though.  So little attention has been paid to jobs and so much to red meat culture war issues.  Perhaps the governor needs a reminder that social service demand decreases when jobs are created.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps you should send that message to D.C.

  • Anonymous

    Truthfully, we took a half educated red neck out of the woods and put him in a suit. Republicans new what they were doing. Or did they?

  • Anonymous

    No more shameful than the blowhard in the White House.

  • Anonymous

    Always shows his class.

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