Comments for: Maine session starts icily as important issues loom

Posted Dec. 09, 2012, at 11:51 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 09, 2012, at 4:43 p.m.

AUGUSTA | Hard feelings from a bruising election campaign followed by caustic rhetoric and an unfamiliar political landscape have combined to foul an atmosphere for cooperation in the Maine State House at a time when bipartisanship is most needed. With the unsteady economy eating away at revenues, newly elected …

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. Ben Grant is chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, not Republican Party.

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  • Anonymous

    LePage is a cancer upon Maine.

    • Anonymous

      Get rid of him and there might be a chance to get something done. Say, does anyone know what the legal issues are on a gubernatorial recall?

      • Anonymous

        Another 6 yrs and you will get rid of him…….

        • Anonymous

          lol

          • Anonymous

            :)

        • Anonymous

          He has my vote.

          • Anonymous

            … and the vote of a few other low information non-thinking fools.

          • Anonymous

            I have read many of your post…and you are a angry sad little person.

          • Anonymous

            Dr. Phil?

        • Anonymous

          Try 2 years.

          • Anonymous

            Remember, pipe dreams never come true…..

          • Anonymous

            The same ones who were saying to get used to saying President Romney are now predicting that LePage will be re-elected!

        • Anonymous

          good joke,

      • Ben Hutchins

        The only provision I can find in the state constitution allowing for the involuntary removal of the governor from office is in Article V, Section 15: “When the Secretary of State shall have reason to believe that the
        Governor is unable to discharge the duties of that office, the
        Secretary of State may so certify to the Supreme Judicial Court,
        declaring the reason for such belief. After notice to the Governor, a
        hearing before the court and a decision by a majority of the court that
        the Governor is unable to discharge the duties of the office of
        Governor, the court shall notify the President of the Senate, or if
        that office is vacant the Speaker of the House of Representatives, of
        such inability and that officer shall exercise the functions, powers and
        duties of the office of Governor until such time as the Secretary of
        State or the Governor shall certify to the court that the Governor is
        able to discharge the duties of the office of Governor and the court,
        after notice to the Governor and a hearing before the court, decides
        that the Governor is able to discharge the duties of that office and so
        notifies the officer who is exercising the powers and duties of the
        office of Governor.”

        So, basically, what that spectacular run-on second sentence is saying is, “And good luck with that, muchachos.”

        • Anonymous

          No matter how insecure, defensive, loutish, divisive and combative the man is, he was chosen by a plurality of his party’s primary voters and a plurality of citizens who bothered to vote in the general election. In two years’ time Republicans, at least, may have finally gotten the point of how unwise it is to vent their spleen by putting up a candidate whose negativity is a match for theirs. Failing that, it will be up to the rest of us to do a much better job than the last time around. If we can’t do any better, then the old adage of getting the government (governor in this case) we deserve will ring truer than ever.

        • Anonymous

          Very interesting wording, Ben. It certainly looks (and sounds) very official, but reads: “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” :D

    • Anonymous

      So wrong.

      In the 50 years I have lived in Maine, Governor Lepage is the BEST thing that has ever happened to the state. He is trying to reign in waste and stand up for the working people. That you don’t like it tells me you likely benefit from the largess of the state (ie – taxPAYERS). I understand if you need help and the state provides it. I don’t understand why you hate someone so deeply who is simply trying to reduce the obvious waste that goes on.

      The hatred on this site every time a story involves the Governor is truly remarkable.

      • Anonymous

        He’s a barstool lout.

      • Ben Hutchins

        “Reign in waste” is actually a pretty apposite phrase to describe his administration, if the difference between “reign” and “rein” is taken into account. Lording over his empire of echoes and ashes, as it were.

        • Anonymous

          The reign in Maine is a derriere pain.

      • Though I don’t disagree that the knee jerk hatred of anything and everything LePage is at times, over the top – you’re not helping yourself, and the Gov. doesn’t help himself, by repeating such nonsensical stereotypes about the people that oppose him.

        Had the gov been more respectful and diplomatic in his approaches, he would have been much better off. No, Democrats would not have given him everything he wanted, though they’d have been more receptive.

        While his “base” loved the ignorant “kiss my butt”, “get off the couch”, etc. junk, most people rightfully found it offensive coming from their governor. His disapproval ratings are of his own making – and his “base” hasn’t helped either.

      • fourCatssoon

        Now I see why you are a casual observer, meaning you don’t know very much, need to get out more.

        • FELT

          After reading a few doz. of your posts, it seems the best you can do is call the governor names, playground style.

          As far as getting out, I’ve watched videos of the reception the Governor has gotten at local events, schools, etc. and they are warm and friendly, unlike your vile commentary.

          Perhaps it’s you who needs to get out more and experience the Governor in action?

          • Anonymous

            how many other governors were called a liar by a national Business magazine like Forbes?

      • Anonymous

        They have a hard time realizing the touchy, feel good policies of the last sixteen years have bleed the state dry. All worried about where a $65,000 mural is. I’m more concerned why a state that can’t pay it’s bills is paying 65k for it in the first place. The left are all screaming about taking care of the poor….well 65k can buy a lot of food and fuel.

        • Anonymous

          You need to read more — the state did not pay for that mural …

          • Anonymous

            Tax payers dollars payed for it. It doesn’t matter to my if it was my Fed. tax or my State tax. It was payed for with TAX PAYERS dollars.

      • Anonymous

        Name ONE example of him “standing up for working people.”., JUST one

      • notateapartier

        I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

  • StillRelaxin

    Tick, tick, tick, goes the clock to get governance done. What’s Mr. LePage doing? Crying about trackers. Hey Paul, how’s about you doing some of the people’s business for a change? By the way, what you say in public IS the people’s business.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, attitude adjustments are sorely needed. Common Ground is the theme.

      • Anonymous

        Yes common ground is needed. but LePage using a tracker as nothing but an excuse to not meet is childish. He fails Mainers.

        • Anonymous

          well if it is so trivial let the Democrats stop it, IF they really want to find common ground instead of stirring the pot. They do not want too!

          • Anonymous

            lepage stirs the pot ,all on his own ,with his own words.Now he has to learn how to eat crow ..He doesn’t like it too much .

          • Anonymous

            The governor earned the tracker as a fact checker because he lies about what he’s said one too many times.

          • Anonymous

            Except that the republicans hire trackers too. Maybe both sides should stop? Oh right…that would be compromise

        • Anonymous

          Only in a liberals view it is childish. He does Not fail Mainers according to all the Republicans I know, we all praise his cutbacks and his stand for no useless spending.

          • Anonymous

            And a staunch Republican I know who was in chambers that day was not impressed with the Gov’s petty outburst — not at all!

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think too many are impressed with his tirades, and his pouts when he does not get his way every time . Actually he looks like he is simmering with anger.

          • StillRelaxin

            I bet! Paul certainly does know how to set polite people (on either side of the political aisle) back on their heels and suck the joy and positivity out of any room/chamber.

          • Anonymous

            Like hiring family?

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, but he also ran on bringing jobs to the state….and he has not done much at all on that front at all….well except to give tax breaks to corporations who hire Canadians. You may be proud of his cutbacks, but he is losing traction within his own rank and file. He’ll be a lame duck for all the self created distractions from doing all the work he promised to do.

          • Anonymous

            That still more than obama

          • Anonymous

            Nonsense.

          • win, you make an excellent point. The job’s that are coming here are the railroad’s in Bangor doing slow but steady hiring of engineer’s and workcrew’s and the Millinocket bio-coal plant. But as far as Paulie and Company are concerned we are all still waiting for that big suppossed deal between Bomabardier and Brunswick Landing that the DECD was putting together to come out. It’s been almost a year and no one has seen any sign of this deal one way or the other working out or even being commented on. The longer that this suppossed deal takes to be worked out the more likely it is that it never will. And this is Paulie’s idea of a pro-business State working to bring business into Maine ? Someone find me a bucket. I think I’m gonna be sick !

          • Anonymous

            “Praise”?

            Seriously??

          • Anonymous

            You are so right hammockbear. This site is lousy with childish liberals. It’s obvious most of them are immature and couldn’t hold a candle to LePage. I’m sure few, if any of them ever done a thing for their country, let alone faced an enemy in uniform. They sound like the state or federal government owes them a living. They badmouth people like LePage or Romney who have actually made their own way through life without and contributed from their own pocket instead of expect their neighbor taxpayer to do it for them. If they work at all it’s often a public service union job because no other employer would have them. Many of them say the rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes while they, the whiners are often paying far less than their own fair share. Many of them live in spruce trees, reside in bangor, are swamp burros, gophers, etc. Some complain constantly about Republicans and Republicans are almost certainly the ones who get out of bed each morning, go to their real jobs of acually producing somthing for America and having their tax dollars taken away by the likes of Obama, who was voted in by all the people who I just described.

          • Anonymous

            well said!!

          • Anonymous

            Thanks!!!

            chuckepilgrim wrote, in response to DakTo:

            well said!!

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          • Briney

            Given his explosive temper, it would be unwise to light a candle anywhere near that man.

            Romney fired more people than he hired. Closed more plants than he opened.

            Typical GOP-TEA Inc. babble. Completely unfamiliar with anyone who drives a twelve year old truck. Also anyone who has to work two or three jobs to survive along with his or her family. No knowledge and certainly no understanding that lots of people find it hard to put food on the table, and buy prescription medicines. Obama is changing all that – courtesy of a Romney idea for improved medical coverage for everyone.

            Denouncing Liberals and all others, except republicans, as lazy, resulted in Romney and Ryan getting the boot. Face it – you lost the election and still can’t figure out why Karl Rove couldn’t buy the American people.

            Rosie the Riveter as depicted in the stolen mural, did more in an hour for the United States during WWII than any of you whining teapublicans. And guess what? Le Page secreted the mural out of the labor building – why? Because he said it was anti-business. Rosie, and thousands like her, and millions more who have stoked the fires for industry, drawn the logs from the forests, built the ships, and harvest the lands, all featured as hard working Mainers. All considered anti-business by Le Page.

          • Anonymous

            What I posted was the truth. You just can’t handle it. Your and your ilk are so used to posting your silly comments on this site and being supported by others just like yourself that you can’t stand any other point of view. Further more I’m not a tea-bagger and I don’t even know anyone who is a tb’er. I’m not even a Republican…I’m a conservative Independent. And Obama won because of offering benefits instead of jobs, unemployment instead of work. He played the idle and uninformed like a fiddle and offered food stamps and “””free health care””””and cells phone, etc., etc. Neither he, nor most of his appointees have ever held a productive job. Oh, by the way, I used to be a Democrat until about forty years ago when the party moved left and I didn’t. BTW my truck is 9 years old with 100k.

            Briney wrote, in response to DakTo:

            Given his explosive temper, it would be unwise to light a candle anywhere near that man.

            Romney fired more people than he hired. Closed more plants than he opened.

            Typical GOP-TEA Inc. babble. Completely unfamiliar with anyone who drives a twelve year old truck. Also anyone who has to work two or three jobs to survive along with his or her family. No knowledge and certainly no understanding that lots of people find it hard to put food on the table, and buy prescription medicines. Obama is changing all that – courtesy of a Romney idea for improved medical coverage for everyone.

            Denouncing Liberals and all others, except republicans, as lazy, resulted in Romney and Ryan getting the boot. Face it – you lost the election and still can’t figure out why Karl Rove couldn’t buy the American people.

            Rosie the Riveter as depicted in the stolen mural, did more in an hour for the United States than any of you whining teappublicans.
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          • Briney

            Piffle!

          • Anonymous

            You’re full of TP BS.

          • Anonymous

            If only you lived in Maine…

          • Anonymous

            Born here,,,,,,raised here……..live here.

            cnncomment wrote, in response to DakTo:

            If only you lived in Maine…

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          • Briney

            One day you’ll wake up and realize that you lost the election. A few members of GOP-TEA Inc., are starting to realize that, too.

          • Briney

            Poor wimpy Le Page won’t play because he doesn’t like to have his picture taken, “Childish and Immature?” Look where you cvast those stones.

        • Anonymous

          Why did LePage warrant a tracker in the first place ?
          How bout one for Pingree or Michaud or ……?

          • Anonymous

            go for it

          • Anonymous

            My guess would be for the same reason I don’t actively ignore certain people in chat rooms–I’m curious enough to not want to miss it when they say something particularly stupid. It’s much like watching the cat who consistently runs into the sliding glass door because he never quite sees what’s there.

          • StillRelaxin

            By all means do! Why on earth would any American not want to know what their publicly paid employees are saying in public? What’s next, no one from the press and no one from the public can attend, record, video or take pictures of public employees out in public? Your (and Mr. LePage’s) position here makes no sense in America but would fit nicely within any well rounded dictatorship. Why would anyone but a dictator be crying about it?

          • Anonymous

            Yo StillRelaxin,
            —–Try relaxing, will ya, sheeesh ??
            I asked 2 simple questions.
            Go back and have a grownup read them for you.
            …Not sure why your off the wall paranoid remark was called for.

            Oh , by the way , what is my position on this matter?
            I dont recall stating it ….. yet.

            How bout someone putting a tail on your @$$ and see how you like it.
            Then who would be the “crying dictator” .

          • StillRelaxin

            You made your position clear enough. Sadly it’s too late to be hiding behind a curtain of ignorance now (You can’t imagine why anyone would want to know what someone with LePage’s history of ridiculous comments says in public, hah!).

            You may send any nasty name calling fools you like to tail me but be warned, by the time they are returned to you they will likely be kind, smilin, and relaxin converts.

          • Anonymous

            smokin does that to ya fly from the tallest spruce tree

          • Anonymous

            If lies and pettiness were a gauge for a tracker.You better get ready for yours.You have spread the liberal attacks on this blog since Lepage got elected.

          • Anonymous

            Hmm liberal attacks. It is calling out a liar. Boy if he was a dem watch out.

          • Anonymous

            So scared am shakin in my boots. lols

          • Briney

            He can’t take full credit. There are a lot of “Liberals” or whatever you want to call us, who believe that Le Page is the worst governor to ever “serve” the State of Maine.

            He is the most antagonistic, condescending, and pompous person this state has ever suffered in the Blaine House.

            Two more years and he’ll be gone and Elliott Cutler will attempt to restore some confidence in government.

            As of now, there is none.

          • Anonymous

            You just don’t seen to get it. What part of public in public figure is confusing you?

          • Anonymous

            They wouldn’t have to go far to track Still Relaxin, just hang out at hes/her computer all day.

          • Anonymous

            They would need a camera that works through concrete.Or an invite from his parents.

          • Briney

            Those needlessly fearing damage to their right to bear arms, show no concerns for censorship imposed on Americans by Le Page.

          • Anonymous

            They have been whining about their gun rights for a long time. Nothing has happened. They still have their guns and will in the future. It won’t stop. They will still be saying someone is going to take away their guns. They were saying it as soon as Obama was elected the first time, and guess what….they still have their guns.

          • Tyke

            Gun dealers started the whole foolish rumor about Obama being anti second amendment in spite of years of evidence to the contrary and NO evidence of any hint of truth to their made up rumor.

            .

            They made a killing as gun sales skyrocketed because of the gullibility of the easy marks they duped.

          • Anonymous

            Gun sales were skyrocketing long before Obama was President.

          • Anonymous

            How about like the liberal media no coverage on democrats.Let’s see a tracker on Emily or Ben grant.I would donate to that.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know . Why did the Republicans put one on Angus King. Maybe both sides should stop it then.

          • Anonymous

            He repeatedly denies saying things that he said

          • notateapartier

            More than likely, there are trackers for many prominant politicians. I saw a video of Susan Collins on Veteran’s Day with a “tracker”. She introduced herself, asked him to “make sure to get my good side” and went about her business.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe because she is sane and stable.

          • Tyke

            No problem. If you or anyone else wants to pay a tracker for ANY public official at public events it is totally acceptable and public officials have come to expect and tolerate it as something that is part of running for public office,

            .

            … the sane ones that is.

          • Anonymous

            Ask Millinocket I bet they can give you 500,000 reasons.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly, how about one for Chellie and her corrupt husband Donald Sussman. Now, there could be some exposure there.

          • Anonymous

            Describe this corruption please.

          • Anonymous

            it would never see the light of day.Look at benghazi,Americans lost their lives and the media gave the whitehouse a pass just to get him elected.Pretty sad how far democrats and their media will stoop.

          • Anonymous

            Your post is Lies & Nonsense.

          • Anonymous

            And I suppose you believe those lives are more important than the ones that GWB put in peril with his unprovoked war. And many more have died there than the four in Benghazi. Not to mention the innocent lives, both American and Irani, But for your political purposes, making a big deal out of 4 deaths is more important than the thousands that have died from Bush’s war.

          • Anonymous

            Are you talking about the cuts the republicans approved for embassies and consulates?

          • Anonymous

            Mishaud did a great job for his paper co. … Gone
            ‘Pingree only when an election try to assist the lobster industries (this was a positive way..so out of place with out tax $)

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. Like the Democrats constantly searched for common ground during the 40 years they ran the state. God almighty. What a cluster.

        • Anonymous

          Well Democrats are on the way to “ruling’ for another 40 years because too many R’s “blew it ” and couldn’t responsibly handle “leadership”. Too many R’s ( elected and otherwise) ruled via “revenge” and grudge matches.Voters didn’t like it much and changed course.

          • Oreo

            You are correct…..and that is sad……very sad for our state.

        • Anonymous

          Good grief. Here we go again with the 40 year myth.

      • Anonymous

        Hammock, your credibility ain’t so hot when you spew your name-calling stereotyping in one post (“the liberal Mainers only hear what they want to hear”) and then call for Common Ground in another.

        • Anonymous

          Two separate statements. Both good. Liberals here have a tendency to jump on the bandwagon in dis like about anything to do with the governor. Common Ground is the theme that needs to be applied.

          • Anonymous

            How can you achieve common ground with Mr. No Compromise LePage. He is the one you should be blaming, not the Demos.

        • Anonymous

          Just do what everyone else does and downvote her comments, flag if they break the rules. She’ll get it eventually.

    • Anonymous

      Good point, StillRelaxin, “tick, tick, the clock is ticking against LePage, and because he can’t keep his mouth shut and tells people to “kiss his butt,” hides murals, calls state government middle management all corrupt, tells Maine students no matter where they go in this country they will be looked down upon, and this list just goes on and on…tick, tick…that clock, StillRelaxin…because of LePage…may continue ticking against his party and his supporters long, long after he has been voted out!

      • StillRelaxin

        Every week I find myself saying the same thing, “Wow, what LePage just said today is really embarrassing, can it get any worse?” Sure enough, the next week rolls around and it actually does get worse! Meanwhile nothing positive gets done in Augusta. How much longer can anyone of any intelligence support the things this man comes up with? If he can’t or refuses to govern then he should simply step aside and let those who can, do.

    • Anonymous

      “…to get governance done.” What are the Ds doing? Wasting time with trackers.

      The Ds are in charge, and the first thing they do is exactly what they (rightly) accused the Rs of: using some irrelevent political angle to distract from actually putting people back to work.

  • Anonymous

    Adrienne Bennett is not the elected Governor of this fine
    state. If he is no longer to be trusted
    to speak, he needs to step down.

    • Anonymous

      Then why is it acceptable that all sitting presidents have a Press Secretary?? Basically, that is the same job for Adrienne Bennett.

      • Anonymous

        But basically, it’s really not.

      • fourCatssoon

        not a very intelligent comment, need to study more.

      • Anonymous

        Except Lepage isn’t President . I don’t recall Baldacci or any other Gov needing someone to constantly “translate” for them; ” He really ,meant…”

        • FELT

          Actually Doug Dunbar did this for a long time…”Baldacci spokesman Doug Dunbar said the governor appreciated hearing the legislators’ concerns, but he is barred by state law from getting involved in an ongoing administrative process.” BDN

          • Tyke

            You do not appear to understand the difference between issuing public statements (the job of any spokesperson) and coming along AFTER the boss spoke publicly to try to change the meaning of what he said.

        • Anonymous

          “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” -Richard Nixon

          • Anonymous

            I love it, and i have memorized it, and the wife will get this speach!

        • Anonymous

          Could it be because he is incomprehensible, have you ever heard him speak extemporaneously? He can hardly put two consecutive sentences together and make sense. He’d be better off getting one of those translators from SNL at least they would be closer to the truth.

          • Anonymous

            Any other barstool lout can understand him just fine.

          • Anonymous

            Seems liberals are not smart enough to understand!

    • Anonymous

      She tempers what she says for the most part. They keep LePage in the background because every time he opens his mouth his just digs the tpers a bigger hole. The story has republicans saying basically that LePage is over the top.

      • Anonymous

        Bennett has to have the toughest job in State government. Cleaning up the governor’s verbal Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli must be no treat.

        • fourCatssoon

          What seamus was trying to say using his old dictonary is that Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a type of Escherichia coli and the
          leading bacterial cause of diarrhea in the developing world, as well as the most … and this must be what the Clown is infected with:)

        • Anonymous

          actually, the puppet who speaks for the President is a sad excuse each time he opens his mouth.

          • Anonymous

            But, no one is talking about the President, HB … well,excepting for you, perhaps. Stay on topic — it’s the pitiful excuse for our State CEO that is the subject here.

      • Anonymous

        think about —-it if they have to keep lepage on a short leash who is REALLY in charge, here?.

        • Anonymous

          The Heritage Gang, ALEC, and Budweiser Draft.

        • Anonymous

          We know that. The one percenters who post here with their undying adulation of a tool.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds to me more like it’s under the bus then over the top, there is no protecting him from himself. The road apple rodeo continues.

    • Anonymous

      Rox, Adrienne’s position is NO different than the presidents Press Secretary. HE most definately is trusted to speak. the liberal Mainers only hear what they want to hear.

      • They are both professional spin doctors, that’s for sure. Though the good gov sure needs a lot more doctorin’.

        • Anonymous

          Lepage does not get the media cover up like obumbler.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, but President Obama can think and speak in public at the same time. I’m no liberal, but LePage’s mouth has created more distractions from the work needed to be done to cure this state’s fiscal ills.

      • Anonymous

        Talking about LePage not anyone in washington dc.

        • Anonymous

          you speak this due to knowing it is True and it hurts you to admit it.

  • Anonymous

    It should be an interesting next few months.

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the great work Mr. LePage…Use your power to clean up the dirt!!!

    • Anonymous

      But when in a hole, the wise stop digging.

  • Gary Libby

    The Governor needs to be careful- he might mess up the chances for the next Republican candidate for Governor.

    • Tyke

      Especially if it is him.

  • Anonymous

    Scow you say the liberals, We want the mural.. What a victory for them if they could do a photo opt in front of the Mural.. WOW!! Then they could go on vacation seeing the pressing matter would be over.. And as for George Smith, nobody cares what you think.

    • Anonymous

      Your last sentence is what will make the tpers and fanatical republicans very lonely in Maine.

      • Anonymous

        Roxie, we will all come togerther soon enough. Not on Ideals but to survive.. There is no money left!!! The country is broke. and when peoples comfort levels are effected, they will turn. Liberals are only liberals until someone takes from them.. Comming to a liberal close to you soon. And when the poop hits the fan the liberals are going to say one thing. What Happened?. Well you fell asleep years ago and this is your wake up call is what they will be told.

        • Tedlick Badkey

          Living in fear has made you one very bitter little man.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t live in fear, I don’t fear. Since I don’t fear death I don’t know what your talking about.. I just try to inform people if things don’t change, life as we know it won’t exist.. I could care less for myself what happens, I’ll always be alright I have what I need to live well until I pass.

        • Guest

          What happened to you to have such a dim view of life? You are one incredibly pessimistic man. Depressed? There is medication for what ails you.
          The sky is not falling and the country is not broke.

          • Anonymous

            The county is not only broke (to the tune of 15trillion dollars plus or $50,000 plus per person), it is more than broke. Add to this the famous 49% OF US who can’t support ourselves let alone help us repay this monstrosity, and you have the recipe for disaster pushthebutton writes about. This does not make him depressed or bitter, only a realist. Why don’t you stop calling him names for pointing out this inconvenient truth? Do you have an extra $100,000 plus $6,000 more each year to support our over-extended lifestyle or do you want to throw grandma off a cliff? Wake up.

          • Anonymous

            15 trillion dollars in national debt. $50,000 per person, actually $100,000 per person for the 51 percent who can support ourselves. Pointing out this inconvenient truth does not make one a pessimist or bitter, only a realist. If we confiscated all of the wealth of the Forbes 400, we could pay off 10% of our national debt. What rainbow solutions do you propose?

        • Anonymous

          Is your bunker finished yet? I bet Bill Peters will share his with you and a few others here.

  • Anonymous

    You could give the dems everything they wanted and they still wouldn’t be happy.. Next time they present a Bill I want you to look what laws they attached to it that aren’t related. I’m serious One Bill with 100 unrelated laws attached to it, thats the liberal way.. When John was governor they presented 12,000 Bills a year.. Folks how many laws do you think we need in the State of Maine.

    • Anonymous

      Put a sock in it, Mr. LePage.

      • Anonymous

        I’m a Democrat, you must be a liberal. LePage is a republican

        • Anonymous

          LePage is a bar stool lout.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Well, honey, we got rid of the one banning gays from marrying.

      That’s a start.

      • Anonymous

        FOR NOW!

        • Tedlick Badkey

          Whatcha gonna do about it timjy?

          Details please… we’d love to know what you have planned.

          I doubt you even know what your options are.

  • Ben Hutchins

    So, basically, we can look forward to nothing getting done in Augusta for at least the next two years.

    … Works for me.

    • Anonymous

      No wonder Republicans like boondoggles so much………they do nothing and get paid for it.

    • Anonymous

      Why so surprised, nothing has for the last 40 or 50 years.

  • Anonymous

    It says Ben Grant is chairman of the Maine Republican Party, please fix this…

  • Anonymous

    when George Smith says “There’s plenty of Republicans who want to get off to a good start,
    but [LePage] is pushing them toward the Democrats. He’s weakening his
    own leadership,” said Smith, a Republican…. You know LePage is in Trouble,

    since he burnt all his bridges….

  • Anonymous

    Even Republicans are turning against the abusive extremeism that LePage and his cohorts embody:

    http://undercoverporcupine.bangordailynews.com/2012/11/09/politics/lewiston-republican-chair-to-resign-over-conflict-in-principles/

    The fact that Republicans are criticizing this invidious man should make anyone think twice, thrice or even four or five times–do it until you realize how poisonous he is for a healthy group dynamic.

    • Anonymous

      WHO in the Republican group are you referring too?

      • Anonymous

        all that aren’t the crazy extreme right wing

      • Anonymous

        We’re all down here in WHOville.

  • Anonymous

    He just wants to be sure of hitting the target, so he shoots first and calls whatever he hits the
    target!

    • Anonymous

      Awesome! A quail hunt!

      • Anonymous

        Dick Cheney has already RSVP’d.

  • Anonymous

    Does LePage know how to do anything else besides fight????

    • Anonymous

      He seems to like to play ‘gotcha”.

      • Anonymous

        Watching what is playing out in Disgusta right now is like having a window backward to the 5th grade playground. On the one hand, it’s funny, but we know somebody is going to get hurt sooner or later–that somebody is us.

        • Anonymous

          Roughhouse turned to tears.

  • Anonymous

    Best state in the union for those on the dole worst state in the union for business and all we do is fight about personalities.National average welfare cost to homes sustained by welfare $168 a day national average median income for those sustained by there own work $132 a day .And the best we can get out of augusta is a bunch squabbling over a mural ,video trackers and whos right or who is wrong . This keeps up I am going to opt for the welfare option start drinking and doing drugs take up smoking cigarettes get me one of them med marijuana cards and stop giving two hoots for this country or any body in it.Seems to be working quite well for 49% of the population.Oops almost forgot the methadone clinic gotta get me some of those taxpayer funded narcotics too.

    • Guest

      So you are going to fake an illness?

      • Anonymous

        huh?

        • Guest

          I——

          • Anonymous

            Funny that’s what you gleaned from that post and tho I will not be partaking in the med marijuana program, one of the approved reasons is chronic pain that doesn’t respond to traditional methods and after thirty years of back breaking work taking care of the people I love and doing my part to carry the other half of society who won’t and the few who can’t work, I am sure I wouldn’t have to fake anything.Thank you for responding and worrying about my moral compass tho .The life of luxury is one of perspective, not having to worry about health care, food ,rent ,heat ,cell phone ,cable tv or any of the other myriad of freebies now available as welfare yeah I would say there is a certain amount of luxury in that.

          • Anonymous

            bznezman, I’ll grant that there are people abusing the welfare system; those are the ones we see at the market texting on their iPhones and paying with food stamps. What we don’t see are those (and unfortunately I was one at one time) who are not noticed because they don’t flaunt the fact that they’re forced to use food stamps, MaineCare, HEAP, etc. in order to just keep going. If you think eating ramen noodles and tuna fish, drinking soda because it’s cheaper than milk, and stuffing old newspaper around the windows to stop the draft because you can’t afford the repair or even plastic to cover them is living the life of luxury, I challenge you to ignore most of your paychecks for the next year, move into a house that needs such repair, and, using only the amount of money that would be allotted to you by the welfare system, maintain for the next year. If you decide to take that challenge, I’ll meet you back here next December 19th, so you can let me know how wonderful that life of luxury is.

          • Anonymous

            First of all yes there are people who need the help I will be the first to admit it and to offer a helping hand .I do not begrudge any body what they have or what they get from the gov’mint.The luxury comment came from phos not me but it is a matter of perspective.As a small business man who was homeless at 13 and has worked hard from a very young age to raise a family and build a business put my kids through college take care of elderly relatives and now someone else’s kids I can guaranty I know a thing or two about hardship.That being said go back and read my original post it was about my disgust with both rep and dem because they spend all of there time pointing the finger at each other and none of there time actually fixing the problems.It’s democrats fault no its republicans fault they sound worse then a bunch of children.I personally know dozens of people on the dole that have no intention of ever going to work.One in particular who drives a harley and just came back from a vacation to Hawaii.Do you have any idea how long its been since I have been able to afford a vacation.The worst thing of all is those that bilk the system take from and add a stigma to those who truly need it .My challenge to you is to open your eyes to the abuse that takes place because they are the ones hurting those who need it not me.

      • Anonymous

        I dont think biznezman needs to fake an illness.
        Sounds like he has the same thing I have : Sick of it all.

        • Anonymous

          Aint it the truth.

    • Anonymous

      You won’t live long if you do all of that. Don’t give LePage and the Republicans that satisfaction.

      • Anonymous

        One of our biggest problems is the whole r and d thing they are always going to blame the other instead of just getting down to business and fixing the problems that are killing us.

        • Anonymous

          Well them Lepage should not use a tracker as an excuse to reach across the table.

          • Anonymous

            You like most don’t get it the problems we face are are not an d or r problem and as long as we keep blaming each other nothing is gonna get done.I don’t know why I bother.It’s never gonna change because it’s to easy to blame the other guy.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, my my, check the cupboards, I find it intolerable, we have no sugar for the tea.

    • Anonymous

      You could use the honey, if only the Tabasco was not in the way……

  • Anonymous

    Mr. LePage should just take his ball and go home!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Liberal Bangor Daily News has now declared that it will be campaigning against Paul LePage beginning NOW. What a disgracefully biased newspaper!!!!

    • Ben Hutchins

      Paul pretty effectively campaigns against himself most of the time. He doesn’t need a newspaper’s help.

    • Anonymous

      another of your delusions to go along with your mainemajority one

    • Anonymous

      As long as the extremely bent right Righteous continue to mess with things they have no business meddling in while trying to get their special toad soup force fed to the those who know better, campaigning will be an endless process/constant state against those who enjoy the amphibian dish at the state and federal levels.

  • Anonymous

    Bipartisanship…really?! Now democrats are screaming for bipartisanship?? First of all…democrats only see bipartisanship when they get everything they want and secondly there is little bipartisan about Maine. We spend ourselves into an economic mess without any caution much like our federal government (democrats and republicans) does our nation. What do people in this state think is going to happen when our state budget must be balanced and we keep voting for more and more spending…programs being cut are the only option. You all did it to yourself. Oh the irony!!

    • Anonymous

      It’s got to start somewhere and your pal Lepage used a tracker as an excuse not to talk to anyone. Poor little baby

  • Anonymous

    the last session before Lepage was elected during its last days congratulated each other on how well they worked together. this has been the Maine way before Lepage. the flat earth issues of voter fraud and murals has no place in Maine and in two years when Lepage is gone and he will be gone Maine politicians will work together again

  • BJ Kitchin

    Anyone know of any polls saying LaPage would be re-elected today?

    • Anonymous

      Start a public poll on a blog or FB. Let’s find out. If nothing else, it will give us something to do while we wait for his next screw up.

    • AFAIK, There are none.

  • Anonymous

    I see BDN is doing all it can to keep things on edge so it will have plenty of neg. stories to report on.

    • Anonymous

      Only negative on the Governor’s antics and attitude. Quite positive for the legislators.

      • maineiac123

        I was kinda wondering where the negative came in other than on the gov and he’s the negative press if he didn’t he wouldn’t pull is nutty antics and would actually try to work with others.

    • Anonymous

      It seems like the BDN runs at least one LePage hit piece a day. This piece is a great example. It has already run two almost identical stories on this issue. Add in 90% of the quotes in the article from liberals, including the liberal “erroneously” labeled head of the state Republican party. Then let the roughly 2 dozen readers it still has, all liberals, most “from away” hit these boards to like each others’ posts 50 times. Trying to force a self-fulfilling prophesy.

      • James Klowning

        Don’t read then. Stick with listening to Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity and the knuckle draggers on WVOM. That way you can take a nice break from reading. You sure seem to be here commenting frequently for someone who shows so much disdain for the BDN.

      • Anonymous

        The Lepage should stop being stupid with his mouth and start talking with EVERYONE in the legislature not just his pals.

    • Anonymous

      But Grampy last I checked the BDN does not run our round Governors mouth, he generates all this crap ALL by himself. He’s the news gift that never stops giving. That’s at least something to be thankful for ? … he’s a giving guy, an exact opposite of a humanitarian what ever that is?

  • Guest

    Maine will be a better place if this ‘guy’ would simply pull a Palin and quit.

    • Anonymous

      lepage is hoping someone pulls a Palin FOR him and he gets a FOX contract just like she and the other has been candidates did ….

      • Anonymous

        Will never happen………he doesn’t have Palin’s legs.

        • Anonymous

          he’s got some other parts that are probably the same size.. if not bigger.

      • notateapartier

        And his daughter could go on Dancing with the Stars.

      • Anonymous

        FOX is bleeding viewers like the stuck pig that it is. LePage would be right at home there.

        • Anonymous

          FOX is bleeding viewers? that’s the funniest liberal pipe dream i have seen on the BDN.If fox closed it would be ahead of MSDNC.Wonder what mr maddow and O’Donnell are doing wandering around the west wing?Birds of a feather you know.Liberals just can not handle true journalism.It is Kryptonite to progressives.

  • Guest

    He has no desire to get things done since they won’t be done in his own tyrannical way. He can try to be the bully he is at heart but it’s doubtful people will cow down to him any longer.

  • Otis B. Driftwood

    The atmosphere has been foul, since Paulie LaPudge brought his brand of tea baggie lunatic fringe politics to Augusta, but now Paulie is a lame duck, Quack, quack……quack.

  • Anonymous

    Aw come on, Paulie. It’s not as if the tracker wants to accompany you to a Zumba lesson.

    • Ben Hutchins

      Thanks. I CAN NEVER UN-SEE THAT MENTAL IMAGE NOW.

      • Anonymous

        Yep, now the nightmares will start again. :(

    • Anonymous

      I think that I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see… trust fund wastrel Alfond and a few other notable Socialists in Augusta are as ideologically disposed towards fiscal irresponsibility, the advancement of the welfare state, the murder of infants and a lifestyle of immorality as is their ebony inamotato, B.Hussein Obama. There can be no compromise with the likes of these reprobates.

    • Ben Hutchins

      Well, there’s 1851 heard from…

    • Anonymous

      another one using terrms like socialist they dont understand and have so little control over their own lives they have to try to control others–enjoy the Presidents second term

      • Anonymous

        Those type of people want one of 2 things…….

        1. A dictatorship (preferably based on religion that benefits them and their friends)

        2. Anarchy (this is more likely……like little spoiled brats, they don’t want to live with rules (laws) and want to run amok doing anything that they please…..most likley to the detriment of the rest of us.

    • Anonymous

      Please get back in your cave and don’t come out.

    • Anonymous

      Keep thinking you’re a clever erudite political observer.

      • Anonymous

        He is the only one thinking so!

    • Anonymous

      You sound like a very disturbed individual.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like something from “Sponge Bob Square Pants” don’t he? either that or Illuminati.

  • Anonymous

    Reaching common ground is going to be an uphill struggle with the “my way or the highway” excuse for a governor. I was none to pleased with Baldacci, but this crackpot really takes the cake. He is a total sell-out to outside interests trying to open the state to exploitation. And his attitude toward petty disturbances ( actually a non-disturbance) like a tracker, which is certainly a common sight in political circles, is a sure sign of of his mental imbalance.

  • FELT

    I am shocked that the Democrats would stoop so low as to adapt the tactics of East Germany’s STASI:

    “The Stasi perfected the technique of psychological harassment of perceived enemies known as Zersetzung – a term borrowed from chemistry which literally means “corrosion” or “undermining”.

    By the 1970s, the Stasi had decided that methods of overt persecution which had been employed up to that time, such as arrest and torture, were too crude and obvious. It was realised that psychological harassment was far less likely to be recognised for what it was, so its victims, and their supporters, were less likely to be provoked into active resistance, given that they would often not be aware of the source of their problems, or even its exact nature. Zersetzung was designed to side-track and “switch off” perceived enemies so that they would lose the will to continue any “inappropriate” activities.

    Tactics employed under zersetzung generally involved the disruption of the victim’s private or family life. This often included breaking into homes and messing with the contents – moving furniture, altering the timing of an alarm, removing pictures from walls or replacing one variety of tea with another. Other practices included mysterious phone calls or unnecessary deliveries, even including sending a vibrator to a target’s wife. Usually victims had no idea the Stasi were responsible. Many thought they were losing their minds, and mental breakdowns and suicide could result” WIKI.
    …Examples….”In 1975, Stasi recorded a conversation between senior West German CDU politicians Helmut Kohl and Kurt Biedenkopf. It was then “leaked” to the Stern magazine as a transcript recorded by American intelligence. The magazine then claimed that Americans were wiretapping West Germans and the public believed the story.”.

    One great advantage of the harassment perpetrated under zersetzung was that its subtle nature meant that it was able to be denied….

    Zersetzung techniques have since been adopted by other security agencies, particularly the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB)”

    Area Maine’s democrats turning Maine into the Equivalent of a widely dispised Communist state? Sure feels like it.

    • Ben Hutchins

      That might be the daftest thing I’ve ever seen posted as a comment here, which is quite an achievement, I do assure you.

    • Guest

      I’ve read some down right crazy stuff but that was completely out of this world on the meter.

      • Anonymous

        And hence why the Republicans can’t win elections anymore……..they’ve been attracting weirdos to their party for the last 20 years. You reap what you sow.

    • Anonymous

      Better get the gas mask and dig in. Take lots of hot water and clean rags, don’t forget the ammo boxes of .50 cal. rounds.

      PS practice duck and cover

      • James Klowning

        LOL!!

    • Anonymous

      What a bunch of crap. When you start calling Americans Communists, you come off as a fanatical hater completely out of touch with reality. Enjoy you fantasy world, but keep us out of it.

      • Anonymous

        Amen.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you have fallen completely off the edge.

    • Anonymous

      We’re watching your house right now… and we will continue to do so until you return Joseph McCarthy’s body to his grave.

      • Anonymous

        Sure looks like old joe was right by the looks of the democratic party today.

        • Anonymous

          Nonsense.

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHA!! That’s a good one!

    • Anonymous

      is there a difference.Democrats have a long history of this.

    • Anonymous

      Where did you get all that? Wiki?

  • Anonymous

    Get_R_Done… And that is what Mr. LePage does, get use to it folks…

    • Anonymous

      Right, the only thing he has gotten done is hiring his daughter to 40k plus “entry” level job. As for accomplishments, well, I fro one don’t count the mural as one.

      • Anonymous

        You guys focus on him hiring his daughter…. Doesnt hold much water….. Find something better please..

        • Anonymous

          There is nothing better…….you find it.

        • maineiac123

          Why? You really think it’s right for a governor to make a new position strickly to hire his own daughter? You do know how to spell corruption don’t you?

    • Anonymous

      he won’t be here long enough —

  • Anonymous

    “We have to find a way to move forward together. We know there are differences ideologically,” said Bennett. “We have to bridge that gap.”

    When Paul and his crew stand on their ideological mountain of crap, bridging is an impossibility when the gap is hundreds of parsecs.

    1 parsec = 3.5 light years.

  • What’s being called a poisonous atmosphere is nothing more than the last gasp of the extremist Tea Party and their bunch being seen and called what they really are, namely a bunch of political extremist’s who finally got seen for what they are. The really unreported news is that the Moderate’s of both Party’s, after the election and after seeing just how effective Moderate’s can be in standing up to a bullying Governor that’s determined to run the State into the ground just to make a silly, if not moronical,political statement, finally are ready to talk to each other. Last year’s Budget Reconcilliation, in the face of LePage’s constant veto threat, and their overiding it by more than a 75% whole State House majority, showed Moderate’s, and the Candidate’s then running, that moderation, discussion, negotiation and compromise are the key’s to good legislation and responsible governing, the current Governor notwithstanding. Does this mean that everyone in Augusta is gonna’ join hand’s and sing Kumbayah ? No and it would be ridiculous to believe it would happen. But the fact that Moderate’s on both sides have seen, and finally ‘throttled’ the extremist’s of both side’s, gives one reason for hope that common sense and negotiation are going to start being used, instead of screaming and threat’s of doom and gloom because one side doesn’t like the current President’s skin color (and that’s what it’s all about when you listent to the nonsense being pushed on us by the radical media of Rush and Company). Augusta has the opportunity to give the State a fresh start, LePage and his bunch included. Time to saddle up and get moving. Maine has the need. The question is will the Legislature respond or go back to hatching egg’s ?

    • Anonymous

      Just watch and see the last so called gasp.If this party of thieves that were narrowly elected by college students last it will be a miracle.they will self destruct again.2014 can not come fast enough.then the dems will not have the part time vote.

  • Anonymous

    Maine might fare better politically if they took New York and New Jersey’s lead when having someone speak for the Governor.

    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bloombergs-hurricane-sandy-address-cold-open/1422754/

  • Briney

    A noble gesture by Justin Alfond, inviting the governor and his wife out to dinner.

    But, not even prime ribs, roast beef, or, savory lobster dipped in butter, will change the goals of this Tea Party-controlled governor.

    His only interests are those mandated by Charlie Koch and his brother, and other Plutocrats, whose sole aim is to have a country ruled by the rich, strictly for the rich.

    • Anonymous

      You owe all self-identified tea partiers in Maine your definition of what their beliefs are.

      • Briney

        The ultimate goal of the Tea Party nationwide is Plutocracy: .Simply put – A government or state in which the wealthy class rule. Others define it as a class or group ruling.

        The wealthy Koch brothers control Le Page and other governors they pushed into office across the country. Le Page’s attacks on the working people, the poor, and disabled, are consistent with those being dropped on people in states like Michigan, and other states.

        • Anonymous

          YES! A liberal here discredits him/herself! Such sweet irony…

          • Briney

            For the sake of accuracy in your name calling, labeling, pre-judgement, and blacklisting – I am a man. And, if you can’t stand the heat – stay out of the kitchen – Harry S.

            Your waffles are pure piffle.

        • Anonymous

          Do not forget the great provider Soros.

          • Briney

            Or – Rove. Karl spent $133 million backing Romney. But not even that, and the backing of the Murdoch media empire, did any good.

            The elections are over. We’ve listened to four years of hate and bombast. Now, even John Boehner is seeing the light. McConnell will be replaced by Ashley Judd.

      • Anonymous

        Who are the “self-identified”?

        • Anonymous

          They can speak for themselves when and if they choose to.

          • Anonymous

            Uh huh.

            Pfft.

    • Anonymous

      I know the narrative is to accuse the Kochs and ALEC of controlling LePage in some way. Does he seem in control to you? of himself even?

      We can stop blaming the Trilateral Commission, the Stonecutters, and whoever else all “Tea Partiers” are supposedly bowing down to. Our governor’s issues have little to do with them.

      • Briney

        LePage is in strict cadence with the Tea Party manifesto. He is answerable only to the Tea Party, like Walker and some other governors.

  • Anonymous

    LePage’s Maine: Open For Funny Business

  • Anonymous

    Wonder if the Governor will accept the dinner invitation.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe … are there gonna be … snacks? Snort.

    • Lord Whiteman

      Only if they will be serving roasted widows and orphans.

      • Anonymous

        You must mean the poverty stricken created by the unfunded programs from the past thirty years like dirigo fail.

        • Anonymous

          Describe the “ Dirigo fail“ please.

          • Anonymous

            155 million a year for 2-3 thousand people.The same type of policy’s that has haunted Maine for the past thirty years.

          • Anonymous

            BS.

          • Lord Whiteman

            Do you get all your info from the Paul Richard Lepage cow patty factory?

            ….through the program’s first twelve months was 8,600.[8]After fifteen months, enrollment had grown to 9,800; an additional 4,900 people had enrolled in the Medicaid expansion. Anthem, the initial carrier for DirigoChoice[9], says that enrollment rates for the program are significantly higher than other new insurance programs.

            the final savings determination of $43.7 million based on a thorough review of testimony provided during an adjudicatory hearing from opponents and proponents.

          • Anonymous

            Savings from not paying doctors and hospitals.Now we are strapped paying for it’s destruction.

        • Lord Whiteman

          It was the Republicans who cancelled Dirigo and replaced it with a bunch of i.o.u.’s payable upon the death of freedom and democracy.

          • Anonymous

            must have been bush did it nice spin rewrite history much.

          • Lord Whiteman

            You Republicans where bragging about shutting down Dirigo and now your mad at the Democrats???

    • Anonymous

      Maybe they’ll server him crow?

  • Anonymous

    Another day, another BDN LePage hit piece. This is the third article on the exact same subject. First interview 90% liberals for the story (including the “erroneously” listed conservative who is actually a liberal). Next, let loose the two dozen remaining BDN subscribers, liberals all, with nothing better to do than post here and like each others’ posts 50 times. Finally, shout down, call names, and gives the big ol’ thumbs down to any dissenting opinion. Repeat daily

    • maineiac123

      Ahh..poor baby.

  • It seems LePage is showing his true colors..Time to think about recalling him yet?? The people of Maine spoke and no one is listening!

    • We have no mechanism to recall him. We just have to grit our teeth and ride it out for 2 more years.

      • maineiac123

        Yes, we need a constitutional change so we can get rid of people like him.

  • notateapartier

    I know he can be impeached for committing a misdemeanor, but does Maine have a provision for impeachment due to incompetence or refusal to do his job?

    • Anonymous

      Wish we did we would not have to live through the destruction caused by the last thirty years of democrat decline.

  • Anonymous

    Hell hath no fury like a democrat scorned.

    • maineiac123

      Really? I thought LePage was a repuglican. He seems to be the one having difficulties not the demorats.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly….Citizens United allowed any one with any amount of money to muck around in politics. Now, it’s a problem for someone to pay someone to video a public official–IN PUBLIC??

    Not nutty, but close……..

  • Sandpiper

    Boys! Boys!…..I said Boys! Are your ears hearing what your mouth is saying?

  • Democrats should learn to “compromise”!

    • Anonymous

      You use that word, but I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • Lord Whiteman

    It would take a binky the size of Mt. Katahdin to pacify a cry baby like, Paul Richard Lepage of Augusta Maine.

  • JohnR

    My gut feeling is Liarpage knows he is a one and done Gubor, so he wants to go out as the crusty old neighbor yelling “get out of my yard” to the kids. Typical T’Party antics if you can’t have your way.

  • Anonymous

    LePage and John Boehner should start a Tea Party Cry Baby Club. It is amazing the amount of Hate that spews forth from LePage’s mouth.

  • Elizabeth Smith

    Well I guest Mr. LePage still don’t get it and is not listing to the people of Maine and only cares about himself and how much damage he can do us Maine people and when he leave with us Maine people in the RED for he cut, cut and didn’t gave a dime about us. Just image when he leave what he takes with him our money in his pocket and it is to bad that Maine people didn’t ask the people in his home town what he did for them. For by doing so they would know he was not the right person for Governor of Maine. Even now to bad there is no impeachment for governors like for presidents. Can’t wait for the next election for governors and I hope we have more then one person interest in running let alone good judgement and want to help Maine people and not for himself.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is a natural born divider. There will be nothing but stone walling and contention until he is out of office. He came into office mistakenly believing that he could run the state like a junk store. Politics is about compromise. Something LePage knows very little about. No surprise really. Every Koch head governor in the country is using the same approach.

  • Anonymous

    Of course the BDN has decidedly overlooked the principal sins of trust fund wastrel Alfond, whose effete and lithe presence in the Senate is a ‘natural’ projection of callow ostentatiousness frequently on display at any number of Portland venues.

    • Anonymous

      Keep thinking that you’re an erudite political observer.

    • Anonymous

      What are you really afraid of?

  • Anonymous

    Governor Le RAGE…. what is going on? http://www.belfastbullies.blogspot.com corruption top to bottom- Local to DEP and Copied to Governor

  • Anonymous

    The liberals have had their way for 40 years and can’t stans the truth or to be shown what has to be done to correct the nose dive we are in.

    every one should listen to this short talk done 47 years ago!!

    http://stg.do/9LDc

    • Lord Whiteman

      In the past 40 years, America has grown to become the greatest nation in the history of the world.. I know Canadians like Paul Richard Lepage don’t like to hear that but it’s true.

      • Anonymous

        Lord Whieman your eyes are clouded ..we were the now for 40 years we are in a severe spiral down….The ablility to become a well off family is getting more and more distant dream waiting for the government to supply it…So fast you are getting dizzy

  • Anonymous

    Did not take the petty tax and spend entitlement crowd long to start their needling for press exposure.This took them out last time and will again in hopefully less than two years.Republicans need to act like democrats start the recalls.Start investigating these close votes .Bring on the lawyers, do anything to discredit this bunch of thieves that were narrowly elected off the heels of the gay vote.Do not let them return maine to wasteful programs and spending.

  • Anonymous

    Does bias coverage like this help.Come on stop carrying the dems water and try real journalism for a change.

    • Anonymous

      Like the Fair and Balanced crew at Botched News?

      • Anonymous

        you talking about mr maddow and tingles.

        • Anonymous

          NOpe … Faux Yous.

  • Lord Whiteman

    We gave Paul Richard Lepage 300 million dollars more then we gave Baldacci to run this state and the vile dufus can’t even be bothered to except the blame for his administrations complete failure to write a balanced budget.

    • Anonymous

      Who is we ,50% of the past voters take not pay.thank you democrats.

  • Anonymous

    I sincerely hope the Governor’s personal fork corker is as up to the job as Ms Bennett. It would be awful if the Gov inadvertently jabbed himself in the foot while trying to snatch an errant morsel of sausage as it bounced from his belly to the floor, after all these are trying times at Blaine House.

  • Anonymous

    correction Ben Grant is the leader of the petty entitlement for votes party.

  • Anonymous

    At this point you’d think that republican would be willing to have someone track what LePage says, it would help their cause considerably if someone would monitor the guy.

  • Anonymous

    I will only say this.Like it or not.I like Paul ,because he tells it the way it is.No BS like most of all government people. The only thing I wish he ad said differently.He should have said kiss my A_ _ instead

  • East of Chamberlain Lake in th

    Enjoy the amusing sideshows while you can. The reality is the economic numbers continue to deteriorate and Maine is heading towards insolvency. With the former ruling party back in charge it’s a matter of not “if” but “when”……

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