LePage first day


On his first day, governor targets illegal immigrants

By Kevin Miller on Jan. 06, 2011, at 9:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA,  Maine — As promised, Gov. Paul LePage dived into work on his first day in office and promptly sparked a political fracas by rescinding a policy that the new administration contends painted Maine as a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants. LePage signed an executive order Thursday evening directing all …
Gov. Paul LePage (top left) poses with Secretary of State Charles Summers (top center), Treasurer Bruce Poliquin (far right), and Attorney General Bill Schneider on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

LePage administers oath to Maine officials

The Associated Press on Jan. 06, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A day after being sworn in, Gov. Paul LePage administered the oath of office Thursday to three prominent state officials — the secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer. The Republican governor also issued a brief to-do list to the three: Make it easier to bring business …
Gov. Paul LePage (center) reviews his notes while waiting to be introduced in the House chamber Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.  On his first day in office, LePage's activities included the swearing in of three new constitutional officers.

Maine governor allows state to question immigration status

The Associated Press on Jan. 06, 2011, at 5:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In one of his first official acts, Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday issued an order allowing officials in state agencies to question people with whom they come into contact about their immigration status, infuriating civil libertarians. The Republican’s executive order Thursday rescinds one that had been issued …