March 30, 2020
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Comments for: LePage kicks off re-election three years ahead of next gubernatorial vote

  • Anonymous

    Since he sold his residence in Maine shortly after his election and based on his performance in the last 12 months I would suggest he might want to reserve plane seats to his Forida residence 3 years from now — if he lasts that long

    • StillRelaxin

      Paul fights with a blunted mind and out of state money. That may work in some areas of our country but not Maine. Show us you’re a fool and we’ll dump you quick. How many times now has Paul shown us that he’s a fool and or a foolish liar? I’d list them all but after only one year that list is already getting so long that it would take waaaaay too much time to write or for folks to read. Goodbye Paul, not so nice to know ya!

      • Anonymous

        Are his pants on fire because he said he only wanted one term.

        • Anonymous

          Your statement is absolutely false. You need to provide a source.

          • I think that his statement was that he didnt CARE if he was reelected.

            Prove THAT is False.

          • Anonymous

            That is true. But,  He did not say he would not run.

          • Its over then,  

            71 % polled said he would not make a second term and he doesn’t care anyway.

          • Anonymous

            Well all the Liberals said he didn’t have a chance of winning the office in the first place.  The Libs love eating that crow.   They claim he wouldn’t last 2 years he would resign doesn’t look like it does it.   Here’s hoping to 7 more years of Govenor Lepage.

          • Anonymous

            Ahhh…I think if you check, Bald-Archie had a 29% approval ratting when he left office…people of Maine don’t like Gov.s 

          • Anonymous

            Wjere have you been?

          • Anonymous

            He never said he would not run for reelection to say otherwise is a lie.

            Where have you been?

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, Cheesecake, what planet are you from!? I made this point on Farmer’s column: LePage is not independently wealthy and, with the poor economy, raising money for a re-election is going to be difficult. It’s a smart move for him to start early because you know the Democrats are raising a war chest to defeat him. The Maine Republican party  is still not as organized as the Maine Dems. You’re right—he never said he would want a second term. He has told people repeatedly that he is not doing things with the intention to get re-elected. He’s doing what he believes will be best for Maine.

          • Guest

            you need your brain washed……….oh I think you are brainwashed. Leplaque cares about what is best for Maine? Taking from the poor and giving to the rich?? Wow!! Ignoring the millions the rich are stealing and going after the thousands that poor are GETTING to feed themselves. Yes, there is some welfare fraud, but the dollars are small compared to the corporate theft!!!

          • Anonymous

            But the poor getting money to feed themselves doesn’t count if they use that assistance to buy drugs, or sell drugs, or sell the food they buy to get drugs.  Where is your common sense?  Someone should never choose to be on welfare, this should be the last resort, the exception not the norm. 

            How do you propose to level the playing field?  Redistribute the wealth from those fortunate enough to create a living and give it to those who refuse?  YOU want the government, that’s just been accused of abusing their power to get money, to control MORE MONEY!?  You’ve got to be crazy to think that giving these people your money is better than solving the issue of job creation in this State.

            Corporate excess and greed is no better than welfare excess and greed.  They go hand in hand and both should be eliminated.  Extortion and corruption in government has allowed both corporate and welfare issues to grow larger and larger each passing year.  When will you see that doing the same thing over and over again (throwing money at the problem) isn’t solving these problems?

          • Guest

            “Throwing money at the problem isn’t solving the problem.” Are you calling the poor “the problem?” I’m calling corporate/government greed the problem. So yesterday the legislators were found to have given away 23 MILLION to themselves or spouses through their companies. Today they arrest 3 people in the lewiston area for welfare fraud between the total of 3-30 THOUSAND. Feel free to let me know which one is “the problem” is this equation????

          • Anonymous

            Wow the nut jobs are out on this article aren’t they?  You’re common sense is being drowned out and it’s a shame.  You’re absolutely right that the Dems are going to beat down the door with campaign funds.  Raising money now is not only a clear sign that “I’m serious about my candidacy and I’m going to shoot for another term” but also a great strategic move to start gaining funds necessary to beat back the slander and bias that will be unleashed come 2014.

            If LePage really wanted to do some damage he’d push through, and fast, legislation campaign finance reform for State elections.  Level the playing field, keep those lobbying firms from pouring money into the pockets of democratic candidates.  People like to talk about lobbyists only catering to Republicans, but the Democrats aren’t innocent, just look at the president’s campaign contributors…

            You’re not brainwashed, mmmlllddd is.  He thinks government fraud is perpetrated by Republicans only and that poor people that choose not to work, choose to receive welfare, and choose to live in Maine, have no choices.  Not everyone can be rich, but everyone has a choice – choosing to abuse a system on either side of it is wrong and should be punished.

          • Anonymous

            When GOP cheerleaders start really complaining about the millions lost to corporate welfare, then they will have some credibility to complain about the small number of poor people cheating the welfare system. It’s offensive to cheer for tax cuts for the rich while slamming the poor!

          • Briney

            What planet is he on?

            We called for a comment and he refused to come to the phone.  One of his flacks issued a statement: “Governor Le Page said today, well tweak my whiskers, and kiss my butt. What a load of BS.   So, go to hell.”

            When I oppose him in 2014, my supporters will follow me through a McDonald’s Drive Thru for a campaign breakfast. My campaign staff already has more than 68,000 pledged to support my: Goodbye Paul – Go Jump Over The Wall

          • Anonymous

            That is how I see him also.

          • notateapartier

            No source is really needed for such a statement, but here goes;
            http://asmainegoeslolz.com/2011/election-2012/lepage-leaving-at-end-of-term/ 

      • kcjonez

        Another example of the governor putting politics before people.  

        1036 days and counting…….

        • StillRelaxin

          To be honest, looking at Mr. LePage’s physical condition and his tendency to show us his inner mental turmoil/anger, I’d be surprised if the poor man makes it another 1036 days without a stroke or heart attack. Perhaps he should consider leading the charge of increasing physical fitness in our schools? In that way he could actually help everyone including himself!  Nah, more likely he’ll seek to cut educational programming and hoard “His” shakes and cakes.  Some things never change.

          • Anonymous

            My thoughts as well.He simply doesn’t look well at all.With what Medicare,etc spends for diabetes/obesity it would help.Mike Huckabee (who I’m no fan of)lost 100+ pounds while governor,improved his state’s health rankings AND saved money.Paul,call a fellow R and ask for help.

          • Guest

            Well i can imagine this office has its crosses to bare.

          • Anonymous

            So our government is now responsible for peoples eating habits and fitness?  Keep on relaxing pal, don’t worry Obama will take care of you…

          • Anonymous

            I’d rather pay a few more dollars in taxes to help someone get healthy than to pay many more dollars for when they are sick.I worked in a nursing home that had a 38 y/o stroke victim(heavy smoker/drinker)You do the math.What do you think that person would rather be doing?Taking care of his children or sitting in a wheelchair with people twice his age?

          • Anonymous

            I guess they should have thought of that when they were chugging down their coffee brandy and smoking their cigarettes.  AND they should be paying a higher insurance policy that will cover them, there is no excuse for abusing your body especially now with all of the evidence.  

            When I drive stupid and get into accidents and tickets, my auto insurance skyrockets.  Health insurance should be the same way.  

          • George Venturelli

            So what happens if they can’t afford a higher insurance policy?  Is it fine if they just die?  Just curious, I’m just wondering how we’re interested in defining ourselves as a society?  I’m fine with letting our sick die as long as you’re ok with admitting that this is the same sort of hatred that made the the German people ok with genocide because those people were just “inferior” too.  I don’t like the fact that some people don’t have the means to take care of themselves, or that some abuse the system to their own gains.  What I refuse to say is that it is ok to single out any segment of society and say that it is ok to send people to their death when there’s potential for them to be saved.  You can’t save everyone, but you can sure help some…and to them it means all the difference.  

          • Anonymous

            That is their problem but it isn’t ours to subsidize these folks.  If they don’t want to help themselves it isn’t our responsibility  to pay for them.  They need to take better care of themselves and get jobs so they don’t collect Welfare.  Too many people in Maine are dependent on Welfare and Unemployment . They want handouts instead of opportunity and success.

          • Anonymous

            THE GOP …the Party of self-centered only care about themselves people!

          • Anonymous

            Actually, that would be the Occupy Wall Street whiners.

          • Joseph Willingham

            Ahh…another buying the 1% theater….

          • Anonymous

            No it’s the GOP

          • Anonymous

            So Emily Cain, John Martin, Cynthia Dill, Justin Alfond, Troy Jackson cares about the Maine People LOL.  They only care about how much more money they take out of working people’s pockets so they can redistribute it to the lazy folks.

          • Anonymous

            As if that were true. Does your side ever tell the truth?

          • Briney

            No one should drive stupid.  Are you texting and phoning, too?  If so, post your name and address so we can send help.

          • Anonymous

            Actually there are lots of excuses. A PARENT IS A ROLE MODEL. A CHILD EMULATES WHAT THEY EXPERIENCE IN LIFE.  Is that really beyond your comprehension?  If mom and dad are doing a poor job is it the child’s fault???  If mom and dad show them taco bell three times a week and  and feed them garbage, on the rare occasion they make something other then Mac and cheese how would they ever know any different?. A little introspection would be nice. Think about who you are and what shaped who you have become.  The negative and the positive. Then tell me you can even begin to understand what goes on inside someone else’ s head  WITHOUT EVER MEETING THEM.

          • Anonymous

            So you’re saying that you should have to pay ( a lot of money ) to have health insurance and then every time you make a claim, say like going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned or for your annual physical  you health insurance provider should get to raise your premiums???  
            I don’t think I can really get on board with that.  However you’re welcome to do so… 

          • Anonymous

            Do you work for the insurance industry because your comments sound like something they would say?

          • Anonymous

            That’s already true in the private sector and will be tried w/Medicare,etc.I don’t like paying for other people’s mistakes but one big difference to your point-auto insurance is mandatory,health insurance is not.Remember when drunk driving was laughed off?No more.
            Also,sin taxes raise a lot of money but not enough.As a former smoker,I hated to quit but I had no choice.And I’m blessed to not be in that nursing home at age 38.
            He went in one minute from someone who would’ve paid into the system for another 30 years to someone whose life is over and will cost us 30 years at $50K a year. (maybe more)

          • Anonymous

            haven’t you heard the old saying, you are what you eat, drink, inhale….so if you eat and drink stupid guess what you are…that’s right…stupid..I feel I shouldn’t have to pay for stupid!!!!

          • Anonymous

            You are paying right now whether you want to or not.Ask anyone in the health care field how many preventable things they see each and every day.And to use another case,I know of someone who is in a wheelchair at age 26 through no fault of his own.Would you stop paying for him?

          • Anonymous

            GOP: yes, too bad so sad

          • Anonymous

            I wish you were wrong.If anyone had said six months ago that they were going to talk about rolling back child labor,I would’ve thought it was an SNL skit.

          • notateapartier

            I think stillrelaxin’s point was that the Governor needs to take better care of his OWN physical fitness.  Leading others in healthy habits is not exactly taking care of them. It is being a good example.

          • Anonymous

             I am certainly not a big government guy but let’s be honest, parents aren’t doing a good job. Walk down the street of your average Maine town. seems like the only skinny poor  people are addicted to pills. I have no issue with MOST rational legislation advocating nutritional values to our children.  Once a kid hits 18, if he hasn’t figured it out he never will. That’s when personal responsibility comes into play. 

        • Briney

          I’m showing 1,091.  That’s with two at365 and this one at 366 with five just about gone.  But, I like your count better.

          A Recall Petition is on line, too. Might hasten the process.

      • “Show us you’re a fool and we’ll dump you quick.”    That’s why Baldy lasted 8 years? HA!!!

        • Guest

          thats what i said!!!

      • Guest

        “show us you’re a fool and we’ll dump you quick.” where were you (or your “us”) when Baldacci was granting the whoopie pie state awards? 

      • Anonymous

        StillRelaxin… man I hope you’re right. I can’t wait for this guy to get flushed. He is a bully and belongs on a school yard in which someone will put him in his place… quick.

      • Anonymous

        I can see the liberals are all charged up over nothing. They must be running on super-charged gas with not much more than one word in their vocabulary, LIAR being one of them. You ought to change your name to SillNotRelaxin.

        • Joseph Willingham

          Well, I can add two more words:  bully and misogynist.  Oh, arrogant.  So that’s four words those who don’t support LePage have in their vocabulary.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I’m not surprised. I have no doubt you are looking for new  pejoratives in the dictionary to tack on to LePage. It’s part of the liberal strategy to demonize conservatives. When they don’t like the message they try to kill the messenger. Now that’s real bullying!

          • Joseph Willingham

            Pah-leeze.  Like it doesn’t happen from the other side.

            I don’t think that using words to accurately describe his behavior is bullying, however.

          • Anonymous

            My whole point is and has been for quite some time that the language we hear about our political leaders is and has been deteriorating. Accusations are just thrown about willy-nilly without regard to consequences. Take for example, what happened recently at a hearing in Fort Kent at a senior citizens’ center concerning the unexpected shortfall of state funding to assist the elderly. A former well-seasoned state senator and representative essentially called the governor a bully while the governor was fielding questions from an otherwise friendly audience. Not surprisingly the governor was taken off-guard. Then he responded, “From what planet are you from”‘ and then proceeded to answer in a straight-forward manner a concern she had expressed. Many of the governor’s critics after reading the newspaper coverage of the incident made a big to-do about it. But after talking to several attendees on both sides of the aisle, I learned the audience was generally please with the governor’s appearance and responses. Had one merely heard what his critics had said, one would likely wrongly conclude that the meeting had been rowdy.

            Yet, after all this, many of the governor’s critics were calling him a bully. “What for?”, I might ask. The “bullying” accusation came out of the clear blue as if the accuser had just landed there without any prior knowledge of the purpose for the meeting. No, if this mild re-action by the governor constitutes “bullying”, then I fear for anyone who might want to be the next governor.

        • Anonymous

          Your side lies constantly!

      • Anonymous

        Bald-Archie lied to you for 8 gut wrenching years, are you better off now then you were 9 years ago when Bald- Archie took the wheel…I think not, get your facts straight  and check back with me in 7 more years and see how well off you are…get someone to remove the beam from your eye then you can remove the speck for laPage’s eye …just saying…I reckon you also like KING OBUMA..they can never be voted out….

        • Anonymous

          Wrong. If you talk with Republican leaders, and I have, they will tell you privately that Baldacci did a very good job getting the budget under control. Publically, they will say something else so that the fools can repeat things like the garbage peabrain above posted.

        • Joseph Willingham

          “gut-wrenching.”  I like that!  So melodramatic!!!

          +23

    • Anonymous

      Why wouldn’t it last that long?

      • Tyke

        The combination of extreme ignorance and arrogance of the sort so brutishly displayed by Lepage often results in flagrant violation of one or more laws because the perp begins to think he is above the law.

        Lepage may trip and fall hard if he continues on the path he is now on.

        • Anonymous

          Can you name a LAW that he has broken? Has a grand jury been convened? Or maybe he just does things you dislike and you are having personal issues over it?

          • I Can!

            http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/23/title23sec1913-A.html

            He hung a Political Victory Sign Post Election on an Interstate Highway Contrary to Maine Law!

            Here is the Picture!

            http://bdnpull.bangorpublishing.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/LePage-Business-600×846.jpg

          • Anonymous

            THROW him in JAIL!!!  25 to LIFE!

          • OldWench

            He broke several laws when he took down the mural.

          • Anonymous

            ;( that poor, poor, mural…  we can’t have anything because that mural is gone…  all our hopes and dreams died when that mural was taken off the wall…  the labor laws no longer exist because we can’t see that mural anymore…  so many people could see it and thank it but now, I’d wear it if I could…

          • Anonymous

            Which law? Where is the Grand Jury? No law was broken just your sensiblities.

          • Tyke

            Well, since I haven’t claimed that he has broken any laws your straw-man argument is beyond silly.

            I just pointed out that he meets the profile of someone likely to break laws because he is so damned arrogant and so damned ignorant at the same time plus has power he appears to like to abuse.

      • OldWench

        Because the legislature can impeach him, and later this year Mainers are going to make sure Democrats get control of the legislature back.  The majority of Mainers are NOT happy with LePage and want him out of office.  The removal of the mural broke several laws and would be grounds enough.

        • Anonymous

          Oldwenches should drink more wine and less KoolAid. The switch will make for more merriment!

          • OldWench

            I actually don’t drink either.  Clearly you drink dung tainted tea, though.

    • Anonymous

      If there’s a fundraiser being held to buy LePage a bus ticket outta here, I’ll pony up a few bucks. Heck! They don’t even have to solicit me. Just tell me where to mail the check.

  • Anonymous

    Go Lepage, Go!!! You are the most infuential governor we have had since Longley. Pound down the left! They all have their hands out.

    • Joseph Willingham

      You’re really okay with him focusing on the 2014 election when he should be concentrating on the ills of this state?

      • Anonymous

        You don’t think he’s concentrating on the ills in this state? Are you joking Joe?

        • OldWench

          He IS the biggest ill of the state, and he IS always focused on himself…so I guess in a twisted way you are right.

          • Joseph Willingham

            Ha!  Good point!!!

      • Anonymous

        This is what the GOP-the party of RIGHT live for being elected or reelected..being in power…not solving any of the state’s or country’s problems!!!

    • Tyke

      “the most infuential(sic) governor we have had since Longley”

      Yo Bart – that bar of yours is so low I don’t think an ant could limbo under it!

    • Anonymous

      Longley was a democrat, who ran as an Independent because he was upset that Joe Brennan got screwed. His wife was a life long democrat who served in the Legislature. His son was a Republican congressman who was defeated by Baldacci. Longley was clearly an Independent. Saying that, and there is nothing wrong with being independent, but, ask any one who was around during and after his administration what the ramifications were of the Longley administration. Ask any of them: Joe Brannigan, Charlie Pray, Robet Monk, even Olympia Snowe. they will all say the same thing… confusion.

      Every other Governor since Longley has served two terms.   It’s about to stop.

      • CPPray

        Rusjan: just to set the record straight, it was Longley’s daughter who served in the legislature in the 90’s/early 00’s. Congressman Longley was beaten by Tom Allen in the 1st District. Congressman Baldacci represented the 2nd District.  The Longley myth of governing was dismantled by the likes of Joe Sewell, (R) and Linwood Palmer (R) as well as several Democratic leaders such as Gerry  Conley and John Martin …. a bi-partisan effort of those who understood the roll of government and governing. Brannigan came after Longley.  Just to keep you accurate on you posts. 

        • Anonymous

          I know,   the district CP.    For some reason I thought Lewiston was in the 2nd district, but it’s obviously in the 1st.  And it gives credit to my claim that the Longley children were indeed tugged by two different political ropes. One was an ardent democrat, the other was an ardent republican. Neither is an indication as to the skill of their dad as governor. He was not a good governor, and neither was our last or current governor. Baldacci did what he does best, carry a “yes” and “no” vote in either pocket when he was campaigning, LePage is just abusive, smug, rude and not very bright.

          Brannigan?,      Joe Brennan came after Longley,   Joe Brannigan was, and still is a representative of the people.   

          Joe Sewell of Old Town was the, well you know….you introduced me to him.   I’m sorry, but I can’t fathom Joe Sewell and John Martin working together on anything.   And I clearly remember you as asst. minority ldr, and Gerry Conley as minority leader voting differently on the same bill, which was the moose hunt.

          Nah, I’m not buying into the idea that it was legislative leadership that thwarted Longley’s administration,  it was Longley that did as much.   I know alot about legislative leadership and how it operates, and you know that.  ( you taught me) I learned that leadership has enough of a task trying to negotiate bills, and see to the needs of their party,….leadership doesn’t have the time to disgruntle a governor.  When it comes to the executive’s proposal,  leadership is reactionary and not progressive.  For instance, and regarding the current DHHS budget crisis, I haven’t yet seen a minority proposal that the Appropriations Committee could consider. It (both minority and majority) are reacting, they are not proposing. Amendments are after thoughts.

          Sorry.    Did you have a nice holiday?
          Read your facebook!!!!!

    • A fundraiser on Tuesday gave donors the option of contributing $3,000 to host the event, $1,500 to co-host or $500 for a ticket. Those are the maximum donations allowed by law, a ceiling that LePage and lawmakers ensured was doubled last spring.

      {They all have their hands out}

      And Lepage DONT?

  • Anonymous

     An easy way to compile a  statewide list of ” Who’s Who in Mental Health”.

  • Anonymous

    And I thought I was unbalanced…

  • ladybaroque

    LePlague wants to get re-elected!!

    • Anonymous

      Flagged this one for incivility. BDN needs to be consistent in what they remove.

      • Tyke

        They are. “Baldy” references for our former governor were never removed and many negative comments about his Italian heritage were ignored as well.

        Stop the incessant whining and put on your big boy pants for cripes sake!

        • notateapartier

          Yes, and how about all of the “clever” names some use for the President. They are allowed to stand, immature as they may be.

      • Joseph Willingham

        What a bunch of malarky. One can liken his governing to a plague bullying, misogyny, and little regard for the poor and the unions. I say it fits. It’s called satire and this country has a RICH history of political satire. We are free to do it without fear of imprisonment, unlike in other countries, so what’s the problem?
        As for incivility, I hope you were flagging Mr. LePlaguin for all of his acts of incivility here in Maine. “Little beards” anyone?

        • Anonymous

          Good thing you are not running,   for anything,    you would lose

          • Joseph Willingham

            Off-topic.  Not the issue.  Missing the point.

            NEXT!!!

        • Anonymous

          Let’s not forget nepotism

  • Joseph Willingham

    Disgusting.  The election is in 2014 and he’s gathering thousands of dollars for this campaign while our friends and neighbors go hungry and cold.

    Shouldn’t he be spending his time on the budget, bringing businesses back to Maine, and working to suppress the civil rights of liberals and free thinkers?

    • Bob

      I don’t think he is going to raise that much money. Who in their RIGHT mind would contribute????

      • Anonymous

        where do i send my check to get him re-elected? got to love his not caring about all the bad mouthing of him. keep doing what i voted for, clean this mess up paul. good job!

        • Anonymous

          Send that baby to the Maine Heritage Foundation,   you know, the Tea Party?    The one that just fired there own State House reporter for being a little too racist?

        • Anonymous

          send it to LHEAP instead of the heap of crap.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, absolutely, Maine needs all the welfare money it can get because more people in this state depend on the government than there are that pay taxes to support it.  That of course is why Governor Lepage is hated by so many people.  He tends to put sticks in the spokes of the free ride wagon, and that gets people very upset. 

          • Guest

            you’re a disgusting welfare hater. If you read the article that came out early this year stating that MOST people on welfare are there temporarily. the fraud from the politicials and rich FAR out weighs the little bit(todays article 30,000) that the poor steal. I’m all for reporting welfare fraud, but I still think the focus should be on recouping what the rich/politicians have stolen. Our time and energy would be better spent getting BILLIONS back vs THOUSANDS.

          • Anonymous

            Are you suggesting that this story is a hoax?  No welfare fraud, only people down on their luck for one reason or another here in Maine?  Sorry, but I live and work in Lewiston, and am exposed to enough fraudulant activity to be  well aware of the scope of the problem. I do no hate welfare, just as I don’t hate animals, but I hate very much to see either abused.

          • Anonymous

            Agree

          • Anonymous

            LePage is hated because he caters to the rich and doesn’t give a damn about the elderly, the poor, and the middle class. He gave an unnecessary estate tax cut to ONLY millionaires and gave unnecessary income tax cuts to millionaires, but wants to cut benefits from the elderly and the poor.

        • Anonymous

          AMEN! Paul is like a breath of fresh air after all the nuanced pontificating and hand wringing we’ve had to put up with ever since we voted him in to office. Got to love a guy who calls a spade a spade.

        • Anonymous

          I could not sent the  $500 because I need to pay my own oil bill…but I think I can send a  donation…

          • Anonymous

            By your post I would guess that you are among the few, the proud, and the self supporting in Maine. I do not include in this remark those that are not because they can’t, but rather those that are not because they won’t.

          • Joseph Willingham

            How do YOU tell the difference?

          • Anonymous

            I have two eyes and a brain.

          • Anonymous

            more like two eyes and a half of brain by the looks of your comments

          • Anonymous

            YES..I am self supporting…since I was 15 worked my tail off to make ends meet.  Have never sucked off the state for a thing.  We were taught to work and support ourselves.  I saved for rainy days..and have had a few.  Took any job I could get to make a buck.  Most people now want $50,000 a year or they collect welfare and whine…I for one am sick of their whining…get off your butt and go do something for work..stop bankrupting the state. I am so with LePage on this one~

          • Joseph Willingham

            Nice that things have worked out for you.  Too bad your situation isn’t the same for everyone.  Sure, there are those that take advantage of the system, but it’s unfair to paint everyone who accepts assistance as lazy whiners.

          • Anonymous

            not all…some really do need help…but I would say 80% could help themselves and don’t.

          • Anonymous

            80% that’s ridiculous. Did you just pick a number from thin air? where’s your proof?

        • Anonymous

          Another comment from the Blaine house?

      • All the usual people and corporations and Kochs who buy favors from the right wing.

      • Anonymous

        Those who already got plenty of huge tax breaks both for themselves and for their corporate entities.If he got you thousands and up to millions,then what’s a $500 kickback(oops I mean dinner?)

        • Joseph Willingham

          Do the donations made at this function fall under the campaign donation reporting laws?  Will we be able to see a list of those who donate like we are able to see a list of those who donate to the ballot question campaigns?

  • jimbobhol

    Lepage for President !

    • Anonymous

      It would be interesting!

    • Tyke

      Of what?

      I don’t think he’s eligible to run for president of this country  because he was a Canadian citizen for many years and there is no record of him having revoked that citizenship.

      • Anonymous

        LePage was born in Lewiston which makes him a US citizen.  Although he worked in Canada for a few years he never became a Canadian citizen. 

        • Anonymous

          Even if he did become a citizen of Canada, he’s still a U.S. citizen.

        • Tyke

          His parents were Canadian citizens which, by Canadian law, made him a citizen automatically. He then married a Canadian citizen and moved to Canada taking full advantage of his status as a citizen.

      • Anonymous

        Tyke, probably be best not to go there considering the current resident of the White House. Eligibility is a taboo subject in Amerika.

        • Anonymous

          I’m so glad folks like you are pro-LePage.  It guarantees his dimise.

        • Anonymous

          Have you not seen the Presidents record of live birth, or his official birth certificate? You know that the definition of insanity is doing and saying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Of course in Hitlers Germany, it was thought that if you told a lie big enough and often enough you would get people to belive it, but I have faith in the American people, they can always see through BS spewed by the radical right.

      • Anonymous

        Too bad he doesn’t ask Obama for advice on the subject…

    • Anonymous

      Now why would you want to inflict him upon the world?  Aren’t we in enough wars already?  With his mouth in the white house, it would be easier to count the number of countries we’d be at peace with rather than those we’re at war with.

    • Mexico dont want him!

  • jimbobhol

    Lepage for President !

    • Anonymous

      of Hair Club for Men

  • Anonymous

    Did Baldacci EVER go out of campaign mode?

    The man was a virtual vote  buying machine as evidenced by the financial ruin he left this state in.

    Teachers union. Cha-ching!
    State employees union. Cha-ching!
    Nurses union. Cha-ching!
    Casella Waste System. Cha-ching!
    LGB Partners (10 year licensee operating Maine’s lucrative liquor business) CHA…CHING!!
    Big wind. CHAAAAAAAAA-CHING.

    • Anonymous

      Baldacci doesn’t occupy……nothing.   He’s gone.         LePage is your governor, not mine.    

      You gotta get off this Baldacci thing…..without any doubt, the Little Ceasar in Augusta thinks that he has all the solutions and has come up with none.

      • jimbobhol

        “Lepage is yor govenor, not mine.”   Wow didnt see that coming.

        • Anonymous

          Ya.

          But he/she/it left out “for seven more years”.

    • Anonymous

      When you can’t defend him just trot out the two wrongs make a right argument,

    • Anonymous

      You forgot “Big Wind”.

      • Anonymous

        Fixed that!

  • Anonymous

    My check to the campaign is in the mail.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…500 per person? too bad some of the people paying that price wouldn’t reach into their pockets just as quickly to maybe buy some heating oil for those who need it this winter.

    • Anonymous

      After all Republicans supposedly are the most charitable human beings ever (small print “when you add in church tithes”)

    • Anonymous

      Or…we could use what assistance there is for the elderly, and the others could get a second job to pay for their own, just like others who are responsible.

      • Anonymous

        and where do you live, find me a first job, heck ill take three???

      • Joseph Willingham

        Yes, a second job is a good idea.  With the hundreds of unfilled jobs across the state, I’m sure this will be an effective solution.

        • Anonymous

          What are you holding out for bank president or airline pilot? There are plenty of jobs out there if you have any skills at all. Even more if you have no skills, except of course you may need (2) of the no skills jobs. But then whose fault is it if you have no skills?

          • Joseph Willingham

            You know that’s not what I am talking about.  Even part-time cashier jobs are rare now that the holidays are over.
            As for the “no skills” comment-how about the people who worked in mills and factories here for decades that are suddenly without a job because those jobs are now in China.  The only skills they have are mill work or shoe making but that’s not an option anymore.  What then?  What heart.

    • Anonymous

      I love your attitude that you feel, somehow, entitled to belabor others for how they choose to spend their money. How very socialist of you. May I note here, for the record, that The Kenyan in Washington had people paying $35,800 per plate to dine with him? Those folks could have bought a whole lot of home heating oil, but I think they showed a preference for Snake Oil…

      • Anonymous

        YEA~~~~love it~

      • Joseph Willingham

        Ahem….has anyone flagged this comment for the uncivil tone used to describe our Democratic president….?

        • Anonymous

          I love it! A comedian! If an uncivil tone used to describe an elected official was an infraction, this whole thread would vanish in a puff of smoke!

      • You are absolutely right, Dems have these dinners too, but then again, it’s not the Dems trying to kick the elderly and mentally ill out of their assisted living and group homes, LePage is. For a man who is crying about the states shortage of money, you gotta admit a $500 dollar a plate dinner sounds a little like, “No soup for you!”

        • Anonymous

          Right, rather than finding ways for citizens to provide that heating oil themselves the Dems would prefer that they elderly and mentally ill be dependent on the government to give them those hand outs.  Nothing ensures obedience like dependence.

          • Yea cause every elderly person can afford $5000.00+ a month nursing homes, and the mentally ill have such earning power its amazing they don’t constitute 50% of the 1%… Wait I have the answer, a combination of the Hitler’s perfect race and Logan’s Run. We genetically design people so no one gets sick, thus we don’t need Maine Care and there will not be any mentally ill, and we kill everyone when they reach 35 so we don’t have elderly! Did the sarcasm come through ok?

          • Anonymous

            Well no I didn’t pick up on any of your sarcasm.  Actually what you’re proposing is exactly along the lines with what’s being laid for a foundation.  Where else can a government of control go but to gather more control?

            We could also genetically engineer people to be greed-less.  Though that may have the unforeseen consequence of stifling innovation.  Same thing happened in Russia.  Same thing is happening in China.  Same thing will happen in the US. 

            We could shoot for eliminating envy, but that may do the same thing, but then people wouldn’t care.

            I believe that if we’re going to have social losses we should have social gains, but right now the system doesn’t work that way.  I’d prefer to have private losses and private gains, those systems work better for everyone.  But when you introduce private losses and social gains no one wins.

            If corporate welfare can be stopped there is no reason not to end personal welfare as well.  Yes there are individuals incapable of supporting themselves but can you say everyone on welfare is unable to support themselves?

          • Pay attention to China, their emerging middle class will have them following our example, not us following them. As far as I can recall in history, the only time innovation was truly stifled was when the Church was in power, we refer to it as the Dark Ages. Freedom breeds innovation. A persons mind is the one thing no government cannot truly legislate, and our free society not only allows free thinking, it encourages it. Social programs aren’t the only thing being abused, corporations abuse Republican tax breaks and their returns on that abuse is 1000 fold more lucrative then LIHEAP. If you feel the Dems are trying to control the populace via social programs, then the Reps are doing the same thing through money. Keep making the rich richer and the poor poorer and there will be no need to control them, they will be to weak to fight back. It was on of Stalin’s favorite tactics, that and making examples of a few thousand people at a time. No, I am not saying anyone here in the states would do that. What seems to me that everyone is forgetting is that the Founding Fathers based this government on compromise. They did not want any one party holding power, they wanted to meet in the middle. An example today would be: Dems want heating assistance for the poor. Rep want tax breaks for big oil. Lets meet in the middle, those tax breaks should be dependent on Big Oil donating “x-number” of gallons of heating oil, natural gas, etc to Heating Assistance. It could trickle on down the line, tax breaks to small heating oil companies for delivering the oil and gas…  Everyone is happy, the rich keep getting richer and the poor are warm.

      • Anonymous

        “The Kenyan in Washington”

        To whom do you refer?

      • Briney

        Obviously, you’re not trying to hide your racism by referring to the  “Kenyan”  in Washington, who, according to your bias, is surrounded by “Socialists” who believe in equitable taxation in a Republic governed by Democracy. The “Birther” attacks on this president since he was elected, clearly point to the widespread racism that still festers with many Americans long after the 60s.

        • Anonymous
        • I don’t see it as racism. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won last years NYC Marathon, so his reference to “The Kenyan” just means someone who runs and wins.

          • Briney

            Your utilization was racial. A continuation of the same attacks by a sick-minded tea party clan who claim the president is not an American citizen.  

      • Anonymous

        Are you part of the GOP bigot committee

    • poormaniac

      You friend Obama is the one who cut the heating aid !  I hope all you who criticize can treat the democrats equally when they have their dinners !

      • Joseph Willingham

        When that is the front page story, maybe that will happen.  In the meantime, our governor has done plenty on his own to this state that can’t be blamed on the Democrats.

      • Anonymous

        Republicans in Congress have required cuts just to keep the fed government running. They have forced ALL the cuts so far.

  • Anonymous

    Flagged again for use of word Penguin to refer to the Governor. Against guidelines to keep the comments civil. BDN usually ignores me but I don’t care, this is uncivil behavior Bangorian and you know it is.

    • Tyke

      No one was ever banned or deleted for calling Governor Baldacci “baldy” so doing that for benign references to Lepage that are slightly disparaging like “Penguin” should stay as well.

      • Anonymous

        I agree we shouldn’t restrict people’s freedom of speech or any freedom’s for that matter.  People should have the right to express what opinions they feel about the politicians.

        • Anonymous

          I agree, I don’t believe in censorship or in restricting free speech. If someone’s an ____ you should be able to call them an _____. So let’s have a free for all. One or the other BDN, fairness and equity is all I’m asking. Civility is either respected and enforced or it isn’t.

          • OldWench

            When your governor decides to be civil to the people of Maine perhaps they will be more concerned about being civil to him.  

        • You might be interested in the fact that We have been gauranteed NO Constitutional right to free speech.

          The First Amendment only says that Congress will make no law abridging freedom of speech.

          Your employer can however, and so can this News Paper.

      • Anonymous

        I believe that a large percent of the population of Antartica has petitioned the UN to sue the state of Maine residents in a class action suit to stop you comparing Governor LePage to the fine upstanding residents of Antartica.

    • Anonymous

      That guideline mostly addresses how posters here treat each other.

      I don’t like LePage. I don’t like the juvenile name-calling, either (LeRage, LiePage, Penguin, etc.). But it goes with the territory when you run for public office and even more so when you are elected.

    • Joseph Willingham

      Using the word “Penguin” for governor is satire and that is within the rules. It’s used as part of an opinion of the governor. It is not uncivil.
      He’s a penguin- a cute little penguin. Is that better?

      • Anonymous

        He must be an emperor penguin.

    • Anonymous

      The fact that some posters  here disparage actual penguins by comparison to Le Page should not be cause for censorship, the lovely antartic birds notwithstanding.

    • Anonymous

      You are unfamiliar with the concept of political satire?  Without this most basic first amendment right  America is no different than any middle Eastern country and you are no different than some Taliban thug.  You don’t like to read my satire, don’t read my posts, its really that simple.

      • I refer all those against Bangorians “Penguin” remarks to George Carlin’s take on censorship. He may have been just a comedian, but he was full of common sense. One person has no right to quiet the voice of another, no entity has the right to silence the voice of a single person. Political satire is as old in the U.S. as politics is. If you are going to be in public office, the public has the right to share their opinion of you. As for the name the governor has been called, well, if it looks like a penguin, walks like a penguin….

    • Anonymous

      Is “Penguin” any worse than “Baldy”?

    • Joseph Willingham

      Wait a minute…you used the word in your own comment!!!  Shouldn’t your comment be flagged as well!??!?!?

    • OldWench

      I think people should flag you for abuse of the flagging feature.  You keep accusing someone for making fun of a PUBLIC figure.  Public figures are not protected from such things.  What you are doing to Bangorian amounts to harassment, which actually IS against the rules.

    • notateapartier

      What’s wrong with penguins? 

  • Anonymous

    You know, it is so sad that some of you folks can’t stand a man who says it the way it is,
    and does is the way it should be done.
    You always have a whipping post to vent your frustrations on, why don’t you find out the
    whole story before you go off, half-cocked?
    This Governor LePage is exactly what Maine needs.
    He’s not a bit afraid to tackle problems other Governor’s wouldn’t
    have dreamed to do….Why in the world can’t you see fit to at least give him a fair chance?
    Rockport Conservative

    • Joseph Willingham

      I said the same thing for about a month. It’s been 12 months and he’s had his chance and I will definitely look forward to him not being our governor in 2015.

    • The way it is and should be done?

      Like whining about state rules that apply to him regarding alcohol expenditures that he refuses to obey? That he became irate at state employees for DARING to remind him he was repeatedly breaking?

      Paul is a HYPOCRITE.

    • Too bad while he is “telling it like it is” he fails to mention that the first thing he did when entering office was to throw gasoline on the already burning building by way of his tax cuts. Also, much of the “budget shortfalls” we are running into are based on the very bad math and planning of his people. 

  • Anonymous

    You know, it is so sad that some of you folks can’t stand a man who says it the way it is,
    and does is the way it should be done.
    You always have a whipping post to vent your frustrations on, why don’t you find out the
    whole story before you go off, half-cocked?
    This Governor LePage is exactly what Maine needs.
    He’s not a bit afraid to tackle problems other Governor’s wouldn’t
    have dreamed to do….Why in the world can’t you see fit to at least give him a fair chance?
    Rockport Conservative

    • Anonymous

      His problem is the people he has surrounded himself with, which is an indicator that he is inept at governing as an executive. His first reaction to anything is cut, cut, cut not fix the problem that caused the excess in the first place. The more he cuts the more it will hurt the people of Maine. Conversely if he had hired  competent management talent to restructure agencies and operate them as lean, after discovering where resources are being wasted he wouldn’t have to cut the budget. He is incompetent in my book. Go into any Marden’s and the disorganization during his tenure was clearly evident. So what is the difference here?
      Are we running a salvage goods operation?

    • Anonymous

      Another comment from the blain house?

  • StillRelaxin

    He can’t fill his cabinet because for “Some reason” shortly after every cabinet meeting one of them decides to up and quit!  Do you suppose that it’s during those meetings with Paul that the reality of the “Paul Problem” finally hits them right between the eyes? 

    • Tyke

      Well, to be fair, there was that one who would have liked to stay on except his appointment was illegal to begin with.

    • Anonymous

      Since the comments I posted above were inappropriately flagged because people disagreed with them, I’ll post them again.  What I said was that we now know what Penguin’s real priority is.  He hasn’t accomplished a single thing during his time in Augusta, and in fact, hasn’t even filled his cabinet yet.  But he’s got time and money to put into insuring that he and his family remain employed.  His real priority is appears to be taking care of himself at our expense.

      • Joseph Willingham

        It’s ridiculous for such comments to be flagged.  This is a discussion forum with adults talking about politics, for cripes sake!!!    Being civil to each other is what’s required here, not being civil to the politicians!  Sheesh!!!!

      • I disagree, he has accomplished one thing… He has untied the majority of the people of Maine against him. I just hope the Dems put up someone decent. They are going to win easily and we have had two sub-par governors in a row. Anyone know what Joe Brennan is doing these days? Or how about George Mitchell? We can even still let him run off to wherever and broker peace on weekends.

        • Guest

          We sit back waiting for the magic selection team to provide us with candidates – that does not work very well at all, does it.  Therein lies a tremendous problem — the need for us, not someone else, to research and identify good candidates for any political party, and to then support them in their efforts.

          If you know of someone you would support, then contact that person, and their party, and start getting the word out — doing the latter is easy enough – though it must be done intelligently.

  • At first, I thought this was a joke. And now I find out it isn’t. This man and his supporters get more bizarre each and every day.

  • Tyke

    He has more kids who need jobs and got too much flak about the one he put on the public dole so he’s hiring them to run his non campaign for a few years.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t say whether a Republican, Democrat or Independent will come along to unseat LePage. But in 3 years he will be on line getting his unemployment checks like regular folks. 

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately it won’t be an umemployment check he will collect . It will be a retirement check from the State of Maine . The same check he would like to deny many state employees.

      • OldWench

        Won’t he lose that if he’s impeached or a recall provision gets passed and he’s out before completing one term?

  • Anonymous

    I find it interesting that Bangorian’s reply would have had to have been edited.    

    I will ask the editor:…  why?          He said nothing that isn’t relative to the conversation, nor did he swear or call people names.   He referred to the Governor as “penquin”.     You know as well as I, if you run for public office, let alone win…there will be scrutiny by the public.

    If you are going to edit this post, then you should edit mine as well. You should edit many.

    • Anonymous

      It says “edited by author.”

      • Anonymous

        an edit is an edit…..that means it’s edited.      I don’t care by whom.   

  • OldWench

    There isn’t a dollar figure LePage can come up with that will help him get re-elected.

    • Anonymous

      Imagine a secret PAC secretly funded by the Heritage foundation and the Koch bros.  But I don’t think people would even fall for that much money now.

      • OldWench

        Mainers won’t vote for him again.  I’m not even sure they’ll get a chance to if I’m being honest.  The majority of Maine wants him OUT, and want it badly.  People are so unhappy with him that Maine is going to put Democrats back in power of the legislature.  With how arrogant and obnoxious LePage is he will not take that well and will behave badly and I genuinely think we’re likely to see him impeached since the legislature has that power and the vast majority of Maine is so disgusted with him.  At the very least we’d see a Democratic legislature pass a recall provision.  Before the end of 2013 I think LePage will be out of Maine for good, Thank God!

      • Anonymous

        That does not need to be imagined, as Koch/related interests illegally dumped $200,000 into 5 Maine Legislative races during the final week of the last election.  That sort of money is stunning…and that is in large part why the party formerly known as the GOP (of which I am formerly a member) holds both chambers in the Legislature. 

        Under the the Citizens United vs FEC ruling pulmigated by the conservative judicial activists on the U.S. Supreme Court, any individual or PAC can secretly contribute unlimited funds to a U.S. political candidate…no public disclosure whatsoever.  And since history shows that candidates with the most money win well over three-quarters of all political races, that should be of concern to citizens of all political stripes.

        I once read a paper by several economists who made a good case that Germany under Hitler could have purchased all the businesses in all of its neighboring counties – controlling their economies and by extension governments – for much less than it cost them to go to war.

  • Anonymous

    I find it interesting that the Governor is soliciting private fund raising efforts for his re-election when he has been the Governor for a little over a year.   I also find it interesting that the Governor finds it necessary to solicit private money this early;  therefore he will work on the REAL money (aka, the lobby) when he can.

    Why is this man so interested in getting elected when he has done nothing?
    It’s a simple matter of hubris and under confidence,   as you all know, the two terms are not equated.

    I’d rather have Eliot Cutler run as a Republican in a primary, and let him spend his money.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that he s not re-elected for the sake of those who are elderly or disabled.

    • Anonymous

      They will all freeze or be dead by 2014 if his plan goes through

  • Anonymous

    Yeah….good luck with that LePlague.  I sincerely doubt you will have another term to embarrass Maine anymore than you already have…..Pfffft.

  • Anonymous

    On the bright side, it may mean he will be too busy to further mess with the state.  He may need the three years to raise enough money to defeat both the democratic and republican party candidates (after the current GOP apparent return to reality).  He will be the lead and only candidate on the Big Paulie twice is nice ticket!  He never ceases to amaze and astound.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m  conservative republican. Now, I have to say, if there is money to be raised. Let’s put it where out mouth is and donate it to the budget shortfall.

  • Anonymous

    Now that’s what I call optimism.  Is he selling shares in the Brooklyn Bridge too?

  • Guest

    I don’t like Paul LePage, but you have to admit, he wanted to run the state like a business, and we currently have the kind of quality in government that you could expect to find at any of the Marden’s locations.

    • Anonymous

      So your saying Mr. Lepage’s administration is like the stuff at Mardens:  used, broken and dirty?

      • Guest

        No, not exactly, I actually buy some of the things Marden’s tries to sell me.

  • Anonymous

    does he acually think he’s gonna be re-elected, (u can’t fix stupid)

  • Anonymous

    Was there anyone at this pricey dinner besides lepages? Maybe their foodstamps ran out.

  • I fess up – I voted for the man…but not again. Fiscal conservatism is much needed in Maine, but Gov. LePage’s mouth and arrogance have turned me off.

    • He isn’t even a real fiscal conservative. If he was he wouldn’t have made his first priority cutting taxes. 

  • Anonymous

    I sleep well at night knowing I didn’t vote for him.

  • Le Page “could” be re-elected … depends on how lame the opposing Independent candidate is.  Once that is determined, it will depend on the Democrats proposing someone totally incompetent — which would reduce it to an even race against Le Page and split the party line voters to allow the Independent to win.
    QUESTION: Will both the Independents and Democrats propose candidates who are anti-the-average-voter … that is, seniors and disabled dependent on the various State resources (& Federal programs under state control).
    Le page has three years to show the retirees of America that this is the place to be… the place to bring their SSI checks and IRA funds.  In that period he can also bring the universal wireless services that MODERN business needs — they work via the internet and we have blackout regions  for both the net and cellphones.
    He’ll also need to reduce the underwriting of big cities and help small communities lower their mil-rates by increasing the funds for education.
    BUT — we all know he’s not bright enough to get it … all he knows how to do is lose his temper and blame others.

    • OldWench

      He’s lost the older voters.  Many of them rely on Mainecare for their medications.  They likely feel like he’s trying to kill them off.  You honestly think they will vote for him now?  They’d rather vote for a dog turd.

  • Anonymous

    Ahh huh, I’m gonna buy  2… yeah right!! He’s Not working for me why would I want to support him? NOT EVEN FOR A PENNY!!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Penguin . No Jobs, No money for a Loser like you !

  • Thats an incredibly expensive fundraiser! People have that much money to spend on a dinner… Crazy. Its way to early to start campaigning, he should be more concerned with his job.

  • Anonymous

    Is he really THAT stupid that he doesn’t know how much he’s disliked??Then he’s dumber than I thought…

  • Anonymous

    Seriously?      I mean …seriously?   What is he thinking?       I have been around legislators and their attitudes,  I’ve been around governors with their attitudes.

    What  in the world is he thinking!  In order to activate a re-election campaign one would need  results.  If your are going to campaign on something, ……then it’s going to take a hell of a lot more than a year to do it!   

    There is no way an executive  can continue govern the State of Maine,  sold all of his holdings in this state, act the way he does and thinks that he’s right!!   His own party is saying…….jeeez Paul ,   maybe you went a little to far.     And now he’s worried about private campaign funds?…..lets watch those closely……..he’s gonna crumble.

    I can post links and I can say much more,…I really don’t care. But I will say this; Paul Le Page and the Tea Party, or whatever faction his is derived from, is not what Maine needs.
    Maine needs a leader; and we have yet to find one since Ed Muskie.

  • Anonymous

    “people before politics” ?

    “The Augusta special interests have had it their way – it is time for a new way. It is time to put Maine People Before Politics.”

  • Anonymous

    Never trust a used car salesman,  or a politition,  with no upper lip. It’s worked for me.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the name of that organization “Rich People For Politics”?

    • Anonymous

      No…. it is “Rich people before politics”

      • Anonymous

        Either one works for me.

  • LePage is seeing the inevitable results of what he’s doing right now being played out in Wisconsin. Re-call Scott Walker is, at last count, only 5000 signatures short of the required 520k needed to begin the RE-CALL VOTE PROCESS. And these folks in Wisconsin still have over 45 days to go ! LePage’s more than demonstrated arrogance and bullyboy tactics are now being seen for what they are, namely Tea Party terror and Chicken Little hysteria. Heck, even LePage’s own GOP is turning on him as far as his whining and crying over the current DHHS budget issue is concerned. That LePage is starting his supposed re-election now demonstrates to me that he’ s scared and wants to raise a huge war-chest to try to buy his way back in as Governor using the media, hoping the media spin he’s getting ready to buy will somehow hide what he’s done so far. Given the fact that LePage is declaring his refusal to fight fr Maine against the Federal DHHS as far as how his own DHHS people want to allocate money tells me that he has more than a few leaks in his boat. He does, in fact, show us all that he is more determined to stick to a political idea tied to a radical minority than he is serving and providing reasoned leadership and vision that Maine needs right now. Scott Walker tried the same thing. Look at where it got him. Worse, as far as LePage is concerned, is the fact that he now has his own Party publicly coming out against him.

    At the rate this is going, the current and next 2 year Legislative sessions are going to be more of a Gong Show than any type of serious session. The time for the State GOP to start vetting a real candidate, one that is serious about solving problems thru discussion, debate and pragmatic compromise is what’s needed, not bullying temper tantrum’s, is now.  Recent session’s, and his reaction to the electorate up here in The County, more than show that he’s already beginning to bring together an electorate that wants to see him and his bunch of political hysteric’s run out of Augusta. 2 more years of these antics and the GOP is gonna be all but dead with their long term outlook right up there with Kadhaffi and Osama.

    • Anonymous

      there is some hope that the people of Maine could take away his legislative rubber stamp at the end of this year.  The republican leadership should be thrown out for being in bed with the Maine Heritage group and the Koch brothers.  

  • Anonymous

    Vote out the imcumbants, all of them, parties don’t matter.

    • Anonymous

      Hallelujah! That’s the way to go!

      • Joseph Willingham

        I like what Cain, Schneider, Collins, Snow, and Michaud are doing.  I want them to stay.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know that much about Cain so no comment on her, Schneider is doing a good job, Collins and Michaud are doing a good job…but Snowe is bought and paid for by big corporations, mainly out of state donors and she says what she wants but seldom does what she says. So I would say you have 4 out of 5 right.

  • Jazz11

    This is a money grab!

  • Anonymous

    No different than what the Washington politcians do when they are not on vacation.  I guess I should ad and on vacation.

  • Anonymous

    Poor Paul’s re-election fund drive. AKA a fool and their money are soon parted.

  • I like how you use “Penguin”, it speaks volumes of your maturity and knowledge.

    • Joseph Willingham

      It’s cute!!!   Much cuter than the more accurate “LePlague.”

    • Here is some maturity for ya… ahem… The Penguin has taken over Blaine House! Quick someone light The Batsignal!!!

  • Dumbb All Over

    ?????
     That’s good I guess because he’ll waste more of his colleagues and supporters money that way and that put’s a big smile on my face.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Le Page said he was going to do what voters elected him to do and he didn’t care if he got re-elected. I guess his mouth is getting the better of him and based on his track record to date, it ain’t gonna happen.

  • Anonymous

    $500.00 a plate? Huh I guess he’s appealing to no one since “they” say you can live here just fine on $11.00 an hour (not including food, clothes, heat, medical care, tv, internet, 6k in taxes off the top and auto/home repairs).

  • Anonymous

    LePage is walking joke.  Nuff said.

  • Anonymous

    And he said there were no “rich ” people in Maine?All those $500 dinners must be people from away.Noone in state would have that kind of money according to the Gov, and we all know he’d never lie!

  • cougar 64

    well, well, well.  look at all of the liberals and progressives here.  you are all pissed because he is cleaning up all of the messes that have been in place over the last 40 years and your getting your money that has been slid under the table taken away from ya.  he has done more to correct the problems then you all combined will ever complete.

    • Joseph Willingham

      Well, well, well.  Yup.  That’s it in a nutshell.  All the grievances and issues and problems we have LePage all rolled into that one cohesive little paragraph.  Ya got us!!!
      ~rolls eyes~

    • Guest

      You’re mistaken, it’s entertaining, analogous to watching a Monty
      Python skit where they use insane logic to discover who’s a witch.

  • Anonymous

    Draft dodger LePage should plan to go to Canada like he did during the Vietnam War…..!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    With 169 comments & counting mostly slamming the Governor, how about a “POLL Q” on how President Obama “Re-election” campaign & his 1st Term “accomplishment(s)” are viewed ??

  • Anonymous

    When LePage said people first, we should have known he was referring to business people and wealthy people. Just a bag of wind. We should work to have a recall provision become law so  there is a  way to remove people like him..

  • Anonymous

    All you have to do is look at the attached poll.3/4 don’t think he will be re elected.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is doing a good job, and he will be re elected!!

    • Anonymous

      You might think so  but he is rude crude and obnixous. If you want a republician please vote for one who knows the word respect. 

  • Guest

    I have no doubt LePage will need beaucuop dollars to get the
    GOP clown car road worthy. Being that all the wheels have fallen off and most
    of the body has been crushed by continually slamming into the far right side of
    the road, it may prove more cost effective to just scrap the entire mess instead
    of running for re-election. Better to run out the door than ride out on a rail.
        

    • Anonymous

      As a former Republican, I take no joy in the current state of that party.  Our nation needs AT LEAST two healthy, reasonable political parties to function well…

  • Sidney Bob

    Hey, he’s got to do something… his wife doesn’t want him down in Florida with the rest of the family.

    • Anonymous

      I know why   he would have to pay taxes on the house in florida. 

  • poormaniac

    I ,and many of you posters , don’t believe for one minute that this guy is a typical politician !  This article shows that Mr. Lepage is in it for the long run and knows it will take more than 4 years to fix the mess we are in. This is just a man dedicated to getting the job done.  If he were a politician he would care about who he criticises and would orchastrate his every word kind of like our orator in chief down in Washington ! He’s just telling us way in advance that he’s dedicated to his job.

    • Joseph Willingham

      I can see what you’re saying, but I don’t believe it.  He was once poor and now he is doing everything he can to “help” the poor by cutting programs for them.   Like a rabid ex-smoker, he sees that because HE could do it and he did it his way, that is the way for everyone else, period.
      There is plenty of waste and fraud at levels higher than that of the commoners, yet it is down here where he is “fixing” the problem.

      I can understand what you say about dedication, but, really, choosing the coldest days of the year when people are freezing to hold a $500-per-person fundraiser (in fact, there was a letter from a woman in Eastport who says that she’ll receive $90 to help her with her $2000 heating bill on the same day as his announcement) is thoughtless and shows how little he thinks of us commoners.  Sure, this was planned in advanced so there was no way to know that it would be so cold on 1-4-12, but still, it’s JANUARY in Maine!!!  The chances are high!

  • The Blaine House Monster must have gotten his marching orders from the billionaire Koch Brothers to set up an account so they can funnel money to him.

  • Anonymous

    Let them eat cake!

  • Anonymous

    LePage talks and acts like a drunk. People in Maine hate him. He’s a bully with a big mouth. The day he gets relected is the day hell will freeze over. Florida needs to prepare a place for him, we don’t want him as a Governor or a neighbor.

    • Anonymous

      So…Sir , IF you were the Gov. of this fine state of **Ours**… where would you start to change for immediate improvement and how do you propose to get the opposing *Parties* united immediatly.

           You were voted into office with a landslide victory so **We The People** demand that everything must be fixed now !!   Whatta ya’ say to That kind Sir ?? Seriously, you’re quick to cast stones at the wicked “Sinner” LePage… what makes you any different OR better ?!?!? 
          I’ll be waiting for a polite, well reasoned and Rational response to his constituents from our highly regarded and respectful new Gov.  Thank you for your time your Honor.   ;<)

      Oh yeah, Oh Nuts is not considered a well reasoned answer, OK kind Sir? Thank you very much ! Peace Out !!

  • Anonymous

    Three years of political campaign? I’m gonna have to unplug the TV and Internet . . .

  • Anonymous

    Where do I get in line for dinner? Will they accept food stamps?

  • Anonymous

    This guy should be put back on the street.

  • Anonymous

    It’s time the people came first!
    Maybe I will campaign for Governor of Maine!  I don’t have a lot of money to invest in a campaign and don’t have a college education but would simply put up posters and run adds with my picture and honest words.  I will reduce the Governor’s salary by 35%, his expense account and retirement package by 50%.  I will pay the same percentage for my insurance as those who pay my salary.  I would expect all other high paid state officials to do the same.  I would be there for the people not state government!

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous!  If the next three years are any indication of the first one, Maine is onto a brighter, more prosperous future! 

    • Anonymous

      As long as he replaces his “open for business” sign with “vacancy..space for lease”

  • Anonymous

    Oh good I needed a laugh this morning.  This is funny.   You got to be kidding?   Sorry We can’t have narcissist running the state of Maine. Please show lePage the door.

  • Guest

    Save your money people!  The penguin couldn’t get re-elected in this state, we all know that.

  • Anonymous

    If he is starting this campaign early  why not show us the person he really is.. give  the 500.00 per person to a homeless shelter, or give it to any charity in need. 

  • Guest

    So, it appears I am one of the 71.97%. That says it all, PLeP… Use the money for some nice luggage.

  • Anonymous

    Even if he was sincere and tried hard, it would take him more than 3 years to undo the damage and sooth the ill will he caused in the first year.  And the way he’s going after the old, the weak,  the poor and the infirm he’s not starting out his reelection campaign very well.

  • Anonymous

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. Oh wait, he’s serious. And so are we. He’s history in 2014 if not before!

  • Anonymous

    Do you seriously believe anyone will remember three years from now what LePage did in his first year? The American public, in general, does not have a long-term memory when it comes to politics. Most voters believe whatever they are told during the campaign. They vote based on how things are going at the time of the election.

  • Guest

     Wow there are some really gullable folks out there. Where does this money go when he doesn’t get elected? Oh, that’s right……….he gives it to his wife or a company they own or maybe even the kids. And some folks are worried about welfare fraud????

  • Anonymous

    Fools and their money are soon parted !

  • Anonymous

    I hope he does not do any advertising, ads might sound something like this…

    “Hi I am Paul LePage, and I am asking for your vote in 3 years to re-elect me as Governor of the State of Maine.  So much has been accomplished since I had been elected to office…well with my personal agenda anyways.  I gave Obama a nice 4 letter word in an important speech, and later put on my other face and praised I would work hard with him to resolve the important issues, I even told you that women can grow beards, telling a special interest group to kiss my butt, getting nasty with the hard working reporters for newspapers, taking down a mural and hiding it, accepting money to create jobs after I make an announcement that there are in fact plenty of jobs in the State of Maine…it is just a lot of you are uneducated and poor to go to school and learn them trades.  Also I took a vacation after I barley got my foot into the Blaine House, yes folks and before you ask I created jobs and helped those in need.  I even handed my daughter a job that she has no experience with, a job that if any of you come off the street wanting, would have had to cough up an impressive resume to get it.  I even put a sign that Maine is open for business (twice anyways) have you not seen the jobs being created since I put that up? There is a lot more, but in my next term I plan to do more for you, including, telling more people to kiss my butt, giving my family a residence for another 4 years, continue having a State Trooper posted outside my office, take more money, keeping the mural hidden, more vacations and my daughter having her job for another 4 years while the rest of you who need jobs, sit suffer, be accused of cheating the system, and when you leave the state, the new Turnpike sign will be posted that reads “Please bring back some jobs on your next visit” and anything else I can possibly do to keep my agenda in check..the personal one.  I ask you the kind citizens of Maine to consider me for re-election in 3 years, if you donate now I will give you my new book, “From Rags to Riches, how I can commit crimes, and put people last instead of first”. Together we can watch this state be the laughing stock of our country as it continues to get run into the ground”

    • Anonymous

      Haha!!!   I love it, you  forgot — telling Pres Obama never to come to Maine and LePage remark woman growing beards.
      If he doesn’t get re-elected I don’t know about you I am going to miss the laughs We never had this much fun with a incompentent Gov!  This is the first in Maine’s  history!

      • Anonymous

        Darn it, I modified it, forgot the open for business sign too, shame on me, I had to add that one!  

  • Guest

    I hope he will be re-elected

  • Anonymous

    LOL, while he’s campaigning he better start looking for a third liberal candidate to split the vote for him again, otherwise, there is no way he’s being re-elected

    • Guest

      The Dems Played that trick for years. Look back at the Baldacci election’s 5 candidates each time.. It’s an old game started by the dems.. Dems like to cheat…

  • Can you imagine the nerve ? Does he really think he has a chance ? If only we could file now to get rid of him ! Unbelieveable but yet I’m sure that he’ll still get votes from people that wanna see the poor and elderly get abused on a regular basis….or have their fine State ridiculed by the entire world because of his “crass” demeanor …..I would think the Tea Party would want to quietly remove him as well, since he has ruined any credibility they had. What a mistake Paul LePage is !! BTW Have you seen all the YouTube parodies of him ? He’s a star alright. Lol

  • Anonymous

    He’s going to need the next three years to convince people like me who put their faith in him to put our financial house in order, only to become embroiled in controversy and antagonism,  to give him a second term.  Personally, while I’ve been pleased with some of what he’s done but I think he’s lost control of the message and, therefore, become his own worst enemy.   

  • Anonymous

    Is it right for Obama to have his community organizers out there on his  behalf ever since he was elected?  His has been one long campaign mode, and he gets a pass from the liberal media.

  • Anonymous

    Fascinating.
     I did not think welfare recipients could afford internet connection.

  • notateapartier

    I thought he promised he wouldn’t run again.

  • Anonymous

    I will be voting for Le Page. Why? Look at all the comments in the Portland Press and BDN.
    By the way, calling him names does not accomplish anything. He could care less, and only reflects on those that do, as exhibiting low self-esteem. Many of you have very intriguing perspectives and insights, using your positive energy will bring out the best if used correctly.
    Name calling is negative, challenging responses in a upbeat matter are positive.

  • CPPray

    “Littlefield is involved with Maine People Before Politics and with the governor’s re-election campaign but he said the two are separate and must be by law.”
    If you’re involved with both then the intent of the law is violated,  Oh, but, legally they are “two” separate entities so they “skirt” the intent of the law but (wink, wink, tee-hee, tee-hee) the “public” can trust they have the public’s interest at heart.

    This is what is turning our great democracy into a third world joke.  Politics should be an honorable profession where individuals with different assessments on issues can openly resolve differences for a public good.  I’m not faulting one party over the other, but challenging both to step up to the need of the country, State, and citizens — before party.  Political parties can have their differences, they can openly discuss those differences, but the people, in the general sense, must come first.  We don’t seem to have enough of that these days as a country.  Maybe Maine could live up to its motto and lead.

    • Guest

      Good Lord, Chummy, just how can “politics be an honorable profession” when it is dominated by the most loathsome vermin on the planet?  – People like Allen and Flood who slither into a locked room to stuff ballot boxes, that former legislator who was stealing the turnpike authority blind, or that cockroach up to Millinocket who was selling hunting licenses and stuffing the money in his pocket?

  • Anonymous

    Why is he raising money 99% of the people will vote this idiot out of office.

  • Guest

    I want Emily Kane to run. The loophole party needs to be back in charge!!!!

  • Anonymous

    What happens with this money if he does not run, or spend it all doing so ? 

    • Anonymous

      One way ticket to Florida

    • Anonymous

      He sticks it in his pocket – and the suckers that put up the money will never see it back.

      It’s his new retirement account

      • Anonymous

        That figures. 

  • Anonymous

    I guess Lauren LePage doesn’t want to give up her cushy job and her room in the Blaine House.

    • Anonymous

      She might actually have to do a job interview like the rest of us!

    • Anonymous

      AT LEAST HE DISCLOSED IT AND DIDNT USE THE LOOPHOLE BALSCRATCHY USED FOR 8 YEARS.  AT LEAST HE CAN TRUST HIS OWN DAUGHTER. HE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN YOU OR ME OR ANYONE ELSE SO QUIT CRYING

      • Anonymous

        Wow – an all-caps response.  I’m flattered.

        Perhaps you tell us what Ms. LePage does for her $41k salary with full benefits?

        I suggest we (the taxpayers who pay her salary) fire her and rehire her at minimum wage – with no benefits.

        …and save taxpayers a bundle.

        What’s good for Mardens employees is good enough for Ms. LePage!

        yessah

      • Anonymous

        While I won’t speak for others, I can assure you, he and I are nothing alike.

        • Anonymous

          If you are trying to say you would not hire your own child if you had the opportuninty as Mr.  Lepage did, you are a liar. Again he did not hide this, he disclosed it properly.  Like it or not he is no different than you or I.

  • Guest

    Re-Elect LePage

    • Anonymous

      for dog catcher

      • Guest

        he wouldnt want you to lose “your job”

  • Anonymous

    Being this much out of touch with reality suggests those closest seriously consider having him ‘evaluated’.

  • Anonymous

    AWESOME! GO GET’M PAUL

  • Anonymous

    I hope he starts his campaign speech soon.  Can’t wait to here why he want’s to be re-elected  he has insulted every  group in Maine. 

  • Gail Orndorf

    Governor LP is out of his league. “Running a state is different than Mardens” was campaign fodder, political, but it has come to be true. Many voted against it being true so now we are paying for it experiencing his foolish attempts at leadership. Three more years, uggggghhhhhhh!

  • Liberal Soup N Crackers

    He is about a year behind Obama.

  • Anonymous

    I could forgive LePage his draconian cuts, maybe we need some cutting.  I could forgive him his rudeness with reporters, they can be pushy.   I could forgive him some of his alliances with the far left think tanks, every politician is entitled to choose his supporters.  

    What I can’ t forgive him is bad mouthing of Maine workers, calling them lazy and agreeing with Forbes that  Maine is the worst in the nation.  A governor is supposed to be proud of his state, to talk it up, to tell everyone how great we are.  A governor is the  cheerleader for the people he is leading.  

    He has effectively killed off any chance new business will move into the state. Nobody wants to open shop where the people are lazy and the state is the worst of the worst.  All he has done is make everybody feel bad about themselves and the state.

    We are not lazy and we are not the worst, LePage.  So stop telling the world we are.

    • Anonymous

      Well, ya don’t have to forgive a man for something he never did. Never did LePage call Maine workers lazy. He has praised Maine workers. He may have called the perpetual non-workers lazy–but that might just be the truth. He never said he agreed with Forbes. He simply looked at the data produced by Forbes and said: this is bad–how can we make it better.

      • Anonymous

        You haven’t been listening carefully to what your gov. is actually saying.

  • beithe

    Hopefully Liquidate Maine LLC will be out of business in 3 years.

  • Anonymous

    Really can not wait for LePage to be outta office…. People like LePage make Maine look bad.

    • Joseph Willingham

      The butt of many a joke across the country.

  • What’s so wrong with that Obama has been running for re-election for 4 years!

  • Anonymous

    That man makes me absolutely sick to my stomach. How anyone can support him is beyond me.

    • Anonymous

      Who ever said he is a man. He looks and acts like a Penguin.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t they all continually fundraise?  Isn’t that the name of the game now?  It’s all about money, folks.  Governing is not important it seems, just the need to keep the fundraising going.  From the White House on down our elections have become a joke.  Look at Romney’s superpac.  He vows he has no communication with it, oh that would be against the law he says.  So who’s running his superpac?  His lawyer and his last campaign manager.  Get real, Romney.  

    So sure, why shouldn’t LePage do what everybody else does?  Good governance? Nah….but always good to go for the fundraisers.  Nothing like buying power and influence to make America work. 

  • Guest

    So, it appears I am one of the 71.97%. That says it all, PLeP… Use the money for some nice luggage.

  • Guest

    So, it appears I am one of the 71.97%. That says it all, PLeP… Use the money for some nice luggage.

  • Guest

    So, it appears I am one of the 71.97%. That says it all, Your Royal Highness the Honorable Governor LePage… Use the money for some nice luggage.

  • Lepage is like the operations managers at a job I once had he called use all cold turds in a bucket. he said he could reach in the bucket and find some nice warm firm ones showing us how many job application were filled out for are jobs. Well we got no raises for 2 years but he had a brand new company truck.

  • Anonymous

    Send him back to Marden’s

  • Anonymous

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    for angry voters and taxpayers,

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  • Anonymous

    I think maybe Littlefield and Swanson are breaking the law by being involved in both the re-election campaign and the so-called non-profit (which by law is not supposed to be only political).  As for LePage running for a second term — that is so ridiculous that I will not even comment on it.

  • Guest

    LePage does not care.
    He wants to create his own death panel.

  • Guest

    A good leader plans for the future, GO LEPAGE 2014!

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