Tag Archives: lepage

LePage isn’t offended, The Office of the Governor is. What?

This Sunday, Appropriations Committee Co-Chair State Senator Dawn Hill adjourned a budget writing committee session as Gov. LePage rose to speak. Her rationale, she stated, was that the session had already ended on a good note. The implication, of course, was that the only notes the Governor knows are combative, counter-productive, or a combination of […]

Does ‘Maine, Obviously’ reinforce negative stereotypes?

On Monday I announced the launch of Maine, Obviously, a Tumblr-based collection of news stories that feel [to me] as though they could only have been produced in Maine. From people who live in or have ties to the state the response has been largely positive. On a few occasions, however, it has been suggested […]

On fear, action, legislation and the BDN concealed weapons permit “scandal”

I have been struggling to better understand why I was unsettled to my core by the concealed weapons permit hoopla that occurred last week and has, by way of inspiring the passing of emergency legislation, carried over into this one. On one hand, I was outraged by the response of those claiming to act in […]

Rep. Diane Russell discusses Ranked Choice Voting

Diane Russell is a Democratic State Representative from Portland. As the director of FairVote and now as a legislator, she has long advocated for the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting. The system allows citizens to vote for candidates in order of preference. This session, she co-sponsored a bill that would make possible this method of […]

Mother of two adopted children to testify against proposed curtailment cuts facing adoptive families

Abby Davis and her 11 and 13 year old adopted daughters have lived together in Westbrook, Maine as a “forever family” for 3 years. A week and a half ago she received a letter from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services explaining that proposed budget cuts would result in a substantial cut in […]

Governor LePage just invents the news now.

I usually have a bit of fun imagining the mechanics of the hair-brained goings-on of the Blaine House, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that this action must be part of an elaborate coping mechanism. It is easier, I suppose, to find the humor in the latest LePage foibles than to truly examine how sad […]