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A New Sheriff in Town | 05-03-2019

With apologies to Bob Dylan and James Brown, the times they are a changin’ and it’s no longer just a man’s world. While a lot of us already know this to be true, the word is just getting to a lot of states, or at least to the language...

Built for Speed | 03-08-2019

Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage and current Gov. Janet Mills have almost nothing in common, except for an apparent need for speed and an unwillingness to learn a lesson. As the Bangor Daily News reports , Mills has had 10 speeding tickets since 1975, and...

A Family Affair | 01-25-2019

The Maine House of Representatives will have a family feel this year, at least in one row of the chamber. That’s where, as the Bangor Daily News reports , Rep. Amy Arata will sit next to Rep. Richard Bradstreet, also known as her dad. Thankfully...

Now We’re Talking | 07-13-2018

As noted elsewhere in the issue, Maine Gov. Paul LePage managed for the seventh time last week to block the will of a majority of lawmakers and voters to expand Medicaid health coverage to an additional 70,000 poor Mainers. The matter is now in the courts...

Total Recall | 04-13-2018

As noted in this space before, there is a reckoning afoot for politicos spewing hateful nonsense on social media. The latest comes from Maine, where a local mayor is facing recall after cracking on a school shooting survivor. As the Bangor Daily News...

Dumb As A Rock | 03-16-2018

Dumb As A Rock : Whatever your position on guns, it would seem to be really dumb to verbally attack shooting victims or survivors. Sadly, from Sandy Hook to Parkland there is a plethora of examples of current and wannabe pols who have chosen to do just...

New Year, Same Jerk | 01-12-2018

Few elected officials seem to revel in being obnoxious quite like Maine Gov. Paul LePage. During his two terms in office LePage has yet to meet a policy proposal, public vote or maybe even the time of day he can’t get downright testy over. And lest...

Gone To The Dogs | 04-14-2017

There is clearly no issue on which Maine Gov. Paul LePage won’t weigh in. This week’s example involves a Husky mix named Dakota that twice in the last year has got out of her yard and attacked a neighbor’s dogs, killing one and injuring...

That Dog Won’t Hunt | 03-17-2017

Maine Rep. Jim Handy thought he was doing something good when he recently introduced a bill that would have required dogs to be safely secured in a seat belt when riding in a car. But as the Washington Post reports , the reaction from dog lovers ranged...

Dubious Advice Needed | 07-15-2016

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has had more than his share of confrontations with lawmakers during his time in office. Perhaps none has been greater than the kerfuffle last year over whether he had allowed 65 bills he intended to veto to instead become law without...

Maybe They Could Switch Jobs | 07-08-2016

The economy has improved a lot in recent years, but that doesn’t mean everything is just rosy for everyone. Take Maine Gov. Paul LePage, for instance. LePage is the lowest paid governor in the country, and the nickels just aren’t going as...

Truth In Advertising | 05-05-2016

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is the hands down champ as the most disagreeable governor in the nation, a guy as likely to stomp on measures from his Republican colleagues as he is those from the Democrats he clearly hates. So it should come as no surprise that...

No Work; No Pay | 05-29-2015

With most jobs, if you don’t show up for work one time you might as well not show up ever again. Not so for lawmakers, who often ditch their duties with no repercussion at all. That could soon change in Maine, where the House and Senate have endorsed...

Man Up, Buddy Boy! | 04-03-2015

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has a reputation as a “Ready, fire, aim!” kind of guy. The gov did nothing to ease that view recently when he publicly called out horror author Stephen King for moving away from the Pine Tree State to avoid paying state...