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  posted on 1/15/2011 at 12:43 AM
Gov. Paul LePage of Maine said Friday that the state’s N.A.A.C.P. leaders could “kiss my butt” after they questioned his decision not to attend Martin Luther King Day events in Bangor and Portland.

The remark by Mr. LePage, a newly elected Republican, came after The Portland Press Herald reported Friday that the N.A.A.C.P. felt increasingly slighted by him. Leaders of the group’s Maine chapters told the newspaper that Mr. LePage had declined several invitations from them in recent months and questioned whether he would look out for their interests.

Asked to respond Friday, Mr. LePage – who gained a reputation for combativeness on the campaign trail – said he merely had scheduling conflicts. He also said the N.A.A.C.P. officials should “look at my family picture,” pointing out his adopted son.

“My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they’d like about it,” he told a reporter for WGME. “The fact of the matter is there’s only so many hours in a day, so many hours in a week, and so much that you can do.”

When the reporter asked Mr. LePage to respond to the suggestion that he had a pattern of slighting the N.A.A.C.P., he said, “Tell them to kiss my butt,” adding, “If they want to play the race card, come to dinner. My son will talk to them.”

Mr. LePage’s spokesman, Dan Demeritt, later released a statement reiterating that the governor’s decision not to attend the events on Monday was not about race. “This is about a special interest group taking issue with the governor for not making time for them,” the statement said, “and the governor dismissing their complaints in the direct manner people have come to expect from Paul LePage.”

Mr. Demeritt also released the text of a recorded radio address, scheduled to be broadcast Saturday, in which Mr. LePage praises Dr. King as someone who “spent and ultimately gave his life making sure that people got a fair shake regardless of race.”

During the campaign, Mr. LePage turned heads when he told a group of fishermen that if elected he would tell President Obama “to go to hell.”


http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/maines-new-governor-dismisses -n-a-a-c-p-s-concerns/?ref=politics

 

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  posted on 1/15/2011 at 12:51 AM
I'd say if he adopted a black child he doesn't have to explain anything to anyone about race.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2011 at 01:07 AM
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I'd say if he adopted a black child he doesn't have to explain anything to anyone about race.


I agree that giving the circumstances he shouldn’t have any problems. But he shouldn’t have had to bring this to anyone’s attention to begin with, a simple “sorry I am booked”, should have been enough of a explanation.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2011 at 01:18 AM
I agree.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2011 at 07:22 AM
I live in Maine. This is not the first instance of something along these lines involving this jackwagon, and I'm sure it won't be the last. And as far as I am concerned it is not a racial thing. If he had explained why he declined the NAACP's offer all would have been fine. But instead he chooses to tell them to kiss his butt on the eve of MLK weekend. Right or wrong, he had to know there would be fallout but now he's the one playing the victim. My problem with LePage, in additional to policy, is that he is an uncouth asshat who will continue to embarass himself and the great State of Maine and every opportunity. He sort of reminds me of Sarah Palin in a less attractive package. It is going to be a long 4 years.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2011 at 02:00 PM
When I see some of the people who have been elected to office around the country, it tells me I don't belong in some states if a majority of people voted for them!

 

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When I see some of the people who have been elected to office around the country, it tells me I don't belong in some states if a majority of people voted for them!


Well, as it happens we had a 5-way race (D, R and 3 I's) and he only got about 38% of the vote...no where near a majority but it was enough to win. He barley beat one of the I's (who I voted for), with the D coming in 3rd.

 

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When I see some of the people who have been elected to office around the country, it tells me I don't belong in some states if a majority of people voted for them!


Thank you, Alabama.

 

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When I see some of the people who have been elected to office around the country, it tells me I don't belong in some states if a majority of people voted for them!


Thank you, Alabama.


You're right.....the state is full of republicans.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2011 at 01:26 PM
you should look at his background . .he left an abusive homelife filled with alcoholism and violence when he was 11 years old..he was taken in by a number of families..he worked his butt off to get where he is..his first language was french canadian also..growing up in lewiston was no bargain..a poor city..he knows what low income people go through..another non-issue
 

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  posted on 1/16/2011 at 02:23 PM
Sounds as if he had a lot to overcome to get where he is today. That's admirable in my book, even with the rough edges.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2011 at 08:02 PM
one thing i liked that he said during his inauguration speech was he wanted graduating seniors from high school to be able go to school another year and get their associates degree in a five year program..sounds like a good idea..we'll see
 

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you should look at his background . .he left an abusive homelife filled with alcoholism and violence when he was 11 years old..he was taken in by a number of families..he worked his butt off to get where he is..his first language was french canadian also..growing up in lewiston was no bargain..a poor city..he knows what low income people go through..another non-issue



Sounds like he pulled himself up by his own boot straps. No wonder they have a problem with him. I wasn't aware of him until now, so thank you N.A.A.C.P.!!

 

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  posted on 1/16/2011 at 08:46 PM
So what. He has other things to do. I don't ever hear of anyone complaining about elected officials not showing up for things related to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln or Veterans Day or Labor Day or whatever.

Everyone has to complain about something in our country. Do us all a favor and just give it a rest. Oh well... the price for living in a free country where you can be fat and poor at the same time.

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... the price for living a free country where you can be fat and poor at the same time.

Great line! I might use that sometime.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2011 at 09:19 PM
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I live in Maine. This is not the first instance of something along these lines involving this jackwagon, and I'm sure it won't be the last. And as far as I am concerned it is not a racial thing. If he had explained why he declined the NAACP's offer all would have been fine. But instead he chooses to tell them to kiss his butt on the eve of MLK weekend. Right or wrong, he had to know there would be fallout but now he's the one playing the victim. My problem with LePage, in additional to policy, is that he is an uncouth asshat who will continue to embarass himself and the great State of Maine and every opportunity. He sort of reminds me of Sarah Palin in a less attractive package. It is going to be a long 4 years.


He sounds like a real creep. Sooner or later, his big mouth will catch up to him, like
when he's up for re-election.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 03:29 PM
Our lovely new governor here in Maine continues to astound us with his indellible wit (I say with tongue firmly planted in cheek).

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage On BPA: 'Worst Case Is Some Women May Have Little Beards'

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage's comment that the only bad thing about a chemical additive is that it might give women "little beards" has drawn a strong reaction from a health activist group.

LePage last week said he's not seen enough science to support a ban on bisphenol-A. A 2008 law to keep it out of consumer products is likely to be debated again.

LePage is quoted in the Bangor Daily News as saying that all he's heard is that "if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards."

Mike Belliveau of the Environmental Health Strategy Center said the comment "displays shocking ignorance for the science and a callous disregard for children's health."


Little beards? That ain't nuthin'. What about shrinking sperm counts? Hermaphroditic birth defects? Infertility? Impotency? Estrogenic toxins are equally if not more scary in men than women.

Not that we should be surprised by any of this since he decided to outsource his environmental regulatory reform to a law firm that specializes in lobbying for corporate interests who stand to profit from the regulatory changes being proposed. In fact, the very woman who wrote the proposals and was co-chair of LePage's transition team has since the inauguration re-registered as the official lobbyist for PHRMA, drug maker MERCK, the TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, and other corporations that will profit from the specific changes related to bpa.

I deleted the last part that I originally wrote here, after re-reading it I feel that I probably came on a little too strong. Sorry.



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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 05:21 PM
libby mitchell where are you? my property taxes aren't high enough
 

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libby mitchell where are you? my property taxes aren't high enough


Ummm, you do know how property taxes are determine in Maine, right? (hint: it's not the governor, nor the state legislature for that matter...you have more influence on your prop tax rate if you so choose than anyone in Augusta)

And Mitchell (not who I voted for, fwiw) wasn't even the runner up so not sure why you bring her up anyway.




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libby mitchell where are you? my property taxes aren't high enough


Ummm, you do know how property taxes are determine in Maine, right? (hint: it's not the governor, nor the state legislature for that matter...you have more influence on your prop tax rate if you so choose than anyone in Augusta)

And Mitchell (not who I voted for, fwiw) wasn't even the runner up so not sure why you bring her up anyway.




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yes i do..i was being facetious..after 20years of dem governors the state is like the 48th business friendly in the country..i know plenty of people who worked for eastland shoe and sebago boot who lost their jobs to somewhere in asia..all lepage wants to do is make the state competitive and bring regulations to federal standards..the local news had a spot about a family from ohio who got tanf,food stamps and housing..they've been here 7 weeks..we need reform..maine is turning into a junior version of the peoples republic of massachusetts..

 

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i know plenty of people who worked for eastland shoe and sebago boot who lost their jobs to somewhere in asia

You're going to lay a national problem, perhaps even a global issue, at the feet of the gov of Maine? Well, we still have lobster, at least for now.

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all lepage wants to do is make the state competitive and bring regulations to federal standards

With all due respect, I disagree.

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the local news had a spot about a family from ohio who got tanf,food stamps and housing..they've been here 7 weeks

I have no idea what you are referring to...if you have a link I'll read up on it.

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..we need reform..maine is turning into a junior version of the peoples republic of massachusetts..

I agree that there are some things that could use reform. Even if we have different opinions about what that reform should look like, at least we can agree on that. Right?

 

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the local news had a spot about a family from ohio who got tanf,food stamps and housing

I just saw a story on the local news related to this (I think)...while there is a perception among some local service providers that people are flockling to Maine for social services, there is no data or other objective evidence to support this assertion. Yet the gov prosposes to throw the baby out with the bath water which will only make things worse not better. The good news is that it sounds like he may be willing to reconsider some of the more egregious parts of his package, so we'll see.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2011 at 03:31 PM
all we can do is hope things turn around..i love the state and moved here not just because of the great outdoors but the can do attitude of the people here..given the right circumstances i think the state can do well..i think lepage wants to be pro-business because all the young folks are leaving the state..i am concerned about environmental issues though..
 

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It's Little Beard Day in Maine!

Facebook event celebrates ‘Little Beard Day’ in honor of LePage remarks
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Facebook group has proclaimed Friday “Little Beard Day” in honor of Gov. Paul LePage’s recent remarks that BPA may cause women to “grow little beards.”

“On Friday, March 4, Mainers (especially women) are invited to don “little beards” at high noon, take pictures of each other, congregate during your lunch hour in public places,” the group’s description says. The event boasts more than 1,400 people attending and a photo gallery of more than 200 women with little beards.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155547247836290

 

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  posted on 3/4/2011 at 04:09 PM
Why all the fuss about merkins?

 

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