Category Archives: Governor LePage

Governing Style and the Emergency

As the hours ticked by and the federal government teetered into partial shutdown, we all looked up to the sky (or in the newspapers) and wondered what would happen next. And for most of us, immediately…nothing. The impact of the … Continue reading

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Headwinds, or why I will never play poker with Ben Grant

I must admit to being surprised by Eloise Vitelli’s win in the special election to fill the open seat in Maine Senate District 19. (Here’s me predicting the opposite outcome.)  Given Vitelli’s relative lack of campaign experience, it’s a pretty … Continue reading

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Katz Agonistes

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold Sorry to mix  literary metaphors, but last night’s endless session convened for a series of final votes represented a set-back … Continue reading

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Day of the Long Knives

With nothing more than a pen, Gov. LePage produced one of the most dramatic days in Maine gubernatorial history. Adding 21 vetoes in a single day to his previous record number of 57 vetoes, the man has out-no’ed any Maine … Continue reading

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Unwell

I’m disappointed. I’d hoped that the many, many reasons to accept the free federal money to cover Maine citizens would add up to legislators’ passing LD 1066. I also failed to look carefully at the original House vote and hadn’t … Continue reading

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The Governor’s Proposal

As we await Gov. LePage’s promised veto of the state budget, it’s useful to revisit what it was that the governor himself proposed. For although the governor claims that he opposes new taxes, there is no way that the impact … Continue reading

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Right on, Prof. Krehbiel!

Maine’s biennial budget, which Gov. LePage has promised to veto, has passed both the House and Senate. Hooray for a first step towards no shut-down!  We haven’t seen the veto yet, which the governor has announced he will delay in … Continue reading

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More recent context for LePage vetoes

Scott Thistle’s great historical perspective on Governor LePage’s veto streak offers a useful long-term view on the recent vetoes but misses something important about the more immediate historical perspective. Maine (and New England in general) are places with relatively low … Continue reading

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Maps, Part 2

WELL. Certainly some additions to make to the veto post below! However, I am not going to do that currently. Instead, I am exploring the use of Google’s Map Builder Lite to look at geographic distributions of legislators by party … Continue reading

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“We will have to work and communicate with each other and with the chief executive”

Governor LePage’s unexpected entry into today’s emergency meeting of the Appropriations and Fiscal Affairs Committee provides yet another cliff-hanger in the dramatic series of interactions between legislators and the governor. (In other news, why yes, we will all be tuning … Continue reading

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