MAINE: GOP Gov. Paul LePage Vows To Block Medicaid Expansion Despite Successful Ballot Measure

Talking Points Memo reports:

Maine voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to become the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative, approving the measure by a nearly 20-point margin.

But Republican Gov. Paul LePage, a vehement opponent of Medicaid who has vetoed expansion bills five times since the Affordable Care Act became law, is threatening once again to block more than 80,000 low-income Mainers from gaining access to government health insurance.

In a statement Wednesday morning, LePage said he would not allow expansion to go into effect until the program “has been fully funded by the Legislature at the levels DHHS has calculated.”

The group behind the referendum says that per Maine’s constitution, the expansion will become law in 45 days no matter what LePage does.

  • Do Something Nice

    Let him challenge it. It will be the end of his governance. Fuckwad.

    • Mainers have been trying to get rid of him. I used to be for a 3rd party until I ‘met’ Le Page.

  • The Maine legislature really needs to impeach this motherfucker.

    • Xuuths

      Lock. Him. Up.

    • ColdCountry

      Tried, couldn’t get the votes, which is surprising considering nobody much likes him. At least he’s term limited out in 2018.

      • Could not get the votes because they do 3rd party politics.

        • ColdCountry

          That wouldn’t effect the impeachment vote. When push came to shove, the Repubs didn’t want to lose their governor, much as they hated him. They just settled for over-riding his vetoes, and wiggling around his directives. In other words, not much of anything has gotten done.

    • leastyebejudged

      That cast of clowns hasn’t accomplished a fucking thing in YEARS.

  • greenmanTN

    Gee, a Republican being a shitass. Will wonders never cease?

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Shitass is such a southern term lol. My mom says that. I grew up and lived in south carolina for 40years.

      • drbrentzenobia

        I haven’t heard that in a month of Sundays.

      • greenmanTN

        I was six years old before I learned my name wasn’t You Little Shitass!

        • David Walker

          I was Piss Pot.

          • greenmanTN

            Oh, and who can forget Peckerwood?

            Does that one have a homophobic connotation?

          • Kissmagrits

            Doesn’t that imply splinters?

        • ColdCountry
        • Falconlights

          LMAO.

        • perversatile

          My lil’ brother thought his name was ‘spare parts’
          because, and I’m quoting my father here;
          “Your Old Man likes to drink and it never hurts to
          have a extra liver or kidney easy to get at.”

    • TheManicMechanic

      OMG, I haven’t heard that term in decades. It was the go-to insult when I was in elementary school (x=omg) years ago.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Don’tcha bet he’d be the first to scream “will of the people” if Maine voted it down?

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    The GOP are emboldened to think they’re above the law. Resist these criminals

    • Frostbite

      Resist Arrest these criminals.” FIFY

      • Falconlights

        I like your idea best.

      • Rambie

        Both, resisting come before arresting them.

    • Cattleya1

      Maine needs an amendment to their constitution requiring the top 2 vote getters in the primary go head to head in the final fall election. The US needs the same kind of thing – the winner of the November popular vote needs to be president.

  • Jmdintpa

    Didnt they re-elect him for a second term?

    • KnownDonorDad

      And both times, an independent split the left-leaning vote.

      • Tomcat

        Sounds real Berniesk.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Typical. I noticed there was an “I” in virginia govs race that picked up some 27k votes….. libertarian cliff hyra

        • Craig Howell

          Not a spoiler, thankfully.

      • NZArtist

        Hey kids, until you get a proportional representation system of elections, just vote for the least-worst of the two major parties.
        Work at the local electorate level to promote and support politicians who will work toward proportional representation. But in the meantime deal with your realities of a terrible two-party system. Trying to elect third-party candidates just lets the most-worst of the two major parties get and stay in power, thereby fucking you over.
        In other words, your vote for third parties is counter-productive.

        • The_Wretched

          So many of our gerrymandering and other election screwing techniques would be mooted by proportional representation.

          • NZArtist

            When my country changed from a First past the post (or Winner takes all, for you pedants) system to a proportional representation, it made a HUGE change to our elections. It’s true, you often end up with coalition governments. But this isn’t a bad thing – it means political parties have to be moderate, and work together.
            Oh and USA please reform your electoral finance laws. They’re a big part of your electoral problems.

          • The_Wretched

            I’d like a law that says all elections must receive funding and in-kind contributions from the jurisdiction of that election. No more outside parties buying up all the ad slots or blanketing a region with lies that some out of State rich person wants.

          • Jonty Coppersmith

            I’d like to see public funding for all federal candidates so they would not feel obligated to serve their big money donors once elected. Then they could serve their constituents. I forget the fool’s name, but one of the GOP House Reps flat out said the other day in reference to the tax cuts for the rich bill they are all slobbering to pass: ” Who cares what the people want? Our donors are telling us to pass this or they will cut us off.”

          • Falconlights

            Well, at least they’re up front about it. That’s all they care about–their rich donors.

          • NZArtist

            Edit: The biggest opponents to MMP (the system of elections we now use) were the big corporations and companies who realized it would make it much harder for them to buy elections, and that politicians who weren’t necessarily in their pocket would end up making the laws about them.

          • Chucktech

            Oh and USA please reform your electoral finance laws.

            Sigh… THAT would take a Constitutional amendment, since corporations are, apparently, people.

        • leastyebejudged

          Fuck you with your know-nothing condescending “hey kids” horseshit.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Delusions of being a king seem to be running rampant lately….

    • JackFknTwist

      Ha ha ha ….Gold Thrones for the House of Trump, with their princes and princesses, golden showers for sleaze bag Trump/turd;
      He wants to abolish the judiciary, Trump/turd could do a better job; ,
      Why have a Justice dept. if it won’t do what the President wants ?;
      “where are my Generals when I want them”
      “I want a Gold State Coach all the way down the Mall in London”;

      Delusions of royalty, aspirations to grandeur, adopting the Royal plural, “we”, yet an unease with world leaders, an awkwardness in public social forums/fora.
      And underlying all is the inferiority complex, a disturbing knowledge that he is uneducated, never reads, knows nothing, and has no friends just sycophants.

      well, Rex got it right, he’s a f ucking moron.

      • Falconlights

        Good luck with everything you want, Donnie and yeah, Rex nailed it.

  • “I don’t give a flying fuck for my constituency; if I did, my Koch brothers money would dry up and I’d have to make an honest living.”

    • David Walker

      “You expect me to live on a governor’s salary?”

  • greenmanTN

    This is why friends don’t let friends vote Republican.

    • Todd20036

      Or why anyone who votes republican isn’t your friend.

      • Or third party, as it was third party votes that allowed LePage to get it both times.

        • Lawerence Collins

          We need to stop blaming others and make sure that the right Democratic challenger wins. Last night many Democratic Socialist won their races.

          • Yeah, running as DEMOCRATS. I have no issue with any of them. My point was very clearly about independents who split the vote, not about anyone of any political flavor running for the Democratic nomination.

          • Todd20036

            I blocked that bitter Bernie bot.

            He’s a Nazi by proxy.

          • Lawerence Collins

            I’m more American then you apparently. I’m doing what I can to fight for a more just system. You just act like a stupid bitch! You block me cause you know I’m right!

          • Andymac3

            Sure Lawerence, start your campaign to split the democratic vote early because you only like a certain flavor of democrat. SMDH.

          • Falconlights

            This political purity is getting old and it is getting the country nowhere. And I say that as someone who voted for Hillary when Bernie didn’t get the nomination.

          • Lawerence Collins

            Bemused condescension, not what the Democrats need right now.
            Back at yah. You’d rather Rethuglicons won last night and not Progressives?!?
            Why is it, you call yourself a Democrat???

          • Andymac3

            it easy to view you with disdain, honey, you’re not very bright, you point makes no sense, and your punctuation is random too. Are you drunk posting?

          • Lawerence Collins

            My point doesn’t make sense to you?!? I think it says more about you, then me.
            I’ve no disdain for any of you. I can’t, I used to be like you.

          • Andymac3

            No, it says you don’t make any sense Lawerence, and you sound like a fuckwit.

          • Lawerence Collins

            That’s right.. resort to petty, ignorant, baseless, personal attacks.
            Boy, you showed me!😒😐😊😆😜

          • Andymac3

            No one can show you Lawerence, you’re in love with yourself.

          • Dramphooey

            I hope you noted nobody here complained about any Democrat that won that night. We did complain about the three jerks that showed up at Northam’s victory speech over a quibble.

        • Raising_Rlyeh

          The only bright spot is that he is term limited from running again.

          • Falconlights

            Than God and Goddess!

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        • northern_neighbour

          Third parties work wonderfully well in places like Germany with mixed proportional representation.

          Any party with at least 5% of the national vote gets seats in their version of the house of representatives. Government is almost always of 2 or 3 parties, which means compromise and bi-partisan solutions. This in the country that went through Fascism and destruction with Hitler, and now is far more democratic than the USA in so many different ways:

          Sunday elections, no gerrymandering, permanent voter lists, court appointments are not political partisan hacks, and no phoney baloney Electoral college. Each voter gets two votes on their Federal ballot in an election regulated by ONE Federal election law ( not 50 gerrymandered laws like USA)
          One vote is for the party whose platform most resembles the voter’s own ideas of good policy and governance. The second vote is for your local candidate whom you think is the best for your local constituency. 299 constituencies, but 598 plus delegates in their House of Reps (Reichstag) as a result of the two vote ballot system. Germany today is a VIBRANT democracy.

          How ironic that their system is so resilient and effective and ours so crazily corrupt and deadlocked! They were the Nazis, for Fuck’s sake, and now America is on the edge of such a nightmare.

          (And pathetic at the same time, of course, for those of us in North America.)

          Obviously governance in America needs a rewrite with a thorough Constitutional update. How that can come about I have no idea, sadly.

          Anyhow, at least the Monday night result in Virginia gives a little gleam of hope that maybe, just a little maybe, better days may lie ahead.

          • Steve Teeter

            A thorough Constitutional update would require a new Constitutional Convention, and some people are calling for one. Seeing as they all are on the far extreme right I, frankly, am terrified of what might happen if they got loose in a convention.

          • northern_neighbour

            Maybe the progressives should get on the bandwagon and organize a Convention workshop of their own. Something is desperately needed, cuz the status quo is broken.

            Germany got a new and far better Constitution, but only after the devastation of a world war.

            As a Canuck, I’d have to say the Westminster parliamentary system has proven more resilient than the US model. However we also just have First past the Post up here, and therefore we are nowhere near as democratic as modern day Germany, and some others.

            The biggest advantage up here is that we do NOT have the political appointment of judges at any level in our system.

            Corruption of Justice is a major issue in the US due to that very political patronage system and that is a fundamental fatal flaw.

          • I had a chance to learn a little bit about Germany’s system over the summer. I happened to be there when they voted in same-sex marriages and were in the middle of their elections, so I read up about it. I agree, it’s a much more proportional system. (They do have an Electoral College for electing the President, but their President is mostly but not completely a figurehead and it’s the Chancellor who has most of the power.)

            The U.S. was the first modern era democracy, so I suspect that Germany and other newer democracies had a chance to study what worked for us vs. parliamentary systems and others, and adjust theirs to react to issues with ours.

            Our current “one person per district, plurality winner” forces people to coalesce around two parties (Duverger’s law). One interim step we could do would be Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), also known as Instant Run-off Voting (IRV), which I think is a little clearer in what it does. If your first choice comes in last, your vote rolls over to your next choice. That way you could vote for the Green candidate, and if they got knocked out your vote would go to, say, the Democratic candidate so that the right wing nationalist wouldn’t prevail with a small plurality of conservative votes. Maine voted that in, but as I understand it the courts have held it up, saying that either the Legislature has to amend their state constitution so it can be implemented, or it will be thrown out. I like IRV better than a traditional run-off because in a crowded field, everyone is in the run-off, not just the top two. Also, it’s a lot cheaper and faster to implement. And it often allows similar-minded candidates to work in coalition rather than tearing each other down and then trying to patch things up in the run-off.

            We have IRV in San Francisco and I like it, but a lot of people get confused and bitch about it. Some think their vote is weighted more if they only vote for one rather than three, and so on. But that’s an implementation issue, and I think they could figure out other ways to implement that would be clearer.

            States could do their own IRV for everything except President. Short of a Constitutional Amendment, I don’t see how 50 states doing IRV wouldn’t throw the election to the House of Representatives every time.

          • northern_neighbour

            Thanks so much for your thoughtful exposition … entirely relevant and very timely indeed. Like I say, a major overhaul is long overdue and a serious national discussion needs to begin.

        • David Kerlick

          Because of this turd (sorry for insulting turds) Maine has now enacted ranked choice voting because two other parties with 30% each how he got in with about 40% of the vote.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Or,… just don’t befriend anyone inclined to vote Republican in in the first place.

    • Steverino

      “Republican” has become code for “fascist.”

      • Todd20036

        Not even code. There’s a reason I call them Nazis. Every damned time.

        Screw Poe’s law.

        • Dramphooey

          Godwin’s! Poe’s Law is about satire.

    • leastyebejudged

      LOL, you don’t know Maine.

      What I hear people saying is “Friends don’t let friends vote for frenchmen.”

  • Tomcat

    Run him out of town on a rail.

    • Adam King

      Just run him out of town–let him find his own damn rail.

      • Tomcat

        I don’t do cryptic messaging.

    • Dagoril

      He doesn’t look like a big runner…

  • Michael R
  • Adam King

    They could fund it in part by eliminating the governor’s salary and other wasteful executive branch expenses.

  • Lazycrockett

    Fuck Him.

    • Todd20036

      Pass.

      • kareemachan

        It would take more money than….

        never mind. No way on God’s green earth.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          I would think your projectile vomiting would interfere with the act.

    • Snarkaholic

      I will…with a nail-studded traffic cone!

    • Falconlights

      I’m not volunteerin’!

  • KnownDonorDad

    FYI, he’s term-limited and his term ends next year.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Doesn’t he want to move on to senator?

      • KnownDonorDad

        I don’t know offhand, but I hope Maine voters are smarter than that.

        • kareemachan

          I would have thought so from the Mainiacs I know, but dayyum, they voted him in TWICE.

          • David L. Caster

            This is exactly why people need to pay much more attention to midterms.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Third party candidates, actually.

          • Mb

            If I am not mistaken, that is because Maine is a state that allows more than one person from the same party to be on a general ballot. Or maybe it is that a Democrat losing the primary can easily run as an independent. La Page won both times with only slightly more than one third of the votes because the opposition cancelled each other out. Both getting a slightly lesser amount of the third of the vote than La Page got.

          • Craig Howell

            By plurality only, because the reasonable vote was split both times, right?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            The Rt took close to 40 some percent while the Dem & Indep split 60 some, if I recall.

            Bad bad move

        • If Maine voters were smarter than that, they’d have never elected him governor.

      • TCinBerkeley

        I hadn’t heard about him, but Steve Bannon was trying to get LePage’s wife, Ann, to run for the Senate seat. She turned him down (so far – and I think after yesterday’s election, for good).

  • Michael R

    Ugh
    ” LePage grew up with seventeen siblings “

    • mr wonderful

      With an aggregate total of 49 teeth among ’em all.

    • AlternativeQuacks

      He had a pretty awful childhood, but that’s no excuse for his awful politics.

    • AlternativeQuacks

      He was the oldest and he ran away from home when he was eleven, so he couldn’t have “grown up with” all of his siblings.

      • Falconlights

        Smart kid who grew up to be a dumbass.

    • Todd20036

      there is no legitimate reason to have that many kids.

      • wineflask

        Smells like a combination of domestic violence, lack of access to contraceptives, and religion.

      • The_Wretched

        It’s not great for the health of the mother either. Not that they care but humans aren’t rabbits.

      • ChrisMorley

        Because the pope is catholic. French speaking French Canadians in Maine.
        Le Page’s dad was a chronic drunk who beat and terrrorised his wife. Resisting sex in this situation could well have been fatal.

        I’m the eldest of eight children (still births and miscarriages extra) and heard, saw and experienced my own dad’s bullying.
        Please don’t blame the mum whose overwhelming instinct is surviving to care for her children / unborn infant as best she can in appalling circumstances.

        • Falconlights

          That’s a no-win situation for the woman, for sure. I doubt there was any place she could flee to with the kids, and back then, birth control was likely illegal.

    • ChrisMorley

      One more, 18: – impoverished French-Canadian catholics avoiding birth control in Maine.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_LePage#Early_life_and_education

      • Michael R

        Throw in alcoholism and abuse , but SHHH !!!

    • leastyebejudged

      Say what you will about that generation that passed in Maine just a few year prior, but no way would they have ever voted a fucking frenchman into the Blaine House.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    He’s completely insane. Let’s hope “Manieacs” wake up next year and vote for a sane Governor.

    • AlternativeQuacks

      Isn’t Susan Collins rumored to be running?

      • Boreal

        Yes but not confirmed by her.

      • Chucktech

        She recently said she doesn’t want to run for governor.

  • AlternativeQuacks
    • Tawreos

      Is it just me or does it look like he is in the middle of taking a good shit?

      • AlternativeQuacks

        Either that or distracted by a laser pointer.

        • Keith D Plane

          squirrel!

      • Christopher

        His mouth is open so, yes.

      • JRDC

        He saw a pretty shiny thing and kept looking

      • David Walker

        Not possible. Where’s his twitter machine?

      • Philly Mike

        The only person in that picture that has their shit together is Peng Liyuan she is very proper, Xi Jinping looks like he can not wait to get away from tRUMP, Melania looks digused and tRUMP looks like, well an asshole.

      • leastyebejudged

        He literally always looks like that, no lie, plug him into google images.

    • fuzzybits

      They hadn’t mentioned his name in the last five seconds,so.

    • Melania: God please when will this be over. I miss New York.

      Donald: Herpdy-derrrrrr

      Mr. Xi: He is such a fucking moron, I cannot believe it. I give him a compliment, he spills favors like a broken slot machine.

      Mrs. Xi: (poncho-on, planning her escape)

      • FAEN

        [email protected] Herpdy-derrrr

        • TCinBerkeley

          Hey, FAEN – I saw a new iteration of MAGA the other day and thought of you: Mueller Ain’t Going Anywhere

          It has been a couple of days, so you may have seen it already. I chortled.

          • FAEN

            Hey TC-how sweet if you to think of me. I haven’t seen that iteration before lol. Thanks for tell me about it. Gave me a good snicker myself 😊

      • Falconlights

        Loved the Herpdy-derrrrrr! Nailed the idiot perfectly.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      When’s my guy gonna be back with the Mickey D’s?

    • carrot festival

      Two air cleaners. Two. Does he not wipe?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I was just gonna ask: space heaters? death lasers? Sharper Image ash trays?

    • carrot festival

      Is that Jeff and Sarah peaking out from behind?

      • Paula

        That is the guy that wipes Donnie’s butt for him.

        • Stubenville

          …and runs to MacDonald’s for him (yup, they have a handful of them in Beijing.)

    • JRDC

      #pathetic

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      When is someone going to swoop down and save Melanomia? She looks so miserable, this is definitely NOT the gold-digging gig she signed up for.

      • Stubenville

        Melania knew what she was getting into when she signed up (sorry, I couldn’t help it.)

        • Falconlights

          If not, she must know after, what, thirteen years married to this orange idiot.

          • FAEN

            She’s biding her time. Her next husband will be younger and hotter. Of course there’s no where else to go but up from BLOTUS.

        • Todd20036

          She paid her ticket.

          She’s a US citizen. She’s rich. She looks more plastic than a barbie doll.

    • Guest

      Where is that damn trap door button?

    • JackFknTwist

      The Boy Who Would Be King.

    • Cattleya1

      And, Melanoma looks ever so happy to be there. Xi looks tickled shitless that 45 is acting as expected.

  • fuow

    Yeah, but, heh – we on the left stuck to our purity tests and let this asswipe get elected twice.
    Suppose last night might have taught liberals anything?

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Such as?

      • leastyebejudged

        He’s a deluded liar, he has no real examples. He’s a corporate shill for big pharma and monopolies.

    • The_Wretched

      Yes, it taught liberals to run as proudly liberal. Mealy mouthed whiney “we just are as bad as Trump” types weren’t the big winners. Trans* candidates did remarkably well. Those candidates could have been told they were too ‘far out there’ for the election by the so-called moderates. But they weren’t and they won.

  • Tawreos

    He knows he is talking out of his ass, but will talk tough so his base will still think he is cool and stuff.

  • fuzzybits

    What a miserable git.

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh look!
    A certain somebody knows who he works for.
    But do the voters?

  • kareemachan

    Gee, Letwat isn’t looking so pleased with himself any more. Good.

  • Boreal

    Fuck off Lepig.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • jerry

      …and an emergency visit to Hairclub for Men.

      • Joe in PA

        and an emergency visit to Hairclub for Men muskrats.

    • Rambie

      I can’t even manage “Thoughts a prayers” since I know my taxes are paying for his healthcare

      • Falconlights

        Exactly. He should be getting the exact same healthcare we get.

    • Joe in PA

      Hmmm, after much thought: sorry, not sorry.

    • edrex

      tell someone who gives a shit… like your lawyer.

    • safari

      What’d you do, Rand?

    • Tomcat

      Plural effusion= full of hot air.

    • Mike C

      Glad we could help with the bill. /s

    • JRDC

      Good thing you had health insurance. Huh? Fucking jerk. All the best.

    • Todd20036

      Mr. Libertarian is relying on health insurance he’d deny to millions of others if given the chance.

      I’m going to be the bad guy here.

      He deserves every scrap of pain he’s feeling, especially since his injuries would bankrupt many Americans he’d claim deserve it because the didn’t have private insurance.

      • canoebum

        Count on the fact he’s getting well-medicated for pain, something which will soon be denied to almost all other Kentuckians due to “opioid panic”.

        • Falconlights

          I’m sure. Such hypocrites they are.

    • WNY

      Thoughts and Prayers, Bitch. Thoughts and Prayers.

    • The_Wretched

      Unless Paul has some weird bone issue or like a calcium pick up issue (gross alcholism???) It’s really hard to break 6 ribs. I’m not even sure how I’d do that to some one if I wanted to. Even swinging a baseball bat would take multiple hits.

      • shivadog

        Yea, that is weird. All I have read just says he was tackled. That must have been one hell of a tackle.

      • Jonty Coppersmith

        Not all that hard to break 6 ribs. In my case it was the seatbelt, but a fall could do it or an assault as in his case.

        • Falconlights

          How old is he? Because I think men’s bones get more fragile with age, just like women’s, don’t they?

          • Todd20036

            Usually, yes. And he is pretty old.

            Mostly, he’s a hypocritical Nazi. So boo hoo on his stupid injuries.

          • Falconlights

            I’m not crying over his injuries, either.

          • Jonty Coppersmith

            I think he’s 54. Men’s bones probably get less brittle than women’s, but still to some degree as they age.

      • Chucktech

        Kentucky neighbor be rilly rilly mad…

    • Chucktech

      Wow, Rand, must suck…

      • Todd20036

        I wouldn’t know….

    • Cattleya1

      That is a fucking big injury! He was not tackled – he was beaten or kicked repeatedly. This is not the result of a little tiff between neighbors. That guy wanted to cause grave bodily injury. Rand has ‘some splanin to do’!

    • FAEN

      Rand-your thoughts and prayers gave you x rays?

    • leastyebejudged

      Perhaps he’ll die.

  • Boreal

    Lepig is termed out and a lame duck. Even his own teatards in Maine dislike him.

    http://gifimage.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/lame-gif-8.gif

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Do you know what year he leaves office? Soon?

      • Boreal

        2018 is the next election for ME gov.

  • The_Wretched

    I’m not a huge fan of plebiscites and constitutional changes. You only go for them after more traditional routes are explored. But, WTH with LePage? How terrible a fail of a person do you have to be to deny some healthcare to 80k people who don’t have it?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      LeFreak

  • Joe in PA

    Lemme guess…he’ll veto any legislation that they come up with to “fully fund” it.

  • Nic Peterson

    Oooh just smell the understanding of the democratic process, there. Asshole.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    When is he up for re-election?

    • RaygunsGoZap

      NEVER!

      • Falconlights

        Thank Goddess for term limits!

    • Boreal

      Term limited.

    • Bob Conti

      Some people are trying to get his wife to run against Collins for the Senate.

  • TrueWords
  • FAEN

    Someone from Maine please explain to me how this asshole is your Gov.

    • Boreal

      Split vote twice with a spoiler Ind. running who wouldn’t withdraw.

      • FAEN

        Thank you! I knew someone on here would know.

        • Bob Conti

          Elliot Cutler’s two-tries at running as an independent, combined with two week Democratic candidates, put LeRage in the Blaine House. While the southern part of the state and working along the coast to about Hancock County think he’s a tool, a great part of the state laps his cray-cray up with a shovel. They love the whole fight the liberul/elite bullshit despite the fact that the man offers nothing apart from obstruction and obsfucation. A lot of friends back home in Maine thought Elliot would drop out of the second race, not wanting to be the reason LeRage got a second term. I mean, nobody thought he’d actually stay in it and allow it to happen. Should’ve been a forewarning to a year ago.

          • Falconlights

            Elliot is a jerk. Did he really think he had a chance to win?

          • Bob Conti

            Probably? I don’t know why he’d stay in the race when the tea leaves were pretty clear that not only would he lose, but staying in the race would hand it to LeRage. Larry Cutler, his dad was our family doctor and he was awesome although his mother was way too liberal for my “right of Atilla” father (who has mellowed greatly in his later years).

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Not unlike Jill Stein, the Russian plant, siphoning of just enough votes to assure a Trump victory in several states.

        • canoebum

          Yeah. What the fuck was she doing at that RT dinner with Flynn and Putin? Environmental advocacy?

          • Falconlights

            I’d like to know that myself.

      • Paula

        I have begun to believe that the Independent Movement is just a ruse being pulled by the repubs.

      • Cattleya1

        No general election should have more than 2 candidates. This is a deficiency in Maine’s constitution.

        • leastyebejudged

          It sends a loud and clear message that half the people that didn’t vote for Le Page are sick of Democrats bullshit in that state.

          It also sends a loud and clear message that half the people that voted against LePage are likewise sick of progressive’s bullshit.

  • safari

    Personal O/T: I went hunting in one of our code bases today. You see, if we don’t set a value for something, a value, none the less, is used. So, where did it come from? If you thought a “Magic Number”, you’d be right.

    • David L. Caster

      A deterministic stack remnant?

      • safari

        Nope. A literal hard-coded number used in multiple places that meant “unset”.

        • David L. Caster

          A 0 (zero, NUL) often works that way. I’m guessing the value in question lacked a manifest in a header and was explicitly used in an initializer or assignment. I can think of sever ways such things can happen in a way that makes them hard to find by disassociating them from an identifier.

  • Bob Conti

    LeRage, once again showing his disdain for the people of my home state. The upside is that soon this nitwit will be out of a job. I’m not even sure his in-laws will let him come back to Marden’s, the close-out store chain where he used to work before becoming governor. This little factoid on the company’s website is telling:

    “Does Governor Lepage own, or have any stake in Marden’s?

    +No. Marden’s is wholly owned by the Marden family. Governor Lepage worked for the Marden family as the GM of Marden’s from 1996 through 2010. He never did, and does not now, own any part of the company.”

  • William
  • Tomcat

    Isn’t this the same governor that keeps doing very odd things?
    Have him committed for the states good.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I think he is Rob Ford’s long lost brother

  • FAEN
  • safari

    O/T: The gecko in the office next door needs to eat his dinner before I squish it. *chirp* *chirp* *chirp*

    • Guess?

      You work at Geico?

      • safari

        No. My colleague does research work with geckos and the one next door is his demonstration model for students.

        • Friday’s_cat

          MMMM Gecko on a stick. Sortta like a corndog only green and crunchy.

        • Paula

          I did my research on horned toads. Phrynosoma douglassi.
          Yes it’s actually horned lizards. No person over 3 can call it anything else. They get serious 3rd grader giggles. HAHA Horny Toads!!!

  • Tomcat
  • John Calendo

    Maine, this is on you. You keep voting this outrageous knucklehead into office.

    • leastyebejudged

      The irony of your remark is that the DNC fucked up like Maine did, and did so AFTER Maine did it – TWICE.

      LePage won because Dems and Progressives can’t agree on shit. They split the vote and gave him a victory. But at least they campaigned everywhere they were supposed to !

  • Ben in Oakland

    “Will of the people” is paramount for Republicans except when the will of the people contradicts what Our Conservative Betters have decided the people WILL have.

    • edrex

      will of the politboro.

    • Falconlights

      Just what I was thinking when I saw the headline. “Will of the people” gets listened to only when it’s what Rethuglicans want as well.

  • anne marie in philly

    what a FUCKHEAD! when is his term up? hope maine goes blue next time!

    • He is up in 2018. The problem is that Maine has a strong independent streak and centrist Republican Party. (Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe — two Senators (ex) ). a leading candidate to replace Page is Mary Mayhew, another Republican. New England elects Republican governors unfortunately — Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts also have Republican governors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Mayhew

      • Falconlights

        Ewww. Glad I live in Washington which is blue for now. Hopefully it stays that way.

  • gaycuckhubby
    • Rambie

      Drip, drip, drip…

      • Tulle Christensen

        gonorrhea?

        • Rambie

          I wouldn’t doubt it with all that pussy grabbing in the Trump administration

  • pch1013

    2014: LePage “wins” election with 48.2% of the vote.
    2010: LePage “wins” election with 37.6% of the vote.

    “Will of the people” my ass.

  • fuzzybits

    OT: From yesterday’s, “The Talk.” https://youtu.be/84IPJTE6reo

    • Rambie

      Amazing!

      • Falconlights

        I love Annie Lennox!

  • FAEN
  • JT

    This Nazi asswipe was the pre-Drumpf Drumpf.

  • Tomcat

    Maine does not have KINGS, it has public servants. Take note of that Lepage.

    • edrex

      angus king

  • gaycuckhubby
    • gaycuckhubby

      “It seems constitutionally impermissible for the City to deny benefits to same-sex spouses.”

    • Tulle Christensen

      You are going to make me read it to find out why it was dismissed? You sadist you

      • Sam_Handwich

        I just scanned the order breifly. I think its because the couple suing hadn’t actually been harmed by the statute in question

        • gaycuckhubby

          That’s what I gathered too

    • Chucktech

      So, they have to treat homo couples as they’d treat good, gawd fearin’ christian couples. Bet that must gall the bejesus out of them.

      • Philly Mike

        I really think they might stop all benefits to everyone just to screw homo couples.

        • Chucktech

          Yeah, we’ll see how well that goes for them…

  • MBear

    Torches and pitchforks then? Good

    • Tulle Christensen

      but not tiki torches please

      • MBear

        No one of import uses tiki torches for anything other than themed backyard ambiance or sassy glamping. 😉

  • David W. Shelton

    Why on earth did Maine elect this guy?

    • kareemachan

      No-possible-way-they’d-win candidates drew votes away from viable ones.

    • -M-

      First past the post voting. Two liberal candidates split the vote. And iirc it happened again to reelect him.

      Ranked voting people: instant run-offs, no spoiler candidates, and we wouldn’t have to bitch about people voting for longshot candidates in close races.

  • One thing we really need to focus on going forward is putting up excellent candidates in BLUE states. There’s no reason that we should have Republican governors in states like New Jersey, Maine and Massachusetts. That’s just incompetence on the part of the party. (and in the case of NJ, allowing amazingly corrupt people to get the nomination).

    • boatboy_srq

      What ME needs is an organized Left (and by that I do NOT explicitly mean Dems). LePage is governor because there were two alternatives that were more attractive. Because they split the “normal” vote, he got the plurality, and there they are.

      • Then one of them should have dropped out and endorsed the other one. I don’t care which, but one should have been willing to do that.

    • licuado de platano

      Or Illinois.

  • David Walker

    OT. I was just watching Keith Olbermann on GQ maintaining that the fucking moron (not his words) was getting crazier and backed that up with some interesting examples. And then the screen went to black snow and “This Video Is Not Available” came up. It could be to edit, but it’s gone…even from GQ’s menu. Strange.

      • David Walker

        Thank you, but this seems to be a replacement. The one that I started to watch was about the fucking moron becoming even crazier. Perhaps that was meant to be posted tomorrow. Don’t know, but he had started to make a pretty good case.

      • Ross

        Wow. That was really powerful.

  • BeaverTales

    Who’s creating the death panels now?

    • boatboy_srq

      The wingnuts were always p!ssed the libtards beat them to it.

      Even though of course the left did not.

  • Talisman

    The people must be allowed do decide!

    Unless they choose the option that the repuglicants are against.

  • margaretpoa

    Okay, Maine voters,… for your next trick, make Paul LePage disappear!

    • leastyebejudged

      They elected him twice, eugenius.

      They’re selfish pieces of shit.

      • margaretpoa

        Ironic username.

  • Peter

    I find it amazing that these people who are in charge have so little knowledge about their role and what they can and can’t do.

    I’m going to block this from taking effect. Uh sir, you have no control over it. Well I’m going to do it anyway.

    Losers.

  • ta2t2o

    Should make 2018 easier for 80K Mainers.

  • Tom Ato

    This a-hole has got to go. I’m not returning to ME while he’s in office.

  • bkmn

    Sue the hell out of him for ignoring the will of the people.

  • Sean

    But but but the will of the people? Oh right; I forgot that Reichpublican elected servants only support the will of the people when it’s agreement with said servants. They also don’t understand the definition of civil servant or what that legally binding oath they swore means.

  • JCF

    “The group behind the referendum says that per Maine’s constitution, the expansion will become law in 45 days no matter what LePage does.”

    That’s right, muthafucka!!!

  • leastyebejudged

    Not feeling sorry for anyone in Maine one bit, they elected this asshole TWICE.

    Fuck them all.

    • northern_neighbour

      People always get screwed over by the selfish egotism of the political class.

      The people of Maine don’t deserve the result.. They do deserve better health care insurance, but they have this ASSHOLE as you correctly point out. Let’s wish them well going forward instead of dissing them.

      It is hard to be smart and strategic when you are dealing with ambition crazed sharks snapping for naked power.

      The average person is just trying to put three simple square meals on the table for their kids, and working hard at that. The average American voter doesn’t have the time to be politically astute like the community here at JMG.

      We here are informed because we have to be, since our rights were always run over roughshod by poltical carnivores. We have fought valiantly over decades and still have to fight just to keep what we have won.

      Same with black Americans and more recently the Latino Americans.

      • leastyebejudged

        No, Maine is a mostly white, elderly population.

        Those fuckers voted for their own self interests, they do not give a SHIT about anyone or anything else.

        They want the old people to get free healthcare, but they want the poor to still suffer.

        I say give them what they deserve, LePage was elected to keep all of them from getting medical care, so fucking be it.

        • northern_neighbour

          Hey, I hope you sleep well, and get out of the right side of your bed in the morning.

          60% of the voters in Maine voted against LePage.

          And therefore you cannot say they are mostly elderly selfish white or any other colour. I am sure the GOP had something to do with enabling the campaign of the Independent candidate. who split the anti-LePage vote. If not for that the openly Gay Democratic candidate would now be Governor.

          And don’t forget that the people of Maine voted to allow Marriage Equality in November 2012 .

          They are people, they are human and they don’t deserve to be de-humanised by the ideological brush you are painting them here.

          Stop and reflect about what you are saying — you aren’t really being very fair.

          • SDG

            “60% of the voters in Maine voted against LePage” please explain how THAT works!

          • Greymaklin

            At least in the 2014 race, Maine’s governor’s race was a three way between LePage, a democrat and an independent. The result was that LePage won with 38% of the vote and the independent got 36% and the Dem got 19%.
            So, yea, roughly 60% of Maine’s voters voted for someone else… but LePage got a plurality.

          • northern_neighbour

            Thx Greymaklin. !!

            You have refined and improved the accuracy of the general fact that I roughly had stated. So 55%. Lots of good folk in Maine.

          • leastyebejudged

            I’m not surprised Democrats seek to obfuscate the role they played in creating that third candidate, twice, it’s a pattern with Democrats everywhere to ignore and lie about their own mistakes.

          • SDG

            Thanks!

          • leastyebejudged

            It’s called the Democrats circular firing squad, and they did it to themselves twice.

          • SDG

            That’s not an explanation, it’s just a statement.

          • leastyebejudged

            Dems are so disorganized in Maine that an independent can throw the election – two times in a row.

            Make an effort.

          • leastyebejudged

            Mainers fell for the divide and conquer strategy, and they fell for it TWICE.

            They deserve to get what’s coming.

          • northern_neighbour

            Hey Dude! Try to live a little up to your Avatar, which expresses a more generous attitude than you are spinning here today.

            These are human beings, some of them will get critically ill, and lose their homes to pay the bills.

            You are saying screw them all due to a political vicissitude in which they got ripped off by the 38% minority of dumb or naive idiots. Yeh, you could say they collectively fucked up … humans are prone to do that in big collective crowds … in this case an election debacle — you are right about that aspect.

            Faux Nation won out that time. Try to get on with a positive activism … work with the RESISTANCE, Man!

            Have a good one anyhow …

  • 1980Gardener

    While it is tempting to criticize him, I need to refrain from doing so.

    Government should automatically do the will of the voters – we elect politicians to lead (not follow) and the vote of the majority is not necessary in the best interest of a state.

    He should, however, seek a compromise position – if one is available.

  • Matt

    How on earth did Maine allow such a human turd to EVER become their governor? Was he running against someone named ‘trump’?