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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Maine's Racist Governor Loses Grip Once Again

Our Gov. Paul LePage here in Maine has a long history of raging against critics who challenge his racism, frequent gross exaggerations and outright lies.

Just a couple days ago LePage went after the Democrat in the state legislature who chairs the Health & Human Services Committee in the House of Representatives. 

The dispute is over whether Blacks and Hispanics from out-of-state are the primary reason drugs are flowing into Maine.  LePage claims he has a three-ring binder full of photos of Black & Hispanic faces who have been arrested for these crimes.  Law enforcement officials in LePage's home town of Lewiston were quoted on the radio saying that 90% of those arrested for drugs in their city are white.

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service reported that, in 2014, 1,211 people were arrested for selling or making drugs in Maine, and, of those, 170 – or 14.1 percent – were black.

After seeing LePage (who is a big supporter of Trump and whose daughter has been hired to work on the Trump campaign) do this repeatedly over the last six years in office one might wonder when the Democrats who control the state House will vote in favor of impeachment articles that have previously been filed against LeRage.

The man is sick and should not be leading our state government.  He belongs in a program for alcoholic abusers.



Anonymous Brother Jonah said...

damn. I thought nobody could hold a candle to the last 3 governors of Texas. I gotta get out more...

In Texas the Governor has about as close to zero power as you can get without being dead. There's a proud tradition of putting morons in the governors office where they can be properly supervised. Bush found a way (probably under the influence of Cheney) to augment the family fortune by setting the curriculum in all schools (Private schools have to conform) which was a big windfall for a certain textbook publishing outfit represented by his brother. One of the other brothers had the same power as governor of Florida.

Managing Indian Tribal relations, and giving stays of execution and pardons. Which none of the past three have actually done.

The land commissioner has far more power. So does the third runner-up for the Miss Houston contest. And now, the land commissioner is Jeb Bush's son George Prescott Bush.

They have the thief game down pat. They collectively should only have enough power to cut ribbons. Under supervision of course, as it involves sharp pointy objects.

I wonder if they party with your governor.

My condolences.

8/28/16, 8:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa Savage said...

Best comment ever.

8/30/16, 4:08 AM  

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