Monday, December 9, 2013
Since everyone is on the edge of their seats about the status of Gov. Paul LePage's infamous television, here's an update: LePage has moved the TV out of the Hall of Flags and placed it above one of the doors to the governor's office. (There's usually a glass pane where the TV is now located.)
It's not clear whether the new location is in violation of the Legislature's rules that prohibit people from displaying political messages in the State House without first receiving permission from the Legislative Council. The rule prompted David Boulter, the executive director of the Legislature, to order LePage to remove the television. It was also the source of a clash between LePage and Democratic leadership, a fight that prompted the governor to declare that he was moving out of the State House.
On Tuesday it appeared that Democrats weren't going to make a stink about the television's new location.
"It looks like the governor's one victory this session is going to be the TV," said Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, the assistant House majority leader.
Note: Yes, the blog title is the reverse of the Led Zepplin Album "In Through the Out Door," although "Physical Graffiti" may have worked just as well.Tweet
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.