April 15, 2013

Democrats brand A-F grading system a 'scarlet letter' for schools

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

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Charles Pierce, a political blogger for the magazine, picked up a recent report from the Lewiston Sun Journal saying LePage pressured Department of Labor hearing officers to decide more unemployment-benefit cases in favor of employers. But Pierce didn't just stick to the controversy, writing a more blistering takedown of the governor than even his most ardent opponent likely could.

"This was like electing the guy who fills in on weekends on your local talk-radio station," Pierce wrote. "The man is a walking bowling ball bag full of idiot resentments and politics concocted from equal parts pure lunacy and the chain emails your crazy drunk uncle sends you after midnight."

LePage's political adviser, Brent Littlefield, jumped on Pierce in a comment on the page, calling the post "one of the most poorly researched, silly group of words ever to be associated with Esquire."

Littlefield went on to say the post confirmed his decision to cancel his Esquire subscription a few years ago.

SESSION'S OUT

The Maine Legislature won't be convening this week on account of April school vacation, so except for scattered committee work, the State House halls should be quiet as lawmakers plot their strategies for the rest of the session, which adjourns in June. The House of Representatives and Senate will be back in session again Tuesday, April 23.

Michael Shepherd can be reached at 370-7652 or at:

mshepherd@mainetoday.com

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