Politics

February 4, 2013

Time for LePage speech and talk turns to tone

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The commission's work was widely applauded, but it disbanded in 2009 after the two cities failed to implement recommendations that would have likely cost a few high-level administrators their jobs.

RIDDLE OF THE 'LUCKY 7'

LePage sent a cryptic message via Twitter last Wednesday evening.

"Sometimes less is more," the tweet read. "I applaud the lucky 7."

Get it? We wouldn't have if LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett hadn't tipped us off.

Before sending it, she told a reporter it was in reference to a story that morning in the Portland Press Herald, looking at seven legislators who haven't submitted bills for this legislative session.

Six of the legislators were Republicans. The other was a Democrat who had heart surgery in December and spent her first day in the Legislature this past week.

So those legislators can feel good to get a boost from LePage. For our part, we hope the governor tweets more riddles to solve.

TOUCHE, TOUCHE

Last Thursday, the progressive activist group Maine's Majority marched into the State House to deliver 73 pocket calculators to Republican lawmakers and the governor. The idea, the group said, was to remind Republicans "that poor fiscal policy" -- in other words, the tax cuts passed by the Legislature in 2011 -- was to blame for the state's current fiscal malaise.

Republicans didn't take kindly to the publicity stunt. So the very next day, a few Republicans staged their own.

Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, and communications director David Sorensen delivered the calculators to Chelsea Elementary School. Sorensen rubbed it in, too, tweeting a photo of Sanderson and tagging Maine's Majority's Twitter account.

Maine's Majority later posted on the House Republican Facebook page, "It is sad that this was the only way for Maine's schoolchildren to get something out of this administration, but we're glad to have been a part of it."

The comment was later deleted.

-- State House Bureau reporters Steve Mistler and Michael Shepherd compiled this report. 

Steve Mistler can be contacted at 620-7016 or at:

smistler@mainetoday.com

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

mshepher@mainetoday.com

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