As Maine Went: Govenor Paul LePage and the Tea Party Takeover of Maine

As Maine Went: Govenor Paul LePage and the Tea Party Takeover of Maine

by Mike Tipping


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The improbable and compelling story of Paul LePage’s ascent to the governor’s office in 2010 and the impact of his first term. Not one quote, statistic, or conclusion of this book has ever been refuted, and no one who reads it will be surprised by LePage’s second term.

IMAGINE THAT THE FUTURE WELL-BEING OF YOUR STATE is handed by 38% of its voters to a governor who tells the NAACP to 'kiss my butt'; who jokes that the worst his lax policies on toxic chemicals in consumer products will do is cause women to grow 'little beards'; who falsely claims that an active wind turbine is fake and run by 'a little electric motor'; and who loudly condemns your state's public schools as the worst in the nation while a national news magazine is ranking them among the best.

Maine's governor Paul LePage has said all those things and much more in his stormy tenure. As disclosed for the first time in this book, he also spent 13 hours in 2013 in private meetings with conspiracy theorists discussing what he would do if the federal government allowed Russian troops to invade North America, while at the same time claiming that he had no time to meet with legislative leaders.

For the past 6 years, Maine has been a laboratory for Tea Party governance. When a movement defined by its distrust of government is handed the keys to a state, what happens next?

As Maine Went examines Paul LePage's record to answer the question that matters most: Is he making Maine a better place?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884483588
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2014
Pages: 159
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mike Tipping writes about Maine politics and policy with a focus on analysis and explanation. He works at the Maine People's Alliance and
Maine People s Resource Center, writes a political column for the
Portland Press Herald and is @miketipping on Twitter. He is the author of The Tipping Point blog on the website of the Bangor Daily News. He lives in Westbrook, Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Watchmen 11

Chapter 2 The 2010 Campaign 25

Chapter 3 The Footsoldier 35

Chapter 4 The 2010 General Election 41

Chapter 5 Transition and Influences 57

Chapter 6 Transparency 63

Chapter 7 The Environment 69

Chapter 8 Education 81

Chapter 9 Taxes and Budgets 97

Chapter 10 Health Care 105

Chapter 11 Public Assistance 111

Chapter 12 Labor 129

Chapter 13 Jobs 135

Chapter 14 Conclusion 141

Acknowledgments 157

About the Author 159

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