Bill would set up process for recalling Maine governor

AUGUSTA (AP) — Anger over Republican Gov. Paul LePage led to a proposal in the Maine House on Thursday to create a process for recalling the governor, legislators and constitutional officers.

Rep. Cynthia Dill was quick to point out that her proposed order doesn't single out LePage, who has drawn wrath from many Mainers for some of his statements and, most recently, his order to remove a mural depicting labor history from a state office. The Portland Museum of Art on Thursday became the governor's latest critic in the mural removal.

Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, said her order stems from requests from citizens frustrated over LePage's actions.

"My proposal is prompted by the literally hundreds of people who have contacted me wanting a process to engage in, in response to what the governor's done. So, it's not me personally wanting to recall the governor," Dill said after the GOP-controlled House set aside her order without action.

"I don't necessarily support the recall of Governor LePage. I think he's taken some very bold actions, I don't agree with them, I don't know if they rise to the level of a recall. I try to listen to my constituents and take action," Dill said.

The order would direct the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee to report out a bill establishing a process for recall of the governor, legislators and constitutional officers, who include the treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general.

While the Maine Constitution has provisions for impeachment, Dill said it doesn't set out a process for citizens to initiate elected action to remove state officials from office. Nineteen other states have a recall process for state officials, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

While Maine has a process for citizens to mount efforts to repeal laws, as they did with same-sex marriage and a tax overhaul law in recent years, Dill said it has no parallel process to remove elected state officials.

Messages left by The Associated Press with LePage's office and with the House Republican leader, Rep. Philip Curtis of Madison, were not immediately returned Thursday. But the assistant Senate Republican leader, Debra Plowman, told Maine Public Radio that Dill's proposal doesn't warrant serious consideration.

"This doesn't rise to the level of what we need to be doing to get Maine on track. There's a time and a place for this kind of exercise. I don't see that it's now, I don't see that it's a problem that needs to be solved," said Plowman, of Hampden.

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thank you

my name is Bill and I approve this action.

 's picture

Support LePage

Let's support Paul LePage in his efforts to bring more jobs to Maine. The people who criticize everything he says and does have no answer to the problems he's trying to solve.

 's picture

yeah right

And what has he done to create more jobs? Unicorns and fairy dust?

Mark Elliott's picture

Regulatory reform, Mark,

Regulatory reform, Mark, takes time! More than 2 months but much less than two years! If you want to see what regulatory reforms are being presented to the legislature, you should monitor the list of bills each and every day. Here -->> http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_125th/billtexts/

GARY SAVARD's picture

Mark, about as much in 75

Mark, about as much in 75 days as Obama has done in 27 months...NOTHING YET...so what's your big hurry?

 's picture

news today

Obama inherited an economy shedding about 800,000 jobs a month, and there were 230,000 private sector jobs created last month. And LePage? (crickets)

Mark Elliott's picture

It took him over two years to

It took him over two years to do what he should have done in two months! At this point the free market is doing what was expected and rebounding. I don't credit Obuma for ANY job creation!

Sadie Roberts's picture

lepage is a big problem. his

lepage is a big problem. his mouth makes my state look pretty stupid. i would love to see him out. i have 2 sisters who liked him, not anymore! i am soooooo possitive he will not see a second term. a lot of people i know who did elect him are now very regretful for doing so. they will not do it again. if he could have some schooling about his mouthy ways and also realize he is very controlling and does not think of any one but himself. all these cuts is not hurting him or his love one's so he doesn't care about the rest of us. he's ME, MYSELF AND I. we are being laughed at on comedy shows, and my friends from out of state just think we have a joke for a governor. HE IS A JOKE, BUT IT'S NOT FUNNY

Mark Elliott's picture

That's funny! How many people

That's funny! How many people have you spoken to Sadie? Two?? I work all over Central and Western Maine, from Yarmouth to Clinton, from Woldoboro to Berlin NH and I am getting different results. I've even spoken to quite a few democrats who wish they had supported him on election day...and now do! Look beyond the mural (which means putting the newspaper down) and see what LePage is DOING for us! Comedians are making fun of us, yes, that's what they do! They are comedians, they make fun of Obama too!

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Are you serious Mark?

You must travel in a tight Tea Party circle. You're feeling pretty good about how things are going are you? Proud of your Governor? You think he's a good leader and representative of the State of Maine? I thought elephants had good memories. Apparently you can't remember the last three months.

Mark Elliott's picture

I am very

I am very serious.........what I remember of the last three months is the way liberals and the media have done everything they can to keep the smoke screen up so Mainers don't notice what LePage is really doing for us! It's only been three months and much of the red tape keeping Maine's business atmosphere from improving takes legislation to fix and that takes time no matter who you are. Once republican bills are passed, you'll see results. Yes Tony, I feel GREAT about how things are going!

Mark Elliott's picture

I am very

I am very serious.........what I remember of the last three months is the way liberals and the media have done everything they can to keep the smoke screen up so Mainers don't notice what LePage is really doing for us! It's only been three months and much of the red tape keeping Maine's business atmosphere from improving takes legislation to fix and that takes time no matter who you are. Once republican bills are passed, you'll see results. Yes Tony, I feel GREAT about how things are going!

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Liberal media

This "liberal media" crying you constantly do is way off base. All that is happening is news outlets in Maine and across the country are printing quotes and showing video of what our Governor is saying and doing. No spin or slant needed.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Tony, the problem is that

Tony, the problem is that these media outlets focus only in one direction, that being crucifying the conservatives while marginalizing any wrongdoings by the liberals. As an example, Obama the great is getting us involved in a third conflict in Libya, the very thing he constantly harped on about G. W. Bush and the republicans while campaigning for "change" in his famous run for the presidency...and those headlines take a back seat to a mural in Augusta and anything else that can occupy newsprint that amounts to bad press for their "opposition party". If Libya were Lepage's doing, the media, and probably folks like you, would be calling for his head. That simple.

Stephen J, Martelli's picture

LePage and the Painting

In a State that has no money, limited jobs and many hungry people; why is this man wasting time and money on moving a mural that has been paid for three years ago. A better solution to the problem would have been to contact the original artist and have them paint a mural depicting the business side.
When I was growing up my parents told me that if I took something that belonged to someone else that was stealing. That painting belongs to the people of this State, not one person in its entirety and I feel that he has no right to touch that painting without asking the people of this state first.
Yes the state has limited money and resources, but I am quite sure the people of this state would be willing to put up money for a mural showing a another point of view in addition to the existing one. This way you would have both sides of the story, not just one side. Instead, the artist hopefully will file a lawsuit and win a settlement, because of this man's negative actions.
Shame on this man, I hope he learns a lesson from this episode of his administration.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Funny, when Baldacci's scheme

Funny, when Baldacci's scheme to have one of his lawyer buddies set up the Maine Green Energy Alliance and load it up with democrats that were owed political favors in order to administer a multi-million dollar no bid contract to make Maine homes more energy efficient was uncovered, it received very little publicity, and hasn't been revisited since by the media. (After all, when they were caught, they gave back the unspent money). If this had been Paul Lepage, the democrats, backed by all the media sources, would be on a daily rant for his recall, impeachment, or arrest if as in Baldacci's case, he were already termed out of office when it surfaced. After having their way for decades, the tax and spend liberals are not taking their losses very well. Too bad!

Mark Elliott's picture

Gary, it's up to

Gary, it's up to conservatives to start pushing back against the liberal bias in the media and we do that by making sure those important stories stay alive and well!

GARY SAVARD's picture

Mark, agreed 100%.

Mark, agreed 100%.

Mark Elliott's picture

We also need more

We also need more conservatives to take part in the newspaper blogs, like this one and and all the others. Not just to "agree" or "disagree" but to actually stand up and be proud to say they are conservative. Wear it like a badge! Post and reply to comments with facts each and every day........

DONALD FERLAND's picture

This would be a first and

This would be a first and it's sad that Governor LePage has not listened to the people of Maine. We elected him to do a job and he seems to be more interested in menial things, name calling, and taking vacations. And speak of his vacation, his staff has arranged for the Jamaican government to provide security at whose expense? and for what reason? I think the people of Maine deserve a process for recalling their elected officials. We put them in office and we should be able to remove them from office without waiting until the next election. This state cannot take an official for a full term when they do not seem to be interested in doing the job we elect them to do. Governor LePage should know that going on vacation in this economy with the work that still needs to be done is not only wrong but irresponsible.

Mark Elliott's picture

He is listening to the people

He is listening to the people Tina......the people wanted him to cut spending and bring good jobs to Maine! That is what he is trying to focus on but the media keeps nit picking every little "menial" thing. I agree with you Tina, there seems to be a lot of attention on those "menial" things but it isn't LePage that is paying all that attention to them! It is the media and those liberals that are upset about their loss.

Steps must be taken before good jobs can come to Maine. Many good companies have left and many others will not even consider Maine because of the cost of doing business here. (they don't hesitate to go to New Hampshire though so don't blame it on the heating season expenses) When business comes, jobs will come as well! If you want him to live up to what he has promised, then support him publicly and tell the media to stop stretching the truths, don't trash him for the "menial" things the media has chosen to blow out of proportion.

Without business, the "working class" become the "stay at home class" and that won't pay the bills will it?

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Mark in my opinion Governor

Mark in my opinion Governor LePage is NOT listening to the people. He is taking from the poor to give to the rich. He is hiring his daughter for a job that should have been open to the entire state and she should have had to compete with others qualified for the job. He says removing the mural is because it's against business when in actuality businesses don't come to Maine because of the high taxes. He says state jobs are just that and if Marden's is open then the state is open.....well the state wasn't open today and they were cancelled even before most schools cancelled. Tourism is a big business in this state and yet when I watch television late at night I see is a mockery being made of our Governor, that is a real big incentive to visit this state.....NOT. And now he is going on vacation after 3 months on the job....you tell me what job in this state or the country for that matter lets an employee take a "paid" vacation after only 3 months. And could you tell me who is paying for the security that is going to be provided by the Jamaican government? If Governor LePage was truly interested in the problems in this state he would be staying in Maine at this time and working with the legislature on the budget and solving other problems in this state. I will not support any politician publicly until they show me that he/she is doing what they were elected to do and at this point I do not believe Governor LePage is doing that. What's the old adage....if you want respect you have to earn respect...

Mark Elliott's picture

"He is taking from the poor

"He is taking from the poor to give to the rich."
-->> How?

"He says removing the mural is because it's against business when in actuality businesses don't come to Maine because of the high taxes."
-->> He is trying to GET business to come here, but before they will he has to remove the "SCRAM" mat at the door!

"Tourism is a big business in this state and yet when I watch television late at night I see is a mockery being made of our Governor, that is a real big incentive to visit this state.....NOT"
-->> Tourism OWNS us and it shouldn't! It is big because it is all we have, everything else has left or is leaving. We should have good business here offering good jobs. Tourism should be our gravy. We can't depend on it!

"And now he is going on vacation after 3 months on the job..."
-->> Every one I've worked for. If I had a vacation planned already, I told them about it before I started working for them and I took it.

"If Governor LePage was truly interested in the problems in this state he would be staying in Maine"
-->> He is in contact with his office every day. He even responded yesterday to the mural mess the media has created for him.

"I will not support any politician publicly until they show me that he/she is doing what they were elected to do and at this point I do not believe Governor LePage is doing that."
-->> Governor LePage campaigned on the promise of bringing good jobs to Maine by bringing good business to Maine. He said he was going to remove a lot of the "red tape" and he is doing just that. If you monitor the bills being proposed in Augusta, you'd see many that were written to remove red tape from many areas. Making Maine more business friendly is going to take a lot of legislation and that does not happen overnight for anyone, republican OR democrat. There is a process to it. Jobs will come after business comes and business will come after bills are passed to make Maine more attractive to them. He promised good business to provide good jobs and he is indeed working on that. Look beyond the smokescreen the media is creating. Democrats don't want us to see what he is really doing, but it will all come out soon enough!

Take a minute or two and watch this about how bills are passed in Maine -->> http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/government/rtml/rtml2005.swf

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Mark you seem to think you

Mark you seem to think you have an answer for everything. Unfortunately it seems that you and I have different opinions. Bills in Augusta mean nothing until the legislature votes on them. I don't believe everything the media says nor would I, but I live in the real world. The governor wants to reform welfare and some of his ideas are good but some are bad and in my opinion, Governor LePage is not interested in hearing what real people who have received assistance have to say. He appears to be looking at a few bad apples and labeling everyone. He wants to eliminate red tape for business and that is a good thing, however, if he keeps making choices that show the world he will put his foot in his mouth, he will be alienating the business world. Follow the social networking sites and see what others are saying about Maine. Maine has always been a high taxation state and yet he wants to give tax breaks to the richest and take things away from the working class. Businesses do NOT care about murals when they are deciding where to open. They care about the taxes it will cost them, the work force they have to choose from, and the ability to make money. As far as the Governor being in contact with his office every day...it is my understanding that he isn't even leaving until Sunday. And in none of the times I listened to the campaign talks did I hear Governor LePage state he had a planned vacation. I used to think he was what Maine needed. I used to think it was refreshing to him "tell it like it is". But I also believe the Governor of our state should be a role model to ALL people and not just the inner circle. Now I am afraid to let my son listen to the Governor any time he speaks because I am afraid of what will come out of his mouth next. That is NOT who I want representing my state. And I have spoken to many people who have supported Governor LePage and they feel the same way...he is NOT who anyone thought he was. While I appreciate that he has a difficult job to do and that this state is in desperate need for change, I also know that how he makes (or attempts to make) changes for Maine is just as important as the changes he is trying to make. I also know that the way he has handled things up to now would not be tolerated in the business world if he were the employee. At this time he is an EMPLOYEE of the people of the State of Maine and should be acting accordingly.

Mark Elliott's picture

"Bills in Augusta mean

"Bills in Augusta mean nothing until the legislature votes on them."
-->> "bills" is where it all starts, you can't change legislation without first submitting a bill.

"Governor LePage is not interested in hearing what real people who have received assistance have to say"
-->> Governor LePage has received assistance himself.......he was homeless when he was a child, remember??

"Follow the social networking sites and see what others are saying about Maine."
-->> Nobody likes change, especially when it affects them. People in Maine that fear those changes are complaining and the media is having a field day with it. Anyone that will "blame Maine" for the words that one man says really aren't a reliable source. There are many people elsewhere in the country that wish they had someone like LePage running their state as well......two sides.

"give tax breaks to the richest and take things away from the working class."
-->> again how? You still didn't answer that from the last post. If you know he is doing this, then you must have read exactly how he is doing it? (and I don't mean on the social network sites, blogs. or news sites)

"They care about the taxes it will cost them, the work force they have to choose from, and the ability to make money."
-->> They do very much care about the business atmosphere as well!

"he is NOT who anyone thought he was."
-->> He is exactly who I thought he was......and many others will say the same. I knew he was going to be a "pistol" but I also knew he would get things done without bowing to special interests. I wanted a governor who wasn't afraid to poke the hornets nest and get stung a few times. That is what Maine needs right now. Someone who isn't afraid to ask the tough questions and make the tough choices. He is still that person. He is keeping his word. I speak to Mainers all over the state 5 days a week, Yes, there are indeed some of his supporters who have changed their but there are also some who didn't support him that have changed their minds also..........some that supported Cutler or Mitchell now are fully supporting LePage.

"the way he has handled things up to now would not be tolerated in the business world if he were the employee."
-->> In most cases you are right, but sometimes business hire a "big gun" to clean house. To make the tough choices that past management didn't have the balls to make and fix the mistakes of previous management. As LePage campaigned, the people he met told him he was being hired to "clean house" and kick butt, in the end, he got the job. I am sure he wasn't expecting them to change their minds after wards. While I would also like him to polish up a bit, I don't want him to lose focus on the job that he is very capable of doing. The one we hired him to do. The one that you will see he is doing if you look past the hupla of the media.

Mark Elliott's picture

Monitor the bills in Augusta

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Well it looks like Governor

Well it looks like Governor Lepage now has a choice to make....either pay back money or put back the mural. Does this man ever consider the consequences to his actions or words? After reading the article written by Republican Senators in the Portland Press Herald, it seems to me that many people are upset with the apparently disrespectful way Governor LePage is doing things. Maine people are not "idiots", and our governor seems to thrive on conflict and confrontation. Is this the way we want our state perceived by others? I know I don't.

Tourism happens to be business. Business that this state sorely needs. Whether the business be in the tourism industry or any other industry, this state cannot afford to lose the money it brings to us. It appears that not only is Governor LePage alienating labor but is alienating businesses as well. And before you tell me to monitor the bills, the bills mean absolutely nothing until the legislature votes on them and the governor signs them. While some of them may be beneficial to the state there is no guarantee that any of them will pass and become law. However, what is a guarantee is that everyone is spending more time discussing the "foot in the mouth" of the moment and not doing what this state needs to have done. This article is about setting up a way to recall elected officials that are not doing their jobs in the eyes of the people who elected them. I believe we have this right and should have a way of calling to recall someone.

The media did not create the mess of the mural. The Governor did by handling it the way he did. As far as the media goes, I do agree that it is one-sided in many instances and does not always report news unbiasedly. However, if the Governor didn't give them the ammunition they would have no choice but to report on the bills, budget, and other items of concern for this state.

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