Maine’s governor says state newspapers staffed by ‘so-called journalists’
Two-term Governor Paul LePage decries ‘the unabashed liberal bias of Maine newspapers and the third-rate reporting by the so-called “journalists” they employ’
The governor of Maine is no fan of the state’s newspapers, but despite this he vetoed a bill that would have ended the requirement that city election clerks publish specimen ballots in local state newspapers. His objection to LD 105 was not with that part of the bill, which even the Maine Press Association didn’t seem to mind, it was with the part of the bill that would end the requirement that clerks post multiple copies of the instruction poster and specimen ballot in voting rooms.
Still Gov. Paul LePage, often controversial, got in a shot at the press.
“Due to the unabashed liberal bias of Maine newspapers and the third-rate reporting by the so-called “journalists” they employ, Mainers are increasingly choosing to get their news from other outlets,” LePge wrote in the veto letter.
“Because the vast majority of Mainers do not buy Maine newspapers that are in general circulation, it is important that we keep the requirement that specimen ballots be displayed at polling stations.”
Gov. LePage is a two-term governor, and a Tea Party favorite, but he is term limited and rumor has it that he might challenge to Senator Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, for the seat. If Senator Susan Collins decides to run for governor, however, she may decide to vacate her seat so that the Republican governor could appoint another Republican to fill it. Most think LePage could only think of one person qualified for the Senate… himself.
LePage in April vetoed a bill that removed the sunset provision on the requirement that public notices be published in Maine newspapers. LePage said that the requirement that legal notices be published in newspapers props up a “dying, antiquated industry.” Despite this, Maine’s legislature overrode the governor’s veto, with the vote in the Senate being unanimous.