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Maine state senator: Censure may be in order for governor

30 August 2016

Teddy Burrage, a community activist and participant in Black Lives Matter protests who has organized with the Portland, Maine Racial Justice Congress, told AlterNet that LePage is "putting people in danger".

Indeed, during LePage's re-election bid, former First Lady Barbara Bush even starred in a television ad for him, telling Mainers, "Paul is blunt, direct, like me". "When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue".

"We strongly and regretfully feel that he is unfit to serve as governor of the state of ME right now", said Sarah Gideon, the assistant majority leader of Maine's House, according to The New York Times. "You try to identify the enemy and the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin".

At a town hall, LePage said 90 percent of drug suspects in his three-ringed binder are either black or Hispanic.

The governor of ME is known for having a brusque way of dealing with people, which was on full display recently when he sent a profane, threatening voice message to a state legislator whom LePage believed called him a racist. Volk recognizes the severity of the problem presented by the governor's current state, whether it is caused, as she puts it, 'by substance abuse, mental illness or just ignorance.' However, we want to make one thing clear: Censure is not an option.

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What's not clear is the role Chelsea Clinton , who has taken a larger profile in the organization in recent months, will play. In previous years combined total income of about £1.5 million has flowed through the London-registered Clinton Foundation UK.

LePage's office didn't respond to request for comment Monday.

He repeated claims he made last week when he told State House News Service that whites from ME are responsible for methamphetamine-related crime, while out-of-state blacks and Hispanics are responsible for the heroin trade. "This alarming disparity in arrests raises significant concerns that ME law enforcement is participating in unconstitutional racial profiling". I want you to prove that I'm a racist.

The top Democrat in the Maine Senate says the state should consider a constitutional amendment to allow for a recall of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. During those comments, he indicated that people of color are the enemy and should be shot. "I can't help that". I think Maine must do better. We're not known for our blueberries.

The governor has repeatedly said he is not racist, but that his binder shows factual data.

LePage said he would only resign if Democratic and Republican leaders join him.