Sorry, Jeepn, I have to disagree. I come here mostly because I can get great information. Some of it can't be "attributed", and so i just file it away. But over time, I learn who i can trust and take more seriously than others. I don't believe everything I read, but most posters on here are smart, truthful, well-informed, and add to my "knowledge base".
(As for myself, if there is something I feel is really important but I don't feel like identifying my source, I will indeed "put it out there" at times, in hopes that the info will go somewhere useful. I know that I have to be judicious, and that I can't just make stuff up if I hope to be believed).
The political reality:
House Republican candidates won 48% of the ballots cast in 2010, including the districts they lost. Consequently, they hold 51% (78 of 151) of the seats in the House.
Senate Republican candidates won 51% of the votes in 2010, including the districts they lost. Consequently, they hold 57% (20 of 35) of the seats in the Senate.
House Republican candidates received 62,600 or 11% more votes than the governor received statewide. Senate Republican candidates received 76,500 or 13% more votes than the governor received statewide. The 8 senators who authored the column collectively received 24,700 more votes than the governor received in their districts.
Republicans hold 53% of the seats in the entire legislature (98 out of 186 seats). Democrats hold 46% (86 out of 186 seats) and Independents hold 1% (2 out of 186 seats).
The word problem:
The governor needs a two-thirds majority of the entire legislature to pass the budget. How many votes does he need? What would the tally for each party be? And finally, how is he going to secure the votes?
The budget will be the legislature's budget, it always has been. The Governor and the R's can't win in a showdown on the budget. The best thing the R legislators can do is work with the D's to get as much as they can get. The Gov has not helped his position or his party on the 3rd floor with the negative attention that his unnessary comments have caused. See how well his women with little beard comment has helped with the BPA ban. He is now going to either have to sign the bill or the legislature will override his veto. Do you think it will bode well for him to have a veto fail even before the budget gets to him. Taking a vacation during a legislative session did not help getting people to take him seriously either. He squandered his political capital quicker than GWB did in 2004
Mid-Coast that is it you have earned a self imposed( you choose) act of contrition for criticizm of gov..
Great post though and right on.
OK, roll out the "two wrongs don't make a right," the "we're talking about LePage, not someone else" and assorted other well deserved retorts.
Doesn't matter; I believe it will be illuminating to review insults/unfortunate comments made by other prominent politicians/leaders, and the reactions thereto.
Here are some:
"typical white person" (where are the race police on that one?)
"her fear of black men who passed her by on the street."
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,”
"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
"The Cambridge police acted stupidly."
"No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
"What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..."
""If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We're gonna punish our enemies, and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us' "
I've been authorized by AMG officials to award free posting privileges for the rest of this year to anyone who can correctly identify the speaker of each of these lovely and unity building passages.
Furthermore, to those who can identify the members of the speakers' party who estranged themselves from the speaker, and the MSM pundits who excoriated him and called for impeachment, a second free year of posting privilege will be granted.
And the grand prize, for especially creative response, will be free tickets to the next White Privilege Conference.