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Mainers Disenchanted with Governor LePage's Brand of Tea Loonacy

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Being a native Vermonter (landlocked on all sides) the state of Maine is close to my heart, and a second home since I was in the womb. Literally.

My amazing other parents, the husband's folks, were kind enough to retire from New Jersey to the tiny town of Woolwich, Maine. [I know!!] So we've had a fascinating seat to see the gubernatorial hijinks and the fun and tragic congressional changes.

Teabagger LePage did one great thing, at least on a selfish level, he legalized the real deal professional fireworks and my Mom-in-Law got a proper display on her 80th … I got to light one of the breadbox-sized fancy ones, it was ridiculously fantastic.

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The good governor, however, with no disrespect to the actual mentally ill/those with genuine brain health ailments … is even crazier than the Bat-shite Category we usually save for Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Ann Fricking Coulter and Lippy Limpbaugh. Add LePage.

And no disrespect to Les Québecois, nous vous aimerons toujours içi , either, but he's got a clear streak of uniquely Gallic irrationality down deep in that there loonacy, Governor LePage.

Hence, the 2014 Governor's race is being bandied about about from Bangor through Bath and right on into Brunswick. There is plenty of Tea Party up there, but we'd be all day talking about that today, just take my word for it. [They couldn't legalize gay marriage beyond the shadow of a doubt the first time, 'nuff said about our friends to the northwest.] I'll let the Southern Poverty Law Center explain. He made their Hate Watch list.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican elected in 2010 as a “Tea Party” candidate, admits that he held a number of meetings last year with leaders of an antigovernment sovereign citizens group, as revealed in a new book excerpt published this week.

But he now claims that the meetings were not an endorsement of the conspiracy theories and extremist politics that were discussed – rather, he was simply listening to his constituents.

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The political storm over LePage’s dalliances with far-right radicals broke on Monday when Talking Points Memo published a key excerpt from As Maine Went: Governor Paull LePage and the Tea Party Takeover of Maine, a new book from political blogger Mike Tipping of Portland. The post described a series of eight meetings over nine months in 2013 that LePage initiated with members of the Constitutional Coalition, a sovereign citizens group based mostly in the state’s northern reaches.

Steve Kornacki on UP on messnbc gave a great glimpse into the interesting upcoming Maine gubernatorial contest on UP this weekend, have a gander and see if you don't find it a good climate for Progressive hopes.

The Tea Party will have a lot to answer for in Liberal Hell. Governor LePage will be in a front banquette, right in the fireworks section.

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Next State Rep for Indiana, John Good

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My friend John Good, is running for Indiana State Representative from Fort Wayne, IN-83. Everybody who blogs like we do can point to one person who made them think, "Hey, maybe someone does give a crap about my point of view!", and John was that person for me. If he hadn't cross-posted one of my rants from DKos, I may not have ended up here, for good or bad. (Mostly good) He's perfect for the district, already getting the endorsement of one of the unions (Got it, IN AFL-CIO).

You can read more about John at his website here. It's a long way until November, but John's got a few expeneses coming up to get him on the way to Indianapolis. If you can, consider making a donation to his campaign via ActBlue here or Pyrix here. I don't have much (as ya'll well know) but I'm going to make it a priority to help John all I can. Every blogger should sponsor someone running for State seats, seed the garden and watch 'em grow!

This is without a doubt one of those "build it from the bottom up" opportunities, where else do the Democratic House Representatives come from if not Dems in State Houses? John is extremely electable in his area, and this is the year that we could get John and many progressive Dems on their way to Washington D.C. by way of every State Congress.

This is truly one of those moments when even a fiver makes a big difference. If you don't have it, go find out who you local Dem is running for State seats and get involved. Hey, the Ronulans are waay ahead of us!


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Oh, and if you know anyone or have relatives in the Ft Wayne area, make sure you let them know about John, all the info is at his website. Also too, here is his Facebook page, Twitter handle is @pontio.

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Introducing the Next State Rep for Indiana, John Good

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My friend John Good, is running for Indiana State Representative from Fort Wayne, IN-83. Everybody who blogs like we do can point to one person who made them think, "Hey, maybe someone does give a crap about my point of view!", and John was that person for me. If he hadn't cross-posted one of my rants from DKos, I may not have ended up here, for good or bad. (Mostly good) He's perfect for the district, already getting the endorsement of one of the unions (Got it, IN AFL-CIO).

You can read more about John at his website here. It's a long way until November, but John's got a few expeneses coming up to get him on the way to Indianapolis. If you can, consider making a donation to his campaign via ActBlue here or Pyrix here. I don't have much (as ya'll well know) but I'm going to make it a priority to help John all I can. Every blogger should sponsor someone running for State seats, seed the garden and watch 'em grow!

This is without a doubt one of those "build it from the bottom up" opportunities, where else do the Democratic House Representatives come from if not Dems in State Houses? John is extremely electable in his area, and this is the year that we could get John and many progressive Dems on their way to Washington D.C. by way of every State Congress.

This is truly one of those moments when even a fiver makes a big difference. If you don't have it, go find out who you local Dem is running for State seats and get involved. Hey, the Ronulans are waay ahead of us!


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Oh, and if you know anyone or have relatives in the Ft Wayne area, make sure you let them know about John, all the info is at his website. Also too, here is his Facebook page, Twitter handle is @pontio.

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Breaking: Maryland Senate approves bill allowing same-sex marriage

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For everyone who kvetched about GLBT rights and President Obama, this is how you do it, he can go back later and fill in the blanks.

Los Angeles Times- The Maryland Senate passed a gay marriage bill Thursday by a 25-22 vote, sending it to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who sponsored the bill and is likely to sign it soon. Maryland would become the eighth state to allow same sex couples to marry, though opponents have vowed to force a public vote on the issue in November.

“I know today we are going to make history because we are going to take another important step towards embracing every family in the state of Maryland,” Sen. Richard Madaleno, who is openly gay, said on the floor before the vote.

Now that the bill has passed the General Assembly, its opponents are free to start gathering the 55,736 signatures – 3% of the number of votes cast at the last gubernatorial election - that they need to trigger a referendum. Church groups and conservatives have said they have plans in place to start the petition drive.

A third of the signatures need to be submitted to the State Board of Elections by May 31, with the rest by June 30.

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