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(Politicus USA)   Governor LePage looks a fool after Maine voters overwhelmingly support Medicaid expansion for the state   ( politicususa.com) divider line
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vpb [TotalFark]
2017-11-08 08:08:15 AM  
He looked like a fool before that too.
 
2017-11-08 08:16:49 AM  

vpb: He looked like a fool before that too.


I was going to add before, now and forever after.
 
2017-11-08 08:25:31 AM  
Now all those white girls made pregnant by Shifty, Smoothie, and D-Money can get the pre-natal care they need.
 
2017-11-08 08:25:51 AM  
Headline could've stopped after 5 words.
 
2017-11-08 08:44:39 AM  
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2017-11-08 08:55:02 AM  

enry: Now all those white girls made pregnant by Shifty, Smoothie, and D-Money can get the pre-natal care they need.


Which is nice..
 
2017-11-08 09:02:35 AM  
Actually Maine voters look like fools for electing LePage TWICE.
 
2017-11-08 09:23:20 AM  
In feudal Japan, a samurai made to look as foolish and incompetent as LePage was last night would have been honor bound to commit seppuku.

I'm not saying LePage should kill himself, of course. It's a totally related historical note that just came to mind for some unfathomably random reason. I mean, LePage as a samurai? Farking ridiculous.
 
2017-11-08 09:55:24 AM  
He's a little dictator.  The vote doesn't mean anything.
 
2017-11-08 09:59:04 AM  
Bad night for bigoted dumbasses up and down the East Coast...
 
2017-11-08 10:31:30 AM  
It's making me wonder if maybe we've got it all wrong and maybe a full-on regional democracy would work better. After all we seem to be electing the absolute worst people to represent us and make bad laws that no one wants. Like 75% of the country wants common sense gun control, but because the rabid pro-gun people have enough single issue voters to primary any Republican who votes for it, we're stuck with these dickfaces who won't pass a law about it.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2017-11-08 11:22:03 AM  

vpb: He looked like a fool before that too.


Done in one.
 
2017-11-08 11:23:52 AM  
This is why ballot measures are stupid. Politicians get to avoid consequences for taking unpopular positions. It consolidates the power of career polticians. They should be forced to compromise or die on farking hill if their own choosing. Now he gets to step back and say, "the people have spoken!" and wash his hands of it. He should've been run out of town on rail. Do we have a representative democracy or not?
 
2017-11-08 11:26:09 AM  

vpb: He looked like a fool before that too.


Pretty sure that is his default look.
 
2017-11-08 11:32:30 AM  

RedHead87: [img.fark.net image 543x554]


Hey won't get fooled again.

Well, the first congressional district won't get fooled again. The second - yeah - they'll probably get fooled another time or ten.
 
2017-11-08 11:32:48 AM  

drewsclues: This is why ballot measures are stupid. Politicians get to avoid consequences for taking unpopular positions. It consolidates the power of career polticians. They should be forced to compromise or die on farking hill if their own choosing. Now he gets to step back and say, "the people have spoken!" and wash his hands of it. He should've been run out of town on rail. Do we have a representative democracy or not?


What I hate the most about ballot measures is that they are often worded very badly so that people don't understand what they are.  I voted for one yesterday that I thought would increase the homestead deduction, but came home to find that it was the first step for republican lawmakers to change the state constitution in order to gett rid of property taxes completely (I hadn't heard anything about the measure at all).  Luckily, it failed.  But I was angry that it wasn't more obvious.  Thankfully the people of Maine had a sensible ballot measure, but it shouldn't have even come to that.
 
2017-11-08 11:34:25 AM  

bdub77: It's making me wonder if maybe we've got it all wrong and maybe a full-on regional democracy would work better. After all we seem to be electing the absolute worst people to represent us and make bad laws that no one wants. Like 75% of the country wants common sense gun control, but because the rabid pro-gun people have enough single issue voters to primary any Republican who votes for it, we're stuck with these dickfaces who won't pass a law about it.


Because we still need people to figure out the finer points of things like the Medicaid expansion. It pairs well with when Trump yells "someone do something" still failing to grasp that he's the someone who needs to do that something. For example, Maine's state budget is about $8 billion. How many voters have the time or energy to get informed about what's in that $8 billion? So it becomes a question of "is better to vote uninformed or not vote at all?"
 
2017-11-08 11:36:56 AM  

Gaddiel: bdub77: It's making me wonder if maybe we've got it all wrong and maybe a full-on regional democracy would work better. After all we seem to be electing the absolute worst people to represent us and make bad laws that no one wants. Like 75% of the country wants common sense gun control, but because the rabid pro-gun people have enough single issue voters to primary any Republican who votes for it, we're stuck with these dickfaces who won't pass a law about it.

Because we still need people to figure out the finer points of things like the Medicaid expansion. It pairs well with when Trump yells "someone do something" still failing to grasp that he's the someone who needs to do that something. For example, Maine's state budget is about $8 billion. How many voters have the time or energy to get informed about what's in that $8 billion? So it becomes a question of "is better to vote uninformed or not vote at all?"


I forgot to add that it would also help if voters stopped picking mouth breathing imbeciles to be their representatives.
 
2017-11-08 11:37:48 AM  

bborchar: drewsclues: This is why ballot measures are stupid. Politicians get to avoid consequences for taking unpopular positions. It consolidates the power of career polticians. They should be forced to compromise or die on farking hill if their own choosing. Now he gets to step back and say, "the people have spoken!" and wash his hands of it. He should've been run out of town on rail. Do we have a representative democracy or not?

What I hate the most about ballot measures is that they are often worded very badly so that people don't understand what they are.  I voted for one yesterday that I thought would increase the homestead deduction, but came home to find that it was the first step for republican lawmakers to change the state constitution in order to gett rid of property taxes completely (I hadn't heard anything about the measure at all).  Luckily, it failed.  But I was angry that it wasn't more obvious.  Thankfully the people of Maine had a sensible ballot measure, but it shouldn't have even come to that.


Republicans did something underhanded?  Well, I'm surprised.
 
2017-11-08 11:39:51 AM  
At least 80,000 additional Maine residents will become eligible for Medicaid as a result of the referendum

This is bad because it makes voters think that government should provide services to its citizens and that's wrong.  Speaking as a libertarian, I'm strongly opposed to big government.  Government should only do as the founders intended:   provide access to firearms and limit access to abortions.
 
2017-11-08 11:42:38 AM  

Pocket Ninja: In feudal Japan, a samurai made to look as foolish and incompetent as LePage was last night would have been honor bound to commit seppuku.

I'm not saying LePage should kill himself, of course. It's a totally related historical note that just came to mind for some unfathomably random reason. I mean, LePage as a samurai? Farking ridiculous.


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2017-11-08 11:43:59 AM  

drewsclues: This is why ballot measures are stupid. Politicians get to avoid consequences for taking unpopular positions. It consolidates the power of career polticians. They should be forced to compromise or die on farking hill if their own choosing. Now he gets to step back and say, "the people have spoken!" and wash his hands of it. He should've been run out of town on rail. Do we have a representative democracy or not?


Lepage vetoed Medicaid expansion before his re-election. His um... Rural... base also supported this initiative, but I guess they could not pass up their opportunity to stiggit to them Portland libs, with regards to the cheif executive.
 
2017-11-08 11:44:09 AM  
We also voted for legalizing the sale of pot, won, and LePage still vetoed it. 

Let's say that again, we voted for, and won for the right to legally sell weed. LePage's response: "Well, it's not legal in the Fed's eyes, so, no."

Man is a total shiatstain.
 
2017-11-08 11:44:29 AM  

Pocket Ninja: In feudal Japan, a samurai made to look as foolish and incompetent as LePage was last night would have been honor bound to commit seppuku.

I'm not saying LePage should kill himself, of course. It's a totally related historical note that just came to mind for some unfathomably random reason. I mean, LePage as a samurai? Farking ridiculous.


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2017-11-08 11:44:44 AM  

Gaddiel: bdub77: It's making me wonder if maybe we've got it all wrong and maybe a full-on regional democracy would work better. After all we seem to be electing the absolute worst people to represent us and make bad laws that no one wants. Like 75% of the country wants common sense gun control, but because the rabid pro-gun people have enough single issue voters to primary any Republican who votes for it, we're stuck with these dickfaces who won't pass a law about it.

Because we still need people to figure out the finer points of things like the Medicaid expansion. It pairs well with when Trump yells "someone do something" still failing to grasp that he's the someone who needs to do that something. For example, Maine's state budget is about $8 billion. How many voters have the time or energy to get informed about what's in that $8 billion? So it becomes a question of "is better to vote uninformed or not vote at all?"


No i know what you mean. although i mean, open source kind of works because everyone has access to it and can update something that doesn't work.

I'm really not arguing for a real democracy. I'm just thinking, jesus lately it sure seems that what the people really want is almost antithetical to the laws our politicians are putting together for us.
 
2017-11-08 11:45:06 AM  
Dr. DJ Duckhunt:

Hive.Mind.
 
2017-11-08 11:46:10 AM  
He's always laughing, having fun 
Showing his films in the den...
 
2017-11-08 11:47:45 AM  
Andy Slavitt @ASlavitt

BREAKING: Maine's LePage refuses to implement Medicaid expansion passed by voters.

This was predicted by @MGR207 last night. Stay tuned.
 
2017-11-08 11:48:26 AM  
News is now reporting that LePage is declining to enforce the Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that he is legally obligated to do so.
 
2017-11-08 11:48:52 AM  

vpb: He looked like a fool before that too.


Came here to say that.
Well looks like this thread was done in one.
/someone get the lights
 
2017-11-08 11:49:40 AM  

Soup4Bonnie: Andy Slavitt @ASlavitt

BREAKING: Maine's LePage refuses to implement Medicaid expansion passed by voters.

This was predicted by @MGR207 last night. Stay tuned.


Christ, what an asshole.
 
2017-11-08 11:52:21 AM  

Znuh: We also voted for legalizing the sale of pot, won, and LePage still vetoed it. 

Let's say that again, we voted for, and won for the right to legally sell weed. LePage's response: "Well, it's not legal in the Fed's eyes, so, no."

Man is a total shiatstain.


Who is we? Ballot initiatives can't be vetoed by the governor.
 
2017-11-08 11:53:08 AM  
He's always looked like a stupid asshole because he IS a stupid asshole.
So ... why the fark did you morons in Maine elect him governor?

Having said that, good show last night. Keep it up. Maybe next time you have a choice between a reasonable person and a stupid asshole, you don't vote for the stupid asshole?

LePage is a stupid asshole. Just wanted to make sure that was clear. In case I was being too subtle.
 
2017-11-08 11:55:40 AM  

Pocket Ninja: In feudal Japan, a samurai made to look as foolish and incompetent as LePage was last night would have been honor bound to commit seppuku.

I'm not saying LePage should kill himself, of course. It's a totally related historical note that just came to mind for some unfathomably random reason. I mean, LePage as a samurai? Farking ridiculous.


I think it's funny to hear a ninja talk about bushido.
 
2017-11-08 11:55:46 AM  
bborchar:
What I hate the most about ballot measures is that they are often worded very badly so that people don't understand what they are.  I voted for one yesterday that I thought would increase the homestead deduction, but came home to find that it was the first step for republican lawmakers to change the state constitution in order to gett rid of property taxes completely (I hadn't heard anything about the measure at all).  Luckily, it failed.  But I was angry that it wasn't more obvious.

That is by design. You know that, right? That assholes who want things to go a certain way write those things to be deliberately confusing and/or opaque. It's one of the many ways Republicans maintain the veneer of democracy without the actual democracy. It's why people need to do some brief Googling of this shiat before they vote on it. Of course, some people just automatically vote against shiat they don't understand. That's probably why it failed.
 
2017-11-08 11:55:59 AM  

max_pooper: Znuh: We also voted for legalizing the sale of pot, won, and LePage still vetoed it. 

Let's say that again, we voted for, and won for the right to legally sell weed. LePage's response: "Well, it's not legal in the Fed's eyes, so, no."

Man is a total shiatstain.

Who is we? Ballot initiatives can't be vetoed by the governor.


http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/03​/​lepage-vetoes-marijuana-bill/
 
2017-11-08 11:56:15 AM  

Znuh: LePage's response: "Well, it's not legal in the Fed's eyes, so, no."


Mmmm that's some good doublethink.
 
2017-11-08 11:56:20 AM  

HighOnCraic: He's always laughing, having fun
Showing his films in the den...


Friend, you must be as ancient as I am... I already have you Farkied as a Shriekback fan, but a Steely Dan reference?
 
2017-11-08 11:56:57 AM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: He's always looked like a stupid asshole because he IS a stupid asshole.
So ... why the fark did you morons in Maine elect him governor?


A third-party candidate split the vote.
 
2017-11-08 11:57:01 AM  

Im_Gumby: Headline could've stopped after 5 words.


Came to say this we are done here. He is a racist asshat.
 
2017-11-08 12:03:29 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Pocket Ninja: In feudal Japan, a samurai made to look as foolish and incompetent as LePage was last night would have been honor bound to commit seppuku.

I'm not saying LePage should kill himself, of course. It's a totally related historical note that just came to mind for some unfathomably random reason. I mean, LePage as a samurai? Farking ridiculous.

I think it's funny to hear a ninja talk about bushido.


OOOH! FIGHT!
 
2017-11-08 12:06:50 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Smelly Pirate Hooker: He's always looked like a stupid asshole because he IS a stupid asshole.
So ... why the fark did you morons in Maine elect him governor?

A third-party candidate split the vote.


He got 48.2% of the vote in 2014. He probably still would have won even if there had only been two candidates.
 
2017-11-08 12:11:00 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Smelly Pirate Hooker: He's always looked like a stupid asshole because he IS a stupid asshole.
So ... why the fark did you morons in Maine elect him governor?

A third-party candidate split the vote.


That explained his election to office in 2010 but not 2014.

2010: Third party candidate Elliot Cutler had a late-campaign surge of support while the Democratic party candidate Libby Mitchell fell flat, and LePage squeaked by with a plurality of the vote.

2014: Third party candidate Elliot Cutler pulled the numbers third party candidates typically get in Maine, and LePage won with a stronger plurality of the vote than in 2010.

In 2014 it was Mike Michaud's race to lose, and lose it he did. Maine gubernatorial elections almost always have third party candidates, and they almost always get about 10% of the vote. Exceptions include Cutler in 2010 and our Independent senator Angus King when he ran in the 1990s (and won).

I hope 2018 sees a better field of candidates, at least we'll be done with tea-party darling LePage.
 
2017-11-08 12:16:53 PM  

Im_Gumby: Headline could've stopped after 5 words.


Came here to say this.
 
2017-11-08 12:20:02 PM  
Good luck with LePage not veoing this.
 
2017-11-08 12:20:33 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Smelly Pirate Hooker: He's always looked like a stupid asshole because he IS a stupid asshole.
So ... why the fark did you morons in Maine elect him governor?

A third-party candidate split the vote.


Yeah, I know. Still. If Alabama or Oklahoma have to answer for their elected morons, Maine does, too.
 
2017-11-08 12:20:41 PM  
Are his pants on the ground?
 
2017-11-08 12:22:58 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Smelly Pirate Hooker: He's always looked like a stupid asshole because he IS a stupid asshole.
So ... why the fark did you morons in Maine elect him governor?

A third-party candidate split the vote.


SAME asshole splint the vote the first time LePage won. You would think that Maine would have learned their lesson the first time
 
2017-11-08 12:26:14 PM  
He looks like a ham eating a pork chop.

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2017-11-08 12:30:23 PM  

Lackofname: Good luck with LePage not veoing this.


You look kind of stupid for saying that. I'll let you figure out why yourself. Hint: It rhymes with "Lemage bant peto a mallot feasure"
 
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