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UPDATE: Maine Gov. Says He'll Hold Meetings Outside State House
05/23/2013 12:26 PM ET   Reported By: Susan Sharon

Unhappy with what he says is the Democrats' attempts to "silence" him, Gov. Paul LePage says he'll start holding meetings outside the State House. Democratic leaders say the governor stormed out of a meeting with them this morning after he was told that he could not have a television monitor hanging outside his office area on the second floor. As Susan Sharon reports, the monitor displays the number of days since Lepage proposed a balanced budget and a plan to repay the state debt owed to hospitals.

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Originally Aired: 5/23/2013 12:00 PM

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"What's the holdup?" That's the question that pops up on a big-screen television monitor just outside the governor's office on the second floor of the State House.

The screen goes on to project two numbers: 133 days since Gov. LePage proposed a blanced budget and 130 days since a bill to pay the hospital debt was submitted.

The message concludes with a quote from the Maine Constitution that says every citizen has the right to speak, write and publish on any subject. In a news release, the governor says Democratic leadership has informed him that he cannot have the TV on display.

For their part, Democrats say all they want is for the governor to get permission first. They say the governor stormed out of a meeting this morning and threatened to move his office out of the State House beginning July 1.

According to the governor's release, his staff will stay, but he'll hold meetings outside the State House where people can "feel free to express their opinions without censorship of the Senate President and Speaker of the House."

Photo:  Susan Sharon

Susan Sharon spoke with Gov. LePage's spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett.  To hear the interview, click on the appropriate "Listen" button above.



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