Maine House lacks support for special session on LePage

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Posted: Sep 06, 2016 6:38 PM
Maine House lacks support for special session on LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has avoided immediate legislative punishment for an obscenity-laden voicemail and threats he directed toward a Democratic lawmaker.

Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves said Tuesday he's disappointed with the lack of support for a special session addressing LePage's conduct.

Democrats said 84 representatives voted "yes" while 67 didn't respond or voted no. Two Republicans responded "yes" and two said "no." A special session requires majority approval from both parties.

The Senate GOP leader says he won't poll senators, saying he'd support reconvening if impeachment was ruled out.

The governor told WVOM-FM Tuesday he wants to "move on" after saying he wished he could challenge a lawmaker to a duel and point a gun at his forehead.

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LePage apologized and blamed the media for fueling the controversy. Democrats want LePage to resign, which the governor has ruled out.