Gov. Paul LePage announced last Friday on a conservative radio show that he may propose a measure to bring civility to the Legislature. 

“As I go out ... this is what I’m hearing: people are sick and tired of negativity,” the governor told WGAN host Matt Gagnon. “In fact, I’m being urged to get some laws out to bring civility ... the Democratic Party already passed a proclamation last year to have civility against me and now they’re asking me to get some regulations on civility against the Legislature.” 

LePage did not elaborate on how the bill would “bring civility” to Augusta. In January, the Legislature defeated an impeachment order against the governor in favor of a resolution denouncing “a political climate based on fear and personal animosity” and declaring that the state’s elected leaders “must be held to the highest standard” and “must strive to promote a positive image of Maine and reject intolerance and divisiveness.” The measure passed on a largely party-line vote of 81-65, with one Republican and three independents joining Democrats in support. 

In September Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats to call lawmakers back into session to deal with the governor’s behavior after he accused out-of-state black and Hispanic people of selling drugs, declared people of color “the enemy” and called Rep. Drew Gattine a “little sonuvabitch socialist cocksucker.”