Maine governor won't talk to 3 newspapers
Posted in the Georgetown Forum
#1 Jun 23, 2013
The Republican governor's policy comes after the newspaper published a series of articles titled The Lobbyist in the Henhouse, examining the state's chief environmental officer and how her policy decisions helped the corporations for which she had previously lobbied.
The Herald, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel are reportedly subject to this ban, according to the Portland Press Herald.
The newspaper found out about the new policy when the Republican governor's spokeswoman refused to provide a reporter a copy of the governor's public events calendar.
"This is about them being really uncomfortable with us doing investigative journalism," Portland Press Herald Executive Editor Chill Schlechtman said in an interview on The Rachel Maddow Show Thursday. "Practically, they (the Governor's office) didn't talk to us much anyway."
The ban does not extend to the departments of public safety and human services.
The executive editor said the paper planned to continue to tackle state politics, with or without the assistance of the state government.
On the governor's official news feed, there was no comment on the controversy or his colorful remarks using a crude sexual reference when describing a Democratic state lawmaker with which he locked horns over the state budget.
Of note, according to the governor's official biography, LePage was once a journalist himself, serving as editor of the college newspaper.
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