The Coastal Packet: Effort to impeach LePage fails

Friday, January 15

Effort to impeach LePage fails

Bangor Daily News - A gambit to impeach Republican Gov. Paul LePage failed overwhelmingly in the Maine House of Representatives after almost three hours of floor debate.

The effort, in the form of an order sponsored by Rep. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, and backed by a group of liberal lawmakers, was rejected in a 96-52 vote in the Democratic-led chamber. Protesters screamed at legislators after the vote from the House gallery, which was then cleared by order of House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan.

The vote that effectively stymied impeachment was on House Minority Leader Ken Fredette’s motion to indefinitely postpone action on the order of impeachment introduced by Chipman.

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