Mike Tipping: As Maine Went *at Longfellow Books*

As Maine WentAs Maine Went by Mike Tipping
Thursday, July 17th, Noon at Longfellow Books 
Most people are familiar with the stormy tenure and in-your-face pronouncements of Maine governor Paul LePage, elected in a three-way contest in 2010 with 38% of the vote. As Maine Went looks behind the headlines at the results of LePage’s hard-right policies on everything from health care to the economy and the environment. This book is a case study of what happens when the Tea Party, a movement defined by its distrust of government, is handed the keys to a state.

Author Mike Tipping is a columnist and blogger for the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News whose writing has brought to light a series of controversial statements and actions by Governor LePage. Mike revealed the governor’s false claim that 47% of Mainers refuse to work, his theory that a wind turbine was fraudulently driven by a “little electric motor,” his exemption of his own state pension from his budget cutbacks, and, most recently, the wholesale plagiarism of the Alexander Report, among many other examples.

What a book can do that short-form media can’t do is step back from the headlines to explore the question that matters most: What is Governor LePage’s impact on Maine? The result is a dispassionate, almost understated, riveting narrative.

“Hats off to Mike Tipping for stepping back from the daily barrage of headlines and diving deeply into the political phenomenon that is Governor Paul LePage. From health care and education to buffaloes and black flies, As Maine Went paints an informative and often troubling portrait of one of Maine’s most unforgettable public figures.” -Bill Nemitz, Portland Press Herald

Mike Tipping writes about Maine politics and policy with a focus on analysis and explanation. He works at the Maine People's Alliance and Maine People s Resource Center, writes a political column for the Portland Press Herald. He is the author of The Tipping Point blog on the website of the Bangor Daily News. Join us to be the first to get a look at this important book and be a part of the conversation to make some change in our communities.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
One Monument Way
04101-4078 Portland