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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:21 AM
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Aroostook County Republicans set up fund to buy labor mural
Source: BDN

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine Republicans in northern Maine are raising money so the state can buy a disputed labor mural from the federal government.

The Aroostook County Republican Committee has created a website, www.buythemural.com, to raise $60,000 so the state can take ownership of the art work and let LePage focus on other issues without mural-type distractions.

LePage created an uproar when he had the 36-foot-wide mural depicting moments in Maines labor history removed from the Department of Labor headquarters. He said it favored of organized labor at the expense of business.

The U.S. Department of Labor says LePage violated terms of the federal grant used to pay for most of the murals cost when he had it removed, and therefore the state should return the federal money used to create it.

Read more: http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/04/07/politics/aroo... /
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:29 AM
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1. If they are able to swing the "purchase", it won't ever see the light of day again.
They'll probably destroy it. :(
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greiner3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:35 AM
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2. I think that would be a foregone conclusion.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:43 AM
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5. They'll get "Pastor" Terry Jones to burn it. n/t
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:47 AM
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7. I think they maybe forgetting
that there is a contract with the artist. I'm pretty sure it can't be sold with out her consent.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:13 AM
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12. Sold or displayed, IIRC.
If the County Republicans wanted to do some good they should raise 60K to pay for fuel assistance.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:59 AM
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11. Probably Destroyed Already
LePage's henchmen would have made a party out of prying the mural off the wall with crowbars and busting it up as much as possible.

They would have had NO motivation to preserve it, since the history of labor is something the Repigs are trying to erase.
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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:39 AM
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3. I still can't get over the GOP fussing about a labor mural being in the Dept of Labor headquarters.
I mean, Jeebus on a cracker. Of course it favors organized labor! It's in the Department of Labor headquarters! It's not in the Chamber of Commerce headquarters!
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:48 AM
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8. They like the "1984" newsspeak..war is peace...freedom is slavery...
labor is a "human resource" not to be confused with actual people.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:40 AM
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4. If they get away with it I predict another potato famine. n/t
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forty6 Donating Member (849 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:45 AM
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6. Republicans think money will solve this Governor's problem???
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 09:45 AM by forty6
They are beyond stupid.
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Roy Rolling Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:09 AM
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9. like the Buddha in Afghanistan
by "taking ownership" of the mural and use at the full discretion of the (current) Governor of Maine the mural will be like the Buddhas that were bombed by the Taliban. Ironic that such "patriots" pattern their behavior after the Taliban and other dictators instead of American leaders who are not afraid of free speech. What are they so afraid of that they have to stifle opinions other than theirs?
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:14 AM
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10. IF we had a Justice Department
it seems that Holder could do something...
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:24 AM
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13. He is having a poll conducted now
to see if he should get involved. What a lame ass AG he is.
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