In less than 16 months as governor, LePage has earned a reputation for rudeness and incivility . Even before he was elected, LePage caused a stir when he told a crowd that he would tell President Barack Obama to "go to hell." Two weeks after taking office, he stirred up a controversy when he called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People a special interest group and told critics to "kiss my butt" over his decision to not attend the NAACP's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Portland. He later raised eyebrows when he dismissed the dangers of a chemical additive used in some plastic bottles by saying the worst that could happen was "some women may have little beards." A year ago, he riled labor groups, artists and others by removing a huge mural depicting the state's labor history from the Labor Department headquarters. When asked what he'd do if anybody tried to block the mural from being taken down, he said, "I'd laugh at them, the idiots."
On March 26, 2012, Louisiana resident Shawntay Brown, 19, was arrested for biting a 15-year-old's breast during a brawl in Monroe. An affidavit in the case included a police officer's statement that the 15 year old "showed me the bite mark." A video is said to show Brown running after the younger girl and biting her on a tender spot, The Smoking Gun reported. Brown contends that the other girl bit her first.
In the USA, the world's wealthiest country, other towns have cut some municipal utilities outright due to budget constraints. New Hampshire recently announced it would be turning off some 100 street lamps this summer after the state's department of transportation saw its budget cut in half, according to the Nashua Telegraph. And, the severely economically depressed Detroit (known as 'the motor city because it is the home of General Motors) is currently debating a measure to privatize public utilities in order to save $250 million in lighting costs, the Detroit Free Press reported. Baltimore, Maryland, has put several historic buildings for sale to get its budget woes under control. Finally, the police department in Smithfield, North Carolina, said it would stop responding to 911 emergency calls because the town is short on gas money.