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Political positions[edit]

I've removed most of the political positions section because it lacked any sources. Besides, he will be Governor in a week and his positions won't matter; it will be about his time in office.--TM 23:33, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

I'm sure politicians of both parties would be happy if their campaign positions were judged irrelevant once they were elected, but Wikipedia does report what statements they made. I agree with you, though, that the exposition of positions should be properly sourced. JamesMLane t c 02:33, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
That section previously had sources, but they were removed by this edit. Just thought I'd point that out, in case anyone wants to convert those bare links into inline citations and add the positions back to the article. –BMRR (talk) 04:08, 28 December 2010 (UTC)

His previously stated positions do matter very much. Please don't go removing this section wholesale again. It was a lot of work to summarize concisely from different sources. As BMRR pointed out, the section was originally cited with links. I've converted the bare links to citations. I expect this section to evolve as time passes, but the information here is highly relevant and should not be deleted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Boondoggle15 (talkcontribs) 00:11, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

I have removed them again -- cites in a section heading do not take the place of cites for specific points, and as this is a WP:BLP, we particularly need it to be referenced properly.--SarekOfVulcan (talk) 02:46, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

Recentism much?[edit]

This article is not for covering every incident which makes news coverage for a day or two. I am not sure which sections need to be removed, but there is far too much coverage of every incident which has happened during the past three months.--TM 16:02, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

I agree that we shouldn't add a new paragraph every time he says a bad word or calls someone a not-so-nice name; on the other hand, this is how he presents himself and he doesn't make any apologies for it; and certainly when a governor tells the president to go to hell, or refuses to meet with the NAACP and then tells them to kiss his butt, those are not ordinary comments/behaviors from a governor. –BMRR (talk) 20:22, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Agreed. The NAACP comment is front page news, but the daughter/secretary hiring bit is certainly much less important. The NAACP comment made it to the New York Times and elsewhere far outside of Maine, which I think may be an important indicator of lasting importance. The Homestead Exemption bit is also stressed far too much. I am not a LePage supporter, but the article has an overall negative tone.--TM 20:25, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
I noticed that the homestead exemption section seemed a bit lengthy, relative to its importance. It was in the newspapers for several weeks, both here and in Florida, but ultimately the LePages were not charged with any crime. If that section can be made a bit shorter, that would probably be a good thing. The section about the hiring of his daughter could be made shorter as well. –BMRR (talk) 20:53, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

As the author (I need to open an account, I know) of today's section on controversial statements, I sensed an evolving theme that, I fear, will likely continue. The Obama and NAACP quotes did reverberate nationally--one such quote is an isolated incident, two is a pattern and three . . . —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.241.197.130 (talk) 20:37, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

No you don't :-) --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 20:50, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Setting aside what I wrote above, I think the inclusion of the full quote, including the bit about having a Black son, should be included in the NAACP section. It may have been pared down a bit too much.--TM 15:48, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
The "Black son" assertion apparently needs to be qualified a bit. "LePage often refers to 25-year-old Devon Raymond of Jamaica as his "adopted son." And although the governor and his wife are putting Raymond through college, and Raymond has attended LePage family gatherings with the LePage's other children on a regular basis since the age of 17, Raymond has not been formally adopted. He is also not a U.S. citizen. " http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/14846/Default.aspx If he considers him his son, without having taken legal steps to make it so, that's all well and good -- I'm not going to define his family for him. However, we should clarify it here to avoid confusion. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 17:22, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Another article on that subject can be found in today's Maine Sunday Telegram: [1]BMRR (talk) 18:09, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── It makes eminent sense to me that someone who was not formally adopted himself by at least two families, would consider this child to be adopted. Paul LePage's informal adoptions (as a child) should be mentioned in the article, imho.

I also don't see why this whole issue is being discussed under "recentism" , and suggest that further discussion re. the adoptions be continued under an appropriate subsection header. -Regards- KeptSouth (talk) 12:38, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Copied nearly word-for-word[edit]

LePage's transition website says:

"As head of LePage and Kasevich, a private consultancy, he has provided chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer services and advice to banks, law firms, client companies, insurance companies, bankruptcy courts and trustees."[1]

This article said:

"he served as head of LePage and Kasevich, a private consultancy, where he has provided chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer services and advice to banks, law firms, client companies, insurance companies, bankruptcy courts and trustees."

I will look for another source which is not WP:SELF, and I will rephrase the information before putting it back in the article. -KeptSouth (talk) 13:45, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done I found a source, added it, and included additional information about his business career. --KeptSouth (talk) 14:23, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Mistatements by LePage?[edit]

Seems to me we need a new section, to go along with the Statements by LePage, "Misstatements by LePage"--the name on the deed, the adopted son, the NAACP's demand that he meet only with black prisoners? Admittedly I am not a LePage supporter but it seems he creates new fodder for the Criticisms section daily, if not hourly. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Birch13 (talkcontribs) 17:29, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Removing children from infobox[edit]

Is there a specific rule or guideline that says we're not supposed to put the children's names in the infobox (or elsewhere in the article)? I took a look at a few other governors' articles — Deval Patrick, John Lynch, Andrew Cuomo, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Bob McDonnell — and they all have their children listed in their infoboxes. I understand not wanting to probe too deeply into the LePage Family's private life, but this is public information, there are plenty of reliable sources to back it up, and his children are all adults. –BMRR (talk) 17:41, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for asking. Please see WP:BLPNAME regarding the presumption of privacy, and Template:Infobox Person, for an explanation of the field for children. KeptSouth (talk) 19:55, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
For a few examples of state level politicians whose bios do not mention their children in the infobox or only give the number, please see Nathan Deal, John Kasich, Mike Beebe, Robert J. Bentley Daniel Webster (Florida politician), Sean Parnell, Pat Quinn, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson -Regards-KeptSouth (talk) 20:11, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Hiring of daughter[edit]

Can we just agree to leave this out? The article states it's an entry-level position, and that it wasn't illegal to hire her, so what's it matter? (Proud 61%-er here, but still...) --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 22:31, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

We can probably limit it, but it should not be left out. It made major headlines.--TM 22:34, 8 February 2011 (UTC)
I know we have to be careful to remember that this is an encyclopedia and not a newspaper, but I think this section is worth keeping because in many U.S. states it would be illegal. –BMRR (talk) 23:50, 8 February 2011 (UTC)
It's not a question of illegality (Wikipedia has no rule about requiring illegality for a controversial issue to be covered in an article). It's a question of whether something got a lot of media coverage. This did. It's worth a few sentences. (See WP:UNDUE.) -- John Broughton (♫♫) 15:36, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
Understood. My reason for mentioning the legality/illegality was in response to SarekOfVulcan's comment. –BMRR (talk) 17:15, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
Actually, no, it's not a question of whether something got a lot of media coverage. Explicitly, "it takes more than just routine news reports about a single event or topic to constitute significant coverage. For example, routine news coverage such as press releases, public announcements, sports coverage, and tabloid journalism is not significant coverage. Even a large number of news reports that provide no critical analysis of the event is not considered significant coverage." --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 17:21, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm glad we've moved off personal opinion (... "so, what's it matter?") and off of the issue of "legality", and are now focusing on what Wikipedia rules are. So it's odd that WP:NRVE, which is part of WP:Notability, has been mentioned. Notability is about the question of whether an article should exist or not. Notability is not about whether a part of an article should exist. For that, WP:UNDUE or WP:BLP are more relevant.
I just did a Google search on "Paul LePage" daughter job. There were 91,500 results. (On the news side, it looks like several hundred mentions.) I think we do a disservice to readers if we omit a news story (not "tabloid journalism") that has gotten so much attention. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 22:18, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
"paul lepage" retard gets 63,400 results. Pardon my language, but don't give people that shit with google results. No one ever cares and it is worthless for calling for more weight in an article.
What does everyone think now that the election is more than a year gone, now? Personally, reading this article was almost useless. Speaking as a Southern Californian Democrat, I really couldn't give a shit less about 90% of the stuff written on this page. Honestly, a governor who gets a job for his daughter? Dear Lord, the humanity! Lul. I think an synops needs to get in here, throw out all the partisan editors who are obssessed with going over LePage's record with a knit comb and try to get this article back on track. Until then it's just an ugly reminder of why professors hate Wikipedia.

Renaming conference rooms and removing murals[edit]

This section is far too long given the relative lack of importance. Thoughts on shrinking it?--TM 19:49, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for your concern. It was covered by both Portland and Bangor. I suppose some would figure it about right. It is current; I'd suggest we give it a little time before we shrink it. Gandydancer (talk) 20:56, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
Just because it is current does not make it encyclopedic. The section is larger than other sections which have been covered far more extensively and with far greater repercussions. Let's leave the current events for the newspapers to report on and make a lasting encyclopedic, shall we?--TM 21:07, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
I believe that you need to read the link you have provided and you will find that Wikipedia does not suggest that articles be edited to "make a lasting encyclopedic". We are quite the opposite in that we have no publishing deadline - information can be adjusted as time goes on. At any rate, I note that this story has been picked up by several national news sources and was mentioned on several television stations this morning. Gandydancer (talk) 14:03, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Actually it's quite interessting Why are the governors of America saying such dumb things? salon.com87.164.126.8 (talk) 15:46, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Second Wife?[edit]

What happenned to his first wife? Were they divorced or is he a widower? --Bertrc (talk) 19:37, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

"Gestapo"[edit]

That section strikes me as a lot of weight on a thoughtless comment. I'd suggest we remove it, and only re-add it if it turns out to have long-term notability. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 21:39, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

I am admittedly biased, as I've added that section, but LePage makes a point of having a "plainspoken style", so I feel it is reasonable to point out when his style gets him into trouble. The fact that numerous Maine political figures have commented on it one way or another would seem to suggest it will have staying power. I don't think it's a simple "thoughtless comment", as LePage made a point of putting it in his speech himself. It is also relevant to point out his criticism of the ACA. I'd be open to slimming it down but I don't think it should be completely removed. 331dot (talk) 23:04, 9 July 2012 (UTC)
I'm from Maine and it has rec'd an enormous amt of coverage here. I'll admit I've become a little jaded after working on the Elizabeth Warren article... I don't think it should be removed all-together, but it is long... Gandy dancer <span style="color:gold">golden </span> (talk) 23:33, 9 July 2012 (UTC) Opps, I guess that it's back to the drawing board to work on getting some color in my name! :D Gandy dancer <span style="color:gold">golden </span> (talk) 23:33, 9 July 2012 (UTC)
I've done some shortening and condensing. 331dot (talk) 12:25, 10 July 2012 (UTC)
LePage is managing to keep this in the news, doubling down on his comments today in Vermont. 331dot (talk) 02:55, 13 July 2012 (UTC)
Hint: when an article about a comment that is six words or less is, word-for-word, about the same size as *all the information the article has on all his positions* then you know one of two things. 1. You need to work more on understanding and detailing his postions. 2. Your article about some comment nobody in the wider U.S. gives a flying fuck about is too damn long. In this case, both are true. If this article is ever going to graduate from "lulzy-fail" to something worthwhile, all work on soundbite outrage needs to stop. Focus some energy on, you know, what he stands for. LGBT rights' section is a standing joke. Work on that. Or, hell, just keep adding to the already lul-worthy 'plainspoke style and faux outrage' section.
I cut it way down. I am not a LePage supporter, but this whole episode was just nuts. Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill... Perhaps in time it can be cut back further. Gandydancer (talk) 16:31, 20 July 2012 (UTC)
Wow that was long before. I would say it could definitely even be shortened more. Because I am not very familiar with the incident and it's currently news I don't want to get too involved, but at least figured I would chime in here. MinorColossal (talk) 21:42, 20 July 2012 (UTC)
Well done. It's a modest step in the right direction.
Re some comment nobody in the wider U.S. gives a flying fuck about; I thought the whole point of this was for people to read and learn something. Re "need to work on his positions"; I am not the sole author here, so I shouldn't be held responsible for the entire article(and I have added to his positions)
As said above, LePage makes a point of his plainspoken style, and when he has a pattern of getting himself into trouble, it deserves to be mentioned. I'm not necessarily opposed to the shortening in and of itself, but quotes from Democrats and others critical of the comment initially have been removed, while quotes from Republicans have been left; this seems one-sided.
Lastly, I don't appreciate the unnecessary obscenities directed at me. 331dot (talk) 00:16, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
There haven't been any obscenities directed at you. [[User:]] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.81.54.45 (talk) 22:11, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
I certainly am not being critical of 331dot's editing--I think s/he did an excellent job. In my experience with editing it is the norm to eventually trim a section down after the dust settles. I did the best I could and tried to be fair but have no problem if others feel my edit needs improvement--not that I might not argue it as well. Re the union/some unions change--actually two unions were mentioned, one was later in the article. I kept all the sources and the info can be found there. Gandydancer (talk) 11:17, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the correction on that union comment. 331dot (talk) 11:27, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

Statements header/line[edit]

Why was the "Statements by LePage" header removed, along with the line following it? 331dot (talk) 11:32, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

Recentism[edit]

Over half of this article, I feel, could be shortened to one paragraph, perhaps two and on the outside three. LePage said this, a relevant critic or critics (i.e. not the critics of source 68) said this and Paul responded thus. Criticisms should and could be shortened to something along the lines of one section 'Plainspoken Style' and with another 'Policy Criticisms.' Taking a few sentences from each current sub-header and eliminating "Hiring of family members" and "President Obama" by either integrating the information there or simply eliminating it altogether would be a solid step in the right direction. 108.81.54.45 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.254.88.20 (talk) 16:50, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

That would be like reducing the Michael Phelps article to "He won a lot of medals" or the Abraham Lincoln article to "He was President and was assassinated". I'm not opposed to the concept of rearrangement or restructuring but there shouldn't be wholesale removal of information or reducing everything to snippets. Nepotism by a politician is relevant and should not be removed, especially when it creates controversy as it did with his daughter. Discussing his "plainspoken style" is meaningless without knowing what is behind it. These aren't one-off minor comments listed here(if they were there would be a lot more), they are comments which created major controversies and were talked about extensively. 331dot (talk) 21:39, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
I agree. There seems to be a building consensus that there's something wrong with the article, fundamentally, but I'm afraid this is Wikipedia. One or two obstructionists can get away with a lot. I'm going to try to raise awareness about this article and hopefully we can get some movement towards a better article. HappyHippo69 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 16:10, 2 August 2012 (UTC)
I don't appreciate you indirectly calling me an "obstructionist" which would seem to not match Assume Good Faith, as it implies my views are in bad faith to thwart anything that happens here. Two people also does not make a consensus. I said that I don't mind rearragement/restructuring or other actual improvements, but I do oppose the wholesale removal of information, especially that which is not positive. 331dot (talk) 02:18, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

Threat to not attend GOP convention[edit]

LePage has said that he will not attend the National GOP Convention unless the Ron Paul delegation approved at the controversial state convention is seated. [2] I think this is notable information given that as Governor he would be expected to attend, however I am unsure as to where it should be placed. 331dot (talk) 01:19, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

I would be strongly against including this. Perhaps if it blows up into something bigger, but not at this point. Gandydancer (talk) 11:33, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

Maybe it is early to include it now, but if he indeed does not attend, it is certainly noteworthy that the highest GOP elected official in Maine is refusing to attend his party's convention in protest of the makeup of his state's delegation. 331dot (talk) 13:34, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

Eliminate the 'Controversies' section[edit]

In my opinion, no politician's page should have a separate controversies section. This used to be a common practice, but was stopped on most pages as it is a clear violation of WP:NPOV. There were wiki projects to do this for presidential candidates, but I guess statewide official pages were ignored. For example, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee had long controversy sections that were eliminated. Please keep in mind that I am absolutely not suggesting to remove something potentially negative, but rather keep it all in a chronological and neutral context rather than in a separate controversy section. Again, this is a common wiki practice - prior to running for president, Obama, Clinton, Biden, Giuliani, McCain, Fred Thompson, Chris Dodd and many others had controversy sections. MavsFan28 (talk) 04:44, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

That's fine with me as long as the actual information is not removed, as you stated. 331dot (talk) 12:06, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
I agree with Dot. Gandydancer (talk) 13:45, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
I've started to integrate some of the criticism section into the article, though more work is needed. 331dot (talk) 14:58, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
Removing section today. B-watchmework (talk) 22:15, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
The controversies section was eliminated long ago- but there was no problem with the information, which is all cited and accurate. All of the information that was removed was significant news when each item occurred and is representative of how the Governor conducts himself. Even some fellow party members concede that, so it's not bias. Removing that content essentially removes what he is known for from the article. I have made sure to put response from LePage or his fellow party members along with the other side whenever significant news about something LePage did is made. I agree it should not be worded as "controversies" but it is part of his term as Governor. 331dot (talk) 23:42, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
Dot, have you restored all of the deleted material? I will revert every delete from now on that is not discussed on the talk page. It is not WP editing policy for one lone editor to suddenly decide that they will just delete most of a controversy section. Controversy goes with being in politics and this governor has certainly earned what he's got here. Gandydancer (talk) 00:16, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I did. The original purpose of this section of discussion was to essentially suggest not having a separate "controversies" section- and as I said above- I understand not having such a section as long as the information is in the article, which it is(it was worked into the appropriate sections for either his campaign or his term in office). As I also stated above, I do my best to be fair and present all sides of the issue; and I certainly welcome efforts by others to ensure fairness- but not if it means wholesale removal of information that is cited. 331dot (talk) 00:48, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Good. Also, it seems that it was said that dead links were removed. The editor is perhaps not aware that it is WP policy to not remove dead links. The editor should have just marked them dead. Gandydancer (talk) 01:13, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Congdon[edit]

The section about Congdon and his comments is more about him than about LePage(only saying that LePage removed him) so I'm wondering if it should be placed elsewhere, either in a separate article or some other location. 331dot (talk) 16:35, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

I think you're right--it's not about LePage. I'd just delete it. Gandydancer (talk) 16:50, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
I'll remove it; if someone wants it elsewhere, they know what to do. 331dot (talk) 02:43, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Social media[edit]

How is the bit about him being the first Maine Governor to use social media worthy of being in the article? It is a very obscure fact that should be removed in my opinion. Xxavyer (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 19:29, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Firsts by a major politician are notable, especially when they involve the performance of his duties(such as the State of the State address). 331dot (talk) 01:51, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

CREW rating[edit]

What is the significance of CREW's opinion of LePage? I'm sure there are groups that think the opposite(that he's the best governor), do we need to list them too? 331dot (talk) 00:58, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Separate article?[edit]

Is there enough about his term of office to spin off into another article, much like Governorship of Chris Christie? 331dot (talk) 13:13, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

I don't think so--far from it, in fact. The rest of them need to live with their good, bad, and ugly actions on their own article page and he should too. The Christy scandal is quite different, IMO. Gandydancer (talk) 15:47, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

Sovereign Citizens movement[edit]

I've restored some deleted material about LePage's meetings with individuals alledged to have been associated with the Sovereign Citizens movement. Without an explanation of what the participant's discussed in these meetings, the reader who isn't familiar with the term "Sovereign Citizens movement" wouldn't know why such meetings would be newsworthy. The newspaper articles about this incident all mention that these sovereign citizens alluded to executing leaders of the state legislature - in fact, that's in the headline of the cited Bangor Daily News article. However, the previous version of the text only mentioned the execution claim in order to say that the participants deny it: all that version of the text says about the matter is: "Two of the men who had met with LePage rejected the claims of ties to the "sovereign citizen movement" and denied any discussions of executions took place." The reader has no context about who the men were supposed to have discussed executing or why, only that they say they didn't discuss it. The editor making the change claimed that "the value to readers [of the content removed] is nil", but I don't think that the sovereign citizens group or its ideology are widely familiar to readers, so the specific things that these men said in the meetings, as well as the actions that the governor took on their behalf, are relevant. GabrielF (talk) 01:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

1. The contentious beliefs of third parties require strong secondary sourcing that they hold the beliefs for an article specifically about those people. 2. Where no source exists that LePage holds the beliefs, the insertion of rumours and innuendo is improper under WP:BLP. This is an article about a living person and under no circumstances should we insert such "beliefs" into LePage's BLP - he could meet with the Dalai Lama and we would still not then insert the Dalai Lama's unsourced contentious beliefs into any BLP other than that of the Dalai Lama. Parenthetical, poorly sourced, contentious claims about living persons are required to be removed by Wikipedia policy. Cheers. Collect (talk) 08:54, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
LePage has specifically denied that he discussed executing Democratic leaders with the SC's here, which should permit at least a mention of that in the article. The said Democratic leaders also criticized LePage for the meetings here and for validating their violent ideas. There is also an audio recording of the men he met with discussing the issue on their own here which demonstrates that they hold those views. 331dot (talk) 10:42, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Respectfully, what's being inserted into the article is not what these people believe, but what they discussed at a series of meetings. The material is well-sourced - in fact, one of the members discussed it himself on his own radio show. Here's Maine Public Radio's description: [3]
Here's Politico, citing public records requests about the meetings[4]:
There's nothing "parenthetical" or poorly sourced here. What's newsworthy about this incident is the fact that discussions on these topics took place. Multiple reliable secondary sources reported these claims.
Note that you've also removed material on LePage's actions - summoning a sheriff. You haven't addressed the fact that your edit leaves the denial in place, but does not discuss what is being denied.GabrielF (talk) 12:54, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
You do not have strong reliable secondary sources for your claims as to the beliefs of the people, that they are members of a movement, and absolutely nothing to connect LePage with the contentious beliefs. Other than those teensy violations of WP:BLP, you just seem to wish to include WP:OR and what you [[WP:KNOW|know}} to be the "truth." I suggest you not edit material with which you appear to old such strong views, by the way. See WP:PIECE. Collect (talk) 13:54, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
I'm sorry to see an editor accuse a fellow editor of impropriety when it is not warrented. The Bangor Daily News is certainly acceptable RS. Wikipedia is not accusing LePage of anything, and the reader can make his/her own decision about LePage's state of mind. Gandydancer (talk) 14:08, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

RFC: Paul LePage and the Sovereign Citizen's Movement[edit]

See box. Formerip (talk) 20:23, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Result: The material in question should be included.

Four editors supported inclusion of the material and two were opposed. This represents a low turnout, but a clear majority in favour of inclusion. In opposition to inclusion, it was argued that "any statement asserting that LePage holds or supports specific contentious views" would be an "intrinsic violation of WP:BLP, WP:RS". I don't think this is a fair interpretation, since neither policy cited imposes a blanket ban on ascribing controversial views to article subjects. Moreover, as was pointed out in discussion, the material in question does not appear to actually ascribe any particular view to the article subject in this case. It was also argued that the material was not germane to the article. It seems obvious to me that this is not literally true. It may be reasonable to argue that the material doesn't amount to a hill of beans. However, some editors appear to believe it does, and it is not for a closer to supervote on a question of pure editorial discretion (although this is something that may be taken into account when considering BLP policy).

Separately, it was argued that the material should not be included because, by stating that the article subject met with the people it is said that he met with, a misleading impression that he necessarily supports the views of those people may be given. However, the context of this objection was clearly a contingent vote, because the editor in question said that they would be OK with content that avoided this misleading impression. To my mind, it is clear that such content is possible, and it can be reasonably (if not unquestionably) argued that the article in its current state achieves this.

So, it is my view that arguments presented against inclusion fall short of providing sound reasons to ignore the numerical result of the discussion.

It is relevant to give further consideration to BLP policy. It is a requirement that the material in question be reliably sourced and not be present in a way that seriously misrepresents its importance. On the first question, it seems clear that the sources used for the material pass WP:RS. On the second, the section of the article in question is not placed so as to smack the reader in the chops and it does not appear grotesque in terms of its length or detail in the overall context of the article, particularly given that the article includes material relating to other controversies regarding the subject, so that it is not clear why this one might be elided (the article overall may be skewed against the subject for all I know, but that would be a matter for separate discussion). It does appear to me that the material relates to a controversy discussed in multiple sources and which is not a matter of a mere unsubstantiated allegation, but of a set of facts which have been corroborated.

For what it's worth, the content in question does not appear to me to be clearly worded at present. In particular, it is not clear who Jack McCarthy is (I had to use Google) and, in the sentence "They’re talking about hanging them", it is not clear who "they" and "them" refer to.


Should the section on LePage's meetings with alleged members of the Sovereign Citizen's Movement include information on the topics discussed at those meetings, including the suggestion that Maine legislative leaders were guilty of treason and should be executed? GabrielF (talk) 14:02, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Survey[edit]

Support inclusion GabrielF (talk) 14:02, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Oppose Any statements asserting that LePage holds or supports specific contentious views, including allegations he supports murdering people, etc. as being UNDUE, and an intrinsic violation of WP:BLP, WP:RS, as a series of allegations and rumours and fails to be germane to the topic of the article - that is they are not biographical but political claims and allegations. Contentious claims require strong secondary reliable sources. Also note that he held no "meetings with the Sovereign Citizen's movement" nor do any reliable sources make such a claim. This is "silly season" at its worst. Collect (talk) 14:19, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

    • No such statements are being made. The proposed text is not claiming that LePage "supports" these beliefs, it is stating that he was present at meetings where they were discussed. The proposed text includes statements from both LePage and his spokesman denying that he holds these beliefs. Regardless of whether or not LePage believes these things, it is notable that they were discussed in his presence, given his office. The numerous articles from both local and national publications attest to that notability. GabrielF (talk) 14:25, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
  • (edit conflict)Support inclusion. No one is saying LePage holds these views(in fact he specifically denies doing so, which should be mentioned at a minimum); the story here is that he met with people who do(and I'm not sure how it can be said that he didn't when he admits he did). I don't think Collect appreciates the importance of this to Maine politics and the Governor; this received much news coverage and comments from the people involved. The Bangor Daily News is certainly a reliable source, a newspaper of wide circulation in Maine. 331dot (talk) 14:26, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
    • The BDN does not make the claims - it specifically ascribes the "assertions" to a "liberal blogger" which makes the assertions very weakly sourced, indeed. And I would not care if this were a silly season about a governor of Gnarphia - it simply fails WP:BLP as being weakly sourced allegations, and the use of the contentious support for murdering others is beyond the pale. Collect (talk) 14:29, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose Saying that LePage goes to meetings in which there is support for the death of elected officals seems to be through WP:SYNTH suggesting that LePage supports those acts. That does not appear to be true and as such should not be implied. Both statements may be true, but putting them together suggests something that is not true. --Obsidi (talk) 02:56, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
@Obsidi: It is quite clear from reading the sources that LePage does not support their beliefs(and he has specifically said so) That is not the issue, the issue is that he met with people who do hold those beliefs(which there is evidence of). Leaving this out(and doing so in the way initially done) does a disservice to readers who won't understand why these meetings were controversial. 331dot (talk) 09:42, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
I don't think anyone here believes he actually holds the view that the death of these elected officials is a good thing. But the question is, does the WP article imply that those are his views? The fact that the referenced sources make clear those are not his views is not good enough. The WP article itself cannot, even by implication, suggest views that he does not hold. --Obsidi (talk) 09:52, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
If there is a clear statement that he does not hold those views, I don't see how that implies otherwise. How would you suggest proceeding? The way the article is written is currently very unclear as to what exactly the controversy was about and leaves readers hanging. This was a major story when it occurred and should be mentioned in some form. 331dot (talk) 09:57, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
I would suggest writing up example language which makes it very clear that these are not views shared by the governor despite the fact that he was meeting with them. I oppose just adding language that "include[s] information on the topics discussed at those meetings, including the suggestion that Maine legislative leaders were guilty of treason and should be executed" Should explicit language be proposed that makes it clear that those are not the views of the governor I would be ok with that. --Obsidi (talk) 10:06, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
I personally don't have time to do that as this moment, but I do appreciate your advice and suggestion. If someone doesn't do it first, I likely will at some point. 331dot (talk) 10:08, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support The deleted copy made no assertion that LePage supports murdering people, etc. - quite the opposite in that this information clearly stated that he does not support anything of the sort. I'm really quite surprised that anyone would not want this information included in LePage's article as it may help to clear up rumors that may have been written on blogs, etc. It is only fair to LePage that WP do its best to include factual information using sound RS such as the Bangor and Portland news sources. Gandydancer (talk) 16:54, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

'*Support - as reported in numerous secondary and reliable sources, per WP:NPOV and WP:V. - Cwobeel (talk) 17:17, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Threaded Discussion[edit]

  • This material was reported in multiple reliable secondary sources, such as Maine newspapers[5], Maine public radio[6], and Politico[7]. These third-party sources cited radio shows hosted by the participants, as well as government documents obtained via freedom of information request. Multiple reliable sources considered the topics of these meetings to be notable. For instance, the Bangor Daily News' headline: "LePage denies he discussed ‘executing’ Maine Democratic leaders". It is also confusing, and uninformative to readers to include the Governor's denials that executions were discussed at these meetings, without any explanation of whose executions were discussed and for what reasons. In addition to the fact that the topics of these meetings are notable, some discussion of the belief system of the participants is warranted in order to provide some context about why such meetings would be noteworthy, particularly given that this may not be a group that is widely familiar to readers.GabrielF (talk) 14:02, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
    • The Bangor Daily News reports the allegations as allegations (In two calls Monday evening to the Bangor Daily News, Gov. Paul LePage vehemently disputed assertions made by a liberal blogger in a forthcoming book that LePage made references in 2013 to executing Maine’s speaker of the House and Senate president.) The mpbn source also simply reports on the allegations without making any claims of fact about the beliefs of LePage. (These details and others are featured in a new book written by progressive activist Mike Tipping, the communications director for the Maine People's Alliance and can be found on the Web site, Talking Points Memo. Tipping's book, "As Maine Went," discusses how LePage courted the Republican tea party crowd to help win the governorship in 2010. Among the various factions of the tea party movement are Sovereign Citizens, which Tipping says is allied with the Constitutional Coalition, believes that the government, led by Jewish leaders, is plotting a Christian holocaust that will be carried out once they have finally taken Americans' guns away.) I consider ascription of plotting murders and hangings and of anti-Semitism to be "contentious" and the source is a single book, not the BDN or mpbn, as they each make clear. Allegations make for bad biographies, especially such contentious ones as are being made. Collect (talk) 14:25, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
The fact LePage is on record as denying that he discussed executions at meetings should be mentioned, even if details of it are at a minimum. There is also an audio recording of the men LePage met with stating the views they expressed to him. 331dot (talk) 14:30, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Which might be if use in a BLP about those men - it is not a nexus to LePage as required by WP:BLP -- a person can say they discussed assassinating a Lt. Gov. - but that is very weak when one tries putting it in the BLP of a third party. And talk of murdering a Lt. Gov. is, indeed, a claim with criminal implications, thus is intrinsically "contentious." I can assure you that Governors meet with all sorts of people - and assigning beliefs to them including ones with criminal nature is not permitted by WP:BLP. Cheers. Collect (talk) 14:49, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
They assign the beliefs to themselves, as in the audio recording. If their own words do not establish their beliefs then I don't know what does. There are also public records on this(as mentioned below). 331dot (talk) 15:04, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
I would add that Collect has some basic facts about this incident wrong. They did not discuss assassinating a lieutenant governor, they discussed executing legislative leaders. Further, while Governors do meet with many people, the fact that LePage met with them eight times, for as long as three hours, that he initiated the first meeting himself, and that he was not meeting with legislative leaders, are all cited by sources such as Politico, to indicate that these were notable meetings. GabrielF (talk) 15:16, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
In fairness to Collect, the President of the Senate in Maine becomes governor in the event of a vacancy- essentially the role of a Lt. Gov. But your point is correct. 331dot (talk) 15:22, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Again, no one is saying LePage holds these views; the story is that he met with people who do repeatedly. Who a Governor meets with is certainly relevant to his job performance. 331dot (talk) 14:44, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
(ec) The proposed Wikipedia text does not mention a "Christian holocaust" or claims of anti-Semitism. Including that discussion here seems to be muddying the waters. Tipping broke the story, and he is getting credit for that in the media, but others, including the Politico story linked above, are also basing their reporting on the audio tape of the participant's radio show and on documents obtained by FOIA. I have no problem explicitly attributing the story to Tipping, but the story is noteworthy because of the topics discussed at these meetings, and that should be included in the article. GabrielF (talk) 14:46, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
When the source specifically makes such allegations, then we damn well do have to consider whether the source can be used for contentious claims. And again -- "allegations" make for damn poor sourcing of contentious claims - such as discussing murder. Collect (talk) 14:49, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Proposed draft[edit]

I have drafted the following as a replacement:

On June 30, 2014, the website Talking Points Memo reported that LePage had met eight times with members of the sovereign citizen movement between January and September 2013. It was reported that topics discussed at these meetings, some of which lasted nearly three hours, included assertions that the US Dollar and Maine state courts are illegal, and that Maine Senate President Justin Alfond and Maine House Speaker Mark Eves are guilty of treason and should be appropriately punished,[2] and that the US government and the United Nations are planning for a war against Americans.[3][4][5]

In phone calls to the Bangor Daily News, LePage stated that he attended the meetings to discuss the Maine and United States Constitutions, but that some of the points made at the meetings were "off the wall", going on to say that “None of this stuff ever happened” and “We did not discuss execution, arrest or hanging", referring to punishments for treason.[2] LePage said he stopped meeting with the movement members because "they got mad and called me all sorts of names" and had stopped listening to him.[2] He also said that those he had met with had called his office on June 30, the day the story broke, to request a meeting, but he declined to do so.[2] The governor's office issued a statement saying LePage has met with “hundreds of Mainers hearing thousands of ideas, concerns and suggestions” and that “hearing those ideas during constituent meetings does not translate to the Governor endorsing the ideas of others.”[4] LePage himself stated that "I met with President Barack Obama, but I'm not a liberal."[2]

Two of the men who had met with LePage rejected the claims of ties to the "sovereign citizen movement" and denied any discussions of executions took place. Along with LePage, they threatened to sue Mike Tipping, the liberal activist making the claims.[6]

To explain:

  • I've tried to emphasize that LePage disagreed with the controversial views reported to have been discussed and that in general he does not agree with everyone that he meets with.
  • I've only mentioned executions in the context of LePage stating he never discussed it and the alleged members also stating they didn't, instead referring to punishment for treason, which was the larger point under discussion at these meetings.
  • I don't think the part about the Sheriff contributes to the notability of this story, so I haven't mentioned it.

I welcome further revisions and/or comment. 331dot (talk) 11:51, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

I demur - the proposal maintains the same BLP problems as the other proposals - it links a person to a belief or claim which he specifically denies holding, and meeting with anyone does not act like the Ebola virus. Cheers. Collect (talk) 12:34, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
@Collect: I truly don't understand how you see that, and again don't think you appreciate how large a story that it was in Maine. LePage has sung his views from the rooftops and it could not be more clear that he doesn't hold them. The meetings were controversial, but readers would not know why without knowing what they were about. I invite you to better write what the meetings were about in a way that would satisfy you. 331dot (talk) 12:44, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
It would be like saying that Richard Nixon denied participation in Watergate but not having an explanation of what Watergate was. It's a big hole. 331dot (talk) 12:46, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
References
  1. ^ LePage for Governor: Biography
  2. ^ a b c d e "LePage denies he discussed ‘executing’ Maine Democratic leaders". Bangor Daily News. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Tipping, Mike (June 30, 2014). "Why Did Maine's Governor Conspire With 'Sovereign Citizen' Extremists?". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Mistler, Steve (June 30, 2014). "LePage meetings with extreme conspiracy group questioned". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Woodard, Colin (7 July 2014). "Paul LePage Is in Trouble. Again.". Politico. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Cousins, Christopher (July 1, 2014). "Group that met with LePage denies terrorist links". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
It is not a big story anywhere other than Bangor <g>. Can you show me where, say, we discuss the views of people meeting any other politician in their BLP? And you really wish to associate LePage with some sort of plot to murder the Senate president? Wow. Sorry - this smells like silly season stuff at best. It has not garnered a single mention in the New York Times, Washington Post, the only Boston Globe article says it is pushed by "political foes" and gives it no weight otherwise.[8] "Tipping works for a liberal activist group that has endorsed LePage’s Democratic challenger, Mike Michaud." seems to cover the silly season definition very nicely. Collect (talk) 12:58, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
(ec)The story was initially publicized by a national outlet, as described, so it is clearly a larger story than just "Bangor". LePage was not associated with any plot, nor was a plot made, it was a discussion of views. No one has claimed there was any plot. Other stuff exists and thus I can't speak to every other similar article on Wikipedia, I can only speak about this one and my personal belief that who a Governor meets with is relevant to how they perform their job and reflects on their judgement, which is certainly an encyclopedic subject. I think that calling this "silly season" and stating it is only a story in Bangor only confirms that you don't appreciate the nature of this story and its relevance to Maine politics. Again, I invite you to better describe what occurred. 331dot (talk) 13:15, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
I didn't realize the New York Times and Washington Post were the only acceptable sources of information on Wikipedia. Sources do not have to be national in their reach to be included, as far as I know. If so, we would need to jettison a good chunk of Wikipedia. The fact that this originated from a liberal activist doesn't alter its newsworthiness and encyclopedic value, as again, who a Governor meets with reflects on their job performance. The meetings are public record. Feel free to expand on the liberal activist point in the article, if you wish. 331dot (talk) 13:17, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
There are plenty of national news organizations that covered this story. Politico MSNBC Salon Yahoo News The Huffington Post, Washington Times. Maine sources covering the story include: the Portland Press Herald, The Bangor Daily News, Maine Public Broadcasting, WCSH, WLBZ, WMTW, WABI.GabrielF (talk) 00:58, hangingober 2014 (UTC)


Congrats on finding the worst possible sources for a factual claim. The Politico piece was an editorial "Letter from Maine" by Colin Woodard. I assume you would also use it for "likened the Internal Revenue Service to the Nazi Gestapo, issued blanket gag orders against the state’s largest newspaper chain (whose headquarters he also joked about bombing) and denounced—on camera—a Democratic state senator for always wanting to “give it to the people without Vaseline.”" Not going to work as a secondary reliable source at all. Salon? "MPBN reports, but he also at one point joked with his guests about hanging Democratic politicians in Maine for treason." Nope. MSNBC? Maine Gov. denies talk of 'hanging' opponents: A forthcoming book reports that Maine Governor Paul LePage met 8 times with a Sovereign Citizen group, with whom he reportedly discussed trying Democratic lawmakers for treason. ascribing the "claim" to a "forthcoming book" and not asserting it as "fact" at all. Yahoo? Ascribes the claims to two radio hosts who "described alleged details" of meetings where one of them says He (McCarthy) was the one who said "hang them" as a response to LePage saying "They're talking about hanging them" but trying to read that into a statement by LePage that anyone should be hanged is a very far reach, indeed. HuffPo? "Tipping, who works for the Maine People’s Alliance, a progressive advocacy group, wrote that when the coalition's members met with LePage they discussed arresting and executing state House Speaker Mark Eves (D) and Senate President Justin Alfond (D) for treason and violating the U.S. Constitution." WashTimes? AP article once again -- we do not count every paper using the AP as a separate "source". Sorry -- what you might have is

An employee of an organization backing LePage's opponent alleges in a book that LePage met with people who are alleged to be connected with a "sovereignty movement" on several occasions. The alleged members of the sovereignty movement discussed their political views with LePage. LePage denied agreeing with the alleged group in those meetings.

Anything more is going well past "fact" into political opinion sourceable to a group actively campaigning for the Democrat in the race. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:57, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

I don't see anything in the Politico piece that marks it as an editorial. It's an article written for their magazine. Newspapers frequently use freelances to write non-editorial articles for their magazines (see for instance, the New York Times Magazine). The fact that is has the tagline "Letter from Maine" does not indicate that it is an editorial, that is just an appellation that magazines sometimes use - the New Yorker uses these types of taglines all the time. In the latest issue of the New Yorker, there is a "Letter from California" (a factual article and a perfectly reliable source). The author is a reporter for the Portland Press Herald. There is absolutely nothing in the Politico source that is problematic, and I would challenge you to take it to RSN if you disagree. You derisively claim that I would use it to support a variety of other controversial things that LePage has said, but LePage has said all of those things, they are well documented. As for the other sources, you're completely changing the terms of the discussion. You claimed that the story was not notable because it was not mentioned in major national sources. I provided a number of such sources to demonstrate that the story has received coverage at the national level. Whether or not these sources credit Tipping, or cite local sources is not relevant to the question of notability.
You are repeatedly using straw man arguments to argue against claims that the proposed text does not make. You say: "trying to read that into a statement by LePage that anyone should be hanged is a very far reach, indeed", but nothing in the proposed text ascribes that statement to LePage. You've also used the term "assassinate" previously, which the proposed text never uses, and you've referred to the group's belief in a "Christian holocaust", which the proposed text never discusses (to my knowledge no source says this was discussed with LePage).
What the proposed text is saying is that LePage held a series of eight meetings with this group. Meeting participants said on a radio show that, during the first meeting, members of the group told LePage that they believed that legislative leaders were guilty of treason, and discussed the traditional punishments for treason, saying: “Praise the Lord, let’s hang a few. We’ll be done with this crap.” LePage denies that this conversation took place. All of those statements are factual and have been reported as facts (not as "Tipping claims that...") by multiple reliable secondary sources. The incident is notable, it was discussed by every state media source that I checked and a number of national sources. The Politico article explains why the story is relevant to a BLP: "Hanging the Democratic leadership or no, the governor’s sustained interest in the conspiracy theorists’ ideas has stunned Maine’s political class, especially as LePage had famously refused for months to meet with the very legislative leaders the extremists accused of treason.".GabrielF (talk) 14:52, 29 October 2014 (UTC)


The "Letter from Maine" is clearly an "opinion piece" and, as such, is not usable for "claims of fact" as I noted. No source says there was a "series" of 8 meetings with a group - so that does not even have an "opinion source." Nor do any sources state that LePage said to hang anyone at all. Sorry - this stinks to high heaven as a silly season set of claims from an employee of a group actively supporting his opponent. Collect (talk) 15:47, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

You are continually saying claims are made that are not being made. No one has said LePage wanted to hang anyone or kill anyone. That's not the issue and never has been. There are numerous sources which has been demonstrated to you. 331dot (talk) 21:19, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
It is a magazine article and is clearly marked as such. Many newspapers have magazines (including the New York Times). Magazine articles often have more of an authorial voice than daily news articles, but they are still perfectly acceptable by Wikipedia. Last time I checked there were over 7000 citation to the New Yorker, 5000 to the Atlantic, 3000 to the Nation, 2000 to Vanity Fair and 1700 to the New Republic. (See User:GabrielF/NewsCitations) All of those primarily print articles that are material similar in tone and substance to the Politico Magazine article cited above.
"No source says there was a "series" of 8 meetings with a group" - Absolutely incorrect. Several of the local newspaper sources used in the proposed text say this. Portland Press HeraldBangor Daily News.GabrielF (talk) 13:22, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Finally finding the time to very closely read 331dot's suggested edit and Collect's responses, I agree to 331dot's suggestion and find Collect to be using straw man after straw man arguments. Gandydancer (talk) 16:53, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
Um [9] does not have "series of 8 meetings" at all. The other specifically ascribes the "claims that Gov. Paul LePage held a series of meetings " to the book by Tipping. Neither source makes the claim in the voice of the journalist writing the article, nor in the voice of either newspaper. All you can say is that Tipping in his book makes claims, and we can not then express the claims as fact in Wikipedia's voice as your sources do not express the clams as fact in their voice. Cheers. And being careful in BLP wording is not a "straw man" it is a non-negotiable policy. Collect (talk) 17:12, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
Please cite the text where it says the policy is "non-negotiable"(as well as who is seeking to renegotiate or rewrite the policy); virtually everything on Wikipedia is negotiable AFAIK. I would also suggest reviewing WP:PUBLICFIGURE which gives as acceptable a very similar example to this situation. I would add that I don't think Gandydancer was saying bringing up this policy was a straw man, but your arguments in supporting that were. You were also in error about many of the facts in this case. 331dot (talk) 19:14, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


unpublished book[edit]

@Collect:,

I have no idea why you insist on labeling Tipping's book as "unpublished", when it was, at the time, scheduled to be released by a publisher.[10] (in fact, according to Amazon, the publication date was 17 days after the cited PPH article.)

Describing a book as "unpublished" typically means that the book has not found a publisher. A book that has an upcoming release date from a publisher is not "unpublished". It can be described as "forthcoming" or something along those lines, but to describe a book as "unpublished" has a completely different meaning.GabrielF (talk) 21:56, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Note my suggestion by edit that we say "since published". Made before your post here. Collect (talk) 12:21, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
"Since published" is also incorrect in that it implies that the book was not under contract with a publisher at the time. It was under contract and was only a few weeks away from release.GabrielF (talk) 23:59, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
Sorry -- that is the term used by publishers. That you do not like the term does not make any difference. Cheers. Collect (talk) 00:23, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
I read book reviews frequently and I have never heard the term "unpublished" used to refer to a book that was due to be released by a publisher in a short period of time. The terms "forthcoming" or "soon to be released" or something along those lines are generally used. "Unpublished" has a completely different connotation. And the repetition in your sentence is just terrible writing ("published an excerpt from an unpublished book... since published"). Further, the level of detail is completely unnecessary - what purpose does it serve to tell the reader that the excerpt was published on the web three weeks before the book appeared in print? Nevertheless, I have asked at the refdesk for additional opinions.GabrielF (talk) 01:14, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
Your forumshopping at RefDesk omitted the fact I had added "since published" and I regret that you are using up any good faith assumptions available when you do such misleading posts. And I note that you seem not to understand why WEIGHT is important in any BLP, and your "extended quote" is not on point for LePage. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:55, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
Forum shopping? I've never heard asking for advice being called forum shopping before. Oh well... Gandydancer (talk) 17:06, 1 November 2014 (UTC)