Wasn’t Global Love Day in May? LePage’s office releases all 2012 proclamations at once

A message to those of you who subscribe to Maine.gov e-mail news alerts and follow Gov. Paul LePage on Twitter: No, today isn’t Global Love Day (May 1) or Martial Arts Day (March 24), nor is it American Eagle Day (June 20) or World Read Aloud Day (March 7).

But you’d be excused for thinking that this afternoon as the e-mail inboxes of subscribers to governor’s office news alerts fill up with notices of proclamations LePage has issued to observe Safe Digging Month (April), Certified Government Financial Manager Month (March) and the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited (Jan. 29).

LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said staff in the governor’s office are making website updates this afternoon, which include uploading all proclamations the governor has issued this year. She said an error resulted in many of the proclamations ending up in the Maine.gov news feed and appearing as if they’re new news items.

Bennett said the governor’s office receives hundreds of proclamation requests each year and fulfills most of them.

“It’s not an endorsement of any kind or a policy stance,” she said. “We try to fulfill them as they come in.”

When the updates are complete, the governor’s website will have an archive of those proclamations.