The Human Rights Campaign
– one of the most influential national organizations working to advance/protect
the rights of GLBT people – announced its “Year
to Win” election-mobilization campaign yesterday. Part of the initiative
includes endorsing candidates in 14 “targeted Senate races,” and assisting
those candidates with get-out-the-vote efforts and fundraising.
Without endorsing a precise timeline, retired US Army
Johns appeared with Maine Congressional District 1 candidate Chellie Pingree this afternoon to support the Responsible Plan to End the War in
Iraq. The plan mirrors many of the (largely ignored) recommendations issued
by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group in 2006.
In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to assess my eco-progress
over the past year – things I’ve successfully implemented/changed, and areas
for improvement – using criteria from about a year of Going Green columns.
My first official column dealt with trash – and I vowed to
produce less of it. Certainly, I’ve become a diligent recycler, I remember
my reusable mug much more often, and I pay more attention to excess packaging
on new purchases (so as not to create more garbage).
On the heels of several reports
that returning service members are reporting high levels of post-traumatic
stress disorder and depression, Maine Congressman Mike Michaud announced yesterday
that he would hold a congressional field hearing in Sanford this Monday to discuss veterans’
health issues. (Sanford Town Hall, 919 Maine St.
For decades, Maine
has had an
innovate (and unique) system for proportionately distributing its electoral
votes; the National Popular Vote Bill would have gone a step further by strictly
tying electoral votes to the people’s will.
There are a few
things you should know before the weekend begins, in addition to the impending
return of Granny's Burritos, which we told you about earlier today:
News: The unionized
employees of the Blethen Maine Newspapers had previously said they were
considering trying to buy the papers (the Portland
Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Augusta-based Kennebec Journal, and the Waterville-based Morning Sentinel).
The reports are true – much-mourned Granny's Burritos will
be revived, in the space formerly known as Uncle Billy's Resto-Bar. Owners
Chris Godin and Jonathan St. Laurent are teaming up to resuscitate Granny’s,
suddenly in December.
a tough winter here,” admits Uncle Billy’s owner and local restaurateur St.