City Councilor Kevin Donoghue has "re-launched" his blog @ kevindonoghue.blogspot.com. On it, he's posting news bits as well as his daily schedule, in order "to work for more transparency through posting up each of my appointments, both public meetings and one-on-one meetings." This reminds us of an unfortunately unpopular service we read about in Wired recently -- the Punch Clock Campaign to track members of Congress' schedules, administered by the Sunlight Foundation, which attempts to increase governmental transparency. (So far, only nine members have signed up.)
Here's his interview with Grist.org, the leading environmental-policy Web site. In it, he highlights Susan Collins' vote for the (extremely flawed) 2005 energy bill in an effort to draw attention away from her otherwise acceptable environmental record.
Back in July, the Maine Education Association - the 25,000-member union representing Maine's teachers and other educators (including my wife) - announced it would endorse Democrat Tom Allen in his bid to unseat two-term Republican US Senator Susan Collins. At the time, union executive director Chris Galgay said Allen's "views are closest to the hearts of educators and his record of
support for our issues is outstanding."
Brad McCurtain, owner of Others in Monument Square, took issue with Brian Duff's description of his lemon bars as "sort of gummy and the crust was pasty," in a review of various desserts earlier this month (see "Treat Yourself," September 12).
But - in a move we find ourselves eager to encourage in other restaurateurs who disagree with our reviews - McCurtain decided not to call and complain, and didn't opt to write us a letter, either.
What with John McCain suspending his campaign and all, it’s
a good time to explore what his campaign is really thinking. Let’s do
through the lens of the letters his campaign and the Republican
Committee sent out last week, begging for money. In the process, he and
the RNC demonstrated how thin their grasp is on reality, truth, and
Last Friday, Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to change federal rules in a way that could limit women's access to reproductive health options. Basically, the rule change would require any federal grant recipient to allow its employees to deny contraception based on their religious beliefs.
Portland is one step closer to getting a
carsharing program, according to Matti Gurney, a local transportation planner
who has led the efforts to bring such a service here.
In an email
to interested parties last night, Gurney said that while the city wasn’t
interested in Zip Car’s proposal (which may have involved a financial commitment
on the part of the city), there is interest in U-Haul’s carsharing service, U Car
Richard Pelletier of Juke Joint Video here in town stopped by today and dropped off a video of Civil Disturbance live at the Station, from back in June. Take a look:
Not that I think I'm special or anything, but when I heard the news
about the Fed's AIG bailout, I thought immediately that Bush's
"privatize everything" philosophy was about to turn on its head into
"nationalize everything." And sure enough, Cenk Uygur over at HuffPost
had the same thought - plus, he argues the point more fully and more
convicingly, in his post, "Bush Becomes A Socialist
I was able to catch the city council at-large candidate portion of last night's League forum, at which Tina Smith, Ed Suslovic, and Dory Waxman faced off about issues such as local taxes, public transportation, and city diversity. There weren't too many surprises; both Smith and Waxman seem a bit inexperienced next to Suslovic, who happens to be the current mayor of Portland.
Since our package on the proposal to paint art on some South Portland oil tanks ran a couple weeks back (see "It's Not About the Art," by Jeff Inglis, and "Words Over Pictures," by Ken Greenleaf, both in the September 5 issue), we've heard from a few artists whose proposals weren't selected
Were we interested in seeing what they had proposed? You bet, and we're guessing you are too.
is the first installment of what I hope will be a series of posts
showing the people of Maine what proposals weren't selected.
first, a plea: If you are an artist who submitted an entry to the "Art
All Around" competition, please send me your designs. I'll get them
online and we can start a great discussion.
Pictures after the jump.
A group of Maine AIDS activists took off from City Hall this morning bound for Oxford, Mississippi, where they plan to deliver a list of HIV/AIDS-related demands to the presidential candidates at the September 26 debate.
"AIDS is not going away," AIDS patient Cynthia Cushing said. "It's here to stay, unless we do something about it."
From an outside observer's perspective, it seems like Saturday's inaugural Picnic Music + Arts Festival was a great success. Not least because I scored two pairs of earrings and a beautiful piece of art from Swallowfield. What did you get?
I'm at the new Apple Store's grand opening. A few folks spent the night in their cars in the parking lot, and Nick Emberley of Rockland was the first to purchase an item (a Product Red iPod).
More pics later today, but here's one to start.
(Update: scroll down to see the slideshow! The first two were taken with the built-in iSight camera in the laptop I used to post it - the slideshow was shot with my regular camera.