In front of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices tomorrow, the Maine Civil Liberties Union will defend mayor Ed Suslovic against at-large city council challenger Dory Waxman's charges that his campaign materials contain an unethically misleading quote.
The brouhaha concerns one word on a Suslovic leaflet: "visionary."
If you're interested in designing and carrying out a public-art project at the Raymond A. Geiger Elementary School in Lewiston, now's the time to speak up. The Maine Arts Commission is seeking proposals - with total budgets not to exceed $45,000. It's a Percent For Art project, and the deadline is November 28. Learn more about the project itself here.
In the wake of the selection of the artist whose work may perhaps one day be painted on some South Portland oil tanks (if private donors cough up another $1.2 million),I heard from another artist who submitted a proposal but was not selected: Jim Watson of Standish. (We've previously posted the designs by three other artists, and if anyone else wants to send us their non-selected proposal, please e-mail them to jinglis@phx.
The Portland Food Co-op, which I wrote about last year, announced in its monthly newsletter yesterday that it will soon share space in the Meg Perry Center. The space on Congress Street will serve as the co-op's hub for food-buying club meetings, monthly potlucks, and office operations.
Ouside the federal courthouse in Portland this morning, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England director of public affairs Chris Quint announced that the national Planned Parenthood Action Fund board has "unanimously" decided to endorse Tom Allen for US Senate.
It's a big deal because Planned Parenthood has supported Allen's opponent, supposedly pro-choice Republican incumbent Susan Collins, in previous races.
The artist whose design may one day grace some of the oil
tanks overlooking Portland Harbor
is ... Jaime Gili. (His eye-bending Web site is here.)
He’s a dynamic Venezuelan-born painter living in London, who said at the announcement of his win, “I cannot imagine any bigger project,” and then moved
right on to do just that: “I’d like to see my paintings taking over cities.
It's been done before by others, but nowhere yet (that I can find) for tonight's debate. So here you go - employing the efforts of Wordle on the debate transcript (using CNN's near-real-time one)
Bob Solotaire was a fixture in art in Maine for many years. He was a very good
artist and good guy to have around. He was quirky and odd, but in a good way. I
first met him in Portland in the late 1970's and was struck by the coherence of
his landscapes, particularly the industrial constructions like views of the cement
plant in Thomaston.
There’s an important use for the Obama campaign’s text-message database
that’s not being discussed, and it’s a way to help prevent the Republicans from
stealing the election.
We know that Barack Obama’s campaign has done a much better
job at getting people’s cell-phone numbers, from his various text-message
initiatives (including the contest at the DNC to see which state would send in
the most text
It had to happen sometime: the Maine Center
for Creativity plans to announce the winning design in its Art All Around
oil-tank-painting contest tomorrow morning at the new Mercy Hospital
building on the Fore River
The winner will receive $20,000 and will have his or her (or
their) design painted on the tanks just as soon as the MCC raises the rest of
Yes, Ralph Nader's in town tonight, as Deirdre noted earlier. But a couple hours earlier, at 5:15 pm (that's about 40 minutes from now), independent write-in US Senate candidate Herb Hoffman will be at the First Parish Church at 425 Congress Street with a presentation of his own.
Hoffman is trying to challenge Susan Collins and Tom Allen, but ran into trouble when the Maine Democratic Party successfully blocked him from the ballot, getting the Maine Supreme Court to rule that some of his nomination petitions were invalid on a technicality
Independent presidential and vice-presidential candidates Ralph Nader (no intro needed) and Matt Gonzalez (a San Francisco politician who came close to being that city's mayor in 2003) will be campaigning in Portland at 6:30 this evening at the First Parish Church (425 Congress Street). Suggested contribution is $10 ($5 for students).
Next Tuesday, October 7, at 4:30 pm, Equality Maine and the Portland-based Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence are sponsoring a rally in response to a recent crime uptick in Portland -- with a special focus on the September crime perpetrated against a man who "was perceived to be gay." Attorney General Steve Rowe, Jill Saxby of the Maine Council of Churches, Mayor Ed Suslovic, Steve Wessler of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, and Betsy Smith of Equality Maine are among those scheduled to attend.