"50 Things to Eat and Drink in Maine This Summer" was going to be a feature in this month's Phoenix Summer Preview issue, but it turned out that the issue was so chock-full of interesting summer stuff that it didn't fit. So we're breaking it in to more bite-sized chunks here on the blog, where installments of five dishes/drinks will be posted at a time.
First thing that came to my mind last night as I watched the election returns: Mitt Romney and Shannon O'Brien. Republican and Democratic Massachusetts gubernatorial opponents in 2002 -- him the businessman outsider, her the state-government veteran. Or, as the Associated Press said today about Maine's upcoming governor's race between Paul LePage and Libby Mitchell: "a general election pitting a limited-government conservative against a liberal Statehouse insider."
The Portland Charter Commission has released its preliminary report, which is subject to public comment in writing through June 10, or in person at the City Council meeting at City Hall on the evening of June 10. After those comments, the commission will make any appropriate revisions and give a final report to the council on July 8, and those recommendations will be voted on in a November referendum.