It's not every day that a Maine governor does something warranting an editorial in the Sunday New York Times. But yes, Paul LePage has risen to that level. Questions yet to be answered include: iWill he care? Will his bullying ever cease?
Call for public art: Mural depicting the glorious contributions
of the Maine
Seeking designs for a 36-foot-long, 8-foot-tall mural to replace
a degenerate, “one-sided” mural at the Maine Department of Labor office in Augusta. Please e-mail jpgs
Submissions are encouraged to honor Maine’s grand business
history, from logging to ship building, from the brave executives who put down
the 1937 women’s strike to steadfast proponents of child labor, from the paper
mill bosses who purified our waters with dioxins to those who intrepidly called
in the National Guard to restore order in the face of wrong-thinking mobs and
crybabies, and surplus and salvage company CEOs who selflessly offer damaged
goods for retail sale before giving it all up for public service.
Over the weekend, Governor Paul LePage and some of his supporters made a couple of statements that make clear that "Maine people before politics" is a hollow slogan in the corporate-governor's rhetorical toolkit.
First, LePage unveiled an "Open For Business" sign at the Maine-New Hampshire border on I-95. Adrienne Bennett of the governor's office confirmed in an e-mail to the Portland Phoenix today that the sign unveiled was the exact sign presented to the governor on election night.
The first public in-house criticism of the Portland Press Herald's donation of $46,000 worth of advertising to a political campaign (the elected mayor one) has been published in the Columbia Journalism Review. The text isn't online as of this posting, but you can check here to see if it is now.
It includes criticism from both Greg Kesich, an editorial page writer, and Tom Bell, a political reporter who also heads the employees' union.
Sussman, who is engaged to be married to Democratic Congresswoman
Chellie Pingree, is rumored to still be upset at Portland
Press Herald coverage last year of Pingree's use of his private jet for
transportation, despite the House Ethics Committee's declaration that it was
not a violation of House rules.
Listen, everyone. We'll have more on the budget moving forward, I'm sure. I'm heading up to Augusta on Wednesday to attend the Maine People's Alliances lobby day and learn more about what various organizations are most concerned (and others are most pleased) about. There have been protests and rallies of various sizes several times over the past few days, with more to come.
New York City just passed a law that would force so-called pregnancy counseling centers to disclose, in advertising, signs, and over the phone, whether or not they actually provide the full spectrum of resources and referrals (including for abortion and emergency contraception) and pre-natal services -- which many do not
I've been on a Stephen King kick recently, trying -- at the very least -- to absorb some of the Master of Horror's productivity (eight novels in seven years? really?), if not his ability to create best-selling suspense. So I was excited to read that he has a new book coming out this fall, and it will tackle history. Specifically, it tells the story of a time-traveling teacher who gets tangled up in the JFK assassination.
In the wake of cuts to both Title X, the federal family-planning funding mechanism that provides more than $300 million for health screenings, birth control, and prenatal care (but not abortions) nationwide, and Planned Parenthood (which gets about $75 million annually from the federal government -- none of which can be spent on abortion services), the Maine Choice Coalition held a press conference today, encouraging Mainers contact senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and urge them to vote against such cuts when a similar bill comes before the US Senate.