According to the White House Press Office, "the sequester" -- the series of automatic domestic and military cuts set to go into effect on March 1 (four days from today, for those without calendars) -- will impact Maine in many ways, including:
To go with our groundfish issue this week, closing out our February Feast, we offer this recipe, from Christine Burns Rudalevidge, a Brunswick-area chef and food writer. Enjoy!
In the wake of the cod fishery management changes
handed down by regulators last month, lovers of the New England seafood staple
will need to look to other ground fish in the Gulf of Maine to satisfy their
craving for cod.
Just slightly too late for the Phoenix's February Food Feast coverage (don't worry, we're sending someone anyway), this weekend's food law colloquium at Portland High School (Local Food || Global Food: Do We Have What It Takes to Reinvent the U.S. Food System?) will tackle topics as diverse as genetically modified organisms, "frankenfish," obesity prevention, and taking a "Moneyball" approach to meeting global food demand.
Governor Paul LePage's "emergency" legislation that will block the release of concealed firearms permit holders’ names, addresses and
dates of birth to the public, sponsored by the state senate's assistant majority leader, Troy Jackson (D-Allagash), has passed. (In case you're wondering, Jackson is no LePage lackey, he's battled with the governor on other issues in the past
By now, you've surely heard about the terrible turn of events at (perennial Best winner) Longfellow Books this weekend -- during Blizzard Nemo, pipes froze and burst on the floor above the much-loved independent bookshop, causing the in-store sprinklers to go off, damaging at least one-third (probably closer to 40 percent) of the business's inventory.
One week from today, women and men in Portland will celebrate a different kind of V-Day -- one that doesn't involve chocolates and flowers. This February 14th marks the 15th anniversary of Eve Ensler's V-Day: "a global movement to end violence against women and girls."
This year's event, dubbed One Billion Rising, calls on women and men to "stop what they normally do, walk out, strike, and dance."
This was the headline on this morning's press release from Maine's Majority (the 61% people):
Maine's Majority members to deliver 7̶4̶ 73 pocket calculators to LePage and legislative Republicans
Turns out they were trying to be clever about the fact that Republican Senator Tom Saviello has sponsored a bill to raise taxes on wealthy Mainers, so he (the joke goes) doesn't need a pocket calculator.
UPDATE regarding yesterday's post: The city council unanimously voted last night to send the Environmental Performance Policy -- which would ensure that oil-based fuels used for city operations (heating fuel, etc.) are not purchased from refineries that process tar sands -- back to the Transportation, Sustainability, and Energy Committee for further review.
Days before what they are billing as the biggest anti-tar-sands rally ever in the Northeast, environmental activists gathered first at Portland City Hall and then outside of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation headquarters in South Portland this morning.
At City Hall, mayor Michael Brennan and city councilor Dave Marshall spoke in support fo a new Environmental Performance Policy that would make the city "tar-sands free" by directing city manager Mark Rees "not to purchase any oil-based fuels from refineries that process tar sands."
I just got a call from Nicole Clegg, spokeswoman for the city, about the city's plan for handling the fact that the law allowing marriage licenses to be granted to same-sex couples will take effect on Saturday, December 29. Are you ready?
The City Clerk's office in City Hall will be open for all business from 12:01 am to 3:01 am - that's three hours in the middle of the night - on Saturday December 29.
In this week's paper, I write about Jason C. Anthony's new book, Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (University of Nebraska Press). It had a well-attended reading last week at Longfellow Books (which is where the book title links to), and got a great review in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday.
A new, local, online entertainment network launched today, helmed by the producers of the popular web series Ragged Isle. The
Entertainment Experiment (entertainmentexperiment.com) aims to eventually be a
portal for "any sort of Maine
artist who's dabbling in digital distribution," says programming director Barry
What committee assignments will Angus King get, now that the Dems
don't need his vote for a majority in the Senate? (Though they will need him
for filibuster-proof majorities.)
Who will lead Maine's
Democrats out of the wilderness and into actual control of the State House?
How many things will get thrown across Capitol Street
between the Blaine House and the State House?
What things will they be? And who will throw them?
This Thursday night, tune into rollingjubilee.org to stream The People's Bailout, a telethon and variety show featuring: Janeane Garafolo, Lizz Winstead, Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel, and Guy Piccioto of Fugazi, just to name a few. The show is sold out at its live location at le Poisson Rouge* on Bleecker Street in NYC, but you can livestream at the website for Strike Debt's Rolling Jubilee project.
According to the online dating website called (no joke!) WhatsYourPrice.com, "when the lights go out [i.e., when you lose power for seven days and counting...], and the rain starts to fall [washing away your childhood memories], people tend to start hooking up [like, out of desperation?], and Nicholas Sparks could be the one to blame [not E.