John Eder has not conceded his race to Jon Hinck and may ask for a recount.
Eder, a Green Independent who ran for reelection to the state House in Portland's District 118, trailed Democratic opponent Hinck by just 97 votes at the end of election day, according to the Portland city clerk's website and Hinck. Hinck tells the Phoenix he has not received a concession call yet from Eder, and Eder confirmed this in an email sent today to the Phoenix in which he wrote, "I have not contacted my opponent at this point since the matter of a recount is still under review."
Maine Veterans for Peace will march in the Veterans Day Parade on Saturday after initially being banned by the American Legion branch sponsoring the Portland vets celebration. Some area vets objected to the MVFP's dedication of a Congress Street flag to an Iraqi baby killed in the war. The Portland Downtown District, which co-sponsored the Adopt A Flag program, returned MVFP's $100 donation for their commemorative flag in September, shortly before the local American Legion, which was also involved in the flag project, contacted the MVFP and told them they could not march in the parade this year.
Yes, politics are very important, but I can't help being fascinated by Britney Spears, her personal grind with this crazy thing we call life, and her decision to divorce Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed, on election day. Britney's been through a lot at 24 - years on the preteen talent mill the New Mickey Mouse Club, "true" (or not) love with Justin "Sexy Back" Timberlake, kids with Federline.
Pulled from today's press releases, here are US House representatives Tom Allen and Mike Michaud on Donald Rumsfeld's announcement a few hours ago that he will resign from his post as Secretary of Defense:
Portland, Maine-U.S. Representative Tom Allen today issued the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld:
The election is over and the results are in, at least for Maine. Virginia, you have to wait a bit.
State and Federal
The Dems hung onto the big seat, with Gov. John Baldacci winning reelection with 38.03 % of the votes over contenders Pat LaMarche (14.34 %), Barbara Merrill ( 21.39 %), Phillip Morris NaPier (0.86 %), and Chandler Woodcock (29.
This week, the Maine Chapter of Military Families Speak Out will hand DVD copies of the Iraq-war movie "The Ground Truth" to two incumbents running for reelection to Congress - Tom Allen and Olympia Snowe. The critically-acclaimed 2006 documentary looks at military recruitment, the realities of fighting in Iraq, and what it's like to return home after combat.
Jean Hay Bright's campaign for US senate may receive a much-needed shot in the arm when progressive congressman and former prez candidate Dennis Kucinich comes to Maine to stump for her. Hay Bright, who was a local co-coordinator on Kucinich's presidential campaign in 2003 and 2004, is miles behind incumbent republican Olympia Snowe, according to a recent poll by Strategic Marketing Services.
This election season, if you'd sooner gouge out your own eyes than vote for a pro-life candidate, log on to www.knowyourcandidate.com, a new site launched this week by the Family Planning Action Fund of Maine, the Maine Women's Lobby, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The site includes voting records and survey results from local candidates on issues related to reproductive choice.
Well, fall has begun. It's the season just cool enough to make us more productive and just sunny enough to keep us away from the cloud-induced depression which can make motivation go into hibernation. If you're feeling motivated to beat a bongo drum and yell about the War in Iraq in the City That Never Sleeps, your day is close at hand.
Earlier today, the Phoenix received a copy of an email which Janis Beitzer, director of the Portland Downtown District, had forwarded on to members of the PDD. The email is from Mike Harris, owner of the Stadium sports bar on Congress Street. It confirmed months of rumors about a certain noteworthy corporation looking into purchasing his spot.