It's the day after the primary election and the two Dems vying for Senator Olympia Snowe's job have spent most of it not knowing which of them will get the party's nomination. With 94 percent of precincts reporting by mid-afternoon, Jean Hay Bright, of Dixmont, had 50.68% of the vote (that's 22,360 people) and Eric Mehnert, of Orono, had 49.
Here's a sign of the times: today, the Bangor Daily News reported that an Aroostook arts organization has taken refuge inside the Aroostook Centre Mall. The Aroostook Arts and Education Centre, which teaches kids and adults about creative and dramatic arts, will move into a 1385-square-foot space next to Sears as early as this fall.
Boaters in southern Maine can breathe a little easier now that the Strout's Point Wharf Company, a marina in Freeport, is offering biodiesel fuel. The marina announced the new fuel in a press release this week.
Biodiesel is made from renewable resources like soybeans or vegetable oil and marketed versions usually are mixed with petroleum.
A new organization which hopes to reform the 2008 presidential election was launched today, and former Maine Governor Angus King is one of the founders. Unity08 plans to create an alternative ticket for voters, by voters (you can choose the nominees online), which will combine women and men from various parties together on one ticket.
Stitchez, the men's clothing store on Congress Street where average nerds could find threads to transform them into super-hip nerds, will shut its doors on June 30. On May 19, owner Jon Gilbert sent out an email to his loyal customers in which he wrote "It is with great sadness that I must announce the closing of Stitchez Clothing - Owning this store, meeting with all my customers and trying to provide some diversity & fun to men’s clothing here in Portland has really been a joy - Unfortunately finances are forcing me to close."
The Taxpayers Network, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit group that claims to be funded by its “80,000+ members” (and whose tax filings tend to support that - with the bulk of their revenue apparently from dues, a revenue line about in sync with their advertised annual dues), has released its annual "50 State Comparisons" booklet, in which all 50 states (and Washington DC) are listed with data on their demographics, taxes, education, public safety, and other statistics.
Note: The original post incorrectly stated that councilor Will Gorham opposed the seat tax increase. He in fact supported it.
Last night, in a marathon Portland city council meeting about next year's city budget, the council passed a significant operational tax increase on some Old Port bar owners. As part of the $256.