There's not much to say about yesterday's primary that hasn't been said already. Here are the city's numbers.
Some other odds and ends:
-- I caught a thought-provoking (and perhaps prescient) quotation on the AsMaineGoes forum: "I hope Charlie can turn all those Cote votes into his votes."
-- Also, I was entertained by this PPH Ethan Strimling quotation, given his rabid anti-Pingree rhetoric during the campaign: "She will be a great standard-bearer for us."
US Senator Susan Collins, who is running for re-election this fall, voted today to continue massive subsidies for oil corporations, and in opposition to taxing those companies' windfall profits. The vote was technically on a measure to end debate and proceed to a vote on the matter, but her vote to keep debate going ensured there would be no up-or-down vote on the proposal, which would have taken $17 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years away from oil companies and given it to renewable-energy firms.
Hey, all you Hillary supporters in Maine --- don't just toss that Clinton for President sign, recycle it! One Texas based company wants you to mail in your (now-useless) Hillary signs; they'll give you a free Barack Obama placard in return. (Via TMB.)
There are plenty of interesting things to do here in Portland to observe National Trails Day tomorrow, including hiking 10 miles through the Forest City on a guided walk with Portland Trails.
But really the big thing you should do, if in any way you can, is to head up to near Greenville to walk among some of the oldest trees in Maine.
Portland's own air-guitar superstar, McNallica, has successfully defended her New England title, winning the competition at the Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last night - including getting perfect 6s in the second round (she modestly reports...).
She'll be competing at the US national championships on August 8 in San Francisco.
Truly, life gets more amazing every day.
Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl YA book series that was then adapted into the BSE, is working on her first adult series, according to Hyperion. Due out in 2009, the series (first book is called "Cum Laude" -- really??????) will be about a group of young adults who meet during their freshman year at a small college in MAINE.
Today is a big day in the nation's human-rights history. Five "detainees" captured and held for their alleged roles in terrorism and other acts against the United States who are being imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay are facing a US military judge today in open court. What happens to them will provide powerful evidence of how far down the human-rights-abuse spectrum we have slid.
In April, I suggested that Portland look into starting a bike-share program like the one recently launched in Washington, DC. And like magic, it's happening! (To be fair, I think the idea was on the radar long before I stuck my nose into the matter.)
Starting on Monday, June 9, Portlanders will be able to unlock white bikes around the city (using the White Bike code, which you can find at the group's website), ride them -- for free -- and then relock them for the next user.
He'll start the day
with a rally at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport, calling for President Bush to resign, and
for Congress to impeach him.
Then there will be a
fund-raiser at the nearby farm of Laurie Dobson (tickets start at $100).
Lots of goings-on on the
Hill these days...
-- State legislative candidates will entertain questions at
the St. Lawrence Arts Center this evening, at a debate hosted by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization. Ed
Democracy and Diane Russell, who are facing off to represent the East End and
the Old Port, will start the evening at 7 p.
First, Congressman Tom Allen refused to debate his opponent in the Democratic primary, Tom Ledue, in public. That strategy has been called "arrogant," "reeking of vulnerability," and "condescending" to the voters of Maine, who might well prefer a man who was proud to stand up for his political record. (Well, maybe not - since Allen doesn't want to hold President Bush accountable, nor does he seem to like populism: He regularly has anti-war protestors arrested at his office, rather than meeting with them - see "US Rep.
Word comes that a Marsden Hartley painting, Lighthouse, has
been sold at auction at Christie’s for $6.31 million, a record for an American
Modernist, as the pioneers of modernist art in this country are known. The previous record was
set for a Georgia O’Keeffe painting for slightly less in 2001.Here in Maine
we count Hartley (1877 - 1943) as one of our own.