Our friend Greg Cook at our sister paper the Boston Phoenix calls Portland artist Randy Regier "one of the best sculptors in the country." Sounds good to us!
Vision For Viewers's Robbie Kanner has sent over another local-music slideshow, this one of Therefore I Am (lead guitarist Travis Alexander is from Saco) playing at the Deering Grange Hall. They're signed to Equal Vision Records. Here are the pics:
We've now fully realized that Obama does not walk on water. Whatever he says tonight, you'll understand it better if you read our editorial first.
omg why am i going away this weekend.
Senator Olympia Snowe has said the recent US Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited corporate spending on elections is "regrettable" and "disappointing."
What remains to be seen is whether she will back the Fair Elections Now Act, which would provide public funding for federal elections (similar to the Clean Election system in Maine), some other attempt to solve the problem of corporate personhood, or take no legislative position at all.
US Representative Chellie Pingree is trying to revive the public option, in the face of Senate Democrats' defeatism on health care reform.
Portland has had a car-sharing program for approximately one year. While experts are still analyzing the numbers and what they mean for U-Car Share in Maine, here's some raw data, brought to you courtesy of Excel spreadsheets (I remember how to find averages! thanks college!) and transportation advocate/city councilor Kevin Donoghue:
An unfolding national mystery/hoax struck Maine earlier this month, when a woman named Ellie Light wrote letters that were published in three newspapers in Maine and seacoast New Hampshire, claiming to be from towns in each of the papers' coverage areas.
As the Cleveland Plain Dealer has been reporting now for a few days, Ellie Light isn't from anywhere near here (and a person purporting to be her e-mailed me today saying she lives in southern California).
Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley has a freelance piece in The Crime Report (yes, it went up a month ago, but the holidays had us frazzled and we're just now recovering) exploring the connection (or lack thereof) between casinos and crime. A timely read, given Maine's never-ending series of casino proposals.
We got a press release today from the Maine Civil Liberties Union, whose Alysia Melnick testified in Augusta today in support of LD 1658, a bill that would create study groups to analyze Maine's high-school graduation rates. The bill was proposed by Portland state senator Justin Alfond. Melnick, who serves as the MCLU's public policy counsel, expressed specific concerns about schools' "zero-tolerance policies," which may push students -- particularly minority students -- off the mainstream education path and into the juvenile justice system.
Our friend and colleague David S. Bernstein has an analysis of how Scott Brown won the US Senate seat from Massachusetts that became vacant when Teddy Kennedy died. It was a classic set of campaign tactics, some learned from the Obama campaign. You'll want to read this.
With Scott Brown's win over Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special election to succeed Teddy Kennedy, the ground has been laid for Obama's biggest challenge yet: keeping independents on his side. Disillusioned with Republicans, the independents in America are now also upset with Obama and the Democrats.
Our friends at the Boston Phoenix lay out what happened, and what it means now.
2009 was an incredible year for Maine restaurants. Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Gourmet all raved about our food, how wonderful it is, how talented the chefs are, etc. Restaurant Week began. All kinds of foodie-centered spots opened, and even the farmers' market stayed open later into the year.
So when the Maine Restaurant Association announced its annual awards, we figured we'd see something reflecting that.
I know PPH commenters are notorious for speaking writing before they think, but the xenophobia/classism being displayed here is particularly egregious, I think. We can do better, folks.
Lots of people are finding all sorts of ways to help the victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. But, since we'll assume that you want the money you donate to actually get to people in Haiti, here are a few tips.
The New York Times has an alphabetical list of nationwide organizations you can choose to help - but do be aware that many charities spend large portions of donations on overhead or administrative fees.