The League of Young Voters is soliciting questions for Maine's gubernatorial candidates, to be asked at a forum on Wednesday, April 14th, from 7-9 pm, at the Public Market House in Monument Square. (note: our Best of Portland party is the same night, at Port City Music Hall -- why not swing by both events?) So far, Libby Mitchell, Rosa Scarcelli, and Steve Rowe have all agreed to attend; organizers are confident that most of the other candidates -- including Dems John Richardson and Patrick McGowan and Republicans Les Otten, Peter Mills, Steve Abbott, and several others (find a full list of candidates here) -- will also be present.
A long story in the New Yorker this week describes, among many other things, the shooting death of a suspected wild-animal poacher in Zambia in 1995, including allegations by the cameraman who got the murder on film that Christopher Owens, son of well-known conservationist Mark Owens, was the trigger man.
Christopher Owens has close ties to Maine, the article details, including a criminal record for animal cruelty, according to the New Yorker piece.
CNN is reporting that an unspecified "extremist group" has asked Governor John Baldacci - and 29 other state governors around the country - to resign. It's a fuzzy report at the moment, but curious enough that it warrants noting... Have a read.
Portland welcomed President Barack Obama today, with Liberty Bells ringing from protestors across the street, and chants and cheers of all kinds ringing up and down Park Avenue outside the Portland Expo.
The clip, of course, that's making national headlines is not the substantive parts of his speech on health-care reform, or its potential effect on small businesses and young people.
April 27: That's
the date overnight sensation Spose will drop the follow-up single on Universal
Republic Records to "I'm Awesome." According to the artist, it will be called
"My Sex," and feature former pop sensation Ricky Martin. Spose said it would be
more of a banger than the ironic and witty single that has rocketed him to the
top of the iTunes alternative charts, with heavier beats and a bridge portion
that will feature Martin rapping in Spanish.