Jason Linkins over at HuffPo has an interesting piece on how independent Susan Collins is not, of late, and particularly on important issues. As I reported two years ago, she's pretty strongly co-dependent. She voted with GW Bush 77 percent of the time overall, and 88 percent of the time on his economic policies. Now she wants to know what his dad thinks about nuclear weapons.
In the several recounts conducted so far by the Maine Secretary of State's office, something strange (to my mind) has been happening: votes have been materializing. Watch:
This Friday night, to celebrate the opening of Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 (the seventh and penultimate offering of the Potter films), 24 King middle-schoolers will have what sounds like an incredible sleepover: "puzzles and games, a Muggle-Quidditch relay race, Harry Potter trivia, a trip to the late show of the new movie, and a school-wide Harry Potter scavenger hunt in the middle of the night.
Portland Food Map has a great round-up of local restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinners and buffets. We also found, via the United Way of Greater Portland site, three community dinners around town for people who may otherwise not have a place to go:
United Way Community Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 25, 2010
For those who want state officials to study stuff that's wrong with the state, we here at the Phoenix have been trying to save you the trouble.
For example, a "news story" (by my good friend and fellow SPJ member Mal Leary) "reveals" today that state tax breaks exceed state spending on programs.
Awesome scoop - that we had in February 2008, in our cover story, "Tax Break Heaven
Former Maine congressman Tom Andrews has a post today on the Huffington Post that sheds light on a fascinating idea that could help hundreds of thousands of veterans today, and many more into the future. Go check it out. It includes a short film - five minutes long - and is very worth the time.
Maine Veterans For Peace representatives were allowed to march in Portland's Veterans Day parade this year, after a brief round of phone calls (including to and from the Portland Phoenix office) in which the peace activists were concerned parade organizers at the Harold Andrews Post of the American Legion would not let them participate.
A few additional points that didn't make it into my post-election round-up (which isn't yet available online):
-- Mainers can track Paul LePage's transition activities at lepagetransition.com. Right now the site features information about the governor-elect's transition team and advisors; much more information should appear in short order.
Eliot Cutler just finished his concession speech at his Commercial Street headquarters. (His staff had already begun clearing it out before the speech.)
About an hour earlier, he'd called Paul LePage to concede
close," someone said by way of greeting. "Close doesn't
count," he said dryly before approaching the podium.
Just before 11 pm last night, Paul LePage took to the podium at Champions in Waterville. His supporters, who had been milling around, munching on taquitos, guacamole, cheese, and crackers, and fruit (while sipping from a full cash bar), were thrilled to see him. They were nervous. Early returns were showing a much closer-than-expected race between LePage and Cutler.
With the Bangor Daily News predicting a LePage win, Eliot Cutler's campaign staff have begun clearing out the campaign office on Commercial Street. Here is a pic of a bunch of Cutler promo materials in the Dumpster.
Cutler himself is slated for a press conference at noon, at which he is expected to concede.
Perhaps you're like me and you're having a hard time concentrating today because every single news report / Facebook post makes you more nervous about how this election is going to turn out. If that's the case, here's some good Election Day reading material that might distract you (at least temporarily) from obsessively hitting Refresh for the next five or so hours.