The growing prominence of women in Maine politics, as evidenced by Chellie Pingree's election (she's the first Democratic female elected to the US House or Senate from Maine), and the selection of Hannah Pingree and Libby Mitchell to lead their respective state legislative houses (both have set records -- Pingree is the youngest woman to serve in her role; Mitchell is the first person to have served as a leader in both state houses), is in line with national trends.
The McCain campaign can hardly say they didn't ask for it, by selecting someone who two years ago was the mayor of a town smaller than Cape Elizabeth - and who couldn't vote on town council business unless there was a tie. But it's actually kind of surprising how much material there is now becoming available on Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
A center for homeless women in Portland will be built despite neighbors' complaints, Avesta Housing and Preble Street announced today. When the project was first proposed, developers hoped it would be finished by the end of this year. Now that a judge has approved the conditional rezoning that would allow the project to move forward, developers say it will be ready to house residents in the fall of 2009.