A presidential candidate was in Monument Square this afternoon -- and only about 20 people showed up to hear her speak.
Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president (about whom Chris Faraone wrote a terrific piece in this week's Phoenix), blasted the "politics of fear" that keep third-party candidates out of mainstream political discussions.
Today's New York Times has an excellent article about how a Maine homeowner - and her volunteer lawyer, working with Pine Tree Legal Assistance - have exposed the latest round of bank misdeeds: uninformed, and possibly fraudulent, filings of foreclosure proceedings in courts in Maine and all over the country.
If you want to know how this mess has developed, read this story.
I joined a conference call with state representatives Diane Russell (D-Portland) and Adam Goode (D-Bangor) this afternoon. Also speaking on the call were Harriett Spencer of AFSCME Council 93, and Maine citizens Judy Morgan and David White. The point of the call was to mark President Obama's first 100 days in office, and also to express appreciation for US Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, and Reps Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.
Not that I think I'm special or anything, but when I heard the news
about the Fed's AIG bailout, I thought immediately that Bush's
"privatize everything" philosophy was about to turn on its head into
"nationalize everything." And sure enough, Cenk Uygur over at HuffPost
had the same thought - plus, he argues the point more fully and more
convicingly, in his post, "Bush Becomes A Socialist