Here's what the Obama campaign staff are really up to today, courtesy of UltimateImprov.com:
In a report from the field, intrepid investigator (and Portland voter) Deirdre Fulton texts in that the line for voting at Portland City Hall is an hour long, most of the time. (So we can guess when she'll be back to the office, then...)
Word on the hall is that mornings are better - voting begins at 9 am. Something to consider if you're intending to vote before Election Day.
Todd Palin shows up in a GOP mailer sent to rural Maine...making Al Diamon's October 22 column even more relevant.
Jeff Inglis adds:
While the flier suggests that the next
president will have control over whether snowmobiling is allowed in
national parks, it's certainly difficult to argue that snowmobile
access is the most important decision the next president will make.
Portland Phoenix managing editor Jeff Inglis will be on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program this afternoon from 2:40 to 3 pm, talking about the importance of voting and taking calls from listeners.
Inspired by a piece I wrote about "RickeyPAC" (see "Who's Your Rickey?", October 17), and based on the effort of a group of friends of mine to convince another friend to vote, NPR is including our effort in their coverage of the run-up to the presidential election.
Republican vice-presidential nominee has blamed the Alaska state troopers on her gubernatorial protection detail for her family's continued persecution of her ex-brother-in-law, Alaska state trooper Mike Wooten, which has turned into "Troopergate." She did so last week, in a segment of an interview with a reporter from WMUR, the ABC affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire.
It's been done before by others, but nowhere yet (that I can find) for tonight's debate. So here you go - employing the efforts of Wordle on the debate transcript (using CNN's near-real-time one)
There’s an important use for the Obama campaign’s text-message database
that’s not being discussed, and it’s a way to help prevent the Republicans from
stealing the election.
We know that Barack Obama’s campaign has done a much better
job at getting people’s cell-phone numbers, from his various text-message
initiatives (including the contest at the DNC to see which state would send in
the most text
What with John McCain suspending his campaign and all, it’s
a good time to explore what his campaign is really thinking. Let’s do
through the lens of the letters his campaign and the Republican
Committee sent out last week, begging for money. In the process, he and
the RNC demonstrated how thin their grasp is on reality, truth, and
There's not much to say about yesterday's primary that hasn't been said already. Here are the city's numbers.
Some other odds and ends:
-- I caught a thought-provoking (and perhaps prescient) quotation on the AsMaineGoes forum: "I hope Charlie can turn all those Cote votes into his votes."
-- Also, I was entertained by this PPH Ethan Strimling quotation, given his rabid anti-Pingree rhetoric during the campaign: "She will be a great standard-bearer for us."
US Senator Susan Collins, who is running for re-election this fall, voted today to continue massive subsidies for oil corporations, and in opposition to taxing those companies' windfall profits. The vote was technically on a measure to end debate and proceed to a vote on the matter, but her vote to keep debate going ensured there would be no up-or-down vote on the proposal, which would have taken $17 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years away from oil companies and given it to renewable-energy firms.
He'll start the day
with a rally at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport, calling for President Bush to resign, and
for Congress to impeach him.
Then there will be a
fund-raiser at the nearby farm of Laurie Dobson (tickets start at $100).
First, Congressman Tom Allen refused to debate his opponent in the Democratic primary, Tom Ledue, in public. That strategy has been called "arrogant," "reeking of vulnerability," and "condescending" to the voters of Maine, who might well prefer a man who was proud to stand up for his political record. (Well, maybe not - since Allen doesn't want to hold President Bush accountable, nor does he seem to like populism: He regularly has anti-war protestors arrested at his office, rather than meeting with them - see "US Rep.
When Portland's city councilors passed the $185 million 2008-09 budget on Monday evening, they saved the Reiche branch of the Public Library (at least for now), but slashed 10 of the city's polling places. This will save approximately $15,000. The cuts will NOT affect voters on June 10 (the upcoming primary election), but the impact may be felt in November.