What he said in his inaugural address: “The word ‘people’ appears in the Maine Constitution 49
times. You cannot find a single mention of the words, ‘politics,’ ‘Republican,’
‘Democrat,’ ‘Green,’ or ‘independent’
in 37 pages of preambles, articles, and sections of our state constitution.”
While his context was about political affiliation, and he’s
right about the first four items on his list, the basic simple truth is that
the word “independent” appears three times — in the Preamble, Article I, and
No, we're not prognosticating on who is going to win.
But if you want to learn about what the gubernatorial candidates think about the arts and the "creative economy" there's just one place to go:
Andres Verzosa of Aucocisco Galleries has taken it upon himself to interview each of the candidates on their views on the arts and creativity in Maine, and has posted the video of those conversations online.
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.
Someone's already playing the woman card in the Maine gubernatorial race, but it's not either of the female candidates running for governor (Rosa Scarcelli and Libby Mitchell). Nay, it's former state attorney general Steve Rowe.
A group of women led by former state senate prez Beth Edmonds met yesterday at Amore Styles (because women like getting their hair done!) to kick off the "Women Roweing" campaign, voicing their support for Rowe's candidacy.
As we reported last week, the Maine League of Young Voters has a new director, Will Everitt. I sat down with him at the League's office yesterday morning.
Non-profits everywhere had a hard time raising money in 2009, and the League was no different. Everitt, whose background is in fundraising and development (he led such efforts at the Toxic Actions Center and Friends of Casco Bay), is charged with righting this ship, first and foremost.
Will Everitt, former development director for Friends of Casco Bay, is the new Maine State Director for the League of Young Voters (Harris Parnell, who used to hold the position, now works for Maine Initiatives). In his introductory email, Everitt points out that 2010 will be a big year for state and local politics: we've got a gubernatorial race and a Portland Charter Commission vote in the cards, as well as continued focus on jobs and energy efficiency.