Big Talk host Steven Emmons speaks with 2 steering committee members of Maine's League of Young Voters. Ashley Phaneuf and Patrick Banks talk about what issues the League is supporting, the upcoming gay marriage vote, and how people can get involved and help make changes in politics in Maine.
Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud both say they're likely to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe. Former Governor John Baldacci has also taken out papers to run. If no one turns away, it could become one of the biggest and most important Democratic primaries in Maine history.
According to the Huffington Post, Pingree and Michaud huddled on the House floor yesterday to discuss the race, with neither backing down from their plans.
Pingree also went on MSNBC last night, sounding very much like a candidate:
Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, has an interesting blog post up providing a snapshot of a typical day's work for the organization's staff.
Yesterday, they worked on everything from birth control to bloggers' rights in a variety of educational, legal and advocacy roles.
I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with the compromise that Obama announced yesterday on religious-affiliated non-profits and birth control. You can read the full details here.
In particular, it hits dead center on the (not-very-convincing) aguments Snowe and Collins used when they recently reversed themselves on the issue, which I outlined at Down East. It's hard to see a rhetorically-consistent way for them to fail to support his plan.
Author, journalist and frequent Maine Politics contributor Colin Woodard has recieved a great deal of national attention for his new book, American Nations, in which he examines what he believes are 11 distinct cultural regions within North America.
Woodard recently did a daytime call-in program on MPBN, now available online, in which he discussed not just his general thesis, but the place of Maine within our nation's cultural landscape.