Chellie Pingree is the newest member of Maine's congressional delegation. Based on her 74 tweets over the last month, she also seems to be the most technologically savvy, or at least the most obsessive-compulsive.
There’s a bigger threat to Maine than even the current state of the economy and the job market. Even if the economy improves quickly, Maine’s slow population growth and aging demographics portend a future of increased costs of social services and a declining workforce to pay for them. Unless all the old folks to move out (I hear Florida is nice), we'll likely need more immigrants.
State Senator Justin Alfond recently submitted a bill that could help.
Joseph Pulitzer once said that a newspaper should have no friends. Maine's papers seem to be doing a great job of fulfilling that dictum lately.
Daily newspapers are the prism through which we view our politics, and for decades have been the source of the public's political institutional memory and the arbiter of what's important in state politics and policy. That may not last much longer.
Pennsylvania newspaper publisher Richard Connor may have balked at giving the state retirement system board all the financial details about his plan to buy the Blethen Maine Newspapers, but the documents he did turn over to that public body provide some insight into how the sale might work and how much it might cost.
An article in the Boston Globe recently explained that "It's early, of course — ridiculously early — for anyone except potential candidates to be thinking about the next presidential race." The writer then went on to discuss why Mitt Romney may have the best chance among the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls.