School Consolidation Remains in Place

(Cross-posted @Augusta Insider)

Voters rejected a repeal of school consolidation in Maine yesterday.  Question 3 failed 58% to 42%.  Pundits almost universally predicted Question 3’s failure.  Even those that called victory for Yes on 3 weren’t particularly solid on those predictions.  This was a hard one to game, so it’s understandable.  What do the final numbers tell us about school consolidation and Governor Baldacci?  The answer might not be as obvious as you would think. Continue reading

Final Statement From Yes on 3

Thank you to everyone who voted Yes on 3 and helped the effort.  Now we work to get the changes made that consolidation needs!  I’ll be doing a full analysis of Question 3 later at the Augusta Insider.  Read a statement from Skip Greenlaw after the cut. Continue reading

Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry to Hold Interfaith Candlelight Vigils

Portland, Maine (Sunday, November 1, 2009) — This weekend, faith leaders from the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine, will hold interfaith candlelight vigils in communities across the state to remind people of all faiths to vote NO on Question 1.

“We will gather in candlelight this weekend to pray that the law granting the right, gift, and responsibility of marriage for all residents of the State of Maine will be upheld at the polls this Tuesday,” said Rev. Emily Gibson of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Brewer.  “As people of faith, we declare that there are no second class citizens in the eyes of God, and that the rights many of us take for granted as married people belong to all couples who wish to make a lifelong commitment.”

Vigils will be held in Brewer, Machias, Augusta, Auburn, Norway – South Paris, Brunswick, Portland and Kennebunk.  Information on specific dates, times and locations is below.

Representing 18 faith traditions, the diverse coalition of active and retired clergy, believes that only marriage equality confers the full protections and dignity all Maine families.   The coalition has held discussions on marriage equality in the context of their faith traditions, invited guest pastors to speak, and hosted phonebanks.

“Believing that our faith calls us to stand on the side of love, many members of Maine’s religious communities strongly support marriage equality.  This weekend, we join together in bearing public witness to our support of a NO vote on Question 1,” said Rev. Jodi Cohen Hayashida of the First Universalist Church of Auburn.

VIGILS WILL BE HELD:

Sunday, November 1:

Brewer, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 21 Holyoke Street;

Machias, at 5:00 PM, at Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 9 Center Street;

Augusta, from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 69 Winthrop Street;

Auburn, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant Street on the Spring Street Lawn;

Brunswick, from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, on the Brunswick Mall, Maine Street;

Portland, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at the Williston-West Church, United Church of Christ, 32 Thomas Street;

Kennebunk, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main Street.

 

The MEA Saga Continues

“Stop Excise Tax Cap”

“Stop TABOR”

Two bright red stop signs advise this to readers of October’s monthly MEA publication, the Maine Educator.  Questions 2 and 4 on this November’s ballot feature prominently in the publication.  Of its eight pages, I’m not counting the ads, four of those are devoted to the referendum questions.  Two and one half are devoted entirely to the excise tax cap and TABOR II.  Question 1, the same sex marriage repeal, receives half a page.  Question 3 receives roughly one quarter of a page concerning the November referendums, I’m being generous here.  The rest of that piece is devoted to Questions 2 and 4.  There is a lot to discuss here, so let’s jump right in. Continue reading

Gubernatorial Candidates’ Statements on Question 3

I have been rather vocal about my opinion on Question 3.  I thought it was time to give some others a chance.  I have presented some candidate views on Question 3 in one handy place.  An analysis of these views will be coming this weekend.  Read their views after the cut. (Hat tip to Dirigo Blue for the Dem opinions) Continue reading

Question 3 on 6pm News Tonight

I’ve just been informed that WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 will be airing a 6 minute pro and con segment on Question 3 tonight at 6pm.  There’s still time to bring the truth and dispell the fears on repealing consolidation.  Following the cut is an Op/Ed by Michael Kosowsky, Chair, Five Town CSD School Board.  Please spread the truth on repealing consolidation and don’t forget to vote this Tuesday. Continue reading

Maine PTA Backs Yes on 3

Yes on 3 has received an important endorsement.  The Maine Parent Teacher Association supports a Yes vote on Question 3 to repeal the current school consolidation law.  The MPTA cites reorganized districts unhappy need the right to leave their unions.  Ed Commissioner Gendron has stated that legislation would be quickly enacted to allow successful RSUs to remain together.  Give RSUs without the power of the larger exempt districts the equal right to choose RSUs with REAL savings under rules that work for everyone.  Vote Yes on 3.  Read the MPTA’s statement after the cut. Continue reading