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Field in Portland Mayor's race grows

Portland, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) - The already crowded field in the race to become Portland's first elected mayor in decades just got a little bigger today.

Ethan Strimling officially announced his bid this morning becoming the 19th candidate to enter the race.

The race is an unusual one. It's a wide open free for all.

"It's our first elected mayor's race since 1923 and considering the size of Portland, which isn't that big as cities go, there's a big political community here and there's a lot of people who've been working in politics a long time. Obviously this is a big opportunity, so i'm not surprised to see a lot of people, but we're getting up near 20", said USM Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Schmidt.

In a race where the candidates will really have to work hard to seperate themselves from each other, Schmidt says name recognition could be key.

Ashley Emerson to Perform with PortOpera

 ASHLEY EMERSON TO PERFORM WITH PORTOPERA

Ashley Emerson, a USM School of Music grad who has gone on to have the start of a major opera career and has sung at the Met, will be singing in "Daughter of the Regiment", a role she just completed in St. Louis where she received great reviews.

 

Performances of PortOpera's "Daughter of the Regiment" are July 28 and 30 at Merrill Auditorium.

Portland's Fishing future to be discussed Thursday

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Can anything bring back Portland's fishing fleet? Governor Paul LePage is scheduled to meet Thursday with the mayor of Portland, to talk about ways to help make that happen.

The meeting comes a week after the resignation of Marine Resources Commissioner Norman Olsen-who claims the Governor didn't support his efforts to help Portland, because the city had not supported the Governor in the election. The Governor denies ever saying that. But the controversy has overshadowed the serious problems facing the fishing industry-problems underscored at the Portland Fish Exchange.

Former Governor Angus King's New Book

ANGUS KING'S "GOVERNOR'S TRAVELS"

"Governor's Travels" recounts former Governor Angus King's trip across country in an RV.  Subtitled "How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America", the book is available at local libraries and bookstores.

Angus King will be holding booksignings in Searsport on Wednesday, July 27th at Union Hall (upstairs at Searsport Town Hall) from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm; and in Portland on Friday, July 29th at the Portland Public Library from 6:30-8:30 PM.

Tuesday - July 26, 2011

ANGUS KING'S "GOVERNOR'S TRAVELS"

"Governor's Travels" recounts former Governor Angus King's trip across country in an RV.  Subtitled "How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America", the book is available at local libraries and bookstores.

Angus King will be holding booksignings in Searsport on Wednesday, July 27th at Union Hall (upstairs at Searsport Town Hall) from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm; and in Portland on Friday, July 29th at the Portland Public Library from 6:30-8:30 PM.

For more information about the event in Portland click here: PORTLAND BOOKSIGNING

Governor: Olsen's accusations are "unequivocally fabricated."

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor LePage is firing back over comments made in a letter by his former Commissioner of Marine Resources, Norman Olsen.

The governor, speaking to reporters after a scheduled event, said Olsen's contention that the governor wouldn't meet with the city of Portland were "unequivocally fabricated." He said he'd be happy to meet with city leaders. The governor's office says there is a meeting scheduled for Thursday between the governor and city officials.

Governor LePage also said that he met 10 times with Olsen between May and the time the commissioner gave his notice. Olsen wrote in a letter to the Kennebec Journal that he was unable to schedule meetings with the governor.

He provided us with memos referring to 9 meetings, as well as letters from lobstermen upset with Olsen. Click here to see them.

Defense lawyer posts police video of shooting

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The lawyer representing  a man who was shot by a Portland police officer for refusing to stop his car has created a website where he has posted video of the incident to question the shooting's justification.

"What we are trying to do is we are trying to shine a light on what we believe to be a single instance of wrongful conduct by Portland P.D.," explained J.P. DeGrinney. 

DeGrinney's client, Jonathan Mitchell of Bangor, was shot in the neck and the back as he sped away from officers who were attempting to pull him over on a dead end street.