Today's hot topics were a casino and cell phone 9-1-1 calls.
There's a new proposal being floated to build a casino at Bate's Mill No. 5 in Lewiston. The idea has a lot of hurdles to overcome as we saw in the 2008 campaign by Seth Carey in Rumford.
It's a new twist on a relatively old story in Maine politics. Voters have rejected almost all of these attempts in Maine in recent years.
Not to mention there is already a competing measure heading for the ballot in 2010 -- which, if approved, sites a casino in nearby Oxford County.
This is sticky local politics, there are a lot of good people involved on both sides of this issue and remarkably they all seem to have what they believe to be the best interests of the people of Maine at heart.
My hope is the community will have an open, civil and informed discussion on this.
When I saw the online sniping, I thought one way to vent is to vote, so I set up this twit poll. It's totally non-scientific. But I promise it is not rigged but you can only vote once from any isp address.
That's the gist of the poll in long form.
Here's a map for a bit more detail.
View Bates Mill No. 5 in a larger map