Steven: We’ve made our predictions on the ballot initiatives. Ready to talk about the candidates?
Lance: Let’s do it.
Steven: Great. We’ll start with Portland’s mayoral race. This one is personal for me. For years, Mike Brennan worked for the same Ralph Nader organization where I got my start. Some of his best friends were my personal mentors. I voted for him last time, and I know he’s a good man.
Steven: Election Day is tomorrow, and for an off-off-year election, there are quite a few hot races. What do you say we quickly go through the top races and pick who we think will win, and who we want to win?
Lance: Sounds good. Happily, I’m not working on any of these campaigns, so I’m free to make smart-ass comments about the work of our political colleagues.
Steven Biel: I keep reading about how Bruce Poliquin wants to chase General Electric and their jobs out of Bangor. Now why would he want to do that?
Lance Dutson: You’re talking about his work to reform the Export-Import Bank—and you’ve clearly been listening to too much spin from the Maine Democratic Party.
Steven: I don’t think so. The Ex-Im bank was shut down in July by tea party hostage-takers including Rep. Poliquin. It was only saved when a bipartisan coalition of 218 members of Congress signed a discharge petition—something that almost never happens—forcing a vote on legislation to revive it. Chellie signed that petition and Bruce didn't. What gives?