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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

3/13/10

CHARTER COMMISSION REJECTS NON-CITIZEN VOTING

MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING - A campaign to make Portland one of the first cities in the country to allow non-citizens to vote suffered a setback last night when the city's charter commission narrowly rejected the idea. But immigrants who converged on City Hall vowed to get the issue on the November ballot. . .

Immediately after the vote, murmurs went through the audience of more than 30 immigrants and their supporters. That prompted Commissioner Richard Ranaghan to turn to the chair, Pamela Plumb, and suggest that she explain what the commission had just done. "They understand, they understand," members of the audience responded.

Afterward, outside City Council chambers, some immigrants said they were angered by the comment and that it only steeled their resolve to press on with their campaign.

One of the leaders, Mohamed Dini, said the plan is to start collecting signatures to get the measure on the November ballot. "I guarantee you, we're coming back," Dini said.

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