Showing posts with label Maine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maine. Show all posts

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Maine Democrats nominate first Black woman as House speaker

Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives nominated the state’s first African American to serve as speaker, selecting a Portland lawmaker whose father was the first Black member of the Maine Legislature.

Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross was nominated Thursday over another Portlander, Ed Crockett, to lead the chamber. Her selection is all but assured since Democrats control the state House.

Talbot Ross said she’s ready to focus on challenges including the rising cost of living, climate change and a lack of access to affordable housing and healthcare. “Should I receive the support of the full Legislature, I will continue to push for progress in our state and use my position of leadership to work to improve the lives of all Mainers,” she said.

Her father, Gerald Talbot, was the founding president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP, and the first Black lawmaker in Maine, elected in 1972. He later served on Maine State Board of Education, and a school in Portland bears his name.

Like her father, Talbot Ross served as president of the Portland NAACP. She was elected in 2016 to the House, where her father served. Her party made her assistant majority leader in the House, becoming the first person of color to serve in leadership in the Maine Legislature.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

School named for Maine's first African American legislator

An elementary school in Maine's largest city has been named for the state's first African-American legislator. The former Riverton School formally became the Gerald E. Talbot Community School during a ceremony on Monday.

Talbot is an educator, veteran, civil rights activist and founding president of Portland’s NAACP branch. He became the the first African American to be elected to the Maine Legislature in 1972 and also served as chair the Maine State Board of Education.

Talbot, 89, said he was humbled by the honor. He talked to students about the value of education, and urged all people to help others to show that “we all matter.”

“Whether you’re black or white, or green or red, we’re all people and we all need the same thing — equality,” he said.


Saturday, October 06, 2018

Could Susan Rice be planning to run against Sen. Susan Collins in 2020?

Could former Obama administration official Susan Rice be planning to run against Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in 2020?

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser tweeted "Me" when another former Obama official asked who could challenge Sen. Susan Collins in 2020. The short tweet which came after Collins, a Maine Republican, announced she would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court caught national and state Democrats by surprise.

Rice stated in another tweet that she is not announcing anything but just voicing her frustration at Collins support of Kavanaugh. Let's hope that she does announce and challenge Collins in 2020.