Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Christian Civic League is encouraging followers to participate in a 48-hour fast leading up to Election Day.
In its weekly newsletter, the league outlines three fasting options: water fasting (no food, just water); Daniel fast (no pleasant foods, just vegetables and water) and Liquids only (water, juice). The fast would run from 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 to 8 p.m. Tues., Nov. 6.
Election Day at 8 p.m. is when the polls close and the nail biting really begins for all the campaigns. Although the call for a fast doesn't specifically mention Question 1, the gay marriage ballot initiative, the Civic League has been deeply involved in running and funding the campaign to urge a "no" vote.
The newsletter also asks for donations so the campaign can run a Billy Graham newspaper ad in the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News. It notes that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association took out an ad in the Wall Street Journal recently in which Graham urges people to vote for "the candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman."
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John Richardson joined the Press Herald in 1990 after working as a reporter in New Jersey. He has covered a variety of beats, including marine issues, the environment and health care. He is now covering politics and focusing on Maine's U.S. Senate race.
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Colin Woodard has covered politics and elections for more than two decades, from Bosnia and Bucharest to Washington, D.C., Augusta, and Portland City Hall. He has written for a wide range of national and international publications and is the author of four books, including "American Nations," a history of North America's regional cultures. He joined the Portland Press Herald at the end of April and covers political finance and lobbying, among other things.
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Susan Cover has covered Maine politics for 10 years and worked in Kansas, Ohio and Rhode Island as a reporter. This year, she is focusing on covering the same-sex marriage debate for MaineToday Media.
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Michael Shepherd joined MaineToday Media in May 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono, where he edited The Maine Campus, the student newspaper there. Until November he'll be writing the Truth Test, a recurring feature analyzing political statements and advertising.
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