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Progressives rally against rushed GOP agenda

As the rush to late-April legislative adjournment begins, much is at stake for people who want to help the needy (or are needy), or value a fair tax system, or treasure Maine's unspoiled woods and shores, or want government to be run openly — in short,
Legislative threats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 06, 2012

Seeds of evil

A Maine farmer, backed by 275,0000 like-minded individuals, has found himself at the forefront of a fight against the most dastardly figure in agriculture: the seed and biotechnology company Monsanto, which to some represents everything that is wrong wit
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 25, 2011

Wanna get away?

Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011

Take this to the polls

Our endorsements for the June 8 elections

High ideals and crazy dreams

I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
Truthers hurt
By AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2010

Gonna change directions

That’s not intended as a negative reflection on the Son of God, who can’t be held responsible for the deficiencies in Beardsley’s early campaign style.
Jesus didn’t help Bill Beardsley.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2010

Say what you mean

I agree with Libby Mitchell.
Sign up here for the Cute Li’l Puppy Health Plan
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2010

Get smart

There are lots of theories about what's wrong with Maine's economy.
Budget problems? It's the stupidity, stupid.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 12, 2010

Road to riches

The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
The Pike gouges
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2009

A mighty wind

This past Earth Day, President Barack Obama, speaking at an Iowa wind-turbine factory, delivered a gusty peroration. "The nation that leads the world in creating new energy sources will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy," he said.
New England plays catch-up in the green-energy race
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 21, 2009

Transmission troubles

Late last month, Maine's second large commercial wind farm officially opened at Stetson Mountain in the eastern part of the state. But for all this potential, both in terms of the power source itself, and the brainpower behind it, Maine risks losing a
We're all about wind power — but do we have a way to harness green energy?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009


My first trip to the County

During my 36-hour stay in the Allagash region, I had better luck than the four Massachusetts College of Art students who journeyed into the Maine wilderness in the summer of 1976, only to allegedly encounter a UFO.
Northern exposure
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 03, 2008

We sing, we dance, we steal things

Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008

Slow food at Sebasco

This season, Sebasco will offer diners a “Pure Maine” menu — a smorgasbord of local, seasonal ingredients whipped into amazing culinary creations.
American cuisine counts on locavores
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2008

Blown away

I’m sorry to inform you that there is an institution in Maine that repeatedly makes promises to the public, but rarely fulfills them.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: September 14, 2007

Every time I read Shay Stewart-Bouley calling for a Maine with more faces of color, I become somewhat irked.
Don't force diversity
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  September 12, 2007

Do nothing till you hear from me

The Legislature is, by design, a mess.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 11, 2007

No man's land

With broad, beautiful shots of Vinalhaven, Thomas Hildreth and Ian McCrudden’s film Islander chronicles the life of an unfortunate Maine fisherman.
A vivid portrayal of Maine coast life
By BLY LAURITANO-WERNER  |  November 21, 2006

Close to the edge

The last time Republicans won control of both chambers of the Maine Legislature, the country was engaged in an unpopular foreign war, Washington was on the verge of a major scandal, Congress was meddling with social issues, and the vice-president was cal
Politics and Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 25, 2006

Too much posse

John Richardson has lots of friends in the Legislature. Unfortunately for him, they may be the wrong friends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 07, 2006

Politics and Other Mistakes

This year, I’ve fallen for the concept of a gubernatorial candidate who’s courageous enough to challenge both the left and right.
She's smart, honest, and running for Governor. What's not to love?
By AL DIAMON  |  January 05, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Healthy lessons to be learned; Sen. Olympia Snowe's inaccessibility
By  |  January 05, 2006

They wanna be governor

In our typical Portland Phoenix format, here’s a one-by-one look at all the folks who claim they want to be Maine’s next governor. (In our book, anyone crazy enough to say they want that job probably has done something to karmically deserve it.)
Primary Election 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 01, 1900