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Will Ron Paul try for a win in Maine?

Maine Republicans are gearing up for this state's presidential caucuses, scheduled for February 4-11 this year.
Primary School
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 20, 2012

Hating the government you lead

The Augusta Civic Center lobby swarmed with soldiers, security guards, legislators, lobbyists, and Republican ladies in nice dresses with "Volunteer" badges.
LePage's inauguration
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 14, 2011
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Marrying into history

 remember the day Vermont legalized Civil Unions for same-sex couples. I was in college at the time and I remember thinking out loud that I could move there and get "Civil Union-ed" someday. It didn't sound the same as my previous dreams of getting "Mar
One woman's wait — and drive — for equality
By JILL BARKLEY  |  August 07, 2009

Letters To the Portland Editor: May 8, 2009

The April 22 hearing on marriage equality at the Augusta Civic Center was historic, important, and, on balance, a wonderful thing.
A great view of equality
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 08, 2009
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Play-by-play

On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing
On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing
By DEIRDRE FULTON + EMILY PARKHURST  |  May 01, 2009
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The wrong man for hard times

Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009


Ideas and optimism, plus more reports!

Last Friday, at the annual GrowSmart summit held at the Augusta Civic Center, more than 500 people checked in on Maine’s progress.  
Grow smarter
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 16, 2008

The loud business drumbeat

The majority legislative Dems do not share Baldacci’s enthusiasm for these cuts, but they seem resigned to them.
Who really cares about the poor, the sick, the elderly, or the mentally ill? Keep searching.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 30, 2008
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Up Plum Creek without a paddle

A company official has admitted that perhaps his firm should have thought more, and earlier, about environmentalism.
Enviro tactics
By YANNI PEARY  |  November 28, 2007

One day, it will please us to remember even this

Try these Maine political trivia questions on your friends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 28, 2007

Tabor won

If you had joined Maine’s leading liberals in kicking off the legislative session at their annual public-policy gab-fest in early January, you would have been excused for thinking the conservatives were actually the hosts.
The liberals embrace defeat (a/k/a Baldacci)
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 17, 2007


In the Lobby List photo (1/20/06)

Baldacci's re-election plan

During the Legislature’s opening day this month, I was eager to know what would be the Big Thing of the session. In a gubernatorial election year, I figured it would have a strong political coloration. “The big thing is the repeal of the business equi
Means higher taxes, or rent, for Portland
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 18, 2006