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How will you be remembered?

In politics, it's known as the dreaded "L word."
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 22, 2013
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Augusta occupiers show a political way to spring

The recent act of nonviolent civil disobedience by nine middle-aged and older Occupy Augusta supporters — arrested for refusing to leave the governor's mansion grounds — opens a new phase in Maine's Occupy movement.
‘Occupy the Capitol!’
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 02, 2011
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Richard Nelson's big deal

While it's seemingly becoming commonplace for one musician to play 13 different parts or instruments on a studio album, it's getting pretty rare to hear an album featuring 13 musicians all playing at the same time.
In cool Pursuit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 10, 2011
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Review: Wretches and Jabberers

Imagine having as much inside you — thoughts, feelings, desires, needs — as you really do, but being unable to express them.
Documentary searches for the heart of autism
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011


Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011
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As gas prices go up, a public transit bill gains speed

Every day, thousands of workers in who live in the Lewiston-Auburn region — where real estate is more affordable — get in their cars and drive to Portland — where there are more jobs.
Conservative commute
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2011
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John Birch Society alive and confused in Maine

The Maine arm of the John Birch Society, founded in 1958 to combat communist influence in government, visited the State House in Augusta last week, calling for legislators to, well, do nothing, as it turns out.
Out of the woodwork
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2011
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LePage's secret bankers

Paul LePage was making national headlines last week for all the wrong reasons: telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, dismissing the civil-rights organization as a "special interest" he won't be "held hosta
How much the governor really owes, and to which special-interest groups
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 21, 2011

Farming and the future

The announcement of the Maine Farmland Trust's ambitious 100,000-acre preservation goal wasn't the only farming news this month (see " Another row to hoe "). And, some thoughts about what lies ahead on the green front.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2011


Maine Democrats try to put the past behind them

State Democrats may be down (in numbers) but they're not out (of ideas).
Losing team
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2010
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Cutler for Governor

We've said before that it's time for change in Augusta.
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010

2009 had some redeeming qualities - really

Let's get serious: For many Portlanders, 2009 was a crap year.
Don’t look back in anger
By DEIRDRE FULTON AND JEFF INGLIS  |  December 25, 2009

Gifts of the magi

OK, so math isn't Poliquin's strong point. And he's a little shaky on consistency. But are those minor flaws enough to convince Santa to leave coal in his stocking?
Who's on the naughty list?
By AL DIAMON  |  December 25, 2009

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


Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond

Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009
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What I saw at the Revolution

To signal the start of the 2nd Maine Militia’s final meeting, held recently in Parsonsfield, a small cannon was fired.
 2nd Maine Militia
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 23, 2009
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Less than equal

This story has a bias. It’s in favor of human rights for all people.
 State officials, including prejudiced human-rights commissioners, block inmate complaints
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 02, 2009

Dangerous slurs

A heavily tattooed, self-described Satanist serving a life sentence for savagely murdering two people in Augusta in 1998 — his 16-year-old stepdaughter and his 87-year-old former landlady — inmate John L’Heureux, 39, is probably not the man Maine’s gay-
 Gay rights in prison
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 02, 2009

Freedom isn’t free

Campaign-finance reformers often object to the idea that money equals speech. But even for progressives, it does indeed.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2009


Sins and promises

Let's suppose you wanted Maine's next governor to be somebody who'd create jobs.
Keeping tabs on the tweets of gubernatorial twits
By AL DIAMON  |  September 11, 2009

Building on green energy

This month, my landlord will install new energy-efficient windows in my apartment. This is great news: Better insulation will reduce both my energy use and my heating bills. I'm happy to be experiencing first-hand what many agree is the single most-imp
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 04, 2009

Talking points

Rich Connor's reforms have brought a much-needed sharpened focus to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers. Certain changes, though, are raising eyebrows not just for what they are, but because of how Connor is doing th
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009

Miraculous Appearances

Two weeks after the Phoenix began its prison Board of Visitors interviews, which revealed the group had not produced annual reports as required by law and had not met with the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee in years, reports for 2005, 2006,
Phoenix questions prompt action
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 21, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: August 21, 2009

Regarding Lance Tapley's latest effort on the Maine State Prison Board of Visitors (see  "Secret, Unaccountable, and Co-opted,"  August 14), what he sometimes refers to as advocacy journalism might be more appropriately termed agenda journalism.
Letters to the editor
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 21, 2009


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Secret, unaccountable, and co-opted

The state prison in Warren has been hammered in recent months by an inmate murder and other violence, a prisoner hunger strike, legislative investigations exposing mismanagement and poor guard morale, and a request by human-rights groups for a federal pr
If the prison Board of Visitors had done its job, it might have helped prevent several recent tragedies
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 14, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor - August 14, 2009

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By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 14, 2009
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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009
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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009