Chellie Pingree

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As he strode confidently to the podium to give his State of the State address, the governor surveyed the crowd with steely blue eyes set in a face just shy of being impossibly handsome because of an intriguing hint of cruelty.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 28, 2012

Drinking with the devil

As the dog days of August drag on, you may be unlucky enough to encounter a campaigning politician.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 24, 2012

Now, I don’t believe that anymore

Back in 1994, being pro-choice on abortion was a popular political position — even for conservative Republicans.
Politics + other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 06, 2012

Democrats wring their hands

Interviewed separately at the Democratic State Convention, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud gave identical responses to the question of what would it take for the Democrats to triumph in November.
State Convention Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 08, 2012

Female Dems could help take back the State House

More than 25 alumnae and board members of Emerge Maine, the political training program for Democratic women in the state, are running for office in 2012. This is good news for both women and Democrats in Maine.
Political Machinery
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 20, 2012

More questions, some answers

We know a lot more now about the deal that handed Donald Sussman, the hedge-fund mogul, progressive philanthropist, and husband of Chellie Pingree, 75 percent of the Portland Press Herald and its siblings.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2012

Here come the weak

Watch your step. The floor might be slippery from all these drooling political consultants, an occupation noted for its lack of self-control.
Campaign advice
By AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2012

Fader in the middle

Time for political trivia. For each correct answer, treat yourself to a beer.
Political trivia
By AL DIAMON  |  February 24, 2012

At union request, Sussman steps up for Press Herald

It was not the owners of the Portland Press Herald who sought out Maine hedge-fund mogul S. Donald Sussman to proffer a cash infusion to save the ailing newspaper. Rather, it was the idea of the Press Herald 's unionized employees.
Cash Injections
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 17, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
Online Freedom
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 20, 2012

Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.
Better by the dozen

Congress gives us all detention

The $662 billion military spending bill expected to go before both houses of Congress later this week includes controversial provisions allowing the US military to arrest and indefinitely detain, without trial, anyone suspected of terrorism-related crim
Rights watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 16, 2011

Voting sustainable

Among the new mayor's responsibilities will be increasing energy efficiency in city buildings, managing and advocating for local alternative transit priorities, and setting an example regarding eco-friendliness.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

Stranger than known

In politics, things don't have to make sense. If they did, there'd be no excuse for the Tea Party, Democrat Jon Hinck's US Senate campaign, or Republican State Committee chairman Charlie Webster's existence.
Political nonsense
By AL DIAMON  |  September 23, 2011

Drawing a line

Remain calm. You've probably heard that a special commission has failed to reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to redraw the boundary between Maine's two congressional districts in order to make their populations as close to equal as possible. Don't p
Bipartisan agreement
By AL DIAMON  |  September 09, 2011

Digging into school nutrition

It's not only in the classroom that change is coming to Maine schools. Local cafeterias are revamping their curricula as well.
What's for lunch?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 19, 2011

Pingree advocates for raped veterans, gets results

The Department of Veterans' Affairs is taking steps to ensure that military sexual-assault and rape survivors have less of a hard time getting the benefits they deserve, according to US Representative Chellie Pingree, who represents Southern Maine in W
Clearing red tape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2011

Flotsam and jetsam

The list of young Maine politicians with serious prospects of someday being elected to higher office is shorter than Governor Paul LePage's temper.
LePage’s temper
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2011

Pingree visits Guantanamo, advocates closure

Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Congress that keeping President Obama's promise to close the notorious military prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be difficult because of opposition from members of Congress. Ma
Gitmo state of mind
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 25, 2011

The circus came to town

In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea
Tea Party
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010

The Gaggie Awards are back

The Gaggie Awards are back. Not by popular demand. (But that's never stopped state Representative John Martin.)
Winners and fools
By AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2010

Celebrity gossip

In the final days of a tight gubernatorial race, the campaigns tend to get desperate, then frantic, then crazy. That progression leads to increasingly wacky attacks on the opposition, few of which turn out to be true, although many of them ought to be.
Candidates in their final, desperate moments
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2010

Quick reminders for last-minute voters

Last week, we issued our endorsements for several races and ballot issues. If you just want a quick handy refresher, here's a list of the Portland Phoenix 's endorsements.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 29, 2010

Cutler for Governor

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

LePage and Pingree steal each other's material

Democratic US Representative Chellie Pingree does this hilarious imitation of Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage.
Look like twins
By AL DIAMON  |  October 08, 2010

Food co-op gets cash infusion, storefront space

North Haven business maven and philanthropist Donald Sussman has donated space (five years, rent-free) and money ($40,000) to the Portland Food Cooperative (PFC), which will allow that organization to have its own distribution space and eventually opera
Downtown dispatch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010

Over before it started

It's finished. The gubernatorial candidates can cancel all remaining campaign appearances.
Cancel the campaigns
By AL DIAMON  |  October 01, 2010

Call 'em like I see 'em

I know there's a contingent of people among my readers who think I'm kind of a race-baiter or that I'm some high-and-mighty Black woman berating Whites for all evil that befalls folks of color.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 23, 2010

Marriage activists get closure, look forward

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree expressed what many in the room were feeling at Equality Maine’s annual dinner celebration on Saturday night: the function room at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street elicits “a little bit of PTSD” for Maine’s gay-ri
Moving on
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 02, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010