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Cumberland County

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From a distance

Moosehorn Crossing is a long way from . . . well . . . pretty much anywhere.
On county government
By AL DIAMON  |  September 30, 2011
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Put your money where your home is

FDIC statistics show that in Cumberland County, more than 80 percent of the market share of deposits is in TD Bank, Key Bank, or Bank of America.
Better Banking Bureau
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 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
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Smoke Local

Lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, and . . . pot? As Maine's medical-marijuana program inches closer to business-as-usual, weed is on the verge of becoming a meaningful part of the state's economy — a budding piece of Maine's local, sustainable, pro-agricu
Where will marijuana fit into Maine's economy?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 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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Jail ATM charges $10 per transaction

Arrested in Cumberland County without a big wad of cash on you? If you're going to bail yourself out, prepare to pay through the nose.
'Captive audience'
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 12, 2010


Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010

Setting the stage for November

It's been more than a week since the June 8 primary election, which saw Republican PAUL LEPAGE (Waterville mayor and Marden's exec) beat a large field of better-financed competitors, and LIBBY MITCHELL (state senate president) pull out ahead of the D
Post-primary musings
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2010
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Barring the way to public records

The Maine Legislature is considering a move that will make it more difficult for concerned citizens to find out what their government is up to.
More Government Fees
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 19, 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

Escape from the chicken coop

In olden times, before unlimited numbers of free-range office-seekers were allowed to be-fowl — er, befoul — the airwaves with messages less clever than that poultry — er, paltry — pun, the general rule of politics was that one dumb cluck per election
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 14, 2009


Out of office

It's only fitting the news media seem to have missed James J. Walsh's death. Even when Walsh was alive, the rare instances when he attracted publicity never worked out too well for him. The only reason he had any kind of political career was because he
Just because nobody pays attention doesn't mean a guy can't make a royal mess of things.  
By AL DIAMON  |  May 29, 2009
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Hope for young homebuyers

Good news if you're in a sufficiently stable financial situation to think of bailing from greater Portland's rental-housing morass.
The lousy economy — and Obama's stimulus package — has a silver lining
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008
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We told you so

FairPoint’s transition has been slow, and is already four months behind schedule.
FairPoint’s phone-line takeover is as bad as regulators feared.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 02, 2008
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A county primary

Four Portland Democrats are competing to represent Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, and Long and Chebeague islands on the three-person Cumberland County Commission.
Elections
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 04, 2008


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Fishing for filmmakers

When you can make Shreveport look like Bridgton for less money, what’s the bottom-line allure of filming in Maine?
Maine struggles to attract the movie industry
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 02, 2008

Corporate Shopping Alternative

There are still some shares available at regional community-supported agriculture operations, for the lucky ones (myself included) to snatch up over the next month or so.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2008

Elect the dead

Before they can be taken seriously, candidates for Congress ought to meet certain stringent criteria. Such as: having a pulse.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 28, 2007

Extreme behavior

If you wanted to make the Maine Legislature look good, you’d compare it to the Portland School Committee.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 31, 2007

Don’t neglect your vote

Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. Statewide, voters’ biggest choice will be on whether to allow a racino (1500 slot machines near a harness-racing track) in Washington County.
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2007


Gambling on voters

Do you want to expand gambling in Maine by letting the Passamaquoddy Tribe build and operate a slot-machine parlor, high-stakes beano games, and a harness-racing track in Washington County?
Downeast Mainers pin their hopes on the turn of the ballots
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 25, 2007
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The 10th Annual Muzzle Awards

Mitt Romney will say or do anything if he thinks it will help him become president.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: December 22, 2006

What about York County?

By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  December 20, 2006
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Blown away

Jean Hay Bright tried once before to run against US Senator Olympia Snowe. Snowe's tracks: How moderate is Maine's senior senator?
Jean Hay Bright’s fight to topple a political icon
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006


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Love thy neighbor, or else

This building, if approved by the city council, will be the realization of what Bass calls an “experiment” in urban housing.
Designs for living
By SARA DONNELLY  |  August 02, 2006
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Grass roots fire fight

During its recent convention, the Maine Green Party transformed itself from a chronically decentralized group of activist-skeptics into a maybe, possibly, if-you-squint-your-eyes-could-be a unified party with a palpable lust for political power.
Maine Greens, burned by internal conflict, struggle to stay alive
By SARA DONNELLY  |  June 07, 2006

Are you dead yet?

The Green Party is contracting, to the point where that’s about the only place it has any political impact, and once you get outside Portland, Green candidates for the Legislature are rare as profitable paper mills.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 29, 2006
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Burning money

You’d think, with nearly $30 million to spend on heating oil for poor people this winter, the Maine State Housing Authority would have bargained a pretty good price with the oil dealers, right? Wrong.
State gives extra millions to oil dealers, leaving the poor and elderly out in the cold
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 16, 2006