David Farmer

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Baldacci, Dems raise broad-based taxes

Despite numerous repeated claims that he and his party will not raise "broad-based taxes" while attempting to solve Maine's decade-old budget disaster, Democratic governor John Baldacci and legislative Democrats have done exactly that, and are now expa
What Promise? Dept.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 19, 2010

Prison ‘troublemaker’ confronts racism, medical abuse

Vacillating between grit and despair — between aggressive lawsuits and suicide attempts — Deane Brown, the prisoner who in 2005 blew the whistle on the torture of mentally ill inmates at the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement “Supermax” unit, is s
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 11, 2009

Going Green: July 10, 2009

Maine will never be a leader in wind-energy development, says Richard Silkman, co-founder and -manager of a firm that could revolutionize the way we address energy issues in this state and throughout the region. "We missed our chance," he stated flatly
Smart solar
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009

Official propaganda

Isn't it sinister or at least creepy in a democracy for citizens to foot the bill for politicians and high officials to propagandize them?
Why pay for the governor's publicity machine?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Hey guv: stop slashing!

It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
State budget cuts just make the recession worse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2008

Prisoners’ support services slashed

Governor John Baldacci announced on December 16 that he had taken significant steps toward warehousing prisoners instead of rehabilitating them.
 Baldacci’s Warehouse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 23, 2008


After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2008

Maine: state of deception

Surprise! When the 2008 fiscal year ended, on June 30, the state had a General Fund surplus of $56 million, so the shortfall in reality was considerably smaller than predicted — $134 million.
How a budget surplus emerged from a back room
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 27, 2008

No raises — it gets better

FairPoint, as you might expect, has been in a tizzy.
Fewer workers are also part of FairPoint’s plan to remain solvent
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 20, 2007

Gov: Cut services while I travel overseas

Lobbyists and campaign contributors are among the private interests paying for Governor John Baldacci’s upcoming trip to Asia, though the state forbids officials from accepting gifts.
While Baldacci takes lobbyists’ money for a trip, his wife bills taxpayers
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 24, 2007

Don’t need it

Charge me with fiscal irresponsibility.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 15, 2007


A Supermax “graduate”

The Supermax makes mentally unstable prisoners worse, its critics say.
Watch your backs
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 11, 2007

Maine prison bosses violate court orders

In the activist climate of an earlier era, a Maine legal-aid group brought and won three prisoner-rights lawsuits against state corrections officials.
Department of Corrections ignores federal rulings going back to the 1970s
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007

Stars are blind

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have confirmed they can see Christian Potholm’s giant ego.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 09, 2006