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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.
| 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
| 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
| July 10, 2009
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?
| 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
| 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.
| December 23, 2008
After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
| 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
| 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
| 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
| October 24, 2007
Don’t need it
Charge me with fiscal irresponsibility.
Politics and other mistakes
| August 15, 2007
A Supermax “graduate”
The Supermax makes mentally unstable prisoners worse, its critics say.
Watch your backs
| 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
| 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
| August 09, 2006
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