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The weird thing about the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is not that it wastes enormous amounts of taxpayer money. It's that it doesn't have any fun doing it.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services
| December 23, 2011
Sallie Mae not
If you have had to borrow money to pay for school, chances are good you've borrowed from Sallie Mae, the largest student-loan company in the US, which currently handles between 40 and 45 percent of the business.
As federally sponsored student-loan giant Sallie Mae prepares to go private, it’s squeezing every last penny from student borrowers while opening up scads of new businesses. How can you protect yourself?
| July 29, 2011
Curbing corruption with a catch-all
Sal DiMasi is no saint, but that doesn't mean he's a criminal. His behavior makes us grimace, but it simply doesn't amount to a state or federal felony.
| June 24, 2011
Rhode Island's ticking time bomb
This is a story about the pension crisis that's tearing apart Providence and Central Falls and just might lay waste to the whole goddamn state.
A fun, easy-to-understand guide to the pension crisis that could destroy everything you care about (or not)
| March 25, 2011
Look who's swinging in on a vine with a long and loud Tarzan yell to take over as chairman of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education: it's our old pal "George of the Jungle" Caruolo.
Taking charge; bitchin' 'bout the Steelers; campaign notes
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| February 11, 2011
Making the grade
Portland students are struggling with reading at elementary and secondary levels, according to a report released last week. Meanwhile, the city's two high schools are close to achieving gender equity in athletic programs, says a separate report.
Two recent studies examine academics and athletics in Portland's public schools
| January 28, 2011
In the midst of the new Republican majority's mania to reduce the size and cost of state government, I offer some advice and a warning.
On shrinking legislatures
| January 14, 2011
Know what you're doing
Any idiot can be governor. I'm not saying Republican Governor-elect Paul LePage is such an idiot. But if it turns out he is, it's comforting to know that it won't make much difference.
Governors: listen to your legislators
| November 12, 2010
Be careful what you say about Libby Mitchell
You can get in a lot of trouble if you use the words "Libby Mitchell" and "old" in the same sentence.
Old and in the way
| October 15, 2010
Less of you
When the Legislature gets reformed, things get worse.
Reform is a bad idea
| August 20, 2010
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With that in mind, here is some other DV-related news from around Maine.
Other domestic-violence-related news from around Maine
| January 01, 1900
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