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Road to riches

The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
The Pike gouges
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2009

Justice prevails

Well, it's about time people in power began taking note of who Phillipe and Jorge support, just as we jettisoned Barack Obama into the presidency after endorsing him prior to the Iowa caucus.
Suttell's supreme nomination. Plus, no E-Z Pass, and a few big nights out.
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  June 05, 2009
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Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
Politicians have left it to the people
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Phillippe and Jorge: Fixing the system

The always reliable Tom Sgouros raised some interesting issues in his February 7 e-mail newsletter, "Rhode Island Policy Reporter," that P+J were unable to find space for last week.
Suggestions for the next visit to the voting booth
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 18, 2009

Turnpike tolls go up - again

As if living in Maine wasn't expensive enough, on Sunday, tolls on the Maine Turnpike will increase for the second time in four years, and a year earlier than originally planned.
Cost of living
By KATRINA BOTELHO + JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2009

Search continues for our next chief justice

Ah, the PR campaigns and infighting continue to see who will be chosen as Vo Dilun's newest Supreme Court chief justice.
Maureen is no Diana for the RI Supremes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 14, 2009


The highway kind

For critics of government excess, the Maine Turnpike Authority is a big target. You can even see it from outer space.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 17, 2007
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Ethics update

Fewer than half of 126 quasi-governmental state agencies say they have ethics rules.
Long state-agency hangover from that $295 bottle of wine
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 28, 2007
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Law to address state ethics shortcomings

Three weeks after the Portland Phoenix first reported that Maine Turnpike Authority officials had been treated to a $1342 dinner at a posh Portland restaurant, Governor John Baldacci has asked all so-called “independent” state agencies to adopt a co
Baldacci responds to abuses first revealed in the Phoenix
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 23, 2006
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I'll be watching you

When Conrad Chase, director of Barcelona’s Baja Beach Club, asked his VIP customers if they wanted a microchip implanted in their arms, many of them didn’t think twice.
A new tracking technology could make today’s debates about warrantless spying seem quaint  
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  May 04, 2006