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Does Portland want an elected mayor?

The campaign to bring an elected mayor to Portland, a proposal championed by the city's charter commission as well as several arts and business groups, officially launched at a City Hall press conference on Tuesday.
Local ballot
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2010

Budget cuts

“Things are as tough at the prison right now as I’ve seen them in a long time,” state Corrections commissioner Martin Magnusson told the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on July 29. He spoke about the consequences of the staff c
Prison staffing crisis hits perilous level
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 07, 2009

Fat city

You wouldn't buy a suit from a tailor who wears ill-fitting clothes. You wouldn't take suggestions for summer-reading from somebody who's illiterate. You wouldn't cast your ballot for a candidate who's completely clueless.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 17, 2009

Art for art's sake

Apparently, I'm one of those artist-types. Except it's not called "artist" anymore. That term is too, well ... artsy-fartsy. It doesn't adequately convey my critical importance to society.
The creative economy
By AL DIAMON  |  May 01, 2009

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
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Baldacci raids the cookie jar

Under the American system of government, the legislative branch is supposed to decide how your tax money is spent, but . . .  
The governor’s secret Dirigo Health bailout
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 15, 2008


Illusion of progress

As the world teetered on the brink of another Great Depression, I was comforted by the knowledge that if civilization collapsed, I’d still have quality health care.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 09, 2008