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The list of young Maine politicians with serious prospects of someday being elected to higher office is shorter than Governor Paul LePage's temper.
| March 04, 2011
What women want
It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s
And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
| October 15, 2010
Seeking humane treatment
Some Maine people are taking moral responsibility for the way supermax inmates are treated.
State and national efforts well under way
| February 19, 2010
We heart these people
We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
| February 12, 2010
Anti-solitary campaign expands
As the February 17 State House public hearing approaches on the bill to restrict solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), which sparked national debate about Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, has a
Stopping Supermax Torture
| February 05, 2010
Limiting Supermax solitary
Representative James Schatz, a Blue Hill Democrat, has proposed legislation to tightly limit when prisoners can be kept in the solitary confinement of the 100-man Supermax unit of the Maine State Prison in Warren.
| October 09, 2009
Greens see red, must seek more green
In a move Maine Green Independent Party leaders say unfairly targets them, but that Maine Democrats say is simply protecting taxpayer money, the Legislature last month passed a law requiring gubernatorial candidates to raise tens of thousands of dollar
| July 31, 2009
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
| March 18, 2009
Stuck in the middle with you
On the surface, moderation appears to be a simple concept. Avoid extremes. Seek compromise. ... It's sort of like being a hypocrite, except without most of the fun parts.
Alliance for Maine's Future thinks the Maine Legislature needs more moderates.
| February 25, 2009
The wrong man for hard times
Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
| February 04, 2009
Thoughts on the 36th anniversary of Roe V. Wade
To commemorate that anniversary, the Maine Choice Coalition, along with the Maine Civil Liberties Union, the League of Young Voters, and the Portland Phoenix, are teaming up to screen the film I Had An Abortion at SPACE Gallery on Wednesday, January 2
| January 21, 2009
Maine lawmakers push post-partisanship -- in DC
It will be no surprise that the Democrats and Republicans in the Maine Legislature can agree on one thing, and one thing only - that...
| January 13, 2009
Democracy in China
That December morning in the year 2010 began oddly. The sun rose in the west. The river reversed itself and flowed upstream. The tide went out and didn't come back.
Politics and other mistakes
| December 31, 2008
Critics of the state Department of Corrections say the hostage-taking last June at the Maine State Prison dramatically illustrates that the concrete, high-tech lockup in Warren is showing cracks from stress on the prison guards.
Mistreatment of Maine prison guards lands heavily on inmates
| November 05, 2008
Facebooking the convention
We rounded up a few Maine luminaries who’ve alighted in the Mile High City for the Democratic National Convention, and translated their observations into Facebook speak.
| August 27, 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
Corporate welfare state
In 2006, state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to give away millions of tax dollars a year for decades to some of Maine’s biggest corporations.
A little change in the tax law with big consequences
| February 20, 2008
Life in cartoon motion
Welcome to the Public Broadcasting System’s new show, What Were You Thinking, You Idiot?
Politics and ohter mistakes
| January 30, 2008
Speaking youth to power
A hip-hop artist will perform in the halls of the State House on April 4.
The League of Young Voters heads to the State House
| March 28, 2007
Until there’s nothing left of us
Hey, all you Maine Republicans wallowing in self-pity, after losing the election: snap out of it.
Politics and other mistakes
| November 15, 2006
Earlier this month, the Phoenix talked with Eli Pariser, who became the executive director of MoveOn.org in November 2004.
Eli Pariser, the wonder-boy executive director of MoveOn.org, now lives in Portland. Progressives, start puckering
| July 05, 2006
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