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What we learned from the race

As of last Tuesday, Portland has its first elected mayor in many decades; Michael Brennan will take office December 5 and serve a four-year term.
Mayoral Aftermath
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 18, 2011

Voting sustainable

Among the new mayor's responsibilities will be increasing energy efficiency in city buildings, managing and advocating for local alternative transit priorities, and setting an example regarding eco-friendliness.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

Mayors, media, masses

Portland's 15 mayoral candidates are missing an opportunity to connect with the people, both directly and through the media, by failing to publicize their support for OccupyMaine.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 21, 2011

20 questions about Portland's upcoming mayoral election

With three months until Portland's first mayoral election in more than 80 years, and two weeks until candidates are required to hand in the 300 signatures that will reserve them each a place on the ballot, a whopping 19 people have thrown their hats into
Rising from the masses
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 12, 2011

Bragdon vs. Trevorrow, Greens, District 120

Charles Bragdon and Anna Trevorrow vie in the East End legislative race
Primary 2010
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 21, 2010

We sing, we dance, we steal things

Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008


Maine House candidates

As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
Who wants to go to Augusta?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Maine’s most massive screw-ups in 2006

2006, we’re going to miss you.
Stuff that just should never have happened
By JEFF INGLIS AND SARA DONNELLY  |  December 20, 2006

Young guns

When Kevin Donoghue and Dave Marshall are sworn in to the Portland City Council on December 4, they’ll be more than a decade younger than the youngest of our sitting councilors.
K-Don and Dave on being city councilors, playing politics, and what Wharf Street should look like
By SARA DONNELLY  |  November 15, 2006

Voter’s Guide

The Portland Phoenix staff packaged up our hopes for a vibrant Maine and stuffed them in this Voter’s Guide.
Endorsements for races for the Portland city council, the state House of Representatives, the State Senate, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and, of course, the governor.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 01, 2006

In District 118, liberal plays Republican

Last Monday, Benjamin Crocker, the Republican candidate for state representative in District 118 in Portland, wrote a letter to the state elections office formally withdrawing from the race.
True colors
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 12, 2006

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Housing rights

Violations of tenants’ rights are commonly reported to Maine housing rights advocates, and tthen there are the unnoticed violations that occur while tenants aren’t home.
Get out of my apartment!
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 14, 2006
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Grass roots fire fight

During its recent convention, the Maine Green Party transformed itself from a chronically decentralized group of activist-skeptics into a maybe, possibly, if-you-squint-your-eyes-could-be a unified party with a palpable lust for political power.
Maine Greens, burned by internal conflict, struggle to stay alive
By SARA DONNELLY  |  June 07, 2006
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Community culture club

Community-supported agriculture programs produce a way for city folk to enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of organic farming, even if their yards are only cement patios or third-floor fire escapes.
Wolf Pine Farm plants seeds in West End
By LISA CRAIG  |  May 31, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, May 5, 2006

Readers fire back on Brian Duff's university-cafeteria story, and our Readers' Picks choice for Best Local Politician in "The Best"

Ways not to lose

In most legislative districts, frontrunners can admit to any indiscretion short of a fondness for Osama bin Laden and still win.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 12, 2006

Free money

There is a program that might ease renter’s ache: Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund Program.
Rent relief!
By AMY MARTIN  |  April 12, 2006
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Block Party

This November, Green party candidates will run for Portland City Council against incumbents Karen Geraghty and Will Gorham, according to the Portland Green Independent Committee's co-chairman.
Portland’s Greens go for the council
By SARA DONNELLY  |  April 05, 2006

Are you dead yet?

The Green Party is contracting, to the point where that’s about the only place it has any political impact, and once you get outside Portland, Green candidates for the Legislature are rare as profitable paper mills.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 29, 2006

Letters on the prison series

Portland readers respond
By  |  March 23, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, March 17, 2006:

Sara Donnelly's article on senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe’s endorsing of Samuel Alito was thoughtful, reflective, energetic, accurate, and full of journalistic integrity.
Readers fire back on the issues of Maine's US senators endorsing Samuel Alito, and Portland's "missing" half-billion dollars.

Letters to the Portland Editor, February 3, 2006

Readers fire back on Baldacci's re-election plan, MCLF, and Maine's prison reform
Readers fire back on Baldacci's re-election plan, MCLF, and Maine's prison reform

You promised

Portland representative John Eder wishes he had more friends in the capitol these days. Since supposedly securing funds last March for an unprecedented “arts incubator” to support the creative economy in Portland, Eder says the state has given him the ru
Show Eder the money
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 01, 2006
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Sticking it to political reformers

State House Dems don't get mad, they get even.
Power play gives State House Democrats control of 'nonpartisan' activist group
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 12, 2006