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Like a rip-off

"The poor would be driven out of town. The middle class would drive themselves."
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  March 01, 2013

Drinking games

It's February, and time to cut loose on a ranting bender.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2013
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GOP legislators stick with ALEC

Faced with a campaign asking him and seven other Republican legislators to quit the controversial conservative lobbyist-legislator coalition ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — House assistant majority leader Andre Cushing, of Hampden, sa
After Trayvon
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 27, 2012

Moving around

The day before Richard Connor resigned his position as editor and publisher of the Portland Press Herald and head of MaineToday Media (as well as departing his leadership posts atop a Pennsylvania newspaper company), he moved $3 million worth of real
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 18, 2011

Three-city news war

The Portland Press Herald is really under the gun right now, from within and without its walls.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011

Calling MaineToday in Honduras

Maine's largest daily-newspaper group has outsourced its circulation customer-service work to Honduras, letting five Maine-based employees go, reassigning another, and allowing one to retire early.
Offshoring
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 05, 2011


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Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat

Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich whi
They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 01, 2011

Easily distracted

Contrary to popular belief, Republican Governor Paul LePage is not an idiot.
The LePage mantras
By AL DIAMON  |  April 08, 2011

War on the average Joe

Right now, Maine can afford to pay its state employees' pensions for the next 10 years with no additional investment — without any sort of supplement, not even workers' biweekly paycheck deductions.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2011

The road goes on forever

If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
By AL DIAMON  |  March 11, 2011

Talk time

The state's largest newspaper company is about to negotiate its contract with its employees. With workers seeking a share of the company's newfound profitability, and owner Richard Connor striving mightily to stay in the black, this could go very smooth
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 2011


Cannibal council

Getting a stern lecture on political decorum from the likes of me would be similar to being scolded by Hannibal Lecter for indulging in cannibalism. Both reprimands would carry a strong odor of hypocrisy.
Behaving badly
By AL DIAMON  |  September 24, 2010

Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010

Tanked

The term "think tank" looks as if it signifies something impressive.
A few guppies short
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 2010

Workin' man blues

Election years are always times of high anxiety for politicians. That may explain why they say and do so many stupid things.
Blue-collar luxury resorts, and other GOP oxymorons
By AL DIAMON  |  March 05, 2010
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Screams from solitary

The 132-man supermax unit within the 925-man Maine State Prison is an expensive, taxpayer-funded torture chamber that for 18 years has sucked in mostly nonviolent, mostly mentally ill prisoners and ground them up by means of mind-destroying solitary conf
‘By dehumanizing prisoners, we dehumanize ourselves.’
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 19, 2010


Good starts

It's a new year, and Maine journalism is worse for the battering it took in 2009. But there are some new lights appearing on the horizon that might just make things a little brighter.
Maine journalism shows some promising new lights
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 15, 2010

Crossing the line

When an increasingly conservative newspaper company fires an already publicly conservative employee for apparently offending a liberal interest group, it leaves some people scratching their heads.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 18, 2009

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

Freedom isn’t free

Campaign-finance reformers often object to the idea that money equals speech. But even for progressives, it does indeed.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2009

Talking points

Rich Connor's reforms have brought a much-needed sharpened focus to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers. Certain changes, though, are raising eyebrows not just for what they are, but because of how Connor is doing th
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009


Happy together

There's an easy way to make everyone happy.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 31, 2009
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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Nice to meet you(1)

Rich Connor, the mercurial new co-owner and editor/publisher of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram , the Waterville-based Morning Sentinel , and the Augusta-based Kennebec Journal, is a curious figure, who himself seems a good candida
A few scenes from Rich Connor's first couple weeks at the  Portland Press Herald
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 03, 2009

Do it to debt

A friend of mine walked into the local bar during a recent happy hour and announced, "I'm furious at IGA."
Spending money to make money?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2009

Truly, don't miss this


For those who think I don't give credit where it's due, I am announcing that the Blethen Maine Newsp...
By Jeff Inglis  |  March 25, 2009


Countdown

With last week's news that Portland Press Herald managing editor Bob Crider has been summoned back to the state of Washington to run a Blethen-owned paper there.
Press releases on Portland Press Herald
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2009

Here it comes again

Is it possible to tax stupidity? If so, Maine could generate enough revenue to eliminate the income tax, property tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, and sales tax.
Gov. Baldacci's stupid approach to tax reform.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2009

Press releases: Confusion and upset

The big Maine media news is that Central Maine Morning Sentinel executive editor Eric Conrad fired reporter Joel Elliott on January 26. (Disclosure: Elliott is a friend and a fellow member of the Maine Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journal

By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 2009

Some people have real problems

Mainers are facing grievous financial burdens. Stores and factories are shutting down. Businesses that stay open are laying people off. Unemployment is rising as fast as the foreclosure rate on homes. And housing prices are sinking like the value of ret
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2009