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League of Young Voters

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Youth-led projects generate excitement around the state

Five community projects are vying for a $500 grand prize that will be awarded to one finalist at the League of Young Voters' Launch Maine party this Friday evening.
Launching Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 06, 2012
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Maine's donkey party loves the rich and the poor — but can't protect both

In the current legislative fight over Republican Governor Paul LePage's lust to slash Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) programs because of a $221-million shortfall in its budget, Democrats say over and over that they want to protect the po
Two-faced Democrats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 17, 2012

Portland schools are 'learning to succeed'

Portland's public-school employees and leaders are working hard to meet the needs of every student in the system, but when asking themselves whether they've accomplished that, "the answer is 'Not yet,'" according to School Board chairman Kate Snyder.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 04, 2011
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City manager: Mayor will be ‘chief lobbyist’

The election of a new mayor "is not going to make that much of a difference in the way we operate day to day," city manager Mark Rees told participants in the League of Young Voters' Portland 101 program last week.
Portland 101
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

Burning up the house

"Lots of ribbin' and kiddin' goes on here," said deputy fire chief David Pendleton of the loooooong dining table upstairs at the Portland Fire Department's Bramhall Station.
Portland 101
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 21, 2011

Getting our sh%& straight

For the second week in a row, as part of the League of Young Voters' Portland 101 program, I got to visit a smelly and treacherous location, all in the name of getting (and sharing with you, reader!) a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our city's inner-workin
Portland 101
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 07, 2011


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Talking trash with the League

The second site visit of the League of Young Voters' Portland 101 program, which Jeff Inglis outlined last week (see " Young Activists Explore Police Department ," September 23), took the group to ecomaine, the non-profit waste management facility locate
Portland 101
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011

Young activists explore police department

There are three streets in Portland that police lieutenant Janine Roberts won't walk down alone, learned a group of interested citizens organized by the League of Young Voters on a visit to the Portland Police Department last Wednesday.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011

The League ReEmerges

What better way to explain an electoral system (or anything, really) than by using cupcakes?
Annual Events
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2011

Flotsam and jetsam

The list of young Maine politicians with serious prospects of someday being elected to higher office is shorter than Governor Paul LePage's temper.
LePage’s temper
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2011

Blue city in a red state

Maine changed last Tuesday. By a slim margin, citizens voted to send Tea Party-backed Paul LePage to the Blaine House next year.
Election wrap-up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2010


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Immigrant voting heads for the ballot

Portland voters will decide in November whether non-citizen, legal immigrants should be able to vote in municipal elections.
Broader democracy
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2010

Getting the green light on transport

Exciting — if daunting — developments are on the transportation horizon in the greater Portland area.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 22, 2010
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Portland School Committee candidates

While the District 1 and at-large races are uncontested (with a newcomer in the former and a one-term incumbent in the latter), we offer here those candidates’ answers, as well as those of the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat being vacated by
District 2 race, with two uncontested seats
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009

Going Green: July 10, 2009

Maine will never be a leader in wind-energy development, says Richard Silkman, co-founder and -manager of a firm that could revolutionize the way we address energy issues in this state and throughout the region. "We missed our chance," he stated flatly
Smart solar
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009

Young energy

"I think we had a major impact on the thinking going on in the Legislature," says Rob Brown, executive director of Opportunity Maine, the non-profit that previously focused on keeping young, educated Mainers in the state, which submitted its own energy-
Galvanizing the troops around efficiency
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 22, 2009


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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
 Woman rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2009

Portland City Council

As with the other races, we asked each candidate what their first major effort would be, once elected.
A look at who’s running for City Hall
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008
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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

Portland scene report: September 18, 2008

RIP David Foster Wallace. Hey, man, we stole a ton of our style from you.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 17, 2008

Local races heat up

Your attention may have been on national politics over the past few weeks, but it’s time to switch gears a bit.
Get involved
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008


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Now's the time

Opportunity Maine is that rare type of public policy — one that enjoys true bipartisan support, and one that is expected to actually work.
A primer on Opportunity Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008

And the award goes to...

The Gaggie Awards are back.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2008
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Primary Endorsements 2008

On June 10, Mainers in both the Democratic and Republican parties will get to vote on people to represent them in Washington DC.
Who we'd like to see in the first round
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2008

All politics is local

There are three Democratic primaries happening in Portland. Here’s a quick refresher.

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008
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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008


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Look at Maine’s alternative-transport options

Check it out: the Portland Green Streets initiative (through which locals can get free coffee on the last Friday of every month — if they choose an eco-friendly method of getting to work) has taken off.
Commute another way week
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 07, 2008
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Peace + Justice Center shutting down

“The [center] offered a low-cost way for small nonprofits to have their own office space,” says Betsy Smith of Equality Maine.
Relocations
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 05, 2007
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28 grunts later

The second annual installment of Zombie Kickball was a great success.
With visions of zombies dancing in their heads
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 30, 2007