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Farming and the future

The announcement of the Maine Farmland Trust's ambitious 100,000-acre preservation goal wasn't the only farming news this month (see " Another row to hoe "). And, some thoughts about what lies ahead on the green front.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2011
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Can Maine's Democrats come back from the dead?

Let's skip over several huge problems the Maine Democratic Party faces as it tries to recover from its historic losses in November, when for the first time since 1964 the Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorship.
Or have they been Republicans for too long?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 21, 2011

Tanked

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

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010

I wanna know all about you

Here at the Hernia Hill Institute of Unquantifiable Econometrics and Daytime Drinking, internationally renowned scholars are constantly thinking about Maine's fiscal crisis. Except during happy hour.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 18, 2009
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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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009


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Falling down

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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 05, 2008
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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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008

The loud business drumbeat

The majority legislative Dems do not share Baldacci’s enthusiasm for these cuts, but they seem resigned to them.
Who really cares about the poor, the sick, the elderly, or the mentally ill? Keep searching.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 30, 2008

It affects urbanites, too

Ninety-eight cents a meal ain’t much.

By DEIRFRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2007

Tabor won

If you had joined Maine’s leading liberals in kicking off the legislative session at their annual public-policy gab-fest in early January, you would have been excused for thinking the conservatives were actually the hosts.
The liberals embrace defeat (a/k/a Baldacci)
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 17, 2007


Vote of confidence

Here’s a gem.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 04, 2006
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Baldacci's re-election plan

During the Legislature’s opening day this month, I was eager to know what would be the Big Thing of the session. In a gubernatorial election year, I figured it would have a strong political coloration. “The big thing is the repeal of the business equi
Means higher taxes, or rent, for Portland
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 18, 2006