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Bill threatens Bayside Glacier and local lobsters

The Bayside Glacier has returned, towering over Trader Joe's — a three-story high pile of snow collected from downtown streets and sidewalks. It's one of several city-designated "snow dumps," the largest of which is behind the overflow airport parking l
Legal Wranglings Dept.
By CHRISTIAN MILNEIL  |  February 25, 2011

Second choice

The word "instant" makes me suspicious.
The ills of instant-runoff voting
By AL DIAMON  |  January 29, 2010

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

Flavor of the weak

According to the polls (a phrase that carries the implication that whatever comes next is rated on the plausibility scale well below doubtful and just above complete crap), the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights is losing ground faster than the Iraqi army.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 01, 2006
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Tough talk

The day after the Portland city council tripled an Old Port bar fee that helps pay for overtime area police, a group of angry bar owners decided to hire a lawyer to sue the city.
Upset by the tripling of an Old Port bar fee, owners plan a revolution
By SARA DONNELLY  |  May 25, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, May 26, 2006

A reader sounds off on Erik Eisele's recent story on the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights initiative

Eye on Augusta

It’s deja-vu all over again: LD 1481, the controversial bill to limit Maine’s coveted citizen referendum process, will again be up for vote in Augusta any day now.
LD 1481 is back for your veto
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 23, 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