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Blown away(1)

I am, I admit, a frequent critic of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram — not because I dislike the paper, but rather due to my recognition of the importance of a vibrant, strong, active daily newspaper is to Maine and its largest city, and
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 14, 2012

Progressives rally against rushed GOP agenda

As the rush to late-April legislative adjournment begins, much is at stake for people who want to help the needy (or are needy), or value a fair tax system, or treasure Maine's unspoiled woods and shores, or want government to be run openly — in short,
Legislative threats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 06, 2012

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

LePage’s Koch Brothers connection revealed

If you're looking for a poster child for the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics, you'd have a hard time doing better than the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Corporate coziness
By COLIN WOODARD  |  September 09, 2011
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Governor to nominate favored lobbyist to MPBN board

Governor Paul LePage doesn't much like the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Up in the air
By COLIN WOODARD  |  August 19, 2011
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The quiet man

Governor Paul LePage has, perhaps unexpectedly, refrained from loudly saying stupid things over the past month or so, since GOP legislators confronted him and told him he was a problem child.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 03, 2011


Letting our imaginations run wild

There was a priceless article in last week's Portland Press Herald about the "Platter Ensemble," a new "invention" — a slotted plate that fits over a deep-dish platter in order to catch the juices that sometimes squirt out of a freshly cracked lobste
Patent pending
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 20, 2011
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Progressive nightmare

The sky is actually falling for Maine progressives, whose core values are under attack in Augusta.
With their values under attack, many Mainers view this legislative session as the stuff of bad dreams
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2011

LePage’s black friend is not his son, and other ‘kiss my butt’ fallout

About two weeks into his term, Governor Paul LePage has gone local as a follow-up to his telling President Obama "to go to hell," setting off a national media firestorm with an off-the-cuff remark literally telling the Maine NAACP "to kiss my butt." See
Out of the Governor's mouth
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY AND JEFF INGLIS  |  January 21, 2011

Stenographers

"Stenographers" is an inflammatory word to use to describe journalists, but it's the only accurate way to respond to news coverage of Paul LePage's inauguration as governor.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 14, 2011

Celebrity gossip

In the final days of a tight gubernatorial race, the campaigns tend to get desperate, then frantic, then crazy. That progression leads to increasingly wacky attacks on the opposition, few of which turn out to be true, although many of them ought to be.
Candidates in their final, desperate moments
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2010


Cleaning house

Maine’s government contains more than 300 boards and commissions — ranging from the influential, such as the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), to the obscure, such as one that oversees landscape architects a
Board overhaul
By AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2010

Peepshow returns after a long hibernation

Hey, maybe Maine Public Broadcasting does know that there’s music being made this century!
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 26, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010
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Behind the (local) music

“Working in a studio for so many years, we get to work closely with musicians when they are at their most creative — and most vulnerable,” says Marc Bartholomew, audio engineer and co-runner of Hanover Street’s Acadia Recording Company.
A new show shines a light in the recording studio
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 09, 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
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009


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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Caricature vs. character

Michael Chandler’s documentary, Knee Deep is less a whodunit than a who-wouldn’t-have-done-it.
Michael Chandler on his documentary, Knee Deep
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 29, 2008

Beatin’ the odds

Imagine this: A developer suddenly shows up in your rundown little town and announces plans for a multi-million-dollar project.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2008

Post-daily

After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2008
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Taking from the poor

What values do Maine’s Democrats hold?
Democratic lawmakers show their Republican values
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 07, 2008


Our lips are sealed

I loved your “ Muzzle Awards ” article.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 27, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 25, 2007

Let humble speak

Thanks for running Al Diamon’s column about how the Maine Public Broadcasting Network has muzzled “the humble Farmer,” Robert Skoglund.
Letters to the Portland editor: March 30, 2007
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  March 28, 2007

Shut up and play

I’ve been fired for saying stuff like this.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 14, 2007

More trouble in the Supermax

A hunger strike has ended at the Maine State Prison in Warren, but all is not well at the state’s largest house of corrections.
Prison watch  
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 25, 2006