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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
| 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,
| April 06, 2012
Three-city news war
The Portland Press Herald is really under the gun right now, from within and without its walls.
| 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.
| September 09, 2011
Governor to nominate favored lobbyist to MPBN board
Governor Paul LePage doesn't much like the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Up in the air
| August 19, 2011
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.
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
| May 20, 2011
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
| 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
SHAY STEWART-BOULEY AND JEFF INGLIS
| January 21, 2011
"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.
| January 14, 2011
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
| October 29, 2010
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
| September 17, 2010
Peepshow returns after a long hibernation
Hey, maybe Maine Public Broadcasting does know that there’s music being made this century!
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| March 26, 2010
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
| February 12, 2010
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
| October 09, 2009
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
| 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
| February 18, 2009
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
| 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
| October 16, 2008
After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
| September 25, 2008
Taking from the poor
What values do Maine’s Democrats hold?
Democratic lawmakers show their Republican values
| May 07, 2008
Our lips are sealed
I loved your “ Muzzle Awards ” article.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 27, 2007
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
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
| 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.
| October 25, 2006
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