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Drinking games

It's February, and time to cut loose on a ranting bender.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2013

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
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 14, 2012

Can't buy me love

Even though same-sex marriage won in Maine, that doesn't mean you can jump into bed with just anybody.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  November 23, 2012

Little king

Picking the next US senator from Maine is a no-brainer, now that independent Angus King is officially in the race.
Picking the next Senator
By AL DIAMON  |  March 16, 2012

New faces

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers announced at 4 pm last Friday that an effort was under way to bring in new owners to take over the papers, in the wake of Richard Connor's abrupt departure back in October.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 13, 2012

Museum dreams

This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
Political Paleontology
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2011


A change is gonna come

Just when everything seems perfect, something always screws it up.
Economic change in northern Maine
By AL DIAMON  |  August 19, 2011

Calling MaineToday in Honduras

Maine's largest daily-newspaper group has outsourced its circulation customer-service work to Honduras, letting five Maine-based employees go, reassigning another, and allowing one to retire early.
Offshoring
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 05, 2011
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Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat

Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich whi
They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 01, 2011

War on the average Joe

Right now, Maine can afford to pay its state employees' pensions for the next 10 years with no additional investment — without any sort of supplement, not even workers' biweekly paycheck deductions.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2011

Talk time

The state's largest newspaper company is about to negotiate its contract with its employees. With workers seeking a share of the company's newfound profitability, and owner Richard Connor striving mightily to stay in the black, this could go very smooth
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 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

I never promised you a rose garden

Some readers have suggested that last week's column was unfair to outgoing Democratic Governor John Baldacci. They're correct.
Baldacci's failures
By AL DIAMON  |  December 24, 2010

My new excuse

Charlie Colgan isn't to blame for all the mistakes made by . . . uh . . . Charlie Colgan.
Whatever Colgan does, it's not his fault
By AL DIAMON  |  September 10, 2010

Nobody dies

Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID — and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Department of Economic and Community Development dodges the axe
By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 2010

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
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009


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Our journalism echoes our politics

Why won’t the Maine press inquire deeply into major issues?
If the press reflects the times, which way will it go now?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 31, 2009
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What's wrong with Augusta?

Charlie Colgan couldn't predict a recession if its arrival was signaled by warning lights and sirens.
Whatever it is, it isn't new. Things were just as screwed up a decade ago — in the opposite direction
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008

Drinkin' problem

No more local beer.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 10, 2008

Blown away

I’m sorry to inform you that there is an institution in Maine that repeatedly makes promises to the public, but rarely fulfills them.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2008


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Behind the mask

In a city where secrets are few and far between this one has lasted. And lasted.
What we don’t know about the Valentine’s Phantom — and why that’s a good thing
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 13, 2008

Defined by struggle

For the next two months, our entertainment options are limited to reality shows, hockey, or politics.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 13, 2008

Kill the house lights

As we celebrate the solstice on December 21, take comfort in knowing that state officials are doing all they can to make it even darker. And, like Tax Day, more expensive.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 19, 2007

Laid off

Here are two items major Maine newspapers would rather you not know about.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 29, 2007
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Maine prison bosses violate court orders

In the activist climate of an earlier era, a Maine legal-aid group brought and won three prisoner-rights lawsuits against state corrections officials.
Department of Corrections ignores federal rulings going back to the 1970s
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007


Hidden agenda

The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram are wonderful newspapers.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 27, 2007

Changin’ tires on the road to ruin

A lot of action? Better do something about the comb-over.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 18, 2007

How we operate

The Maine Legislature runs like a finely tuned automobile.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 10, 2007
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Press Herald for sale?

Union officials negotiating new contracts at three Maine daily newspapers — the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram , the Waterville-based Morning Sentinel , and the Augusta-based Kennebec Journal — have begun to assume that the papers will s
Maine’s largest newspaper could have a new owner in the next two years
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 24, 2006