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Gov’s proposal: punish needy and local taxpayers

Proposed cuts to the state-mandated General Assistance program, which serves as an emergency resource for individuals who have exhausted all other options (applicants must demonstrate need and have liquidated all accounts in order to qualify), threaten
Helping hands?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 30, 2012

What we learned from the race

As of last Tuesday, Portland has its first elected mayor in many decades; Michael Brennan will take office December 5 and serve a four-year term.
Mayoral Aftermath
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 18, 2011

Voting sustainable

Among the new mayor's responsibilities will be increasing energy efficiency in city buildings, managing and advocating for local alternative transit priorities, and setting an example regarding eco-friendliness.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

Mayors, media, masses

Portland's 15 mayoral candidates are missing an opportunity to connect with the people, both directly and through the media, by failing to publicize their support for OccupyMaine.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 21, 2011

Stranger than known

In politics, things don't have to make sense. If they did, there'd be no excuse for the Tea Party, Democrat Jon Hinck's US Senate campaign, or Republican State Committee chairman Charlie Webster's existence.
Political nonsense
By AL DIAMON  |  September 23, 2011
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20 questions about Portland's upcoming mayoral election

With three months until Portland's first mayoral election in more than 80 years, and two weeks until candidates are required to hand in the 300 signatures that will reserve them each a place on the ballot, a whopping 19 people have thrown their hats into
Rising from the masses
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 12, 2011


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Primary Endorsements 2008

On June 10, Mainers in both the Democratic and Republican parties will get to vote on people to represent them in Washington DC.
Who we'd like to see in the first round
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2008

Whatchu talkin’ about?

“It’s like going through puberty again.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 26, 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
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D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007
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The hippest guy in state government

The idiosyncratic crowd indicated just how different this event was from your standard legislative money-maker.
State Rep David Segal brings some youthful cool to the general assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007


This could be a possibility

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Democratic state Senator Ethan Strimling of Portland and his plans to run for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2008 (see "Scary Guy," December 15).
 Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 27, 2006
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Election watch

The incumbent will not be running for the Maine Senate District 9 seat in November, as 2004 winner Michael Brennan is bowing out two years ahead of his term-limit requirement.
No incumbent, no Green
By ERIK EISELE  |  May 10, 2006

Blowed up good

We hope Jim Capaldi, director of the state Department of Transportation, doesn’t faint when he reads the following sentence.
The old Jamestown Bridge is gonzo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 19, 2006