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GOP legislators stick with ALEC

Faced with a campaign asking him and seven other Republican legislators to quit the controversial conservative lobbyist-legislator coalition ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — House assistant majority leader Andre Cushing, of Hampden, sa
After Trayvon
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 27, 2012

What were you hoping for?

In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
LePage's year
By AL DIAMON  |  December 30, 2011
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With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image

After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
Showtime for New Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 22, 2011
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NAACP, others bristle after GOP Senator censors anti-private-prison testimony

What is it with some Republicans and racial issues, anyway?
Words ‘slavery,’ ‘racism’ banned
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 2011
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LePage’s numbers

This week, we introduce a regular feature, Gubernatorial Scorecard. We'll evaluate Governor Paul LePage's recent moves.
Gubernatorial scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 11, 2011

Family feud

Republican Governor Paul LePage is a remarkably consistent guy. LePage doesn't just do stupid things in public. He can be just as big an idiot in private.
Politeness and politics
By AL DIAMON  |  February 04, 2011


Anti-diversity is bad for business

As he has done with environmental leaders, Governor Paul LePage needs a forum to hear from Maine immigrant and civil-rights leaders. This is made all the more urgent when one considers his "kiss my butt" sound-bite refusal to meet with the NAACP becaus
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 28, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 28, 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
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LePage's secret bankers

Paul LePage was making national headlines last week for all the wrong reasons: telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, dismissing the civil-rights organization as a "special interest" he won't be "held hosta
How much the governor really owes, and to which special-interest groups
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 21, 2011
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The new black

When the Theater District's Cure Lounge ejected a group of black Harvard and Yale alums and grad students last month, many saw it as the latest confirmation of Boston's racist core.
Can a new group of leaders help Boston finally shed its reputation as hostile territory for the black professional middle class?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2010
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Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010


A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
Choice
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  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

Anti-solitary campaign expands

As the February 17 State House public hearing approaches on the bill to restrict solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), which sparked national debate about Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, has a
Stopping Supermax Torture
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 05, 2010
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Rainbow Nation

After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010


Limiting Supermax solitary

Representative James Schatz, a Blue Hill Democrat, has proposed legislation to tightly limit when prisoners can be kept in the solitary confinement of the 100-man Supermax unit of the Maine State Prison in Warren.
 Legislation Drafted
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 09, 2009
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Less than equal

This story has a bias. It’s in favor of human rights for all people.
 State officials, including prejudiced human-rights commissioners, block inmate complaints
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 02, 2009
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Play-by-play

On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing
On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing
By DEIRDRE FULTON + EMILY PARKHURST  |  May 01, 2009
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Lawmakers to probe prison

For years controversy has churned over the Maine State Prison's treatment of both inmates and correctional officers. For the first time, legislators have taken action.
Several investigations begin simultaneously
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 10, 2009

Baldacci rejects reform, embraces corporate prisons again

Awareness is dawning around the country that 30 years of lengthy, tough-on-crime prison sentences have constructed an unsustainably expensive penal system.
Prison watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 21, 2009


Black or blue

What if blue eyes were like black skin?
MLK EVENTS
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 07, 2009
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Corrections changes

Like a movie hero, the NAACP’s new, young national president, Benjamin Jealous, swept into the 900-inmate Maine State Prison in Warren on Monday, quelling protests among the prisoners and, at least temporarily, rescuing the organization’s prison chapter
NAACP leader challenges Maine prison policies
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 10, 2008
Has CVS Met Its Match? Is It You?

Has CVS Met Its Match? Is It You?


 What happens when literally thousands of community, immigrant, and minority groups unite to protest one titanic corporation? In the case of CVS Caremark versus the...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 04, 2008
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At the Biltmore, exultation and ecstasy over Obama’s win

Shortly before 9:30 pm on Tuesday, a huge roar went up among the Democratic crowd packing the 17th floor ballroom at the Providence Biltmore.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008
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Dianne's special deal

Undeterred by her Democratic primary loss to opponent Sonia Chang-Díaz, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson is forging ahead in a sticker campaign to win re-election of her Second Suffolk seat in the state legislature.  
State Senator Dianne Wilkerson already has amassed a list of embarrassing political pratfalls. The Phoenix uncovers two more situations that should cause concern on the cusp of the election.
By TED SIEFER  |  October 22, 2008


Facebooking the convention

We rounded up a few Maine luminaries who’ve alighted in the Mile High City for the Democratic National Convention, and translated their observations into Facebook speak.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008
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Mainers off to Denver

Two well-known Mainers will take a peace petition to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this weekend, aimed specifically at opposing military action, flat-out war, and economic sanctions against Iran.
Peace talks
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2008
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Time for a clean sweep?

In early 2007, Rhonda Dawson, a thoughtful, candid, 45-year-old African-American guard at the Maine State Prison in Warren, quit her job after four years because, she says, of racist taunting from her fellow correctional officers.
A former guard calls for prison reform
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 23, 2008
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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