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Congress is wrecked

We know Congress is broken. Really broken. Health care, immigration, civil rights. But many of us on the outside don't know just how badly broken it is, and we have only vague spectator ideas of how to fix it. What we do know is what we want, which is r
Olympia Snowe and Tom Allen explain what's really wrong and how to fix it
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 08, 2013

The King impression

Casting your ballot for independent Angus King — the former governor running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe — is a vote for a smarter future for Maine.
Endorsements 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012

Inevitability at the ballot box

Five weeks. Five weeks of polls, attack ads, debates, and stump speeches.
More than a month left, with nowhere to go
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 05, 2012

Framing Charlie

"The senator wasn't cut out for crime. He was the kind of man who'd use vanity plates on a getaway car."
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 05, 2012

Great northern stomp

Democratic US Representative Michael Michaud of Maine's 2nd District regularly shows up on lists of the least effective, least powerful, least respected, and least intelligent members of Congress. So, how does Michaud keep getting re-elected by hefty ma
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 2012

Up in the air

In late June, Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voted for our health when they voted against a proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012

Back to the polls

The debate about how to phrase the same-sex marriage question on November's ballot has just begun, with Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers proposing a very simple option: "Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?"
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 29, 2012

Farewell, Peter and June; see ya, Santorum; talking politics

Phillipe and Jorge have lost two wonderful friends and Little Rhody is also short a brace of its best with the recent passing of Peter Lord and June Gibbs.
Tombstone territory
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 13, 2012

Glorification of failure

The last time the Maine Democratic Party had a competitive candidate in a statewide political race was in 2006, when John Baldacci was re-elected governor. And that was hardly a landslide. Even with Baldacci's incumbency, he got barely 38 percent of the
The Maine Democratic Party
By AL DIAMON  |  March 30, 2012

Angus for real

Barring an act of God, utter stupidity, or an unexpected explosion of well-financed excellence from one of the second-stringers who will prevail in Maine's Democratic and Republican United States Senate primaries, Angus S. King Jr. will be the state's n
In an interview, the ex-governor and independent Senate candidate explains his political views as expressed in his Bowdoin blogs
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 23, 2012

Here come the weak

Watch your step. The floor might be slippery from all these drooling political consultants, an occupation noted for its lack of self-control.
Campaign advice
By AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2012

Distant view

Of all the coverage of Olympia Snowe's decision not to run for re-election this year, the Maine media should have been expected to handle it best.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 09, 2012

Olympia Snowe and Barney Frank are leaving politics for the same reason

Maine Republican senator Olympia Snowe and Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank are studies in contrast.
The odd couple
By EDITORIAL  |  March 02, 2012

Fader in the middle

Time for political trivia. For each correct answer, treat yourself to a beer.
Political trivia
By AL DIAMON  |  February 24, 2012

Maine's donkey party loves the rich and the poor — but can't protect both

In the current legislative fight over Republican Governor Paul LePage's lust to slash Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) programs because of a $221-million shortfall in its budget, Democrats say over and over that they want to protect the po
Two-faced Democrats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 17, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
Online Freedom
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 20, 2012

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

Don't say the words

Raye is part of the moderate wing of the GOP, fiscally conservative but close to the middle on social issues.
On the campaign trail
By AL DIAMON  |  September 02, 2011

Entering the ring

Environmental advocate Jon Hinck, a lawyer and a state representative, is "seriously considering" a run against Republican US Senator Olympia Snowe in 2012, he told the Phoenix this week.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2011

Strange bedfellows

It doesn't get weirder than this. A liberal Democrat from California wants to help conservative Republicans in Maine find somebody to run against moderate GOP US Senator Olympia Snowe.
Grossman conspires with wingnuts
By AL DIAMON  |  June 03, 2011

Flotsam and jetsam

The list of young Maine politicians with serious prospects of someday being elected to higher office is shorter than Governor Paul LePage's temper.
LePage’s temper
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2011

Sub Rosa

Rosa Scarcelli is running for the US Senate in 2012. Her husband is still running away from what he did in the 2010 gubernatorial race.
Rosa Scarcelli's Senate run
By AL DIAMON  |  January 07, 2011

2011 predictions: Winds of chance

It's impossible to predict the future, obviously, but we at the Phoenix have peered into our crystal ball in search of important issues that will arise in 2011.
A casino, wind-power exploration, fighting hunger, challenging Snowe, and more head our way in 2011
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2010

Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Collins breaks with GOP to support DADT repeal

Sadly, it didn't work. Snowe, it's your turn.
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 10, 2010

From carpenter to king

In the wake of last month's election, I expected Republican governor-elect Paul LePage to provide me with an inexhaustible supply of column material.
LePage has been surprisingly polite
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2010

Will the lame ducks lift Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

The clock is ticking for Congress to act on two important anti-discrimination measures, both contained in the huge defense bill that senators hope to debate before the holiday recess.
Down to the wire
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 10, 2010

Susan Collins: Maine's COdependent senator

Jason Linkins over at HuffPo has an interesting piece on how independent Susan Collins is not, of late, and particularly on important issues. As I...
By Jeff Inglis  |  November 29, 2010

The circus came to town

In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea
Tea Party
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010