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Keep your money in Maine

You're short on cash. Local businesses are short on cash. But you probably didn't know that even your local bank is short on cash.
What banking locally can do for you, for the state, and for the overall economy
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 24, 2011
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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
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Portland School Committee candidates

While the District 1 and at-large races are uncontested (with a newcomer in the former and a one-term incumbent in the latter), we offer here those candidates’ answers, as well as those of the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat being vacated by
District 2 race, with two uncontested seats
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009

Young energy

"I think we had a major impact on the thinking going on in the Legislature," says Rob Brown, executive director of Opportunity Maine, the non-profit that previously focused on keeping young, educated Mainers in the state, which submitted its own energy-
Galvanizing the troops around efficiency
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 22, 2009
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A kick-start for conservation

To make the most of huge chunks of incoming federal economic-stimulus cash (and to get their hands on more of it in the first place), the Maine Legislature has to ramp up its energy-efficiency planning — on the double.
But Maine's new energy plan may not go far enough
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 22, 2009
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Maine House candidates

As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
Who wants to go to Augusta?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008


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Running for Maine Senate

For this year’s candidate profiles, we assembled some basic information on each person seeking election, and then asked them to explain what their top priority would be.
Five candidates in two districts
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Local races heat up

Your attention may have been on national politics over the past few weeks, but it’s time to switch gears a bit.
Get involved
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008
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Now's the time

Opportunity Maine is that rare type of public policy — one that enjoys true bipartisan support, and one that is expected to actually work.
A primer on Opportunity Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008

All politics is local

There are three Democratic primaries happening in Portland. Here’s a quick refresher.

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008
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Ducking the question

Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are — relatively speaking — gay friendly.
Snowe and Collins don’t discriminate against gays, so why are they letting the military get away with it?
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 09, 2007


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Opportunity Maine — missing the target?

Why are college students leaving Maine after graduation?
Numbers
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 04, 2007
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Speaking youth to power

A hip-hop artist will perform in the halls of the State House on April 4.
The League of Young Voters heads to the State House
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2007

Young and dumb

Consider two mildly mythical Maine citizens.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 07, 2007

The letting go

According to alarmists, everybody under 30 with an IQ higher than their age is leaving Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 06, 2006

Voter’s Guide

The Portland Phoenix staff packaged up our hopes for a vibrant Maine and stuffed them in this Voter’s Guide.
Endorsements for races for the Portland city council, the state House of Representatives, the State Senate, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and, of course, the governor.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 01, 2006