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Citizens overwhelmingly support Occupy encampment

As OccupyMaine's request to stay in Lincoln Park is considered by a Maine judge, it appears the Portland City Council's decisions (which the judge is reviewing) were based more on individual councilors' views and less on constituent complaints than elec
Occupy Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 03, 2012

Portland City Council to #OccupyMaine: No dialogue here

It appears time to consider the possibility that the pro-business, anti-public ethos that plagues American politics has also started to infect Portland's city council. To...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 08, 2011

Will the Portland City Council work with #OccupyMaine, or refuse all dialogue?

There is one question that must be answered at tomorrow night's Portland City Council meeting: Will the councilors treat the Occupiers the same way the...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 06, 2011

Invited to dance by city staff, #OccupyMaine is spurned by councilors

Portland's Public Safety Committee, a subcommittee of the City Council, has refused to enter into ongoing negotiations with OccupyMaine over conditions in Lincoln Park, with...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 02, 2011

Green light for Maine’s biggest dispensary company

It'll be a while before Portlanders with doctor's orders for medical marijuana have a local dispensary, but Northeast Patients Group may open its first facility in Thomaston in the next couple of weeks.
Marijuana Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 02, 2011

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


Councilor wannabes

In which we ask the candidates for Portland City Council about a selection of the important issues of the day. Phoenix -endorsed candidates have asterisks next to their names.
Comparing candidates for Portland City Council
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 29, 2010

As city blue-bag prices climb, Portland residents find other ways to take out the trash

They come out at night, hiding beneath the cloak of darkness. Weighed down by bags of reeking garbage, they hobble along the streets in search for the closest Dumpster. And these people of the night, they're your friends and neighbors: normally unassumin
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  August 20, 2010

The powerless rise

I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2010

Two candidates for Portland Water District Board of Trustees

Two people are vying for a vacant one-year term on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. We asked each of them to write a few words about the importance of the water district.
Hydro power to the people
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009

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


Navigating Portland's entertainment rules

No live music after 12:15? No outdoor entertainment after mid-September?
City Council
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009

Escape from the chicken coop

In olden times, before unlimited numbers of free-range office-seekers were allowed to be-fowl — er, befoul — the airwaves with messages less clever than that poultry — er, paltry — pun, the general rule of politics was that one dumb cluck per election
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 14, 2009

The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Here it comes again

Is it possible to tax stupidity? If so, Maine could generate enough revenue to eliminate the income tax, property tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, and sales tax.
Gov. Baldacci's stupid approach to tax reform.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2009

Don't be chicken!

Stand up for urban chickens. Next week, on Wednesday, February 18, at its 7 pm meeting, the Portland...
By Jeff Inglis  |  February 17, 2009

Maine State Pier sinks even lower

Last night the Portland City Council approved reopening negotiations with the politically connected ...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 06, 2009

The Year in Green

I don't know whether it was the sky-high gas prices or what, but Portland sure caught an eco-bug in 2008.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

Ridiculous and sublime

 Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
Maine got stranger in 2008
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

Council sinks pier deal, floats arts TIF

Three pieces of big news came out of Monday's Portland City Council meeting. Make sure you stay in the loop.
City beat
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008

Endorsements, or lack thereof

The Phoenix makes no endorsement for the United States Senate. Neither Republican Susan Collins, the incumbent, nor Democratic challenger Tom Allen would agree to talk with this paper.
The Phoenix ’s picks for this election
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 29, 2008

Portland City Council

As with the other races, we asked each candidate what their first major effort would be, once elected.
A look at who’s running for City Hall
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

They call me Mr. Lucky

Nominations are now open for the 2008 award for most politically inept person in Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2008

Promoting human rights at home

“We have a holier-than-thou” attitude in the United States about human-rights violations abroad, said Bart Carhart, a student organizer of the new Amnesty International chapter at the University of Southern Maine.
The enemy within
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 02, 2008

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

Big ideas for the arts

Almost every young artist I know pays the bills by selling tourists stuff from a retail shop or getting their peers drunk at bars, selling a little bit of their soul while they're at it.
Is this a soapbox or someone’s installation piece?
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 02, 2008

Don’t neglect your vote

Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. Statewide, voters’ biggest choice will be on whether to allow a racino (1500 slot machines near a harness-racing track) in Washington County.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2007

Stacked up

For a moment, step away from the yammering about whose fault which snafu is — let’s find some people who know how to make decisions the community can embrace.
City Council and School Committee candidates answer our questions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 25, 2007

Saving a sinking waterfront

The near-identical proposals to fix up and revitalize the Maine State Pier are in as uninspiring shape as the pier itself.
Redeveloping the Maine State Pier has gone wrong from the beginning — let’s get our priorities back in order

Blame it on the city

Most of Maine detests Portland.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 18, 2007