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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
| April 27, 2012
Reform comes to the supermax
Less than three months into his job, Maine's new corrections commissioner Joseph Ponte has begun to dramatically reform the Maine State Prison's long-troubled solitary-confinement "supermax" unit.
New commissioner cuts population by more than half; prisoner-rights advocates help in the reform
| May 27, 2011
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
| April 30, 2011
Robert Shetterly on his series of admirable Americans
At a ceremony scheduled for noon on Friday, Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of former Maine legislator and civil-rights leader Gerald Talbot in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library.
Painting the truth
| January 07, 2011
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
| February 12, 2010
10 years later, we told you so
Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
| September 18, 2009
Black or blue
What if blue eyes were like black skin?
| January 07, 2009
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
| December 10, 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.
| August 27, 2008
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.
| August 20, 2008
Although I had already written a lot about abuse in the prison, this May 21 interview with Dorney, a 28-year-old Portland man serving 20 years for assault, was what I had been waiting for.
Will the truth escape from a break in the prison wall?
| May 28, 2008
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