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Mayoral endorsements + State and county referenda

Portland's mayoral election is being handled by ranked-choice voting.
Endorsements
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 28, 2011

Reader reactions to the Portland Phoenix endorsements

I don't mind you endorsing the Oxford casino but I would have expected a more informed decision.
Letters to the Portland Editor, October 29, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 29, 2010
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Why Lincoln Chafee deserves your vote

Many Rhode Islanders are still undecided about the governor's race. Until this week, the Phoenix , too, was torn.
A man of expansive yet commonsensical vision, with a rare political courage
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 29, 2010

Vote for casinos in Maine

If you're opposed to casinos in Maine, there's one way to make certain the state won't be overrun with noxious gambling emporiums sucking up every dollar of disposable income we have left: vote in favor of every single one of them.
Hit the jackpot
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2010

Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010
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Heck of a Guy

Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics.
Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2010


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Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition

While we were getting decriminalized weed in Massachusetts, a large segment of the population was reeling from the devastating passage of Proposition 8 in California.
Sheds a sad light on Prop 8
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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More than Mormons

Despite the comparably juicy family dysfunction it offers, Big Love hasn't achieved the iconic status of its HBO predecessor The Sopranos . Maybe viewers relate better to the mob than to Mormons.
The big love that dare not speak its name
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  January 08, 2010
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Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009

Future wounds

Welcome to the 2009 post-election trauma center.
Brains, spines, and guts wanted
By AL DIAMON  |  November 13, 2009

After the Question 1 vote

Last Tuesday, Maine became the 31st state to put same-sex marriage to a public vote — and to have it lose.
Regrouping
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 13, 2009


Referendum explainer

There are seven statewide referendum questions on the November 3 ballot.
What you need to know about all the questions you’ll have to answer
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009

Be afraid

This Halloween, if you want to scare the crap out of your favorite political activist — liberal or conservative — skip the fright mask, fake blood, and glowing green goop.
The Dunlap horror
By AL DIAMON  |  October 30, 2009
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Our endorsements

Statewide referenda and Portland local races
Election 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009

Numbers game

If you take a close look at the latest polls, you will find that supporters and opponents of November's same-sex marriage referendum question are locked in a neck-and-neck battle.
Dead heat over Maine's same-sex marriage referendum
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 23, 2009
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Winning marriage in Maine

Three years ago, after winning non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, we began a journey to win protections for LGBT families. We knew our best chance for winning marriage was through the Legislature and t
The campaign's past -- and its future
By BETSY SMITH  |  August 07, 2009


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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009
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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009
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Granite grind

Much of New England joined the march toward marriage equality this year, but in the comparably conservative Granite State, its legalization has heated up a partisan battle for control of the governorship in 2010, promising that this political war isn't
Same-sex marriage ignites partisan battle in New Hampshire
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 07, 2009
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Gay deceivers

The California State Supreme Court just upheld Proposition 8, denying gay people the right to marriage. This should disabuse the complacent of the illusion that the religious right has relinquished its death grip on America. So, too, should Kirby Dick's
Outrage isn't outrageous enough
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2009
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Queer eye for the Hawkeyes

This past Monday, as Iowa prepared to officially issue marriage licenses to gay applicants, both law-enforcement and state gay groups prepared for vocal, even violent opposition in America's heartland.
Gay marriage takes first steps in Iowa
By BEN FORNELL  |  May 01, 2009


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Equal rites?

New England has made a pretty good case, in recent years, for America's capital of queer. 
Why has Rhode Island lagged behind the rest of New England on same-sex marriage legislation?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 10, 2009

Ron Prentice

Hey, Mr. Proposition 8. Yeah, you - the guy who financially profited off of false values, homophobia, and general Californian idiocy. Go eat a cock sandwich already, would ya?
Hey, Mr. Proposition 8. Yeah, you - the guy who financially profited off of false values, homophobia, and general Californian idiocy. Go eat a cock sandwich already, would ya?
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Same-sex marriage

From the podium at EqualityMaine's 25th anniversary dinner last Saturday night, former state senator Ethan Strimling posed a question to the 630 people in attendance: If gay marriage were allowed in Maine, how many of you would tie the knot?  
Fighting for a basic civil right without repeating other states' mistakes
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

Devotion to unholy creed

Some of my readers have a warped view of my political bent.
Al Daimon insists he ain't a right-wing jerk. Really.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 11, 2009

Legislature will take up gay marriage this session

Maine lawmakers are certain to debate gay marriage in 2009, with competing marriage-related bills slated to be filed with the Legislature this week.
Equal rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 14, 2009


Gay marriage debate comes to Maine

Even as same-sex marriage supporters across the country reel from the Election Day approval of California's Proposition 8 — which changed that state's constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman — they are optimistic about bringing gay m
Civil rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 17, 2008
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Interview: Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones's Milk run
Retro active
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 24, 2008

All the ugly people

Why did Maine voters give overwhelming approval to a tax-repeal referendum on Nov. 4, while simultaneously returning to office even more of the Democratic legislators who passed the unpopular tax in the first place?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2008
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Fresh air does wonders in politics

Overwhelming local support for a nonbinding ballot initiative indicates that a push for a greener future may have legs.
Green Grassroots Effort
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 12, 2008