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Maine’s Weak Jobs Recovery

There’s a simple reason the story of a rebounding jobs market hasn’t been told: Four years after the end of the recession, Maine’s economy is weak and its unemployment rate is high.
 One Cent's Worth
By ZACK ANCHORS  |  September 11, 2013

Card-carrying Congress

This year is just barely out of the crate, and already it's shaping up to be depressingly like last year.
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  January 25, 2013
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New Careers for the New Economy

There are jobs out there, waiting for the desperate.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 28, 2012
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The Last Middle Class American(1)

On the run from the Recession.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 21, 2012
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Job consultant

Your resume is strong.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  September 07, 2012

Rewarding inefficiency

As Obama barnstorms swing-state college campuses, he's making affordability of higher education the centerpiece of efforts to cast himself as wonkish hipster against Mitt Romney's rich, out-of-touch white guy.
One Cent’s Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  September 07, 2012


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Unemployment Survival Tips(1)

Build your own couch-cushion cubicle today!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 20, 2012

The price you pay

Debt is a fundamental part of American life. Car payments. Mortgages. Partially unpaid bills from irate Colombian hookers.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 04, 2012
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What’s really behind high gas prices

Fingers crossed that we've seen the worst of it — analysts say gas prices won't go any higher than the April 6 peak of $3.94 per gallon — but filling up your tank this summer is still going to cost a big chunk of change.
Priming the Pump
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 04, 2012

Obama responds to the 99 percent

In announcements that could be interpreted as gifts to the Occupy movement, President Barack Obama recently introduced three measures to help struggling students, veterans, and homeowners.
Band-aids or benefits?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2011
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Occupy Providence on the march

It's 11:30 am on Day 3 of Occupy Providence and a small group of activists has gathered at the foot of a statue in Burnside Park to plot a march on Bank of America's Kennedy Plaza branch.
Protests
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2011


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Photos: Occupy Boston protesters rally with unions, veterans, and more

Occupy  Boston protesters march alongside Veterans for Peace, as well as other activist groups such as Jobs with Justice and the AFL-CIO, at Downtown Crossing on October 13, 2011.
Downtown Crossing | October 13, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011

Three-city news war

The Portland Press Herald is really under the gun right now, from within and without its walls.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011
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Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction

President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
Notes on class warfare
By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2011

Liquor blues

"For great sale prices, there's no place like Maine."
Maine's booze economy
By AL DIAMON  |  September 16, 2011

Indentured servitude and other keys to the Rhode Island recovery

Despite the continual awarding of tax breaks to various upper-income types, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate is still near bottom. So I make these seven modest suggestions for addressing the problem.
Dollars and Sense
By BARRY SCHILLER  |  September 02, 2011


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Review: Chasing Madoff

Few will dispute the evil avarice behind the $50 billion Ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff masterminded.
Jeff Prosserman's documentary
By TOM MEEK  |  August 26, 2011
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Mobility unemployeds

Medicare is reducing benefits for mobility scooters, but there is an alternative ...
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 12, 2011
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The debt crisis is only on hold

The United States was only hours away from joining in the international community of deadbeats and bunko artists — think Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal — when President Barack Obama signed the legislation raising the national debt ceiling and cu
Plus, what does congressman Bill Keating have against Cuban families?
By EDITORIAL  |  August 05, 2011
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Cheap places for rent

What are you willing to put up with?
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 05, 2011
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Chafee’s number

This week, we continue with a running feature, the Gubernatorial Scorecard. Every so often, we'll rate Lincoln Chafee from 1 to 10 on both the politics and substance of his most recent maneuverings.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 29, 2011


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Revenge of the Blockbuster

You can rewind, but you won't survive.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 27, 2011

Talking points

Maine has had a favorable history when it comes to third parties in chaotic political times.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, April 22, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 22, 2011

I can't recall

“I can think of no single measure that would do more to strengthen the credibility of state government than . . . the institution of recall.”
Maine's mixed history with recall efforts
By AL DIAMON  |  April 15, 2011

This trickle-down stinks

True free-market capitalism has lasted 30 years — barely half as long as its arch-enemy, Soviet communism.
Commentary
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011
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The last middle class American

The last middle class American, on the run from the recession.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 25, 2011


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Two years ? and counting ? of job-seeking takes a massive toll

Just over two years ago, I lost my job. I knew what was happening the moment my boss's eyes broke contact with mine to glance outside his office window. Then he broke the news to me: after 13 years in the logistics industry, I was out of work in the mi
One New England family man tells the story of his decline — spiritually, emotionally, physically.
By AUTHOR'S NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT PRIVACY  |  March 11, 2011

Out of work

Two years ago last week, I lost my job. This account of my experience is culled from my journal.
Two years — and counting — of job-seeking take a massive toll. One Maine family man tells the story of his decline — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically.
By AUTHOR'S NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT PRIVACY  |  February 25, 2011
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Smoke Local

Lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, and . . . pot? As Maine's medical-marijuana program inches closer to business-as-usual, weed is on the verge of becoming a meaningful part of the state's economy — a budding piece of Maine's local, sustainable, pro-agricu
Where will marijuana fit into Maine's economy?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2011

Talk time

The state's largest newspaper company is about to negotiate its contract with its employees. With workers seeking a share of the company's newfound profitability, and owner Richard Connor striving mightily to stay in the black, this could go very smooth
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 2011