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No death penalty for Maine prisoner

Justice Watch
In 2008, within a supposedly high-security prison in the giant federal correctional complex in Florence, Colorado, Gary Watland, a “boarder” from Maine, murdered another inmate, white supremacist Mark Baker.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 12, 2014

Blacklisting companies that ship work overseas

Labor Relations
Seeking to protect nearly 20,000 Maine jobs from being sent overseas, labor and union activists lobbied the state legislature last Thursday, with solid support and some modest, but expected, opposition.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2014


SoPo writer pens 'blasphemous' comic

Sacred Cow
A storyline created by Maine writer and filmmaker Shawn French more than 20 years ago was recently launched in comic book form and is causing controversy for its religious references.
By: BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  February 06, 2014

Maine candidates respond to SOTU

Congressional hopefuls
The overall message: Partisanship is alive and well in Maine, too.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 06, 2014

Unleash the beef

Press Releases
The state’s Freedom of Access Act is meant to be used by all Mainers, for all sorts of reasons.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 06, 2014

'Awful sound'

Politics + Other Mistakes
They should pass a law making it illegal for gubernatorial candidates to debate each other.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 06, 2014

The rise of e-currencies

How bitcoins and their ilk could save — or destroy! — the world
Bitcoins, and other e-currencies along similar lines, are all the rage these days — and everyone’s talking about them as if they know what bitcoins actually are, or do, or something.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 30, 2014

What's in a name(calling)?

Diverse City
Like it or not, words carry power. Names (and name-calling) carry impact. And sometimes, they are codes.
By: SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  January 30, 2014

Don't dare

Politics + Other Mistakes
Supporters of legalized marijuana have a serious medical problem they need to address.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 30, 2014


High hopes for Springsteen cover band

Bruce in the USA coming to Port City Music Hall
What a peculiar month for those of us whose boss is a singer from New Jersey!
By: MARY PHILLIPS-SANDY  |  January 30, 2014


The devastating impact of tar sands

Primary Sources
Two activists with first-hand knowledge of how tar sands oil can devastate a region will share their perspectives with audiences in Portland and Orono this week, as part of a New England-wide Tar Sands Exposed tour.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 29, 2014


Into the woods

Stoke your creativity by getting away from it all
Whatever your preferred mode of expression — whether it be penning poems or cultivating catnip — the chance to refresh your skills and recharge your creative energy is always welcome.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 23, 2014


Classing up the joint

With a rough road in their rearview, Portland School Board members look forward
Empowered, diverse, and confident, the board is in the early stages of a project that could change not just the Portland Public Schools, but the face of the city itself.
By: CHELSEA COOK  |  January 23, 2014

High standards

Common Core moves forward as opponents take aim
Two years after Governor Paul LePage signed into law Maine’s commitment to Common Core State Standards, growing opposition from several camps threatens to derail the federal education reform initiative.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  January 23, 2014

Head Start funding in flux

Legislative Watch
State funding for Head Start has recently become a political football.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 23, 2014


'The fierce urgency of now'

Celebrating MLK, Jr.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of several seminal events in American history, giving us opportunities to consider how far we’ve come — and how far we have yet to go.

Myths and fables

Politics + Other Mistakes
Political ideology is, to a large extent, based on falsehoods and contradictions.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 16, 2014

The upside of getting older

One Cent's Worth
When University of Southern Maine economics professor Charlie Colgan delivered his annual economic forecast for Maine last week, his optimistic projections for 2014 were overshadowed by warnings about the dire long-term threat posed by the “basic demographic facts of life in Maine.”
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  January 16, 2014


The future progressive

Reporter’s notebook: thoughts from the activist frontline
How many times, years, deaths will it take until a far more decent society is created?
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 16, 2014


Pressure builds to close Guantanamo

Righting Wrongs
After years of delay, nearly 150 inmates still held by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba may have improved hopes of getting released before they die.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 16, 2014

Whining is losing

Press Releases
Eliot Cutler is trying to present himself as a serious candidate for governor, three years after coming in second to Republican Paul LePage, but he and his media team need to step up their game.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 10, 2014

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