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Activation: Congress Square Park

Coming soon: Bench Lunch + Dinner + A Show
If you haven’t already, you may notic e that Congress Square Park has a new vibe this spring.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 09, 2014

Before the board

USM community prepares anti-austerity cases for Trustees’ meeting as more cuts loom
USM community prepares anti-austerity cases for Trustees’ meeting as more cuts loom
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 09, 2014

Provocative political essayist coming to Maine

Nothing Left?
The author of an incendiary piece in Harper’s magazine that lambastes liberals for lacking conviction and being too focused on electoral politics is coming to Brunswick this Saturday.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 08, 2014


One person ≠ one vote

King shines spotlight on dark money in politics
King shines spotlight on dark money in politics
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 08, 2014

Sorry, I can't come

In Layman's Terms
“I have never had a sexual partner that could make me climax."
By: DANA FADEL  |  May 08, 2014

Dirty words

Politics + Other Mistakes
Free speech, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, has no place on the bumpers of your car.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 08, 2014


Extreme inequality: historical quirk, or long-term reality?

A New Formula
Piketty writes under the assumption that economists should tell a story that’s compelling rather than wallowing in the “childish passion for mathematics”  that he believes dominates his field.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  May 01, 2014

New group plans to carry on voter guide

Here comes the Brigade
A new grassroots organization has risen out of the League of Young Voters’ ashes, aimed at producing what was the League’s best known and most invaluable resource, the Voter Guide.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 01, 2014


State of polarization

Legislative session sets the stage for a fall face-off
As the campaign season begins, leading the charge on one side is a rural- and northern-Maine-based Trickle-Down Tea Party governor who sees government’s chief role as helping the rich (which he says indirectly helps working people), while he vetoes every bill in sight directly helping the poor and the struggling middle class, including Medicaid expansion, the issue that most occupied the Legislature this year and last.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 2014

Boosting the signal

Press Releases
Frontline ’s new documentary “Solitary Nation,” which aired on April 22 and is available to watch for free online, sheds much needed light on a topic Portland Phoenix reporter Lance Tapley has been illuminating for eight years: isolated segregation within the Maine State Prison system.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 30, 2014

Branding iron

Politics + Other Mistakes
The buzzword of the day is “branding.”
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2014

From 'Board' to tears in 60 years

Diverse City
This year marks six decades since the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that state laws establishing and maintaining separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional.
By: SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 23, 2014

Dead can dance

Politics + Other Mistakes
In nearly every way, the residents of cemetery row have to be considered superior endorsers when compared to the living.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 23, 2014

Fertile ground

Pro-pot sentiment continues to grow in Maine
Maine’s medical marijuana activists celebrated several victories over the last couple of legislative sessions, and they’re (mostly) looking forward to local and statewide legalization campaigns coming over the next two years.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 17, 2014

Michael James sent back to prison

The hearing’s topic was whether James’s “antisocial personality disorder” was enough of a mental disease to keep him from being sent to prison.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 16, 2014

So long, Slainte

Venue Watch
Why would so many lament a little venue with sightlines that make Fenway Park look wide open?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2014

USM president restores layoffs

The rescindment reverses announcements made last month, but would not presently include the USM programs recommended to be eliminated.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  April 16, 2014

Clean elections on the line

One Cent's Worth
If Maine’s Clean Elections Act was applied to federal elections, and thoroughly funded and strengthened, it’s a safe bet that Congressional priorities would shift profoundly, with a lot less emphasis on policies that happen to align with the nation’s plutocrats.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  April 16, 2014

It's the money that matters

Politics + Other Mistakes
The average Maine voter, defined for purposes of this column as someone closely resembling me, has concluded that the current legislative session has been a disaster.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2014

Campus controversy

 Reader Feedback
Re: "Crisis at USM" by Nick Schroeder, March 28, 2014
By: LETTER TO THE EDITOR  |  April 11, 2014

Green behind the ears

Politics + Other Mistakes
Outside of an infestation in Portland’s city government and a sprinkling of midcoast activists protesting stuff that probably won’t happen anyway, the party isn’t really part of the debate.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2014

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