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Citizens overwhelmingly support Occupy encampment

Occupy Watch
As OccupyMaine's request to stay in Lincoln Park is considered by a Maine judge, it appears the Portland City Council's decisions (which the judge is reviewing) were based more on individual councilors' views and less on constituent complaints than elected officials have let on.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 01, 2012

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Green light for Maine’s biggest dispensary company

Marijuana Watch
It'll be a while before Portlanders with doctor's orders for medical marijuana have a local dispensary, but Northeast Patients Group may open its first facility in Thomaston in the next couple of weeks.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 31, 2011

Year in Greenview

Going green
While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 22, 2010

Councilor wannabes

Comparing candidates for Portland City Council
In which we ask the candidates for Portland City Council about a selection of the important issues of the day. Phoenix -endorsed candidates have asterisks next to their names.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 27, 2010

As city blue-bag prices climb, Portland residents find other ways to take out the trash

They come out at night, hiding beneath the cloak of darkness. Weighed down by bags of reeking garbage, they hobble along the streets in search for the closest Dumpster. And these people of the night, they're your friends and neighbors: normally unassuming and law-abiding people, merely looking to get rid of their trash.
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  August 18, 2010

The powerless rise

The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 19, 2010

Two candidates for Portland Water District Board of Trustees

Hydro power to the people
Two people are vying for a vacant one-year term on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. We asked each of them to write a few words about the importance of the water district.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 28, 2009

Portland School Committee candidates

District 2 race, with two uncontested seats
While the District 1 and at-large races are uncontested (with a newcomer in the former and a one-term incumbent in the latter), we offer here those candidates’ answers, as well as those of the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat being vacated by Robert O’Brien.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 28, 2009

Navigating Portland's entertainment rules

City Council
No live music after 12:15? No outdoor entertainment after mid-September?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2009

Escape from the chicken coop

Politics and other mistakes
In olden times, before unlimited numbers of free-range office-seekers were allowed to be-fowl — er, befoul — the airwaves with messages less clever than that poultry — er, paltry — pun, the general rule of politics was that one dumb cluck per election season was plenty.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2009

The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Here it comes again

Gov. Baldacci's stupid approach to tax reform.
Is it possible to tax stupidity? If so, Maine could generate enough revenue to eliminate the income tax, property tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, and sales tax.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2009

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The Year in Green

Going Green
I don't know whether it was the sky-high gas prices or what, but Portland sure caught an eco-bug in 2008.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

Ridiculous and sublime

Maine got stranger in 2008
 Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

Council sinks pier deal, floats arts TIF

City beat
Three pieces of big news came out of Monday's Portland City Council meeting. Make sure you stay in the loop.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008

Endorsements, or lack thereof

The Phoenix ’s picks for this election
The Phoenix makes no endorsement for the United States Senate. Neither Republican Susan Collins, the incumbent, nor Democratic challenger Tom Allen would agree to talk with this paper.
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 31, 2008

Portland City Council

A look at who’s running for City Hall
As with the other races, we asked each candidate what their first major effort would be, once elected.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

They call me Mr. Lucky

Politics and other mistakes
Nominations are now open for the 2008 award for most politically inept person in Maine.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2008

Promoting human rights at home

The enemy within
“We have a holier-than-thou” attitude in the United States about human-rights violations abroad, said Bart Carhart, a student organizer of the new Amnesty International chapter at the University of Southern Maine.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 02, 2008

Behind the mask

What we don’t know about the Valentine’s Phantom — and why that’s a good thing
In a city where secrets are few and far between this one has lasted. And lasted.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 13, 2008

Big ideas for the arts

Is this a soapbox or someone’s installation piece?
Almost every young artist I know pays the bills by selling tourists stuff from a retail shop or getting their peers drunk at bars, selling a little bit of their soul while they're at it.
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 02, 2008

Don’t neglect your vote

Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. Statewide, voters’ biggest choice will be on whether to allow a racino (1500 slot machines near a harness-racing track) in Washington County.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2007

Stacked up

City Council and School Committee candidates answer our questions
For a moment, step away from the yammering about whose fault which snafu is — let’s find some people who know how to make decisions the community can embrace.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 25, 2007

Saving a sinking waterfront

Redeveloping the Maine State Pier has gone wrong from the beginning — let’s get our priorities back in order
The near-identical proposals to fix up and revitalize the Maine State Pier are in as uninspiring shape as the pier itself.

Blame it on the city

Politics and other mistakes
Most of Maine detests Portland.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 18, 2007

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