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Portland vs. Her People

Fighting over the possible futures of Maine's largest city
This city, which all agree is lucky to have so many options, has leaders who do not behave as if they have any choice at all. To the frustration of the citzenry, the City Council and the Planning Board often run off with the first partner who asks for a dance.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 19, 2014

Learning from FairPoint's disasters

Never Again Dept.
Two bills before the Maine legislature seek to pry lessons from the hard time FairPoint has had taking over the former Verizon landline operations in Maine since 2009.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 06, 2014

Beyond politics

Press Releases
Today’s US media environment might well seem extremely gay-friendly.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 06, 2014


The online chef

Hungry for restaurant-quality scallops at home, one writer turns to YouTube
It turns out that home-cooked scallops are crazy-easy, super-delicious, and far cheaper than if you get them when you’re dining out.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 27, 2014


Rise of the e-currencies

How bitcoins and their ilk could save — or destroy — the world
Plus: Is Rhode Island ready for Bitcoin? Two perspectives
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  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

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

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


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

Goodbye, hello

With this issue, managing editor Jeff Inglis departs after more than eight years with the Portland Phoenix , and turns the reins over to Deirdre Fulton, who has been the paper’s full-time staff writer since 2007.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 10, 2014

FairPoint wants bigger subsidies, from all Mainers

 Billing Dept.
This latest request is the first to ask for financial support from those beyond its actual customer base — including tens of thousands of Mainers who do not use FairPoint’s services at all.  
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 03, 2014

Invisible Paywall

Press Releases
The Lewiston Sun Journal’s online paywall launched last week, and nobody really noticed.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 12, 2013


A meditation for newcomers to buying art

 Use your mind
In fact, art buying is — or can be — a lot like meditation. For starters, it’s best to approach it with a relaxed body and mind.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 04, 2013

Council protects clinic patients, invites lawsuit

 Balancing Rights
Maine law already prevents protesters from blocking a patient’s path to the door of a clinic, bans threats made toward clinic staff or patients (including by telephone), and outlaws excessive noise aimed at disturbing the occupants of a clinic or health-care facility. PPNNE has hired a Portland police officer to patrol the sidewalk nearby, to help enforce those laws, but problems remain.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 20, 2013

Getting spun

 Press Releases
The sequence of subsequent events shows not only how good Michaud and his team are at co-opting the news cycle, but also how vulnerable Maine’s mainstream media is to a professional operation.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 14, 2013

Marginalized mainstream

 Press releases
Amid a weeks-long deluge of pontification and punditry in newspapers every day and around the clock on dozens of TV channels, who would have thought that the key to the shutdown dilemma would be a five-minute video of procedural business on the floor of the US House of Representatives?
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 17, 2013


Portland plans for action in the face of rising seas and bigger storms

 How wet will we get?
By the turn of the next century, most of the areas of Portland that were filled in during the 1800s to create more land downtown will be either underwater or regularly flooded during storms. We need to figure out what to do about that.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 14, 2013


Building a new activism

 OccupyMaine at two years
Like the Occupy movement nationally, the local effort can claim some clear victories, though other efforts remain in the works, or even stalled by countervailing forces.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 26, 2013
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