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Distant view

Press releases
Of all the coverage of Olympia Snowe's decision not to run for re-election this year, the Maine media should have been expected to handle it best.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 07, 2012


The power of texting

Mobile phones and alternative currencies are changing how the whole world pays for everything
Money — crispy banknotes and jangly coins — is as old-fashioned as, well, mechanical typewriters.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 02, 2012


Camp closes; curfew passes; activism continues

Occupy Watch
Let's just say it: The first phase of OccupyMaine ended with a fizzle, not a bang. The showing at Friday's 10 pm deadline for Occupiers to be out of Lincoln Park was poor.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 15, 2012

At union request, Sussman steps up for Press Herald

Cash Injections
It was not the owners of the Portland Press Herald who sought out Maine hedge-fund mogul S. Donald Sussman to proffer a cash infusion to save the ailing newspaper. Rather, it was the idea of the Press Herald 's unionized employees.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 15, 2012


As encampment fades, protest shifts back to core issues

Occupy Transition
Even as Portland city officials continue to pressure OccupyMaine to leave Lincoln Park, they have done the Occupation a great favor, perhaps unintentionally.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2012

Question authority

Press Releases
Maine journalists appear to disbelieve their own eyes, decline to do their own research, and prefer to quote officials instead of relying on independent knowledge and experience.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2012

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


Sign conundrum continues; monuments 'join' movement

Occupy Watch
The mystery of where OccupyMaine's signs went is partially solved: it turns out their removal was witnessed — and by a police officer!
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 25, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Online Freedom
Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 18, 2012

Court looms; camp signs missing

Occupy Watch
OccupyMaine has filed its comments on the city's reality-detached answer to Occupy's lawsuit, and a hearing on the Occupiers' request for court protection from city eviction is scheduled for next week.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 18, 2012

New faces

Press releases
The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers announced at 4 pm last Friday that an effort was under way to bring in new owners to take over the papers, in the wake of Richard Connor's abrupt departure back in October.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 11, 2012

10 fun things in the OccupyMaine-Portland lawsuit

Legal ease
OccupyMaine sued Portland late last year, seeking a court's permission to stay in Lincoln Park, given that the City Council has refused to brook any possibility of anyone remaining overnight in a city park for any reason (including free speech, expression, or assembly).
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 11, 2012

#Occupy Media

Press Releases
The tent villages of the Occupy movement — including those here in Maine — are excellent visual reminders of, and ever-present embodiments of, the social- and economic-justice challenges that our society faces.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 14, 2011


Portland’s Occupiers express their holiday wishes

Many people in the mainstream media are still running around asking “What does Occupy want?” And they’re dragging their zoned-out, tuned-out audiences along with them. It’s very simple: Occupy wants what Occupy wants.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2011


You know you need it

If you’re reading this, you’re the 99 percent. Here’s what people should get you — and what you should get all your friends.
There are a lot of things that the 99 percent need.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2011

Portland group asks city to create free-speech zone

Occupy Watch
As officials continue to pressure Maine's Occupy campsites in Portland, Augusta, and Bangor, the Portland Occupation is pushing back.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 30, 2011


Maine encampments face decision time

Occupy Watch
With OccupyBangor under near-constant threat of eviction, and Portland city officials pressing the Lincoln Park campers to scale back their encampment to a degree that will make winter survival difficult if not impossible, the Maine branch of the Occupy movement — like those elsewhere in the country — is at a crossroads.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 23, 2011


Fraud isn't killing Maine's welfare system — conservative misunderstanding is

Barely hanging on
Last week in Ellsworth, Governor Paul LePage renewed his efforts to change Maine's welfare system, calling for increased restrictions on benefits for people seeking taxpayer support to get health coverage through the state's Medicaid program.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2011

Moving around

Press Releases
The day before Richard Connor resigned his position as editor and publisher of the Portland Press Herald and head of MaineToday Media (as well as departing his leadership posts atop a Pennsylvania newspaper company), he moved $3 million worth of real estate holdings in Maine into a trust held by his wife.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2011

Portland’s Occupation preps for winter

Occupy Watch
OccupyMaine's Portland branch has a plan for winter survival and overall camp safety that includes using the people's mic for emergency warnings, round-the-clock warming huts, and shifting to hotels or other dwellings in times of extreme cold.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2011
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