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Mike Tipping discusses the early success of his As Maine Went book campaign

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Columnist, activist, and fellow Bangor Daily News blogger Mike Tipping has written a book called As Maine Went. It documents the rise of Governor LePage and the Tea Party movement here in Maine. While the book, which is published by Tilbury House, comes out in the middle of July, Tipping used the crowdfunding site Kickstarter […]

25 momentous events, happenings and occasions from 2013

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Just in case you weren’t paying attention, these are the events, happenings and occasions that left a significant mark on me in 2013. I use some adult language, so beware. The Chelyabinsk meteor, which most know as “that fireball that soared through Russian skies,” scared the shit out of everyone when numerous videos of it […]

Portland, Maine, as assessed by Google Reviews: November, 2013 Edition

About once a month I poke around Google (and Zagat) reviews to see how Portland looks through the eyes of those who care enough to share their feelings [often anonymously] with the rest of the Internet. I do so less as a means of rating the establishment—I almost always disagree with the reviews—and more as […]

LePage told Republicans that President Obama “hates white people”

Really. I wonder how Adrienne Bennett‘s conscience is treating her these days. Photo Source: It’s from that time I imagine Bennett was like, you know what, screw it. Let’s just pretend that I am really a reputable newswoman who hasn’t sold out her integrity and that you are really a governor. Note: A friend in […]

LePage isn’t offended, The Office of the Governor is. What?

This Sunday, Appropriations Committee Co-Chair State Senator Dawn Hill adjourned a budget writing committee session as Gov. LePage rose to speak. Her rationale, she stated, was that the session had already ended on a good note. The implication, of course, was that the only notes the Governor knows are combative, counter-productive, or a combination of […]

Does ‘Maine, Obviously’ reinforce negative stereotypes?

On Monday I announced the launch of Maine, Obviously, a Tumblr-based collection of news stories that feel [to me] as though they could only have been produced in Maine. From people who live in or have ties to the state the response has been largely positive. On a few occasions, however, it has been suggested […]

On fear, action, legislation and the BDN concealed weapons permit “scandal”

I have been struggling to better understand why I was unsettled to my core by the concealed weapons permit hoopla that occurred last week and has, by way of inspiring the passing of emergency legislation, carried over into this one. On one hand, I was outraged by the response of those claiming to act in […]

Rep. Diane Russell discusses Ranked Choice Voting

Diane Russell is a Democratic State Representative from Portland. As the director of FairVote and now as a legislator, she has long advocated for the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting. The system allows citizens to vote for candidates in order of preference. This session, she co-sponsored a bill that would make possible this method of […]

Mother of two adopted children to testify against proposed curtailment cuts facing adoptive families

Abby Davis and her 11 and 13 year old adopted daughters have lived together in Westbrook, Maine as a “forever family” for 3 years. A week and a half ago she received a letter from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services explaining that proposed budget cuts would result in a substantial cut in […]

Governor LePage just invents the news now.

I usually have a bit of fun imagining the mechanics of the hair-brained goings-on of the Blaine House, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that this action must be part of an elaborate coping mechanism. It is easier, I suppose, to find the humor in the latest LePage foibles than to truly examine how sad […]