Talk of Maine
Are Maine voters declaring their independence?
Are the Gulf of Maine’s cod — and cod fishermen — really doomed?
Can Peter Mills save the disgraced Maine Turnpike Authority?
The state most associated with GOP moderates has suddenly become a Tea Party hotspot.
A new law expands Mainers’ access to medical marijuana.
Under threat, a world-famous conservation school reboots.
Twenty-five years ago, when the Maine Green Party was founded as the first Green political organization in the country, its often-chaotic meetings earned it a reputation as “a prime example of creative dysfunction,” as one exasperated participant said at the time. Ben Chipman, of Portland, laughs out loud at the anecdote. In recent years he has worked on or managed the campaigns of sixteen Green Party candidates and won ten of them. Portland’s Green Independent Party (as it’s now known) currently has three members on the city council, two on the school committee, and two more on the Portland Water District Board. The first Green elected to state-level office in the United States was John Eder, who served two terms in the Maine Legislature from a Portland district.
With four new hotels in the past ten years and four more on the way,
some wonder if there will be more rooms than the city can fill.
Same-sex marriage is fair, festive, and potentially profitable.
Last year, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of pot. Will Maine be the next state to follow suit?
By Jeff Clark