Cover Story

What Will Life Be Like Under Trump and LePage?

What Will Life Be Like Under Trump and LePage?

Here at The Phoenix, we’ve created this week’s slightly unsettling cover image of a face-swap of Governor Paul LePage and President Donald Trump to illustrate a commonly held perception: they’re basically the same person.   Sure, they come from different backgrounds — Trump from New York real estate, and Franco-American LePage from the Maine paper and lumber industries — but as political leaders, they share many similarities in terms of behavior, values, and proposed policies. Even... Read more

15-01-2017 Hits:336 Features Francis Flisiuk

Columns

A Seaworld of Hurt: In Remembrance of Tilikum

A Seaworld of Hurt: In Remembrance of Tilikum

There are rumors that SeaWorld plans to open a new park in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates.  Let’s hope that the marine animals will not be subjected to what Tilikum had to endure when taken from his natural environment off the coast of Iceland in 1983, and forced to perform “stupid pet tricks," such as rolling over on his side and waving a flipper at the audience for a few fish out of... Read more

17-01-2017 Hits:39 Columns Val Philbrick

Politics and Other Mistakes

On the Governor's Proposed Budget

I like Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s new budget. Really. No, I haven’t lost my mind, although that remains a possible excuse for future columns. And my newfound respect for LePage’s fiscal prowess isn’t the result of bad drugs, because the doctor assured me any side effects wouldn’t alter my political philosophy. I’m as clear-headed as I ever am this early in the morning (noon). I just like this budget. Sure, it contains some items that could charitably be described as unworkable (a statewide teacher contact), ineffective (a $400 “property tax fairness credit” for low-income elderly people), nasty (outlawing General Assistance payments for asylum seekers)...

14-01-2017 Hits:34 Politics & Other Mistakes Al Diamon

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News

Ways to Support Planned Parenthood

Ways to Support Planned Parenthood

If you want to stand up to Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, and other Republicans who are using their political influence for efforts that might leave thousands without access to basic preventative health care, there are some things that you can do. If you want to defend a woman's right to choose and reject the notion that relics from a bygone era can dictate what a woman should or shouldn't do with their body, consider supporting... Read more

14-01-2017 Hits:135 News Francis Flisiuk

Arts

8 Days a Week: Anti-Inaugurations, Counter-Inaugurations, an…

8 Days a Week: Anti-Inaugurations, Counter-Inaugurations, and Other-Inaugurations

THURSDAY 19 SEE OR DON'T SEE | Set to tour her debut album — aptly titled Have you SEEN This Woman? — the jazz-cabaret singer VIVA plays a sayonara set at Sonny's tonight. A beam of light on the Portland music scene the last few years, her energy and performance depth are not to be missed, and it's about time she gets captured on record. 6 pm | $15 adv, $20 door | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple... Read more

16-01-17 Hits:78 8 Days A Week Nick Schroeder

Food & Drink

Bite-Sized Food News

Bite-Sized Food News

It seems crazy to think about, but February is already almost here. And that, food lovers, means that the height of opening (and closing) season is ongoing. This week, the owners of Central Provisons opened a new Italian restaurant called Tipo, Bite Into Maine is going brick and mortar, and Roustabout unexpectedly announced that they closed (via Instagram). There’s a lot to digest this week, so just keep reading below... Read more

15-01-2017 Hits:175 Food + Drink Sarah Gelber

Music

I’ll Decide How Long My Top 10 List Will Be, Thank You

I’ll Decide How Long My Top 10 List Will Be, Thank You

Last week, as your finger scrolled down your phone, you saw the posts. You dodged the urge at first, but then many of you gave your contribution. You chimed in with your two cents and fell right in line. Is it an internet test by some college kids working on a major project or just a question to a friend that got loose online and strangled Facebook for a while.  “What were the top 10 albums... Read more

16-01-2017 Hits:56 Music Mark Curdo

Outdoors & Sports

It May Be a Stretch...

It May Be a Stretch...

If somebody said to you, “Abduct the arm while moving the hip medially,” would you know what to do? The instruction comes from a LinkedIn article about ridiculous things said by yoga teachers, and it didn't top the list. Unfortunately, many professionals in the field of yoga instruction lack the ability to create and maintain a human-level rapport with their students, and some of us who would have found a... Read more

16-01-2017 Hits:66 Sports Gabe Gregoire

Kids & Pets

A Chance To Fight Rabies

A Chance To Fight Rabies

Horror stories abound, about wild rabid animals biting or scratching house pets, causing sorrowful losses of beloved family animals. In reality, raccoons are the most common culprits of infecting domesticated animals in our region, and if your dog or cat isn’t vaccinated, the risk is real. The Centers for Disease Control recommends immediate euthanization for unvaccinated pets that are exposed to rabies. In 2014, the most recent year for which... Read more

16-01-2017 Hits:72 Pets Gabe Gregoire