Cramped Docks: Fishermen Petition the City Council To Halt Non-Marine Development

Last week, 90 fishermen in Portland signed and submitted a petition to the city asking leaders to do something about the dwindling amount of space on the working waterfront due to tourism, traffic, and rapid nonmarine development that they say makes their job much harder. Whether it’s because of a literal lack of space both on the water and on the streets where their bait trucks drive, or the rising cost of parking, these fishermen…

Latest Republican Effort To Repeal and Replace Obamacare Would Be Worse For Maine Than Just a Straight Repeal, Study Says

An analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that the Republicans last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare would — if passed — likely be “even more damaging than a straight repeal-without-replace bill” (which the Congressional Budget Office has previously estimated would leave 32 million people without health insurance). According to the report, the new bill, H.R. 1628, sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) would cost Maine $115…

Housing First: One Apartment Building Geared Toward The Formerly Homeless Completed Amidst Other Ongoing Projects

Barriers that slowed the construction of two new housing projects on the peninsula have now been lifted after the Portland City Council voted unanimously on a series of affordable housing amendments earlier this month. First proposed by the groups Portland Housing Authority, Preble Street, Homeless Voices for Justice, and AARP, the package of reforms relaxes density and height restrictions and aims to incentivize nonprofit housing projects on the peninsula and along busy traffic corridors like…

Wiping the Record Clean: Will Marijuana Amnesty Make It to Maine?

Think of it as a scarlet letter: The blemish that stays on your permanent record long after your arrest for marijuana possession, cultivation, or distribution. The long-term implications of getting busted for a pot-related offense — regardless of whether the crime is classified as a civil infraction, misdemeanor, or felony — can range from annoying to life-altering. One youthful indiscretion can keep you from getting into Canada or hinder your chances of getting a job; it can limit access…

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The Thing in the North — Camden International Film Festival prepares its 13th season

Collective action Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’s Whose Streets? (2017) Coming to screens (or VR goggles) near you are stories of a god-appointed honey harvester, Syrian refugees, an immersive experience of white supremacist indoctrination, the Ferguson community, the emotional communication of donkeys, and more: this weekend the Camden International Film Festival launches its thirteenth year of documentary films. Produced under the umbrella of the Points North Institute, Maine’s all-doc fest has been steadily increasing its scope, partnerships, and importance…

Two Sides, Zero Compromise: Can Centrism Bridge the Political Divide?

Leaders of the Maine Centrist Project are aware that centrism is something of a dirty word in America’s highly-polarized political environment. “When did compromise become a bad thing?” asked Dave McConnell, an attorney from Falmouth and one of the founding members of the Portland chapter of the Centrist Project. “Both sides of the aisle see a movement for people in the middle as a threat.” And while centrism does garner some flak from right-wingers, mostly…

Free Knowledge: Eight Podcasts You Should Download Right Now

It’s nice to see the popularity of podcasts take off — the same amount of people that use Twitter listen to them, which is something like 57 million Americans — because it’s one of the best forms of free infotainment. It’s also a particularly useful way to transform mundane moments in the day to an engrossing time you’d rather prolong than go to class. And from commutes and workouts, to chores and work-study, students experience…

Peace On Campus? After past incidents, USM offers several diversity initiatives

Administration at the University of Southern Maine has spent a great deal of time and resources addressing issues around free speech, diversity, and inclusion on their campuses after weathering two semesters worth of sporadic protests and serious criticisms. The last two semesters there were fraught with at least three anti-Muslim hate incidents, and two appearances from controversial speakers (Rep. Larry Lockman, a known xenophobe back in February and Gov. Paul LePage back in April) which…
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