Women Are Seizing Their Power — Is 2017 The Beginning of Herstory?

“I honestly don’t even know.” Several weeks ago, in the wake of the Weinstein maelstrom, I posed a question to my friend Olivia, “What will the world look like when women seize their power?” We were sitting in her kitchen, having tucked away a bottle or three of wine, impatiently waiting for a Moroccan-inspired chicken dish to finish cooking while the smell of cinnamon and roasting apricots surrounded us. The silence of our unknowing drew…

"LePage Can't Stop This" — Mainers want more health-care, not less

Last week 59 percent of Maine voters approved of Question 2, which seeks to expand Medicaid coverage to residents living below 133 percent of the federal poverty line. Actually, the measure was the highest percentage of the vote of a citizen's initative in Maine in almost two decades.  But it might take much longer than necessary before those newly eligible folks — a group estimated to be around 80,000 Mainers — will be able to…

From Portland to Puerto Rico — Mainers discuss the island post-Maria (and how you can help)

It’s been six weeks since the worst natural disaster to hit the Caribbean, and more than half of Puerto Rico is still without power. Last month, as President Trump briefly visited to toss paper towels and tweeted that Puerto Ricans “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” two Mainers with connections to the island flew there to help. Jo Silver and Todd Weeks touched down in the city…

The far-right paint 'antifa' as a threat — But they’re the ones calling for violence

If you were to believe certain corners right-wing Internet communities, Nov. 4th marked the start of civil war in America. Last week, hundreds of people across the country took to the streets for a protest action called “The Nightmare Must End,” to demand the removal of President Trump and Vice President Pence from office. Organized by left-leaning group Refuse Fascism, the series of protests — which took place in over 20 American cities — condemned…

Letter to the Editor: The Real Progressive Candidates Are...

Thank you Phoenix for your in-depth analysis and considered endorsements — mostly. As a progressive, and noting that you hold being progressive as an acknowledged preference in your endorsements — I want to take issue with two of them.     “As a wickedly smart, law degree-holding, LGBTQ son of first-generation immigrants, Marpheen Chann would be uniquely capable of voicing the concerns of underserved communities.” This is a description of identity, not track record. Mr.…

"Love is Alternatives to Incarceration" — Youth organizations Maine Inside Out and Portland Outright collaborate for Nov. 8 show at USM

One year after performing their original production ("Do You See Me?"), the student artists of Maine Inside Out are set to produce a new show at USM's Hannaford Hall on November 8. Maine Inside Out, a youth theater group comprised of current and formerly incarcerated young people at Long Creek Development Center, is teaming up with Portland Outright, an LGBTQ+ youth advocacy and organization-building group for the production. In addition to MIO's dramatic works, the…

Maine Senator Susan Collins Could Again Dash GOP Reform Plans

When the GOP unveil their tax reform bill Wednesday they'll have a by-now famliiar obstacle to clear: Maine Senator Susan Collins. The Republican senator indicated Monday that she is opposed to two tax breaks for the wealthy included in the draft of the GOP tax reform bill expected to be announced in Congress Wednesday, November 1. The tax reform bill is same one that Donald Trump has referred to as "historic" in recent tweets, alleging…

MAGA — Manafort and Gates Arrested

In what some are describing as the most significant political development of the past year, FBI special prosecutor Robert Mueller indicted the former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign Paul Manafort with federal crimes on Monday. Along with business associate Richard Gates, Manafort was ordered to surrender to federal officials. George Papadopoulos, a member of Trump's foreign policy advisory panel, also admitted that he lied had to the FBI in an interview earlier in…

Your Election Day Cheat Sheet

We know it’s exhausting to remain motivated when politics seems toxic and all-consuming, but you’ve got to get out and vote this November 7. Democracy needs you! To help you come to a decision on this year’s slate of ballot questions and city council bids, here are our endorsements. Maine Election Question 1: Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and…

Meet the Halloween Monster Squad

In honor of one of the world's best films, 1987's Monster Squad, we present to you the Phoenix's list of the area's hottest Halloween parties — in disguise as classic monsters, ghouls, and undead zombies.     Frankenstein In a large, cavernous dwelling on the edge of town, a mish-mash of once-useful songs are stitched together by a team of creatives wickedly skilled in their command over instrumentation. They reanimate a lumpy pile of limbs, flesh,…
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